Steve Jobs' Woodside Mansion Back in Court

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009  |  Updated 12:00 PM PDT
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This is part of the property in Woodside.

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While Steve Jobs is in the spotlight today for re-appearing after a lengthy medical leave, a legal saga involving his Woodside home is slowly inching forward.

On Tuesday a judge in Redwood City held a hearing on the eight year long permitting effort. Jobs' lawyers are trying to get approval to pay an investor to remove big chunks of the home. They are calling it a "salvage demolition."

When Jobs first made it rich back in the 1980s, he bought the historic Woodside mansion and like a lot of new millionaires he wanted to make some changes. But nothing is small when it comes to Steve Jobs and the renovation hit a snag with an historic society.

The 17,000 square foot Spanish colonial was designed by George Washington Smith for copper-baron Daniel C. Jackling in 1925.

Jobs lived there for years. He moved out over a decade ago after calling the building an "abomination." Photos from inside show lots of damage including mold growing on ceilings and vines sprouting from the walls.

Jobs once offered to give the building away to anyone willing to move it off the site.

A group called "Uphold Out Heritage" is the group who initially took the issue to court.  They want the home to stay as is.

The California Court of Appeal and the Woodside Town Council has also weighed in on the issue.  Thus the eight year hold.

The town council put the plan back in the hands of the courts in July.

Tuesday's hearing didn't go anywhere. After some questions and answers the judge called it a day without saying which way she would rule.

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