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George Michael fan Stephen Cameron has a new place to wake up before he go-go’s.
The communications executive bought the late pop superstar’s former North London mansion for about $25 million (19 million pounds) after a four-year search for a new family home, the Daily Mail reported.
The seven-bedroom Highgate house, originally built in 1688, underwent renovations in the 1930s and now includes a back garden pool. However, little is known about the specs of the property due to its off-market sale, although several outside evaluations placed the property’s worth closer to $15.9 million (12 million pounds).
Michael, who died on Christmas day in 2016, paid just 7.65 million pounds, or just over $10.1 million, for the estate in 2002. He lived there until his final days with Kenny Goss, his partner of 13 years until 2009.
Following his death, the home leased to a coterie of A-listers at just under $20,000 (15,000 pounds) per week, including members of Spandau Ballet and the Spice Girls.
Before the sale of the property, estate agents threw a monkey wrench into things by avoiding the open market and opting for a small selection of wealthy potential buyers.
After hearing through the local grapevine that the home was up for sale, Cameron said he hopped at the opportunity to snag the home for his wife, Clare Harrison, and children.
“It’s a beautiful property, stunning, and I’m looking forward to living there. I’m also a huge George Michael fan so that makes it even better,” he told the Daily Mail. “I know the area really well and have been living in this part of North London for several years. It’s a beautiful house to live in and the whole family is happy.”
While he’s unsure of the move-in date, Cameron said his house-hunting days are over. “We don’t know when we will be moving in, but we intend to stay for a long time,” he said.
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