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The abandoned $4m Florida lair of Osama bin Laden’s brother

Bynewsmagzines

Mar 27, 2023
Khalil bin Laden purchased this abandoned Oakland, Florida home for $1.6 million in 1980 for his wife as a wedding gift

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Welcome to the lost lair Osama bin Laden’s brother lived in during the time of the 9/11 Twin Towers attacks.

Osama bin Laden’s brother Khalil bin Laden purchased the home for $1.6 million in 1980 for his wife as a wedding gift, he was staying at the vacation property in Florida with his wife Isabel and their son Sultan on September 11th 2001.

Following the attack on the World Trade Centre Khalil feared for his family’s safety and fled the United State via private jet.

The FBI interviewed Khalil bin Laden after the attacks since he had suspicious connections to a region of Brazil known for terrorism.

In a conversation with an informant, he made inquiries about bringing in Arabs from Saudi Arabia and Brazil to attend a flight school in Florida.

According to officials, there was no indication that he had any links to terrorism.

Khalil bin Laden purchased this abandoned Oakland, Florida home for $1.6 million in 1980 for his wife as a wedding gift

Khalil bin Laden purchased this abandoned Oakland, Florida home for $1.6 million in 1980 for his wife as a wedding gift

Khalil bin Laden purchased this abandoned Oakland, Florida home for $1.6 million in 1980 for his wife as a wedding gift

The backyard of the abandoned property is pictured here with dead grass

The backyard of the abandoned property is pictured here with dead grass

The backyard of the abandoned property is pictured here with dead grass

An old-fashioned cannon is pictured on the grounds of the Oakland property

An old-fashioned cannon is pictured on the grounds of the Oakland property

An old-fashioned cannon is pictured on the grounds of the Oakland property

The property came  complete with a swimming pool and a jacuzzi area

The property came  complete with a swimming pool and a jacuzzi area

The property came  complete with a swimming pool and a jacuzzi area 

Khalil was questioned by the FBI for terrorism involvement following the World Trade Centre

Khalil was questioned by the FBI for terrorism involvement following the World Trade Centre

Khalil was questioned by the FBI for terrorism involvement following the World Trade Centre

The waterfront patio area of the Oakland mansion is bathed in sunlight

In February 2006, at the height of Florida’s housing boom, his company, Desert Bear, sold the property for $4 million. He made a profit of $2.4 million from the sale of the property.

Images shows a huge mansion complete with swimming pool and jacuzzi bath overlooking the water in Florida.

The home is void of furnishings but has a unique exposed beam design throughout.

These images were captured by urban explorer Leland Kent known online as Abandoned Southeast. This is one of the most unique explores Leland has completed.

In the small town of Oakland, Florida, a short drive from Walt Disney World, sits this abandoned home commonly referred to as the ‘Bin Laden Mansion’.

The property is linked to Osama bin Laden, founder of the terrorist organization al Qaeda and mastermind behind the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.

One of the bathrooms in the home is covered in marble stones

One of the bathrooms in the home is covered in marble stones

One of the bathrooms in the home is covered in marble stones

The inside of the home was still furnished when photographer Leland Kent first visited the property in 2016

The inside of the home was still furnished when photographer Leland Kent first visited the property in 2016

The inside of the home was still furnished when photographer Leland Kent first visited the property in 2016

The bathroom on the property even has a built-in shower with a gold trim

The bathroom on the property even has a built-in shower with a gold trim

The bathroom on the property even has a built-in shower with a gold trim

The property is linked to Osama bin Laden, founder of the terrorist organization al Qaeda and mastermind behind the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center

The property is linked to Osama bin Laden, founder of the terrorist organization al Qaeda and mastermind behind the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center

The property is linked to Osama bin Laden, founder of the terrorist organization al Qaeda and mastermind behind the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center

The Mediterranean-style 5,854-square-foot mansion features five bedrooms, five bathrooms, arched doorways and hallways, a swimming pool, horse stables, a four-car detached garage, a 3,000-square-foot carriage house, and 1,200 feet of private shoreline.

Leland has had the privilege of visiting this mansion twice, once in 2016 when it still had furniture, plants and even a canon on the property.

He returned in 2023 to a much more empty home with no signs of life for many years.

‘Constructed in 1928, the home was originally built as a vacation home for William Pratt, a New York native and the chemist who helped invent Jell-O,’ said Leland on his blog.

‘In the 1950s, the property was owned by Earl S. Tupper, founder of The Tupperware Company. In 1952, Tupper moved his corporate headquarters from Massachusetts to Orlando, Florida.

‘After a falling out with his vice-president Brownie Wise, which resulted in her dismissal in 1958, Tupper sold The Tupperware Company to Rexall Drug Company for $16 million.

‘Shortly afterward, he divorced his wife, gave up his U.S. citizenship to avoid taxes, and moved to an island off the coast of Costa Rica.

‘In 1980, Khalil bin Laden, one of Osama bin Laden’s 54 siblings, purchased the home for his wife as a wedding gift through his company, Desert Bear, for $1.6 million.

The jacuzzi bathtub is also plated in gold and overlooks the waterfront in Oakland

The jacuzzi bathtub is also plated in gold and overlooks the waterfront in Oakland

The jacuzzi bathtub is also plated in gold and overlooks the waterfront in Oakland

The property has large windows to allow in a lot of light. The kitchen area is pictured here

The property has large windows to allow in a lot of light. The kitchen area is pictured here

The property has large windows to allow in a lot of light. The kitchen area is pictured here

The property is very light with white walls everywhere and stone flooring

The property is very light with white walls everywhere and stone flooring

The property is very light with white walls everywhere and stone flooring 

A large living room inside the now abandoned home is pictured here, with one window boarded up

A large living room inside the now abandoned home is pictured here, with one window boarded up

A large living room inside the now abandoned home is pictured here, with one window boarded up

‘Under bin Laden’s ownership, the home was referred to as Desert Bear. On September 11, 2001, he along with his wife Isabel and their son Sultan were at the vacation home.

‘Eight days later, fearing for their safety following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the wealthy businessman along with many of his relatives fled the United States on a private jet under police escort and never returned.

‘The FBI interviewed Khalil bin Laden after the attacks since he had suspicious connections to a region of Brazil known for terrorism.

‘In a conversation with an informant, he made inquiries about bringing in Arabs from Saudi Arabia and Brazil to attend a flight school in Florida. According to officials, there was no indication that he had any links to terrorism.

‘In February 2006, at the height of Florida’s housing boom, his company, Desert Bear, sold the property for $4 million. The new owner, Aleem Hussain, the majority holder of a development company, was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2007 for running a $9 million real-estate scam.

‘Soon after, it was foreclosed upon and then purchased by a local investment group for $1.7 million.

Refurbishments began on the property but were never finished due to bankruptcy

Refurbishments began on the property but were never finished due to bankruptcy

Refurbishments began on the property but were never finished due to bankruptcy

A large living room with a vaulted ceiling and a stone fireplace offered plenty of natural light

A large living room with a vaulted ceiling and a stone fireplace offered plenty of natural light

A large living room with a vaulted ceiling and a stone fireplace offered plenty of natural light

Khalil and his family fled from the home after the September 11 attacks by private jet

Khalil and his family fled from the home after the September 11 attacks by private jet

Khalil and his family fled from the home after the September 11 attacks by private jet

The Oakland home was foreclosed upon in 2019 and has remained vacant ever since

The Oakland home was foreclosed upon in 2019 and has remained vacant ever since

The Oakland home was foreclosed upon in 2019 and has remained vacant ever since

The home was sold to a Virginia-based development firm for $7.7 million

The home was sold to a Virginia-based development firm for $7.7 million

The home was sold to a Virginia-based development firm for $7.7 million

‘In 2012, John LeClaire, a paralegal and online poker player, made a lease-purchase agreement with a local investment group.

‘LeClaire moved into the carriage house with very little furniture and set up the main house as a wedding venue. He kept four Clydesdales in the horse stables.

‘After securing several deposits from unassuming couples, LeClaire left with the money and abandoned the property.

‘A judge ordered John LeClaire to pay restitution of $37,000 for unfair business practices. However, those involved never received their money back since LeClaire sold or hid all of his assets.

‘Gary and Dana English purchased the 17-acre estate in 2014 for $2 million with plans for restoration. To fund the restoration, the couple planned to sell 11-acres to Birmingham-based LIV Development and proposed building a 242-unit apartment and townhome complex.

‘Nearby residents opposed the plan citing the complex would lower their property values and increase traffic congestion on an already busy six-lane highway. Ultimately, city officials voted to reject the proposal.

‘In 2019, Gary English filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the property went into foreclosure.

‘The home was later sold to a Virginia-based development firm for $7.7 million.’

Find out more on Lelands Blog.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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