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Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:15 PM

Meet the Flintstone House, a Home So Odd It Was Declared a 'Public Nuisance'

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By Matt Stevens
March 18, 2019

A small town in the San Francisco Bay Area is apparently unamused by improvements that one of its high-profile residents has made to a distinctive property known as the Flintstone House.

The town of Hillsborough, Calif., perhaps seeking to avoid becoming the next Bedrock, has sued its owner to force the removal of oversize dinosaur statues, a sign reading “Yabba Dabba Doo” (the catchphrase of the animated television show’s prehistoric patriarch, Fred Flintstone) and other landscaping, according to a lawsuit filed last week in State Superior Court.

Nestled in a hilly community of about 11,000 in San Mateo County, where homes routinely sell for millions, this particular residence, with its curving lines, red and purple domes, multicolored mushroom and scattered animal statues, has long attracted attention from neighbors (no, not the Rubbles).

One could even say it is “a page right out of history.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/us/flintstone-house.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

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Reply Meet the Flintstone House, a Home So Odd It Was Declared a 'Public Nuisance' (Original post)
Cattledog Mar 18 OP
A HERETIC I AM Mar 18 #1
dewsgirl Mar 18 #2
TheBlackAdder Mar 18 #19
Retrograde Mar 18 #3
alwaysinasnit Mar 18 #27
Brother Buzz Mar 18 #31
BigmanPigman Mar 18 #4
Qutzupalotl Mar 18 #5
customerserviceguy Mar 19 #37
Talitha Mar 18 #6
Retrograde Mar 18 #8
Bettie Mar 18 #7
KT2000 Mar 18 #9
Gore1FL Mar 18 #22
KT2000 Mar 18 #32
diane in sf Mar 19 #39
Mariana Mar 19 #41
cstanleytech Mar 18 #25
KT2000 Mar 18 #34
SaintLouisBlues Mar 18 #10
lpbk2713 Mar 18 #11
SaintLouisBlues Mar 18 #12
RestoreAmerica2020 Mar 18 #17
Gore1FL Mar 18 #23
montana_hazeleyes Mar 19 #42
Talitha Mar 19 #43
MineralMan Mar 18 #13
Demovictory9 Mar 18 #15
PoindexterOglethorpe Mar 18 #14
alittlelark Mar 18 #16
world wide wally Mar 18 #18
Kablooie Mar 18 #20
BHDem53 Mar 18 #21
cstanleytech Mar 18 #24
WhiskeyWulf Mar 18 #26
alwaysinasnit Mar 18 #28
Ponietz Mar 18 #29
dalton99a Mar 18 #30
BlueDawn Mar 18 #33
NBachers Mar 18 #35
poli-junkie Mar 19 #36
MineralMan Mar 19 #44
Maru Kitteh Mar 19 #38
denbot Mar 19 #40

Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:17 PM

1. Land of the free and all that

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:18 PM

2. I think it's very cool.

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 09:38 PM

19. +1,394,228

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:21 PM

3. The lawn decorations are new, but

the house has been there - easily visible from 280 - as long as I've lived in the Bay Area, coming on 40 years. It's been a lot uglier in the past - IMHO the new lawn decorations are kinda coool.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 10:12 PM

27. +1

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 10:25 PM

31. It was always odd but not uglier, and it did not stick out like it does now

In it's first incarnation, it was a subdued earth color.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:22 PM

4. Idiots...if it had suddenly increased in value they would be painting

theirs painted the same colors and getting similar mushroom lights and dinosaur statues.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:24 PM

5. Yabba Dabba Don't

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 12:49 AM

37. Agreed

It's butt ugly, and the people on this thread who like it don't own houses in the neighborhood, I'm guessing.

Fun when the goofy stuff is messing up somebody else's property values.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:25 PM

6. Very creative - I wouldn't mind living across the street.

LOVE that big Giraffe!

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Response to Talitha (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:30 PM

8. You can't

It's on the edge of a small canyon, so there really isn't an "across the street". The best views are from the freeway that runs past it. (I've never actually been on the street itself, but going north to San Francisco from the south bay you can't miss it.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:29 PM

7. I like it

but people will look for reasons to hate things. The rich folk don't like attention drawn to their neighborhoods.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:37 PM

9. we have a neighborhood feud

over a house that was painted purple. For some reason, it even made CNN. Then one of the neighbors mowed "Assh$%&e with an arrow pointing to the purple house.
I have to wonder if these people have ever lived through anything that was really serious that they can get so riled up over a house color.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 09:56 PM

22. I remember reading about that!

This one?





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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #22)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 11:24 PM

32. Yep - that's it

the funny thing is that our town's big festival is about lavender. Half of everything is lavender color - stores, etc.

The guy who mowed the message is a local dentist! Good way to drum up business, huh?

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #22)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 01:33 AM

39. This house would be ugly in any color.

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Response to diane in sf (Reply #39)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 02:55 AM

41. That is true, but painting it beige would make it look much worse

than it does now.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 10:05 PM

25. To be fair I have yet to see a decent purple paint job on a house other than older period homes.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #25)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 11:27 PM

34. see post 22

Gore1Fl has the picture and mowed message. Our town is full of lavender farms and lavender stuff.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:54 PM

10. Sounds like he's in Barney, as the Brits would say.

from Wiki:
"Etymology unknown. Often incorrectly thought to be Cockney rhyming slang from "Barney Rubble" ( "trouble", from the character Barney Rubble on The Flintstones), it actually dates back to the 19th century and its origin is unknown."


I learned something new, thought it was from Barney Rubble.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:56 PM

11. That took a lot of thought and a lot of work.




Someone in Hillsborough, Calif. is anal retentive.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:59 PM

12. I don't think Mexicans would mind the colors:



Paint the Town: Massive Mural Transforms Mexican Neighborhood

https://weburbanist.com/2015/07/31/paint-the-town-massive-mural-transforms-mexican-neighborhood/

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Reply #12)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 09:30 PM

17. Thank you for what sharing. What a beautiful array of vivid colors!

...Flintstone House is unique, not the usual cookie cutter house--it's artful and whimsical.

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Reply #12)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 09:58 PM

23. That's awesome! nt

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Reply #12)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 08:20 AM

42. Wow! Love this.

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Response to SaintLouisBlues (Reply #12)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 12:26 PM

43. This is awesome!!!!

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 07:59 PM

13. Love it! Don't touch it!

It's unique and interesting. Screw the neighbors!

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #13)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 08:11 PM

15. me too

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 08:03 PM

14. According to the article at least some of the work was done without getting

necessary permits.

That's always a bad idea, and almost always the homeowner loses.

Heck, I had a pergola built on the front of my porch, and also had some windows and doors replaced, and both companies got permits for that work. Plus, partway into the pergola build an inspector had to stop by and okay the footings (I hope that's the correct word). I wound up feeling very happy that everything was done by the book.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 08:33 PM

16. That house is visible from 280 - I used to pass it frequently

It used to be all orange, the purple is fairly new. I always liked it. 🤓

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 09:36 PM

18. So, it's not a rectangle.

Is that against the law now?

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 09:41 PM

20. A little over 20 years ago I used to pass that house every day on the way to work.

It was white back then but it's been on that hill for a long, long time.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 09:43 PM

21. Those critters look

better than pink flamingos.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 10:01 PM

24. They simply need to remove the

giraffe and replace it with a pterodactyl.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 10:09 PM

26. I'd rather have that next door than a Trump campaign sign. nt

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Response to WhiskeyWulf (Reply #26)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 10:16 PM

28. +1000

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 10:19 PM

29. Love the ideas

But tremendously unimpressed with the low quality of the sculpture

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 10:23 PM

30. Leave her alone


An interior view of the home from 2017. Judy Meuschke, Alain Pinel Realtors


Florence Fang, pictured last year, adjusted one of her colorful mushroom sculptures. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 11:25 PM

33. I absolutely adore this house.

I would move there in a heartbeat!

I adore most things creative and unique, and I have a very special place in my left ventricle for "The Flintstones." Every single day after coming home from the third grade, I plopped my little cross-legged self down on the floor about a foot away from the TV screen (didn't my parents worry that I would ruin my eyes?) to watch what crazy antic Fred would be up to next. And I thought Pebbles was the cutest little thing in the whole world.

I love the shape of this house, the color, the animals in the front yard, the furnishings in the photo.

I tend to like unusual things, though.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2019, 11:32 PM

35. Every time we drive past it on 280, it's a point of interest, comment, and approval. I like it.

I'd love to live there.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 12:14 AM

36. The house dates back to Woody Allen's

“Sleeper” — it appeared as an exterior shot and the color was a light sandy beige.

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Response to poli-junkie (Reply #36)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 12:30 PM

44. Wow! I don't remember that.

So, it should be named as a historical landmark. That would protect it from the "every house should look the same" crowd.

I love non-conformists of all types.

Be bold! Be weird! Make a statement!

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 12:54 AM

38. The purple football helmet on top seems out of period.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 02:43 AM

40. Oh fuck, self imposed ear worm..

From the, town.. Make it stop!

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