Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Finally Buys a Home

After years of renting notoriously spartan homes, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg finally has a house to call his own.

According to the Silicon Valley Mercury News, Zuckerberg has purchased a $7 million Palo Alto estate that features 5 bedrooms, a saltwater pool, and over 5,000 square feet of property. It would be the first house that Zuckerberg has actually purchased.

Though he heads up a site known for challenging our ideas of what privacy means, it remains to be seen how well-shielded Zuckerberg will be from the prying eyes of the outside world. Will the Facebook CEO have strict security on the property? Consider that earlier in the year a stalker, Pradeep Manukonda, harassed him repeatedly, showing up to his home with flowers and a handwritten note. Zuckerberg has a restraining order against Manukonda.

His new home is apparently set well back from the street and protected by a wall and trees. Still, Zuckerberg's new house is pretty budget, in comparison to the homes of some other tech leaders. Bill Gates' mansion (which has its own Wikipedia page) rings in at over 66,000 square feet, and is known as "Xanadu 2."

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