Sometimes things that seem so clear at a distance become indistinct up close.
Here’s a photograph of 1050 Acacia (the big house in the background looming like a yuppie version of Dracula’s castle over the helpless single-story house in the foreground). Obvious example of greedy developer building a house too tall? Going as far as to bring in dirt to raise the ground level in order to make the house even taller in order to secure those ocean views?
Here’s another photograph.
Peek through the trees, squint one eye, and if you stand in just the right way you’ll see the back of Rob Carey’s house. Rob is upset. Rob is very upset. Rob built a web page. Rob says that Ron (Ron Nelson, the builder) broke the law in building his tall–nay–looming, house and now Rob’s privacy is greatly infringed upon.
Lots of “Ron’s” and “Rob’s” in that last paragraph. It’s confusing.
It gets even more confusing. Rob’s house is a one story house. Ron’s is a two story. Given how close houses are here in California that is sort of a recipe for one house looking down into the backyard of the other.
But in the end we are talking about a few feet–did Ron (that’s the builder) raise his house beyond the legal limit? I don’t know. There sure is a lot of fresh dirt there. But getting into the blueprints and building codes is a matter best left to others.
More important, though, is the underlying question–whether he did or he didn’t, does a few feet matter in terms of the privacy of the house to the rear, Rob’s house (that’s the neighbor).
I went up to the second floor of the new house and looked out the window. I looked down into the neighbor’s yard. I looked at Rob’s rear windows. I could see everything.
Then I got down on my knees and looked out the second story window again. Sort of like lowering the house by a few feet. I could still see everything. There was no difference at all.
So I don’t know. If Ron (the builder) raised his middle finger to spirit and letter of the law then I hope he gets what he has coming. I hope he will be made an example to others. But otherwise I’m finding it hard to get worked up about this one.
(Read an earlier report on 1050 Acacia at Coastsider.com)
Photos by Darin Boville