Living on the edge! Incredible aerial footage shows three millionaire mansions worth up to $16 MILLION hanging off cliff after huge landslide
Three multimillion-dollar homes in Southern California are teetering precariously on the edge of a cliff after a weekend landslide.
The collapse occurred Friday in Dana Point, Orange County, sending mud and debris sliding down the 150-foot ravine below.
As of Sunday, no evacuations had been ordered, and engineering teams were assessing the structural integrity of the homes — the only three standing on the cliff.
Residents of the affected properties were advised to remain vigilant and prepare for the imminent possibility of relocation.
The three affected houses are now largely at the mercy of Mother Nature, even though rains that recently flooded the region seem to have passed. They cost around $12.8 million, $13 million and $15.9 million, and are at risk of falling into the Pacific Ocean.
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Three multimillion-dollar homes in Southern California teeter precariously on the edge of a cliff after a landslide over the weekend
The collapse occurred Friday on Scenic Drive in Dana Point, sending mud and debris sliding down the 150-foot ravine below. the cliff side
However, City Manager Mike Killebrew still assured residents on the prestigious street and others nearby on Friday that the situation was under control.
“There are no structures at risk at this stage, and there appears to be no impact on the lateral beach access,” he said.
Meanwhile, remains of the large piece of land that had fallen could be seen at the foot of the cliff.
A portal to the Dana Point Caverns sat precariously a few hundred feet to the left of the collapse, along with the stretch of beach Killebrew was referring to.
The trio of houses above, a symbol of status in the affluent region, sat in its distressed location next to the Ocean Institute – another popular tourist attraction.
Debris from the collapse site fell near the tide pools, Killebrew explained — a designated Marine Protected Area (MPA) accessible from the beach and surrounding trails.
No one was down there when the debris fell on Friday, after heavy rains saturated the region and led to countless landslides and mudslides.
The landslide saw a large section of the cliff fall at the foot of the most expensive home in the complex, a $15.9 million, four-bedroom behemoth registered to a local radiologist, records show.
The landslide saw a large section of the cliff fall at the foot of the most expensive home in the complex, a $15.9 million, four-bedroom behemoth registered to a local radiologist, records show
The missing cliff face slid down right next to another, $12.8 million house immediately to the right (seen here) – located on a slightly lower cliff that thankfully remained in place
A third home further to the right, valued at $13 million and owned by a local producer, appeared to be in better shape than the rest, though only a few feet away—and a few hundred feet above sea level – still on unstable ground
The collapse is still under investigation by city officials, and is only the latest in a series of incidents that have besieged SoCal in recent weeks
The missing cliff face slid down right next to another house to the immediate right – one on a slightly lower cliff that luckily stayed in place.
KABC’s AIR7 HD was across the area to capture a startling image of the section of collapsed cliff directly next to the $12.8 million residence, which somehow remained in place as tons of rock fell just feet away.
A third home further to the right, valued at $13 million and owned by a local producer, appeared to be in better shape than the rest, though only a few feet away—and a few hundred feet above sea level – still on unstable ground.
The Dana Point collapse — which is still under investigation by city officials — is just the latest in a series of incidents that have besieged SoCal in recent weeks.
That same day, 13 miles south along the Pacific coast, part of a cul-de-sac on Avenida Columbo dropped about five feet after a mudslide sent mud and debris at least 150 feet below.
The area is already affected by unstable ground, with one house on the site of an active landslide that has been moving continuously for several decades, said Dave Rebensdorf, the city’s director of public works.
He went there Friday to check it out, though residents’ concerns still warrant any city intervention.
Residents in both areas have been advised to watch out carefully as they continue to grapple with the effects of these natural disasters.
Meanwhile, news landslides along the oceanfront bluffs in San Clemente, a few miles away, have resulted in the town’s beach trails being closed, mostly in the northern end of town.
Stairs leading to the coastal path at Dije Court, El Portal and Lasuen Beach were added to the list of closed access points last week, due to ongoing instability of the area.
That said, an evacuation in Dana Point has yet to be ordered as residents’ resilience continues to be tested. Engineers were still assessing the site on Sunday as some rain is forecast next week.