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Apple has greatly expanded its Cupertino, California land holdings with the purchase of a 98 acre campus vacated by HP earlier this summer. The spot is adjacent to land Apple bought in 2006.

According to a report by the Mercury News, the land had been used by HP for twenty years before it decided to pull out in order to consolidate its operations in nearby Palo Alto.

The report noted that the HP site "has housed parts of that company's personal computer division as well as some of its commercial software and hardware units. It's also home to a high-tech 'briefing center' where HP holds meetings and shows off products to corporate clients."

Cupertino city officials were relieved to see Apple take HP's place, a deal making Apple the largest landholder in the city and filing the million dollar hole in tax revenues that HP and its departing employees had contributed to the city. Real estate sources suggested the sale may have cost as much as $300 million, although the sluggish economy might have afforded Apple a much better deal on the prime land.

In the report, Mayor Kris Wang said, "we're very proud to have Apple's headquarters in our city. It's not just a company. It's the company."

Apple's Cupertino expansion

Apple PR head Steve Dowling said, "we now occupy 57 buildings in Cupertino and our campus is bursting at the seams. These offices will give us more space for our employees as we continue to grow."

Apple has not announced any plans for the new land, and has only started to use some of the existing buildings on its former, 50 acre land purchase made in 2006. That chunk of land was comprised of nine separate properties Apple had stitched together in top secret plans to assemble a large enough area of contiguous office space to build a secondary campus.

Originally, Apple expressed plans to level the buildings on the land acquired in 2006 and integrate them into a unified development intended to house 3,000 to 3,500 employees. That was expected to take there to four years. However, as of the end of last year, Apple had only been able to rezone the land, an effort that took longer than expected because "some commissioners wanted a more definitive proposal from Apple before rezoning a prime piece of residential land."

The adjacent 2006 and 2010 parcels are a mix of buildings surrounded by suburban homes, two malls, and intersected by the freeway. Part of the original land purchase had been zoned by the city for a residential use in condominium project. With the HP site added into the mix, it is expected that Apple will find it easier to integrate the two adjacent parcels into a new complex of buildings vastly larger than its existing infinite Loop campus.



No place like home

Apple has been a fixture of Cupertino ever since founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak located the new company there in 1977, after about a year of working out of the garage of Jobs' parents, in nearby Los Altos.

Jobs went to high school in Cupertino and expressed an affinity for the town in 2006, when he spoke before Cupertino's City Council regarding the earlier land purchase the company had decided to make one freeway interchange east of its existing campus off DeAnza Boulevard.

In his remarks, Jobs said he had looked at cheaper land in other places when considering where to locate Apple's second campus. "But after looking at a lot of things, we found something in Cupertino that was a possibility," Jobs said. "It was more expensive, a lot more expensive than we could get elsewhere, but it was something where we could stay in the area that we like the best."
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According to that image they bought part of the highway. I wonder how much Apple Tax they will charge on that stretch of the road.
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According to that image they bought part of the highway. I would how much Apple Tax they will charge on that stretch of the road.

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According to that image they bought part of the highway. I would how much Apple Tax they will charge on that stretch of the road.

Can they just make a glass bridge over it and call it a day?
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I'm just happy to be here ... who's with ME!?!
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They have a great "high-tech briefing center" in that HP building...been to a few Take a look :

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/ebc...ertinomain.jpg

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Apple should use their influence with the city council of Cupertino to force or encourage them to change the name of the town to Cupentino, I swear for the longest time my brain refused to see that r and thought it was an n, besides, it sounds alot better in my opinion.
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Apple should use their influence with the city council of Cupertino to force or encourage them to change the name of the town to Cupentino, I swear for the longest time my brain refused to see that r and thought it was an n, besides, it sounds alot better in my opinion.

Nah, they would just rename the town to Monte Vista.
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They have a great "high-tech briefing center" in that HP building...been to a few Take a look :

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/ebc...ertinomain.jpg

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Oh you know damn well Apple is going to rip up that cheap wood flooring and install some modernistic aluminum facade. I know this cause SJ told me when we were having coffee the other day. What was most interesting was the 18 wheeler he uses to carry is ego around with him. It (the truck) is also made of aluminum.
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Nah, they would just rename the town to Monte Vista.

Monte Leopard would be more stable sounding.
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Apple own more than One Infinite Loop:

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You guys seen HP's "Envy" line of laptops -- cheap copies of Apple's Macbook Pro. Hey, you wanna walk around with a PC laptop fine, but you walk around with a direct Mac copy, that's just sad.

Check the place for bugs, Apple!!
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According to that image they bought part of the highway. I would how much Apple Tax they will charge on that stretch of the road.

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post #14 of 70
They needed a place to bury all the gold. (Fort Knox wasn't big enough.)
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Named after the Italian city of Copertino, where St. Joseph of Copertino elevated in religious ecstasy. I doubt they will change the name...
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Something's not kosher here. Looking at the map, the 50 acres bought in 2006 are about the same size as the 98 acres just purchased.
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They have a great "high-tech briefing center" in that HP building...been to a few Take a look :

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/ebc...ertinomain.jpg

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I have a feeling Apple will either level and start over, or extensively rebuild what's there. As a firm that has made it's name on its aesthetic, I doubt they would use HPs sloppy seconds as a stage to showcase their latest stuff.
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Something's not kosher here. Looking at the map, the 50 acres bought in 2006 are about the same size as the 98 acres just purchased.

Apple didn't purchase the land within the freeway right of way even though it's colored in on the map.
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Something's not kosher here. Looking at the map, the 50 acres bought in 2006 are about the same size as the 98 acres just purchased.

Inflation.
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You guys seen HP's "Envy" line of laptops -- cheap copies of Apple's Macbook Pro. Hey, you wanna walk around with a PC laptop fine, but you walk around with a direct Mac copy, that's just sad.

Check the place for bugs, Apple!!

Actually, HP's consumer line of notebooks are a hybrid between HP Envy and HP Pavilion notebooks... the bottom half looks like an Envy and the top half looks like the latest Pavilion brand. I don't think the HP notebooks resemble a MBP at all.
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Actually, HP's consumer line of notebooks are a hybrid between HP Envy and HP Pavilion notebooks... the bottom half looks like an Envy and the top half looks like the latest Pavilion brand. I don't think the HP notebooks resemble a MBP at all.

No, the HP Envy looks nothing like the MBP. \

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I would love to see what Apple would with this much land. They could create an architectural masterpiece that would rival anything built in the last hundred years.
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Nah, they would just rename the town to Monte Vista.

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No, the HP Envy looks nothing like the MBP. \


This picture explains the name
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They have a great "high-tech briefing center" in that HP building...been to a few Take a look :

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/ebc...ertinomain.jpg

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What year was that built? How is it "high-tech"? I would bet my kidney, cause I don't have any intention of giving up my kidney, that Apple will bulldoze the entire lot. When Apple builds stores in malls they rip out the utility pipes from deep within the walls and install their own. We'll be lucky if Apple doesn't insist on rebuilding that section of freeway from the 2006 purchase.
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Apple nabs HP's former 98 acre campus in Cupertino



Very symbolic.
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Very symbolic.

Most of Apple's accomplishments over the last decade have been symbolic.
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Most of Apple's accomplishments over the last decade have been symbolic.

I wouldn't call AAPL and all the Macs I had over 25 years symbolic.
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Credit to HP, their printers are better then Epson's.
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I wouldn't call AAPL going from $2 to over $300 (after a split) symbolic.

I would!
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Until it buys your new house.
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Until it buys your new house.

Are we even talking about the same thing?
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Not on your life.
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Check the place for bugs, Apple!!

And booby traps. Like when the Atreides first went to Dune and took over the palace from the Harkonnens.

Also Apple should watch out for the bottomless pit Carly used for punishing dissenters. "Madness? This... is... H..P..!!!"
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Named after the Italian city of Copertino, where St. Joseph of Copertino elevated in religious ecstasy. I doubt they will change the name...

HAHAHA!! Brilliant!
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And booby traps. Like when the Atreides first went to Dune and took over the palace from the Harkonnens.

Also Apple should watch out for the bottomless pit Carly used for punishing dissenters. "Madness? This... is... H..P..!!!"

You win the "Nerd Reference" award!!!
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Oh, snap! That's where HP was gonna build their iPad killer!! Too bad.
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Just a real estate purchase. Perhaps for investment, perhaps for expansion. It doesn't really symbolizes or mean anything.
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Just a real estate purchase. Perhaps for investment, perhaps for expansion. It doesn't really symbolizes or mean anything.

Right, two massive blocks of real estate forming a contiguous new location three times the size of their current hq, which is just down the road... Clearly doesn't mean anything.
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