Friday, December 3, 2010

Global 2010: Rent the Former Home of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Image representing Mark Zuckerberg as depicted...Image via CrunchBase
Feel like snooping around Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's house?

Well, now you can do it legally: The house that the social-networking boy wonder was renting near the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif., is back on the market for the low, low price of $7,850 a month.

An ad on Craigslist boasts that the "gorgeous" four-bedroom, three-bath single-family home is in a "Prestigious location!" with "Charm and functionality!" It features a chef's kitchen with gas stove, a wood-burning fireplace and a huge family room "with the view of Kitchen." (That must be some kitchen!)

There was some confusion on Thursday about whether or not the house had already been leased but the owner of the property, Stan Wu, confirmed that the house, located at 2073 Princeton Street, is available. He wouldn't confirm that Zuckerberg was his most recent tenant, though it is well documented that the home was rented by Zuckerberg for the past few years. (He recently gave Oprah a tour.)

A newly renovated home like this is a rarity in this college town, known for its old homes that are split up and rented by several students at a time.

Realtor Anne Arjani with Keller Williams said $7,850 a month sounds a little high - most homes this size rent for around $5,000. Still, she said, it's conceivable the owner could get that much, given the size and prestige of Stanford - and all the wealth floating around in Silicon Valley.

The fact that the home had a famous former resident could make it even more attractive to some buyers.

"For some people, that could ring their bells," Arjani said.

She said some clients would look at it as good feng shui, or Vastu Shastra, as it's called in the Hindu culture.

"They think, ‘This was a prosperous place for someone so it could be a prosperous place for me,'" she said.

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