February 26, 2012

Inside the House: Mark and Ali Pincus

"Colorful" Presidio Heights Mansion

Real Estate
Mark and Alison PIncus Mark and Alison PIncus

All eyes were focused on Hollywood this Oscar weekend.

All eyes, that is, except for ours.

While everyone else focused on Hollywood royalty, we were spending time taking inspiration from San Francisco’s version of royalty: Mark and Ali Pincus.

For those of you who aren’t tech savvy, don’t buy on flash sales, and don’t online game, you may not know that Mark Pincus is the founder of Zynga and Ali Pincus is the founder of One Kings Lane. They’re one of tech's "it" couples (think of them as tech's version of Brad and Angie).

We’ve plucked Mark and Ali’s house out of obscurity – well, not really obscurity since both of their San Francisco homes on the market have gotten quite a bit of buzz – to point out how to decorate with color.

Sure, we generally love old versus new, particularly in cities like San Francisco that have beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture, but we’re featuring this one because of its pedigree and its colorful and fanciful décor. We love the splash of lilac accents in the living room, the bright green foyer (use super bright colors sparingly, like they did here), and the vivid painting in the dining room. The bright yellow backsplash in the kitchen makes it feel fun and young without sacrificing that white kitchen look everyone likes so much.

The overall effect of all this color and so many different prints and textiles is very fun and appropriately reflects the home’s owners: A young family who, though worth billions (yes, with a “B”), isn’t ready to graduate to stuffiness.

The six bedroom, six and a half bath Presidio Heights house is listed for $8,455,000. and features a kitchen with family room, a courtyard, a penthouse suite that contains an office and terrace, and lower level that has an au pair suite and media room/large play room.

Interestingly, according to multiple sources Mark, Ali, and their twin daughters never lived in this house because of fears of a stalker.

Hmmm. Unfortunately maybe tech and Hollywood aren’t so different after all.



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