Gwyneth Paltrow Also a Terrible Neighbor: Sources

Well, that's a shocker. No, it's not.

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 2, 2014 10:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Surprising no one, Gwyneth Paltrow's neighbors tell Radar the actress isn't such a great resident to have on your block. "She wasn’t as popular with the street" as soon-to-be-consciously-uncoupled-hubby Chris Martin, whom neighbors found "really nice," say two of their neighbors in Brentwood, Calif.. Others won't even talk on the record out of fear: "I don’t want anything bad to happen to me, so I can’t say anything," explains one. "Last time I did, then it was difficult, so now I don’t want any problems." One particular problem: A 9-foot gate the couple installed to protect their $10 million mansion.

A complaint was filed with the LA Department of Building and Safety, because according to zoning laws, the gate should only be 3.5 feet high. Paltrow and Martin should have had to replace it within 45 days or be fined, but a year after the complaint was filed, it's still up—and now neighbors want the couple prosecuted. All the work Paltrow and Martin have had done on the house since buying it in 2012 is also a source of frustration: "I only got annoyed when the workmen would illegally park in my driveway and they hadn’t even spoken to me about it," says one neighbor, and sources add that neighbors can't approach Paltrow personally about their complaints—they have to go through a middleman "who seems to deal with all their issues to do with their neighbors, the house, and community," says one. (Click for more awful celebrity neighbors.)

In this picture taken Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, Gwyneth Paltrow  poses with her award during the Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera ) media  award event in Berlin, Germany.
In this picture taken Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, Gwyneth Paltrow poses with her award during the Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera ) media award event in Berlin, Germany.   (AP Photo/ Britta Pedersen,Pool)
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When they moved in they had Do Not Trespass signs put up at their school and all over their property. Then they had the big gates put in and four layers of trees. I had paparazzi blocking my way into my own drive. There was no sense of privacy. - Neighbor Hilda McGonigle

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