Police: Brazen squatter occupies Magnolia dream home

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The man occupying this Magnolia dream home claims he has a lease, but police say he's a squatter with no right to be there.
SEATTLE - It has sweeping views of Puget Sound, spans 5,000 square feet of space and rests on a quiet street on top of a hill.

But this million-dollar dream home is occupied by a man who's living there illegally, police sources say.

Sitting high atop Magnolia, the home has a view so spectacular it's hard to put a price on it - looking out over the Space Needle as birds soar by.

David Everett enjoys the view every day. He recently moved into the foreclosed home and insists he has every right to be there.

Neighbors see it differently. They say the home on Magnolia Way West sat vacant for a while, while a bank owned it. But then the lights started coming on and neighbors became alarmed.

"It's never happened around here," says Karen Vogt, who lives nearby. "It's kind of shocking when you think it's happening right next door to you, you know?"

So KOMO News went to the home and spoke to David Everett.

He denied that he's squatting in the home, and produced what looked like a lease.

"I have document proof here," he says.

But police sources say the "lease" is bogus.

"How can that be?" says Everett. "If I have legal documentations with a lease? How can that be if I have all this?"

So KOMO News checked out All-Star Rental Connection, the leasing company on the top of that lease.

Their address on the paperwork traces back to the Safeco Tower in downtown Seattle. But there's no listing of the company there - and their phone line is disconnected.

Back at the Magnolia home, Everett provides more information for the bank he claims to be renting from. But what he hands over is actually a form left by a real estate agent who discovered Everett living in a home presumed to be empty.

For now, there have been no major complaints - other than from a real estate agent who tried to show the place - and was shocked to find someone apparently squatting here.

Neighbors believe it's a sign of the times.

"It's amazing that it would happen in this neighborhood, in Magnolia," says Karen Vogt. "I can't imagine someone that is that bold to just go into a home and take over. It's an amazing thing."

Everett says he fought in Afghanistan, but KOMO News was not able to verify that.

But records show he does have a criminal history - including an open warrant for arrest in California.

Right now, police sources say investigators are building a case to eventually go in and get Everett out of the beautiful home with the spectacular view.