Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New five star "Hyatt" hotel built in Bel Air, California - Mary Cummins real estate appraiser

1261 Angelo Drive, Beverly Hills, 90210, Los Angeles, 90077, Bel Air, Bel Air Crest, Anthony Pritzker, billionaire, hyatt hotels
Recently I wrote an article about the 53,000+ sf "single family home" built directly behind me. This is the second largest home in Los Angeles. The owner is billionaire Anthony Pritzker an heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune. Pritzker managed to build this home that seriously looks exactly like a hotel starting in 2005 and finishing in 2012 without having to notify any of his neighbors west of him. I haven't spoken with the neighbors to the other side but one of them made a report for construction without permits. None of us know how this huge project was built.

This is not just a 53,000+ sf home. The original property was just a sliver of land, a promontory on the top of the hill. They literally built a mountain 250' wide by about 750' long to make a pad that size built up to the top of the hill. The retaining walls look at least 50' tall from where I am directly beneath the property. I didn't have a huge, tall and wide mountain behind me blocking light and diverting the creek when they started. Now I do.

1261 Angelo Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, 90210, 90077, Bel Air, Bel Air Crest, Pritzker
After they spent three years building the mountain they supposedly built a "single family residence." They are father and mother Anthony, Jeanne Pritzker with six kids a few being adults and most likely on their own. Why does a man, wife, couple of kids need a 53,000+ sf house? They don't. They actually own other homes in the area where they also live. What then is the purpose of this huge over built home which has a hair salon, bowling alley, pool, tennis court, arts and crafts room, media...?

This is not actually a single family home even though the property is zoned for only single family homes. This is actually a private hotel, restaurant, event/party location for their many businesses, organizations, charities, political groups they own and operate. They wanted to build their very private own hotel, restaurant, ball room similar to the nearby Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills Hotel, Bel Air Hotel. In fact the acreage is pretty similar to some local five star hotels. As the Pritzker family made their money by owning Hyatt Hotels it all starts to make sense now. The built a mountain then put a Hyatt Hotel on top of it in a residential zone.

I would bet they write off most of the home expense as business or non-profit expense. They actually had to get a permit to get a temporary generator for one big party they recently had. They hosted a $20,000 a plate, $50,000 a table political fundraiser at the home. They rent, use for free the nearby Harvard Westlake grass athletic field to use as a parking lot for parties. They shuttle guests up the extremely narrow row to their home. This is the same school their kids attend. In fact two teachers at the school said they had three children in the school. They were making their own private path to get from their home directly to the school. This would be across other people's property.

This home is equipped with more than one guest house, security building, restaurant sized kitchens, professional media rooms, bowling alley and much more. When they have parties the valet parkers they hire sometimes park the cars lower down on the public streets. Helicopters buzz above the home to get video of dinner parties viewed through the inner atrium. They have a full time professional staff and caretakers. This is not a single family home at all.

How was Anthony "Tony" Pritzker allowed to build this huge fake mountain with an out of place monster mansion aka HOTEL without notifying any of the neighbors? The recent Prince can't get his smaller home approved but this billionaire American hotel heir with his UCLA, political, architectural, planning consultant contacts could.

In my previous article I explain how they were able to get this project approved and built under the radar by gaming, cheating, working, greasing(?) the permit office. All those political contributions sure came in handy. In fact I made a complaint about the property and it's not even in the record. They destroyed my complaint.

Below are just a few publicly covered commercial parties at this house. Most people rent a banquet room at a hotel, pool area, bar. If you're a billionaire Hyatt heir you can just build your own private hotel in a residential neighborhood. Don't mind your neighbors with 1,800 to 2,400 sf homes. Feel free to build a mountain with your private hotel on top.

They raised $500,000 for UCLA's (don't laugh) Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the house March 20, 2012. Their guests, friends are the Governor, Senators of California.

Event September 2014. They have a Cirque du Soleil performance.

May 24, 2012 political part for Mitt Romney

and many more events. These are just a few of the ones covered by the media. When I see all street parking gone for blocks and traffic I know they're having another little soiree.

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

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