West Ham Football Chair Asks $94.67 Million for Historic London Home – Mansion Global

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The chairman of West Ham United Football Club is listing a centuries-old London home after an extensive renovation for £75 million, or roughly $94.67 million. 

David Sullivan, the largest single owner of the club, said in an email that he bought the historic Marylebone house as a renovation project, spending seven years and just under £50 million, or about $63.1 million, on the overhaul. “It was run down and tired when I bought it,” he said, adding that his goal was “to turn it from a hodgepodge of rooms and flats into what it was built to be—the finest home in London.” 

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An entity tied to Sullivan paid £27 million for the house around 2015, property records show.  

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With about 21,000 square feet of living space, the home is located on Portland Place, a wide avenue near the Regent’s Park, said Claire Reynolds of United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty, which is marketing the property. 

The home was built around 1780, according to the National Heritage List for England, a list of historically significant properties. It features a six-story main house with five bedrooms, including a primary suite that encompasses the entire second floor. There is also a separate mews house, or carriage house, with six additional bedrooms. 

Sullivan built his fortune as a publisher of pornographic magazines and owner of erotica shops, and he previously owned tabloid newspapers the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport, according to an autobiography by the late David Gold, Sullivan’s former business partner. Sullivan is engaged to Ampika Pickston, who appeared on the reality TV show “The Real Housewives of Cheshire.” 

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Over the years, the mansion has been owned by British aristocrats, including Lord James Blyth, founder of a gin distillery, and the Sierra Leone government, which used it as an embassy. Starting in the late 1990s, it was owned by Edward Davenport, who was known for throwing celebrity-filled parties and was later convicted of fraud. Before Sullivan bought it, the house was used to film the late Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” music video and scenes from “The King’s Speech,” Reynolds said.

Visitors enter on the ground floor, where there is an entrance hall with a grand staircase. A formal dining room on that level has a hydraulic wall that can drop down with the push of a button to reveal a reception room. 

A wine cellar has bookmatched marble, and there is an atrium on the top floor of the house, which Reynolds dubbed a “sky lounge,” since it has a bar and terrace. “You can see the BT Tower from there,” she said. “It’s a fun backdrop.”

Sullivan preserved period details, including ornate ceiling medallions, elegant cornices, plaster work and leaded windows, Reynolds said. “There are no other houses in Maryleborne like this,” she said, citing its size and well-preserved historic details.  

The property also has an indoor pool, a massage area and a home theater.

Reynolds said the neighborhood has experienced “extreme growth” over the past decade. 

London’s luxury real-estate market is uneven, but Reynolds said ultra high-end properties are trading. London’s most expensive residential sale was a mansion that sold in 2020 for £225 million, or about $283.9 million in today’s U.S. currency. In Mayfair, a house recently sold for £150 million, or about $189.3 million, she said. 

Reynolds said recently there has been overseas demand for luxury London homes. “It’s a safe haven politically,” she said. “This end of the market has always seen resilience.”

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