The much talked about Villa Taj estate, which is located at 6501 S County Line Road in Burr Ridge, IL, has apparently been flooded with water. An agent went to show a potential buyer the property when they discovered the home was filled with millions of gallons of water from a water pipe break. The sad part? Half of the house is expected to be gutted and replaced; which means even more money down the drain.

The last time it was listed on the MLS was back in August of 2010 with an asking price of $13,000,000. The mansion is owned by Husam Aldairi and Rawaa Atta-Aldairi. The couple spent $18 million and 5 years building this massive home only to put it on the market halfway through the construction of it because they couldn’t handle the cold winters. The 45,000 square foot behemoth (15,000 of that is covered terraces) sits on 3.5 acres of land and boasts 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a grand 2-story ballroom with 38′ ceiling, two 30×30 living rooms, an elevator, gourmet kitchen, family room, formal dining room, 2,500 square foot master suite, lounge, wine cellar with cigar room, 20-car heated subterranean garage, and much more.

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  • Daniel

    It was a crap house to begin with. Ugly like nothing else I have ever seen. They should take this as an invitation to BULLDOZE THE SH!T OUT OF THIS CRAPFEST! Why on earth would you rebuild something no one wants, not even the people building the damn thing. The only sad part is all that wood and marble is going to go to waste. And let me get this straight…they spent 5 years building this place, only to put it for sale halfway through construction because of the cold winters? So that means they spent at least two winters there. Call me crazy, but before venturing off to build a PERSONAL home, would you not only know the area very well, but also something as simple as the climate??!!?!?!?!?!?!

    People like this aggravate me and make me question why they have millions and I don’t.




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    • Chance

      Why Daniel, I would have thought this to be your dream home 😀

      When even God is trying to destroy your mansion, I would take it as a sign.




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      • Daniel

        Ha! Well, if my dream home was a private day-school for Arab children, then I know Burr Ridge offers something for me!




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    • Barney

      Ay-FREAKIN’-MEN, Dan…….TELL IT! Of course, you’re preaching to the choir here, as I’m sure you know.

      How these STOOOOOPID IMBECILE(s) were smart/lucky/whatever enough to have the crayzeeee money to build such a monstrosity, in the first place, is astonishing enough. But, THEN to change their minds halfway through construction, after spending the multiple kings’ ransoms they did, will be ETERNALLY beyond me. I do not in any way, shape or form feel sorry for them. And, at first, I was going to comment about how unbelievably brain-DEAD they had to be to NOT have ANYone check on the house for three full weeks, but in retrospect, I’m really not surprised at all. If you’re that moronic to build a house, that size, in THAT climate, costing THAT much money, and then abandon it half-to-three-quarters of the way through on a whim, then you’re more than hopelessly idiotic enough to not monitor the house AT ALL while it sits empty for God knows how long while you’re trying to sell it.

      BY FAR, the worst thing about this is ALL THAT PRECIOUS WATER wasted….NOW THAT’S a TRAVESTY. I hope like all Hell they get SUED for EVERY penny of that water bill.




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  • Grrrowler

    It’s sad that some beautiful materials will simply be wasted, but this should be an excuse to tear this place down. Then again, the fact that the materials were used in this pile of crap in the first place means that they were already wasted.

    The Aldairis couldn’t sell it for what it cost to build, so now someone (probably an insurance company) is going to spend millions more to repair it. In the end, it will be more money spent so that it can be sold for even less than the total investment.

    And like Daniel said, the Aldairis spent at least a couple of winters, if not more, before and during construction of this place. It didn’t occur to them before then that northern Illinois was not a tropical paradise in the winters?




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  • robert

    I wonder if their insurance covers the damage. Just saying.




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  • richvanc

    Oh-My-God…I didn’t know there were people with SO much money and so LITTLE sense!!! How do they survive day-to-day? Dan you hit the nail(s) on the head!!! STUPID STUPID STUPID PEOPLE!!!




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  • Venom

    How did people this stupid manage to acquire enough money to build this monstosity.
    I think the flooding is definitely a sign to just let this house rot.
    And like Daniel said, it is a terrible waste of wood and marble.

    He is a dentist? How on God’s Earth can a dentist afford to build this home?
    Is he a dentist with an oil field in his backyard?

    Really a shame that it did not catch on fire instead…

    I can’t believe that they did not have a main shut off and drain for the water for the house. I have that in my house so that if I leave for an extended period of time and by some chance there is a problem and my furnaces stop working, the pipes will not freeze and burst and something like this happens.




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  • Brijbhushan Bhattadri

    The limestone used in the exterior and the marble used indoors can be salvaged and resold. However, it will hardly bring back more than a fraction of what has been spent.

    To continue from y response to an earlier post about this place, “Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, oh, God! You and your team have a crazy sense of humor, Kenny! I’m not even going to blame you for the keyboard that stands splattered with coffee before me – everyone needs a break at work once in a while with something like this! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!”




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  • richvanc

    Thanks for brightening up my day Kenny!!! These wealthy people are “winning” ( like Charlie Sheen) while the rest of us have to DREAM exactly what house WE would build if WE had millions to spend! I just KNOW we would be far more realistic/tastefull if we had the opportunity.




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    • Venom

      Speak for yourself buddy.
      You should really refrain from making blanket general statements about everyone.




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      • Chance

        Venom is learning!




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  • Chris

    THEY SHOULD JUST DEMOLISH THIS MESS!!!




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  • Coolkayaker1

    A commenter above asks how they can afford a home like this. The answer is: because you like to drive a truck using gasoline.




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  • JDA

    dump




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  • Allie-Bobba

    Let the sand ninjas rot in hell..




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  • john

    I’ll take the stuff that’s not destroyed!! than lets light that ugly box!!!

    6 million gallons and no one noticed haha




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    • Kyle

      When I saw the title to this thread, all i could think was, “LOL! Oh man!”




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  • Oliver

    Its such a damn shame! i could care less about the idiots that wasted a fortune building this place, only to abandon it halfway through because they’re obviously slow, but the structure and materials themselves. what a waste. this house is ugly as sin but there is some beautiful stonework and woodwork (those stairs are really nice). i agree that it should’ve just caught on fire.




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  • Gene

    Some of you are incredibly racist




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  • Dee

    In some ‘worlds’ this is stupid, dumb, etc. But in others (believe it or not) it may not be that big of a deal…




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  • Soundman

    Guys- just becasue you don’t like this house, doesn’t mean that it’s stupid or it was done in poor taste.

    Show some culture… Other wealthy people throughout the world have spent far more money on paintings that just hang on a wall. Are those a waste? Are you qualified to judge them, or the artist?

    besides, the owner liked the process of construction more than the idea of living in it. It was completely saleable to the right person, prior to this disaster.

    I’m not defending this house becasue it’s not my taste either but step back and live and let live… so what if that’s how he chose to spend his money.




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  • Chicagosista

    This smells like fraud floodding the place insurance may pay!!! Hmmmmmmm




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  • Chicagosista

    Some answer to your questions about changing their mind may be found here!!! Article from the Chicago Tribune
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-04-01/news/ct-met-villa-taj-20110401_1_dental-clinic-burr-ridge-monument




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  • Wassim

    Guys- just becasue you don’t like this house, doesn’t mean that it’s stupid or it was done in poor taste.

    Show some culture… Other wealthy people throughout the world have spent far more money on paintings that just hang on a wall. Are those a waste? Are you qualified to judge them, or the artist?




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