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Ferrari owner's dream garage grinds neighbors' gears

Ferrari in the living room

His pristine Ferrari 512 BBi "Boxer" sits in the middle of Holger Schubert's living room in Brentwood, right next to stylish furniture, a built-in bookcase and a flat-screen TV that slides on tracks past walls of glass that frame an ocean view.

But Los Angeles officials are about to slam shut forever the garage door that leads to the city's most extravagant parking space

City planners have withdrawn permission for Schubert to use a bridge to connect his Ferrari's third-floor resting spot with North Tigertail Road.

The ruling by the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission tosses a mechanic's wrench into Schubert's hopes of using the showpiece garage that last year won Architectural Digest magazine's Design Driven contest.

Neighbors complained about the bridge, alleging that the city erroneously approved its construction to create both a safety hazard and a development precedent that could degrade hillside neighborhoods throughout the city.

Schubert, a 43-year-old product designer, contends that neighbors turned against the bridge in retaliation for his home remodeling project taking so long -- about five years, so far. 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.

Read the full story here.

-- Bob Pool in Brentwood

Photo: Holger Schubert looks at his Ferrari 512 BBi "Boxer" parked in the living room of his Brentwood home. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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This is typical of how the little Nazi's in California seek to dictate what others do on their own property misusing the full military force and power of government.

These people just need to mind their own damn business. One day when I can afford a Ferrari and a home like his I would that extravagant too. Sounds like jealousy to me...

Talk about excessive.

Reading the article before seeing the site photos, I thought this guy had too much money on his hands and was not being considerate of his neighbors. And it sounded like he pulled a bait-and-switch in building the driveway "bridge" after, coincidentally, demolishing the required off-street parking garage.

However, after viewing the few site photos, the visual/privacy impacts on the neighbors appear minimal. The bridge is at street level, on his property, behind the perimeter wall, and if there was dirt underneath it, it would just be a "driveway." It looks like the only times the neighbors will see the bridge is when the driveway gate is open, or when the neighbors are looking into his yard!

But whether he starts his Ferrari in the house or on the street, it's still a Ferrari, and it's LOUD. Everyone around him knows when he's coming or going. That would be hard to live next to.

How sad that this guy's life has probably peaked with owning an expensive car. How vain and pretentious do you have to be to want to park your car in your living room and get a special bridge built for it?

The Nazi reference is horribly offensive and inapt. How dare you compare not allowing someone to build a bridge for their luxury sports car to the systematic genocide of a race of people. I don't see California marching the National Guard down the strasse to prevent this, so please, get a clue.

The neighbors sound like the same folks who don't like cigars in cigar bars, or don't like others doing what they don't like. "I don't have a Ferrari and a garage that I think is exorbitant, so no one should." Good luck with Mr. Schubert's appeal

I am unfortunately one of this genteleman's neighbors, although I was not involved with the dispute.

He has spent the last 7 years working on ridiculous, impossible projects on his land and has made life a living hell for anyone within a mile of his property. He has zero respect for his neighbors or his community and has spent millions of dollars moving dirt around, building and then tearing down structures, and general engaging in bizarre behavior. It's a nightmare.

I am a firm believer that anyone has the right to do what they want on their own land as long as it does not seriously harm others. But this man, if he did not have his wife's millions to play with, would probably be on the streets making castles out of shopping carts.

I have never bothered to engage with the rest of the neighbors who would like nothing more than to sue this guy out of the neighborhood, because of my beliefs regarding personal property, but anyone who thinks the problems lie with "minding their own damn business" doesn't know what it's like to live near a madman with way too much money to play with.

I suppose when this guy dies he'll want to be buried in it.

Like my mama used to say: Clueless is as clueless does. Product Designer: For the Insane! Bet he's got a big, uh.... whole where his heart was.

This is out of touch, rich people nonsense. Why is this news?

there are laws regarding the parkingof vehicles inside a habitable dwelling as well. How can he get away with that???? (fire codes to boot)

to all the judgemental people saying how 'he has a hole where his heart is' and 'how dumb' or 'vain' that is to park it in your house etc.,
you all are so blind you can't see past your noses.
the man lives and breathes design.
the car is an inspiration. he obviously is successful-WHY MESS WITH SUCCESS?
that car is a work of art and an enduring benchmark of successful design.
leave the man be!
----> If loving beauty like that is wrong I don't want to be right!

I keep my motorcycle in my loft. It looks cool and smells good too.

The city commission which is appointed to consider permit applications
must weigh certain factors in deciding to approve or deny permission
for a new structure/use.

These are the only factors which the commission members are pledged to
consider in their decision.

That leaves other factors which are not to be considered. Some of these may
even be expressly excluded by statute from being given any weight by the commission.

Nonetheless, citizens will appear before a planning commission and present an impassioned argument based on a factor prohibited from consideration.

This is only natural. That an argument given to the commission is driven
by an issue of great personal concern.

The attorneys and professional consultants know not to do this, of course.

They are not paid to preserve sincerity; but, rather for their ability to implement a plan to achieve the clients specific goal.

An opponent of the bridge permit is quoted to state that other places along Mr' Schubert's property would be a better choice for opening his new access point to the street.

Photo 4 shows that where the neighbor previously exited his own gated driveway presumably the view directly across the road would have been a wall of vegetation.

Now it is the new gated road access to Mr. Schuberts property served
by the auto/pedestrian bridge.

What Mr. Schubert does not have in front of his new gate is the kind of ample paved turnout which the neighbor across the road has at the entrance
to his gated driveway.

Where do you assume a delivery to Mr. Schuberts residence will naturally
stop his vehicle?

Might it possibly be on the neighbors turnout?

Of course, that may be an argument against the permit which the commission is not allowed to consider.

The neighbor's turnout is on his private property and may only be used with his permission. He can post a sign.

So what?

What if dogs could read signs and your grass is clearly posted?

Let's say the dog has to go and can't see another green patch before the next bend in the road, then what will he do?

Probably just act like doesn't know how to read.

What else do you expect the poor dog to do?

Where will invited guests visiting the Schuberts naturally stop to exit the car before walking across the new bridge?

Ask the dog, maybe he knows.

He knows that the neighbors turnout might get blocked up a bit when guests
arrive for a party at the Schubert residence.

Not to say that Mr. Schubert is inclined to have large gatherings at the
new pad.

Not at all, but Mrs. Schubert appears poised to host a slammin' party.
At least two or three per year.

Now don't start complaining to me!

I wasn't invited either.

You can not build a bridge or do major renovations without going through the proper planning process and inspections. Which he obviously did. I bet there were so many local and state offices to deal with on this project it would make the average homeowners head spin. I like millions of other car fans have always dreamed of parking a show quality car in my home.
Anyway, this is Los Angeles. You have to be kidding me ! You can get away with almost anything in this town !


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