Facebook is not all about online. The current project referred to as “Facebook town” is well under way and plans to be part of Menlo Park, California.
How did the story begin of the concept Facebook town?
Back in 2013, Facebook started partnering with San Francisco development firm St. Anton Partners to build a 394-unit housing complex, most of which will be filled with Facebook employees.
The project seemed so out of this world that The Wall Street Journal likened it to a “company town.”
Let’s get into the world of Facebook’s imaginary town: Facebook’s Company Town
The project is estimated at $120 million. It will cover over 10 acres of land off Highway 101 in Menlo Park, California. The 630,000 square-foot Facebook town will offer easy access to get to Facebook’s headquarters whether walking or biking. There will be 35 studios, 208 one-bedroom apartments, 139 two-bedroom apartments, and for top Facebook employees, there will be 12 three-bedroom apartments.
Some of the great features of Facebook town:
- On-site “grab & go” convenience store
- On-site café
- On-site sports pub
- Bicycle repair shop with on-site storage
- Pet spa with doggy day care
- Pet walking services
- Outdoor dog park and run
- Concierge services – dry cleaning and package drop off, indoor/outdoor wellness, yoga and training facility with personal training, resort-inspired pool, spa and cabana area,
- iCafe – new generation community business facility, clubhouse with full kitchen and cooking area including outdoor facilities, and a large rooftop entertainment deck with three-themed areas.
The ambitious plan is meant to fight housing crisis in and around San Francisco, where supply is low and prices are sky-rocketing. Facebook’s campus will contain 1,500 housing units, and 15 percent of those will be available at below-market rates, the company said.
The company expects the early phases of the project to be completed by 2021 with housing, retail and office space brought online together. The entire village will be open to the public.
Mission statement for Facebook town
“Part of our vision is to create a neighborhood center that provides long-needed community services,” the company said in statement.