Owner of ‘Flintstones’-themed house in California can keep decorations after settling lawsuit with town
- Officials in Hillsborough, California, filed a lawsuit in 2019 against the “‘Flintstone’ house” owner.
- The settlement lets the owner, Florence Fang, apply for permits and keep the statues.
- The town will pay her $125,000, according to the settlement.
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Florence Fang, the owner of a house in Hillsborough, California, known for its yard full of “Flintstones”-themed sculptures, will get to keep the cartoon-themed decorations as part of a 2019 lawsuit that was settled in April.
In 2019, the town of Hillsborough – a suburb of San Francisco – sued Fang, claiming the home was a “public nuisance” and that the owner lacked permits for the additions to the property, Insider’s Mary Meisenzahl previously reported.
As part of the settlement, Fang will be paid $125,000 by the town of Hillsborough to cover the costs of the lawsuit, Emily Mibach first reported for The Palo Alto Daily Post in an article on Friday. Fang will also be required to apply for permits for the home’s exterior, and the permits will be approved once filed, according to the same report from The Palo Alto Daily Post.
“Fred and Wilma will stay at their home,” Fang’s lawyer Angela Alioto said Sunday, according to Danielle Echeverria and Chase DiFeliciantonio of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Representatives for Alioto did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
As Insider previously reported, Fang purchased the 2,700-square-foot home in 2017 for $2.8 million. The purple-and-red domed house was built as part of an experiment by architect William Nicholson in 1976.
After purchasing the house, Fang added a life-sized statue of Fred Flintstone from the ’60s cartoon, Barney Rubble the dinosaur, and a sign with the show’s phrase “Yabba Dabba Doo,” Insider previously reported.
After Fang added the cartoon-themed decorations, a code enforcement officer noticed the changes, according to The Palo Alto Daily Post. The city filed a complaint against Fang and issued three three “stop work” orders, which Fang reportedly ignored, according to the same report from The Palo Alto Daily Post.
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In April 2019, Fang countersued Hillsborough and claimed that the town was discriminating against her based on her national origin, Insider previously reported. Alioto, Fang’s attorney, said in a 2019 press conference that residents who are not Chinese and didn’t get permits for renovations or additions to their home likely didn’t face harassment from Hillsborough, The Palo Alto Daily Post reported.
As part of the settlement, Fang agreed to dismiss her racial discrimination claims against two Hillsborough city employees, according to the same report from The Palo Alto Daily Post.
Nicholson told Insider in 2019 that he didn’t design the home with the intention of it being “Flintstones”-themed.
“Why shouldn’t the house be fun? Why shouldn’t environments that we do be fun? Why shouldn’t architecture that we do be fun? This is fantastic, and this is what Florence has caused to happen,” Nicholson told Insider of the home.
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