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Elin Nordegren Tears Down $12M Mansion, Unable To Find Good Wood

Last week, we brought you the story of Elin Nordegren’s curious-at-the-time decision to knock down a $12 million mansion. It seemed, at first glance, a rather conspicuous display of wealth — I’ve got so much money I can demolish a mansion and build a new one! A divorce from Tiger Woods, it seemed, was the gift that kept on giving.

Well, turns out that there was a pretty good reason for razing the North Palm Beach, Fla., estate: termites. A report in People magazine indicated that the 1920s-era mansion fell short of current hurricane safety codes, and combined with a termite infestation, that was enough to warrant blasting it down to the sand.Also of note: Nordegren offered a local Habitat for Humanity chapter a month to take whatever it could from the mansion before demolition. (No, don’t go all, “Oh, so generous, donating termite-infested wood!” on Elin. It was a nice gesture.)

Termite infestation…Elin Nordegren unable to find good wood..

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