“The billionaire co-founder of the computer giant Apple is offering one of his homes for free to anyone who can afford to dismantle the 35-room mansion and remove it from his San Francisco estate,” Craig Howie reports for The Scotsman. “When Steve Jobs bought the sprawling house two decades ago, he planned to tear down the building he describes as ‘an abomination’ and to redevelop the land, but he had not reckoned on the strength of feeling among conservationists, who lobbied to save the 17,000sq ft red tile and stucco mansion, arguing it should be protected as a listed building.”
“The computer mogul finally struck a deal with planning officials, who ruled he could demolish the building, but only if he first tried to entice someone to relocate it. So far, more than 100 people have applied in the hope of securing it,” Howie reports.
“However, taking the house to bits and transporting it elsewhere will not be cheap or easy, warned Howard Kelly, a professional house mover,” Howie reports. “He estimated that dismantling the building would cost at least $500,000, while relocating and re-assembling it would take at least $2 million. “‘It’s a toughie,’ he said. ‘It just isn’t sensible. God pity the guy who is going to put that back together.'”
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