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Woman Wins Lawsuit To Keep Her Huge Flinstones Themed House

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Woman Wins Lawsuit To Keep Her Huge Flinstones Themed House

A woman has won a lawsuit which allows her to keep her Flintstones inspired house, which is full of sculptures and other strange items.

The dispute saw a retired publishing mogul, Florence Fang, go up against the US government's rules to keep her house the way it was.

But a settlement has finally been reached, which means the town will review and approve a survey for improvements on the property, with Fang then able to apply for building permits.

Credit: Florence Fang Family Foundation
Credit: Florence Fang Family Foundation
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The town of Hillsborough, California, will pay Fang $125,000 and she'll drop her lawsuit which was dismissed in court on 27 April.

The town had called the property a 'highly visible eyesore', saying by having the dinosaur sculptures and other creative additions on the premises, it was a 'public nuisance', according to local officials.

The house has dozens of colourful mushroom ornaments and animal sculptures, including a Triceratops, Brontosaurus and woolly mammoth, in the grounds of the bulbous building visible from a nearby motorway.

Credit: Florence Fang Family Foundation
Credit: Florence Fang Family Foundation
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"Before, passing by, I always wondered who's living in that house. Now I'm the one," the 83-year-old reportedly told local media before bursting into laughter.

Fred Flintstone, his pet dinosaur Dino and the Great Gazoo, a green alien from the series, also feature, as well as large, colourful letters spelling out the catchphrase "Yabba Dabba Doo" and a "No trespassing" sign.

Fang apparently tolerates people visiting to take photos but drew the line when returning home to find children playing on her roof.

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The 2,700 square foot home was built in 1976 by pouring concrete over wire mesh and large balloons to create the undulating, dome-like structures.

It was nicknamed the Flintstones House in 2000 after being painted orange, and Fang added the latest touches after buying it for 2.8 million US dollars (£2.1 million) last May.

NBC Bay Area reported that the lawsuit was filed 'because the landscaping improvements create a highly visible eyesore and are out of keeping with community standards' and 'the decision and order required that they be removed'.

Credit: Florence Fang Family Foundation
Credit: Florence Fang Family Foundation
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Fang's lawyer said elitist town officials are denying her client the right to enjoy her own property and pledged a vigorous fight.

An online petition addressed to Californian Governor Gavin Newsom asking to 'leave the home owners alone' has had almost 20,000 signatures.

Helen Garcia, who started the petition, wrote: "As a child I would drive to San Francisco with my family to see my grandmother. I would wait patiently until I was able to catch a glimpse at the Flintstones House. At that time it was just orange and round and it intrigued me.

Credit: Florence Fang Family Foundation
Credit: Florence Fang Family Foundation
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"Now when I drive my daughter up north, she waits to see the house and the steel statues that line the yard. She is a huge fan of the T-Rex.

"Removing the statues would devastate her and many of our childhood memories we have of this beautiful home.

"In a land of forest green there is a home where, in our childhood imagination, Fred and Wilma greet each other and say 'I'm home'."

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Topics: US News, Weird

Amelia Ward
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