When the word leaked out that Tiger Woods' ex-wife Elin Nordegren was tearing down a $12 million oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach County, Fla., to build a new house on the same site, there was plenty of snickering and eye-rolling. Turns out she did the smart thing.
"Somehow unnoticed was the fact that it was infested with termites," prominent Palm Beach County Realtor Jeff Lichtenstein told The Palm Beach Post . "How this happened, no one is saying, but the house had to be torn down."
When the old mansion was destroyed, many of its amenities were donated to Habitat for Humanity. Among the donated items the newspaper listed were chandeliers, five refrigerators, 14 vanities, some controlled-temperature wine coolers and even a concrete fountain.
As you can see in the photo above, which Lichtenstein supplied to the Post, Nordegren's three-story house is coming along nicely.
"Smartly, she bought directly on the ocean, where houses soar in price over the years," he said.
The house is in the Seminole Landing community, which ranks among the top five most exclusive communities in Palm Beach County, the Post said. It is also, of course, home to the prestigious Seminole Golf Club, which ranks among the top courses in the United States.