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Larchmont Teardown of the Week

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On the chopping block: 169 Rockingstone, Larchmont

Back in the day, they were tearing down so many smaller, charming houses in the area and replacing them with McMansions so often, we had a column called “Teardown of the Week.

It never really stopped, but it did slow down. And now, this one’s really got us.

This info came to theLoop from local journalist Hilary Macht. A lovely old stone and shingle house (maybe 1500 square feet?) at 169 Rockingstone Ave. has reportedly been bought by a developer and she hears they are destroying it, and are putting in a 4500 square footer.

“Little by little neighborhood character and charm are being decimated– historic homes and big old trees, gone, turning the neighborhood into ultra-suburban clear-cut,” Hilary writes.

What do you think?

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5 years ago

“The Larchmont I love” that “peaches” refers to is not a place that we want to see disappear. It is desirable real estate because of what it is, and what it is not.
Do our zoning boards know this, and are they continuing to represent these interests, or have they veered away from former practices?

Over 30 years ago, I recall our realtor telling us that one of the assets of Larchmont was that it had a rich variety of housing, and housing on all levels–small, medium, large–which she said is so important to the health of a community.
First, it attracts a diversity of interesting people, an important part of why we love Larchmont. Second, to a young family buying their first home, as we were, it signals a future–starter house, growth, and then perhaps ‘aging in place.’ The diversity of age groups we have now is also a strength of the town and village. These are elements that have always added to the richness of our community life.

I see the highest level of house maintenance in Larchmont now than I have ever seen. The town and village are thriving. Let’s keep Larchmont the desirable place to live that it is.

5 years ago
Reply to  JHWBB

“All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

5 years ago

As a community, we should be working with the town/village government to change the zoning. Owners and developers working within the law should not be blamed for exercising their private property rights. There needs to be a balance between preservation and redevelopment – I may not like my neighbor’s large house with no trees or my other neighbor’s run down, uncared for house with an overgrown lawn full of weeds that blow their seeds into my yard but there is a limit to what we should be imposing on how people quietly enjoy their private property.

5 years ago

Well said, Bonnie. Increduluous, I don’t know where in Larchmont you live, but have you taken a look around lately and seen what’s happened in the last 12 months alone? Brand 6,000+ sq footer on Glenn; same or larger on Forest corner Rockngstone; another really tall one across the street on Forest; another on N. Chatsworth, now 169 Rockingstone, and I may be forgetting some. There’s also the loss of big, old trees that are so important for so many reasons ranging from character, aesthetics and privacy to wildlife habitat and yes, even some hurricane prevention (counterintuitive perhaps, but true)! And the trees are being lost not just because of the McMansions but also in renovations like the one on N. Chatsworth near Rochelle. All of this is contributing to a real change, in my opinion not for the good. It’s not Greenwich or Rye (yet), I just find it really sad to see the Larchmont I love disappearing before my eyes. Already the walk down Rockingstone to town just isn’t the same.

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