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Steve Jobs' mansion "flattened"

February 15, 2011: 6:43 PM ET

Demolition of his Spanish colonial folly began Monday and is expected to last two weeks

The 14-bedroom mansion Steve Jobs purchased in 1984 but never really liked has been "essentially flattened," an unnamed source told The Almanac.

Quoting town officials, the local news service reports that demolition began Monday and should be wrapped up by the end of February.

The 17,250-square-foot Spanish colonial hacienda was designed by George Washington Smith for Daniel C. Jackling, self-made millionaire (copper) and San Francisco society-page headliner who filled his home with expensive artwork and traveled the world by private railroad car and custom-built yacht.

Apple's (AAPL) CEO camped out in the unfurnished house for several years before moving to a more modest house in Palo Alto. He's been trying to tear it down since 2001 but was blocked by preservationists -- until this week.

Jobs plans to build a smaller home on the six-acre property more to his exacting taste.

Photo courtesy of Scott Haefner. More photos here.

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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