Repost: Steve Jobs' Childhood Home

The Los Altos home Jobs grew up in is popular with tech tourists; neighbors share their memories.

Editor's Note: Steve Jobs died today, Oct. 5, at age 56. This is a repost of an article Patch ran after his resignation in August.

The modest home on the quiet Los Altos street where Steve Jobs grew up—and where Apple was born—has long been a tourist attraction for those in the know.

But Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after one of the most iconic CEOs in the world , it became an even stronger magnet, as  and even relatives grappled with the idea of Apple without Jobs at the helm. 

That includes Jobs' stepmother.

Hesitantly answering the door at the Crist Drive house, Marilyn Jobs, lamented Steve’s resignation.

“It’s sad. It’s very, very sad,” said the 78-year-old, who has lived in the 1,793-square-foot home for 20 years.

Marilyn was married to Steve’s father Paul, who is no longer alive. But it has been years since she last saw Steve.

“He is very much into himself,” she said. “He’s very dedicated to his own family.”

Steve grew up in the 1952-built home, attended Cupertino Jr. High School (now a middle school) and graduated from Homestead High School in 1972. Jobs and co-founder Steve Wozniak started Apple in the home after Jobs left Reed College.

Marilyn Jobs said that the three-bedroom, two-bath house is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors taking pictures in the driveway. As if to confirm this, a tourist from Virginia stopped in front of the house shortly after.

George Lowden, who went to Stanford University and is visiting family in Palo Alto, pulled up to the house with his two young sons to show them the tech icon's childhood home.

"These kids like computers and Apple in particular, so since we're here on vacation, we thought we'd drive by and I'd show them," he said. "We made a detour so the boys could see where Apple was formed."

Neighbor Patrick Grey said carloads of Japanese and European visitors mistakenly stop by his house asking if that’s where the famous garage is. In the 1999 book, "Apple Confidential: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company," journalist Owen W. Linzmayer described how the company actually started in one of the bedrooms, and moved to the garage when it got too crowded.

While Grey did not know Jobs, he recalls meeting Wozniak in the 1970s in a store selling the early computers on Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road.

"I went over to the store and there was this weird guy sitting on the floor, and I asked, 'Can you make it do this?' and he said 'Yeah, we can do that...we can make it do anything!'" said Grey.

"It was Steve Wozniak sitting on the floor, stocking shelves."


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