Actress Jennifer Aniston is among a group of wealthy Los Angeles residents who have spoken out against plans by developers to build massive sprawling mansions in the city's upmarkets areas, with some of the controversial properties being built for Arab owners, it was reported.
Residents, including the 'Friends' actress, claim the massive homes, dubbed giga-mansions due to their size, are creating noise in the area, invading their privacy and endangering their homes by destabilising the hillside. Many have joined a homeowners' alliance and have complained to city officials.
Aniston, who is said to live in a $21 million, 8,500 square foot Bel Air mansion, reportedly told officials that the "very idea that a building of 90,000 square feet can be called a home... [seems] at the least a significant distortion of building code," the ABC TV station reported.
The Bel Air Homeowners Alliance was set up in May 2014, "with the purpose of highlighting health and safety concerns relating to large scale construction and the consequential number of hauling trips made by trucks to export thousands of cubic yards of soil from Bel Air."
Fred Rosen, the founder of the Ticketmaster empire, set up the alliance and in it's latest petition it claimed "the excavation and hauling of dirt has been the single largest risk to the health and safety of residents in Bel Air and is endured on a day to day basis on our city streets. The result of the digging and hauling is that we have literally thousands of unsafe truck trips up and down our narrow streets and roads placing residents in danger.'
Among the controversial giga-mansions currently under construction in Bel Air and Beverly Hills are a 80,000 sq ft estate for a Qatar national and a 85,000 sq ft mansion for a Saudi prince.
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