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Builder Builds $680K Beach Home on Wrong Lot in Flagler County

…one mans error is another’s persons jackpot

You always wonder how they can amputate the wrong limb, do stuff so catastrophically stupid because of some trivially simple oversight, but this builder is going to be disliking life and the owner of that lot probably just hit the jackpot if they’re smart enough to fence it off post haste, get a court request denying them get to and decline to offer the part to the developer. Fail!

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Wrong lot?

A couple from Missouri is waiting for answers after their $680,000 dream home was built on the wrong lot in Flagler County.

The home is in a gated community in the Ocean Hammock subdivision, accessible from the air or beach.

According to planning and zoning papers obtained by News 13, the home belongs to Mark and Brenda Voss and was built by Keystone Homes.

But county documents show the three-story home, which is valued at $680,000, was not built on the correct lot.

“It was built on (lot) 11. It was supposed to be built on 12. All three of our surveys shows it being on lot 12,” said Flagler County Chief Building Official Mark Boice.

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Boice signed off on the construction, thinking Keystone Homes had all of its paperwork in order and the surveyor marked off the appropriate lot.

Records indicate there were two different surveyors on this undertaking. It was the second surveyor who rounded out the paperwork important for development to start after the first was given up.

However, the county does not know if the second surveyor picked up where the first left off or started a new survey.

Documents show the couple paid $160,000 for the lot their dream home was supposed to be built on. The lot the home was actually built on is now valued at $355,000 for the land only.

The Vosses did not return News 13’s calls.¬†They did tell Boice they would do all that they could to attempt to resolution the issue.

To fix the error, the home may either have to be moved or Keystone Homes will have to negotiate with lot 11’s owners.

“As a builder, that’s your worst nightmare,” Boice said. “I mean, it just blew me away that a mistake like this could happen. Especially with two surveying companies on the job.”