Silicon Valley real estate can often be the source of great soap operas. Over the past 15 years, however, perhaps no piece of residential property in Silicon Valley has been as hotly contested as the one purchased by Steve Jobs in Woodside.

Over the weekend, VentureBeat published a series of updates to that tale to bring readers up to date on the events that have transpired since Jobs successfully won a legal battle against preservationists and tore down the Jackling House in February 2011.

Here’s a roundup of those stories:

1. Steve Jobs’ widow is finally building the family’s Silicon Valley dream home: Laurene Powell Jobs is moving toward approval of a stunning 15,000-square-foot estate that would include a gorgeous main residence but also include facilities for raising livestock, making olive oil and wine, and growing vegetables. It would be a real agricultural wonderland.

2. Read the submitted proposal for Jobs family’s new Silicon Valley estate: Our story only touches on the immensely detailed proposal submitted by Powell Jobs. Here’s the main proposal to get the full lowdown.

3. Steve Jobs and the strange afterlife of the historic Woodside mansion he demolished: While preservationists lost their legal battle, they have continued in various ways to keep the memory of the Jackling House alive though artifacts that were salvaged before the demolition. This second act includes a cameo by Netscape cofounder Jim Clark, who had purchased another part of the Jackling estate and also spent years trying to build there. In the end, he made  a decision that stunned the town.

Above: Above: The historic Jackling House that Steve Jobs spent 10 years trying to tear down. Image Credit: Flickr/Photo courtesy of Jonathan Haeber


Toilet salvaged from the Jackling House by the Town of Woodside."

Above: Toilet salvaged from the Jackling House. Image credit: Town of Woodside