It's a party house of epic proportions. The only problem is, it's not on the Sunset Strip or Hollywood Boulevard. It's in a residential beach-adjacent neighborhood of Santa Monica, Calif.
And the affluent neighbors living next to what's been dubbed the "House of Rock" have had enough. They say that the massive parties have clogged the streets with catering trucks, Hummers and vans and that they've even seen naked partiers sleeping in their cars in the wee hours of the morning, ABC reports.
In response, the Santa Monica City Council will consider Tuesday evening an emergency ordinance that would prohibit homeowners from hosting more than 150 people at one time for the purpose of selling a home.
It's worded that way because the owner of the home, high-end developer Elaine Culotti, admitted that she was hosting events there as a way of generating publicity for the estate, which she plans to sell soon. Culotti said that she hosts charity and other events there as "a crafty way to sell it", Santa Monica Lookout reports.
The 10,000-square-foot mansion on a bluff overlooking Santa Monica Canyon and Riviera Country Club used to belong to actress Kathryn Grayson. But two years ago, Culotti bought it, filled it with high-end furniture that was donated for exposure, and created the House of Rock, LLC. Guests at the house and others taking virtual tours can purchase the displayed furniture online, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The house is also filled with expensive music equipment, including hard-wired microphone panels, fiber-optic cables, soundproofed ceilings and even a recording studio. When it goes on sale at the end of the month, the party pad is expected to be listed for more than $20 million, according to the Times.
The last event at House of Rock was a fundraiser for City of Hope that included musical performances. It attracted 350 guests who each paid $500 each to get in. There are five more events planned before January.
Culotti's attorney, Ben Reznick, said the ordinance would have a "chilling" effect on Santa Monica if it passes, Santa Monica Patch reports. "Don’t take away the rights of homeowners to host events," he said.
However, the ordinance language protects residents' rights to hold social gatherings, charitable events and political fundraisers that don't "degrade public welfare, safety and quality of life in residential neighborhoods."
If the ordinance passes, Reznick said his client plans to sue the city.
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All photos courtesy of Facebook/2012 House of Rock.
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