In late 2012, Mark Zuckerberg dished out $10 million on a San Francisco vacation home one block away from Dolores Park. He has been driving his new neighbors insane with non-stop construction ever since.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Zuckerberg has spent millions making the eight-figure "fixer-upper" fit the needs of your everyday billionaire. The chaos has left his Mission District neighbors feeling "under siege" for the past 17 months.
Zuckerberg secured ten separate building permits so that an estimated 40 to 50 contractors could build out everything from roof decks to a basement garage, featuring a car turntable so his fleet of vehicles "can get in and out more easily." And the CEO—ever conscious of people's privacy—had a massive mesh net fence erected around the property.
When we swung by the house earlier today, workers were just unloading equipment and checking their phones in the middle of the street. But neighbors tell the Chronicle that the construction has left the area with parking woes and constant noise filling the usually-quiet residential neighborhood:
Dozens of construction workers, using backhoes and jackhammers, are busy installing everything from a new kitchen to bathrooms and decks — and tearing up the sidewalks for new fiber-optic cables that will connect to the home.
And it's all being overseen by round-the-clock security.
"This is nothing short of a fortress," said one homeowner, who asked not to be named to avoid a public kerfuffle with the new Facebook neighbors.
Fed-up neighbors have taken their gripes to local politicians, including their district supervisor Scott Wiener. But those complaints have fallen of deaf ears, with Wiener reportedly "steering clear" of the growing noise on both sides of Zuck's privacy fence.
Have his neighbors considered organizing a Facebook group?