Back in 2011, a property owner on West Point Loma Avenue who while pleading for variances to build his 3-story McMansion, swore both to the OB Planning Board and to the Coastal Commission that if the variances were granted, he would live in the house as his home.
Alvin Cox swore it. So, he was granted the variances, and he built his mansion.
And now, Alvin Cox rents it out as a “vacation rental” for between $2,450 to $3,675 a week ($350 – $525 a day).
This is what his internet ad states:
BRAND NEW 3 Story Custom Designer Ocean Beach Home.
This is the kind of vacation rental that most people only dream about! Custom built to showcase every ocean view, for a relaxing, luxurious get-away! (A/C, Security System, Wi-Fi, AT&T U-Verse and private parking for 4 cars, the carport will even accommodate a motorhome).
Climb the one of a kind LED lighted rainbow-tiled stairway to watch the beautiful California sunsets from your 3rd story Master Suite Hot tub, entertain family and friends in the 2nd story (kitchen, dining and living) ‘Great Room’ as you watch ships sailing from Mission Bay, toast another sunset from your 2nd floor balcony then watch the nitely fireworks display from nearby Sea World.
Can’t get away from work? Use the 1st floor bedroom (with custom built-in desk) to check in with things back at the office with the on line computer and wireless printer.
Close to everything people LOVE about San Diego: Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Mission Bay, Old Town, La Jolla. Walk to the Ocean Beach Pier and check out the wonderful local restaurants. Easy access to Amtrak and San Diego International Airport.
This kind of development is EXACTLY what the OB Planning Board feared when they opposed the variances for Cox, that Cox, as well as the other property owners in that immediate area who were granted improper variances, would simply turn their McMansions over a la Mission Beach into expensive, vacation rentals, out of reach of ordinary OBceans or working people. Who can afford that kind of vacation?
Here is the carport, which was the subject of much debate at the time.
This is exactly why the improper granting of variances by city planners – variances upheld by the Planning Commission – has led Ocean Beach to this moment, where the planning tool that OB has used for the past 38 years – the low floor-area-ratio (FAR) for coastal residential areas of the village – is being fought for by OBceans and their planners.
It was the variances granted to Cox, to Stebbins, to Burk that has forced the OB Planning Board to fight so hard to keep the 0.70 FAR for most of OB, and to force a showdown against the Planning Commission’s recommendations to be brought up at the City Council hearing on July 29 on the OB Community Plan.
And this is exactly the type of development that will lead OB – or parts of OB – to be like the Boardwalk in Mission Beach where you find wall to wall, 3 story mansions that are either time shares, very expensive vacation rentals going for $2,000 to $4,000 a week, or empty buildings that no one can afford – but the very wealthy.
A couple of OB Planning Board members also have informed the OB Rag that Cox is also violating his Coastal Development Permit by installing gates and fences that are too high.