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Beloved Runyon Trail Rerouted As Gates On Old Route Locked

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A few weeks ago, the owners of 2450 Solar Drive--the long-troubled, never-occupied pink elephant house of Runyon Canyon--put up gates along the very popular trail that runs by the house, and today they closed and locked those gates. Fort Ashford Funds has big plans for the house and its surrounding 22 acres: it and much of the surrounding land is on the market, asking $9.888 million, and meanwhile they hope to subdivide the whole thing into four parcels, with immediate plans for one more megamansion. To mollify an angry hiker public, they've built "an alternative route" up to the top of Runyon, according to a just-released statement. A Curbed tipster took these photos of the new route this weekend and writes that it's connected north-south by a wooden staircase with a drop of about 300 feet. They're working with Councilmember LaBonge's office to sell the path to the city, even though it's possible that the hikers, who have been using the old trail for years, have a legal right to it via California's prescriptive easement law. Update 12:50 pm: A rep for Fort Ashford tells us the city is actually looking to buy a good chunk of their land to add it to Runyon Canyon. We're waiting on more details and will update when we hear. We're also told that the house is now occupied for the first time. Update 6 pm: The occupant is not the owner, so please stop knocking on the door, people.

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Runyon Canyon

2001 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA