A Silicon Valley home that Mark Zuckerberg rented in Facebook’s early days is on the market for $5.3 million. Take a look inside. – News 24

  • In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg and two other Facebook co-founders rented a house in Silicon Valley.

  • The 2,969 square foot home features six bedrooms and four full bathrooms.

  • The house was kept filled with engineers, Facebook employees and interns, according to the New York Post.

The Silicon Valley home where Mark Zuckerberg once operated the world’s largest social media network, Facebook, now known as Meta, is up for sale for $5.3 million.

The hallway of the house.Courtesy of Crystal Souza

Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Sean Parker rented the home in 2004, Live Play Real Estate realtor Crystal Souza told Insider. Zuckerberg was just 19 at the time, and he, Moskovitz and Parker were sent home to be kicked out of their old home after the landlord discovered they had tied a zip line to the chimney to jump into the pool.

Desperate to find a place to live, Zuckerberg and the others came across a listing for 1743 Westbrook Avenue, owned, according to Santa Clara County Public Records, by Judy Fusco. Fusco, now 77, told the New York Post the same year that Zuckerberg never set foot inside the house before renting it, and simply handed her a check for $10,000. to secure the lease.

The trio moved in in September 2004, but they weren’t the only guests: Facebook employees, including engineers and interns, quickly filled the six-bedroom home. The interns stayed in bunk beds on the veranda, Fusco told the Post.

The state of the house in 2004 was far from what it is today. When Zuckerberg and the team resided there, the house only had essential furniture from IKEA and ottomans, according to Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy. Zuckerberg didn’t even have a dresser and kept his clothes in a pile.

Fusco and Zuckerberg did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The home is located in the prestigious Country Club neighborhood of Los Altos Hills.

Aerial view of Westbrook

Country Club, Los Altos Hill.Courtesy of Crystal Souza

Located 45 minutes from San Francisco, Los Altos Hill is home to some of the wealthiest tech moguls, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai. In Bloomberg’s 2020 Richest Places Index, Los Altos Hills was ranked the fifth-richest community in the United States. The average household income there stood at $405,073.

According to the Zillow Home Value Index, the average price of a home in Los Altos Hills is $5,596,953, up 18.9% from last year. With a listing price of $5,298,000, the sale price of “Casa de Facebook” is just below the new average.

The 2,969 square foot home features six bedrooms and four full bathrooms.

The living room

Courtesy of Crystal Souza

Sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows are installed in most common areas to let in natural sunlight, as seen in the virtual tour of the house.

Like Zuckerberg’s current home in Palo Alto, California, the house at 1743 Westbrook Avenue features wood flooring.

The living room has large bay windows that open onto a balcony.

A living room

The spacious living room.Courtesy of Crystal Souza

The windows offer views of the nearby creek, according to the listing.

The living room leads to the dining room and the open kitchen with a central island and a dining area.

The dining room and the kitchen

The dining room and the kitchen.Courtesy of Crystal Souza

(Source: 360 degree home tour listing)

Zuckerberg and his team eventually left home to settle in their first official office in downtown Palo Alto on Emerson Street in 2005.

Balcony with lush greenery

The balcony overlooks the trees.Courtesy of Crystal Souza

But Fusco told the New York Post that she still occasionally hears from them after they move.

“Sean came to me several times asking me to invest, telling me I’d be a billionaire one day if I did,” Fusco said.

Read the original Insider article

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