A George Michael fan who paid £19 million for the late singer’s seven-bedroom North London mansion next door to Kate Moss has revealed he can’t wait to move in with his family.
Stephen Cameron, who runs a medical communications firm, told MailOnline that he had been searching for a new property for four years and described his colossal Highgate village acquisition as ‘stunning.’
The married father-of-three said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Mr Cameron said he had not fixed a date for when he would be moving into the mansion with his wife Clare Harrison and their three children.
He added: ‘We don’t know when we will be moving in but we intend to stay for a long time.’
The Grade II listed home, known as the Grove, was previously let to celebrities for £15,000 per week and had been marketed on the low-key ‘grey market’ whereby agents seek out prospective buyers privately.
The Wham singer, who died from heart and liver complications on
Stephen Cameron and wife Clare Harrison, co-directors of a medical communications firm, are the new owners of the £19 million property in Highgate formerly owned by George Michael
George Michael’s north London home has sold for £19million – more than twice what he paid for it. Pictured in August this year
The Wham singer, who died from heart and liver complications on Christmas Day in 2016, aged 53, paid £7.65million for the property and spent many of his reclusive years there. Pictured after his death in December 2016
New owners Stephen Cameron and Clare Harrison, Mr Cameron did not provide a date for when the family will move into the colossal home
He lived there with Kenny Goss, his partner for 13 years until 2009, and the singer’s famous friends regularly gathered there for parties. Although a sharp increase in value is to be expected, it has still surprised local estate agents – with one valuing it at closer to £12million.
George left the bulk of his £98 million fortune to his sisters Melanie and Yioda. The house appears to have been sold by his father, Kyriacos Panayiotou, and it’s believed the money will go to his family.
Kate Moss, who has a home next door, once revealed she used a ladder to get into his garden so she could have pool parties there with her daughter Lila Grace. Ex-Spice Girl Geri Horner was another regular guest, as were Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp and his wife Shirley.
There was apparently a lot of interest in the house, which sold for ‘significantly more’ than the asking price.
Grey marketing, or quiet marketing, involves withholding properties from mainstream portals, or sometimes merely uploading a brief outline with limited detail, a non-specific location and no pictures.
Agents contact suitable buyers on their list and aim to sell the property without ever going to the open market.
The buyers are understood to have ‘swooped in’ and gazumped another interested party after hearing through the grapevine that the property was being sold off-market through an agent who was receiving offers after approaching a select pool of wealthy potential purchasers, reports the
George, pictured in 2005, left the bulk of his £98 million fortune to his sisters Melanie and Yioda. The house appears to have been sold by his father, Kyriacos Panayiotou, and it’s believed the money will go to his family
Kate Moss, who has a home next door, once revealed she used a ladder to get into George’s garden so she could have pool parties there with her daughter Lila Grace. Pictured with the late singer and his partner Fadi Fawaz
A local agent was stunned by the sale price and estimated its value at closer to £12million. Another told the publication that the home is unusually modern inside for its street, with a newly renovated kitchen, bathrooms and a well-kept garden with views of Hampstead Heath.
By contrast, chef Jamie Oliver bought a £9 million house on the same street in 2015 and said he had to ‘rip everything out and start again’.
George and Kenny Goss, with whom he shared the Highgate home for many years, in 2007
It was previously let by an agency that specialises in hiring out exclusive properties ‘off market’ to the stars. Clients have included Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and singer Rihanna, who rented homes while they were filming in London.
The mansion is just 25 minutes away from the Warner Bros. Studios in Hertfordshire where blockbuster movies such as Harry Potter, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and 007 film, Goldeneye were made.
The Grade II listed semi-detached property, which George bought in 2002, was previously owned by singer Annie Lennox.
It was built in about 1688, with three storeys and a basement, and was subsequently rebuilt in the 1930s.
After George died, fans created a shrine on a patch of grass opposite which was later removed in 2018.
Last year a source told the Daily Mail that the family didn’t want to let the Highgate home go, and instead ‘want others to enjoy the beautiful house’.
‘Nobody knows which A-lister will be in there yet but it is likely to be somebody really big. It’s the most ideal place, kitted out for celebrities,’ they added.
George’s sister Melanie is believed to have moved into the property after his death, but in a tragic twist of gate, she died there on Christmas Day in 2019, exactly three years after her brother.
After his death it emerged George, who is buried in Highgate Cemetery next to his mother, anonymously paid for the Highgate Christmas tree every year and was the largest private sponsor of the local fair.
George also owned a mansion in Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, where he was found dead.
This 16th-century home was sold for £3.4million in July last year to a family which was new to the area, according to the Land Registry.
Fadi Fawaz, who was George’s partner when he died and found his body, continued to live in the singer’s other £5million London home, but was deemed to be ‘squatting’ there after ignoring legal letters to leave.
The mansion was previously let by an agency that specialises in hiring out exclusive properties ‘off market’ to the stars. Clients have included Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and singer Rhianna, who rented homes while they were filming in London
George’s sister Melanie is believed to have moved into the property after his death, but in a tragic twist of gate, she died there on Christmas Day in 2019, exactly three years after her brother
After George died, fans created a shrine, with further tributes on a patch of grass opposite which was later removed in 2018