- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent more than $US59 million on two adjacent Lake Tahoe properties last winter, Katherine Clarke of The Wall Street Journal reported.
- Zuckerberg has purchased 10 properties across four locations: Palo Alto, California; San Francisco; Lake Tahoe; and Kauai Island, Hawaii.
- Zuckerberg tends to buy surrounding properties to ensure privacy.
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The billionaire Mark Zuckerberg recently expanded his real-estate portfolio and summer vacation options.
The Facebook CEO dropped more than $US59 million on two adjacent Lake Tahoe properties last winter, Katherine Clarke of The Wall Street Journal reported. The purchase happened privately through a limited-liability company and a high-end wealth manager, according to Clarke.
It’s just the latest addition to Zuckerberg‘s collection of properties in the western US – he also owns properties in Palo Alto, California; San Francisco; and the Hawaiian island of Kauai, making Tahoe his fourth location.
Collectively, Zuckerberg has purchased 10 properties, though he has a knack for also buying surrounding properties to ensure his privacy – he bought four homes surrounding his main Palo Alto residence and a stake in a beach adjacent to a plantation he purchased in Kauai.
Zuckerberg’s also known for getting embroiled in a bit of real-estate conflict – there was a dispute over the landlocked parcels on the plantation, and neighbours reportedly weren’t pleased with the effects of Zuckerberg’s year-plus renovation on his San Francisco townhouse.
Take a look at Zuckerberg’s real-estate portfolio.
Mark Zuckerberg lives in a 5,000-square-foot estate in Palo Alto, California.
He purchased the Crescent Park neighbourhood home in May 2011 for $US7 million, Business Insider’s Tanza Loudenback reported. He’s since tricked it out with a “custom-made artificially intelligent assistant,” according to CNBC.
Compared with Zuckerberg’s $US71.5 billion net worth, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home is quite modest.
Architectural Digest described it as a “‘no frills’ abode” that chooses function over extravagance. Outside, it features a big backyard, a pool, and lush, detailed landscaping. Inside, there is a spacious kitchen and plenty of windows allowing for sunlight.
The following year, Zuckerberg began buying four homes surrounding his Palo Alto residence.
He spent more than $US43 million on these properties, Katherine Clarke of the Wall Street Journal reported, citing public records. After leasing the homes back to their former owners, he planned to demolish and rebuild them in 2016.
According to Claudine Zap of Realtor, city officials didn’t approve this plan, and Zuckerberg filed a new plan that allowed him to renovate two of the homes and rebuild the other two as single-story homes, creating a sort of compound.
Zuckerberg also owns a 5,500-square-foot townhouse in San Francisco.
He reportedly bought the home for $US10 million in 2013, according to SF Gate. The house, which dates back to 1928, is on a 9,800-square-foot lot and features 70 square feet of footpath frontage, according to Clarke.
According to Google Maps, it’s between the Noe Valley and Mission District neighbourhoods in Dolores Heights on 21st Street.
The Compass real-estate agent Natalie Hatvany Kitchen told Clarke it’s “a slightly grittier area and certainly not where you’d expect to find someone of his wealth and stature.”
The townhouse became a fixer-upper, with Zuckerberg spending more than $US1.6 million in renovations.
Zuckerberg spent an estimated $US65,000 remodeling the kitchen and a bathroom, according to SF Gate. He also added a new media room, a wine room, and a greenhouse – the latter reportedly cost $US60,000.
The renovation took 17 months, according to Lamar Anderson of Curbed, and left neighbours with torn-up footpaths and no street parking. Neighbours sent around a letter complaining about his illegally parked SUVs, Clarke reported.
In 2014, Zuckerberg’s real-estate portfolio expanded to the Pacific with a $US100 million splurge on two properties on Kauai Island in Hawaii.
In 2017, he purchased another 89 acres for more than $US45 million, Clarke reported.
He first paid $US49.8 million for an 89.2% stake of Pila’a Beach, an isolated oceanfront property.
The property is 393 acres and not publicly listed, according to Stone.
The beach is difficult to access, with a half-mile trail that leads down to the shore.
The beach is open to the public, and Zuckerberg’s land is situated a bit farther back from the shoreline, Stone wrote.
Zuckerberg reportedly paid $US66 million for the Kahu’aina Plantation, which is adjacent to the beach.
The 357-acre former sugarcane plantation includes 2,500 feet of white-sand beach and has a working organic farm ripe with crops, including ginger, turmeric, and papaya. The farm is also home to goats and turtles, according to Zuckerberg’s Facebook page.
The plantation was approved for up to 80 homes, but Zuckerberg reportedly plans to build just one.
He plans to build a 6,100-square-foot two-bedroom house, including a 16-bay garage complex and a “ranch administration building” featuring key-card-protected offices and security headquarters, according to Zap.
Zuckerberg bought as many as two dozen landlocked parcels on the plantation.
The rights to those parcels are known as “kuleanas.” There was a dispute over four of these parcels, which were granted to native Hawaiian families, and Zuckerberg later dropped it, according to Clarke.
Last winter, Zuckerberg dropped $US59 million on two adjacent private waterfront estates on Lake Tahoe, a popular destination for Bay Area residents.
Zuckerberg’s estates are on the west shore outside Tahoe City, an area known for “old, understated money -less flash, more hunker in the woods,”Clarke reported, adding that the families of the late Hewlett-Packard founder Bill Hewlett and the late publishing icon Charles McClatchy are neighbours.
The transaction was carried out secretly and wasn’t revealed publicly until the following May.
According to Clarke, Zuckerberg purchased the properties through a limited-liability company and a high-end wealth manager to keep the deals private. Real-estate agents signed nondisclosure agreements and removed photos of the properties from their websites.
His 5,322-square-foot Brushwood Estate sits on a 6-acre lot and dates back to the 1920s.
At 5,322 square feet, the Brushwood Estate features six bedrooms, five baths, and two half baths, according to Amy Graff of SF Gate. Inside are high-beamed ceilings and picture windows; outside are lush trees, a private dock, and a hot tub. There’s also a 2,293-square-foot guesthouse.
The estate has had several owners throughout the years, including a novelist, several socialites, and a philanthropist who used to host Oscar de la Renta shows on the property.
The other property Zuckerberg bought is the $US22 million Carousel Estate.
Situated on 3.5 acres, it features eight bedrooms, 9 1/2 bathrooms, high ceilings, and a wood-burning fireplace. Promotional materials for the property say it “exudes ‘Old Tahoe’ ambiance,” according to Business Insider’s Nick Bastone.
The Carousel Estate is separated into three living quarters, but it is connected by “breezeways” and is all under one roof.
Outside, it boasts 200 feet of private waterfront, with a “marina style” pier that can accommodate yachts over 50 feet long and an outdoor patio to overlook the lake, Bastone wrote. There’s also a caretaker’s home on the property.
Between the two properties, Zuckerberg owns 600 feet of Lake Tahoe private waterfront.
But that could soon expand – he’s reportedly in talks to acquire a third property across the street. It is not clear whether Zuckerberg will keep the housing on the two properties or will opt to tear it down and start fresh, Business Insider’s Megan Hernbroth reported.
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