The Florida mansion, where Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused young girls, was bought by a real estate developer who plans to demolish it, but he has to ask permission from neighbors before razing it.
Todd Michael Glaser, a Florida real estate developer, has signed a purchase agreement for the property and hopes to close it by January 15th.
He plans to demolish the property and replace it with a 14,000 square meter "Art Moderne house". If everything goes according to plan, he hopes the square will flatten before April 1st.
Jeffrey Epstein's mansion in Palm Beach on El Brillo Way, where he sexually abused young girls, is said to be knocked down
Before such demolition can proceed, Glaser must seek permission from the neighborhood to demolish the main six-bedroom house and the three-bedroom staff house.
Such a request is necessary because the posh enclave is expensive and usually prohibits such demolition projects in the winter months, when wealthy snowbirds flock to Billionaires Row because of its warm climate, white sandy beaches and palatial homes.
"Neighbors who are usually against this may be for it," Glaser told The Daily News.
“We have all of these Gawkers. When the house is gone, what do you take a picture of? Maybe we can knock it down early on, which I want to do just to get rid of it, ”he said.
"Palm Beach will be very happy that it is gone," he added.
Florida real estate developer Todd Michael Glaser plans to demolish the existing house and build a new one. The home has 170 feet of waterfront on the Intracoastal Waterway and space for a private dock
& # 39; It's wild. People came to the site and sent emails. People showed up at my house in Miami Beach. I have a woman who tells me she's calling the EPA about nuclear medicine, ”he said.
Jeffrey Epstein spent the rest of his life in prison when he died of suicide in prison
“A group of women want to go in and pray. I have neighbors who pray I can put that down, ”he said. "I'm trying to knock this thing down."
The waterfront property in Palm Beach, just over a mile from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago, launched in July for $ 21.995 million.
The property had been locked up for over 18 months since Epstein's arrest and had the words "GONE BUT NOT FORGIVED" in blood red.
He declined to confirm the price but said he had received a discount.
Sources told the newspaper that the retail price was around $ 18 million.
Glaser is known for building extravagantly designed homes for wealthy and discerning clients, such as a home on Miami's Star Island that recently sold for approximately $ 49.5 million.
He was also one of the developers of the One Thousand Museum Tower, which was designed by the late Zaha Hadid in downtown Miami.
In June, Glaser confirmed that he had bought a mansion in Palm Beach for $ 17 million in 1925, which he wanted to "restore to its former glory" and where he would live with his wife Kim.
Glaser has been developing real estate in the Palm Beach region since 2017.
In February, according to The Real Deal, he and his partners Philip Levine, Scott Robins and Jonathan Fryd sold a special house at 113 Atlantic Avenue for $ 9.41 million to a member of the family who started Cumberland Farms.
Next door, at 111 Atlantic Avenue, another specialty house that the partners have developed is under contract and is expected to close in July, Glaser said.
The partners also developed two courtyard villas at 237 Brazilian Avenue in Palm Beach, which recently went on sale for $ 7.9 million each.
The swimming pool in Epstein's house, in the shade of palm trees
The millionaire financier bought the property in 1990 for $ 2.5 million, according to records
Epstein's house (bottom right with the white roof) is in what is considered a prime Palm Beach property
Epstein, who died in prison awaiting trial of the sex trafficking in August 2019, bought the property in Palm Beach in 1990 for $ 2.5 million.
The property has a 30 m long waterfront on the Intracoastal Waterway with space for a dock.
The approximately 14,000 square meter house with six bedrooms and a large swimming pool was designed by architect John Volk in the style of the West Indies.
Built in 1952, it was one of several properties where Epstein cared for and sexually assaulted underage girls and women as part of an extensive sex trafficking program, prosecutors said.
It was in this house that the crimes that would ultimately lead to his demise were first reported in 2005.
Epstein had recruited teenage girls for "massage" from Palm Beach High School, and one eventually confessed to her mother what was going on and then went to the police.
Epstein died in a New York prison in August 2019 pending trial for sexual trafficking. The death was classified as suicide
Dozens of victims were underprivileged middle and high school girls recruited in and around Palm Beach County between 1998 and 2006.
Epstein pleaded guilty of prostitution in Florida in 2008 and served 13 months in a local prison. However, the sentence became a release program.
He believed Epstein lived on, flying between his homes in Palm Beach, his townhouse in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Paris, his ranch in New Mexico, and a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Little St James, which also has venues were for abuse.
He was arrested again at Teterboro Airport in July 2019 on charges of sexual trafficking with minors in New York and Florida and died of suicide in prison a month later.
The New York townhouse is still on the market and has a discounted asking price of $ 65 million, according to the Modlin Group's listing agent Adam Modlin website.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the sprawling East 71st home fell 26 percent from its original asking price of $ 88 million.
The sprawling East 71st home is now listed for $ 65 million, a 26 percent decrease since it was first listed in July
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