The home located at 2066 Crist drive in South Los Altos has been designed a historic landmark by the Los Altos Historical Commission. Steve Job's grew up in the home and built the first Apple computers in the garage there. As part of the history of Silicon Valley, it's easy to understand why the decision was made to obtain the historic designation.
What The Designation Means
The current resident, Patricia Jobs, can do what she wants with the property but will need additional review for any expansion or remodeling. As with the other protected properties in Los Altos, the intent is to keep the home as close to original condition as possible, at least on the outside.
The current owner has the right to appeal the designation. While to some having the designation might seem grand, the limitations of "best use" of the property might make it unappealing to others. There are many homes in that neighborhood being signficantly remodeled or simply knocked down. With the historic designation that's not possible. I'm not really sure what I'd do, to be honest.
Site of the Steve Jobs Movie
In 2012, the movie "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher was filmed at the actual home on Crist Drive. The house had been partially remodeled to have the same look it did back in the 70s. I can tell you the look was authentic because back in the early 70s I lived in that exact neighborhood! The picture to the right was taken during filming of the movie so it has some of the materials used in filming staged outside in the driveway.
When the filming took place the street was closed off when the "stars" were on set. Prior to that though, it was easy to drive up and take a look. While I didn't see anyone famous, it was fun seeing them film what was to become a historic location.
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