How the rich and famous live - Bill Gates house. Amazing facts

December 8, 2008 11:52pm CST
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. As you can imagine, this is one wired house filled with new technology. 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. This is all thanks to the pin with the microchip. Now we’ll take a look at some of the rooms in this house:Library If you were to peek inside the domed library, you’d find two "secret" bookcases with one of them containing a bar. Here you could sit in front of the fireplace and admire the Codex Leicester belonging to Leonardo da Vinci. Gates paid $30.8 million for it back in 1994. Pool House The pool building is 3,900 square feet and has a 17 foot by 60 foot swimming pool. While you’re swimming, you can listen to your favorite music underwater with the underwater music system. Reception Hall This is where Gates plays hosts to VIP’s and other social events. The room features a large video wall made up of 24 individual screens measuring 40 inches each. At 2,300 feet, this room is capable of holding up to 200 people for a cocktail party, or 150 people for a sit-down dinner. –Random 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 according to specialty contractor. Additional rooms in the house: Trampoline Room I’m not quite sure why you’d need a trampoline room, but I suppose when you’re Bill Gates and you’re the richest man in the world, you can have nearly anything you want. Part of his exercise facilities includes a trampoline room with a 20 foot ceiling. Formal Dining Room Should Bill have 24 of his closest friends coming over for dinner, they can dine in his formal dining room in front of the fireplace. It’s on the third floor and has plenty of windows so that guests can enjoy the view. It’s 1,000 square feet. Underground Garage Apparently Gates likes to park his cars underground. Part of this mansion is a 6,300 square foot underground garage. This is only one of three garages that are on the property, and it’s got room for 10+ cars. –Random Facts– 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 http://www.nidokido gates-house- t27250.html