Google founders go back to their roots

In case anyone still wondered whether the founders of Google were forward-looking, here’s more evidence that they stay ahead of the curve: They bought the garage—and the house, too—in Menlo Park, Calif., where they founded the company. It was leased to them in the late 1990s for $1,700 a month by Susan Wojcicki, the company’s current vp of product management. The company won’t say how much it bought the property for, but pieces of real estate in the area with less legendary status have been selling in the $1.1 million to $1.3 million range. Google also isn’t sure what it’s going to do with the property, although tour buses already are known to swing by, no doubt delighting the neighbors. The map above shows the locations of this (it’s the top purple balloon) and other famous Silicon Valley garages: the Palo Alto location where Hewlett-Packard started and the Los Altos garage where Apple began.

—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor