Court orders Marblehead mansion be to...

Court orders Marblehead mansion be torn down

There are 14 comments on the Daily Item story from Jun 23, 2006, titled Court orders Marblehead mansion be torn down. In it, Daily Item reports that:

The owner of the property, Wayne Johnson, began building the house on property he owned and subdivided in 1995, after selling his former residence, 76 Bubier Road.

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ABE

United States

#1 Jun 23, 2006
I'm sorry but can't a man build his dream house on his own property? I feel for the family with the blocked view, but couldn't they have just sued for the property value loss and left it at that? Why make the guy tear that stunning house down? I'd love to have his house as the view when i look out my window. Its pitiful that we call ourselves a society.
East Coast Girl

Wilmington, DE

#2 Jun 23, 2006
I couldn't agree with you more. What a waste of resources if this house is to be torn down. People are way off course of center.
Marblehead Aussie friend

Hemmant, Australia

#3 Jul 6, 2006
As a visitor to Marblehead I was impressed with the beautiful homes there. I question why the authority responsible gave approval for the construction without taking this into consideration if harbour views are so much of the property values and if that authority should not bear some of the brund of the cost? Also shouldn't the neighbour have had the opportunity to raise objection prior to construction and had the issue determined then. From an Australian viewpoint this issue only goes to enforce the image of Americans as a highly litigious society and as far as tearing down the property, the saying "only in America" jumps to mind.
East Coast Girl

Wilmington, DE

#4 Jul 7, 2006
Marblehead Aussie friend wrote:
As a visitor to Marblehead I was impressed with the beautiful homes there. I question why the authority responsible gave approval for the construction without taking this into consideration if harbour views are so much of the property values and if that authority should not bear some of the brund of the cost? Also shouldn't the neighbour have had the opportunity to raise objection prior to construction and had the issue determined then. From an Australian viewpoint this issue only goes to enforce the image of Americans as a highly litigious society and as far as tearing down the property, the saying "only in America" jumps to mind.
I couldn't agree with you more. These kind of things happen in other places too. My brother in-law in Stockholm is involved in a three year dispute over his home as well. The builder claims he had a permit to build a two story home and sold it to my brother in-law. Now Gunnar is now fighting the community to keep his home. The builder killed himself last year. All I have to say in either case if they must be torn down-a complete waste of resources.
amaryllis1

Irvine, CA

#5 Oct 6, 2010
I think Wayne Johnson's neighbors need to get over it. Such spiteful, selfish people. If the blocking of your light bothers you that much, find a new house.
HE KNEW

Beverly, MA

#6 Oct 7, 2010
He knew he had a right to only rebuild his garage not build a house in its place. He knew he was taking a chance and may have thought he was better than everyone else. The court made a good choice and next person who thinks they can take advantage of the zoning system will think twice.
writermom

East Liverpool, OH

#7 Oct 14, 2010
To "He Knew" if that was the case then this would be a simple Zoning Violation - that he built a house in place of the garage allegedly permitted.

Perhaps he took advantage of a Zoning Employee error?

Either way the NEIGHBORS sound like the type that don't own the land/lot but *assumed* they did, by default, own the view because they clearly felt that "no one can ever build there." Meaning they would take advantage of the situation and enjoy unobstructed views in perpetuity without ever having to shell out the cash to purchase the lot.

The solution would be to assess the market value of the lot and home and give the neighbor's first right to purchase it. Assess the demolition cost to seller.

If the view means that much the neighbor can put their money where their mouths are.

Until then they sound like "anti progress" types who simply don't want ANYTHING to change in their little corner of the world. Nor do they want to pay to buy up the land and insure that is the case.
Mike

Quincy, MA

#8 Oct 27, 2010
You have no idea what type of person Wayne Johnson is. He got the land to begin with by STEALING it from his siblings.(All public information which can easily be confirmed) Additionally, Wayne has SEC infractions due to unethical behavior - again, all public information,

This arrogant thief is getting what he deserves.
cmartinez

Newton, NJ

#9 Nov 28, 2010
Mike wrote:
You have no idea what type of person Wayne Johnson is. He got the land to begin with by STEALING it from his siblings.(All public information which can easily be confirmed) Additionally, Wayne has SEC infractions due to unethical behavior - again, all public information,
This arrogant thief is getting what he deserves.
You are right. i don't know the man, only the story reported and the supposed legalalities leading to him be able to build the home in the first place and the argument to have it demolished.
Totally ridiculous. If as is said, it was done illegally, why would it have been allowed to be built in the first place. Please, I know from building my own home how many permits, deeds,variances, town hall proceedings have to be gone through before laying the first chalk line.

So,what is the precedent here? Does this mean that If someone doesn't like my home, they have the right to tell me to tear it down?"

Those neighbors appear to be the selfish, arrogant, ones, not Wayne Johnson.They must also have either money themselves or hands in the pockets of town officials or family of the people who made the final decision to uphold this ruling.

I think Wayne Johnson has a right to keep his home. I think he should get a good lawyer and turn the tables around on his neighbor. I'm sure, based on the absurbities of this case, they could find like absurbities to have the neighbors home torn down.

Mr. Johnson, you need to open this up to the nation in a very public wasy. If this can happen in MA, it can happen anywhere and people should beware.
chrisb

Slidell, LA

#10 Dec 30, 2010
with all thats going on in the world today why would anyone be so selfish and not practice live and let live.I have lived in mr johnson's shoes and after fighting with the neighbors and courts i finially won my case but it took 17 years. My children never got to live in this uncompleted house due to a stop build order that was served when the home was 4 weeks away from completion. after winning my case i decided thta i never wanted to live in an area that have that type of pompas ass neighbors. They all got their just reward-one was hospitalized for mental illness-two were divorced-1 lost their house
carma is a bitch-- give your neighbors 2 lawn chairs and let the sit on your lawn so they can see the ocean
Mike

Boston, MA

#11 Dec 2, 2011
Glad to hear that Wayne Johnson lost his case. On December 16th the house he illegally built will finally be torn down. YES! For those of you who don't know the story, please Google and read about how he stopped paying his mortage, stopped paying property taxes and funnelled money into his 401k as he thought his 401K was a protected asset and could not be tapped for demolishing the house. He claimed he did not have the means to tear down the house, but the judge FINALLY saw through his lies. Mr. Johnson, TEAR DOWN YOUR HOUSE!!! As for the Scheys - I'm thrilled you won. Merry Christmas!
anthony

Burlington, MA

#12 Jan 29, 2012
mike from boston go hang your self please you scumbag
Mike

Quincy, MA

#13 Feb 2, 2012
Anthony,
Sure, I'll hang myself! How about I do it from the crane that's holding the wrecking ball which will soon become acquainted with Wayne Johnson's "home". Thank you for the suggestion!!!
louise uphold

Woodland, MI

#14 Apr 6, 2012
I am searching for the newspaper artical on these situation. I am currently involved in a similar (?)deal. A neighbor inadvertenly built over a quarter of his home, garage and swimming pool on my property. I'm looking into the same sort of thing. Would appreciate being able to read the full article. Thanks.

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