Riverside County Ponders Party House Ban

Angry residents say their neighbors are really party planners

The La Cresta neighborhood of Riverside County is a special place for those who live there.

"It's absolute Heaven," said resident John Hudson.

"We love it," said his wife, Pam Hudson.

But now the residents lament that it's also become a special place for big parties.

"About a year ago," said Pam Hudson. "And then our life was completely disrupted."

The use for the house next door to the Hudsons was no secret. In fact, until recently, it had its own website.

La Cresta isn't the only place that has this problem.


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Now, Riverside County Supervisors are considering a ban on party houses in residential neighborhoods. The question is, how to define a party house.

County Supervisor Bob Buster thinks he knows.

"It's like a nightclub atmosphere, where you bring hundreds of people into a house in a rural setting, and then go wild," says Buster. 

Residents who say they've been kept awake and disturbed by loud party noise say they know how to define a party house, too.

"It would be nice if these beautiful houses with absentee owners would not be used as hotels, bed and breakfasts, weekend rentals," says Hudson.

The Hudsons say that's a business, not a home.

And county supervisors agree.

"We want to nip this in the bud and that's the reason why we'll be putting in place an ordinance ," said Buster.

At this point, supervisors are just studying their options. There are legal considerations, because owners do have some latitude on how to use their property.

But when it comes to operating a loud business that would normally require a license, there may not be much of an issue.

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