[PHOTOS] Airbnb’s Quebec king offered home for US$9.2 million from Pharrell Williams

The controversial Sonder boss, who took out a $30 million loan from Quebec, just bought a $9.2 million luxury home in California.

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Image is from Sonder.com

As many Montreal residents struggle to find affordable housing, Quebec-born Francis Davidson, CEO of Sonder, presented himself a stunning home designed by rapper-architect Pharrell Williams in Los Angeles in early 2022, according to US media reports.

Davidson’s company has already been denounced by the Regroupement des Comités Logements et Association de Tenants du Québec (RCLALQ) as contributing to the city’s housing crisis.

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This week, we revealed that the short-term rental company Airbnb-like operates 389 units in Montreal.


Image taken from the website of Belzberg Architects

He offers dozens of apartments on Airbnb in Sud-Ouest, Ville-Marie and Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, where the housing crisis emerges.

The movement was defeated

Yesterday, the three opposition parties made a proposal to withdraw the loan from Sonder. However, the Lego government did not pursue.

“The Skyline Residence is a hilltop hideaway set on 1.5 scenic acres […] Built by famed architect Hagy Belzberg,” he reads a description of the property Davidson acquired at the Zillow site.


The property is located in the cinema Mecca, in the Hollywood Hills, and it notably offers an outdoor cinema that allows projection on the wall of the house.

Image taken from the website of Belzberg Architects

The property is located in the cinema Mecca, in the Hollywood Hills, and it notably offers an outdoor cinema that allows projection on the wall of the house.

The home offers a 70-foot infinity pool, according to the site. It has an outdoor cinema, spa, skate park and several outdoor relaxation areas. The master bedroom was designed for “a king,” as the description says, including a ten-foot video wall and onyx stone bathroom.


Image taken from the website of Belzberg Architects

The 29-year-old Sonder boss also received compensation totaling $3.3 million last year, according to an April 20 financial filing from Sonder.


Image taken from the website of Belzberg Architects

His salary doubled in one year, from $180,493 to $360,000. He also received stock options worth $2.9 million.


Image taken from the website of Belzberg Architects

layoffs

In addition, the company yesterday announced layoffs representing 21% of positions in companies and 7% of front-end positions.

“As part of this restructuring, our company has announced the layoffs of approximately 250 employees, including about 40 employees in Montreal, including several positions within our call center,” Fiona Story, director of door-to-door delivery service, told us. By email. Sonder, early evening.

The Nasdaq-listed Sonder lost 8.7% yesterday, down 82% since January.

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