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October 2012 

The former Rockcliffe Park residence of the Libyan ambassador in Ottawa, Canada, then Ahmed Jarrud, has been listed for sale for a week, for just $7 million. Two embassies and one private individual have already expressed interest in buying this home of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s emissaries to Canada, the realtor handling the property says.

A member of the ReMax Metro City real estate agency has been reported describing the villa as, “absolutely gorgeous home and the quality of construction is excellent.”

The residence was built about 10 years ago for a prominent Canadian family. It was bought in 2005 for the same now asking price of $7-million.

The mansion has remained virtually empty since the February 2011 uprising in Libya against the Gaddafi regime. After the uprising, that ousted the former dictator from power after over four decades of iron-fist rule, Gaddafi’s family’s assets were frozen.

The estate sits on one of the largest lots in Rockcliffe, on the same block as the residences of the Spanish and Turkish ambassadors and is close to the Chinese ambassador’s home.

Inside it encompasses about 10,000 square feet on the main levels, excluding the finished basement area, and features a main-floor hallway 70 feet long, five grand entertainment rooms that are ideal for embassy receptions, and a convenient elevator that zips visitors upstairs.

It boasts 10 bathrooms, nine bedrooms, and in one section has a 20-foot ceiling. For pet-lovers, there is a private dog-shower stall in the basement.

Shortly after the house was sold to Libya, Gaddafi’s second son, Seif al-Islam, who is detained by militias after he was who was arrested last November in southern Libya, is reported to have gone to Ottawa where he was feted at a lavish reception in the ambassador’s residence

The grounds are just under an acre and beautifully maintained and landscaped. It has a two-storey, two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest suite incorporated within the main-floor living room area, but with separate entrances and privacy for visiting relatives or guests.

Source: Tripoli Post 

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