The house being demolished is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home that sold late last year for $975,000. It is not uncommon for this to happen. Sometimes the houses that replace them are very modern like this one. And sometimes they are oddly designed hodge-podge of styles and really only intended to max out the buildable area like this one.
The blue house next door is indicative of the original character of the neighborhood. Does neighborhood character matter? Should new construction be required to match existing styles and building massing or should people be allowed to build as they choose within the limitations of the zoning?