March 27, 2006 12:00 PM

Talk about spring cleaning. A few weeks ago—eight years after Sandra Bullock first broke ground on the $6.5 million Austin, Texas, mansion that was to be her primary home—the actress, 41, manned a bulldozer to help knock it down. In just hours the wife of Monster Garage host Jesse James and a wrecking crew reduced to rubble nearly 10,000 sq. ft. of stone, wood, glass and what she once called “bad juju.” Mold, leaks and faulty walls all contributed, Bullock said, to making the structure unsafe. In 2004 Bullock won $7.8 million in her lawsuit against local builder M.B. “Benny” Daneshjou. (She sued him to collect in ’05; they settled out of court.) Although she was initially unsure what to do with the land (she donated usable material in the house to Habitat for Humanity), sources say she may rebuild. As Bullock said during litigation, “I’m not leaving.”

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