Welcome to lovely Villa by the Sea, the quaint Mediterranean-themed gated McMansion development off Todville Rd. in Seabrook that just happens to be built on the grounds of the former mansion where owner, trailer-rental mogul, and child predator Bill List was shot by some angry houseguests back in 1984. That last detail about the neighborhood’s history, apparently, was unknown to Nir Golan, who recently signed a lease to rent the house pictured above. The 4,550-sq.-ft. seaside home at 514 Villa Dr. was built in 2006 on a section of the land where part of List’s absurd 34,000-sq.-ft. mansion itself once stood, facing east toward Galveston Bay.
Golan says his Realtor didn’t tell him about the homesite’s history, but that he simply can’t live there now that he knows what happened. “People say that they wouldn’t come to my house as a guest,” he tells KHOU’s Jacqueline Crea. Crea reports that the homeowner has agreed to terminate Golan’s lease, but won’t return the deposit; he tells her he had no obligation to disclose any information about the Todville mansion. (Law professor Gerald Treece, who appears in the story, seems to agree on the disclosure issue.) Golan plans to sue to the current owner to get his money back, he tells KHOU.
The development consists of a single street roughly aligned with the entry driveway of the famed Todville mansion:
The owner of 514 Villa Dr. has had the home posted for sale on MLS since the beginning of the year, for $1.5 million. The lease listing, for $5,900 a month, is still up as well. (Golan likely didn’t pay that much; he tells Crea that the price had been dropped, to “such a good price that I couldn’t say no.” Neither listing refers to the grisly murder on the site, or the home that fell so that 19 homesites could be developed.
Here’s a look inside:
A vacant homesite in the development at 521 Villa Dr. is listed for sale at $109,000.
- Man stuck in disclosure dispute because he refuses to live on ‘Murder Mansion’ property [KHOU]
- 514 Villa Dr. [HAR; lease listing]
- 521 Villa Dr. [HAR]
- Previously on Swamplot: Demolishing Houston’s Grisly Past