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The Robb Report oohs and awes over a 40,000 square foot newly completed mega-mansion in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles with 28 bedrooms. The very contemporary college campus-like compound has a massive main house plus separate guest, staff and entertainment quarters all squeezed onto 1.5 hillside acres with a wide and glittery city view.

Your Mama is both fascinated, incredulous and revolted all at the same time. What do the children think?

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Trophy property collector Edgar Bronfman Jr. recently acquired a New York City triplex penthouse on Park Avenue. The booze and entertainment heir and executive paid $15,900,000 for the 15-room building topper that includes 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms (plus a staff room with private pooper), five fireplaces, 2 kitchens and one 1,000 square foot terrace that wraps around three sides of the third floor.

The approximately 6,500 square foot triplex, which has shock and awe producing maintenance of $12,251 per month, was sold by financier Gordon Pattee and his missus Dailey Jones Pattee who first hoisted the penthouse pad on the market in late 2007 with an apparently ludicrously high asking price of $36,500,000.

Did Mister Bronfman snag a deal–if a sixteen million dollar apartment can ever really be considered a deal–or did the Pattees just have Real Estate Pie in the Sky Syndrome?

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Your Mama saw this morning on Curbed (via The Independent via Boing Boing) the floor plans for the Abbottabad, Pakistan “mansion” where Osama bin Laden was located and terminated last week.

According to the plans for the three story house, there are 8 bedrooms, at least 7 bathrooms and a third floor terrace with a 7-foot high privacy wall.

No matter how many times Your Mama reads that this bin Laden fellow was living in lavish circumstances it never actually jives with the images of the chunky concrete structure that looks, quite frankly, like a damn prison. The gruesome images of the bloody interiors don’t look like they’d be anything but dingy, rudimentary and depressingly utilitarian even with all the blood cleaned up.

In other quasi-related bin Laden real estate news, a lakefront mansion in Oakland, FL, about 20 miles outside of Orlando, formerly owned by one of Osama bin Laden’s 54 siblings–this one a brother named Khalil–was recently put on the market for $1,999,000.

Oh dear. Good luck with that.

The property was owned by the Khalil bin Ladens from 1980 when they bought it for $1,600,000 until the popo escorted them out of the mansion and out of the United States after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.