Steve Jobs' childhood home considered for historical designation

By on September 24, 2013, 7:15 AM
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2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos, California, may not ring any bells right now but if the Los Altos Historical Commission has their way, it might one day. That’s the address of the single-story, ranch-style house where the Jobs family moved to while the eventual Apple co-founder was in grade school.

The location has significant historical value as it was in the attached garage that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak assembled the first 50 Apple 1 computers. Nine months later, Apple Computer, Inc. was created and the company moved to its present-day hometown of Cupertino. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Los Altos Historical Commission conducted a historic property evaluation on Monday after reviewing the idea for the past two years. One document in favor of the designation notes the property is associated with the development of the first Apple computers in Silicon Valley. The document is interesting in and of itself as it also outlines the corporate timeline of Apple Computer through the early years.

The site must adhere to a number of specific criteria which includes whether the property is associated with the lives of persons important to the local, California or national history. If approved, the former Jobs residence would be set aside as a permanent historical resource.

The three bedroom, two bath home was built in 1952 and is currently valued at $1.5 million according to real estate site Zillow. It features 1,793 square feet of floor space and lies on a 9,375 square-foot lot. Of course, most are more interested in the attached garage than the actual home, but I digress.

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OneSpeed said:

Family car to the Smithsonian, picture of the kids to the Louvre, the "document" to the Tower of London.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Fanboy Heaven? They should donate the house to a would be a bigger donation than Jobs ever made.

p51d007 said:

For the CURRENT homeowner, I feel sorry for them, if they do designate this as a "historical" building. You think neighborhood covenants are bad, just try to make ONE change to the home and see the roadblocks you run into. My company has tried to install office machines, networked, in a few buildings with a historical designation, and it is a nightmare. You can't drill holes, you can run cables that are already not installed, you have to use wireless, which is a pain sitting right next to a major roadway. The homeowner currently would be better off to have the home burn to the ground, and rebuild it if this goes through, or ditch the home QUICKLY. Oh, but this is a residence, not a commercial building, it won't be that bad. If you were the homeowner, would you want to take that chance? You'll never be able to sell it because no one wants to be trapped in a home they can't change at their pleasure.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This is the most moronic thing I've seen in a while, and I watched a crack head try to climb over a fence on the weekend, it took him almost 30 minutes to realize he could use the gate 40 feet away. The current owners should put it the house up on ebay and wait for a fanboy to buy it for more than market value, something they're already used to being apple customers already.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

The current owners could always do what Jobs did when we was faced with the same situation. Let it deteriorate and fall apart.

JC713 JC713 said:

It should just stay the way it is or be auctioned off. It is not that special.

Guest said:

Yikes, another addition to the ever growing iCult

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

C'mon man, this is ridiculous. As savvy & astute as Steve Jobs was, his main goal was to make lots of money in which he succeeded. There's nothing noble about that. If mankind benefited from his work then it would be a different story.

The sad thing is that this house will sell for a lot more than it's worth and that's the Apple story we're all so familiar with.

Guest said:

"The sad thing is that this house will sell for a lot more than it's worth and that's the Apple story we're all so familiar with."

And then patent ranch-style homes like this.

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