If you are going to build a house on a hillside why not enjoy the view?

It’s unfortunate when another hillside is scraped away to make room for an ugly box. But it’s even more tragic when that box ignores the view. That’s apparently the case in Montecito Heights, where, according to the Above the City blog, some new homes come with sweeping vistas – if you climb on the roof:

“Too bad they made slits for windows in those boxes or else you could see the great views from the inside. Hey developers, when building a house on the hill, at least put in some big windows to enjoy the view. Well, I guess you figured that out by now when they sat vacant for more than a year. Great job as always!”

Photo from Above the City

One comment

  1. I don't know what the addresses are, so I can't check the potential ordinance issues, but it very well could have a lot to do with the draconian Northeast Los Angeles Hillside ordinance. The lots look awfully close to a ridgeline, which is why I say this. The NELA ord drastically limits the heights of buildings near ridgelines. Also, seismic considerations require shear walls which limit the amount of open space available for windows. Unless you want to spend a ton of money on steel construction. The days of craftsmen homes with a ribbon of windows are long gone for safety reasons.

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