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First, for starters, Bill Gates’ house is in Medina, Washington on a 5.12 acre lot and overlooks Lake Washington. According to Wikipedia, Bill originally bought the land back in 1988 for a measly $2 million, and the mansion was built over seven years. By 1995 it was complete.
One of the most interesting things you’d experience if you lived in this house is that you wear a pin containing a microchip which acts as your ID. When you walk into a room, lighting, sound, and temp controls are customized for you.

Any high resolution display that you walk by will know that you’re there, and your favorite art is displayed. And if you’re getting a phone call, only the phone nearest to you will ring. Thanks to the pin with the microchip.

More facts :
The house is 50,000 square feet.
In 2005, the house and land were assessed at $200 million.
Annually, Gates pays nearly $1 million dollars in taxes for the property.
Over 64 km of optical fiber was used in the house.
300 workers at one time were working on the house - 104 of them were electricians.
Every door handle in the house was custom made and cost $2,000 each
There are no visible electric outlets in the house.
The wood columns from main floor to roof in entry area are over 70 feet tall.
Some of the interior passage doors weigh over 800 lbs, but are balanced for easy use.
The roofing is stainless steel.
Hidden cameras are everywhere, including the interior stone walls.
Gates insisted on saving a 40 year old maple adjacent to the driveway. The tree is monitored electronically 24 hours per day via computer. If it seems dry, it gets just the right amount of water automatically delivered.
All woodwork is flawless. Much of the woodwork is of various rare types from all over the world - imported especially for this house.
The theater (underground in a concrete shell) is the most state of the art theatre in the world.
Hidden cameras are all over the property.
Floor sensors can track you - up to 6 inches.
As Gates is on his way home from work, he can fill his tub with water to his desired temp so it’s ready when he gets home.
Woodwork in this house (which is abundant) is flawless .
There are glass windows galore, and 7 varieties of stone were used to build the house.
The actual "living" space is modest.
All flooring is heated including the driveway and sidewalks.
Much of the house is built underground into a hill so it looks smaller than it is.

1 comment:

charity said...

i would love to tape one of my tv shows in one of those old houses.