Far out Friday: Why is this house being made a protected site?

by Mackenzie McCarty27 Sep 2013

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ childhood home could soon become a protected historical site, according to Apple Insider and CNN - but first it needs to undergo a rigorous application process.

“Jobs' family home, the location where he took part in the construction of the first Apple computer, may soon become a protected historical site,” writes Apple Insider writer, Kevin Bostic.

“The Lost Altos Historical Commission is looking to conduct a ‘historic property evaluation’ on the property, with a decision to follow soon after.”

Located at 2066 Crist Drive, the Los Altos, California, the home would see permanent preservation if the commission decides it’s worthy of a historical site designation.

Jobs moved to the house with his adoptive parents as a child and lived there through high school. He and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak built the first 50 Apple 1 computers in the house's garage before selling them to Paul Terrell's Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, for $500.

The house was also used in the filming of Jobs, released earlier this year, starred Ashton Kutcher.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch-style house was built in 1952 and has a current estimated value of $1.5 million. However, the valuation is reportedly not due to its history, but rather its location - the average price for homes in Los Altos is $2.1 million.