Major Renovations Begin On Steve Jobs’s Palo Alto Home

Major Renovations Begin On Steve Jobs’s Palo Alto Home

Jobs’s family home is boarded up and undergoing major construction work.

Steve Jobs’s family home in Palo Alto, where he lived with his wife Laurene Powell and their children, is currently undergoing a major renovation project that has forced the family to vacate the property. It’s unclear exactly what modifications are being made, but it is believed that the roof will be replaced and that there will be changes to the roofline.

We mentioned that building work had begun on the property some weeks ago on the CultCast, when Cult of Mac’s Social Media Manager, Buster Heine, visited Jobs’s home on a trip to San Francisco.

Major Renovations Begin On Steve Jobs’s Palo Alto Home

But Macworld believes that renovation is happening at the “wrong” home. Jobs felt that the property he purchased in Woodside, California, back in 1984 was desperately in need of alterations, and he fought for years to have it torn down.

When he bought the 14-bedroom mansion, which was built by copper magnate Daniel C. Jackling in the 1920s, Jobs never liked its style, and described it as “one of the biggest abominations of a house I’ve ever seen.” He always planned to demolish the house and build upon the 6-acre lot.

Major Renovations Begin On Steve Jobs’s Palo Alto Home

The 14-bedroom mansion that Jobs tore down.

Jobs was initially granted a permit for the deconstruction and rebuild in 2001, but after Woodside locals appealed against it, a Supreme Court ruling denied the move. Jobs finally got his permit in 2004, but faced legal challenges again because of the property’s historical significance.

Of course, Jobs reapplied again, and in March 2010 a judge granted him permission to tear the house down, which he did in February 2011. But nearly 18 months later, building work is yet to begin on the land.

Major Renovations Begin On Steve Jobs’s Palo Alto Home

  • Tallest_Skil

    Yeah, people get their shingles replaced. Big freaking deal. Laurene is probably doing a renovation that Steve didn’t like, or maybe they’re fixing it up to sell (but I doubt that).

  • GrangerFX

    This is a pretty serious invasion of privacy of Job’s family. How would you feel if information about the location and state of your home was posted all over the internet? This is not Apple news. This is “news” about the private lives of a family that is no longer connected with Apple. Please have some respect and leave them alone.

  • hanhothi

    Even though he hated it, Jobs bought the property at Woodside and wanted to tear down this historically important building that many fought to keep. I have seen photos of the inside of this building, it was amazing. He let the building rot, giving excuse to destroy it. He knew he was dying, but destroyed it anyway, even though he would get no benefit from the act of destruction, and so many wanted to keep it. What a megalomaniac! The guy was a total anal sphincter! I am glad he is dead, I always hated him. Written on my iPad!

  • technochick

    It wasn’t enough that the sites and blogs invaded Steve’s privacy for the better part of his life now you extend that to his widow etc.

    Classy, really classy.

  • carlospacheco74

    Slow news day? Seriously why did we need to read about this?

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