The emojis and bright pink color were painted onto the facade of the property after a group of neighbors reported owner Kathryn Kidd to the city for hosting short-term rentals. As short-term rentals like Airbnb are illegal in Manhattan Beach, the city investigated and fined Kidd $4,000 in May.
While neighbors called the paint job an eyesore and even accused Kidd of purposefully painting the exaggerated eyelashes to caricature neighbor Susan Weiland, she has repeatedly denied doing it in retaliation. It was, according to Kidd, merely a fun way to brighten up the property.
As first reported by the Los Angeles Times, the property appeared on Zillow with an asking price of $1.749 million. After buying it for $1.35 million in March 2018, Kidd has listed it once before, for $1.99 million in December — before the neighborhood fight began. The listing description does not mention the fiasco with the emojis.
“Built in 1931, this property features a unit mix of (2) 1-bed/1-bath units currently bringing in rental income of $7000 monthly and $84,000 annually,” it reads instead. “This property is just a short walk away from the beach and is the quintessential oceanside living experience.”
“Are your neighbors constantly ratting you out? Have they cost you thousands in fines? Have you wanted to tell them off lately?” wrote Z The Art in a since-deleted post. “Why risk a case, when you can hire me to paint them a pretty message?”