Seems that not even terrorist and Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was immune to the temptations of building a McMansion during the housing boom. Bin Ladens 2005 bubble-era “Palace De Me” was…like most McMansions…the largest house in the neighborhood.
|Osama Bin Laden's luxury home in Pakistan|
From the NYTimes:
It was hardly the spartan cave in the mountains that many had envisioned as Bin Laden’s hiding place. Rather, it was a mansion on the outskirts of the town’s center, set on an imposing hilltop and ringed by 12-foot-high concrete walls topped with barbed wire.
|Many believed Osama Bin Laden lived in a cave|
The Osama Bin Laden McMansion was valued at $1 million, but it had neither a telephone nor an Internet connection. The past residents were so concerned about security that they burned their trash rather putting it on the street for collection the way their neighbors did. Although the McMansion was definitely bigger than most homes in the neighborhood, it lacked daily housekeeping. But then again 20+ Navy Seals might have made a mess on their visit a couple days ago.
American officials believed that the compound, built in 2005, was designed for the specific purpose of hiding Bin Laden.
|Arial view of Osama Bin Laden's McMansion in Pakistan|
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Blog post written by the Dowell Taggart Team of RE/MAX Premier Realty
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