‘Flintstone House’ able to keep cartoon statues at California home after settling lawsuit
HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. / NBC News — A colorful home in Northern California, often referred to as the “Flintstone House” for its dinosaur statues, unique shape, and memorabilia from the ’60s cartoon — can keep its caveman-themed decor after settling a lawsuit, according to local reports.
Florence Fang owns the house and will be paid $125,000 by the town of Hillsborough to cover costs associated with the lawsuit, which was first filed in 2019, according to The Mercury News. The settlement also states that Fang must apply for permits for the home’s exterior, but that they are guaranteed to be approved once filed, The Palo Alto Daily Post reported.
The suit was settled in April, but due to a gag order, details have only recently been uncovered. Hillsborough is about 25 miles south of San Francisco.
“The parties have reached an amicable resolution of the case to the satisfaction of all the parties, such that the improvements made to the Flintstone House will be permitted to remain,” the suit states, The Palo Alto Daily Post reported.
Designed by William Nicholson in the 1970s, the home was vacant for many years before Fang purchased it in 2017 for a reported $2.8 million, The Mercury News reported. The house is surrounded by statues of Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, and other characters from the show.
But when Fang began adding the dinosaurs, Flintstone statues, and a sign that read “Yabba Dabba Doo” — a catchphrase of Fred Flintstone — the city took action, claiming Fang should’ve sought a work permit for the additions, The Palo Alto Daily Post reported.
Three “stop work” orders were issued, eventually leading to the suit.
Fang had initially claimed that she was the victim of racial discrimination because she is Chinese, and had counter-sued the town. Part of the recent settlement included Fang dropping those claims against the town.
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