Multi-million dollar mansions left teetering on cliff edge after landslides, but authorities say there's 'no threat'

28 February 2024, 16:17

Aerial view of mansions still standing along a cliff after a portion of the cliffside (L) tumbled to the Pacific Ocean following days of heavy rains earlier this month on February 27, 2024 in Dana Point, California
Aerial view of mansions still standing along a cliff after a portion of the cliffside (L) tumbled to the Pacific Ocean following days of heavy rains earlier this month on February 27, 2024 in Dana Point, California. Picture: Getty

By Kit Heren

Several luxury mansions have been left perched on the edge of a cliff after landslides, but authorities have said there is "no imminent threat".

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The three houses, in the city of Dana Point in California, look like they are close to falling over the edge and into the sea.

But city officials have concluded the homes are not in immediate danger.

The landslides swept away huge chunks of the cliff. They came after California was hit with heavy downpours in February.

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The three mansions in Dana Point
The three mansions in Dana Point. Picture: Getty

Footage shared online and in US media shows cliff debris falling down and coming to land on the beach below.

Discussing one of the properties, Mike Killebrew, city manager for Dana Point, said: "The city’s geotechnical engineer and a building sector went out to the site to assess the situation, as well as talk with the homeowner who owns the residence and slope where the failure occurred."

An aerial view of mansions still standing along a cliff in Dana Point
An aerial view of mansions still standing along a cliff in Dana Point. Picture: Getty

He added: "Currently the city has confirmed that there is no imminent threat to that home."

One homeowner, 82-year-old Lewis Bruggeman, said he would be staying put.

Luxury homes on a Dana Point cliff side are in danger of falling due to a mudslide from heavy atmospheric rainfall.
Luxury homes on a Dana Point cliff side are in danger of falling due to a mudslide from heavy atmospheric rainfall. Picture: Alamy

“The house is fine, it’s not threatened and it will not be red-tagged,” he told a reporter.

"The city agrees that there’s no major structural issue with the house."

But Kyle Tourjé, who runs an engineering company in Los Angeles, said that the house would need "major, major work" to make it safe.

He said that more rain and landslides would "continue to eat away at the slopes".

The three affected houses are worth $15.9 million (£12.5 million), $14.1 million (£11.2 million) and $12.9 million (£10.2 million).

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