Congratulations, San Francisco, you did it. All your griping about Mark Zuckerberg's endless construction on his Dolores Heights home? Your umbrage over the college kids he allegedly hired to squat in parking places for his workers? It's reportedly driven the Facebook founder far far away — to a massive Hawaiian compound where no one will bitch at him about anything, one assumes.
The man Forbes says is the tenth richest in the world and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, are rumored to have dropped a teensy fraction of his (at publication time) $34.8 billion bucks on a 357-acre beachfront estate on Kaua'i, the Pacific Business News reports.
According to the PBN, the property in question is called The Kahuaina Plantation, which a fact sheet describes as "a vast and pristine oceanfront property that offers the rare opportunity to create a stewardship to last for generations."
It was reportedly purchased by Zuckerberg and Chan for $66 million, which would basically be like if you had $1054 in the bank and decided to spend $2. (Efforts made by SFist to confirm the purchase with Zuckerberg and Chan were not responded to at publication time.)
The property, located at 7480 Koolau Road in Kilauea, can accommodate "up to 80 homesites," the Plantation's fact sheet says. "Buyers may build the master planned development, a community of larger estates, or a beachfront family estate as a legacy property with embedded entitlements."
It has "357 acres of pristine secluded Kaua'i coastline," and "access to nearly 2,500 feet of white sand beach," both of which are making Dolores Park look pretty grubby by comparison.
Of course, with funds like the Zuckerbergs', there's no reason they'd be giving up their San Francisco renovation for Kaua'i on a permanent basis. After all, were they ready to hang it all up for island life, they would have done so after their reported 2013 purchase of several multimillion dollar condos in Honolulu, right?
Perhaps Zuck's just following in fellow Forbes lister (#3, with $48.2 billion at publication time) Larry Ellison's footsteps by buying up huge chunks of Hawaii. Or maybe he just wants to be able to occasionally retreat to a place where no one's going to call their district supervisor every time one of his 50 construction guys farts too loud.