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Google Exec Yields To Concerns; Will Sell, Not Demolish, Portland House


A venture capitalist has opted to sell his recently purchased northwest Portland home to neighbors instead of demolishing it.

Construction crews were originally scheduled to begin demolition on this 19th century Willamette Heights house on June 25. Those plans have been scrapped after neighbors offered to buy the property.

Construction crews were originally scheduled to begin demolition on this 19th century Willamette Heights house on June 25. Those plans have been scrapped after neighbors offered to buy the property.

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Kevin Rose is a general partner for Google Ventures.

Earlier this year, he 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 with a modern design.

That outraged neighbors who didn’t want the historic home demolished. An online petition to save the home garnered 3,000 signatures, but demolition was expected to start this week.

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

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