Sunday, May 08, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg 'Likes' $7 Million House


Mark Zuckerberg is pretty much as big time as it gets for tech geeks and social media fans these days, and news is floating around the Facebook billionaire (theoretical or not) has purchased a $7 million house in Palo Alto, Calif. Already one of the richest people in America, he now becomes one of the richest home owners in America as well.

As far as what kind of place that kind of coin can get you in that area, the house has five bedroom, 5 1/2 baths, a glassed-in porch, saltwater swimming pool and an outdoor gazebo complete with wood burning fireplace. All things considered, not a bad residence for a first-time home buyer. One has to wonder if the guy will post pictures of the 5,617-square-foot house on his Facebook page. Considering how much he values his privacy (which has an aura of irony), fans should not bet on it.

Considering Zuckerberg is valued at $13.5 billion, paying that kind of money for a house is almost on the low side, which is a scary sentence in itself. However, anyone who watched "The Social Network" realizes the guy has a good head on his shoulders, whether the movie was completely false or not. The 26-year-old is clearly handling his adulthood in a responsible manner. He almost seems in touch with reality, which is a phrase seldom used around the uber-rich.

Not surprisingly, the realtor and Facebook declined to comment on the sale of the house. Zuckerberg is really too savvy to virtually give the paparazzi an invitation to his address. However, as his fame and company continue to soar, staying out of the spotlight might prove to be a difficult situation, but if anyone can do it, he probably can.

While other billionaires are shelling out $100 million or more for their residences, it is nice to see somebody stay a little in touch with reality. In the wake of other celebrity misgivings, like Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen and the rest, Zuckerberg continues to keep to himself and stay out of the headlines. Imagine if the only headlines about the rich and famous were about the houses they were buying, maybe he should friend a few of the other folks and send them a few messages.

Jason Gallagher is a former travel professional and long-time Pennsylvania resident. These experiences give him a first-hand look at developing situations in the state and everything included in the travel industry from technology to trends.

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