Yabba Dabba Don’t? A Trip Inside the (Now) Controversial Flintstone House

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The City of Hillsborough says renovations to the house, like the addition of several 15-foot dinosaur statues, were not permitted.  (Jim Maurer/Flickr)

If you've ever driven northbound on Interstate 280 through Hillsborough, you've surely seen The Flintstone House from the highway. A cluster of orange and purple tubular domes, the home is reminiscent of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

The house has always had it's fans and detractors, but recent renovations have sparked controversy, and prompted the city of Hillsborough to sue the homeowner and declare the home a "public nuisance."

The renovations include the addition of several large sculptures in the back yard: three 15-foot dinosaurs, a giraffe and a mammoth. There's also the more benign infrastructure improvements, like a retaining wall, steps and a parking strip.

In this episode of Bay Curious, we revisit our 2017 story that includes a tour of the home (web version: What's That Thing Off 280? The Flintstone House) and we get an update on the controversy.

Reported by Rachael Myrow.


Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran, Paul Lancour and Ryan Levi. Additional support from Julie Caine, Suzie Racho, Ethan Lindsey and David Weir.

Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller.

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