Housing Watch

Is this really Steve Jobs' new home?

September 30, 2010: 8:38 AM ET

Questions have been raised about some blueprints that surfaced earlier this week

Click to enlarge. Source: Woodside, Calif., Town Council

It wasn't quite on the level of its iPhone 4 prototype scoop last spring, but Gizmodo generated some nice buzz for itself Tuesday when it published what it claimed are the plans for Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs' new house.

"You knew Steve Jobs was tearing down his old mansion," the piece began. "You didn't know what he was building in its place. Until now."

That was good enough for CBS, ABC, the Huffington Post and a couple dozen more news outlets. The Seattle Times and Seattle Post Intelligencer both pointed out that Jobs had tapped the same architectural firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, that designed Microsoft (MSFT) chairman Bill Gates' mansion. Forbes noted that the same firm was behind the minimalist look of Apple's retail stores. In a story entitled "The Marxist Foundations of Steve Jobs' New House," Forbes' Brian Caufield traced the style's roots to Walter Gropius' Bauhaus school -- a piece that generated quite a bit of comment in the Gropius-inspired development in Lexington, Mass., where I grew up.

Almost lost in all the breathless commentary was a story in Housing Watch that declared the plans a "fake."

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