BUYER: Mark Zuckerberg
LOCATION: Palo Alto, CA
SIZE: 5,617 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Every celebrity real estate watcher and social media maven knows that baby-faced Facebook bajillionaire Mark Zuckerberg lives modestly, certainly far beneath his financial means.
For years Mister Zuckerberg shacked up in a very ordinary if somewhat pricey rental house in the College Terrace neighborhood in Palo Alto, CA. Soon after Mister Zuckerberg gave Oprah Winfrey a tour of the barely furnished house in the fall of 2010, he and his long-term lady-friend Priscilla Chan moved and the house was posted for lease on Craigslist with an asking price of $7,850 per month.
The whip-smart internet tycoon decamped for a new rental house just seven blocks away. Turns out, the 3,800 square foot fully renovated residence–where he reportedly had a serious security system installed complete with scads of cameras–was little more than a way-station and crash pad.
New reports out of Silicon Valley reveal that Mister Zuckerberg has finally used some of his many billions to buy a multi-million dollar property in Palo Alto. With the information we had at hand Your Mama did a little unscientific research and feel quite confident we've identified Mister Zuckerberg's new residence, an an historic house in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood, just a 10 minute drive from Facebook's new campus in Menlo Park.
Public records show the charming in question sold in mid-March for $7,000,000 and listing information Your Mama managed to squeeze and tease out of the interweb shows the residence has 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms in 5,617 square feet.
The turn-of-the-century residence, set well back from the street behind walls and privacy hedges, was originally built in 1903 and remodeled and expanded over the years. The previous owners–who reportedly still occupy the home as of yesterday–gave the property a complete and expensive overhaul a few years ago that included the addition of an entertainment pavilion with outdoor fireplace and built-in barbecue and a lap-lane salt water swimming pool and spa.
A wide rocking chair porch leads to and impress-the-guests entrance hall and reception area, a formal living with fireplace, banquet hall sized dining room, wood-paneled family room with built-in cabinetry and a large center-island kitchen that opens into a glassed-in sun porch. The master bedroom includes a bathroom with twin Carrera marble topped vanities, separate soaking tub and shower and heated floors for tootsie warming on those chilly and damp NorCal mornings.
Given Mister Zuckerberg's recent run in with an unhinged person who turned up on his door step and left ridiculous notes for him that said stupid things like: "I am ready to die for you, please, Mark, please," we imagine Mister Zuckerberg will install a state of the art security system that will not only film you but zap you with a laser beam iffin you so much as look a the house when you drive by.
listing photo: Alain Pinel Realtors