Bill Gates transforms $43M mansion into 'bachelor pad', annoyed neighbors call it 'nuisance'
Following his divorce from Melinda Gates, Bill Gates is gutting his alleged $43 million, 5,800 square foot oceanfront mansion in San Diego and starting all over again. According to the New York Post, Gates 66, is customizing the gorgeous property for his personal use — and he's modifying it.
The original six-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom mansion, which stretched 5,800 square feet, has been entirely dismantled, according to nearby residents, and is being rebuilt from the ground up. According to neighbors who are upset about all the interruptions, Gates and his security forces visited the mansion twice in the past several months to check on the project.
However, a representative for Gates said that he has no connection to the property. "Mr. Gates does not own this home, has never been there, and is not involved in any activity related to the property," the billionaire's spokeswoman said.
According to the New York Post, the six-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom mansion, which has a glass tile pool, fire pit, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean has been completely modified.
“It’s been a nuisance,” a neighbor told the New York Post. “They make a lot of noise, my baby can’t sleep,” another neighbor said. “It’s become a real hindrance on the whole neighborhood.”
Getting permission to build in the area in the first place is a feat in itself. According to local officials, obtaining permits takes a while and is nearly impossible.
The home, which includes a two-bedroom guest cottage and an open-concept living area, was one of the most expensive real estate purchases in 2021. The destruction of the mansion began in January 2022. "The home they purchased was in immaculate condition, not exactly sure why he would want to tear it down," a local realtor told The Post.
The current 24-hour security guards who are keeping an eye on the property while it remains under construction are hoping the new house will be completed by August at the latest. But photos reveal the beginning stages of the build and it appears there is a still a long way to go.