Khalil bin Laden, brother of Osama bin Laden, purchased this mansion in 1980 as a wedding present to his wife. Yep, and it's a few short miles north of Magic Kingdom.
The home was built in 1928, boasts 5 bedrooms and is located on 17 acres of land on the shores of Johns Lake. You may be familiar with the area if you've driven through Winter Gardens along Highway 50. Crazy thing as I put together this map... I realize a house I lived in for 2+ years is on this map and down the street, literally, from the Bin Laden mansion. Who knew?? I didn't. I do remember seeing the property on the way to Target every week, but I sure didn't know its spooky story.
The brother of (now dead) terrorist Osama bin Laden was escorted out of the United States shortly after 9/11 along with other relatives. They reportedly left on a chartered flight accompanied by bodyguards and associates.
"Since then, house laid vacant, attracting many vandals who caused damages including a safe thrown down a stairway and bullet holes in the walls. In February 2006, the property was sold to PYC Development IV for $4,043,800. It would only be a little after a year later, when the property would be sold off again to John S Lake Investment Group for only $1,725,800.
The property has been on the open market for years now for a mere $2 million. Why so little you ask? Potential buyers are scared off by the bin Laden connection and it is thought that Osama Bin Laden himself stayed here at some point to visit his brother."
Bin Laden Florida Mansion address: 17920 W Colonial Drive, Oakland, FL
So the question we are all asking... Did the Bin Laden family have annual passes to Walt Disney World?? Or were they Universal Studios people? ------ Or Holy Land??