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10:38 am on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Internet search leader Google Inc. has added a landmark to its rapidly expanding empire -- the Silicon Valley home where co founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented a garage eight years ago as they set out to change the world.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company bought the 1,900-square-foot home in nearby Menlo Park from one of its own employees, Susan Wojcicki, who had agreed to lease her garage for $1,700 per month because she wanted help paying the mortgage.

Google Buys The Garage That Launched The Company [boston.com]

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$1700 a month for a garage... That's a bad a real estate market.
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Why is this on the front page? This doesn't help me and it doesn't seem like particularly important news.
1:19 pm on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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$1700 a month for a garage... That's a bad a real estate market.

That's the Bay Area for you, and one of the reasons I got out. $4-5k a month is typical for a 2,000 sq. foot home in a declining neighborhood.

Congrats to Google - that is awesome to get the place where it all started. Hopefully there isn't a meth lab next door. :-)

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Tom - I think it's a huge piece of a history that really needs to be kept alive.

It is news.... to most

2:32 pm on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is not a huge piece of history. This is another example of anything Google does getting much more coverage than it deserves.
2:53 pm on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Let's hope that Google moves back in and takes it SE to the level that it was then.
3:18 pm on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well done Google, Its a nice story.

I think it is worth the home page and I also think its good for Google!

Well Done.

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Maybe it's not quite as significant as the shed that Henry Ford built his first prototypes in, but it's a piece of history.

The busloads of people who show up to take pictures of the garage have become such an annoyance that Google asked The Associated Press not to publish the property's address...

I'd like to see them set up the inside as it was back then.
4:07 pm on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The article doesn't include a photo. But, I know I have seen one before and can't find it now. Anyone have a link?
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The article doesn't include a photo. But, I know I have seen one before and can't find it now. Anyone have a link?

[cnn.com...]

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They are getting *really* bored with all that money eh?

Google asked The Associated Press not to publish the property's address

But ironically thanks to their search engine it takes all of 0.25 seconds
to see the garage is at "232 Santa Margarita Ave" and two more seconds to get a nice map with directions [maps.google.com]

The HP garage is at 367 Addison Ave btw (I guess Google is mimicing their purchase)
and the Apple garage is 15 minutes away at 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos.

[edited by: amznVibe at 5:10 pm (utc) on Oct. 2, 2006]

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They should have left the garage to stanford students to rent, who need more affordable housing in the area.
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Why is this on the front page? This doesn't help me and it doesn't seem like particularly important news.

I wasn't aware that everything on WebmasterWorld was here just to help you! I happen to appreciate historical information of all sorts and believe that Google and its founding location is of historical import.

Google is historically important whether you'd like to believe it or not. A hundred years from now, I would dare to say that the names Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page will be in the history books alongside photos of their "garage" just as you see pictures of Henry Ford with his model T [time.com]

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As much as I hate Google, this does belong on the front page and is news. Like it or not the "Google" garage is a historic landmark. Maybe Google has museum-type plans in store?
6:22 pm on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If you think thats a high rate, try SF. Mountain View is chicken feed in comparison.
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>>>>> I'd like to see them set up the inside as it was back then.

Gee, wasn't it just eight years ago? What could be different or historic?
"Garage"? It's a million dollar home.
Let's wait 30-40 years to name buildings at Stanford after them.

8:20 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I grew up in Palo Alto. My high school journalism teacher was Esther Wojcicki, the mother of Susan W. whose garage Larry & Sergei worked out of.

For me, the most meaningful aspect of the story is that Esther was known for her very unique style of teaching, which was basically to treat students as adults and let them manage the newspaper on their own. She was one of my favorite teachers for that, and has since gone on to win some fairly prestigious awards. Her teaching style is much like Google's mgmt style in terms of trusting that employees/students, if given direction, a fair amount of creative license, and if treated as adults, will produce great results.

-Shorebreak

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It's amazing to me no one questions this but I smell BS on this one. Much like the Ebay Pez story I find it hard to believe any startup business with $1 Mil in the bank would rent a garage to do biz out of. Give me a break..
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If you write checks left and right, you won't have 1 million in the bank very long. Google, when they first started, weren't trying to impress anyone or get fancy offices -- and they still are very frugal in that sense. Starting in a garage is fine for any company if it helps them look more profitable / bring better value to their shareholders.