he sprawling, Grade II-listed Gothic mansion belonging to the singer Boy George has been listed on the market for £17 million.
Overlooking Hampstead Heath, Boy George has referred to as the six-bedroom Victorian home house for nearly 40 years. The singer purchased the property within the mid-Nineteen Eighties after scoring a success together with his band Tradition Membership’s single Do You Actually Need to Damage Me?
The home was inbuilt 1868 for engineer and developer Edward Gotto, who subsequently added extra wings on both facet of the home.
The property was subdivided over subsequent a long time into a number of separate properties. Within the Sixties comic Marty Feldman lived in a single part.
Sam Smith purchased the house subsequent door in 2015, reportedly later promoting it to his neighbour Boy George who then undertook an bold three-year renovation of the Grade II-listed property, becoming a member of varied components again collectively into one massive house. The constructing venture noticed the singer embroiled in a battle with Camden Council over planning permission.
Right this moment the home covers 5,453 sq. toes, with six bedrooms – 5 with their very own dressing rooms – and 5 loos, one with an enormous skylight for a ceiling.
There’s a meditation room on the prime of the tower, a mezzanine cinema room and a roof terrace.
Plans for a reported £100,000 revamp of the massive backyard, that includes new landscaping, a hardwood deck and stepping stones throughout the garden, had been revealed within the Every day Mail final 12 months.
Most putting of all, nonetheless, is the home’s “eccentric mixture of Gothic and Italianate structure”, described by structure author Niklaus Pevsner as “a formidable atrocity” with its tower, monumental bay home windows, elaborate detailing and vaulted ceilings.
On the centre of the home is the triple-height entrance corridor, the place a dramatic black staircase results in a galleried touchdown upstairs. From right here, all the home’s rooms are accessed straight.
The partitions are crammed with sculptures and trendy paintings, together with a Mr Brainwash Kate Moss above the eating desk and framed data in a visitor bed room.
A blown-up photograph of transgender mannequin April Ashley presides over one of many beds, and there’s a sculpted silver torso in an upstairs room, propped up on a chair with two erect penises for armrests.
Refurbished and prolonged by F3 Structure and Interiors with award-winning designer Kelly Hoppen, the home, which Hoppen initially described as “very darkish”, was tailored to extend pure gentle, including a kitchen breakfast room with floor-to-ceiling home windows main out onto the backyard.
Born George O’Dowd in 1961, Boy George grew up in Eltham in south-east London, earlier than rising to fame because the frontman of the band Tradition Membership. He moved to Hampstead “a bit of prematurely” in his twenties.
“Nothing a lot adjustments in Hampstead which, really, is why I reside there. I keep in mind there being an enormous hullabaloo a couple of McDonalds coming into Hampstead and there was a marketing campaign to cease it, albeit an unsuccessful one. In any other case, it’s just about the identical because it ever was: quiet, prosperous and leafy,” he informed the Readers Digest in a 2020 interview.
Some issues do change, nonetheless, and after virtually 4 a long time within the leafy north London village the singer is transferring on. His home is listed with Aston Chase for £17 million.