Adams, who currently lives in Dublin, said he wants to move within city limits because his wife Shelly and her two children are from here, and he will be more centrally located to the two restaurants he owns, Stacey's Cafe in downtown Pleasanton and Stacey's at Waterford in Dublin.
"I bought the property about two and a half years ago," he said. "A little less than a year and a half ago, I got married and it's a blended family--my wife has kids--and their roots as well as my wife's roots are in Pleasanton. This property is coincidentally almost exactly in the middle of the two (restaurants)."
The 1.35-acre property is situated between million-dollar homes in Foxborough Estates and Grey Eagle Estates in the eastern hills of Pleasanton. It is not a part of either estate communities, rather, it's an old homestead formerly owned and habited by the Martin family that's been there prior to both developments.
Adams, 50, said he wants an indoor tennis court due to health reasons.
While the size projections would likely make Adams' home one of the largest, if not the largest home in Pleasanton, the cartoonist emphasized it will be environmentally-friendly.
"You have to put it into context," he said. "It would probably be the greenest house in all of Pleasanton, so we're going to shoot for as close to no energy use or neutral energy use--solar panels--and we'll be using a lot of advanced, green technology in the construction."
"In terms of the footprint on the earth, it will be less than the homes in the area," he added. "The size of the lot is 1.35 acres, so if you look at it from a satellite picture, the density of the property is the least dense in the neighborhood."
Included in the living space will be an office where Adams plans to work on the "Dilbert" comic strip from home.
"A large portion of it is for my work and for storage of items for my work," he said. "I've got a million "Dilbert" things."
Another energy-saving benefit, he said, is the tennis court, which will have solar panels, and the garage won't need any heating or cooling.
Adams introduced preliminary plans to neighbors at a neighborhood block party a little over a year ago.
Plans have been submitted to the city's planning department, but more paperwork will need to be filed before the project is considered. Adams said he expects the plans will go before the Planning Commission for design review approval at the first meeting of the New Year, Jan. 9.
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