Rhode Island developer has been ordered by the state's Supreme Court to remove a $1.8-million house he mistakenly built in 2009.
The three-story waterfront house in Narragansett -- complete with a rooftop cabana with spa tub and wet bar -- was built on land that belonged to the Rose Nulman Park Foundation, not Four Twenty Corp., the developer that built the house.
When Four Twenty tried to sell the house in 2011, the prospective buyers ordered their own survey, by a different company than the one that surveyed the land before the construction. It turned out the house had been built on land the foundation owned and intended to preserve as parkland, instead of on the lot next door, which the developer owned.
"Obviously weíre disappointed," Four Twenty lawyer James Kelleher told the Los Angeles Times. "Itís a difficult case because our position all along is that our client has been innocent. He didnít knowingly encroach on anyone's land. He was as stunned and mortified when he discovered the issue as anyone else."