From Daily Mail
The Facebook founder’s six-foot wall around $100m Hawaii retreat that obscures spectacular panorama for locals
- Mark Zuckerberg paid $100 million for the 750-acre retreat on Kauai
- He also bought two parcels of land beside his property to ensure privacy
- Now locals have been angered by a six-foot high wall along the boundary
- He previously bought properties surrounding his Silicon Valley mansion
This is the six-foot tall stone wall Mark Zuckerberg is building around his $100million 750-acre retreat on the Hawaiian island of Kauai – and it’s outraged residents by blocking their views of the ocean.
The billionaire Facebook boss bought the property on Kauai’s north shore in 2014. He later added two further parcels of land, including 393 acres at Pila’a Beach.
Around six weeks ago, Zuckerberg began construction of a large stone wall. It runs along the property next to a road in the semi-rural community of Kilauea.
But some of Zuckerberg’s neighbors are grumbling that the rock wall – believed to be made from locally sourced stone – is an eyesore.
Retiree Moku Crain said the wall looks daunting and forbidding. Crain hopes and expects Zuckerberg will soften the wall’s look by planting foliage around it.
‘Whereas before when we drove along the road we could see the ocean and see through the property, it’s closing off that view,’ Crain said. ‘So I think that’s part of it. Nobody likes change.’
Crain estimated the wall was about six feet tall and that another existing wall on the property was only about four feet.
Few would complain if the new wall was built at the same height, Crain predicted.
Lindsay Andrews, a spokeswoman for Zuckerberg’s Kauai property operations, says the rock wall is designed to reduce highway and road noise.
Similar walls are routinely used for this purpose, she said. The wall follows all rules and regulations, she added.
‘Our entire team remains committed to ensuring that any development respects the local landscape and environment and is considerate of neighbors,’ she said in a statement.
Other neighbors told The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai that the wall was oppressive, blocks breezes and views and ‘doesn’t feel neighborly.’
‘The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense,’ Gy Hall told West Hawaii Today.
‘It’s really sad that somebody would come in, and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years.’
He added: ‘(The crew) put some boards up, so you can see the future projection of the wall and what it will cut off.
‘It’s quite dramatic because you can see all the pasture land and ocean underneath the boards.’
Donna Mcmillen, also criticized the wall, saying: ‘I’m super unhappy about that. I know that land belongs to Zuckerberg.
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