Muammar Gaddafi: Homes the Dictator Left Behind

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With the death of Muammar Gaddafi, a 42-year reign of terror and violence in Libya draws to a close. But for the small army of auditors and bankers tasked with tracking down the colonel's ill-gotten fortune (at least $30 billion in the U.S. alone), the work has only just begun. Perhaps the most concrete reminder of Gaddafi's legacy is his family's impressive real estate holdings.

In the affluent community of Englewood, N.J., Gaddafi purchased a sprawling 25-room mansion in 1982. For years, neighbors have bristled at the thought of living in such close proximity to a man charged with crimes against humanity.

Gaddafi Englewood home

It also didn't help that neighbors essentially paid for his taxes. Because the home was established as sovereign Libyan territory, whoever lived there did so tax-free. High-profile neighbors to the Libyan strongman included Eddie Murphy, John Travolta, and Lil' Kim.

In 2009, during a visit to the United Nations in New York, he planned to erect a Bedouin-style tent at the Palisades Avenue home just days after giving the recently-released Lockerbie bomber, Adel Basset al-Megrahi, a hero's welcome. After a very vocal backlash, Gaddafi was not be allowed to pitch his elaborate tent.

Across the Atlantic, the Georgian-style London mansion of the colonel's 38-year-old son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, has been at the center of an international protest since March. As the civil war raged on in Libya, a group of Libyan expats and sympathizers determined that the £11million ($17.5 million) townhouse belonged to the dictator's absentee son -- and decided to squat in it. (That's the home pictured at the top of the post, being occupied by protesters in March.)

The protesters, who adopted the name "Topple the Tyrant," laid banners over the roof of the building saying "Out of London, Out of Libya," with an X over Gaddafi's portrait. Inside, the protesters found an indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art home theater, and widescreen TVs throughout the premises. The home, which was purchased mortgage-free in 2009, drew headlines when Gaddafi's known assets were frozen earlier this year. The tony home represents just a fraction of the Gaddafi family's exorbitant fortune, which is already said to exceed $168 billion.



While it remains unlikely that the Gaddafi fortune will ever be fully accounted for, the dictator and his eight children's real estate holdings reveal just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to restoring Libya's lost billions.

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Location: Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 
Beds/Baths: 11/15
Sq. Ft.: 16,500

So you've got the 13-seat movie theater, underground path with stone walls and sconces, hand-carved walnut furniture, game room, Roman spa with mosaic walls, Italian stone fountains, tennis court, 10-car garage and -- drumroll -- dog-grooming station. Yeah, that all comes with this jaw-dropper. But a two-lane bowling alley? That's just rad.  

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That's one fully stocked bowling alley -- and we bet you don't have to pay a rental fee for the shoes either. 

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The 13-seat movie theater that may or may not have been the creation of an ... Oscar winner?

You decide

Location: Lincoln, Mass. 
Price: $9.5 million
Beds/Baths: 7/8
Sq. Ft.: 13,676

This sprawling manse has one amenity that redefines the term sunporch. 

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So you can sunbathe and not get sunburned at home. If you get tired of soaking in ultraviolet-free rays, you've also got a bowling alley and tennis court at your disposal. And lots of vintage wine in the wine cellar. 

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No room for swimming laps in this puppy. But that's not what it's about: You've got the billiards table, bowling alley and tennis court for exercise. (OK, maybe it's a stretch to consider billiards a form of exercise.)

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Location: Moorestown, N.J. 
Price: $8.9 million
Beds/Baths: 7/8
Sq. Ft.: N/A

We're not quite sure why this house is called  "Tabula Rasa" -- the epistemological theory that humans are born as blank slates without any built-in mental content. One interpretation: The original owner feels he willed this mega-mansion into existence. It boasts its own private indoor basketball court and two-lane bowling alley. 

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Shoot some hoops with natural lighting. 

Here you must grapple with your finite reserve of athletic talent. But your mental game? The sky is the limit. Tabula rasa! Tabula rasa! Hmmm.... 

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Location: Chappaqua, N.Y.
Price: $27.5 million
Beds/Baths: 6/12
Sq. Ft.: 20,000

This massive New York estate is suited for ball sports aficionados: The property has its own tennis court and basketball court. 

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Just be sure not to shank any forehands -- looks like stray balls could get lost pretty easily in those woods. 

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If it's too bright out, it turns out there's also an indoor basketball court with its own scoreboard. 

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Location: Millbrook, N.Y. 
Price: $27 million
Beds/Baths: 6/6
Sq. Ft.: 9,113

This estate is a horse-lover's dream.

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This equestrian facility appears to have enough space for an indoor horse show. Outdoors there are 144 acres to gallop -- or trot -- across. 


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For the resident thoroughbreds...

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Location: Saddle River, N.J. 
Price: $12.5 million
Beds/Baths: 8/11
Sq. Ft.: 18,250

This sprawling colonial offers a gorgeous home theater, along with an indoor basketball court. 

But that's not all ...

With chairs this comfy, you might have trouble staying awake for the actual show -- if it weren't for the premium sound system. 

The perks of this mansion come nowhere close to ending here. 

Just because there's a hoop doesn't mean Pilates and yoga are off limits, though there's ample space for that in the exercise room too.

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Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Price: $12.5 million
Beds/Baths: 5/8
Sq. Ft.: N/A

Touted as "Buckhead's finest estate," this Southern mansion sits on three private acres and boasts a picture-perfect pool and hot tub in the back. But what really caught our eye was the home's golf simulator. 

There are an enormous number of other amenities on the property

So you can hit the links -- when you're not in the library, butler's pantry, gourmet kitchen, massage room, steam room, sauna, home theater, etc. 

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Take your pick for exercise facility: full-size gymnasium or yoga studio?   

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Location: Orono, Minn. 
Price: $4.95 million
Beds/Baths: 4/7
Sq. Ft.: 10,505

This expanded lakeshore residence offers a range of unusual features, including a golf simulator and indoor hockey arena. 

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For those elusive roller-hockey aficionados: Odds are, during the games here, checking is a big no-no; you nail someone into the boards in this arena, and they've got a good chance of tumbling over them. 

The fun doesn't stop here

Regardless of where your virtual drive lands, you're never in the rough if you live in this palace. 

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Location: Castle Rock, Colo.
Price: $3.999 million
Beds/Baths: 6/8
Sq. Ft.: 10,668

Stretching 73 acres, this estate delivers a whole lot of real estate and clearly had an owner at some point who adores our national pastime. In addition to a baseball diamond and indoor batting range, the mansion offers a stunning backyard pool and seven-car garage. 

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Knock it out of the park, or should we say, private baseball diamond. 

Or don't, and enjoy other luxuries

Hit it out of the park, or should we say, this time, into the netting of a private indoor batting range. 

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Location: Andover, Mass. 
Price: $6.5 million
Beds/Baths: 9/10
Sq. Ft.: 20,043

This behemoth of a home takes the cake for square footage on our list. One of the reasons? It has a full-size indoor basketball court. 

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It's pretty much indistinguishable from your standard high school basketball court. The home also comes with an arcade, pool, locker room, bowling alley and home theater. 

But that's not all, not by a long shot

Location: Incline Village, Nev. 
Price: $49.9 million
Beds/Baths: 3/2
Sq. Ft.: 2,368

For some tycoons there may come a time when collecting cars gets old. If that happens, they should buy this compound. It has a garage that is so big that you can store nine buses in it. The residence spans five parcels that can be purchased individually. They contain the Main House, Lake House and Carriage House (which houses the garage). 

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Stretching across 12,000 square feet, the underground two-story garage can accommodate nine full-size buses, not to mention countless cars, SUVs, motorcycles and golf carts (model not included).

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The garage is accessible by a 12-by-60-foot elevator (pictured here). 

For more details (and there are a heck of a lot of them) see the listing. 

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