People claim illegal poolhouse is ruining neighborhood

An upscale block off Central and Tramway has views of an arroyo and the mountains. However, out of view, relationships are crumbling in the Singing Arrow neighborhood near Four Hills over a backyard poolhouse.

“We feel like it’s devaluing our property,” neighbor Mike Davidson said. “He turned it into a bedroom and was renting it out to generate an income. That really bothered us, you know?”

The city was made aware of the structure butted up to the wall by another neighbor.

The city notified the owner of the home with the poolhouse that he was breaking the law.

“This property is placed there illegally,” Carmelina Hart with the city’s planning department explained. “They did not get a permit. The building is within the setbacks, which is not allowed.”

The owner, David Vilar, then requested an exemption, which the city rejected.

Vilar appealed the decision, and on Monday night city council backed up the denial.

It’s not the first time Vilar has been called a “naughty neighbor.”

KRQE News 13 reported last year when neighbors complained about big parties guests were throwing at his home, which doubles as an Airbnb rental.

“There were beer bottles strewn up and down this street and neighboring streets,” neighbor Ilena Estrella said.

The city charged him criminally for using the house as an event space.

Vilar’s options now are to tear down the poolhouse or appeal the city council’s decision and take his case to district court

He would have to prove that the city council’s decision was wrong.

KRQE News 13 knocked on Vilar’s door for a comment, but he was not home.

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