DISCLAIMER: I don’t live in Encino; I merely work there, on Ventura Blvd.
I’m sure you’ve seen it in your neighborhood, if you live in an affluent area full of self absorbed phonies. It’s the phenomena known as the McMansion.
It’s what happens when a formerly upper middle class neighborhood is invaded by a new class of nouveu- riche people who are utterly bereft of taste, modesty, or style. What they do is they buy a home for the land, tear down the charming homes and level the entire lot, removing every last tree, lawn and bush and replace them with three story stucco and wrought iron fortresses of folly. These titanic monuments to bad taste take up the ENTIRE lot, marching all the way down to the sidewalk. They invariably feature garages the size of aircraft hangars. No doubt to better house their fleets of shiny black SUV’s. There are no trees at all. But that’s ok because there are no lawns or yards or birds or porches or anything else resembling gentle, modest tasteful homes left to shade. Encino lies on the flip side of the
Santa Monica Mountains to Beverly Hills, so it’s always been affluent, with its share of celebrity critters, but this Phenomenon is spreading like a cancer.
See this lovely house here?
It’s Right acroos the street from the monstrosity pictured at the top of this post. These ugly leviathans are being plunked right down in the middle of formerly graceful neighborhoods.
Look at this one (below)
Are those chimineys? Or gun turrets? And what’s with the tower? Is that the chamber where they’re gonna keep their virgin daughter locked up? nice.
Here we have several examples of the abortion I call “home deprovement.” Someone sells the clueless owner who can’t afford a total demolishment into fancyifying their home by selling them oversize, ugly mansion doors and forcing them into a small frame home, replete with ugly stucco columns and porticos.
Really, the mind boggles.
It’s like a Joan Rivers facelift.
This one (below) is my favorite. Love the placement of the front door. fabulous.
Ill update this as I take more pics. stay tuned.