A California woman’s larger-than-life homage to the classic Flintstones cartoon has her neighbors up in arms, declaring the ostentatious attraction a nuisance and an eyesore.
According to CBS, homeowner Florence Fang’s multimillion-dollar house has ignited a heated feud between the 84-year-old and other members of her San Francisco suburb. Apparently, not everyone is delighted with Fang’s elaborate Stone Age display, and they are taking legal action to see the colorful property muted for good.
Fang’s cartoonish and comically bulbous house is located in a rather posh neighborhood, but it certainly manages to easily stand out from the other homes. Inspired by the classic 1960s cartoon, this property features a slew of metal prehistoric sculptures, towering over shrubs and bushes, as well as statues of Flintstones characters Fred and Wilma and their neighbors, Barney and Betty Rubble. A sign also declares “No Dino Allowed”, referring to Fred’s lovably excitable pet.
It isn’t Fang’s red and purple, 2,730-square-foot house that is being targeted, but the highly decorated property itself. The people of Hillsborough would love nothing more than see the yard full of dinosaurs, aliens, and cave-people done with, even if that means fighting Fang’s constitutional right to decorate her yard however she pleases.
“Mrs. Fang has made people smile, she’s giving them job,” Angela Alioto, Fang’s attorney, told CBS. “What’s not to love about Dino, who acts like a dog? What is wrong with these people?”
The unique home was designed by architect William Nicholson and built in 1976. According to Metro, it was nicknamed the Flintstones House in 2000 after then-owners painted the home orange. Years later, in June of 2017, Fang fell in love with the property and purchased it for $2.8 million, giving it its final, Flintstones-esque touches.
Mark Hudak, an attorney for the people of Hillsborough, told CBC that the town is prided on its rural feel, and property rules are in place to keep everyone happy with their community.
“Whether [Fang] is building a project with amusing cartoon characters or Rodin statues or anything else, she still has to go through the process like everyone else,” he said.
Fang has reportedly been previously hit with not one but three work-stop orders issued by the city, all of which she ignored, as well as an administrative order to remove her elaborate installations by December 5 of last year.
Last month, the community filed a lawsuit in state court demanding Fang remove the statues from her garden, which they claim are unpermitted. In response, her lawyer says Fang plans to fight the lawsuit with a counter-claim that her constitutional rights to free speech and religion have been violated.
While her own community has set out to put a stop to her whimsical display, Fang has the support of fans all over the country. An online petition addressed to California Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to “leave the homeowners alone” has earned nearly 20,000 signatures.
The woman behind the petition, Helen Garcia, wrote that as a child, she delighted in visiting the property with her grandmother. Now she enjoys sharing the same tradition with her daughter, who also loves experiencing the Flintstones House and all its colorful wonder.
“Removing the statues would devastate her and many of our childhood memories we have of this beautiful home,” Garcia wrote. “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’.”