By James McClain | Variety
Looks as though San Francisco 49ers co-chieftain and former Facebook moneyman Gideon Yu is looking to do some covert reconnaissance in enemy territory — or maybe he’s just seeking out a warmer-weather vacation pad — because the venerated tech titan and his wife Susie Min have punted out a healthy $9.5 million for a mansion in L.A.’s Sherman Oaks neighborhood, where shadows of the Rams and Chargers loom large.
The Yus reside primarily in the ritzy Silicon Valley town of Atherton, Calif., where they own a $21 million mansion and some of their nearest neighbors include major ballers like Steph Curry, Google founder Sergey Brin, WhatsApp’s Jan Koum, and Warriors owner Joe Lacob. Though it’s not nearly as impressive as their Atherton home, the Sherman Oaks estate is certainly large, with a 6,700-square-foot main house and a detached 2,400-square-foot guesthouse. Secured behind gates, the spread was built in 2017 and last sold that same year for $6.8 million to longtime music manager and former Roc Nation president Phil McIntyre, who scored a big profit when he flipped it to Yu in an off-market deal.
Long before he became notable in the American football world as the very first team president of color in the NFL’s 100-year history, Yu was one of the most well-respected tech executives in Silicon Valley. The Korean-born immigrant — he holds a B.S. from Stanford and a Harvard MBA — is probably best known for his time at Facebook, where he served as CFO from 2007 until 2009. Before that, he was CFO at YouTube, negotiating the company’s 2006 acquisition by Google. Yu also had high-profile stints at Yahoo, Sequoia Capital, and Khosla Ventures, though the 49-year-old seems to have adjusted to a semi-retired life — when he’s not managing the 49ers, of course.
Though it’s described as a Colonial Revival in prior listings, the home appears vaguer — though it’s clearly got traditional East Coast flavor in its DNA, the place is really just large and glitzy, and meant to impress, more than any proper architectural vernacular. There’s a three-car attached garage, plus a motorcourt for several additional vehicles.
The front door opens into a monstrous great room with 27-foot ceilings and a curved staircase that faces toward the home’s rear, with second-floor balconies overhead.
The great room opens to the kitchen, which is equipped for catering large events with two SubZero fridges, two dishwashers, a commercial-grade Wolf range, and Calacatta marble countertops. An adjacent formal pantry services the formal dining room with wine and beverage refrigerators.
The main level also includes a bedroom suite with its own discreet private entrance, ideal for a live-in housekeeper, and a more intimate living room with its own fireplace.
Upstairs are four more ensuite bedrooms including the master, which offers a private balcony and human-sized fireplace, plus lavish a lavish bath and Rodeo Drive boutique-worthy closet.
The sprawling main house also offers a second staircase, this one leading to another upstairs wing separate from the bedroom wing. Up there lies a large recreation room/mancave and full bathroom; the listing says the rec room could be a potential 6th bedroom or gym.
Out back, the grounds include a pancake-flat swath of grassy lawn, plus a large pool/spa combo. Stone patios have ample space for al fresco entertaining.
Best of all is the detached guesthouse with its own full basement. On top of the typical bedroom suite and kitchenette, the place includes a temperature-controlled wine room and a 12-seat movie theater, the latter with a “viewing window” directly into the swimming pool’s depths.