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Has anyone seen the Dilbert House lately?

Original post made by Perplexed on Apr 20, 2009

As I walk my dog through the Hearst and Vintage Hills neighborhood area and observe the progress being made on the Adams house (aka Dilbert) I wonder what on earth the City Council and Planning Commission were thinking when they approved this project. The house is huge! With the passing of PP and QQ, I cannot believe a large project like this would pass through the approval process. I'd be interested to hear other comments on what they think of the project.

Comments (23)

Posted by Jo, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Mind your own business!

Posted by Dogbert, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Seems to me if the property was purchased Mr. Adams (or whomever else) and the plan went through whatever hoops are required by the various agencies that act on them, there isn't much else that needs to be said (assuming it isn't a toxic mortgage).

Posted by MainStreetDiva, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm

MainStreetDiva is a registered user.

We walk near that area, and this weekend we too were amazed at the size of the Dilbert house. When it was initially laid out with just boards, you couldn't grasp just how far back it goes. The front almost looks like a castle, complete with round turret.

Speaking of the Hearst / Vintage Hills area...I noticed graffiti on the Kottinger Ranch sign on Friday, but it looks like it's been painted over slightly to make it less obvious.

Posted by Chris, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Speaking of graffiti...there was graffiti on the front of the Cole's Market building this morning...Someone scaled the builiding to do that...hope that goes away soon.

Posted by Ms. Baffled, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm

So is that Mr. Perplexed or Ms. Perplexed? I don't understand why a neighbor would make negative comments about another neighbor's home without signing his/her actual name to it. This isn't Dear Abby and it isn't constructive or neighborly. In all likelihood there was a process where you could have aired your concerns in person at the appropriate time.

Posted by Perplexed and Baffled, a resident of Civic Square
on Apr 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Oh can't people be jealous, Ms. Baffled! What's your real name?
I can't imagine why a neighbor would make a negative comment about another neighbor's home and not sign his/her actual name, either! Why would that be!!

Posted by fact checker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 20, 2009 at 7:02 pm

PP exempts parcels with less than ten units from the 25% slope issue.

Posted by ceasar, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 20, 2009 at 7:26 pm

The place looks like the airplane hanger at moffet field.
He must have a lot of toys.
It's ridiculous.

Posted by Karen, a resident of Civic Square
on Apr 20, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Well, if you had a kajillion dollars you could accomodate a lot of your and your family's ideas. It probably becomes hard to make the whole humongous thing aesthetically appealing.

Posted by The Jackal, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 20, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Oh, I'm sure it is a very green house so not to worry about its size!

Posted by Tim, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2009 at 8:58 am

Mr. Adams and his family successfully navigated Pleasanton's grueling planning and development process, and I'm sure they've met or exceeded all of the city's requirements. Sure, their new home is big, but why shouldn't it be if they can afford it and have met Pleasanton's requirements. Back off, let them enjoy their new home, and be thankful he didn't bring in a bunch of Elbonians to build it.

Posted by D W, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2009 at 10:18 am

Adams' place will turn out impressive. What's not impressive is the following statement:

'Oh, can't people be jealous, Ms. Baffled!'

To all people - identified or unidentified - no matter what scientific facts say that jealousy is a human feeling, jealousy is also why we ended up with graffiti, toxic mortgages, budget deficits, political infighting, international terrorism, loss of human rights, and extremely divisive talk radio that only worsens all of the forementioned, not to mention more laziness. Gotta end this comment, so I don't get too caught up in this. Jealousy may be human, but it is far more an evil turnoff than it is positive.


Posted by clint, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 21, 2009 at 10:40 am

Perplexed missed the wailing that took place when the Adam's were running the approval gauntlet. More on the house at
Web Link
Long live Dilbert!

Posted by Good Neighbor, a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Apr 21, 2009 at 11:05 am

Through an open process, neighbors were afforded the opportunity to see the drawings and designs and make comments. Thankfully construction has started. Those who live close by will endure the construction noise and mess and it will be well worth it! The lot was blight to the neighborhood and a gathering place in wee hours of the morning for teenagers. Looking forward to completion and welcoming them to the neighborhood.

Posted by J Flack, a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Bring Dilbert on... and a few more.

Do some math: (estimates)

20,000 sq ft house in Pleasanton
Conservatively, $450/sf to build, add in the land...

The house may be worth $8-9M !!!!

The real estate taxes on that are $90,000/year, which nearly pays for a teacher. Bring on a few more, in fact bring down as much of Blackhawk as you want, just build them on the side of the hill like Mr Adams. We won't even need parcel taxes.

I'll admit, I don't understand the obsession against large houses - if they don't block the sky line and they do pay their taxes, why are we complaining?

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm

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The house will raise the property values of the neighbors.

Posted by Curious, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Where is this exactly? I've read about the house, and would like to see the construction - it sounds very interesting.

Posted by LC, a resident of Dublin
on Apr 21, 2009 at 3:26 pm

It's interesting that in a neighborhood of large houses a neighbor would complain about a large house.

I've seen the blighted empty lot before any construction work was started, the plans approved by the Pleasanton City Council and Planning Commission and the current construction. I wish we had custom homes of this quality in Dublin rather than the large cookie cutter tract houses of marginal aesthetics that exist today. Maybe my home would be worth more?

Posted by Brian, a resident of Dublin
on Apr 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Reading through these posts I can't help but wonder what the "real" problem is. I have viewed the construction and while the house is big, doesn't appear to be that big of a deal. The houses around it are also large in size. I say have at it. As long as they are all good neighbors and pay their taxes what is the issue? I just thought it was great for him to include those around him. You might want to consider yourselves lucky you have such a thoughtful neighbor. Not everyone is as fortunate.

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Apr 21, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Top [end] of Crellin in Vintage Hills....


Posted by Becky Randall, a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Apr 21, 2009 at 10:21 pm

I guess I am the only one that has the guts to sign my name. I am a next-door neighbor to the Dilbert house. What you see from the street isn't close to what I see from my back yard. When the Pleasanton Weekly (1/18/08) quoted that this home was being built on a "field" that was not factual. There was an existing 2,000+ sq. ft. home with a detached garage. The house was demolished to build this new extremely large home and indoor tennis court. When I wanted to build an 840 sq ft garage on my 1.25-acre property it took me five years to get the city to approve it! My existing house is 4,500 sq ft. not even close to the size of this home. We knew that we were not going to be able to fight the city & planning commission about the size of the Dilbert house so instead we worked with the owners towards a compromise. Though we are very disappointed that we lost the space and openness between the existing homes we were able to work together and will welcome them to the neighborhood.

P.S. There is no jealousy here! And for those of you that think our home will be more valuable - NOT, especially if we don't plan on selling.

Posted by Brian, a resident of Dublin
on Apr 23, 2009 at 8:47 am

You want more space? Move to the country.

Posted by Becky, a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:11 am

Brian, that's easy for you to say as no one has built a 18,000 sq ft home in your back yard!

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