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Giant homes draw protest from neighbors

Communities want to ban out-of-place mansions

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While consumers across the country have a growing appetite for giant new homes, residents in some established communities don't have the stomach for these modern mansions. The Los Angeles City Council last week passed a so-called "anti-mansionization" measure last week for the community of Sunland-Tujunga, to combat the construction of massive homes that are out of character with the surrounding community. Other communities are pursuing similar measures. Earlier this year, a developer tore down a small existing home in the Van Nuys, Calif.-area community of Valley Glen and began construction on a 5,400-square-foot new home on the same lot. That didn't go over too well with some residents. "It was the classic citizens' revolt," said Peer Ghent, president of the Valley Glen Neighborhood Association, an independent homeowners group. The new home, which has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, alarmed some neighbors and spurred the community to seek new restrictions on home sizes. Ghen...