Florida builder Robbie Richmond of Keystone Homes, was left in a state of bewilderment after constructing a million-dollar, ocean view home on the wrong lot, authorities said.
Carl Laundrie, spokesman for Flagler County on the Atlantic Coast, said the mistake happened after two state-certified property surveyors on the job separately marked the wrong property.
"There is no giant oak tree on one corner of the lot so you would say, OK, this must be the lot. This particular piece of land is basically in a field back behind the dune. It's up to the builder to rectify the situation, and the builder relied on the surveyor. I assume everything is going to be headed to court," said Laundrie.
The five-bedroom, 5,300-square-foot house was completed in March and includes everything from a theatre to a game room, swimming pool and five-and-a-half bathrooms, according to gotoby.com, a real estate news site.
Flagler County Property Appraiser Jay Gardner said the mistake was discovered in September by a third surveyor who was working in the neighborhood.
Gardner says Richmond is the neighborhood's most respected builder and after speaking to him it appears that, "all he wants to do is get it right."
Gardner further noted that the lot owners, Andrew Massaro and Brooke Triplett appeared calm when informed of the mistake.
"He wasn't tickled, but he seemed to handle it quite well. It happens from time to time," said Gardner.
He hasn't yet spoken to the homeowners, Andrew Massaro and Brooke Triplett.