Dear Monica: We live in an old home in Palo Alto designated as “Deemed potentially eligible for the CRHR in 1998”. We want to sell and want to know what we should do about this designation? Agnes T.
Dear Agnes: Palo Alto is concerned about the number of historic houses that have been torn down and replaced with modern structures. The consulting firm Page and Turnbull have issued a report on the properties that were on the list of “potentially eligible” 20 years ago as part of this update of the historic list and the City of Palo Alto would like to expand it. Before selling your property you should engage consultants such as Page and Turnbull to confirm whether you are likely to be on an historic list. Your buyer will need to know this in order to make renovations or even to demolish it.