Ceola Waddell Jr, 59, became a viral hit after appearing in a Facebook video giving a virtual tour of his ‘compound’ beneath a Los Angeles freeway
A homeless man who turned a freeway underpass into his personal paradise by furnishing it with a make-shift jacuzzi and four-poster bed has become a viral hit and unlikely tourist attraction.
Ceola Waddell Jr, 59, began living in the underpass in L.A.’s 110 freeway near Coliseum six months ago.
He has since foraged two porcelain toilets, discarded refrigerators, couches and two beds to transform the space into his personal refuge.
Despite becoming a viral hit thanks to a Facebook video of his dwellings, Waddell Jr faces having it all torn down by city officials.
They say the site is dangerous and that Waddell Jr has turned down their offers for help.
In a virtual tour posted to Facebook earlier this month, the cheery vagrant described the spot as ‘Paradise Lane’.
‘You have now entered Paradise Lane. Let me give you a little tour.
‘This here is my jacuzzi, it holds 10 gallons of water. All it is is a refrigerator on its bottom. I’m being innovative,’ he said in the clip.
Introducing his bedroom, he continued: ‘Come on down, you have now entered the man cave. This is where my quarters are.’
In his ‘guest room’, another bed, ‘jacuzzi’ and toilet could be found.
Waddell Jr. rents out his spare room and a tent for $25 each a week to other homeless people in the area.
Waddell Jr. has a four-poster bed and empty refrigerators which he joked were ‘among other foraged belongings
The 59-year-old foraged two porcelain toilets which he fills with bags to empty into nearby sewers and has a bookshelf for shoes
Waddell Jr’s compound also has a couch, mirror and coffee table decorated with a basket of fruit
Signing off in the video, he said: ‘So welcome to L.A. and welcome to Paradise Lane.’
It was viewed thousands of times, prompting the Los Angeles Times to pay Waddell Jr. a visit.
The newspaper discovered him selling hot dogs to passers-by during its visit and described how tourists visited to take selfies with the man.
Explaining his impressive designs for the stretch of road, Waddell Jr. said: ‘ I decided I wanted to live like everybody else, make me something nice that I wanted to come home to.
‘If I was in the Arctic I’d make me an igloo.
‘I refuse to let the city beat me down to what they think a homeless person’s profile is, living on cardboard.’
City officials however said they had received reports about the site and have twice dismantled it.
They claimed they offered Waddell Jr. housing but that he refused it.
Waddell Jr. rents out another bed and a tent for $25 a week to other homeless people at the site