However, CLK Construction and Donald Joseph Inc architects have been hired by new owner, James Jack, to rebuild the home. The new plan will scale down to about 6,800 sqft and be more in line with current Arden Oaks homes. The Arden Oaks property just recently sold in December of 2014 and is currently being re-developed into a dream home for the new owners.
The Pappadopoulos family was well-respected and made a fortune in Sacramento land development in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Constantine (Koko) and his wife Katherine built the controversial mansion in the 1980’s. At approximately 10,000 sqft it was much larger than anything in the area, and received significant backlash from the neighborhood. Petitions were signed to restrict the size and impact of the impressive structure.
When the market turned in 1992 Koko allegedly hired an associate to set the family home on fire to collect the insurance money. Although the home had always been controversial, it was still a shock to the close knit community to see it burned to the ground. As police began unraveling the family’s elaborate scheme Koko fled to Greece leaving his wife to take the fall. He has been in Greece for the last 2 decades due to Greece’s non-extradition treaty.
Although this home has been the site of much controversy and negativity, it has come full circle and has become more than just a new home. To many in the area, the rebuild is just another sign of an overall change for the Sacramento area. As the Entertainment & Sports Complex advances in downtown, the rail yards have a sale on the table, and North Oak Park is coming alive with culture and local business, Sacramento appears to be shaking off years of mediocrity to begin earning it’s title as the Capitol of California. Congratulations to new Arden Oaks Sacramento resident James Jack for doing a small part to rebuild Sacramento.
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