A Sydney beachside mansion that was occupied by the British-Cypriot superstar George Michael has been listed for sale this week for an eyewatering $15 million!
Known for his hits Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Careless Whisper and Faith, the singer visited Sydney in 2010 while on tour in Australia and fell in love with the ocean view villa on Whale Beach Rd, Palm Beach.
The "George Michael House", as locals affectionately call it, sold for $5.8 million in June 2010. According to Realestate.com.au, title deeds are unclear and it is probable that Michael just rented it rather than purchased it.
The star died in 2016 of heart failure aged only 53 after battling drugs and alcohol and his $171m fortune was left to his sisters Melanie and Yioda. Hairdresser Melanie died three years to the day after her brother George.
The five-bedroom pavilion-style designer home has been a popular summer rental, commanding $2000 a night.
Agent David Edwards, of LJ Hooker Palm Beach, said the five-bedroom luxury home with plunge pool has the best view up the coast at Palm Beach he had seen.
It was quietly launched to the agency database this week for sale with a buyers guide of $15m.
At the time the singer was in Sydney in 2010, to attend the Mardi Gras, there were reports he also cruised on the harbour, visited his then partner’s family in Queensland and prolonged his Australian stay for months longer than he had planned.
There were reports that Michael actually bought the house, but title records are unclear and it’s likely he simply rented it.
The home was a welcome sanctuary from prying eyes for Michael.
It appears he loved the Emerald City and his holiday home pocket of Palm Beach where the garden cascaded over the cliffs and he could see whales, dolphins and seals.
The glass and steel capped pavilions frame a central courtyard, there are three levels of accommodation, and the villa has been created with entertaining very much in mind.
Edwards said the building comprises a series of fluid living spaces all connected yet also providing discreet and private areas for families and guests.
Features include travertine stone flooring to the main living areas, a fully equipped Miele kitchen with marble island bench, five king size bedrooms each opening to balconies, five bathrooms, a self-contained ground floor with media room and wet-bar and a heated infinity pool.
Palm Beach is the northern beaches most exclusive suburb with a median house price of $5.175m up 56 per cent in three years, according to PropertyTrack.
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (Γεώργιος Κυριάκος Παναγιώτου) was born on the 25th of June 1963 and sadly passed away on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53.
The popular and talented artist known professionally as George Michael, was a singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!
Up to the time of his death, Michael sold more than 115 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling music artists of all time.
His breakthrough duo Wham! sold 28 million records between 1982 and 1986, and his debut solo album Faith sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
He was best known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s, including hit singles such as “Wake me Up Before you Go Go” and “Last Christmas.”
The singer achieved seven number one songs on the UK Singles Chart and eight number one songs on the US Billboard Hot 100.
He was widely known for his success in the 1980s and 1990s, including Wham! singles such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Last Christmas” and solo singles such as “Careless Whisper” and “Faith”.
Michael formed the duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley in 1981. The band’s first two albums, Fantastic (1983) and Make It Big (1984), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. Michael’s first solo single “Careless Whisper” reached number one in over 20 countries.
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