Jobs kept his mansion in Woodside, about ten miles up into the mountains from Palo Alto.
He wanted to tear down the fourteen-bedroom 1925 Spanish colonial revival,
and he had plans drawn up to replace it with an extremely simple, Japanese-inspired modernist home one-third the size.
But for more than twenty years he engaged in a slow-moving series of court battles with preservationists
who wanted the crumbling original house to be saved.
(In 2011 he finally got permission to raze the house, but by then he had no desire to build a second home.)
On occasion Jobs would use the semi-abandoned Woodside home, especially its swimming pool, for family parties.
When Bill Clinton was president, he and Hillary Clinton stayed in the 1950s ranch house
on the property on their visits to their daughter, who was at Stanford.
Since both the main house and ranch house were unfurnished,
Powell would call furniture and art dealers when the Clintons were coming and pay them to furnish the houses temporarily.
Once, shortly after the Monica Lewinsky flurry broke,
Powell was making a final inspection of the furnishings and noticed that one of the paintings was missing.
Worried, she asked the advance team and Secret Service what had happened.
One of them pulled her aside and explained that it was a painting of a dress on a hanger,
and given the issue of the blue dress in the Lewinsky matter they had decided to hide it.