Rachael Thomas and Darrell Hofheinz
Palm Beach Post
The former home of late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is set to be demolished Monday after a developer purchased the property for $18.5 million in March. The developer plans to build a new home on the lot at 358 El Brillo Way in Palm Beach, Florida.
Here’s what we know about Epstein’s home:
Who bought Jeffrey Epstein’s house?
The property was put under contract in November by developer Todd Michael Glaser. The Corcoran Group, a luxury real estate firm, had listed the home for $22 million in July. Glaser made an initial offer to buy the property in October.
Broker Lawrence Moens of Lawrence A. Moens Associates acted on Glaser’s behalf in the deal, Glaser said. The listing agent was Kerry Warwick of Corcoran.
Where is Jeffrey Epstein’s house?
The address of the waterfront mansionis 358 El Brillo Way in Palm Beach. The home was built in 1952 and Epstein purchased it in 1990.
The house stands on the opposite end of the Estate Section from Mar-a-Lago on one of the area’s famous “El” streets. Neighboring roads to the north and south are named El Bravo Way and El Vedado Road.
The property fronts a small cove, part of the much larger Intracoastal Waterway, which many Palm Beachers refer to simply as “the lake” although it’s more properly known as the Lake Worth Lagoon. The waterway separates Palm Beach from the mainland.
What will happen after demolition?
The property is infamous as the site where Epstein regularly assaulted underage girls, and the Architectural Commission unanimously approved its demolition in December.
The developer had requested permission to demolish the house prior to purchasing it. Three structures will be torn down, including the main house, the pool and a building used by staff.
Town building codes prohibit demolitions during the busiest months of the winter tourist season — from the Monday before Thanksgiving to the end of March. Demolition is scheduled for April 19.
After the mansion is razed, Glaser intends to build a new home on the lot and then resell the property.
What happened to Jeffrey Epstein?
Epstein in June, 2008 pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of solicitation of prostitution of a minor under the age of 18.
The conviction stemmed from accusations made by numerous underage girls that Epstein had lured them to his home in Palm Beach with the promise of cash for massage services, and then had sexually assaulted them. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail and one year of community service, and was required to register as a sex offender. Epstein was released in July, 2009.
In July, 2019, Epstein was arrested in New York and charged with sexual abuse and sexual trafficking. In August of that year, he was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging in his jail cell.
What happened to Ghislaine Maxwell?
Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of Epstein, who has been accused in civil court documents of recruiting young girls to perform sex acts on Epstein, was arrested by federal authorities in July. She faces six federal charges related to enticement of minors, sex trafficking and perjury.
Maxwell denied having any knowledge of Epstein’s criminal acts. She remains jailed in a federal facility after three bond requests were denied.
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