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Court shuts down north Raleigh party mansion

Posted June 17, 2013

— Shawn MacArthur was in his home office working late into the night one Saturday when the sudden cacophony of more than four dozen racing motorcycles exploded outside his window.

“They just kept going back and forth — one, two, three o’clock in the morning,” MacArthur explained, incredulously.

While jarring, the incident did not come as a complete surprise to MacArthur, who by then had come to expect the unexpected when it came to Saturday nights in Radcliffe. This exclusive North Raleigh subdivision off Falls of the Neuse road just past the E.M. Johnson water treatment plant, was host for nearly a year to the Metropolitan Lifestyle Mansion, a garish 24-room home turned no-rules suburban nightclub.

According to an injunction filed by the Radcliffe Homeowner’s Association against the mansion’s owners, Claude and Pamela Verbal, the lavish parties, which allegedly featured exotic dancers, bottle service and private cabanas, first began in July of 2012, and, in spite of a restraining order, continued through May 18, 2013.

Read the rest of this story at Raleigh Public Record.


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  • mrman2a Jun 21, 2013

    They got what they deserve,if you want to act like animals move to the farm.

  • TeaBagOnLove Jun 18, 2013

    "I'll pay the back taxes if I can have the house :)" ScubaGirl

    Wouldn't that be great... I think BB&T has plenty of interest in the home as well. After all, they have a note for $1.7mm and an scond for $250k out on the home.

    Its funny: The Verbal's other N. Raleigh home is in foreclosure and has mortgages of $468k and $117k out on it.

    Someone loves playing with other people's money.


  • Liveandlearn Jun 18, 2013

    The owner is Claude Verbal, II. and his wife. I am assuming that this is his father Claude Verbal who graduated from NC State. Sad

    This distinguished alumnus earned his BS degree in mechanical engineering from NC State in 1964. He was the third African-American to graduate from North Carolina State University.

    His distinguished career with General Motors Corporation began in 1964 in the Buick Motor Division. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1977, he became the first African-American to hold an executive position in the Buick Motor Division.

  • dcatz Jun 18, 2013

    "It is her right to have parties at her home do the cops shut down parties when they are held $100.00 a plate for fund raisers."

    They signed a contract with the HOA as a condition of buying their home. Any right to have loud and disruptive parties ended with that voluntary contract.

  • jenjengirl89 Jun 18, 2013

    This place was exactly like "shot houses" (drink houses) that exist all over southeast Raleigh. The income tax authorities should be investigating. Also, Alcohol Law enforcement should have been notified as soon as there was evidence of bottled liquor being sold without a legal license.

  • my2cents-justsaying Jun 18, 2013

    I cant believe I never heard of this place before!!! Sounds like a good party haha!

  • Tarheel Takeover Jun 18, 2013

    This MacArthur neighbor sounds like he really enjoyed himself at this party (watching lap dances, drinking, hanging out in "hookah" rooms) he just didn't want his wife to find out how much he enjoyed it. It probably made him realize he got married too young! Happy Wife = Happy Life

  • com_mon_sents Jun 18, 2013

    I think people need to read the "Raleigh Public Record" for more details of what occurred. I'm glad to hear that the neighbors can live free of these low class people. No class at all. ONLY thinking of themselves and how to earn the next dishonest dollar! Seems like they were good at that!!!

  • batcave Jun 18, 2013

    Wake Med committed medicare fraud with our taxpayers dollars and they got a slap on the hand were you concern with that

    Yes, just like these people , they will go to jail for fraud.zile1porkey
    The cops can shut down parties, its called a noise ordinance.
    now complains only in america, Only in America, what does that even mean? I doubt it ONLY happens in America.
    Public nuisance laws, and they are violating a covenances by running a business out of the house , which is against the rules in most places thses days. Your comparisons don't really work, you don't know what you are talking about.

  • zile1porkey Jun 18, 2013

    Wake Med committed medicare fraud with our taxpayers dollars and they got a slap on the hand were you concern with that? Someone need to take a flame thrower to your house because your neighbors don't like what you drive and the sound your vehicle makes when you come and go all hours of the night.