Converted London ‘church’ up for $72 million

April 6, 2013 by  
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Converted church in Knightsbridge up for sale for $75 million

Converted church in Knightsbridge up for sale for $75 million

Uk, April 04, 2013: The super-rich no longer have to choose between God and Mammon, with a converted church in England now for sale for £50 million ($72.2 million).

The 1068 sq m offering is around the corner from Harrods department store in the wealthy London suburb of Knightsbridge.

Spread over four levels, the church formally known as St Saviours now has seven bedrooms as well as a bronze and glass lift set within a spiral staircase.

The church could well suit David and Victoria Beckham, who are selling their country estate and moving their family to the city.

Known as “Beckingham Palace”, their mansion is equipped with a recording studio and a helipad and comes with an asking price of £10 million ($14.4million).

The Nave

The Nave

Over at the converted church, it’s not hard to imagine the football star and his wife, once known as Posh Spice, enjoying the home’s many luxuries, which include a 10-metre pool under a gold-leaf ceiling, as well as a hot tub, sauna, gym and home cinema.

The original 12-metre columns have been retained, as have the grand archways and exposed beams.

The Diocese of London sold the church to developers 15 years ago for about £1 million due to low congregation numbers and growing repair bills.

The Evening Standard reported that it was the home of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon librettist Alain Boublil for six years before it sold in 2009 to a wealthy Thai businessman for £13.5 million ($19.5 million). A further £10 million ($14.4million) was then spent on renovations.

Underground gym

Underground gym

Although the property is not formally for sale, developers Rigby & Rigby are seeking interest from wealthy international buyers.

But whoever buys the Knightsbridge church won’t have it all to themselves. Part of the block is still owned by the diocese and will continue to be a place of worship.





– sydney morning herald

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