Facebook founders’ early Silicon Valley home up for rent
Mark Zuckerberg and co-founders rented home in 2004
The Silicon Valley home where the creators of Facebook lived during the social network’s early days is up for rent.
The six-bedroom home at 1743 Westbrook Avenue in Los Altos is available for $10,000 per month, according to the New York Post. That’s twice what Mark Zuckerberg and company paid when they moved in during the summer of 2004.
Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Sean Parker had been kicked out of their previous rental — allegedly for tying a zip line from the chimney to the swimming pool — and needed to quickly find a new place to set up shop, according to the publication.
Their soon-to-be landlord, Judy Fusco, told the Post that Zuckerberg didn’t even go inside the house before asking if they could rent the place and writing her a $10,000 check. He told her he “planned to connect the world.”
“I said, ‘I don’t care if you are going to connect the world, if this check does not pass, you’re not moving in,’” Fusco said.
They moved in a couple weeks later and the house quickly filled up with desks and interns — at least 10 of whom were bunked up in a sunroom at one point, according to Fusco.
She later came to the rescue when her tenants left her house unlocked with their servers vulnerable, and even had the IRS on her back after Zuckerberg claimed she was an employee.
Facebook has since spread into much bigger spaces: The firm has offices in many major cities, including 730,000 square feet at New York’s Farley Post Office redevelopment, and an eight-acre campus in Seattle built by outdoor equipment retailer REI.
[NYP] — Dennis Lynch