California homeowner 'checks his house every hour' after multi-million dollar mansion is left teetering on edge of cliff by landslides

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By James Kay

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A man who lives in one of the multi-million dollar mansions on the edge of a California cliff has stated that he constantly checks to see whether his house will end up in the sea.

This whole story reminds me of Aunt Josephine's house in Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events... and we all know how that ended.

Alan Ashavi, one of the owners of a multimillion-dollar mansion in Dana Point, Southern California, has already lost some of his backyard to erosion.

The homes in the coveted location faced further landslides during the recent extreme weather in California, with even more of the cliff crumbling dangerously close to the properties.

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Homes in Dana Point on the edge of the landslide. Credit: Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images

Having spent 12 years building his dream abode, Ashavi now faces the daunting task of making cautious checks every hour, because ending up in the Pacific Ocean while eating dinner wouldn't be ideal.

Ashavi has admitted that living in the mansion is nerve-wracking and that the constant checks have caused him a great deal of anxiety.

He told the New York Post: "Well, it is nerve-wracking because you deal with it on a daily basis and you come in here and check every day or every hour sometimes.

"I know this is an El Niño year as far as the rain, so I’ve had it in the back of my mind about being involved with the construction."

Just last month, Ashavi and the other residents were victims of a landslide, and the weather conditions this year make the risk of a complete collapse a reality.

Ashavi isn't the only one at risk of falling into the ocean, as Lewis Bruggeman's $15.9 million ocean-front mansion could also succumb to the elements.

Despite the looming danger, Bruggeman remains resolute in his decision to stay, saying: "The house is fine, it’s not threatened and it will not be red-tagged."

City officials echo Bruggeman's sentiment, assuring residents that thorough inspections have been conducted to assess the structural integrity of the affected properties.

Dana Point City Manager Mike Killebrew said to CBS News: "The city agrees that there’s no major structural issue with the house."

Video footage and photographs captured at the scene depict the precarious situation, with one A-framed home hanging perilously close to the edge of the cliff.

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The A-frame house was deemed safe despite the cliff around it having fallen away. Credit: Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images

While the land ahead has crumbled away, experts confirm that the property's deck remains intact, alleviating immediate concerns of imminent collapse.

Despite the current safety assurances, experts warn of the need for extensive stabilization efforts to fortify the properties against future storms.

Kyle Tourjé, executive vice president of Los Angeles engineering firm Alpha Structural, emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating to the Washington Post: "That’s going to need major, major work to stabilize that property.

"We’re seeing more damage, and I think we will continue to see more significant damage. Between back-to-back years of heavy saturation, these houses, these properties … they just can’t take this kind of beating."

Featured image credit: Allen J. Schaben/Getty

California homeowner 'checks his house every hour' after multi-million dollar mansion is left teetering on edge of cliff by landslides

vt-author-image

By James Kay

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A man who lives in one of the multi-million dollar mansions on the edge of a California cliff has stated that he constantly checks to see whether his house will end up in the sea.

This whole story reminds me of Aunt Josephine's house in Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events... and we all know how that ended.

Alan Ashavi, one of the owners of a multimillion-dollar mansion in Dana Point, Southern California, has already lost some of his backyard to erosion.

The homes in the coveted location faced further landslides during the recent extreme weather in California, with even more of the cliff crumbling dangerously close to the properties.

Dana Point California
Homes in Dana Point on the edge of the landslide. Credit: Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images

Having spent 12 years building his dream abode, Ashavi now faces the daunting task of making cautious checks every hour, because ending up in the Pacific Ocean while eating dinner wouldn't be ideal.

Ashavi has admitted that living in the mansion is nerve-wracking and that the constant checks have caused him a great deal of anxiety.

He told the New York Post: "Well, it is nerve-wracking because you deal with it on a daily basis and you come in here and check every day or every hour sometimes.

"I know this is an El Niño year as far as the rain, so I’ve had it in the back of my mind about being involved with the construction."

Just last month, Ashavi and the other residents were victims of a landslide, and the weather conditions this year make the risk of a complete collapse a reality.

Ashavi isn't the only one at risk of falling into the ocean, as Lewis Bruggeman's $15.9 million ocean-front mansion could also succumb to the elements.

Despite the looming danger, Bruggeman remains resolute in his decision to stay, saying: "The house is fine, it’s not threatened and it will not be red-tagged."

City officials echo Bruggeman's sentiment, assuring residents that thorough inspections have been conducted to assess the structural integrity of the affected properties.

Dana Point City Manager Mike Killebrew said to CBS News: "The city agrees that there’s no major structural issue with the house."

Video footage and photographs captured at the scene depict the precarious situation, with one A-framed home hanging perilously close to the edge of the cliff.

Dana Point California
The A-frame house was deemed safe despite the cliff around it having fallen away. Credit: Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images

While the land ahead has crumbled away, experts confirm that the property's deck remains intact, alleviating immediate concerns of imminent collapse.

Despite the current safety assurances, experts warn of the need for extensive stabilization efforts to fortify the properties against future storms.

Kyle Tourjé, executive vice president of Los Angeles engineering firm Alpha Structural, emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating to the Washington Post: "That’s going to need major, major work to stabilize that property.

"We’re seeing more damage, and I think we will continue to see more significant damage. Between back-to-back years of heavy saturation, these houses, these properties … they just can’t take this kind of beating."

Featured image credit: Allen J. Schaben/Getty