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Google's back in Palo Alto

Original post made on Jul 11, 2007

The former Agilent Technologies, Inc. building at Page Mill Road and Park Boulevard will soon have a new tenant: Google.

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Comments (12)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2007 at 7:16 pm

It sounds like the average Google employee will want to live in Palo Alto too, given the childcare centre as well as the new offices. This means that housing sales of both new and existing homes will be affected, and of course ultimately, more students for our schools.

I hope the school board is watching this.

Posted by Ordinary Mortal, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 11, 2007 at 10:26 pm

We already do live here.

Posted by A.J., a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 11, 2007 at 10:30 pm

In case you hadn't noticed, Google employees are already living in Palo Alto. Why in the world would opening an office in Palo Alto vs. one in Mtn View right next to Palo Alto make a bit of difference to housing choices? We have a lot of concerns on our plate, but the aefect on housing sales by this move is not one of them.

Welcome Google!!!

Posted by Fred, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 11, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Resident, I may be missing something. Whether Google moves into the Agilent building or some other company, the new tenant's emps will tend to live nearby and buy new and existing homes. We have the same number of homes either way. Unless Google emps have more kids than others, not sure how their moving in impacts the school population. No?


Posted by Matt, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 12, 2007 at 4:04 am

Welcome Welcome and remember your nieghbors on Park Blvd.

Posted by TL, a resident of another community
on Jul 12, 2007 at 7:08 am

GOOGLERS don't marry, they don't have children, they are this generations counter-culture. They take their cue from their bosses and live in apartments. Or, as a relative of mine who works for GOOGLE says: "Who'd want to live in Palo Alto it's full of old people."

Posted by Danielle, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 13, 2007 at 8:55 am

I'd argue that we have already been seeing the effects of Google on home prices.

To TL: What a joke! Googlers don't marry?!? Of course they do. Are they planning to put all their money in a bank and stay single for the rest of their lives? Please. As for your relative's statement: when he gets older and wants to buy a home and have a family, I can assure you that he will look at houses in Palo Alto.

Posted by c me around, a resident of Ventura
on Jul 13, 2007 at 2:04 pm

The parcel of land at Park Blvd. and Page Mill Road is a great choice for easy access for those employees who will be having to commute off the 101 and the 280. I do have one concern...the bike lane there at Park and Page Mill..have you ever tried biking it? It is a pretty scary ride as the lane on Park is situated as if your bike is in the middle of a freeway. Look at it next time you are headed from Calif. Ave. towards Page Mill. This should be rerouted somehow........

Posted by Mayfield Child, a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 14, 2007 at 9:56 am

Welcome (back) to Palo Alto, Google!!!
In 1953 you would have found me at the front steps of the H.P. building there at Park and Page Mill Road selling Girl Scout Cookies for 50 cents a box.........(it was a great sales mecca for me!!!) Just thought I would pass that little tid bit along so it may reach another budding entrepreneur....

Posted by eric, a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 14, 2007 at 11:50 am

were I a PA resident, this would dissapoint me. There is really no benefit to PA in this- Google will still run their sales through the corp HQ in MV, so there will be no tax revenue for PA from a building that used to be one of the top 5 revenue generators in town.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2007 at 2:00 pm

But think of all the money the employees in the building will spend in PA at lunch time and after work. An empty building brings in zero, a building full of workers doesn't.

Posted by eric, a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 14, 2007 at 11:42 pm

true enough, res, but that would be true of any new company in that bldg. I'd suggest that given googles penchant to offer hefty benefits (ie- free food) to their employees, Calif ave will benefit less from google then they did from agilent.

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