Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ worst nightmare has come true!
For over a decade the Seinfeld star has lobbied the Santa Barbara Planning Commission to get the proposed Miramar Hotel luxury development next to her $5 million beach house significantly downsized, but sources tell RadarOnline.com exclusively the actress has lost the battle.
A longtime resident revealed to Radar: “The hotel is set to open on March 1, and just as she had worried about, the resort is now blocking her view down the coastline on one side to the north. During the summer you would see her up on her balcony brushing her teeth or drinking a cup of coffee, looking towards Santa Barbara, but now all she’ll see is a big white building! Her home is set back a bit while the new hotel is right up to the edge.”
The actress saw the writing on the wall when she spoke in front of 140 people at a Planning Commission hearing in June of 2008.
“Nobody is more desperate than I am to see the Miramar Hotel return,” she said, “I have to drive through that dilapidated, rat-infested disaster every day to get to my house. But, this would be far and away the largest building in Montecito. It would also be hugely bigger than the old Miramar which closed in 2000, which by the way wasn’t small. This desperately needs shrinkage. Mr. Chair, please give us shrinkage, and that is no joke.”
The crowd laughed when she referenced ‘The Hampton’s’ episode from season five of Seinfeld, where George Costanza lamented the size of a certain appendage after a dip in the ocean.
“No one is laughing now,” said the insider. “this new Rosewood Miramar has almost 200 rooms and cottages, a convention center, pools, restaurants, spa and looks to be the hottest destination this summer for the rich and famous.”
Julia, a devout environmentalist, purchased the brown, 3,000 square foot, 2-story beachfront vacation home in 1996, and proceeded to put millions into it to make it very eco-friendly.
It is now worth almost $5 million, according to real estate website Redfin.
“People who shell out big money for a beach house want a view, so it’s effecting her bottom line if she wants to sell it.”
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