I have also spoken to other neighbors on our street who like the building. I agree that it is modern and does not "match" some parts of the neighborhood. However, there are many different architectural styles in this neighborhood and in particular on our block. My house is a Craftsman now, but used to be a ranch before we remodeled. Next door we have a Victorian-style remodeled house, and across the street are two other homes that are modern-looking Craftsmans with other influences.
The new house at 515 Mountain View Ave. may look big, but does not in fact dwarf the other houses on the block. There are two-story homes across the street that are just as big, and we in fact are planning to add on in the near future and will also have a two-story home that is equal to the 515 home in size. A walk through neighboring streets reveals similar-sized remodels and new construction, so I don't think size is the issue here.
While the Dwell home does look different, I think it is a great addition to the diversity in the neighborhood and will look better once the landscaping is in. I encourage other people to purchase lots and build new homes to replace the older run-down cottages that are currently in place, and do not want to see the land in the neighborhood decline in value due to draconian building rules.
I encourage the Voice to interview other neighbors about this issue and present a less biased viewpoint.
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