Steve Jobs’ childhood home, where Apple was born, finally added to list of historic Los Altos properties

“The humble home where Silicon Valley tech titan Steve Jobs built some of his first computers and co-founded Apple was added to a list of historic Los Altos properties Monday night,” Jason Green reports for The San Jose Mercury News.

“The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously to designate the home at 2066 Crist Drive a ‘historic resource’ due to its association with Jobs, as well as to place it on the city’s historic resources inventory,” Green reports. “The vote is the culmination of a two-year effort by the commission to preserve the one-story, ranch-style home as it stands. Chairman Frank Bishop praised the work of his colleagues and city staff, which included extensive research and a property evaluation.”

“The commission did not need the permission of Patricia Jobs, Steve Jobs’ sister and the current owner of the property. But she could appeal the decision to the city council,” Green reports. “Zachary Dahl, a senior planner with the city and staff liaison to the commission, said the evaluation was corrected at the request of Patricia Jobs and sent to her for review. ‘I did not get any comments back. So, I’m assuming that was an affirmative, because I have had multiple communications with her over the past several weeks,’ Dahl said.”

“Steve Jobs built the first 100 Apple 1 computers at the Crist Drive home with help from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Patricia Jobs,” Green reports. “The home is also where Jobs courted some of his first investors, including Chuck Peddle of Commodore Computer and Don Valentine of Sequoia Capital, according to the evaluation. The first partnership for Apple Computer Co. was signed on April 1, 1976, and nine months later the company was established and operations moved to nearby Cupertino.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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  1. I hope eventually it will be like Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s childhood homes where you can visit them and walk through them. Restored and kept as they were when they lived there. That would be way cool to see. I’d pay the fee for sure.

  2. It’s nice that they did this, but it would be even better if Steve Jobs grew up in a classic Victorian in a historic town. Los Altos sounds like one of those boring suburbs that destroyed the cities after World War II. The cities have more culture and history, and the suburbs have nothing. I would rather spend time in Detroit than any of the sprawl boring dumps like Troy, or Steve Ballmer’s childhood home of Southfield. Sadly, Steve had the typical post-war suburban childhood everyone who grew up post-1945 had. If he lived in a 19th century Victorian, then it would be worthy of preservation, but it is just a boring suburban house that you see everywhere…and are in neighborhoods that destroyed the central cities. I don’t care that Jobs grew up here, it is still suburban sprawl.

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