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Mountain View Voice

Opinion - February 29, 2008

Dwell house a fine fit in neighborhood

by Julie Stanford

I just read your article about the Dwell house at 515 Mountain View Ave. and am very disappointed that it only presents one point of view on the home and did not ask any other neighbors about their opinions ("Outside the box," Feb. 22).

I live at 525 Mountain View Ave., next door to the 515 Mountain View house, and I really like it. I think it's a great design and shows many aspects of modern interior and exterior design that are great to look at.

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.

Julie Stanford lives on Mountain View Avenue.


Posted by Ana Lucia Gonzalez, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:18 am

In order to get a better idea about what a Dwell home represents for a town and for a neighborhood, I would strongly urge everyone involved to pick up a copy of the magazine. Most neighborhoods in the country would be ecstatic to have a Dwell home in their midst. It adds status and cache (and yes diversity) to a place -- it broadens the appeal.