A reader pointed me to this story in today’s Boston Globe about Southborough residents Kathryn and Christian Culley who five years ago bought a home on Lovers Lane, a home that is now crumbling around them.
The couple, who invested their life savings in the million-dollar home, have spent hundreds of thousands of additional dollars seeking help from engineers, contractors, and lawyers. They now have so little left that they cannot afford to heat the 3,500-square-foot home, which the state Department of Public Safety has found to be unsafe to inhabit.
“We’re completely marooned in the house,’’ said Kathryn Culley, 48, a mother of two teenage boys, who stays warm by wearing her winter jacket inside, covering all the windows in plastic, and using space heaters. “We can’t afford to leave, and we can’t afford to fix it. We never thought we would have found ourselves in this kind of situation.’’
The Culleys sued their contractor, broker, and seven others and were awarded $1.1M in damages by a jury this summer. But the judge in the case made the unusual move of overruling the verdict and instead awarded the couple only $140K. With few options left, the Culleys don’t know where they’ll go from here.
You can read the full story in the Boston Globe.
(Photo from Town of Southborough Property Record Card)