Here is the basic story. We own a lakefront property, and have for about 30 years. It was my parents before ours, so I have been here over 50 years. When it comes to property lines, being that very foot of frontage on the water is about $4K, people get pissy. Including me. Now, I have 75 ft with house, etc. Not much land, but who cares- I have water. Next to me there is a guy who owns 12.4 ft. Truly. 12.4. House across the street from the lake, behind our shed, has not been maintained in as long as I have been here. Neighbor was my dads nemesis, and I inherited that. Miserable man. Wife died right here on the beach and he has never gotten over it, in spite of remarrying 25 yrs ago. We have had numerous discussions over the years, some of which have resulted in him literally jumping on my dock coming after me.
He tried to sell back in the mid 90's, we looked, since we would like a garage and need the land-and the house is a tear down. Feral cats lived there last winter. Not a nice place, seasonal at best. He has now listed it again which is fine-most anyone would be better than him. However-the person years ago who drew up the property lines was on some good drugs……they are ridiculous. We own one car length at the bottom of what he has always used as a driveway. He is WELL aware of this, as I park there from time to time, and have told him that there is NO right of way, easement, etc. WE OWN IT. PERIOD. He owns just to the south of it and can move the driveway, but would have to move water lines and electric service, which is not my issue.
We have had a new survey done, flags are in, I called the title company to double check-NO easement. So now what do we do? DH said he would right a letter to the agent and neighbor, but honestly-with his MS he just is not what he used to be. Shall I persue this or let it be found in the title search of the prospective owner? I have NO desire to grant ANY easement at all, and certainly will NOT do that-ever. My feeling is that noone will buy it knowing that I own the driveway. Any thoughts?
We would buy it at about 1/2 of what he is asking, because we will have tear down costs, as well as-frankly-trash removal.
Thanks for listening-there are so many issues with this property it is ridiculous. (he built a fence without a permit that is over our line…..his mooring as he is selling it cannot be used, or whatever is moored comes over the line……let alone it is just creapy and disgusting.