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Kevin Costner Sued

You'll NEVER

Take This Beach!

6/19/2012 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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File this under: "The Problems of VERY Rich People."

Kevin Costner has been dragged into a nasty legal war with his neighbor in Carpinteria, CA -- an upscale beach community near Santa Barbara.

Long story short -- the neighbor, Rick Grimm, claims he bought a SICK beach property back in 2009 with KILLER views of the ocean and coastline ... and it happens to be located right behind Costner's pad.

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Problem is ... the neighbor claims Costner is paranoid about his privacy and planted a bunch of trees and shrubs to make sure nobody from Grimm's property can see into his home ... trees which are now blocking Grimm's once-spectacular view.

Grimm filed a lawsuit, obtained by SBView.com, claiming he TRIED to play nice -- sending multiple requests to Kevin and his wife to trim the hedges -- but the Costners blew him off ... and planted even TALLER trees.

Grimm says Costner is contractually bound to NOT plant trees which obstruct Grimm's view ... but Kevin doesn't care. According to the suit, Kevin made it clear to Rick's people he would not "back down" and would "do everything in his power to secure his privacy."

Grimm is now asking a judge to force Kevin to chop down his trees ... PLUS he wants at least $150,000 in damages for loss of enjoyment and $500k for damage to his property value if the trees don't come down.

A rep for Costner had no comment.

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31.

Marvin    

What does Kevin do on his deck he is so ashamed of?

824 days ago
32.

BU Girl    

I used to live on that street, Beach Club Rd. Costner is a great neighbor- even helped put out a neighbor's house that was on fire. He has to live w/ a public (association only) beach access right against his home, and is very cool about it. This guy bought there knowing there were trees- Costner's been there A LOT longer!! Deal w/ it DUDE..

824 days ago
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Susan62509    

The neighbor won't get a dime in court, but can force Kevin to trim his trees. He is entitled to his view plus his house does lose value without that view if he were to sell it. Also, if there is a homeowners association, Keven will have to abide by those rules to not block a view.

824 days ago
34.

BillyBurke    

Costner Wins!!!

I read the complaint and there is no scenic easement language in the CC&R's.

The Plaintiff is suing under the hedge clause when it is clearly the pine trees & large bird of paradise trees that are obstructing his view.

I doubt if this will make it past a couple of hearings... But it's California and you never know

824 days ago
35.

chicagannie    

Costner can do whatever he wants with his property - planting trees is quite legal. Neighbor is a fool, lawsuit is bogus. Next time buy on the beach, not one lot back from it!

824 days ago
36.

Cat    

I am for the buyer of the house. Sorry Costner you are lowing this mans price of his house because now it does not have a view.. BLINDS ARE CHEAPER THEN A LAWSUIT

824 days ago
37.

Glory Bee    

View equity is VERY important to the value of properties like Mr. Grimm's. It is common practice to have restrictions in place regarding planting and building that would compromise the view of existing properties. These restrictions are always spelled out in real estate contracts. In viewing the photo I can assure you that those trees could be correctly topped and pruned to satisfy both Mr. Grimm's view and Mr. Costners privacy. In fact, done correctly the pruning would result in denser growth on the trees assuring even better privacy. Mr. Costner...trim the trees.

824 days ago
38.

puddintang    

500k for loss of enjoyment? You can really do that? then I'll be suing the ex husband who never satisfied me.

824 days ago
39.

Glory Bee    

"View Equity" is BIG in ocean view properties. It is not uncommon for there to be restrictions on planting or building that would obstruct the view of an existing property. Those trees could easily be trimmed to provide both Mr. Grimm's view and Mr. Costner's privacy. In fact, the correct topping and tipping of those trees would help develop denser growth thereby providing added privacy for Mr. Costner. Kevin...trim the trees.

824 days ago
40.

Editor    

Story broken by Santa Barbara View and the picture crop taken from the filing should be properly cited Santa Barbara View. You can read the whole complaint at http://www.sbview.com

824 days ago
41.

Superman    

Costner is just a prick! I hope the neighbor wins.

824 days ago
42.

Editor    

Story broken by Santa Barbara View and that picture should be cited. You can read the whole complaint at http://www.sbview.com

824 days ago
43.

O_o    

eh - the trees do suck...but, are ya KIDDIN me?! go find a REAL problem to deal w please.

824 days ago
44.

RaineeDrops    

That does stink that Costner took away the guy's view. Why do Celebritites act like they are the only people on Earth that matter? So selfish.

There are others that live around you Celebritites too that are just as important and equal to you, you are not above anyone else, why do some of you act like you are?

What right does Costner have to take away someone's beach view like that? It would bring down the value of that guy's house.

So wrong. So selfish of Costner to only think of himself.

824 days ago
45.

AnonyMouse    

Celebrities and personalities aside, the tradition of blocking your neighbors' view out of spite is a long one. Just google on "Spite house," for instance (and yes, I understand these are houses, not trees. Same effect). As Wikipedia paraphrases Edward T. Hall in his excellent book The Hidden Dimension, "cutting off a view is enough to make a house like a tomb." Also, there is such a thing as a view ordinance in some areas, according to NOLO.com, to "protect a property owner from having his view obstructed by growing trees." It sounds like Grimm has a legitimate complaint, IMHO.

824 days ago
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