At first glance, the grand house sits like a beacon above Abalone Point, high above Crystal Cove, at the north entrance to Laguna Beach. But then you see the graffiti.
The house is, according to the California Coastal Commission, "among the most visually prominent sites along the Orange County coastline."
And for a long time over the past year, tourists were able to see "The Clash" spray painted in vintage punk-rock style.
So was the house the victim of another financial flame-out? Bad pork bellies? No.
The homeowner just wants to demolish the whole thing and build a bigger, amazing house. Until recently, the problem was a 25-foot argument with the powers that be. The homeowner wanted to rebuild closer to the edge of the cliff. Every government body said no.
As is common in these cases, the argument was resolved. Inevitably, there are conditions: easements, mitigations, setbacks, compromises, fees and ultimately, voila, a deal is made.