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Osama Bin Laden’s Abandoned LA Estate Up For Sale At $38.1 Million

Osama Bin Laden’s LA Estate [Picture Inset]

Osama bin Laden’s brother, Ibrahim bin Laden, has listed his longtime Bel Air mansion for a whopping $38.1 million (US$28 million), the Post reports.

Ibrahim, who is the older half-brother of the late terrorist, has owned the property for nearly four decades, since 1983, property records show.
Front View of the Estate

Ibrahim purchased the Mediterranean villa-style mansion for US$1,653,000 at the time — what would be roughly $5.5 million after accounting for 38 years of inflation.

But he hasn’t occupied the home since the September 11 attacks, according to the listing.
“Ready for redoing, owner has not been here for over 20 years,” the listing states.

Despite its abandoned state, the property’s price is based on “land value only,” and location.

Situated in the prestigious lower Bel Air neighbourhood, the residence spans 660 sqm on more than almost 8,100 sqm of land, and is made up of seven bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Built in 1931, the estate, made with concrete and painted pink, is only a few doors down from the Hotel Bel-Air.

Interior photos of the property are scarce due to its deteriorated state, but it appears several palm trees continue to survive, and the swimming pool and spa appear well-maintained.

Ibrahim, who had lived there with his former wife, Christine Hartunian Sinay, a Los Angeles socialite with whom he shares daughter Sibba Hartunian, employed “full-time groundskeepers, household help, chauffeurs, and private security,” according to Steve Coll’s book, “The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century.”

Aerial view of the Estate

Sinay would go on to marry and then divorce Jason Sinay, a Los Angeles musician and son of Fiji Water founder Lynda Resnick.

Following the September 11 attacks, Ibrahim, who had been vacationing abroad at the time, never returned to the US, fearful of the notoriety his last name would bring.

A one-time University of Southern California student who by his own admission “never worked a day in [his] life,” Ibrahim rented out the property, and by 2010, it was used to shoot adult films.

Like Osama, Ibrahim was one of 56 children born to Saudi Arabian construction tycoon Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, who had 22 wives.

Remote View of the Estate

Mohammed served as the patriarch of the multibillionaire bin Laden clan — a family with longstanding business ties to Al Saud royals.

During the 1960s, the property was owned by golden age Hollywood producer Arthur Freed, known for the famed productions “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

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