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Steve Jobs died too soon to fulfill his plans to return to Woodside

Original post made on Oct 14, 2011

For years, Steve Jobs had planned to move with his family to Woodside, to the site of the Jackling house on Mountain Home Road where he lived in the 1980s. He wanted to tear down the Spanish Colonial-style mansion and build a modern home. Due to a fight with preservationists, that first step took 10 years.
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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2011 at 8:33 am

Talk about "gilding the lily"............Jobs had the wives and all those people who disliked Steve and his "hippy" Buddhist peaceful approach to the angry people who kept him from building the house he had planned to the last component and in which he had hope to spend his last days.
The "flower print dressed" (as I refer to the council women and members of the Historical Society)irritants who kept his dream house being built was the only way to show disdain for a true gentleman like Mr. Jobs was.
The fact that they are now exhibiting brass fixtures and chandeliers which were to be part of the removal is just ludicrous.
Mr. Jobs was quoted as gently responding "that the elements would wear the house down"(sic)
The real truth about the hype about the book "DAYS OF GRANDEUR:THE JACKLINGS and their Woodside Estate" is a world of misinformation which can be disproved by reading about the life of George Washington Smith, the architect whose Jackling house was considered one of his "poorest efforts architectually" while the true mansions he designed are in Montecito and Santa Barbara and make this Jackling failure look like a motor home.What an injustice to Mr.Jobs who DID live in the broken down part of the house some times during his illness and operations for the pancreatic cancer.
Steve had a rarely discussed explosive temper which terrified people when he vocalized his distates, but he had not the time, butdid have the MONEY to keep people like Councilwoman Carol Ann Hodges at bay....not just her but her cronies as well.
When you look up Smith and his contributions to the Bay Area, there are some very funny and satirical blogs to be found about G.W.Smith and the Jackling house when discussing GRANDEUR.
The word "class" is a no no when discussing people who are endowed with style and natural good taste which is achieved through manners and sometimes big money and philanthropy. It does not come to those who are "noveau" and can be inspirational as was Molly Brown.
There are no Molly Browns OR titled people who care about the average citizens who make up our country who make up our Mid-Coast populus.Mr. Jackling's wealth came from copper and just like most of the real fortunes of American Leaders, came from common folk whose parents were immigrants.If profits are to be made from the sale of Mr. Jobs' unwanted house, it should go to the county and its needs; not to exploit the name of Mr.Jobs.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I hate to admit it, but there are some strange shreds of truth in R. Gordon's comments. I'm not sure about the historical proponents motives, but they can be quite doctrinaire.

However, with regard to R. Gordon's comment regarding any profits from the sale of Mr. Jobs' unwanted house, they should go to Mr. Jobs estate, of course.

He paid for it and he owned it.

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Posted by Jackal
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

But what's weird is acting like Jobs was such a gentleman, when he was known publicly as a berater and a bully. Seems to me that this conflict was deserved on both sides - although ultimately, I'm glad he won. They were way off in their adoration of the Jackling house.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Yes, Jobs was no saint but I would have reacted the same way. It's his home, not yours, and he should be able to do what he wants with it. He wasn't asking for special treatment and he was doing following every rule. The priorities of the Save our Heritage people were badly misplaced.

Beyond that, the Jackling home was a pretty pedestrian example of Smith and it was clearly in horrible condition. A homeowner is under no obligation to fix it up, either and that was the point Mr. Jobs was echoing.

Some preservationists advocate that any home older than 50 years should be subject to a historical review and possible preservation.

Was your home built in 1961 or older? You may be next.

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