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[Cableland, Denver]
-- Lawrence Pepper, Andrew Gerhard (interior)
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    "The 20,000-square-foot mansion has 88 television sets, 97 telephones, surround sound, a tanning bed, a resistance exercise pool, a swimming pool, even squirrel condos and heated birdbaths.

    The living room comes equipped witha built-in aquarium. There are four kitchens. Two life-size bronze elephants by Ken Bunn ... are the largest among hundreds of elephants Mr. Daniels [previous owner, who has made billions in cable television, and is donating the house to the Mayor] has displayed throughout the house." (Brooke EH, nyt_98.03.26)


[Villa Simonyi, Lake Washington]
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    "For the tour, we'll have to slip on black silk booties inscribed, in frilly letters, VILLA SIMONYI."

[Kamp Ellison, Woodside, Silicon Valley]

  • air lift
    "It will involve airlifting a house by Julia Morgan, the architect of San Simeon, to Stanford University in California from the spot where Ellison wants to put one of two meditative ponds." (Leigh-Brown P, nyt_97.08.04)

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    "The prize for the plane goes to Ellison, if ever gets his MiG-29. ... Ellison wants to buzz Gates's house ..." (Kaplan D, nwk_97.08.04)

[Chateau Markkula, Woodside, Silicon Valley]

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    Mike Markkula, a cofounder of Apple, is putting out a chateau that's 7,840 sf. Problem for Markkula is that he initially wanted twice that space. ... Markkula argued he was entitled to a variance ... The caretaker's quarters should be considered 'affordable housing.'" (Kaplan D, nwk_97.08.04)

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