The wealthy co-founder of Innocent smoothies had jumped on the British basement bandwagon
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/01/2012 -- Adam Balon has submitted his application to dig out a humongous sub-terrestrial living space under the Notting Hill mansion he bought for nearly $17 million earlier in the month.
Plans seem to indicate that he wants a single-story basement that would extend across the majority of his property’s gardens. The basement is set to provide space for a swimming pool, yoga room, as well as a massage room, two guest rooms, a cinema, wine cellar, and a “staff flat”.
Other owners on the street have also applied for permission to build even larger basement luxury pads. One such neighbor is building a two-level basement.
The construction of such a structure is likely to take years to complete, and that has some neighbors in the area of west London a bit perturbed.
One resident stated that, “Yet again it is a case of the big cheeses riding roughshod over neighbors. People’s lives are being thoroughly disrupted by noise, dust and vibration for a very long time. Why should we all have to suffer for a few people’s vanity projects? The whole area is being turned into a gigantic underground massage parlor.”
Mr. Balon’s application warns the work, expected to cost upwards of $2 million, could potentially damage property in the “slight” category.
Such disturbances could include fragile items being taken from mantels and pictures take off walls. Windows may also may need to be fortified, which could cause the constructions to receive some pushback before it is okayed.
Mr. Balon was not available for comment regarding the issue when contacted for a statement.
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