More To Come.............
I often wonder how do they get a permission to build such huge monsters in a residential area in the first place... We have a similar case in our neighborhood only I lucked out and haven't had the permanent noise of the machine working its way through rocks to make it a flat surface...The wind often goes the other direction and I don't hear anything but the surrounding neighbors are going mad with this noise going on all day long for months now...
Yeah, I like the "before" picture better too.
People call it progress...
Good Morn, Old Lady, does it not make you think, about just were will the anamials go when their homes have been invaded by humans. And there is no were else for them to go, soon they will most likely become a problem for the humans that will live in that house, and most likely something will need to happen to make sure that the humans are safe.It is really kind of sad. I live in a rural area of nys, and common to my neighbor hood are lots of large deer, turkeys, fox, owls, pheasents. There are also cyotes, have heard them but have never seen them my self. As well as protected "state land" of I think 300 acres less than 2 miles from my house. But land around me at one time was all farm land, and was worked. There are two working dairy farms left, and my husband and another man grow veg. and flowers, a lot of houses are popping up in the middle of fields, where there should be corn, or rye. Progress hey. It is very dreary here today, rainy snow for thursday so they say. Pat
Wow! Land in your area must be scarce! That hill is so steep. I would never have thought a house can be built there. I wonder how the driveway would be like.
That house is going to be HUGE--and if the builder can't sell it... the debt will be huge too. That's too much risk for me. And like Mar said up above, it just looks out of place there.
Unbelievable! It looks more like an apartment building than a house.
I'd worry about it all sliding down the hillside - retaining wall or no retaining wall - at the first "unusual" rainstorm.
OMG! Are you sure it's not a hotel???? That's some kinda house!
Do I gather that the housing market in L.A. has not crashed and burned the way it has in many big cities? If I were going to buy such an expensive house, I would want to be able to have it MY WAY. I should have written, if I could AFFORD such a house.
I think you said 6000 sq. feet??!!
Those huge windows will certainly make for incredible views.
It will be good when they FINALLY get that monstrosity finished and give the surrounding neighbors some piece and quiet. We have some building going on down the street and every morning at 7 a.m., the hammering and other noises start.
It's our alarm clock.
I feel sorry for our neighbors whose house is right next to the house that is being built. The noise factor is atrocious.
I remember when you first talked about that. TWO YEARS! OMG!
It's too big, from what I've seen of your neighborhood, and I can imagine if you have one of those torrential rain bouts like you do sometimes, if it won't slide down the hill!
It's taken so long because perhaps it doesn't want to be built. I agree with you, the greenery is so much prettier to look at, although I enjoyed your pictures of the house in "progress."
On Spec? I thought you were kidding. I know there are many houses in the US larger than 6,000 sq. feet, but that one looks like a school to me! I cannot imagine what they will have to sell it for, considering all the underpinnings!
That house looks like it is going to be HUGE!! A huge mansion in fact. And look at where it is being built? My goodness. But I bet you're right by saying about the fabulous views they will get. My goodness.
That "house" could help a lot of needy people :(
I agree, the building looks more like an apt. bldg., or a hotel was my first reaction. I'd sure be concerned about slides if we ever get much rain or a shaker.
I could never live in earthquake country in a house like that! And I wouldn't want to live "across the street" from that home when one happens! (or even a mudslide?)
I hope it looks nicer when it's done... it looks like an eyesore at the moment!
Looks like the builder need a big write off on his taxes to do something so big, so slow, during a time when homes are hard to sell. (of course, maybe that doesn't ring true for the sort of folks that could afford a place like that to begin with)
since nothing can be changed about it being built, I guess you just hope you get a nice neighbor when someone buys it!
Good morning, Naomi!
Sure, I remember well these photos you took two years ago. What a huge mansion! I am amazed! What a gorgeous view with these two stories windows! You did a good reportage of your neighborhood here! Well done, Naomi!
Many hugs. Give a kiss to Sweetie!
I would love to see a new photo of lovely Sweetie!
A house like that is not progress, but it is only reasonable that the owners of the property wish to build there.
Once the plot upon which your lovely home sits was vacant, and someone came in and built a house that was just right for you. If it had never been built, think of all the joy and beauty you would have missed, and all the glorious birds and bees, flowers and cacti we would have never known thru you.
You're a part of the mid-century art world, so a compact home fills your needs and aesthetic sensibiliity. But, the buyers of the big house may need or want more room. A truly good neighborhood has quality houses (and people) of all sizes-and shapes-large and small.
Your neighborhood has always been like that--which is why it has attracted some of the most illustrious and inspired residents (like you!)of Southern California,.
What we must hope is that the owners respect the animals, the land and their neighbors. The house will look better without the scaffolding, and could be made to blend into the hillside with appropriate landscaping, perhaps an ivy cover which would shelter a grand community of small creatures who pollinate and scavenge and make the environment work.
Make your new neighbors welcome, and gently guide their choices so that they "go green" whenever possible.
Absolutely fascinating Naomi! I feel for your neighbour. We have a house opposite to us which changes hands frequently and then gets 'done over' with all the accompanying noise and irritation. I think some houses are fated like that and no-one ever seems to settle there. Great record!
I remember when you first put something up about this...we knew it had to be something monstrous coming, but my goodness. Someone is doing well in Hollywood huh?
i wonder if it'll be vulnerable to mud slides or earthquakes being on such a steep slope. Hopefully it's well anchored. Portland has some slopes like that with homes on them and every so often down they come and that's not even with the big quake still predicted for the Pacific NW.
The view was better before the spec builders bought it and began developing...
The view will be fantastic.
Living near it and putting up with the dust and noise and cars parked on the side of the road from all the construction workers and the heavy machinery driving back and forth like concrete trucks, etc. is a pain in the butt for the neighbors.
Hopefully the buildres really did the proper homework and din't cut corners and the foundation/pilons (sp?), grading, compacting, etc. is all done so that there will be no erosion or sliding during a bad rain/the earthquakes, etc...
6,000 feet isn't THAT much of a monstrosity. It looked like 20,000 in the pictures ! Hopefully, it was built with quality and taste, not just a 6 or 7 bedroom box.
And I hope whoever buys it eventually (for what, $6 million+ in the Hollywood hills ?) doesn't have large/loud parties there for your sake.
Wow, I would love to see the inside when it is done. My living space is only 700 square feet. I'm guessing the closet space will be at least that much. I don't necessarily need more space, just more walls to hang art work!
They should have left it for the critters, I say.
Although the view will probably be awesome, I'm afraid I'd have to pass on that house. I have a terrible fear of heights and would feel like I'd topple down off that hill any moment!
They should have made a roadway in the shape of a slide so when the rains get too heavy, it will safely slide off the hill, between the other houses and down without damaging anything. ;-)
Laughing at the roadway in the shape of a slide comment. I wonder how many people will live there. Planning for a lot of visitors??? Maybe they have a large collection of something-or-other that needs a lot of storage space.
Michele sent me.
It will be interesting to see the finished product - how they landscape it, etc.
As someone above mentioned, we all live 'someplace' that used to be wilderness (or in my case, orange groves!)
I hope that the owners are kind to the environment and make it look as though it belongs.
The view from those windows has to be spectacular!
I remember the wall,I agree the before picture is much nicer. I would be too scared of sliding away if I lived there. I prefer the flatland :D
I was anyway going to visit you to answer your question. But Michele sent me before I did.
Blogger has not yet set itself right. It has not brought back the other option. That means who use other blogging platform are desisting from commenting on blogger blogs.
I have lost many friends that way. I already imported my articles and posts to WordPress. If the situation persists, I will move to that. It is like wait and watch policy now!
Ugh!!!! What a monstrosity. A McMansion if I ever saw one. And like others have said, seems like a disaster in the making in earthquake/mudslide territory.
I live in an area filled with humongous homes. What puzzles me is the fact that families have gotten SMALLER. These people don't have six kids. They are mostly likely a young couple or a family with one or two children. Who the hell needs that much room?
I have friends with two children who live in a 12,000 sq. ft. house and honestly, they spend most of their time in the (giant) kitchen or downstairs in the bowling-alley sized "family room".
Heck, I barely use all of my 1200 sq. ft. condo.
OK, off my soap box now. I'm thrilled that you've documented this... it's a lot of fun to see the "progress".
Michele sent me here, but she didn't have to. ;)
Naomi I am back because I wanted to practice my Blogger set up and see if it links to my page correctly...I didn't figure you'd mind. I had to pick a friend for testing!
Hope you are having a good Friday...but it is still too early there isn't it?
I remember you posting about this a while ago. It does seem a shame that this house has taken the place of the natural landscape that was there. I am sure the new owners will love the view from their two storey window but one can't help but wonder how much of that view will be natural and how much will be man made.
I guess it is to be expected when land can worth so much whne it is built on. That is what alway amazes me about Central Park - that it was never built on, not even part of it. I like that it was preserved.
Whoever is building it has some serious $$. Looks at the size of it!
Naomi, you post the best photos! Michele sent me today, but you know I lurk on my own. Happy holidays!
Wow I remember those first pics u posted , has it been 2 yrs?? What an eye sore! Also way to big for a person's own good, sheesh, are u sure its not an apartment complex?...I have to ask, and I'm probably the only one who doesn't know this lol but what does On Spec mean? is is on speculation of selling to an unknown buyer? Building investment with the hopes to sell? Or am I totally off the mark?
Obviously this house is fascinating to some and repugnant to others, but I seriously doubt that architects Frank Lloyd Wright or Eliel Saarinen would find it charming.
Alas,the neighbors often had similar (or more forceful) comments about the works of Wright and Saarinen while they were under construction! (lol) beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
that place is enormous! how stable can it be on that hillside!?!
Oh my goodness! The neighborhood IS changing! But ... is it a HOUSE? Or a hotel??? It's huuuuuuge!
I remember when they started this and wondered about the progress, so I'm glad you gave us a report!! Quite amazing that they can build homes just about anywhere it seems!! The retaining walls alone must have cost a fortune! It will have an awesome view though! With 6000 sq. feet, I just cannot imagine. I think I'd get lost in there!!
Wow. It's definitely going to have a view!
But it won't be of Ben Affleck's house like yours was. (wink)
Seeing monsters like this always makes me think how everybody would have a home if only we weren't so greedy.
I, too, hope it doesn't get loosened by a big rain or e.q.
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