Flintstone house owner settles lawsuit, can keep statutes

Yabba dabba drama!

The 1960’s cartoon “The Flintstones” introduced a prehistoric twist to suburban dwelling within the city of “Bedrock” — however the suburban and antediluvian design has not intermingled as seamlessly in Hillsborough, California

The city should pay $125,000 in a settlement with an eccentric house owner who claims the suburban city tried to “intimidate, threaten and coerce” her into subduing the look of “The Flintstone House,” based on her lawsuit and the settlement settlement obtained by The Post.

The 2,700-square-foot “Flintstone house,” inbuilt 1976, is fabricated from six aeronautical balloons encapsulated in wire mesh and coated in concrete, according to a 2019 Guardian feature.

Multi-millionaire businesswoman Florence Fang bought the distinctive residence exterior San Francisco in 2017 for $2.8 million and began to accentuate the home’s prehistoric theme with a big “Yabba Dabba Do” signal, dinosaur statues and multi-colored mushrooms exterior the house, based on her 2019 lawsuit.

“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 magnate Fang said.
“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 magnate Fang mentioned.
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“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 magnate Fang advised the Guardian, calling the house her “happy place.” The nearly 90-year-old girl additionally owns two conventional-looking properties on the road for a mixed $5.3 million, based on native property information.

But an inspector held that her backyard of sculptures exceeded 10,000 sq. ft (which was disputed by every celebration) and would require a allow. Fang maintained that the municipal codes and ordinances don’t require permits for statues and yard artwork, based on the criticism.

Over the subsequent three years, Fang was additionally requested to get approval for brand new wall colours by offering a paint chip pattern; to plant shrubs on the finish of the turf to melt it; and to supply “justification for” or “elimination of” one-foot-tall sculpture replicas of Chinese terracotta guardians “to protect her home, like saints,” Fang’s lawsuit mentioned.

Fang is the former owner of the Francancisco Examiner and AsianWeek, and she is attributed with being the first Asian American to own a major daily newspaper in the U.S.
Fang is the previous owner of the Francancisco Examiner and AsianWeek, and he or she is attributed with being the primary Asian American to personal a significant day by day newspaper within the U.S.
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“I just wanted my peaceful life. I’m a very, very regular, retired old lady… But of course, a little different,”  she said. “I have all kinds of dreams.”
“I just wanted my peaceful life. I’m a very, very regular, retired old lady… But of course, a little different,” she mentioned. “I have all kinds of dreams.”
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"Our nest" and "Born in the USA" read the signs over a "nest" with statues of eggs and hatching dinosaurs.
“Our nest” and “Born in the USA” learn the indicators over a “nest” with statues of eggs and hatching dinosaurs.
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Fang, who’s of Chinese and Asian descent, filed a countersuit for discrimination, partially due to racially charged statements allegedly made by the inspector concerned, based on the lawsuit.

“I just wanted my peaceful life. I’m a very, very regular, retired old lady… But of course, a little different,” she advised the Guardian. “I have all kinds of dreams.” Fang is the previous owner of the San Francisco Examiner and AsianWeek, and he or she is attributed with being the primary Asian American to personal a significant day by day newspaper within the U.S.

“The residence known as the ‘Flintstone House’ continues to garner worldwide attention and emotional reactions that often miss the core problem – the property owner has constructed a large project without design review or first applying for required building permits,” the town of Hillsborough wrote in an April 2019 press release.

"None of these objects [dinosaurs, figures of Flintstone cartoon characters and small concrete colored mushrooms] in the back yard are visible from the street," said the complaint.
“None of these objects [dinosaurs, figures of Flintstone cartoon characters and small concrete colored mushrooms] in the back yard are visible from the street,” mentioned the criticism.
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Fang added these letters in July 2018, according to the lawsuit. "They are on a small knoll not visible from the street," claims the complaint.
Fang added these letters in July 2018, based on the lawsuit. “They are on a small knoll not visible from the street,” claims the criticism.
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Both events have agreed to signal a launch to dismiss claims. Fang might be allowed to keep alterations and can work out retroactive permits and inspections with the city, based on the settlement settlement.

“The Parties have reached an amicable resolution of the case to the satisfaction of all the parties, such that the improvements made to the Flintstone House will be permitted to remain,” reads the press assertion signed by all events within the settlement.

The Post reached out to attorneys on either side of the case, however the settlement settlement didn’t allow them to make additional feedback.

Fang wasn't the first to decorate this home with dinosaurs: This listing photo from before Fang's ownership shows two small round stained glass windows shining over plush dinosaur toys.
Fang wasn’t the primary to embellish this residence with dinosaurs: This itemizing picture from earlier than Fang’s possession exhibits two small spherical stained glass home windows shining over plush dinosaur toys.
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Four a long time of “Yabba Dabba Do”

The house, which was not initially designed to resemble “the Flintstones” house (however was named such by neighbors by at least the 1990’s), has been an area level of rivalry because it was inbuilt 1976 by natural structure proponent, William Nicholson.

Previous homeowners of the weird house, Tom Petika and his spouse Dorothy, advised SFGate in 1997 that one neighbor wished to purchase and bulldoze it.

“So he helped create (an) architectural review board so there would never ever be another home like that built in Hillsborough,” he told SFGate. The Post couldn’t independently confirm the origins of the Architectural Review Board.

The initially off-white house turned much more noticeable when earlier homeowners painted it orange in 2000, according to Atlas Obscura. The kitchen was reworked by Bay area architect Eugene Tsui, based on the itemizing. Before Fang bought the house, it was an Airbnb, SFGate reported at the time.

A red staircase winds through white cement to lead to a second floor.
A pink staircase winds by means of white cement to result in a second flooring.
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Even earlier than Fang started including sculptures to the yard, the town planner allegedly provided to get the entire essential permits for the then-new owner to demolish the house, based on the lawsuit.

“Mrs. Fang immediately rejected the offer and told [the planner] she intended to make the Flintstone House really the Flintstone house,” mentioned the lawsuit.

The house has three bedrooms, two loos, a organic kitchen, a dialog pit, a sport room and a loft. It has views of the Crystal Springs Reservoir, based on the itemizing.

Nearby city Palo Alto has beforehand been within the information for its strict zoning requirements, even exhibiting down in opposition to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose home permit applications were denied by the town

Inside the domes, a dining room has arched doorways, tile floors and sliding glass doors.
Inside the domes, a eating room has arched doorways, tile flooring and sliding glass doorways.
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Owners Of "Flintstones" Themed House In California In Legal Fight With Town Over Construction Permits

An inspector mentioned she wanted a allow if the backyard set up exceeded 10,000 sq. ft; the dimensions of the yard was disputed by every celebration, and Fang maintained that the municipal codes and ordinances don’t require permits for a statue or yard artwork.

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Owners Of "Flintstones" Themed House In California In Legal Fight With Town Over Construction Permits

The 2,700-square-foot “Flintstone house,” inbuilt 1976, is fabricated from aeronautical balloons encapsulated in wire mesh and coated in concrete. The impact is six distinctive domes with as much as 30-foot ceilings.

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The plot spans nearly two acres on a dead-end street.

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The nearly 90-year-old girl additionally owns two conventional-looking properties on the road for a mixed $5.3 million, based on native property information.

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An exterior view of the house.

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The yard deck is included in “other improvements” for which Fang will present a constructing allow utility, based on the settlement.

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Both events have agreed to signal a launch to dismiss claims. The owner might be allowed to keep alterations and can work out retroactive permits and inspections with the city with allowing charges waived, based on the settlement settlement obtained by The Post.

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“The Parties have reached an amicable resolution of the case to the satisfaction of all the parties, such that the improvements made to the Flintstone House will be permitted to remain,” reads the press assertion signed by all events within the settlement.

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