Narragansett $1.8 Million Dollar House Built on Wrong Land to be Moved

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Narragansett Multi Million Dollar House Built on the Wrong Land to be Moved

This has been a 5 year battle to have this Narragansett Multi Million Dollar House Built on the Wrong Parcel of Land to be moved from its location to its right location.Narragansett oceanfront at 1444 Ocean Rd to be moved  The Superior Court just decided that the deadline is December 31st for this $1.8 million oceanfront Narragansett RI real estate home that was mistakenly built on the Rose Nulman Park land in 2010.  Not only must this three story home at 1444 Ocean Road be relocated to the right property next door but the septic system and driveway of this house must be removed and restored for the Park.
Sounds like a crazy story, right?  What builder in his right mind would build on the wrong parcel of Narragansett oceanfront land?  Well according to court documents the builder, Lamoureux, built the home relying on a survey and engineering done by the company he hired.  Have not heard what other litigation is going on but local Rhode Islanders suspect there is so much more to this story than we are being told!
Save the Bay tried to stop the house move via the Superior Court since it was felt that it would be close to wetlands.  The court upheld Coastal Resource regulators decision to move the house.
Why do you have a good real estate agent when you are buying a house such as this?  You want to ensure your setbacks and boundaries of your home are where they should be.  That is how this whole mess was discovered by a home buyer who wanted to buy this home and had the property re-surveyed!  
Well this developer has until December 31, 2014 to move the house and plans are already underway to move it shortly.  The Rose Nulman Park will be satisfied that they will have their land back and the developer of the Narragansett house being moved...well I assume life has not been very pleasant for him these last few years!
Narragansett $1.8 Million Dollar House Built on Wrong Land to be Moved
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ginny- and who wins?   The attorneys.

Nov 23, 2014 09:42 AM #30
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Such an ugly situation that actually makes me cringe as a real estate agent....

Nov 23, 2014 10:18 AM #31
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ginny I would hate to be that survey & engineering company that messed up.  They will probably be out of business after paying the law suits they will be hit with.

Nov 23, 2014 10:46 AM #32
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

I'm surprised that they were given such a short time to get the house moved. What a mess for the owner!

Nov 23, 2014 10:49 AM #33
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Ginny - that's an amazing story!  I hope you will keep us posted as you hear things ...

Nov 23, 2014 11:23 AM #34
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I heard of this, but not in the detailed and up to date manner in which your post provides.

Nov 23, 2014 03:41 PM #35
Jack O'Neal
HomeSmart Elite Group - Gilbert, AZ

What a crazy story. Thats going to be a lawsuit for the surveying company for sure. Im sure moving the building will be an interesting experiance.

Nov 23, 2014 06:03 PM #36
Mike Belobradic
Johnston & Daniel Oakville - Oakville, ON
Your Trusted Advisor in Oakville Real Estate

I had heard about this story in the past -- thank you for the update!

Nov 23, 2014 09:28 PM #37
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Ginny.... this is an incredible story and I hadn't heard about this case before. Fortunately, I believe these types of mistakes don't happen all that often.

Nov 23, 2014 10:09 PM #38
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

It happens more than you think. Not wrong side of street, but over the line and then you find everyone on the street is off, over the line and no one knew. Done so long ago.

Nov 23, 2014 11:30 PM #39
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Ginny - I had heard about this on the news and cannot imagine how a mistake like this could have been made. Imagine the expenses, and hope the company that surveyed the property has good E&O.

Nov 23, 2014 11:42 PM #40
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Thanks for the update, I remember this story and was wondering what was happening.

Nov 24, 2014 03:10 AM #41
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

Ginny Gorman ... this story has been getting a lot of exposue even up here. Seems like the story has gone worldwide.

Nov 24, 2014 08:56 AM #42
Jeanne Dufort
Coldwell Banker Lake Country - Madison, GA
Madison and Lake Oconee GA

Title insurance!  And do your due diligence! Always - this is a rare but serious problem.

Nov 24, 2014 08:58 AM #43
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Ginny I think you wrote a blog about this earlier this year. Thanks for the update on this story. But $1.8 Million? Can you say OUCH?

Nov 24, 2014 09:22 AM #44
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I've heard this story here in IL & am always baffled when this stuff happens in this day & age. Anything can be reverified quickly so I'm still stumped.

I also think the house is going to be moved what 50 feet? That will cost probably a mil & the poor builder will have to go belly up afterwards. The lender has to be freaking out also as his 'asset' is getting shifted from one lot to another.

It is truly awesome to see a house get moved. When I was a kid I saw 2 moved & it was the highlight of the year for kids miles away.


Nov 25, 2014 03:10 AM #45
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Makes me shudder for sure...this will stick in the minds of us all for any future transaction! 

Nov 25, 2014 03:49 AM #46
Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Ginnay -- Where were the park people when this house was being built? It didn't go up in a day!  This is unbelievable.

Nov 25, 2014 05:37 AM #47
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

That sounds like quite the headache.  I don't envy anyone tasked with moving the house.  

Nov 25, 2014 05:39 AM #48
Susan Jacobsen
The Alliance Group Realty - Hilton Head Island, SC
20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service

Ginny - holy cow! To the folks who get aggravated when local authorities want new and updated surveys - I'm going to save this article. To the builder who relied on what he thought was accurate - what a mess, to the homeowner this has got to be more than a nightmare and I wonder if they'll ever want to even move in......

Nov 25, 2014 06:17 AM #49
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