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Even When You’re Steve Jobs, It’s Not Easy to Tear Down a House

The billionaire Mac man finally gets what he wants.

Who would have thought that Steve Jobs could still have problems with a house? But long-time Jobs-reporter Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune Magazine recently reported that Apple’s main man can finally dispose his 14-bedroom colonial style mansion that had him in trouble for all these years. Here’s our edited version of the story:

In 1984, Jobs bought a multi-million mansion in Woodside, CA and lived in it for 10 years. Soon, he realized that it didn’t suit his taste, so he left and moved to Palo Alto. In 2004, his troubles began upon learning that he just can’t simply tear down the house because historical groups led by Uphold Our Heritage’s Friends of the Jackling House are fighting for its preservation (it used to be copper magnate Daniel Jackling’s residence). Jobs put the house in the market, but nobody wanted it. He even tried to give the 17,250-square-foot house to the group but they refused. Finally, in a 6-1 vote, a California city council approved the demolition of the house but at a special condition: Jobs would have to pay $604,800 to deconstruct the house where Propel Partners’ Gordon Smythe will search for a property where he will rebuilt the house to its exact figure. Anything that he won’t use will be donated to Woodside’s county museum. (For photos of the house, click here.)

Looking at Jobs’ case, there’s a fairly good reason why it took so long to get things done. For any house determined a historical treasure, every owner is required to abide by the law provided that historic preservation specialists and officers can certify if it is indeed worth saving for.

Anyway, when can we hear about an iHouse from Mr. Jobs?

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