Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Gross

Well the ugly, boring, mini-mansion box houses along Montecito Drive are almost finished.


Can you pick the eight items that are out of place in this picture?

Sayings like "Why make something so ugly?" have been spray painted on these faux rocks by the locals here. Heard the jokes from many people asking if "the Disneyland ride" is finished yet?



Thank you to the MHIA, who fought and won to have the development company "only" build 8 houses instead of 10. Heard these are going for close to a million a piece...to live in a box, with no style or soul, cookie-cutter, and a view of your neighbors kitchen outside your window 10 feet away.

Modern Architecture!
Forward Thinking Design!
Wooooo, sign me up!


Ugly Duckling "The Drive Thru"
Minor Threat "Out of Step"

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The theme from the Flintstones runs through my head around there.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every development in MH in the last 40 years has the same crummy block buildings.

This is just in keeping with the standard for the hill.

Haven't you walked up Latrobe recently?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Props for congruity though. These unspectacular little boxes blend with the simple, 60s-vintage architecture on the rest of the hillside. In my mind, this is far better than the handful of overscaled Faux-Tuscan abortions that have been thrown-up around here in recent years.

As for the retaining walls, i whole-heartedly agree. Very "from the town of Bedrock". hope those trees grow in fast.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's awful. The "White House" and it's companion- Beige Estates are eyesores as well.
And why is the driveway angled in that direction? Cars entering going uphill make a sharp turn on a blind corner?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True about the faux-Tuscan buildings. Man, that architect really should not be allowed to design ever again.

The whole hill has a feel of space and land that you do not get many places in LA. Putting 8 boxes side by side on that little plot is ruining that aesthetic (sp?).

But it is all about the money these days. Hope no one buys them until they drop far down in price and that company loses some big coin.

Or better yet, build a restaurant or a coffee house or anything but 8 boxes!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. are those vinyl windows? totally high end appointment there.

to be fair, it's hard to tell from the pic. but they certainly do look like cheap crap!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007  
Anonymous EL CHAVO! said...

I was just up there a few days ago and happened upon these places: man are they imposing. The massive wall is hilarious, looks like some sort of prison barrier. My condolences to Montecito Heights.

Monday, January 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wall is a nightmare, but the houses could be SO MUCH WORSE. At least they aren't faux TusKan. I'll take simple and boring over overstyled and out of place anytime. As for the price of the homes, I wish the builder all the luck in the world and hope he gets his full asking price. The more they sell for the more all of our homes will rise in value. That's a good thing. Considering there isn't a coffee shop or decent supermarket around for miles, he will need all the luck he can get to get around a million bucks each for these places.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these post modern boxes call for VERY VERY HIGH HEDGES or ROSE BUSHES in keeping with Montecito's reputation for formal gardens. If hedges and rose bushes don't work fast enough, GRAVITY will do the job! Tactically placed detonative materials after taking the obvious precautions. Then whoosh! Incredible that such excresences were allowed at all. There must be no common consciousness among resident Montecitonions. The boxes affront the senses: is nothing sacred? Is it all about filthy lucre? Why not have Tom Cruise buy and dispose of them? Surely something can be done.

Saturday, February 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these post modern boxes call for VERY VERY HIGH HEDGES or ROSE BUSHES in keeping with Montecito's reputation for formal gardens. If hedges and rose bushes don't work fast enough, GRAVITY will do the job! Tactically placed detonative materials after taking the obvious precautions. Then whoosh! Incredible that such excresences were allowed at all. There must be no common consciousness among resident Montecitonions. The boxes affront the senses: is nothing sacred? Is it all about filthy lucre? Why not have Tom Cruise buy and dispose of them? Surely something can be done.

Saturday, February 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, yes. The Barney Rubble Institute of Stone Age Technology...

Saturday, February 17, 2007  

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