Calabasas party houses in the news again

From Bieber to YouTube star, city is a hot venue

COME ROCK OUT—A post on social media promotes a party on Adamsville Avenue, a residential neighborhood in Calabasas. Courtesy of Instagram/@starzfade

COME ROCK OUT—A post on social media promotes a party on Adamsville Avenue, a residential neighborhood in Calabasas. Courtesy of Instagram/@starzfade

House parties are a staple of suburban living—teenagers left home alone inviting their friends over, turning the music up and enjoying their independence. It’s often a nuisance to neighbors— police breaking up the party is just as much a part of the experience.

But there are exceptions to every rule. While an infrequent house party is to be expected, a regular one is not.

At a City Council meeting on Nov. 8, several Calabasas residents spoke about an ongoing issue with a home in the 3300 block of Adamsville Avenue that’s regularly been rented out for parties that last throughout night, leaving the street covered in trash and the neighborhood peace disturbed.

Robert Stock, who lives on Adamsville Avenue, said the parties occur every month and are bigger and louder than the average teenage house party.

“We’re about a quarter of a mile away, and we can hear very, very clearly with the windows closed sometimes. They have live bands that play, with loud bass that is extremely audible from very far away,” Stock said. “There was a long thread about this party house (online); people as far away as Topanga could hear the noise. The parties can last until 5 in the morning.”

The Adamsville residence is listed on Airbnb, an online hospitality service where homes can be rented to people looking for a place to stay. It says, “No parties. Events considered with additional fee and deposit.”

But under Calabasas city code, renting a private residence for a commercial event is prohibited.

But advertisements for events at the house can be found on social media platforms such as Instagram, a photo-sharing application. The ads list the address of the property, so anybody can attend. Stock said some of the parties have been so crowded that cars are parked in front of his house a quarter-mile from the location and extend even farther down the street.

Calabasas City Manager Tony Coroalles said the city is aware of the issue and is taking steps to solve the problem.

“We’re filing a court action because it’s an illegal use of the structure. We want the court to find that this is not something that (the owner) can do and force them to basically do the right thing. If (he) disobeys a court order he can go to jail at some point, but it shouldn’t come to that,” Coroalles said.

“The issue with all of this is that the homeowner, from what we understand, owns several homes, and his business is to rent them out and have parties all over, in the city of Los Angeles and here in Calabasas. That’s what we think is going on,” Coroalles said.

Stock said the sheriff’s department has been called to shut down the parties, but when the deputies leave the noise resumes.

Capt. Josh Thai of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station said law enforcement is aware of the issue and is working with the city to pursue a resolution.

“We have one of these (party houses) that we know of, and that’s the reason we’re coming down hard on this,” Coroalles said. “We don’t want this thing to be like mushrooms, where it just starts sprouting if the city doesn’t do anything about it.”

New kid on the block

YouTube celebrity and former Disney Channel star Jake Paul recently purchased a $6.9-million home in the Calabasas Park South neighborhood. Paul is moving to the city from West Hollywood, where his presence turned the neighborhood into a “war zone,” a neighbor said in an interview with KTLA-TV news.

Paul, 20, made the address of his rental home public on social media, hosted raucous parties and performed stunts and pranks, including filling his empty pool with furniture and lighting it on fire.

It’s been reported that his former neighbors are considering filing a class-action public nuisance lawsuit against Paul for his antics.

Coroalles said he is aware of Paul’s reputation, but is not overly concerned that he will create a similar situation in Park South.

“It could well be that Mr. Paul is looking to tone down some of his (antics),” Coroalles said. “He bought inside a gated community, so he’s got to live up to the conditions, covenants and restrictions of the homeowners association.

“In a gated community the first level of government is the HOA, which can dictate what he can and can’t do. Inside the gates it’s private property. Anybody who’s a nuisance to the neighbors in a gated community, the gated community takes their own action,” Coroalles said.

Calabasas is no stranger to celebrity nuisances

In 2014, former resident Justin Bieber was the focus of national attention after the pop star egged his neighbor’s house in the luxurious Oaks neighborhood. The incident was a felony and caused a reported $20,000 in damage to the house. Police responded by executing a search warrant at Bieber’s home to determine if he was responsible. He eventually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vandalism, paid $80,900 in restitution and was given two years’ probation.

Bieber, who no longer lives in Calabasas, had several run-ins with neighbors and law enforcement. He was accused of driving recklessly through The Oaks and throwing all-night parties at his home. He was also involved in a physical confrontation with a paparazzo at the nearby Commons shopping center.