COSTA MESA — It might not be a Charlie Brown Christmas for Eastside residents this year.
After defaulting on the mortgage for the famed "Snoopy House," homeowner Jim Jordan was forced to clear out of the property Tuesday, leaving Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang behind to possibly be repossessed by Wells Fargo.
Describing the annual Christmas display at 2269 Santa Ana Ave., near Albert Place, as elaborate would be an understatement. For the last 44 years, Jordan or his parents have set up and added to the set, with a 20-by-20-foot stage for Santa Claus and an animated manger scene measuring 17 by 14 feet, along with snippets from famous Charlie Brown scenes, among other sights.
This year would have been its 45th season.
"I am just devastated and heartsick at how this spiraled out of control," Jordan said from the large corner property. "We had a tenant in here for four years. We were actually cash flowing. My business isn't that great, but we could struggle and make it."