Boy George selling his historic London gothic mansion for $28.4 million

Brendan Casey

News Corp Australia Network

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Boy George selling historic home. Picture: Getty Images/Google Maps


Boy George knows how to sell a contradiction, but can he make this house come and go?

The famed singer and former The Voice Australia judge is looking to sell a lavish estate in England that he’s owned for nearly four decades.

The London property, listed with Aston Chase’s Mark Pollack, asks £17 million (A$28.4m).

The 61-year old purchased the now six-bedroom compound in 1984, the year after he released his biggest hit “Karma Chameleon” with Culture Club.

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Mansion Global reviewed ownership documentation bearing George’s full name, George Alan O’Dowd, although not the price for which he bought the villa, located in the affluent Hampstead neighbourhood.

Boy George lists historic London mansion. Picture: Getty/Google Earth

A look at the home from above. Picture: Getty/Google Earth


Today the Grade II-designated building (a type of historic designation in the UK) measures 506 sqm, combining an “eccentric mix of Gothic and Italianate architecture,” according to the listing.

It also boasts five bathrooms, one with a large skylight, and ensuite dressing rooms in all but one of the bedrooms.

There is also a dramatic central staircase and a soaring central hallway, topped by a meditation room, off-street parking and a rear garden and a roof terrace.

George is far from the first celebrity to call the estate home too. Built around 1868 for the wealthy civil engineer and developer Edward Gotto, the primely located mansion — originally named “The Logs” — has been home to British comedian Marty Feldman as well as Sam Smith.

The Hampstead property. Picture: Aston Chase

The grand Hampstead property. Picture: Aston Chase


The Hampstead property. Picture: Aston Chase

Inside the home. Picture: Aston Chase


In his years there, the “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” singer did run into some controversy.

After purchasing the adjacent home from Sam Smith, he undertook a three-year renovation to combine the properties, a project some local planning authorities took issue with, according to the Evening Standard.

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Boy George lists historic London mansion. Picture: Getty/Google Earth

Boy George. Picture: Getty/Google Earth


He respected the posh, traditionalism of the area, though, telling Readers Digest in a 2020 interview that “Nothing much changes in Hampstead which, actually, is why I live there.

“I remember there being a big hullabaloo about a McDonalds coming into Hampstead and there was a campaign to stop it, albeit an unsuccessful one.

Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same as it ever was: quiet, affluent and leafy.”

This article first appeared in The Post and was republished with permission.

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