Zynga cofounder’s manse up for $18 mil

What are you doing this Sunday? Zynga cofounder Mark Pincus’ 11,500-square-foot Gold Coast mansion is up for sale and it’s going to be open from 12 to 3 p.m. The Chronicle did a short profile of the house, which is being shown unstaged – a surprise, as noted, since Pincus’ wife Ali is the founder of One Kings Lane, a home décor website.

The mansion, which is located at 2950 Pacific Avenue, is on the market for $18 million. That’s $2 million more than Pincus spent when he bought it in 2012. It has seven bedrooms, six and one-half baths and incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Mount Tam and the Marin Headlands. Bay Area architect Albert Farr designed the Dutch Colonial Revival property, which is at the end of a private driveway with a south-facing entrance.

Built in 1907, the home sits on a mere 0.28 acres … so consider it less of a landscaping-maintenance effort. It’s a whopping $1,391 per square foot, but remember that it comes with six parking spaces, so think about how unusual that alone is in the city.

As the Chronicle notes, the home includes original details including a New England-style Dutch colonial façade, diamond-patterned window panes, six fireplaces and a reception hall “inglenook”, including a Ship Captain’s Room that pays tribute to original owner Virginia Whiting Newhall’s passion for the ocean. That’s according to Forbes, which profiled the open house and noted that the Newhalls owned the home for more than a century.

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