Font Size

- Aa +

Sun 5 Jul 2015 03:37 PM

Font Size

- Aa +

Jennifer Aniston among LA residents hitting out at mega-mansions being built by rich Arabs

Actress is one of many Bel Air and Beverly Hills homeowners who have spoken out against the gigantic mansions

Jennifer Aniston among LA residents hitting out at mega-mansions being built by rich Arabs
Actress Jennifer Aniston. (Getty Images)

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.

For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
SA1 4 years ago

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,"


Same can be said of a 8500 sq feet $21 million

Fat Buck 4 years ago

Whilst the proposed mansions are indeed examples of obscene wealth spent obscenely; for Americans to accuse anyone of making anything tasteless and overly big and annoying to others is splendidly ironic.

james 4 years ago

A good judge would just cll her Selfish. The 85000' Mansions she habits were constructed the same where other peoples' opinions were as well ignored.

Doug 4 years ago

I would have thought that when even Americans look at what you're doing and say "Gee, that is just a bit too big and tasteless", that should underline just how bad the situation has got.

Fahd 4 years ago

It is just Americans getting jealous over Arab success and power. We saw the same thing in Europe, whenever an Arab buys or builds something nice, there is a barrage of protests.

Michael 4 years ago

so stop buying and building there!

Abdullah Al Salem 4 years ago

Inshallah all the houses fall down and we go back to living in tents.

Sandtrekker 4 years ago

Would an American actress be allowed to build a similar over-sized mansion in Qatar or Saudi Arabia?

Answers on the back of a matchbox...