Pads That Steve Jobs Left Behind




(The home above is where Steve Jobs lived in high school and later started Apple.)

The late Apple visionary, Steve Jobs, left behind two properties which serve as mileposts in the innovator's ascent from gadget hobbyist to Silicon Valley titan. The first property is his childhood home in Los Altos, Calif., where Jobs started Apple. The second is a parcel once occupied by a sprawling and historic Spanish Colonial home in Woodside, Calif., a house that Jobs fought successfully for the right to demolish.

Jobs and his family moved to the Los Altos three-bedroom in 1969 because the driven adolescent wanted to attend a better high school. In the early '70s he left for a brief stint in college and later spent some time working in Silicon Valley. But the home where he first cultivated his interest in gadgets would continue to be a launching pad in Jobs' career: Jobs and his high school buddy, Steve Wozniak, started Apple in that house's garage in 1976.

Fast-forward to 1983: Jobs, now a wealthy 29-year-old, purchases the Jackling House, a 17,250-square-foot estate in the Spanish Colonial style. Despite the property's cachet, Jobs intends to tear it down in order to create what he described as a "far, far nicer and far more historically interesting" home.

But for once Jobs wasn't able to realize one of his visions: A drawn-out legal fight against preservationists, which he ultimately won, delayed demolition of the Jackling House (pictured left) until early this year. Construction on Jobs' new house has yet to begin. And it may never start.

The Woodside Planning and Building Department told AOL Real Estate that it had not received an application for a building permit as of Jobs' Oct. 5 death.

Designed by the same architects behind Apple's chic retail stores, the home, according to plans published by Gizmodo, sketch a 4,910-square-foot house -- a third as large as its predecessor -- that epitomizes Jobs' embrace of pared-down elegance. The plans outline a home with five bedrooms, a three-car garage, stone walkways and a vegetable garden.

But the plans, created primarily to show the environmental impact of various demolition scenarios, were never finalized. And since Jobs apparently never submitted a more detailed blueprint to Woodside's building department, we might never know what he really had in mind.

Odds are that the home would have at least included a vegetable garden. Jobs cultivated his own vegetable garden at his brick house in Palo, Alto, Calif., where some of his admirers are now laying down bouquets of flowers or leaving chalked messages in tribute.



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