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Zuck’s Tahoe estate: Blueprints show thermal cameras, lakeside spa and 11 buildings

A photo illustration shows Mark Zuckerberg and a rendering of his planned Lake Tahoe estate.
Renderings show what Mark Zuckerberg’s massive private compound on Lake Tahoe’s western shore could look like when completed. | Source: Courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson/Placer County Planning Department

Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is building a massive private compound on the western shore of Lake Tahoe, planning documents show.

His new 11-building manor lies on roughly 10 acres of lakeside real estate bought for $59 million. The new home will be constructed from dark timber planks and have large windows in front, renderings show. But that’s not all.

Once completed, there will be eight new structures including an L-shaped family home, two guest houses, a lakeside spa and gym, a security gatehouse, a storage shed, a home office and a cottage plans show. The plans also keep the existing home and cottage at 2360 Sunnyside Ln. but require demolishing other buildings to accommodate the new development.

The image is a site map depicting two properties on Sunnyside Lane, labeled 2340 and 2360, with buildings, driveways, and landscaping details. Lake Tahoe is identified on the right.
Mark Zuckerberg's new Tahoe home will have 11 buildings, including a lakeside gym and spa. | Source: Courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson/Placer County Planning Department

Two security thermal cameras will be mounted on the pier facing the lake, plans show. The Meta founder’s Tahoe estate plans were first reported by SFGATE.

To build the estate, Zuckerberg first had to acquire two neighboring properties. The first of these was the Carousel Estate, which included three 1930s buildings—two homes around 3,200 square feet each and a roughly 2,000-square-foot guest home that have been demolished, according to permit records and aerial photos. The estate was bought from the family of late investment banker Robert Quist, according to news reports.

Zuckerberg purchased the Carousel Estate for $22 million in December 2018 and bought the Brushwood Estate for $37 million in January 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported. The new complex will spread across the two neighboring parcels.

The Brushwood Estate was owned by San Francisco philanthropist Tamara Fritz and was the site of the annual Oscar de la Renta fashion show, according to various news reports.

The estate purchases were quietly made through a limited liability corporation, Golden Range LLC. It, in turn, is run by a Delaware LLC managed by two partners of investment firm ICONIQ Capital, which claims to manage Zuckerberg’s finances.

A rustic cabin with large windows sits in a wooded area. Three people are seen near the cabin, with one standing inside and two others outside. The setting is serene and lush.
Mark Zuckerberg's compound boasts a dark timber and glass facade. Renderings show what appears to be two women doing yoga on the porch. | Source: Courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson/Placer County Planning Department

Meta, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Seattle-based architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson did not respond to requests for comment.

A resident who recently sold their vacation home within walking distance from Zuckerberg’s planned compound and who spoke on condition on anonymity said homes in the area are “old” and “family-oriented.” She said when she last visited in September that construction of the billionaire’s home was still in its early phases.

“It looks like what they were doing was very tasteful,” the former neighbor said. “I’m sure everyone hopes that he doesn’t build some monster.”