Mohamed Hadid's Controversial Bel-Air Mansion Sells at Auction for $5M, Will Be Demolished

The controversial construction project of the businessman and father of Gigi and Bella Hadid must be leveled within nine months

Mohamed Hadid Bel Air mansion project
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Mohamed Hadid's incomplete Bel Air mansion has sold at auction 10 years after he first started the project.

The structure sold for $5 million to developer Sahara Construction Co., Variety's Dirt reports. In agreeing to purchase the property, Sahara must pay to have the home demolished within nine months.

The 1.2 acre property was first purchased by Hadid, the father of supermodels Gigi and Bella, in 2011. While he was approved to build a smaller house, Hadid began constructing a 30,000-square-foot mansion on the property, according to Dirt.

Mohamed Hadid
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He was accused of illegally building the larger home and was ordered to do community service and pay fines after pleading no contest to criminal charges in 2017, according to the Los Angeles Times.

At the time, Hadid was also ordered to organize a plan to help "stabilize" the hillside on which the property was built after neighbors expressed concern that the size of the mansion was posing a possible danger.

Hadid was later hit with a civil lawsuit from multiple neighbors in 2018 for not sticking to the terms of his plea deal. The neighbors were later awarded nearly $3 million earlier this year.

In 2019, a court ordered the mansion to be demolished, with Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig D. Karlan describing Hadid's project as a "danger to the public," per The Los Angeles Times. Karlan's order warned that Hadid's mansion put his neighbors at "legitimate risk of suffering damage and harm to their homes."

When his controversial project finally sold, Hadid reportedly declined to comment, per The Real Deal.

The listing was held by Todd Wohl with Premiere Estates Auction Company and Jonathan Nash with Hilton & Hyland. Wohl and Nash did not immediately reply to PEOPLE's request for comment, but Nash told Forbes earlier this month, "The sale signifies a new era for this infamous property, the future development of which will restore value and pedigree to one of L.A.'s premier residential locations."

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