Mohamed Hadid's $100m mega mansion is taking MONTHS to disassemble as workers chip away by hand to take it down following a row with neighbours

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Mohamed Hadid's mega mansion is still being disassembled by workers as they chip away by hand at the property which is being torn down after a years-long legal battle with his neighbours.

New images show the continuing work on the property after it was bought by Sahara Construction, who purchased the property in December for $8.5 million and agreed to pay the $5 million in costs for knocking it down, with the hope that they could make the money back through a future resale and a special tax break.

However the rebuild of the property currently looks a long way off as workers slowly demolish the property, which Mohamed, 72, once hoped would be sold for $100million once it was built.

Time to say goodbye! Mohamed Hadid's mega mansion is still being disassembled by workers as they chip away by hand at the property which is being torn down after a years-long legal battle with his neighbours

Time to say goodbye! Mohamed Hadid's mega mansion is still being disassembled by workers as they chip away by hand at the property which is being torn down after a years-long legal battle with his neighbours

The bare bones of the structure are now left as construction workers chip away at the remaining parts of the cliff-side property, which neighbours feared would slide down and crush their mansions below.

Mohamed, the father of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, purchased the lot in 2011 and quickly began construction, cramming a 30,000-square-foot house onto the 1.22-acre lot.  

A mocked up photograph shows what Mohamed's property would have looked like when it was finished, revealing an uber modern and sleek glass frontage and wrap-around infinity swimming pool.

However construction on the property - dubbed the Starship Enterprise - was stopped half way through after the home's dimensions were a lot larger and taller than city rules permit — and double the 15,000 square feet he was given permission for by the Buildings Department.

What could have been: A mocked up photograph shows what Mohamed's property would have looked like when it was finished, revealing an uber modern and sleek glass frontage and wrap-around infinity swimming pool

What could have been: A mocked up photograph shows what Mohamed's property would have looked like when it was finished, revealing an uber modern and sleek glass frontage and wrap-around infinity swimming pool

Going, going, gone! New images show the continuing work on the property after it was bought by Sahara Construction, who purchased the property in December for $8.5 million and agreed to pay the $5 million in costs for knocking it down, with the hope that they could make the money back through a future resale and a special tax break

Going, going, gone! New images show the continuing work on the property after it was bought by Sahara Construction, who purchased the property in December for $8.5 million and agreed to pay the $5 million in costs for knocking it down, with the hope that they could make the money back through a future resale and a special tax break

This included rooms like a 70-seat IMAX theater and a huge wine cellar that weren't on the original plans.

Mohamed had started out building the mansion, on spec - without a buyer arranged - about 10 years ago, according to Los Angeles Magazine

The listing called it 'a rare opportunity to build a world class estate featuring views of the city and surrounding canyon.' The home, located near the exclusive Bel-Air Country Club as well as 'the world-renowned restaurants and boutiques of downtown Beverly Hills.'

But the construction strayed far from plans submitted to the city, with the house growing to more than twice the 15,000 square feet the city had approved — and landing Hadid in hot water.

Famous faces: Mohamed, the father of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid , purchased the lot in 2011 and quickly began construction, cramming a 30,000-square-foot house onto the 1.22-acre lot

Famous faces: Mohamed, the father of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid , purchased the lot in 2011 and quickly began construction, cramming a 30,000-square-foot house onto the 1.22-acre lot

Moving on: The bare bones of the structure are now left as construction workers chip away at the remaining parts of the cliff-side property, which neighbours feared would slide down and crush their mansions below

Moving on: The bare bones of the structure are now left as construction workers chip away at the remaining parts of the cliff-side property, which neighbours feared would slide down and crush their mansions below

In 2015, he was prosecuted by the Los Angeles city council after he refused to comply with stop work orders on the mansion.

In 2017, he pleaded no contest to criminal charges, and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay $3,000 in fines and other hefty fees.

In 2019, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig D. Karlan ruled that the illegally-constructed house was a 'danger to the public' and must be taken down.

Mohamed, a purported multimillionaire, argued in court that he could not afford the $5 million it would take to tear it down after his own architect said he was worried the building 'will slide down the hill and kill someone.'

He was also sued by his neighbours Joe Horacek, 80, his wife Bibi, and John and Judith Bedrosian, with the two couples ultimately spending four years and an estimated $9 million in legal fees fighting in court.

Furious: Mohamed was also sued by his neighbors Joe Horacek (pictured), 80, his wife Bibi, and John and Judith Bedrosian, with the two couples ultimately spending four years and an estimated $9 million in legal fees fighting in court

Furious: Mohamed was also sued by his neighbors Joe Horacek (pictured), 80, his wife Bibi, and John and Judith Bedrosian, with the two couples ultimately spending four years and an estimated $9 million in legal fees fighting in court 

Their battle with the Palestinian-American tycoon came to a climax last September at the end of a civil trial when a Santa Monica jury awarded the Horaceks and the Bedrosians a total of $2.9 million — but that was bittersweet for the neighbours, since it barely covered a third of their lawyer fees and was just a fraction of the $26 million they were seeking in damages.

Mohamed has filed an appeal against the $2.9 million judgement awarded to the neighbours by the civil trial jury.  

In complying with the demolition orders, Mohamed sold the home for a fraction of what he had hoped to make. It was then sold to Sahara Construction. Speaking to DailyMail.com earlier this year, Mohamed said he was not sad to see the house reduced to a pile of rubble.

'I've moved on with my life — that's all behind me now,' he said. 'I wish the people who bought it well and I wish them well with whatever they build there in its place. I have other projects I am involved with now.'

On the way out: How Mohamed's house should have looked. His plans included an elaborate Turkish bath, complete with ornate wood carvings, colourful tiles, and marble and mirrored walls

On the way out: How Mohamed's house should have looked. His plans included an elaborate Turkish bath, complete with ornate wood carvings, colourful tiles, and marble and mirrored walls

What a shame: Mohamed planned elaborate sculptures for the grounds of his now-destroyed magnificent mansion
Wow! The real estate tycoon had plans to include a 70-seat IMAX theater and a huge wine cellar that were not part of the original construction plans

What a shame: Mohamed planned elaborate sculptures for the grounds of his now-destroyed magnificent mansion. The real estate tycoon had plans to include a 70-seat IMAX theater and a huge wine cellar that were not part of the original plans

Destroying the building is taking some time, mainly because of its position atop the steep hill overlooking several homes that would be in the path of any rubble or debris crashing downward.

'We are unbuilding this house the same way it was built,' Paul Ventura, boss of Sahara Construction, told DailyMail.com last month. 'We have to be very careful — we can't just smash everything down. We have to be a lot more surgical than that.

'So instead of a wrecking ball, we're using hydraulic excavators with long arms with special attachments on them to take down the structure more methodically and safely,' he added.

Ventura stressed that the company is using 'multiple layers of safety' in the demolition project, including strengthening existing fencing and installing netting around the site that's strong enough to stop up to 20,000 pounds of debris from hurtling down the hill.

In addition to the steepness of the hill the four-story house sits on, Sahara has to deal with another problem: the parts of the giant house that Mohamed built without approval from LA city planners.

The demolition engineers are using the original approved plans to dismantle the building, section by section.

But, Ventura added, 'Because the original builder (Hadid) did not build it according to the plans, a lot of the demolition work is exploratory. We have to carefully take down the walls to the steel supporting beams to see what's there.

Long gone: Inside the once magnificent structure, in place of the opulence and extravagance that Hadid had intended, there are only ruins (pictured in February)

Long gone: Inside the once magnificent structure, in place of the opulence and extravagance that Hadid had intended, there are only ruins (pictured in February)

Time to go: Those rooms are now covered in dust, waiting to be torn apart (pictured in February)

Time to go: Those rooms are now covered in dust, waiting to be torn apart (pictured in February)

'We're not sure what we're going to find when we, say, take down a wall or another part of the structure. Because a lot of the building is not on the plans.' 

Sahara Construction invited DailyMail.com to the demolition site earlier this year for a first-hand look at how the operation to take apart the mansion was going. 

Ripping down the stucco walls of the top floor revealed an interior that was supposed to be the very height of opulence and extravagance.

The centrepiece in the spectacular house was to be a huge entertainment area — with 15-foot ceilings and a 10-foot sculpted marble fireplace — that was to have been the scene of many glittering parties for the rich and famous.

Before: Hadid had shared his vision for the home during its construction on social media with photos of innovative designs and structural pieces

Before: Hadid had shared his vision for the home during its construction on social media with photos of innovative designs and structural pieces

After: The half-constructed rooms are now waiting for saws to take down its concrete walls, pictured in February

After: The half-constructed rooms are now waiting for saws to take down its concrete walls, pictured in February

With both the floor and walls lined with off-white marble, the vast space also boasted giant floor-to-ceiling windows that offered panoramic views over ritzy Bel-Air and even to the Pacific Ocean on clear days. 

To one side of the massive room was a 12-foot-long bar, made from a single piece of marble, that swiveled to allow revelers entrance into an IMAX movie theater. That was to have seated filmgoers in 70 red velvet chairs

With a nod to his Middle Eastern background, Hadid included an elaborate Turkish bath, complete with ornate wood carvings, colourful ceramic tiles, and walls covered in marble and mirrors.

'It was a magnificent house — quite beautiful,' he said.

DailyMail.com got a peek inside the property earlier this year. Pictured: The staircase that would have been elaborately decorated, but instead is now splintered and crumbling

DailyMail.com got a peek inside the property earlier this year. Pictured: The staircase that would have been elaborately decorated, but instead is now splintered and crumbling

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Mohamed Hadid's $100m mega mansion is taking MONTHS to disassemble

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