Because we dearly care about the titbits on Silicon Valley's executives, we are pleased to inform you that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has received permission to demolish a house he has owned for 20 years in the town of Woodside.
Jobs thinks the home is ugly and at 17,000 square feet (1579 sq. meters) is far too large to actually live in, but it happens to be one of George Washington Smith's designs. His homes sell for millions, even without the land. So in an effort to preserve the work of this reputable architect, Jobs is forced to offer it to anyone who is willing to come pick it up and haul it away. The sledgehammer has to remain silent until January 2006 at least.
The delay won't bother Jobs too much. He doesn't live in the home anyway, opting to live in nearby Palo Alto instead.
Fighting over what you can do with your home is a major hobby of the residents of the little town of Woodside, that ranks among the top 10 cities with the highest income per resident in the US. The Woodside millionaires have little else to do than bother their officials and neighbours. A few years ago the city nearly revolted after billionaire Tom Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems, purchased a local horse-riding club and evicted all its members.
If you're looking for more juicy gossips about Woodside, read Jamis MacNiven's book "Breakfast at Buck's", available on Amazon.
The self-proclaimed "most fun guy in the world" ("When a celebrity enters the restaurant, I have instructed my staff not to bother them, but instead get me and let me do the bothering.") owns Buck's Restaurant. The restaurant happens to be a hotbed for Silicon Valley venture capital investors, and therefore attracts a fair deal of Silicon Valley's current and future celebrities.
Full disclosure: SV Sleuth has once received a free and autographed copy of the book, as well as free pancakes, both at Buck's.
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