Saturday, August 23, 2014

When It Comes To Her Personal Taste In Homes, CETT Architect Adele Chang Eschews The McMansion Lifestyle

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We all need to work for a living. Or at least most of us do. Veteran Tattler poster Steve seems to have avoided the onus of honest labor, but there are other prices he has to pay. And the guy who leaves untrue comments here about me dating Sierra Madre City Manager Elaine Aguilar could be another individual unchallenged by daily toil. For the record I am happily married and have a wonderful family. Besides, I am not certain that Elaine and I would be a compatible couple. Our viewpoints on many topics are decidedly at odds. Frankly, I don't see this happening.

Like the rest of us, the architect for the CETT Set also needs to put bread on the table. And Adele Change has worked very hard to create plans for McMansion style development at One Carter. It is a living I suppose, and what an ambitious professional in a highly competitive field might find herself doing if need be. But would her overly bulky and somewhat ostentatious creations be the sort of thing she would choose for herself? Apparently that is not the case.

It may very well be that CETT has engaged Adele to lay down an architectural framework for a brace of controversial hillside Sierra Madre starter castles, obviously designed for a tasteless nouveau riche arriviste' crowd. But when it comes to her own personal taste in home design, the choice is decidedly different.

And I have to admit, while what Adele has created for herself is a little on the austere side for my taste (like where exactly would you leave your empty Pabst cans?), there is a certain "Wow!" factor to her creation. Something that could lead one to believe that perhaps she really is as good an architect as some of the folks on the Planning Commission have said.

Bonomo Development is a Simi Valley construction outfit that specializes in building the kinds of unique and custom homes that many of us would find hard to afford. This is the stuff the big money rolls with, and you don't find it just anywhere, either. Here is how they lovingly describe themselves on their website (link).

Bonomo Development is a full-service general contracting company that specializes in the delivery of highly-crafted, beautifully-constructed, custom residential and commercial projects. Tony Bonomo, the founder of Bonomo Development, brings over thirty years of experience in the construction industry to the table, and provides an unparalleled level of personal service and attention. Client satisfaction is Bonomo Development's first priority, and this, coupled with a careful attention to design integrity, has resulted in the realization of many successful construction projects. Tony works with a core group of skilled subcontractors, each of whom shares his desire to bring the highest of industry standards to bear on each and every project.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I get the feeling that Tony doesn't need to have a San Marino work permit sticker on his truck.

One of the things Mr. Bonomo likes to do is post beautiful pictures of homes he has built for his clients on the company website. And one of those creations is the home of Pasadena resident Adele Chang. Here are a few of his artfully done photos. The rest can be found by clicking here.


Now I didn't find the pictures we've posted here. A link to them was left in the comments to yesterday's article by an especially sharp-eyed Tattler reader. This also attracted a number of reader remarks, and I thought I would add one of them here. Posting as "Adele Chang - Super NIMBY!," a resident left this observation:

That is one awsome house on a perfectly sized lot that Ms. Chang has built for herself. If One Carter looked like this I would be all for it. And I am confident that Ms. Chang would be the first to protest if someone tried to build in her neighborhood the oversized crap boxes on tiny lots that she has designed for the alleged Indian burial ground.

I believe the point has been made.

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47 comments:

  1. Adele does have a nice home. So why won't she use her talents to design something as nice at One Carter?

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    1. Is it a creative drought? Designers' block? Or maybe it's just pull a blueprint out of the file for the Anokia development down the street (Chang's work), dust it off and save lots of time but still get paid.

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    3. Maybe Adele has a cut rate price for recycled blueprints. After all, the lots are being peddled by the bank at a distressed property rate, so wouldn't it make sense for the plans to be cheap as well? This is starting to look like a bottom feeder special all the way.

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    4. It makes me feel like we are not being respected by the developer. It is all very disrespectful.

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    5. The developer is here to make a buck. That's all there is to it. The residents, the town, don't matter one bit. Kind of like the La Vina situation in Altadena. I'm sure the only thing they think of doing with Sierra Madre is driving through it.

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    6. There are 71 homes for sale in Sierra Madre. Lots of people trying to cash out before the collapse.

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    7. Huh, Realtor.com...40 homes, IMRMLS...23 homes, almost all duplicate listings..Please cite source for 71 homes.

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    8. Somebody is confused. 71 homes SOLD in the last 90 days. The smart people are getting out.

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    9. Right now just about anything will sell in Sierra Madre. That's why it is so puzzling that CETT won't adhere to the policies of town and the documents governing the hillsides. They/it/she could make plenty of money building a 3 bedroom 2 bath home there. In fact, if they/it/she would design reasonably sized homes, they could get at it right away, and make a great profit.

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  2. I'm sure they are not going to use the same construction company as the "Chang Castle", we will get the quality of the Jamison court houses which are already starting to have major problems.

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    1. I'm not surprised to hear that about the Jamison Court houses.
      They look so out of place and factory manufactured.

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    2. What types of problems are they having there? I like the varied architecture of those homes very much.

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    3. Varied architecture? Looks like there might be 2 or 3 basic floor plans tweaked in 2 or 3 ways....very boilerplate. The only differences are in a few goo-gaws added here & there to try & fool the eye.

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    4. Jameson Court houses? Having problems? Do tell...

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  3. Does it have a bunker?

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  4. I don't see any gun turrets.

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  5. People are always willing to do things so long as it isn't in there neighborhood. It's like the people who
    want to put a homeless shelter or group home next to your home. God forbid if you try to put it next to their home. Likewise with Adele. She wouldn't want those One Carter creations jammed into her neighborhood.

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    1. And yet she bristled when her designs were called MacMansions.

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    2. Maybe she should go and live on one then. Apparently she doesn't like her own designs. Preferring instead to live in a one story house on a big lot. Go figure. I guess it must be the big checks she gets from CETT. All she cares about.

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    3. I'm not sure it's one story - looks like there might be something of an upstairs? But either way, the lines of the house profile are just great - interesting, different - the opposite of what she made for Stonegate. Carter. Stonegate. Ah heck. The idea to change the karma of the place by changing the name hasn't worked

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    4. 10:41, follow the link in the Tattler article and you'll see other pictures that show the second story.

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    5. She would never live in one of the bunkers that she is proposing for our hillside.

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  6. One rule for us, another rule for them.

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  7. The house is beautifully made. To me, the style is sterile and cold, but that's just a matter of personal taste. The problem lies in the size of the lots houses are built on. Unless CETT seriously combines lots, like making 15 instead of 30, they'll never be able to get houses of any great size on them. The one above, big house, big lot, works.

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    1. I agree with you. It is an icy looking structure.

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    2. I looked around the Bonomo site a bit. They specialize in stark modern. Actually kind of generic rigid.

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    3. Disagree here, I'm a big fan of contemporary architecture and I personally love her place. Looks like something that Jeff Lewis would design, and it's rare for any of his homes to be anything less than a huge success and wildly popular on the open market. To each their own.

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    4. I agree with our disagreement 11:14. And that is a to-each-his-own kind of thing.
      But cramming too much house on too small a lot is a different category.

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    5. Density is a state of mind. Small lot, small house. You can't fit a McMansion on a postage stamp.

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    6. The design of architect Chang's house brings a whole new dimension to her oft-repeated phrase about "modern" families and what they want.

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  8. The owner of Carter/Stongate has been setting up new corporations.
    http://www.corporationwiki.com/California/Rosemead/cett-eastern-ltd/134695064.aspx

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  9. 12:25, we've got to call them out on this at the September 18 meeting.

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    1. What does it mean? Why are they doing this?

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    2. Call them out on diversifying their holdings? Not likely. They're (or she? It's just one gal listed as the pres/owner) just trying to set up businesses, avoid taxes, get legal protections from suits. The usual thing.

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    3. Hunh. So maybe she's getting her sockpuppet companies in order for the Sierra Madre lawsuit.

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    4. Kabuki Theatre,

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  10. Wonder if "Chang castle" had any problems with Pasadena's Planning Commission? But Law suit Ricky was on commission so flew right through......even if specs were wrong

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    1. That's how they get it done in the Rose City!

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    2. Makes you wonder how many projects MacDonald and Chang have teamed up on.

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    3. The dog and the pony.

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  11. Lengthy article praising the Chang residence:
    http://tgpinc.net/images/uploads/pdfs/California_HomesChang22012.pdf

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  12. Chang was busy at the San Marino City Council in the March discussion regarding basements
    http://www.ci.san-marino.ca.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/03122014-560

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  14. Ok, this is just too weird. On pages 4 & 10 you'll read that Adele Chang is the architect for what was once Ambassador College - you know, the unfortunate place that had an involvement with Dorn Platz, aka Greg Galletly? He went belly up on them of course, and there were law suits, of course. Big mess with the church.
    http://www.wpra.net/files/public/wpra2014winNL.pdf

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    1. Those "luxury flats" look like rows of boxes. Can't get much uglier.

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    2. Birds if a feather, 6:59. Who knows, maybe there is a Galletly in the CETT woodpile.

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