Tech bazillionaires have been buying up a plethora of San Francisco's priciest real estate this year, but one tech titan is calling city living quits. Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube, is selling his penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton Residences. The 2-bed, 2.5-bath, 3,063 sq. ft. duplex just landed on the market asking $8,000,000. In 2007 Chen shelled out $4.85M for the pad and spent 21 months working closely with architect Joel Sanders to turn the condo into a tech lover's dream home. In an email to the Wall Street Journal, Chen said that one of his favorite features of the penthouse are the three televisions that hang side-by-side in the living room. "You are able to watch CNN with the front speakers, keep up with the SF Giants with the rear speakers, then for the last monitor, you still have the weather station, ESPN, the PlayStation 3 etc on all at the same time." So basically Chen's a couch potato. Another penthouse highlight is in the master suite. There's a glass wall that separates the bedroom from the master bathroom, and one touch of a button turns the glass from clear to frosted. Chen's selling his tech-y abode because he's recently had a second child, so he and his family have likely moved to the 'burbs of the South Bay.
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