Tiger Woods' ex-wife levels Palm Beach mansion

Elin Nordegren plans to build a new home on the Florida oceanfront site. Meanwhile, demolition plans in Malibu have drawn opposition from celebrity neighbors.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jan 5, 2012 10:40AM

© 2012 Microsoft Corporation/2010 Pictometry International CorpThe rich are different.


What looks like a mansion to us is just too, too small, and rather than add a new wing, they often just tear down the whole thing and start over.


The latest celebrity to knock down a house is Elin Nordegren, the ex-wife of golfer Tiger Woods, who recently demolished her 17,000-square-foot oceanfront mansion near Palm Beach, Fla., so she can build a new home on the site. She paid $12.2 million for the eight-bedroom home in a gated community in February.


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Citing county records, Jose Lambiet's GossipExtra reports that the new home will be built by Onshore Construction and Development, which also built homes in Palm Beach County for Woods, his mother and singer Celine Dion. According to Lambiet, the workers were all required to sign confidentiality agreements.

While construction is under way, Nordegren is living in a $1.1 million condo she bought this summer. At the time, she reportedly was planning to live in the 1,800-square-foot unit while renovating the mansion.

Property records say that the home Nordegren demolished was built in 1932 and that it had a 4,700-square-foot basement, which is highly unusual in South Florida. While the county property records say the home was 17,000 square feet, other records list it at about 9,000 square feet.


She should be glad she doesn't live in Malibu, Calif.


A New York hedge-fund manager in 2009 bought an unusual home, made up of six diamond-shaped segments, designed by architect Bart Prince and built in 2005. Now the owner wants to tear it down and build a conventional 5,710-square-foot Mediterranean mansion, Curbed reports.

The plan has run into strong opposition from Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, band mates Anthony Kiedis and Flea, actor Sean Penn and comedian Don Rickles. It's not because they are architectural preservationists but because the new mansion would block their ocean view.

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Jan 9, 2012 1:04PM

Good for you Elin....you do whatever you want ...that prime property it's past time for a bulldozer...the land and the view is what she was really paying for ...get a new fresh updated, cost efficient home...you deserve it sweetie...don't let anyone make you feel bad about your decision...most are just jealous.

As far as spending money...she is a very big supporter of many issues close to her heart...she just doesn't tell everyone ...and why should she? Many *Stars* donate and do not want the public to know...unless they are looking for some PR...Elin doesn't need PR. Let her be.

Jan 6, 2012 7:15PM
Elin, I was born and raised in Sweden! You do not give us very got rep right now. You are living proof that you cannot be smart and beautiful at the same time. Are you not embarrassed??? Ofcourse you have the right to spend Tiger's money anyway your little brain desires but you must be kidding!!! 
Jan 6, 2012 1:49PM

Tear down and rebuilds are very common these days and can be very cost efficient. Old structures like the one Erin bought usually have sat on the market for years because they are in very bad condition both aesthetic and structural or had the copper pipes and wiring ripped out of them. It is also a good time to buy it as the current market is so depressed and depressing. She is investing in a to be built home to live there while she is going to school to study psychology and then sell the home off when she's done most likely, making this a great investment to get a return on her $12,000,000. Ever hear it takes money to make money, that's why the rich can get richer.


After reading all the posts on this story I've found that the 10 percent who claim to be the 99 percent  do not stick to the story, provide ad hominem, straw man, and/or hypocritical attacks as well as Elton John is on a piano, not to mention mean spirited and vindictive. Please refrain from religious comments until you've gone to church yourself for a change and get some hope and love in your attitude. Please stick with the story instead of going emotional or communistic with little regard for the facts. I guess it makes you feel good to be a tool of the MSM and politicians. Fully 50 percent of the posts written from both points of view look like they never looked at or read the story, learn to read an article properly before commenting please. There must have been 30 or so comments that were repeatedly posted 2-7 times apiece. Once is more than enough. For those you who think she should save the world by giving all her money (not Tiger's as she had 2 children she's left with and not just sex) to charity should either give more to charity themselves or if they can't afford money to give, go join the peace corps and see what the real poor around the world deal with. Believe it or not , rich people have rights also, although after reading this thread I think half of you think your rights exceeds another person's right. Get a life of your own. please. 

Jan 6, 2012 9:41AM

How do we know that Elin has not donated money to any charities. A lot of people likes to keep their lives private.  She met her boyfriend at a charity event. See this is what is wrong with society these days, people got to know what others are doing and when they can't find anything on them. They want to talk bad about them. But no one doesn't understand is that we control our destiny, we make our lives what it is. Always looking to point a finger at everyone else instead taking responsiblity for their own actions blaming the government for stuff that we had control over. When you vote you have control over what happens to your future. So therefore stop worring about others. Yes Elin is very pretty but her looks had nothing to do with anything.What makes her pretty is her money.  If society did not moralize the size 2 and plaster pretty woman all over everything she then would be a ordinary person and this conversation would not be taking place right now.

Jan 6, 2012 9:13AM

Steve Jobs tore down a historic 18,000 SF manion in Woodside, California.





Jan 6, 2012 9:11AM
You can be super-rich and still have no class. She could have simply sold the house and moved on, let another family enjoy the mansion
If you look at the big picture and don't worry about how or where she got the money, the demolition will : be better for the environment than clearing new land etc., and the construction will generate jobs, and hopefully she needs more room because she plans on doing a lot of entertaining, which means more jobs for caterers, decorators, party planners, housekeepers ....what a great idea all rich people should have to demolish their homes and rebuild and have more parties, that would help everyone! If you are all caught up in how she got the money...didn't Tiger get the money from his looks, in endorsements and does it really make sense that being able to hit a small white ball is worth millions? I just hope she knows her looks and his talents will not last, so she needs to be careful how she spends her money.
Jan 6, 2012 9:07AM
Just a waste of money for a single mom with 2 kids.  All about pride and ego, not about humility or being down to earth. 
Jan 6, 2012 9:03AM
The job point of view is ridiculous at best. They will probably employ some low wage even immigrant workers as many construction companies do and I know this first hand. Why the hell buy it if you want to tear it down.  She is simply out of touch with reality and I'm sure she married Tiger for his assets none of which are his good looks  SAME AS THE OLD UGLY FART marrying the young babes... Two way street.
tell me how f____ed up the world is. maybe she could live in a FEMA trailer for a few years. might effect her appreciation of the home she tore down. wonder if she and the kids ever get a HAPPY MEAL at mickey D's? maybe next time she does, she will choke on it.  GOOD LUCK TIGER. WIN EVERTHING.
Jan 6, 2012 8:58AM
I am gonna do my best to be nice about this. I think that the rich paying 95% of taxes in this country is not a bad thing....they have the money and when you look at the percentage to income ratio, it is no different than what any blue collar worker pays; its just a larger amount because of the larger income.
This woman has gone overboard with money that she does receive because of the KIDS, her lawyer is most likely sitting prettier now because of this settlement. I think that old houses are awesome and all attempts should be made to preserve not destroy or update unless electrical or water/sewage.
Blocking a neighbors view is illegal and rude as hell. 
While rebuilding does create jobs for many people, so would renovation or remodel. 
All in all, this woman is flaunting for herself, the the world, that she won over her ex-husband. She is flaunting her new financial status to other men and to the people of her home country. Before we know it  there will sex tapes, major socialite parties, and scandals involving her. Because the American people have a lust for 'dirt' on people, she will be launched to stardom to rival that of the Kardashians and Hilton.

Jan 6, 2012 8:58AM
Blah, Blah, Blah!!!  She married him for his fame, period!!  Why are someof you overlooking this fact??  I feel sorry for those kids.  She only had them to make sure she'd live comfortably.  She doesn't care about those black kids she birthed,smdh.  She will put them in a boarding or military school sooner than later.
Jan 6, 2012 8:53AM
Yes it is very wasteful, but, building a new house does create jobs.  All things considered, it is better than just buying a $12 million dollar diamond.  The best solution would have been to give it to a charity to auction off and just build a brand new home somewhere else creating jobs and feeding people.  Instead, the old house ends up in an overflowing landfill.
Jan 6, 2012 8:44AM

Some people just don't get it. Who do you think will build the new house? In case you can't figure it out, I'll tell you...ordinary working people .... carpenters, electricians, plumbers, interior designers, etc, etc. 

Some of you say she's a 1%er who should pay more taxes. Would you prefer that the money that will be going directly from her to the working class instead be paid in taxes, so that the government can take their cut to support the bloated bureaucracy, and then give the rest to people who choose not to work..or give the rest to the same carpenters, etc. in the form a of a stimulus???


This is trickle down economics in its purest form. Oh, and by the way, I'm sure she WILL be paying more taxes, in the form of increased property taxes, when the new house is built.


And for those who say she should donate the money,  who says she doesn't donate millions already?  And.. donations don't put people to work.

Jan 6, 2012 8:43AM
good for her...that was dirty money to start with and best to distroy the devil is to distroy everything that he has touched...when you conciouslly  make a pack with the devil...you are finished...looks like golf has a wakeup call...
Jan 6, 2012 8:42AM
Good for her for making a new start.  He's a pig, and she deserves everything she got and more.  She's a smart lady, and she won't ever lack for money because she knows how to handle it.
Jan 6, 2012 8:40AM
Tiger career was in place way before her, so how did she help him?  She helped herself to two children to ensure her royalties from this man. Prime example she did not once try to resolve their problems, at least try, instead she sat for a short minute then jumped to divorce. I am not saying she do not love her children but they are a sure thing to the bulk of his money. She makes herself look like the rest of the gold diggers out there. No two people  should stay in a relationship for the children sake but we all know she did not even try and that' what I do not respect about her, she bailed out of the marriage the first chance she got. i could see if they were married for many years and it was a constant battle at trying to make the marriage work and it didn't, then I could empathize as well as sympathize with her as a woman.     She is amongst the gold diggers, the smart one's at that............
Jan 6, 2012 8:37AM
Elin's not a gold digger. LOL.  LIke the pretty white girl from Sweden (or where ever) would have married a black man if he was let's say a branch manager for Enterprise Rent A Car or a waiter at Applebees. LOL  Yeah, right.  If you believe that I have a bridge in Manhattan to sell you.  This chick got exactly what she was looking for out of Tiger, MONEY.  And since Tiger screwed up so bad she no long has to sleep with him in order to keep it.
Jan 6, 2012 8:36AM
Open-mouthed You're all the stupid idiots you've got too many stars to serve to.Sad
Jan 6, 2012 8:29AM
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