By Dan Nakaso, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 03/19/2013 06:19:05 AM PDT; Updated: 03/20/2013 02:22:17 PM PDT
LOS GATOS — A six-bedroom, six-bath home formerly owned by Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak — complete with a bedroom mural of the "Little Mermaid," outdoor grotto and firefighters pole for the kids — is up for sale for $4.4 million.
The 7,500-square-foot home on Santa Rosa Drive near Shannon Road includes lots of high-end finishes and a few low-end personalized touches from Wozniak, such as the initials "S" and "W" that were scratched inside a drawer in the music room, said realty agent Arthur Sharif of Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing the property.
In a brief telephone interview from an airplane as he prepared to fly from Florida to San Francisco on Monday, Wozniak told this newspaper that he liked the original three-bedroom home when he bought it for more than $1 million about 1986.
"I liked the architecture very much but the home kind of grew as my family extended," Wozniak said.
300 SANTA ROSA Dr
Los Gatos, CA 95032
7,500 Sq. Ft.
$586 / Sq. Ft.
Lot Size: 1.19 Acres
On Redfin: 12 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Community: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
Style: Modern/High Tech, Contemporary
View: Mountains, Canyon, Valley
County: Santa Clara
Originally built for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, This exquisite 7500 sq/ft, 6 Bed, 8 Bath on 1.19 acres, minutes to Los Gatos Blvd, combines post-modern style with majestic natural views. It is a natural abode full of light and warmth Euro chefs kitchen, wraparound terraces. Recent major re-design and renovation, one of a kind indoor/outdoor kids play area, pool w/ waterfall, Koi Pond +++.
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News media from all over are falling all over themselves reporting that a house once owned by Steve Wozniak is for sale. For some reason, when it was for sale last year, this did not happen. We mentioned it, though.
And the comments show most of them haven’t sussed to the fact that Woz hasn’t lived at the Santa Rosa house since 2004. Some of the improvements he put in the house are still there, but articles don’t mention all of them. The secret kids’ room complex is still there:
It’s a warren of rooms accessed through a tiny, kid-size door surrounded by elaborate molding with a dinosaur design. The complex is a series of little rooms, nooks and crannies connected by ladders, stairs and crawl spaces. Any child would love to wiggle through the complex and curl up on the floor pillows with a book or toy. You can exit via the dinosaur door or slide out on the fireman’s pole.
The listing history is fairly interesting. After the curve-inducing renovation in 2006, the house was listed for even more (we heard ten million but it’s not in Zillow’s listing history). Whoops.
Also, don’t worry about The Woz running off to Australia. That’s not planned for a few more years. So if you do buy his old house, feel free to ring him up and him the best way to unstop the grotto drain.