But it’s easy to mow

And of course all sales are final:

This Florida man thought he bought a villa for $9,100 in an online auction, but in reality he just won the patch of grass between two of them.

And it turns out the 100-foot-by-1-foot strip of land Kerville Holness purchased is valued at only $50.

His new property starts at the curb where two mailboxes sit, goes under a wall separating the garages of two adjoining villas and goes through the back lot — and officials said there’s no way he’s getting a refund.

Holness claims photos linked to the auction site showed the villa as being what he was bidding on, but the appraiser’s site and county’s tax site shows the negligible value of the property, no building value and that the land is only 100 square feet, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

North of Miami, $3.9 million per acre really doesn’t seem out of line. And there’s something schadenfreudelicious about the whole story: you can practically hear him say “I know what I’m doing” before the festivities begin.


  1. McGehee »

    18 June 2019 · 12:56 am

    I have become a big fan of the county GIS mapserver. Having any information by which to identify the property being offered, and there’s often a satellite photo overlay that, if not perfectly aligned with property boundaries, can at least offer a sense of scale.

    And frankly, if that strip of land got bid up that high, he wasn’t the only one bidding. Either at least one other person was also fooled, or there was a ringer.

    In an auction for such a useless strip of land, I wouldn’t rule out the latter.

  2. McGehee »

    18 June 2019 · 8:38 am

    Note to self: commenting after midnight may require additional attention to syntax.

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