A rendering of Facebook's village in Menlo Park, California.Facebook
Tech giants like Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn are known for their digital products.
But in the past several years, these companies and others like them have started to focus on an industry beyond their core business: real estate development.
From the lure of tax credits to efforts to provide residences for employees, there are several reasons why Silicon Valley companies are looking to build housing and even entire cities.
An artistic rendering shows the new Google campus in Mountain View's North Bayshore area.Google
Google recently won city approval to construct a giant campus — which will include housing, offices, shops, businesses, and a public park — in the North Bayshore area of Mountain View, California.