Bin Laden’s Family Mansion in Florida Set for Demolition!

Bin Laden's Family Mansion in Florida Set for Demolition!

A Central Florida mansion with a notorious past linked to the Bin Laden family is currently facing the wrecking ball. Situated just off West Colonial Drive, the Oakland mansion, once owned by Khalil bin Laden, the brother of Al-Qaeda’s co-founder Osama bin Laden, is undergoing demolition.

The history-laden estate, originally acquired by Khalil in the 1980s, saw a turbulent turn of events following the 9/11 attacks. Khalil’s family hastily abandoned the mansion, leaving it to its fate. The property’s transformation over the years has been witnessed by residents in the neighborhood, marking different chapters in its existence from abandonment to being used as a wedding venue.

Notably, on Sept. 19, 2001, locals saw Khalil’s family being airlifted out of the mansion, bound for Saudi Arabia, in the aftermath of the 9/11 events. Since Khalil fled the U.S. post-9/11, the mansion changed ownership multiple times, lying vacant and abandoned for years, with the latest ownership change occurring in 2021 when an LLC acquired the property.

A recent notice filed by the LLC in January marked the beginning of the property’s demolition, which is expected to take several weeks to complete. As of Wednesday afternoon, demolition efforts had already reduced a significant portion of the mansion to ruins, with brick fragments and splintered boards scattered across the site.

The upscale estate, situated on 17 acres just outside Orlando, boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a carriage house, barn, pool, spa, and lakefront views. Rock and Roll Demolition’s Kerry Bazinet estimated the demolition process to last around 2 1/2 weeks, targeting various structures on the property like the garage, stable, and main residence, each holding a piece of the mansion’s rich history.

Although formal plans for the space post-demolition are pending, the brains behind the LLC, Cornerstone Group, revealed a vision that includes commercial space, preserved lakefront areas, and multi-family housing. The iconic mansion’s impending demise highlights the end of an era, echoing sentiments from locals who reminisce about the unique architectural charm of the property.

In a related twist, another mansion owned by Ibrahim bin Laden, another of Osama bin Laden’s brothers, located in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, has struggled to attract buyers despite being on the market for nearly three years with several price cuts. Ibrahim, who has owned the property for almost four decades, also deserted the home in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The mansion, boasting seven bedrooms and five baths, sprawls over 7,100 square feet and stands on over 2 acres of land, representing another chapter in the turbulent history of the Bin Laden family’s real estate holdings.

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