Mark Pincus, the Zynga CEO responsible for CityVille and a slew of other Facebook games that blew up your news feed in 2010, has listed two San Francisco homes on the market just before his wildly successful gaming company goes public this Friday. Pincus, you might remember, had a run-in last year with a possibly schizophrenic former stripper named Vera Svechina. Although Pincus got a restraining order against Svechina last February, there's some speculation that he's suddenly ditching his two lavish San Francisco homes — one in the Presidio and another in Cole Valley where the Pincus family has apparently been living — in order to get away from the persistant Russian stripper. From Zillow's report on the two listings:
The word is that the family, including the couple’s twin daughters, never lived in the Presidio home and have since moved from the Cole Valley property, in part due to fears over a stalker... Threats and bizarre emails and actual run-ins with the Russian national were enough to drive the Pincus family to a more secure locale.
You'll recall that Svechina previously used her blog to accuse Pincus' daughters of being "ugly babies". Which pales in comparison to the crazy that occurred when she claimed Google's cofounders killed her father and that the idea for Zynga came from her family back in Russia. (Which, even if the Svechinas didn't come up with it, we're still not quite sure Pincus did either.)
Anyway, if you're in the market for a $8.9 million home in Presidio Heights or some slightly more modest $2.19 million digs in Cole Valley — clicking around Curbed's gallery of interior design porn proves they're both incredibly well-appointed, if maybe a little heavy-handed with all the dog statues and lime green around. But the design sense is the family's own, at least: Mrs. Allison Pincus, an entrepreneur herself and the woman in charge at high-end home furnishings website One King's Lane, is responsible for the decorating.
Zynga's IPO, meanwhile, gets priced out tomorrow and hits the market Friday. At least one analyst has called the stock a "Buy".