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Publication Date: Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Woodside: No such thing as a free house Woodside: No such thing as a free house (May 04, 2005)

The historic Jackling house in Woodside that Steve Jobs wants gone from his Mountain Home Road property has a pretty steep price tag for something that's being given away.

A request for proposals from anyone interested in disassembling the 17,000-plus square-foot mansion designed by George Washington Smith is being circulated so the town of Woodside and Mr. Jobs' lawyers can find qualified candidates.

Among the qualifications: the ability to assemble a team of contractors and consultants with experience in historic restoration, a place to put the house, and evidence of the financial ability to pay the estimated $7.6 million it will take to deconstruct, move, reconstruct and seismically upgrade the Spanish colonial revival-style manse.

Mr. Jobs has said publicly that he will contribute some funds toward the moving expenses, and the request for proposals says the amount will be based on the final terms of the proposal that is accepted.

The deadline for anyone with the above qualifications interested in saving the house from the wrecking ball is June 3. Contact Mr. Jobs' attorney Howard Ellman in writing at Ellman, Burke, Hoffman & Johnson, 601 California St., 19th floor, San Francisco, CA 94108; or via fax: (415) 495-7587.

The lucky winner will be selected by July 31.

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