19 Notes About Bill Gates' Mind Blowing New Mansion!

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Have you ever wondered what kind of house Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, the richest man in America with a net worth of $78.9 billion, lives in?

It took Gates seven years and $63 million to build his Medina, Washington, estate. He named it "Xanadu 2.0," after the fictional home of Charles Foster Kane, the title character of "Citizen Kane."

At 66,000 square feet, the home is equipped with many high-tech details.

Here is a list of some of Xanadu 2.0's coolest features.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com

1. Xanadu 2.0 is worth at least $123 million today.

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Gates purchased the lot for $2 million in 1988 and reportedly pays around $1 million in property taxes each year.

2. Half a million feet of lumber was used in the construction.

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The house was built with 500-year-old Douglas fir trees, and 300 construction workers labored on the home — 100 of whom were electricians.

3. A high-tech sensor system helps guests monitor a room's climate and lighting.

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When guests arrive, they're given a pin that interacts with sensors located all over the house. Guests enter their temperature and lighting preferences so that the settings change as they move throughout the home. Speakers hidden behind wallpaper allow music to follow you from room to room.

4. The house uses its natural surroundings to reduce heat loss.

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Xanadu 2.0 is built into its surroundings to regulate temperature more efficiently.

5. You can change the artwork on the walls with just the touch of a button.

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Total $80,000 worth of computer screens are situated around the house. The paintings or photographs, which are stored on devices worth $150,000, can be displayed by any of the screens.

6. The pool has its own underwater music system.

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The pool is in its own separate 3,900-square-foot building — the large brown building in the photo above. People in the pool could swim underneath a glass wall to come up to a terrace area on the outside.There's also a locker room with four showers and two baths.

7. There's a trampoline room with a 20-foot ceiling.

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Though the size of the trampoline is unknown,  it must be a fun alternative to standard exercise routines. The exercise facilities total 2,500 square feet and also include a sauna, steam room, and separate men's and women's locker rooms.

8. An enormous reception hall can accommodate up to 200 guests.

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The 2,300-square-foot hall could seat up to 150 people for a dinner party, or 200 people standing up at a cocktail event. A 6-foot-wide limestone fireplace dominates one wall, while another wall has a 22-foot-wide video screen.

9. The house has 24 bathrooms, 10 of which are full baths.

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It sounds a little over the top, but obviously they would be useful when Gates throws a big party.

10. There are six kitchens.

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They're at different parts of the house so staff can be ready for any event.

11. An enormous library houses a manuscript Gates paid more than $30 million for.

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The 2,100-square-foot library has a dome roof and two secret bookcases, including one that reveals a hidden bar. On the ceiling you'll find a quote from "The Great Gatsby" that reads: "He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it." The library is also home to the Codex Leicester, a 16th-century Leonardo da Vinci manuscript that Gates bought at auction for $30.8 million in 1994.

12. The home theater can accommodate 20 guests in plush seats.

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It's designed in an Art Deco style, with comfortable arm chairs, couches, and even a popcorn machine for snacking.

13. An existing home was removed by barge to make room for a separate activities building.

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A sea barge with three homes is tugged out into the Strait of Georgia.The building sits next to Gates' sports court.

14. The guest house is just as high-tech as the main house.

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The 1,900-square-foot guest house was the first building to be completed on the property. The technology that would eventually be used in the main house was tested here first. Gates wrote much of "The Road Ahead" in this building.

15. Altogether, different garages on the property can accommodate up to 23 cars.

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The most interesting one of the several different garages at different points around the property, is an underground cave made out of concrete and stainless steel. That garage alone can park 10 cars. Some of the concrete was purposely broken to give it a rough, "deconstructivist" look.

16. Gate's favorite tree is monitored electronically 24 hours a day.

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He reportedly became fond of a 40-year-old maple tree that grew close to the home's driveway. It's monitored by computer, and if at any point it becomes too dry, water is automatically pumped into it.

17. An artificial stream is kept stocked with fish.

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The stream and wetland estuary were created to solve any problems with runoff that the property's large walls might have created. The water is kept stocked with salmon and sea-run cutthroat trout.

18. The sand on Gates' beach is imported from the Caribbean.

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The lakefront shore contains sand that's delivered in large quantities by a barge from St. Lucia each year.

19. Someone once paid $35,000 just to tour it.

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Microsoft holds an auction each year, where employees donate products and services to be bid on. Proceeds go to the company's charitable fund.

Gates has donated private tours of Xanadu 2.0 in the past. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, a Microsoft employee once won the tour with a bid of $35,000.

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