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$4 Million Homes Being Built In Pacifica Has Some Residents Concerned About Changing Character

PACIFICA (KPIX 5) -- It's not unusual to hear about new million dollar homes being built in the Bay Area. But the building of 10 homes with a starting price above $4 million is causing a stir among residents worried it could change the community's character.

Sandy beaches and eclectic shops make Pacifica among the Bay Area's hidden gems, which most people here don't mind.

"I love the weather. It's perfect. I mean, it's foggy. Don't anybody else move here," said Chris Sims of Pacifica.

Average house here costs in the high $600,000s, average for the Bay Area. Some homes planned here are about to change that.

"Only 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco, 15 minutes from the airport, 35 minutes from Silicon Valley," said Realtor Neal Schwartz.

The realtor is a bit generous with those driving times, but the multimillion dollar homes going up on Fassler Road should be fantastic. Only 10 of them, each more than 4,200 square feet, all with sweeping views to go along with that price tag.

"They're $4 million houses. They belong in a $4 million neighborhood," said Mike Quirk of Pacifica.

Some here question whether anything in Pacifica is worth that much.

"I can't say I expect them to fly off the market," Sims said.

And some wonder if the type of people moving in, the kings of the hill, might change the working class character of Pacifica.

"Pacifica has a lot of high-end homes and there are a lot of very wealthy people in Pacifica. They're just low key," Schwartz said.

Move in for the new homes is expected to be next summer.

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