'Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine'

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Steve Jobs grew up in a single-story ranch-style house in Los Altos, California

The city of Los Altos has named the house a "historical resource"

Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computers there in the mid-1970s

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It may not look special, but a modest 1950s ranch-style house in a suburban Bay Area neighborhood is now a protected historical site.

The single-story house at 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos, California, is the family home where a young Steve Jobs built the first Apple computers in the mid-1970s.

Steve Jobs' childhood home in Los Altos, California

The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously Monday night to designate the house as a “historic resource,” meaning any future renovations to the property will need to be reviewed by the city.

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    “The basis for this historic designation is not the age or architecture of the structure; it is with the property’s association with an event and an individual of historic significance,” city staff liaison Zachary Dahl wrote in a report to the commission (PDF).

    The house is now eligible to be named by the city of Los Altos as a historic landmark – a higher-level designation – and potentially listed on state and national registers of historic places.

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    Jobs moved to the house with his foster parents as a seventh-grader and lived there through high school. In the attached garage, he and Steve Wozniak assembled the first 50 Apple 1 computers in 1976. The pair sold them to Paul Terrell’s Byte Shop in Mountain View for $500 each.

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    Nine months later, in 1977, Apple Computer Co. was formally established and moved its operations to nearby Cupertino.

    One of the original computers later sold at an auction for $231,000. Jobs went on to become a visionary who built Apple into the world’s most valuable company and changed the face of computing.

    “Steve Jobs is considered a genius who blended technology and creativity to invent and market a product which dramatically changed six industries – personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing,” according to the property evaluation.

    The three-bedroom, two-bath house was built in 1952 and is valued at $1.6 million, according to real-estate website Zillow. It’s currently owned by Jobs’ adoptive sister, Patricia Jobs.

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