Kevin Costner Dances with Hedges

Official Complaint Against Kevin Costner for Excessive Hedges

A Santa Barbara View Exclusive
Prominent local attorney Shereef Moharram has filed a complaint on behalf Charles Grim because of Kevin Costner’s refusal to trim and cut down his hedges on Beach Club Drive. The local celebrity’s hedges obstruct Grimm’s ocean view, even though the rules for the development state that no hedge shall be over six feet tall. Santa Barbara View is the first publication to publish this high-profile complaint, see PDF left. The public document was filed in Santa Barbara court on Monday and the case will be assigned to the scholarly Judge Anderle.

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26 Responses to Kevin Costner Dances with Hedges

  1. Smokey Sez June 19, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    The trees need to be trimmed and/or thinned.

  2. Skeptical June 19, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Nice scam the neighbors has going. They buy the property next door to a movie star and immediately decide to convert their established residential property to a rental property. Of course the word will get out that Costner is the next door neighbor, and that the – helpfully extended – deck overlooks his property. So now the neighbor can earn premium rental income renting the place to the paparazzi. Or other lookie-lous. And of course Costner is left with no privacy.

    • Longview June 20, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      Thank you skeptical for providing this additional perspective. No, the trees do not have to come down, but they could be topped to open the long view and still protect the shorter view down into Kostner’s property.

  3. Skeptical June 19, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    That should read “Nice scam the neighbors HAVE going.”

  4. Anonymous June 19, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    What’s the address? :-)

  5. moonshine June 19, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    I was thinking the same thing Skeptical. I did a lot of planting of hedges and trees myself when I had nosy neighbor problems and I’m not even a celebrity.

  6. Anonymous June 19, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Who was there first? Somewhere Rob Lowe is smiling!

  7. Anonymous June 19, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Nice to have a local TABLOID patting tehmselves on the back over a neighbor squabble

  8. Anonymous June 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Tmz.com got it, funny

    • Anonymous June 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      edhat had the story too but removed it.

  9. Oh My June 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Addresses of celebrities! Made public! What would Wendy McCaw do?

    • Anonymous June 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      Wendy won’t touch this with a ten foot pole. You’re fired.

  10. Anonymous June 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Look more like trees than hedges.

  11. el_smurfo June 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Sigh…would be more appropriate to the local focus of this blog if someone photographed Helene’s supposedly violating hedges. This story is demeaning and the local connection is a stretch.

  12. Anonymous June 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Sad when you can’t talk to your neighbors any more. :-(

    • el_smurfo June 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      I talk to my neighbors all the time. I even tell them when they are doing something that impacts my home, though we usually compromise like adults. It’s only when you get a bunch of big egos involved that a dispute over 4 feet of hedge devolves into a $500K lawsuit. Reading through this thing is actually laughable…I can only envision the type of person who could itemize their imagined indignities in such highfalutin language with a straight face.

  13. Anonymous June 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Reminds me of Marty Blum going after everyone with bamboo. Silly and a waste of time and money.

  14. anon. June 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    I think if you found your view blocked by your neighbor and your neighbor refused to do anything about it, you’d not find it silly. Hard to give much of a damn about a couple of rich people squabbling, but seems to me the principle of how much are covenants worth is important. Stupid of Costner to have let it get to this point; now everyone knows or can know their address. Judge Anderle’s opinion will be interesting.

    I wonder why edhat dropped it, if they had it all?

    • anon. June 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      It’s now in edhat with a link to the SBV.

  15. Jenn June 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    I read through all the entire complaint and kind of interesting that Grimm claimed he relied on the development docs when he purchased that said no more than 6 foot hedges, etc. but in those same development docs it can be argued that is says residents can NOT rent out their properties in paragraph 4. So it will be interesting to see if Cosnter counter-sues for breach of contract with a right back at you to get Grimm to stop renting. These same docs also say only 2 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 pet birds are allowed!

  16. otf June 21, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Oh, the problems of the 1%!

  17. jj June 23, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    Its on his property and he pays the property taxes on it, so they should just drop this case, its the most stupid case I have ever heard.. As far as i am concern God owns the hedges and its his air.

  18. gramburger June 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    How come Grimm can rent his property out as a vacation or rental home when the document distinctly states the property cannot be used as a commercial property’(paragraph 4) under restrictions..I hope the Costners counter-sue.

  19. Grim Reaper June 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Sounds like there are grounds for a third-party beneficiary lawsuit by neighbors having their quiet enjoyment violated by breach of contract terms. Additionally this might well be a zoning violation – commercial use in a residential area – any county ordinance restrictions on this particular zone?

    A zoning violation complaint would be another potential remedy, if this were the case. Wonder if IRS knows about this extra rental income or is everything above board? Does this owner have more than four other property rentals and not have a CA real estate brokers license? TOT violations? The possibilities are many to explore for remediation.

  20. Axman June 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Here we go. We just got rid of the pro-Y spammers, and now we’re starting to see some pro Kevin-Costner spammers (Jenn and gramburger).

  21. Axman June 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Oh, and Grim Reaper. Sorry, didn’t mean to leave you out and cost you your couple of bucks for that message.

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