Drama Yabba dabba!
The 1960s cartoon “The Flintstones” brought a prehistoric twist to suburban life in the town of Bedrock – but the antediluvian design didn’t blend together so seamlessly in Hillsborough, California.
Town must pay $ 125,000 in settlement with eccentric landlord who claims suburban town attempted to “intimidate, threaten and coerce” her into putting down the appearance of “The Flintstone House” , according to his lawsuit and the settlement agreement obtained by The Post.
The 2,700-square-foot “Flintstone House,” built in 1976, is made up of six aeronautical balloons encapsulated in wire mesh and covered in concrete, according to a 2019 Guardian article.
Multi-millionaire businesswoman Florence Fang purchased the distinctive home, located outside of San Francisco, in 2017 for $ 2.8 million and began to accentuate the home’s prehistoric theme with a large “Yabba Dabba” sign. Do, ”statues of dinosaurs and multi-colored mushrooms outside the house, according to his 2019 trial.
“I was watching ‘The Flintstones’ and the first episode is Fred with Dino… And I said,’ Dino should be here! Fred should be here! ‘ Publishing mogul Fang told The Guardian, calling the house a “place of happiness.” The nearly 90-year-old also owns two conventional-looking properties across the street with a combined value of $ 5.3 million, according to local real estate records.
But an inspector ruled that his sculpture garden exceeded 10,000 square feet (which was disputed by each party) and would require a permit. Fang argued that city codes and ordinances do not require permits for court statues and art, according to the complaint.
Over the next three years, Fang was also asked to obtain approval for new wall colors by providing a sample of paint chips; plant shrubs at the end of the grass to soften it; and to provide “a justification for” or “elimination of” one foot-tall replica sculptures of Chinese terracotta guards “to protect his house, like saints,” Fang’s lawsuit said.
Fang, who is of Chinese descent, filed a counter-action for discrimination, in part because of racist statements allegedly made by the inspector involved, according to the lawsuit.
“I just wanted my peaceful life. I’m a very, very regular retired old lady… But of course a little different, ”she told The Guardian. “I have all kinds of dreams.” Fang is the former owner of the San Francisco Examiner and AsianWeek, and is credited with being the first Asian American to own a major daily in the United States.
“The residence known as” Flintstone House “continues to attract worldwide attention and emotional reactions that often miss the central issue – the owner has built a large project without a design review or prior permit application to build, ”wrote the Town of Hillsborough. in an April 2019 press release.
Both parties agreed to sign a waiver to dismiss the claims. Fang will be allowed to keep the changes and establish retroactive permits and inspections with the city, according to the settlement agreement.
“The parties have reached an amicable resolution of the matter to the satisfaction of all parties, so the improvements to the Flintstone house will be allowed to remain,” reads the press release signed by all parties. to the regulations.
The Post contacted lawyers on both sides of the case, but the settlement agreement did not allow them to comment further.
Four decades of “Yabba Dabba Do”
The house, which was not originally designed to look like ‘The Flintstones’ (but was nicknamed by neighbors in the 1990s), has been a local point of contention since its construction in 1976 by promoter of organic architecture William Nicholson.
The former owners of the unusual house, Tom Petika and his wife Dorothy, told SFGate in 1997 that a neighbor wanted to buy it and bulldoze it.
“So he helped to create [an] architectural review board, so there would never be another house like the one built in Hillsborough, ”he told SFGate. The Post could not independently verify the origins of the Architectural Review Board.
The originally off-white house became even more visible when previous owners painted it orange in 2000, according to Atlas Obscura. The kitchen was remodeled by Bay Area architect Eugene Tsui, according to the listing. Before Fang bought the house, it was an Airbnb, SFGate reported at the time.
Even before Fang began adding sculptures to the yard, the town planner allegedly offered to get all the permits needed by the then new owner to demolish the house, according to the lawsuit.
“Madam. Fang immediately rejected the offer and said [the planner] she intended to make Flintstone House truly “Flintstone House”, ”the lawsuit said.
The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an organic kitchen, a conversation pit, a playroom and an attic. It offers views of the Crystal Springs Reservoir, according to the listing.
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