Want to live near Steve Jobs’ house? It’ll cost you

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Steve Job's house in Palo Alto. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac
The Jobs family home in Palo Alto. The vacant lot is located just a few minutes' walk away.
Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Compared to many other high tech CEOs, Steve Jobs wasn’t ostentatious with his home. He didn’t live in a giant mansion with drivers, butlers and security. Instead, the Jobs family shared a relatively modest 1930s Tudor-style home in Old Palo Alto.

But looks can be a bit deceiving. A rare quarter-acre lot just came up for sale in Jobs’ neighborhood — and if you fancy building your home within minutes of where Apple’s late CEO lived, it’s going to cost you a whole lot. A whopping $9 million to be exact!

The vacant lot is located on Bryant Street, the parallel street to Waverley Street, where Steve Jobs lived. “The beauty of this property is you have a blank slate,” listing agent Adam Touni told SFGate. “Many of the homes in Palo Alto are historic and so they can’t be torn down. You have to like that style. Here you have a lot that has never been built on.”

Jobs wasn’t the only famous tech figure to live nearby. Google co-founder Larry Page also lives nearby. Despite the area being one of the most coveted addresses in the Bay Area, however, it is not the kind of fancy neighborhood you might associate with top CEOs and entrepreneurs.

“These are storied homes, built between 1900 and 1940,” Touni said. “It’s different because it’s not guarded or gated. It’s a community. Neighbors converse with one another. People ride their bikes.”

(Don’t worry: I’m not going to make a habit of posting real estate news on Cult of Mac. But given that there’s an audience for items like Jobs’ former car, when it went up for sale, this seemed an interesting tidbit. Especially since properties in the area supposedly come up so rarely.)

You can check out the full listing here. Now all you need is $9 million to buy it, a good supply of mock turtlenecks, and the ability to reinvent the computing world multiple times during your life and you’ll be able to enjoy a life like Steve’s!