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Posh suburb says 'Yabba Dabba Don't' to ‘eyesore’ Flintstones House

Lucy Dean
The Flintstones House. Image: Getty
The Flintstones House. Image: Getty

Note to aspiring renovators: don’t put statues spelling “Yabba Dabba Doo” on your front lawn, and have a good think about whether you really need the dinosaurs.That’s the hard lesson a homeowner in San Francisco is currently learning, after her neighbours launched a lawsuit complaining she did not receive the required planning approvals for The Flintstones inspired home.

The house has been branded a “highly visible eyesore” and “out of keeping with community standards” by a building code enforcement panel, while the assistant city attorney Mark Hudak told KTVU that is was just “not fair”.

“We don’t like it when people build things first, and then come in and demand or ask for permission later,” he said.

“That’s not fair to everyone else who goes through the process.”

Image: AAP
Image: AAP

The 2,730 square-foot-property (253.6 square metres) was built in 1976 and is currently painted red and purple.

It was then bought by philanthropist Florence Fang in 2017 for US$2.8 million (AU$3.4 million) who promptly received three stop work notices as the dinosaurs and “Yabba Dabba Doo” signs were installed.

The front lawn also features a historically-dubious giraffe.

Image: AAP
Image: AAP

Fang doesn’t live in the property, but uses it for events.

The lawsuit came after the three stop work demands, with Hudak telling KTVU that should the lawsuit be successful, Fang will be forced to remove the statues.

Image: AAP
Image: AAP

However, Fang’s attorney, Angela Alioto told the Associated Press that Fang’s home is just making people smile.

“She’s giving them joy. What’s not to love about Dino, who acts like a dog?” she said.

“What is wrong with these people?”

Attorney Angela Alioto looks over a sunken room called “The Happy Place,” inside the Flintstone House in Hillsborough, Calif. Image: AAP
Attorney Angela Alioto looks over a sunken room called “The Happy Place,” inside the Flintstone House in Hillsborough, Calif. Image: AAP