Say goodbye to the Palm Beach estate once owned by the late, disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. On Monday, April 19, crews began razing the infamous mansion, the home where he sexually abused underage girls and where he ran a sex-trafficking operation for several years, prosecutors say.
Located at 358 El Brillo Way, the home was listed in July 2020 by The Corcoran Group for $22 million and was purchased in March by Florida real-estate developer Todd Michael Glaser for $18.5 million. The waterfront property spans an acre and has 170-feet of lakeside frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s located in the exclusive Estate Section of El Brillo Way, offering views of Tarpon Island and Everglades Island. The West Indies-style home was first built in 1952 but purchased by Epstein for $2.5 million in 1990. The home was designed by renowned Palm Beach architect John Volk, whose homes are preserved in areas of Palm Beach County. Epstein purportedly gutted the inside and extensively renovated the home in the mid-1990s.
Before demolition began, the home featured six bedrooms and eight bathrooms and had a staff house, pool house, large in-ground pool near the water and a three-car garage. All three structures—the main house, pool house and staff house—will be razed. The swimming pool will also be removed and filled in.
According to Palm Beach Daily News, Glaser obtained permits for the demolition last week, and BG Group of Delray Beach began razing the home Monday morning. Glaser, who is known for his contemporary spec mansions, is said to be building a 14,000-square-foot Art Moderne home, according to WSJ.His recent projects include the One Thousand Museum Tower in Miami and multi-million-dollar homes on Miami’s Star Island. It’s unclear when he will begin construction on the new property and further details haven’t been shared. Destroying the home where these horrific events took place might bring relief to the community, as this neighborhood will no longer be tainted by Epstein’s home.
Epstein was in federal custody in New York City when he hanged himself in August 2019 in his jail cell after being charged with sex trafficking underage girls. He faced up to 45 years in prison if found guilty.
That wasn’t his first run-in with the law; Epstein was previously accused of and pleaded guilty for procuring an underage girl for prostitution and served 13 months in jail in Palm Beach County.
His New York townhouse on the Upper East Side, another location for many of his sex trafficking-related crimes, was sold in March for $51 million, a discount from the original staggering listing price of $88 million. The lavish home, with 1930s features, was purchased by Goldman Sachs’s Michael D. Daffey.
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