iHouse: Steve Wozniak's Postmodern Playground
The co-founder of Apple Computers sells another creation: a home that's impressive to grownups, but really functions as a children's paradise.
Nerd hero Steve Wozniak created Apple Computers with Steve Jobs in the 1970s, so he is pretty much the emperor of Silicon Valley. From 1986 until 2006 he lived in a home that he regularly upgraded (you know, just like your MacBook updates its OS) until it was the perfect paradise.
Funny thing about perfect paradises: They often seem, to the outsider, kind of cold and formal. But the house of Woz is anything but. He's irresistibly endearing — he was all kinds of game on Dancing with the Stars, and you kind of have to love a guy who spots Kathy Griffin doing standup, launches into a relationship with her and then turns up on her silly reality show just for funzies. And his house matches his personality.
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Described as "eternally optimistic," "an irrepressible prankster" who met his first wife when she called his dial-a-joke line and "uniquely undriven," Woz (as he's known among friends and admirers) famously left Apple Computers to become a schoolteacher. He taught computer science to kids in the Los Gatos area, sometimes hosting classes in this home, and paid for computers for the district. He also created several more billion-dollar companies and became a major philanthropist — and a Segway polo enthusiast.
There are a lot of great things about this house — the six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, the decked-out kitchen, the flow, the entertainment deck with colossal views — but just as Woz is a big teddy bear, his home is equally kid friendly. He created a haven for his three kids (now all grown), including the kinds of details we often fantasized about as kids but rarely follow up on as adults. It's actually a paradise for kids and fun-loving adults, and should be snapped up soon by a prosperous parent.