Zuckerberg's Huge Remodel Includes $60K Greenhouse

Construction permits for his mansion add up to $1.6M

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 16, 2013 10:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mark Zuckerberg's crazy expensive San Francisco mansion is about to get even more crazy expensive. His contractor has taken out five construction permits that add up to more than $1.6 million in remodel costs, and workers at the house tell the San Francisco Chronicle they think the construction will actually cost a few million more than that—and will take an entire year to complete. The Chronicle describes the 5,542-square-foot Dolores Heights house as "pretty well stripped to the studs" at this point. Zuck and wife Priscilla Chan bought the home for $9.9 million in November, according to Mission Local, but they have yet to confirm they actually own it, nor have they shown their faces to workers.

Among other expenditures, the Zuckerbergs will spend $720,000 to add a number of new rooms, including an office, media room, laundry room, wine room, mud room, and wet bar, plus $60,000 on a greenhouse. Workers are also currently putting in a new basement garage with a turntable for cars. As one passerby put it: "It's nice to be rich." Really nice: Zuck and Chan were spotted looking at property in Hawaii earlier this month, according to the New York Post. (In more insane real estate news, click to read about how a foot-wide slice of beach sold for $120,000.)

This photo provided by Facebook shows Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan at their wedding ceremony in Palo Alto, Calif., Saturday, May 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/Facebook, Allyson Magda Photography)
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