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After uproar, Google executive to sell Oregon home

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm •  Published: June 25, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Google executive who had planned to tear down his historic Portland house has instead opted to sell it after outraged neighbors complained and 3,000 people signed an online petition urging him to preserve the 19th century home.

Earlier this year, Kevin Rose, a general partner for Google Ventures, paid $1.3 million for a house built in 1892. He initially planned to renovate the old place. When that proved costly, he decided to tear it down and build a 5,900-square-foot home.

On Tuesday, Rose and his wife, Darya, agreed to sell the home for $1.375 million. The couple said in a statement that they did not want an adversarial relationship with their neighbors and new city friends.

"Over the last few days we've watched as comments and emotions flared on both sides of the issue," the statement said. "Some folks arguing for homeowner rights, others for the preservation of old homes. We've read all of this, along with your emails, and took it all to heart."

The primary goal of the neighbors was to preserve the home that has been the site of many gatherings, including annual Easter egg hunts, said Will Aitchison, an attorney who lives in the neighborhood and represented opponents.

A secondary concern was the proposed replacement — referred to in plans as the "Deku Tree Retreat." The modern, flat-roofed design would clash with other homes in the Willamette Heights neighborhood.

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