Sticking around: Apple design chief Jony Ive buys $17 million home in SF

Apple design chief Jony Ive has reportedly just bought a property in San Francisco’s exclusive ‘Gold Coast’ neighborhood  for $17 million. The is likely to end speculation suggesting Ive wanted to move himself and his family back to his native Britain.

The house, which was built in 1927 and has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, went on the market back in February for $25 million, people familiar with the deal told the Wall Street Journal. Apple’s vice president of industrial design will be able to enjoy sweeping views across the San Francisco Bay from the back of his 7,274-square-foot property.

Located close to Alta Plaza Park, the house also has an oak-paneled library and six wood-burning fireplaces. According to the WSJ, one of its upstairs bedrooms has “cathedral ceilings with exposed beams.”

Ive is the man widely credited for the design of some of the Cupertino company’s most iconic products, including the iPod, iPhone and iPad as well as its range of computers, such as the MacBook Air.

He started working for Apple in 1992, though, according to Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, was on the verge of quitting five years later, concerned that profit was taking precedence over product design. Jobs persuaded him to stay.

“Ive and Jobs would soon forge a bond that would lead to the greatest industrial design collaboration of their era,” Isaacson wrote.

 In May, 45-year-old Ive made a trip to the UK to receive a special honour from the Queen for services to design and enterprise.

Early last year, rumors were circulating that Ive was considering a move back to his native Britain because he wanted his children to attend school there. However, Apple execs reportedly said that if he returned, he wouldn’t be able to keep his position within the company.

The move to the new place in San Francisco indicates that Ive is in with the tech giant for the long term, a prospect that is sure to please Apple fans everywhere.