Homeless man is an internet sensation for his luxury digs under the freeway – complete with ‘jacuzzi’

Talk about making the most of it.

A homeless man in Los Angeles living in a freeway underpass has become somewhat of a tourist attraction after he turned his quarters into an outdoor oasis.


Ceola Waddell Jr, 59, began living there about six months ago and, thanks to a video posted to Facebook earlier this month that has since gone viral, Waddell has become an Internet sensation.

“You have now entered Paradise Lane. Let me give you a little tour,” he said before showing off his surroundings that include, among other things, two porcelain toilets, refrigerators, beds, couches and a makeshift jacuzzi.


“This here is my jacuzzi, it holds 10 gallons of water. All it is a refrigerator on its bottom. I’m being innovative,” he said and he showed the camera around.

He even rents a “room” to other homeless people for $25 a week.


After the clip went viral the Los Angeles Times stopped by and saw Waddell selling hot dogs and taking selfies with tourists.

“I refuse to let the city beat me down to what they think a homeless person’s profile is, living on cardboard,” he told the Times.


The city of Los Angeles told the Times it has dismantled the site two times due to safety concerns and claimed it offered Waddell housing but he refused.

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