PACIFICA, Calif. (KTVU) - A six year long ordeal came to a sudden and destructive ending on Thursday for an apartment building that was overlooking the ocean in Pacifica.
The building at number 330 Esplanade Avenue was reduced to rubble. "When I got up this morning, and I walked the dog and I saw how quickly it was coming down, it was really amazing," said neighbor Gretchen Wengenroth.
The property owner hired a contractor to tear down the building in a matter of hours. It had sat there empty and condemned since 2010 as the cliffside behind it just eroded away. "It's mother nature. There's nothing you can do.
But it's amazing how much is gone in the last eight years," said neighbor Kim Zimmerman.
Neighbors said they had no idea the demolition was happening until they went outside in the morning and saw all the heavy machinery.
People from around the area stopped to watch an excavator tear down and tear apart the building, then finally put it all into big-rig debris containers that would haul it all away. "It's going to be some great sunsets," laughed Wengenroth.
She lives across the street and says she's not worried about the future. "I spoke to a friend who bought one of the buildings back here and he said we've probably got a good 25 years."
Zimmerman, who lives at number 340, next door to the south, was also seemingly unconcerned that this kind of work might eventually have to happen to her home. "I'll never be able to afford this kind of view anywhere so you know, I'm going to stick it out. I mean this end of this building right here is the worst. I've got the best edge, so I'm just going to hang out until... they kick me out or I fall in, I guess," she laughed.
The next door building to the north, number 320, has also been condemned since 2010 and city officials say they have secured funding to tear it down. That demolition could happen pretty much any day now.