Zucked in: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s neighbours have had enough


Hannah Francis

As if his fabled rise from college geek to tech billionaire hasn’t sparked enough jealous indignation, renovations to the Facebook founder’s $US10 million San Francisco home are starting to give his neighbours the squirts.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have taken out 10 permits totalling millions of dollars for a complete revamp of their four-storey 1920s property on 21st Street, near Dolores Park in the trendy Mission District.

The works include a media room, wine room, bar, a rear extension, fourth-floor decking, landscaping, basement garage with turntable pad.

The installation of high-speed fibre-optic cables has meant jackhammers tearing up the footpaths, with neighbours unable to park on the street out front.

The property is bordered with temporary fencing, and watched over by round-the-clock security.

All this has been going on for nearly 1½ years.

Neighbours have reportedly complained to the district supervisor about the ongoing disruption, with one telling the San Francisco Chronicle the development was like a “fortress”.

A contractor told the paper there had been around 40 to 50 workers on the site each day since renovations began in April last year.

At just 30 years old, Zuckerberg is likely worth more billions than he has in years.

Tensions have been building in San Francisco for some time as the influx of cashed-up tech entrepreneurs like Zuckerberg push up property prices, despite many of them earning their riches about 50km away in Silicon Valley.

Local journalist Sergio Quintana tweeted that there were eight more construction sites on the same block as Zuckerberg’s property.

(2/2) The Zuckerberg house in Dolores Heights in SF is 1 of 9 construction sites on the block that are taking parking pic.twitter.com/Mm5hFZmIMU — Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) September 23, 2014

The billionaire has also rubbed neighbours the wrong way in Palo Alto, where his primary home is situated.

Last year he purchased four adjacent properties for approximately $US43 million so he could have some influence over who’d be moving in next door.

A developer who formerly owned one of the properties is now suing Zuckerberg for an alleged breach of contract, after the billionaire failed to introduce the developer to wealthy clients as promised.



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