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Garage-mahal, Chapter 2: The neighbors strike back

February 5, 2010 | 10:59 am

GarageMahal
When we first ran the story, we called it the Garage-mahal: a 1,200-square-foot living room for a resident Ferrari 512 BBi "Boxer." Two walls are floor-to-ceiling glass with retractable exterior shades; a flat-screen TV on tracks can traverse the length of the room. To avoid exhaust fumes when the car is started, Times automotive critic Dan Neil wrote, a hydraulic ramp has been built into the floor. It tilts up about six inches so the car can roll back across a bridge and into the Brentwood street before starting.

Ah, that bridge. Today, Times writer Bob Pool reports that neighbors have complained about the bridge, saying it could create a safety hazard and set a precedent that could degrade hillside neighborhoods throughout the city. The city has withdrawn permission for the owner to use the bridge. Writes Pool:

The ruling sets the stage for the city to issue an enforcement order that will force Schubert to tear down the 10-foot-long, 15-foot-high bridge if he does not obtain a zoning variance for it or win a court reprieve that preserves it. That would mean that his prized gray 1984 Ferrari would have to give up its unique living-room parking spot.

You can read Pool's story, see the latest photo gallery and read Neil's original story and photo gallery on the ultimate Southern California garage.

-- Craig Nakano

Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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