We’ve all heard the saying that when it comes to buying a home, it’s all about “location, location, location.” While many protective home buyers get wrapped up in details such as square footage and the number of bathrooms and bedrooms, location is one thing many tend to overlook. It’s just a fact that a home in a high-demand location will fetch a much higher price than the same exact house in a less-desirable location. And when it comes to undesirable locations, one of the first locations we think of is right next to an airport. 
Having lived just north of an international airport for most of my life, I have to say it’s usually not that bad. Now, things became so bad for folks who lived to the south of the airport that the airport simply bought their homes to avoid all the complaints and lawsuits.
When Athina and Erik Tenczar purchased their Massachusetts home next to the Indian Pond Country Club, they understood there was a chance they would encounter the random golf ball here and there. You see, their home is located near the course’s 15th tee, and the couple loved the view of the golf course. At the time, the risk seemed very small, and the trade-off seemed worth it.
But, after four years of living next to the course with their three children, the family no longer feels this way. In fact, they say if they’d known just how frequently golf balls would land damage and land on their property, they would have never purchased the home.
During an interview with NBC News, Robert Galvin, the family’s attorney, said:
“They thought they were buying golf-course-view property and what they ended up buying was a golf-course-in-play property. It was apparent to anyone that this house was going to be struck as repeatedly as this one was, they would have never bought this property.”
The golf balls did a lot more damage than crack a few windows and break siding. In one instance, a golf ball broke through a window shattering glass everywhere. One of the children was traumatized by the incident. The family decided to take the Golf Course to court, and the judge awarded them a $5 million judgment!
You can watch the video below to learn the full scope of the damages and hear more from the family’s attorney concerning the case.
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