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Sunset Idea House: The Record Revealed

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[OK, so we hear that this machine isn't a bulldozer. And yet it remains clear: it is not happy.]

So, back to the Sunset Idea House. There's been a lot of talk swirling around La Casa Verde a.k.a. 1303 Alabama Street. Some controversy surrounding this project is confirmed (lateness; inappropriate Ikea cabinets); the juiciest are unconfirmed rumors (slated to go on the market for $4M; less "green-ness" than reported). The owner and builder of Sunset House, Robin Wilson, attempted to set us straight yesterday, using some choice language. But, in the spirit of thinking that the lady "doth protest too much," we're inclined to give some credence to those claiming things may not be so cheery after all. In fact, there's plenty in in the public record that shows Robin Wilson and her company, if nothing else, are used to raising eyebrows.

Public records: checked. According to what we found on the Contractors State License Board site, her contractor's bond is currently suspended though, to be fair, this could simply mean that the bond is being processed. Moreover though, several parties have filed breach of contract lawsuits (details of which can be referenced below). There appears to be, as she might put it, an awful lot of "bullshit." Please note: We did offer Ms. Wilson the opportunity to comment; she has yet to accept it.

There may be reasonable explanations for all this— to be fair, a lawsuit filed is just a lawsuit filed and doesn't prove anything. Nonetheless, we believe this informs the believability of the discussion. So, if readers are interested in checking out the San Francisco Superior Court Cases pending (all of which can be cross-referenced at Calif. Superior Court's site by plugging in the case numbers).

Case Number: CGC-07-467760 Title: LARRY GREEN et al VS. MERIDIAN BUILDERS & DEVELOPERS, INC. et al Cause of Action: CONTRACT/WARRANTY

Case Number: CGC-07-466700 Title: SBERLO PLUMBING, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS. MERIDIAN BUILDERS & DEVELOPERS, INC., A PURPORTED et al Cause of Action: CONTRACT/WARRANTY

Case Number: CGC-07-468181 Title: FREDERIC P. GRASSET VS. MERIDIAN BUILDERS AND DEVELOPERS, INC. et al Cause of Action: CONTRACT/WARRANTY

· On the Market: Sunset Idea House Update [Curbed SF]
· The San Francisco Superior Court [website]
· Contractors State License Board [website]

[Image courtesy Flickr user Mark.Hogan; 'Shop job ours, natch.]