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Steve Jobs didn’t lock the front door to his Palo Alto house, says U2’s Bono


  • Bono wrote in his memoirs that Steve Jobs never locked the front door of his modest home in Palo Alto.
  • The U2 leader described the house as “low-key” and said that Jobs had been growing food in his home garden.
  • Jobs purchased the 5,768-square-foot, seven-bedroom home in the early 1990s.

Apple founder Steve Jobs never locked the front door of his “low-key” Tudor-style home in Palo Alto, Bono, frontman of Irish rock band U2, wrote in his diary.

Bono recounted a visit to Jobs in California in 2004 in his forthcoming memoir, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Bono Story, an excerpt published by The Guardian.

In October 2004, Bono, fellow bandmate The Edge, U2 manager Paul McGuinness, and producer and record executive Jimmy Iovine visited Jobs to discuss featuring the band in an Apple commercial.

“Steve lived with his wife, Lorraine, and their three children, in a simple Tudor home on a thriving street in Palo Alto, California,” Bono wrote. “Their English adoration also inspired a cottage garden full of wildflowers and things to eat, with a gate opening yards from the front door they never locked.”

Similarly, Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson noted that he usually kept the back door open and did not have a security fence. According to Isaacson, Jobs did not have any security guards, resident assistance, or drivers.


The guests ate vegetables from the garden

Jobs purchased the 5,768-square-foot, seven-bedroom home in the early 1990s. He lived on the property until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2011.

The property was built in the 1930’s and is constructed of brick and slate. A former neighbor described it as a “beautiful, soul-soothing cottage” in an article for The Atlantic, while the Los Angeles Times stated that it “looks as if it was plucked from an English village in the Cotswolds”.

In a 1997 article for Time magazine, Cathy Booth described the property as an “English country house”.

“It’s a home run with a distinct ’60s flavor,” she continued. “Lauren has planted a garden of wildflowers, herbs, and vegetables all around.”

Booth wrote that when she dined with Steve and Lauren, who were “strict vegetarians”, they ate corn from the garden and drank tea made from herbs grown on the property.

A former neighbor told Bloomberg that Jobs obsessed with furniture, including spending tens of thousands of dollars on chairs and a custom-made dining table, and ended up moving back.

“The rooms are sparsely decorated, and only the portraits of Ansel Adams were extravagant,” Booth added.

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