Big House on a Small Lot
By Amy Mayhall
A new home is being built on my street. In my opinion, it is huge, ugly and insulting.
How approval got through on this I may never know. I am nowhere close to a carpenter, an architect or a building inspector. In common terms, think of 7000 square feet. Then imagine a 6900 square foot home is built on it. Yes, this is an exaggeration, but please look at the picture. Would you be willing to walk on the side of the new building and the house next door? This new home swallows its property and the neighbors.
The neighbors on this street have enjoyed an extremely comfortable and handsome looking street. When I moved in ten years ago my first thought was a reminder of the neighborhood I grew up in. Everyone was very kind and they continue to be. When you are out walking your dog neighbors either slow down or completely stop. Most of the other neighbors have lived here for twenty, thirty or many more years.
There isn’t another house sticking up like this new one on my street! There are plenty on the other side of the road, but they are built up against the hills. The Eiffel Tower sticks out above everything but it is beautiful.
We aren’t in the heights of Montecito, but we enjoy absolutely gorgeous sunsets and views of the ocean. After this home is completed, there will be corners cut off of the picture and whole sections replaced by a massive home. It will be intrusive to surrounding neighbors. Change always needs to be considered with care, but not by rudeness.
In 2008 the lot was empty and had the best avocado trees. A few years ago the lot was sold and a very considerate man from Los Angeles had purchased it and went to many neighboring homes and showed us his plans. The plans were perfect. Unfortunately; though expectedly his plans never got approved so again the property was sold. This time someone with money and obviously no patience bought it. He is now building a gigantic home which he can quickly sell and make a large profit.
As we watch the construction of this humongous building, we don't understand the approval or that it continues. As building in this town takes over, it would be nice to save a few small pieces of wonderful.
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