updated 12:50 pm EDT, Tue October 29, 2013
Site represents origin of first Apple computers
The one-time Los Altos home of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, 2066 Crist Drive, has been designated a "historic resource" by the Los Altos Historical Commission. The group has voted unanimously in favor of an initiative to protect the space, which the Commission itself has been pursuing for about two years. As a consequence of this week's decision, Patricia Jobs -- Steve's sister, and the current owner of the home -- will be subject to extra review requirements if she chooses to make renovations. The Commission will also be able to make recommendations to City Council about any proposals.
The designation was made without need of Patricia's consent, and she could appeal the finding with the city. She did ask for corrections to the site evaluation and was sent a copy for review, but has not replied with any comments. "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," remarks Zachary Dahl, a senior planner with the city and staff liaison to the Commission.
With help from Patricia, Steve Jobs and fellow co-founder Steve Wozniak used the home to build the first-ever Apple product, the Apple I. 100 units were made, of which 50 were sold to Paul Terrell's Byte Shop in Mountain View. The rest were offered to members of the Homebrew Computer Club. The Commission's evaluation also notes that the house is where Jobs conferred with some of his first investors, including Commodore Computer and Sequoia Capital. Nine months after Apple became an official entity -- April 1st, 1976 -- the company relocated to Cupertino.