Jackling House

Whatever happened to Steve Jobs' teardown mansion?

March 12, 2012: 7:41 AM ET

It's not there anymore, but there's no building going on, and the property is not for sale

Before and after. Images: Google Maps

Remember the Jackling House, the 14-bedroom Roaring Twenties-era folly that Apple's (AAPL) Steve Jobs bought, hated, and planned -- despite the objections of preservationists -- to replace with a modern home more to his exacting standards?

Well, it got torn down in February 2011, while Jobs was dying and had more important things to do than build a new house.

It's not clear what Laurene Powell, Jobs' widow, plans to do with the property. According to Forbes, she's now the richest woman in SIlicon Valley and the 100th richest person in America, with a net worth of roughly $9 billion. If she wanted to build something, she could certainly afford to.

We checked with several real estate agents over the weekend. Sotheby's informed us that the property was not for sale. Girouard Properties was a bit more forthcoming. According to realtor Phyllis Ann McArthur, the land where the mansion once stood has been divided into three separate parcels held by three different trusts.

It doesn't sound like Steve Jobs' dream house will get ever built.

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    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. MORE

    - Feb 15, 2011 6:43 PM ET
  • Is this really Steve Jobs' new home?

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

    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 MORE

    - Sep 30, 2010 8:38 AM ET
  • Briefs: Steve Jobs' folly, Apple's ads

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    Jackling Mansion coming down: Preservationists who had fought for six years to prevent Steve Jobs from razing a 14-bedroom Spanish colonial mansion he bought in 1984 but never really liked have finally thrown in the towel. Under a plan approved by the city council of Woodside, Calif., last summer, a wealthy Silicon Valley investor -- Gordon Smythe, founder of Propel Partners -- MORE

    - Aug 20, 2010 7:37 AM ET
  • Town approves Steve Jobs' mansion tear-down plan

    Steve Jobs' 25-year real estate nightmare is almost over.

    On Tuesday night, the city council of Woodside, Calif., approved Jobs' plan to dismantle a 14-bedroom Spanish colonial mansion he bought in 1984 but never really liked. He's been trying since 2004 to raze the house and replace it with a smaller home more to his exacting taste.

    The latest plan, which was approved in a 6-1 vote, is a three-way deal.  Jobs MORE

    - Jul 15, 2009 2:57 PM ET
  • Steve Jobs wins approval to raze his old mansion

    Unless preservationists make a last-ditch effort to save it, a 14-bedroom house built by a copper millionaire during the Coolidge administration will be torn down by a computer billionaire in the age of Obama.

    At a public hearing Tuesday night, the town council of Woodside, Calif. -- one of the wealthiest small towns in America -- voted 6 to 1 to approve a controversial demolition permit that would allow Apple (AAPL) MORE

    - May 13, 2009 6:34 AM ET
  • Lawyer: Steve Jobs too weak to attend long town meeting

    The Woodside, Calif., town council met Tuesday night to hear Steve Jobs explain why he should be permitted to demolish a 30-room mansion he bought in 1984 -- but Apple's (AAPL) CEO didn't show up.

    "I don't think he would be strong enough if we were here until 1 a.m., and I think there's a strong possibility of that," the lawyer representing Jobs told the council, according to the Palo Alto MORE

    - Apr 29, 2009 9:12 AM ET
  • Inside Steve Jobs' tear-down mansion

    On Tuesday a California city council will reconsider Steve Jobs' longstanding request for permission to tear down the empty 84-year-old mansion that stands on the site where he wants to build a smaller, modern house more to his exacting taste.

    The 17,250-square-foot Spanish colonial, located in Woodside, Calif., one of the wealthiest small towns in America, was designed by George Washington Smith for Daniel C. Jackling, self-made millionaire (copper) and San MORE

    - Apr 27, 2009 9:42 AM ET
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