Owner tries to save home caught in slide

BROADMOOR VILLAGE — The owner of a $1 million house on Larchmont Drive that started sliding down the hill during last winter’s storms, threatening the house below, is scrambling to save his investment after the county took the first steps toward forcing demolition.

Stan Brody, owner of the home at 606 Larchmont, however, objected to the recently issued abatement order, saying he has already begun winterizing the property and plans to present a proposal to the county Board of Supervisors Nov. 14 for repairing the hill and replacing the house by next summer. The house sunk about 25 feet and slid about 10 feet down the hill in a mudslide following heavy rains in April.

He’ll have to spend more than $500,000 to build two retaining walls and piers to anchor the house into the bedrock about 40 feet down, according to geological studies, Brody said. The foundation of a neighboring house, also owned by Brody at 604, is intact, he said.

Brody is in escrow for the purchase of the house below the slide on Macarthur Drive. “I’m going to lose money on all this, but I’m hoping to cut my losses by doing the repairs,” he said

At least two neighbors and the president of the area property owners’ association said they would like to see the property returned to an undeveloped state.

Whether the abatement order can be stopped wasn’t clear Wednesday, as planning officials didn’t return calls for comment.

ecarpenter@examiner.com

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