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Historic home, all yours -- if you move it

Original post made on Jun 16, 2010

Try as they might, a group of seniors who want to build communal housing at 445 Calderon Avenue say it is not economically feasible to design their 19-unit condo complex around the 1880s house in the middle of the large lot. Instead of demolishing it, they are hoping to find a new address for the Victorian farmhouse known as the Bakotich house.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 1:44 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by Jes' Sayin', a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Can't help but wonder if this project really needs to be in downtown Mountain View. Aren't the residents going to spend most of their time on the property itself? Maybe this large a project would be more easily and economically located in the open spaces of Milpitas, Pleasanton or Fremont?

Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm

A great place for this project, close to about everything you need, the is more for active seniors. Downtown seems to me is getting a mix of residents.

Posted by Wondering, a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

The title of the article is about the historic house, but none of the 5 pictures shows that house. I hope they can find a way to preserve one of Mountain View's oldest houses.

Posted by Seer, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm

It's so simple: put the house up for sale. If nobody wants it, then it must have zero value, so therefore the concern about preserving it is misplaced. We may have an emotional attachment to the past, but if it can't be expressed as a desire to pay to have it preserved, then it can't be all that strong. I know there are laws about preserving historic houses, so of course this will have to go before the planning commission. However, the fact remains that is nobody wants it, it isn't wanted!

When I become a senior I certainly don't want to be relegated to some backwoods place away from contact with society just for the convenience of others who think of me as being disposable. Instead, like these seniors, I'd like to be part of a community and contribute, which means being located in the core of the community.

Posted by Reyna, a resident of Willowgate
on Jun 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm


If you have no monetary value when you're a senior, then I guess we'll just have to get rid of you. We have such emotional attachments to the past and old people anyway.

Posted by Bruce Karney, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I would love it if the historic Bakotich home were moved to the vacant lot across from our home at Bush and Yosemite. Our 4-block tract was not developed until the 1940's, so an 1880's home would look unusual, but we're only 3 blocks from Castro St. and there are very few vacant R1-zoned lots near downtown.

I believe the lot is owned by the two sisters who own the "Pumpkin Patch" property at Grant and Levin. If anyone knows them personally, please share the suggestion with them.

Posted by Alan, a resident of The Crossings
on Jun 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm

There's just nothing better than telling other people how to spend their money or use their property.

Turn the tables, and I bet you'll have different suggestions.

Posted by Susan Burwen, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 20, 2010 at 10:25 am

I would like to add some information. Although the house represents an example of a simple farmhouse built for the orchard farming economy of the early 20th century, other homes in Mountain View and in nearby cities of Santa Clara Valley date from this time period as well.

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