Just like Steve Jobs’ no-fuss, no-muss dress style of a plain, black shirt paired with jeans, so goes the style of the new home he plans to build on the site where the present-day Jackling Estate sits and will soon be demolished.
Gizmodo provides great details on what is coming for the Apple leader’s Jackling Estate, which has been the source of great controversy over the past six years. To quickly recap: Jobs bought the monstrous Jackling Estate (17,250 sq ft) in 1984. He lived in it for about 10 years, then he rented it out for a while and then it sat vacant for nearly 10 years, rotting away. Reportedly, he never liked it and sought approval to demolish it, but got blocked when the Friends of the Jackling House stepped in. This past May, Jobs finally got the approval to tear it down (see fascinating photos of the interior.)
Jobs’ preliminary plans are to build an $8.45 million single-family home, which is quite an understatement for a billionaire who can easily afford to do this, but won’t. It will measure 4,910 sq ft and architects’ renderings show a modest, 5-bedroom home, with a three-car garage, lots of windows and decks and the six acres will be tastefully landscaped with lighted, stone walkways and gardens.
We’re kinda bummed that Jobs didn’t just want a huge, open space design, like this.
Update (10/5/10): AOL’s Housing Watch reports these plans are not new and are actually from “…Woodside’s June 2009 Town Council Agenda, and were for the sole use of estimating the environmental costs of various demolition alternatives for the Jackling House.” Oops.