Teardowns, Trophies And Angry Neighbors

September 27, 1998
Teardowns, Trophies And Angry Neighbors, By LISA PREVOST

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Mr. Haroun, the Connecticut builder, commutes to New York City during the week where he works full-time as a patent attorney. He and his wife, Julie, got into the luxury home-building market as a sideline about five years ago, he said, and since that time have built about 15 speculative houses in Westport.

He described the houses they have torn down as primarily 1960’s raised ranches and split levels that were never improved. Sometimes, he said, neighbors are grateful for the changes. For example, his company recently tore down a 600-square foot ”shack” that was located adjacent to a three-lot subdivision they were developing. The shack had no running water and had been occupied by a recluse, Mr. Haroun said. ”Three or four neighbors came to me and it was like I was now their godson,” he said. ”It was an eyesore.”

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