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Plans reveal Steve Jobs' $8.45 million home

updated 01:35 pm EDT, Tue September 28, 2010

Layout relies on utilitarian principles

Steve Jobs' replacement home in Woodside, California should differ significantly from those of some other CEOs, newly exposed plans suggest. Originally submitted to town council to justify demolishing the historic Jackling House versus restoring it, the plans show a new single-family home roughly a third the size of its predecessor, and worth about $8.45 million. The layout is in fact relatively utilitarian for an executive, with five bedrooms, a three-car garage and a vegetable garden. More decorative elements include decks, lighted stone walkways and indigenous plants scattered over the estate's 6 acres.

Jackling House, by comparison, has a total of 30 rooms, including 14 bedrooms and 13.5 bathrooms. Not far from the building is the home of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, which cost $70 million and is modeled after feudal Japanese architecture. Jobs is likely to have offered specific guidance when coming up with Jackling's replacement, says Christopher Travis, a managing partner of Austin, Texas-based Sentient Architecture.

"This kind of thing only happens when the client gives the architect specific instructions to be sparse and utilitarian," he explains. "The natural tendency is to go 'McMansion.' I would say this plan is a direct result of a specific requirement by Jobs to make it plain and simple...It's almost Zen, with a vaguely oriental simplicity to it.

"It is functional, not really designed for entertaining, but a home/work environment," Travis adds. "This guy likes his work." The firm behind the new home is noted to be Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, famous for designing some of the more striking Apple Stores, including the Fifth Avenue location in New York City.

Regardless of whether or not the final home resembles conceptual plans, it may be some time before Jobs and his family can move in. Dismantling Jackling House and then raising the new building is expected to take about 22 months, barring any expected delays. Another set of plans should reach town council before machinery is put in motion.








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  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Reminds me......

    Reminds me of a japanese style layout how the rooms are situated, all most like a small travel inn.

    - A

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    What???

    Steve Jobs' replacement home in Woodside, California should differ significantly from those of some other CEOs, newly exposed plans suggest.

    You mean to say that some people have different tastes in items than others? You're kidding me! Next thing we'll find out is that Steve Jobs' taste in collecting automobiles differs from some other CEOs. As does his penchant for sailing.

    "This kind of thing only happens when the client gives the architect specific instructions to be sparse and utilitarian," he explains. "The natural tendency is to go ‘McMansion.' ... The firm behind the new home is noted to be Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, famous for designing some of the more striking Apple Stores

    Could it not just be as likely that Steve picked the architect firm based on their sparse and utilitarian history, rather than Steve specifically saying "You guys need to do it this way!"?

    And a good architect would not 'naturally' go to McMansion. A good one would build a house that works on the land. Then again, Frank Lloyd Wright is dead.

    Regardless of whether or not the final home resembles conceptual plans, it may be some time before Jobs and his family can move in.

    So you mean it could end up being a 60-room layout that goes there. So it really is a pointless article.

    And nothing has been stated that this will be their 'primary' residence. As such, big and palatial may not be of a concern.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Panic!

    BTW, shouldn't there be panicking setting in on analysts and the like? I mean, is there something wrong with Steve's finances that he can only afford $8 million?

    Perhaps he knows something about the near-term health of Apple's stock that he won't build more?

    Maybe another health-related issue has arised needing most of his money!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Oh

    And when it is done, will Steve call it his 'iPad'?

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    No architect of merit I know...

    ...defaults to a McMansion...

    ...the client is almost always their own worst enemy, and generally the more corporate the less self aware - drowning in the limiting, quantifiable world of the cultural Neanderthals ...

    Perhaps the prototype for the 'next big thing' - the iHome - adaptively serving the needs & pleasures of inhabitants with interactive intelligent computing control...

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -10

    And to think


    Not a penny of mine went into that. Makes me feel good!

  1. facebook_Justin

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    You know, its absolutely ridiculous those sick nuts actually got away with telling Jobs what he can do with his own damn house. I hope the f****** thing falls down on the dumbasses that are dismantling it and crushes them. If the dumb morons think its so damn valuable then they should have bought it themselves, its JOBS house, not theirs. If he wants to have it knocked down he has every right to do so. If it were mine I'd put dynamite all over it and blow the damn thing up. That'll show the dumb historic morons that are too cheap to buy what they think is so valuable but will still complain when someone else buys it and wants to toss it.

  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Long wait

    Hopefully Jobs' health will hold during those 22 months so that he can enjoy his new home.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    @justin

    You know, its absolutely ridiculous those sick nuts actually got away with telling Jobs what he can do with his own damn house.

    Yeah, how dare the town let him tear it down! Oh, wait, that's what he wanted to do.

    I hope the f****** thing falls down on the dumbasses that are dismantling it and crushes them.

    Well, it's Steve's dumbasses who are 'dismantling' it, so if it crushes anyone, it will be them. And since it is his property, he'll also be liable for any and all claims by those crushed.

    And you do realize that the worst they have to do is keep a few pieces of the house. It isn't like they're taking it all apart and moving it down the street!

    If the dumb morons think its so damn valuable then they should have bought it themselves, its JOBS house, not theirs.

    Which they offered, and he turned down. Oh, and they also dropped the lawsuit trying to delay demolition. But besides all that, you're right on as always!

    If he wants to have it knocked down he has every right to do so.

    Sure he has every right. And others have every right to try to keep him from doing that. It's the American way. Of course, who needs history, right. Just bulldoze everything and start from scratch, that's a better plan!

    If it were mine I'd put dynamite all over it and blow the damn thing up.

    And the police, FBI, and ATF would all be knocking on your door and hauling your a** off to jail for using dynamite in a residential neighborhood without a permit.

    That'll show the dumb historic morons that are too cheap to buy what they think is so valuable but will still complain when someone else buys it and wants to toss it.

    Yeah! When you're standing in court and the judge asks you if you have any comments before sentencing, make sure you rant on about those damn preservationists! It'll really help your case.

  1. tightzeit

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    @justin also

    Am I missing something, or does the article not clearly state that the historic 'Jackling House' is being dismantled? So Steve is in fact, doing exactly what he wants with it, is he not?

    And he is also building the house that wants, having employed the architects that Apple used for the Fifth Avenue store.

    I have to say I side with testudo here, your rant makes very little sense in almost every way.

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