Elin Nordegren Destroyed Her $12 Million Mansion for a Good Reason


Elin NordegrenLast week Elin Nordegren was in the news for being a homewrecker. It was reported that the ex-wife of Tiger Woods had gone and demolished her $12 million North Palm Beach, Florida, home, which she had just bought last March. The question was why.

How could she? Was it a temper tantrum? A wasteful show of excess? Some Tiger-related drama attached to the house that she just couldn't bear any longer? The possibilities were endless and oh so tantalizing. The reality is something quite different.

Rather than an extravagant gesture by someone with too much money it was one meant to save money. According to People, the home, built in 1920, wasn't built in accordance with hurricane codes of today, and in Florida, that can be a big problem. Architects and builders concurred that it made more sense financially to tear it down and start over again. All 17,000 feet of it.

In the process they found bug and termite infestations as well, so it sounds like it was for the best on many levels. But I've got to imagine it was heartbreaking too. You buy a home you fall in love with and usually don't plan to have to knock it down. Or maybe it was her plan from the beginning to knock it down and start over. Either way, she still has the amazing oceanfront property, and the money to build an incredible palace.

And it wasn't just a total waste of a house either. Instead of selling off the interior cabinets, fixtures and such, she instead turned the house over to a local Habitat for Humanity and allowed them to take what they wanted before the house was destroyed. Habitat's director of deconstruction told the magazine, "We're so grateful to Elin. It's rare we get this kind of donation."

So no, the demolition wasn't spurred by anything dramatic or scandalous. Rather it's just another great example of how resilient and level-headed Elin is. Through everything she has been through during one of the world's messiest and most public divorces, she's remained classy and composed. I can't wait until her new dream home is done and she can move into it with her daughters and on with her life. Here's to hoping she shares pictures.

Are you surprised to learn this is the reason that Elin Nordegren demolished her home?

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Texas... TexasGirl512

I have to admit that I thought it was an act of excess. I'm glad to hear how responsible Elin was with her purchase. Kudos to her.

Thanks for posting this.

nonmember avatar Liz

I'm glad the truth has come out. This poor woman has been through way too much to have vicious lies spread about her.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Didn't know she did the habitat for humanity, good for her, she didn't have to but it does show her class. Can't wait to see her next home. And really 17,000 sqft is crazy big.

Melis... Melissa042807

Celebs have torn down perfectly good houses for lesser reasons. At least she had a really good reason. 

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

she had a valid reason to tear it down.

THe crazy part is the fact she bought it to beign with, knowing it would need to be torn down.

She paid 12m for land that is nuts!

nonmember avatar J

I always knew it was for a logical reason. Btw she has a son and a daughters not daughters :)

nonmember avatar A Dude

Is that Axl Rose? Now I see why Tiger cheated...

nonmember avatar Kelly

As a construction professional, I see this often. In many cases, the land is what the value of the property is - NOT the structure that sits on it. Another reason to demolish is the existing structure is in some way obsolete, dated, bug infested, is not structurally sound. That being said, when I read the original story about her demolishing the house, I wasn't surprised but disappointed the media "spun" the story the they did.

nonmember avatar the_dude

I don't buy it. She was a professional nanny before she sunk the hook into the professional sugar daddy. It seems to me this has been the plan all along. Just find an easy job and float along until you can land the big whale.

nonmember avatar Bob

the_dude, your comment makes no sense in response to this article. Are you sober?

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