The latest project from Los Angeles megamansion-maker Mohamed Hadid—a 30,000-square-foot spec house in Bel Air—has been causing an unusual amount of neighbor outrage, from tales of tales of mudslides to permit noncompliance that forced the city to step in and stop work last fall. But now comes a bold new claim from Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie that the monster mansion has caused grave damage to a tree.
In a summary judgment, Walton Laurie charges that Hadid's company, with his knowledge, built a retaining wall on her property that "cut the roots to the family's cherished eucalyptus tree, causing it severe damage and putting it at risk of falling over," reports the Beverly Hills Courier. Walton Laurie wants the wall to be removed and for Hadid to pay her $90,000 for the trauma to the tree. This must be one heck of a tree.
Hadid's lawyer claims that this new wall Hadid built is in the exact same place as the wall it replaced, and that the new wall "serves the land much better than little piece of land they are complaining about." As for the tree, Hadid's lawyer's got it on good authority that the tree is totally fine: "We have an arborist who says the tree is thriving, and at one point in time was suffering from the drought."
· Wal-Mart Heiress Seeks Damages From Bel-Air's 901 Strada Vecchia [BHC]
· City Puts a Stop to Enormous, Unfinished Bel Air Megamansion [Curbed LA]
· Spec Megamansion King Goes Modern in Bel Air, Asking $45MM [Curbed LA]