A couple in the San Francisco Bay Area wasn’t happy that a $4.2 million mansion next door was blocking their view of the Golden Gate Bridge and water. So they purchased the mansion — and are having it demolished.
Clark and Sharon Winslow purchased the home at a foreclosure auction, after owners of the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom property had fallen into foreclosure and vacated the home about two years ago. The home, originally built in 1909, had previously sold in 2004 for $7 million. The couple had to get the city’s permission to tear down the house. But even though the home is more than 100 years old, the city found that it didn’t hold any historical significance and allowed the couple to demolish it.
The Winslows say they plan to use the vacant space of the former home as expansive gardens for their home, which is an 11,200-square-foot, $19 million mansion, featuring 5,000 square feet of stone terraces and a 60-foot pool.
Neighbors say they are happy the couple is demolishing the home because it’s helped improve others’ views too.
“The view is really nice now!” neighbor Roger Snow told NBC News.
Source: “Marin County Couple Pays $4.2 Million to Demolish House That Blocked View,” San Jose Mercury News