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Apr 23 2007   3:14PM GMT

The House That Gates Built: Satellite Photos of Bill’s House

GuyPardon Guy Pardon Profile: GuyPardon

Have you been to 1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina, WA? If you didn’t recognize the address, that’s the location of the 48,000 square foot home of Melinda and Bill Gates. We’re still holding our breath for an invitation ourselves.

If by chance you haven’t visited the home of Microsoft‘s chairman yet, Amit Agarwal has posted a photo gallery of the Gates mansion, along with a number of links to virtual tours, facts and figures about this rather unique home.

If you haven’t already entered those coordinates, you can zoom into Google Maps or, as Bill would no doubt prefer, MSN Virtual Earth to see more yourself.

The house boasts such 21st century features as adaptive climate control, lighting and music that match the personal preferences of visitors as they move around the house, keyed to a microchip issued to each as they enter. We can’t help but wonder what would happen if a Brazilian and Norwegian entered a room at the same time. There are other features that are less “gee-whiz” but no less extraordinary, including wooden walls made from recycled heavy timber. In fact, Bill Gates funded the first heavy-timber-recycling sawmill in the world for the purpose.

Downsides? Even with energy savings gained from building into the hill, heating that much space and powering all of those screens and electronics is no walk in the park. A cool $1 million dollar annual property tax bill is a bit of a barrier to the light of wallet as well.

Still interested? Perhaps you should found your own software company!

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