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Glendale 'party house' shut down

After months of complaints, owner agrees to stop renting home for parties.

January 04, 2014|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com
  • This home at 1315 Norton Ave. in Glendale is reportedly being rented online as a "party house," photographed Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
This home at 1315 Norton Ave. in Glendale is reportedly… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

The party is over for “party central.”

The owner of a roughly 4,000-square-foot Glendale home advertised as “party central” on Airbnb.com, an online vacation rental platform, has agreed to stop renting the house specifically for parties after having six festivities shut down by Glendale police since October.

City attorneys are also reviewing possible solutions to similar party houses that may crop up in the future, said city spokesman Tom Lorenz.

“You tend to see [these problems] in those cities that become destination points and, frankly, Glendale is becoming one of those popular places to go to,” Lorenz said.

But popularity can bring unwanted consequences.

Neighbors of the so-called “party house” in the Glenwood community — known as a quiet, family-oriented area — said the constant partying in the 1300 block of Norton Avenue was interfering with their sleep at 2 a.m. They’d find beer bottles in the street, people fighting on the sidewalk in the early morning hours, parking clogged and loud music blaring.

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“First, I felt angry, mad and then after a few parties, you feel kind of like helpless, you can’t do anything,” said Andrew Gorgyan, who lives next door to the party house.

The listing advertising the house on Airbnb.com, which was taken down this week, described the house as an “entertainer’s outdoor paradise” fit with Jacuzzi, pool, a gazebo and an “exclusive estate” that could accommodate up to 200 people for “weddings and receptions, retreats, reunions, surprise parties or whatever you can imagine!”

In a city dedicated to quality-of-life issues, mixing entertainment spaces with residential neighborhoods has long been a point of controversy. Residents have fought against the opening of new banquet halls near their neighborhoods and the city has laws specifically tailored to the commercial establishments.

Pam Ellis, a Glenwood resident, likened renting one’s house out for parties as a way for people to get around banquet hall rules.

“It’s unbelievable,” Ellis said. “How can somebody run a commercial establishment on our street?”

Frank Higginbotham, who lives across the street from the party house, said he saw tour buses with about 30 people pull up to the house about two weeks ago for a party.

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