Bob Mansfield is well known in the tech community for overseeing Apple’s hardware operations, but in the county of Boony Doon, he may be better known as the guy who wants to build the ginormous home.
For the past two years, Mansfield and his wife have been trying to convince this county in Santa Cruz to let them build a 9,000 square foot dream home on a 45-acre piece of land complete with four barns, a theatre in the basement and even a herd of goats, but according to a report by Jason Hoppin in the Mercury News, the neighbourhood has been fighting back.
The property is classified as a “monster home” under the county’s current laws – meaning any home greater than 7,000 square feet – and for that reason it must go through a long approval process. According to the Mercury News, some have argued that the home would have a negative impact on the look and feel of the neighbourhood while others have taken issue with the “sweet tax deal” the Mansfields have on the land itself (they pay just $139 a year in property taxes.) Still others have argued the couple should be allowed to do as they please, and pointed to the fact that there are some similarly sized homes in the area.
“The Mansfield project has set neighbour upon neighbour,” the Mercury News reports. “It has a whiff of class warfare with one online posting accusing the Mansfields of being members of the so-called 1 per cent.”
For their part, the Mansfields appear committed to the long fight to build the home. It may be a while longer though, as the Mercury News reports no more hearings are scheduled at the moment.