September 28, 2023
Sean Langan

A celeb chef from Seattle discovered his dream house in The Villages solely to have his bubble burst over a property drawback.

Sean Langan was confronted with a life-changing choice when he realized that he should have a double lung transplant. He began searching for a brand new place to start out the following chapter of his life.

His flight touched down in Florida.

“I bought off the aircraft and I may breathe,” mentioned Langan, who has since been admitted to a program at UF-Shands in Gainesville, whereas he prepares for the double lung transplant.

When he and his spouse discovered The Villages, they thought of it future.

They spent a really brief time at a model new house within the St. Johns Verandas, earlier than they opted to pay money for the $509,100 home, which included a $49,000 premium for a water view of Lake Okahumpka.

“We had been very rushed to decide,” he mentioned.

They bought their eating places in Seattle and made the transfer to Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

As a result of he’s immunocompromised, Langan’s medical doctors have warned him towards swimming in swimming pools at recreation facilities.

So he and his spouse started having a pool constructed of their yard.

That’s when their dream house started to look rather a lot much less dreamy. They realized that they really have considerably extra land than they realized. Their land extends into what was believed to be their neighbor’s property.

The green lines show the property actually owned by Sean Langan and his wife
The inexperienced traces present the property really owned by Sean Langan and his spouse. They initially believed they purchased the land constricted by the fence.

“Our house was constructed within the unsuitable location and angle. Our neighbor has 33 p.c of our property we paid for,” Langan mentioned.

When Langan tried to contact The Villages, he claims he was met with indifference. Langan was persistent and needed The Villages to “make it proper.” He claimed one consultant “ran out the again door” reasonably than take care of the issue.

“They principally mentioned, ‘That’s the best way it’s,’” he mentioned.

Langan’s annual property tax invoice is about $5,000. By his calculation, he’s paying about $130 monthly for land he owns, however can’t entry.

This week, he received a spherical when he went earlier than the Architectural Overview Committee and was granted particular permission to proceed with the pool in his yard, which is so small that the pool will take up a lot of the house.

Whereas that’s a victory, he admits he’s nonetheless chafing over the property that belongs to him, however he can’t use.

“I suppose my bubble actually burst,” he mentioned.