Mark Voss said it wasn’t a “big deal,” but after wading through piles of red tape, he was relieved that he and another property owner have worked out an agreement over an ocean-front vacation house that was constructed on the wrong lot.
Keystone Homes of Palm Coast built the house at 21 Ocean Ridge Blvd. N. when it was supposed to have been built on 23 Ocean Ridge Blvd. North. The former originally was a vacant lot owned by Andrew Massaro, of North Carolina, and the latter was owned by Voss, who lives in Missouri.
After it was discovered that Voss’ home was constructed last year on Massaro’s lot — and after the gaffe made national headlines — the two sides worked to come up with an agreement. In the end, Voss and Massaro switched deeds and Voss had to fork over an additional $20,000, according to records. The money was to cover the difference in value.
“It’s been coming for a long time,” Voss said of the agreement. He downplayed the drama Wednesday during a phone interview with The News-Journal.
“It’s amazing how complicated some of the aspects are … but it’s over with,” Voss said. “It’s done.”
Voss declined to get into many of the details, but he said issues with the bank delayed the settlement. Without flood insurance, Voss said, the deeds could not be switched. Without the deeds, he couldn’t obtain flood insurance. Eventually, someone acquiesced and the deal was done.
The Vosses own 18 other residential lots in the area of the The Hammock. Their 5,000-square-foot home at 21 Ocean Ridge has five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. It includes a home theater, game room and screened-in pool. It is a vacation home that is managed by Vacation Rental Pros in St. Augustine.
The assessed value of the property at 21 Ocean Ridge, which is still in Massaro’s name because the records on the Flagler County Property Appraiser’s website haven’t been updated, is more than $955,000.
The house was built in March 2014 but it wasn’t discovered until six months later when a survey crew working down the street uncovered the error.
Article by The Daytona Beach News-Journal