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In Bel-Air, Mohamed Hadid's doomed mega-mansion hits market before destruction

Jack Flemming
·2 min read
BEL AIR, CA - MAY 23, 2017 - The unfinished mansion at 901 Strada Vecchia Road in Bel Air on May 23, 2017. Three years ago, Los Angeles demanded that builders halt work on a gargantuan mansion in the hills of Bel-Air. The massive home, dubbed the Starship Enterprise by aggravated neighbors, was bigger and taller than Los Angeles rules allowed, according to court filings. It also included entire areas - bedrooms, decks and an underground IMAX theater - that were never approved by the city, its attorneys charged. Los Angeles yanked the building permits. Celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid was slapped with criminal charges. The case drew international attention with its cocktail of criminal accusations, real estate excess and star power in Hadid, who has appeared on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and whose daughters Gigi and Bella have graced the cover of Vogue. After years of legal wrangling, Hadid is headed to trial. But the fate of the megamansion at the center of the dispute remains unclear. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
Mohamed Hadid's unfinished Bel-Air mansion at 901 Strada Vecchia Road in Bel-Air on May 23, 2017. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

If you like your mansions controversial, half-built and doomed, then here's a deal for you.

Celebrity real estate developer Mohamed Hadid's Bel-Air mega-mansion, which he claimed would last forever before a court ordered it to be torn down, is on the market for $8.5 million, according to listing agent Jonathan Nash of Hilton & Hyland.

Once the property sells, the house will be destroyed with proceeds of the sale funding the demolition, which will take about six months. The listing was first reported by Forbes Global Properties.

Dubbed “the Starship Enterprise” by disgruntled neighbors, the unfinished 30,000-square-foot mansion on Strada Vecchia Road — both bigger and taller than city rules allowed — was crammed onto a 1.2-acre lot, leaving residents worried it would slide down its hillside perch and crush the homes below. They sued Hadid in 2018, citing construction violations in hopes of getting the sweeping steel-and-glass structure torn down.

Hadid vowed to never demolish the house a few years ago, telling Town & Country magazine, “This house will last forever. Bel-Air will fall before this will.”

The 30,000-square-foot mansion was ordered to be torn down in 2019.
The 30,000-square-foot mansion was ordered to be torn down in 2019. (NearMap)

In December 2019, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig D. Karlan declared it a danger to the public, citing inadequate foundation and ordering the demolition of the home.

The ruling followed years of court battles that saw Hadid plead no contest to criminal misdemeanor charges and sentenced to community service and fines. Hadid has denied wrongdoing, telling The Times that he pleaded no contest to “move on.”

The property is now being marketed as a development opportunity, giving the buyer a chance to build something new on the prized land once the house is fully demolished. In court, Hadid’s attorneys claimed the cost of a tear-down would be $5 million.

Hadid — father of models Bella and Gigi Hadid — is known for his luxury real estate developments in Bel-Air and Beverly Hills and also his reality TV appearances on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Shahs of Sunset.” His original plans for the mammoth mansion included an enormous wine cellar and 70-seat IMAX theater, as well as a series of bedrooms and decks that were never approved by the city.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.