The best part of buying a new house, obviously, is ripping out the grotty old cabinets and remaking the den to suit your personal preferences. Or at least that’s the case if you happened to have founded Facebook and therefore have an enormous stockpile of cash.
While the couple won’t confirm it, reports say that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, recently purchased a second home in the vicinity of San Francisco’s Mission District, near Dolores Park. Perhaps so Beast can herd hipsters and startup bros instead of livestock?
But now, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, they’re doing a bit of sprucing up. Permits suggest they’ll be spending $720,000 on the addition of an “office, media room, half-bathroom, mud room, laundry room, wine room and wet bar” on the first floor, as well as changes elsewhere; $65,000 to redo the kitchen and bathroom (which doesn’t seem that unreasonable) and $30,000 on an “exterior wall and stairway, plus seismic upgrades.”
Oh, and $60,000 on a greenhouse. Please, please tell us that Zuck has a heretofore undisclosed passion for growing rare orchids. Or that he plans to cultivate pot plants.
All told that’s $1.6 million–and that’s just the estimated cost. Apparently last week the building was “pretty well stripped to the studs.” We’re no starchitects at Betabeat, but that sounds pricey for a second home, and “workers at the site” told SF Gate they “wouldn’t be surprised if the final tab comes to several million more.”