Steve Jobs' early home, garage tapped to become historical site

The Los Altos, Calif., home where some of the first Apple computers were built could become a protected historical site.

Apple co-founder Steve Job's early house where some of Apple's first computers were made.
Apple co-founder Steve Job's early house where some of Apple's first computers were made. Google

The home and garage where Apple began could soon become a protected historical site.

The Los Altos, Calif., home where Apple co-founder Steve Jobs grew up is closing in on the end of a nearly two-year review by the Los Altos Historical Commission, CNN reports.

The garage, which belonged to the Jobs family, was Apple's official headquarters before the company moved to a rented office space in Cupertino, Calif. It was the birthplace of the first Apple computer, as well as the Apple II, which became the company's first real hit.

In a report of the house published Monday (PDF), the Commission notes that the first 50 Apple I computers were assembled there, as well as the incorporation of the company between Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne. The location was also used in the filming of "Jobs", the film about Apple's early beginnings, which starred Ashton Kutcher and was released earlier this year.

A protected status would primarily bring tax benefits for building owners, who also stand to pay less in permit and construction fees for any upkeep.

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Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.

 

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