Change has come house by house, some meticulously cared for, others covered in stucco and fronted by cinderblock walls or chain link fencing. Weil's house has iron bars on the windows. Raposa said Weil wanted to take them down and that other residents have done so, some replacing them with screens equipped with alarms. Across the street is a house whose promise is obscured by broken windows and peeling paint. But in another direction, there's a beautiful hefty Mission Revival house. Maggie Navarro, a real estate agent who handles historic homes, said the buyers who would like to live in such homes often cannot afford them. A low price may make the purchase possible, she said, but restrictions on historic properties sometimes make them "not relevant for the way we live today." It's a tough balance — a modern life that preserves the past.
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