Residents Fight Mega-Mansion In 90210 Neighborhood

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Wealthy residents from Benedict Canyon are banding together to fight plans for a mega-mansion that would create a compound roughly the size of the famed Hearst Castle in the coveted 90210 ZIP code.

Members of the Bel Air/Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council and the Benedict Canyon Association have joined forces as the “Save Benedict Canyon” campaign to protest the plans. They say that if approved, construction of the compound will create environmental and safety hazards as well as create heavy traffic and noise.

Martha Karsh, a member of the group who lives near the site of the proposed mansion, says the owner — whose identity still hasn’t been disclosed — may be a member of Saudi royalty.

They also are planning to go door-to-door and have launched a website opposing the construction of the 85,000-square foot compound on Tower Lane.

The neighborhood is already home to many mansions, but residents say the planned 42,681-square-foot house and its associated buildings are too much.

Blueprints also call for a 27,000-square-foot villa, a guest house, staff quarters and a gatehouse.

The mysterious land owner created a special business to handle the deal.

Residents of the area include Bruce Springsteen, Jay Leno and David Beckham.

For more on the construction plans and the group’s campaign, visit their website.

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  • Robert Warner

    Would someone please advise the author of this article as well as contact info? My group, SaveFranklinCanyon ( is fighting a similar battle with Hadid Development and I’d like to further discuss these matters.

    • TT

      @ Robert -go to their website – should be able to touch base with someone that way.

  • White Trash

    Someone built a mega story apartment complex in front of my Trailer Park Estates. I’ld like to sue the city for giving permission for developers to build that apt complex and blocking my views of the railroad tracks.

    • CC

      good one! hah!

  • Atom Ant

    Someone built a big trailer park in front of my ant hill. Who do I contact for compensation?

  • Ramalamma

    Must have been a Muslim, illegal, immigrant farm working woman….

  • Poor House

    Something bigger and better will always come along and gobble you up little rich people! Get over it and stop your whining. Congratulations to the smart one who bought the property!

  • Ed U. Kate

    I also own a compound, Compound W. It works good on the warts I get from living next to the white trash at Trailer Park Estates.

  • henryii

    well if they do build it make sure all the workers are e-verified to work in this country.
    ggod luck

  • Tom

    Think about it, if you pose as a wealthy Sheek with a Mega Mansion “complex” you can train terrorists in your enemys own back yard and protect yourself from illegal search and sezure with your enemys own Constitution. Open your eyes CIA. At least the US will save billions on logistics with the bombing campagne.

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