The following question came up during Thursday's discussion of this issue. Does Reni Rose support mansionization, and was she supporting that sort of thing while working on the previous Henry A. Darling house transaction? Because that is what the deal turned out to be, a mansionization project. Complete with lot split and a now festering legal dispute with City Hall. This was hardly a consequences-free transaction.
The answer to the question? It is a large fat yes. And we will supply you with proof of that shortly. But first, a little background.
As you may recall, residents of the Arcadia Highlands had been fighting two huge McMansion projects proposed for an area of that has been predominantly ranch homes. This kind of predatory development has been going on for a while in the Peacock Empire, but until recently The Highlands has been spared much of it.
Unfortunately, the effort to save The Highlands area was dealt a major blow recently. Here is how the Pasadena Star News explained it in an article titled "Arcadia OKs development of 2 large homes despite ‘mansionization’ argument" (link):
Apparently the petition mentioned in the Star News article favoring the building of these two McMansions in the Arcadia Highlands was widely circulated and signed by many of that area's Realtors. Including Reni Rose herself. Here is that document.
Rich with Orwellian double-talk, that petition. Reminds me of the kinds of deceptive language that was used to oppose Measure V back in the day.
Of course, Reni Rose was not the only Arcadia dwelling Realtor to sign a petition designed to promote predatory McMansionization in the Arcadia Highlands. Here are the others:
Song Liem 1141 Oakwood Dr.
Jeffrey Bowen 1919 Wilson Ave.
Darlene Bowen 1919 Wilson Ave.
Ash Rizk 1204 Oakwood Dr.
Nivine Rizk 1204 Oakwood Dr.
Mark Cheng 1741 Oakwood Ave.
Alan Black 238 Hillgreen Place
Ruth Black 238 Hillgreen Place
You might want to consider their support for the mansionization of the Arcadia Highlands when looking for your next Realtor. We have scans of their petition signatures as well. If you would like copies for your own files pop me an email and I'll send them your way.
Free of charge. We're like that.
The bad news here is that the Henry A. Darling home (we will persist in calling it that despite the sanitized language used in the latest listing), is once agains in the hands of a real estate agent who obviously does not have a problem with McMansions.
Which is probably why the lot size at 126 E. Mira Monte Avenue is so clearly called out in Reni Rose's present take on the place. That description is available on the Redfin site (link). Or here:
Situated on a 21,337 square foot lot (nearly half an acre) this Craftsman style home is located on one of Sierra Madre's most desirable streets. A full-width front porch, wood siding and clipped gable roof offer lend to its character. Original features continue to the interior with an impressive river rock fireplace, oak floors, built-ins and wood wainscoting with plate rail. Wood windows look out onto lush greenery from every room, enhancing the relaxed Southern California feel of this home. Extensive intact period features. The rear garden is planted with specimen plants and mature foliage offering a private and unique outdoor environment. In addition to performing a physical inspection, buyers are encouraged to speak with Sierra Madre city staff with questions regarding the property.
Now you know. And yes, call City Hall.