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Let’s face it. The Real Housewives of ANYWHERE make terrible neighbors. But the Real Housewives of Atlanta have taken it to an art form. Remember when Kim Zolciak was in that house she rented from Kendra Davis? There was a time when Kim had security guards hanging out on her front lawn to keep Kendra and her husband, the landlords, away from her. When she moved she took most of the landscape with her (because she planted it, dammit!) and gave it away to her new neighbors in the surrounding condos! Kenya Moore had landlord issues as well and of course both of those cases the cameras would invade the neighborhood and film all the drama. Hell, Kim had a huge wedding in her back yard and the cops were called. Sheree Whitfield had neighbors MOVE OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD over the massive over construction that never ends on the monstrosity of what may, one day, some how be, Chateau Sheree. I’ve lost count of the years that has been going on.
Up until recently, Phaedra Parks has managed to get along with her neighbors fairly well. Then in April of 2013 Phaedra and Phamily moved into a nice quiet cul-de-sac. It’s off to itself, and not officially part of any subdivision. Just five very nice houses in a very convenient location. Then filming started. Last season, the black van that supposedly picked everyone up at Nene’s for the Savannah trip actually picked everyone up house to house. All of the “who was late to the pick-up time” was entirely fabricated. Neighbors say that bus was in the cul-de-sac filming Phaedra getting on the bus for two hours. Why? Who knows. But it was not really the housewives arrivals that were late it was the long drawn out filming of everyone getting on the bus. In fact that waiting scene was probably a reshoot afterward because by the time the bus actually left it was quite late, which is why they arrived in Savannah so late.
But last year’s filming was pretty tame at Phaedra’s. This year has not been. Between the filming crews and all the comings and goings and book tours, and side pieces and malfunctioning security alarms and police, the baby sitters, the nannies, the overnight nannies, the stylists, the make up people and on and on the neighborhood is not such a peaceful place anymore. You may remember I told you about Phaedra wanting to install a gate for her driveway. Neighbors thought that was pretty silly. You can easily see the road and the driveway from the house. And with the amount of traffic coming in an out surely a gate would be a nuisance, right? The gate installation has not been going well. The workers did not locate the water line prior to starting and then, of course, they hit the water main. So Phaedra went on painting the house white. Because, I guess we all grieve the loss of relationships differently. And Phaedra is fond of painting the outside so that people won’t focus on the inside.
But today, there is a blue zoning sign up in Phaedra’s yard. Phaedra has applied for a special variance to erect an 8 foot 6 inch wall and gate across her front lawn. According to her request for a variance, she needs this wall because ” I am requesting this Variance for security and privacy reasons. I am a well-known TV personality with two young children, who desire to have the peaceful enjoyment of their property.” It is written on official Phaedra Inc. letterhead. The Phaedra Inc. is in a lovely pinkish purple.
I get wanting more security when your man has gone to prison and has also very publicly outed as an informant. But if they are in need of that much security, I have a feeling the decision makers might suggest Phaedra move into a gated community that allows such fortresses. I’m pretty sure her other four neighbors are not wanting their view from the window to suddenly be a stone wall. Also, the kids play out in the cul-de-sac all the time with the other neighborhood children and the babysitters. Well, until this week when the kids have not been seen at all.They don’t exactly live in Compton. Phaedra did not contact any of the neighbors in advance to get their feelings on the subject. I expect this will be a difficult battle for Phaedra. The neighbors are telling me, they are not having it.
So why is Phaedra suddenly so concerned about what the neighbors see? Is Mr. Chocolate moving in? Is she afraid the people Apollo ratted out are coming for her? What on earth is she thinking? Does she really not expect her neighbors to notice or comment on the craziness at her house? Is it me or does it seem odd that the neighbor that has the blaring security alarms, the water main breaks, the house painting, the constant stream of traffic on the quiet cul-de-sac where their kids would like to play is asking the city council for “peaceful enjoyment” of property? Phaedra, you are the circus that moved into the peaceful cul-de-sac, not the other way around. SMH.
And on it goes with RHOA housing drama.