AirTalk for May 6, 2014

Should Los Angeles curb ‘mansionization’ with tighter restrictions?

Historic Hearst Mansion Put On Market For $165 Million

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The gated entrance is closed to the Beverly House mansion of William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies after the residence was put on the market this week for $165 million, the most expensive listing in U.S. history July 10, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California.

In 2008, LA politicians attempted to curb the practice of razing small homes, and replacing them with mansions by setting limits on building.

Now, six years later, construction appears to be on the rise and some residents are objecting to the “mansionization” of former bungalows on their street.

Some stakeholders are asking for more limits to be put into place, claiming the new homes are eyesores, destroying the character of the neighborhood.

Builders say they’re building within the limits, and people moving into the community have a right to own their dream home.

How important is it to preserve the look and feel of a street, lined with single family homes? When do limits impose too much on building - limiting the freedom to choose a house design?


Dick Platkin, adjunct professor at USC's Price School of Social Policy, former City Planner for the City of Los Angeles, board member at the Beverly Wilshire Homes Association

Eran Gispan, a designer at N.E. Designs. - based in Sherman Oaks.

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