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The multi-million dollar ‘Game of Homes’ that drove a wedge between Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall

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The marriage was hasty — entered into less than a year after they started dating. But, aged 59 and 84 respectively, the bride and groom were certainly old enough to know what they wanted.

And now, six years after they said ‘I do’, the divorce between supermodel Jerry Hall and billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch is being conducted at equal lightning speed.

A bare six weeks after Jerry filed for divorce on the grounds of ‘irreconcilable differences’, they have reached a settlement.

A joint statement, released by the New York PR firm Rubenstein on Wednesday night, after the Mail revealed that Jerry had asked the LA courts to cancel the divorce petition, ran: ‘Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch have finalized their divorce. They remain good friends and wish each other the best for the future.’

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch (left) and supermodel Jerry Hall finalized their divorce on Wednesday as they promise to remain good friends

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch (left) and supermodel Jerry Hall finalized their divorce on Wednesday as they promise to remain good friends 

Jerry, now 66, exits with her dignity mostly intact and a figure said to be around ­£250 million, plus two houses, according to sources familiar with the proceedings. 

Considering the marriage lasted only six years and three months, it appears as though her $1,000-an-hour New York lawyer Judy Poll, who has also looked after actresses Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson, struck a good deal for Jerry.

Although sources close to Rupert Murdoch said the total figure was more like £50m.

Texan Jerry, though, remains ‘very sad’ about the way things have worked out.

She has told confidantes that her love story with Murdoch was like the Shakespeare tragedy Romeo And Juliet — with the two star-crossed, albeit rather senior, lovers driven apart by their families. In this case, Rupert’s children.

It’s an arresting claim — but is there any truth in it?

MONTANA: Only seven months ago it was revealed they had purchased a $200million 340,000-acre cattle ranch in the US

MONTANA: Only seven months ago it was revealed they had purchased a $200million 340,000-acre cattle ranch in the US

HENLEY: Holmwood House, the $13 million mansion near the Thames, which they bought in November 2011

HENLEY: Holmwood House, the $13 million mansion near the Thames, which they bought in November 2011

Certainly, the Murdoch clan teems with highly intelligent and competitive adult children, notably Prudence, 64, Elisabeth, 53, Lachlan, 50 and James, 49, Murdoch’s children by his first and second marriages. (His daughters by third wife Wendi Deng are 21 and 19, and too young to have a role, yet).

The popular view is that, as per the TV drama Succession, these adult children naturally weigh every twist and turn of their father’s fortune to see how it might affect them, and their inheritances. If that is the case, then they will probably be having champagne for breakfast as it can be revealed that one of Jerry’s wishes, to be given the giant $200million ranch in Montana, has been denied. It can also be revealed that she has been displaced from what all consider to be the key family property, the Moraga vineyard in Bel Air.

Moraga is the only vineyard in LA, and the estate comprises 14 acres atop the Benedict Canyon fault. The house, built in the 1920s, looks like a Tuscan farmhouse and has 11 bedrooms. Murdoch bought it for $27million in 2013.

Jerry was brought here for extended visits during their courtship and always loved it. She fully bought into the lifestyle and held court at a lavish ‘backyard BBQ’ held there in 2019 to celebrate 30 years of wine production.

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall outside St Bride's church in London following a service to celebrate their wedding in 2016

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall outside St Bride’s church in London following a service to celebrate their wedding in 2016

The 91-year-old tied the knot with Hall, 65, in a low-key ceremony in London in March 2016. The couple pictured shortly after the ceremony

The 91-year-old tied the knot with Hall, 65, in a low-key ceremony in London in March 2016. The couple pictured shortly after the ceremony 

She even told guests that she had completed a course in viticulture because she had such a love for the place. Her former partner, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, was incidentally among the invited guests enjoying Mrs Murdoch’s hospitality on that occasion.

Jerry listed Moraga as her address in her court filing on July 1, and was living there along with her daughter Lizzie and grandson Eugene during the winter — but Rupert Murdoch is firmly in residence now.

He was spotted, stern-faced, being chauffeur-driven in and out of Moraga this week.

In Murdoch’s corner for the divorce — and making sure that he kept his slice of paradise — was Robert S.Cohen, an impressive legal force who went into bat for Melinda Gates in her massive divorce from tech tycoon Bill Gates.

Pictured: Sons Lachlan (left) and James (right) posing with their father on his wedding day

Pictured: Sons Lachlan (left) and James (right) posing with their father on his wedding day

It’s whispered in New York that he was hired on the advice of Murdoch’s son and heir apparent Lachlan, and it was suggested recently on the Daily Beast website that Lachlan has helped his father to exit this, his fourth marriage. Again, it’s not possible to be sure that this is the case, but a source says: ‘There’s no love lost between Lachlan and Jerry. Lachlan will definitely not be getting a Christmas card from Jerry this year.’

While all parties were declining to comment yesterday, I’m told that the divorce deal largely sticks with the pre-nup which the couple agreed before their wedding in London.

Jerry gets one property in the UK — the $13million house in Henley — and a house in France which was quietly bought for her about four years ago.

Rupert Murdoch got what he wanted, which was to get out — fast and clean — and keep hold of everything that he could.

He is renowned, not to say feared, as a wily operator who strikes at speed. This speedy and bloodless skirmish — leaving him with homes in America, Australia and the UK, where he keeps an apartment in the exclusive London district of St James’s — will only burnish that reputation. However, the question remains: why and when did the marriage go wrong?

Friends of Hall in the UK say that they saw the couple together in late April and May and they appeared delightfully happy.

The Daily Beast website suggests, though, that things started to fall apart last autumn.

What appears clear is that the thread which unravelled the union was Murdoch’s decision to sell up in New York.

He has a three-floor ‘Master of the Universe’-style penthouse in the One Madison building in Manhattan, plus a smaller apartment on the next floor down in the same building.

Hall has moved out of the family's primary sprawling $150M Bel-Air home, in Los Angeles, where she was mostly recently living

Hall has moved out of the family’s primary sprawling $150M Bel-Air home, in Los Angeles, where she was mostly recently living

The house, built in the 1920s, looks like a Tuscan farmhouse and has 11 bedrooms and a large swimming pool. Murdoch bought it for nearly $27 million in 2013

 The house, built in the 1920s, looks like a Tuscan farmhouse and has 11 bedrooms and a large swimming pool. Murdoch bought it for nearly $27 million in 2013

Those properties — with magnificent, 20ft glass walls giving floor-to-ceiling views of the Hudson and East Rivers, the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center — went on the market in March for $78million. They are still up for sale now.

Before they could be sold there was some paperwork to sort out as the New York apartments were part of the pre- nuptial agreement.

Sources close to Jerry say that Murdoch generously offered to swap Jerry’s interest in the properties for ownership of his Montana ranch, which is more than twice as valuable — it was bought for $200million in 2021.

It’s said that some in the family weren’t happy with this.

Sources now confirm that Jerry never got the Montana ranch, and it seems that rumblings about that deal may have ultimately ended in the collapse of the marriage a few months later in June.

Beaverhead Ranch is worth bickering over: it is jaw-droppingly vast, spanning 340,000 acres and measures around 50 miles from north to south. Close to the Yellowstone National Park, it teems with cattle and was sold as a working ranch.

At the time of purchase it was the largest property deal ever done in the state. Murdoch promised that he would ‘enhance’ the commercial cattle business and the ‘conservation assets’ of the wilderness.

The home is the only is the only vineyard in LA. The estate comprises 14 acres atop the Benedict Canyon fault

The home is the only is the only vineyard in LA. The estate comprises 14 acres atop the Benedict Canyon fault

The large estate also features its own tennis court located in the missive backyard of the estate

The large estate also features its own tennis court located in the missive backyard of the estate

The Montana ranch was the site of several gatherings of their large, extended family.

There was perfect privacy for all in Montana, plus spectacular mountain views, 4,000 elk, 800 antelope, and a 28-mile creek teeming with trout. You can understand why Jerry, raised in Mesquite, Texas, was keen on it.

It wasn’t to be, though — and sources confirm that Jerry didn’t get the ranch in the division of property, either.

The marriage was declared over by email in June, with Murdoch telling her that from that point they should correspond only via lawyers. Jerry was stricken — professing heartbreak and saying that she was still ‘in love’ with him.

At that point she was in the UK and was planning to spend the summer here with him — at his side at his annual media party in June in London followed by the wedding of his granddaughter Charlotte Freud in Oxfordshire early in July.

Her reaction to the bombshell is fascinating. Within a week of the split becoming public knowledge Jerry had filed for divorce — in California — giving her home address as the Moraga vineyard.

And here began the ‘Game of Homes’ manoeuvring. For not only would Murdoch never countenance losing Moraga, he would also instantly grasp the message given.

For California is what is known as a ‘community property state’. This means that when two people get married, they are considered a single entity for the purpose of property ownership.

Thus, any property or assets that either buys during the marriage is considered community property — and is owned by both spouses.

Murdoch and Hall were last seen together in public in London in August 2021, when they were pictured arriving separately at a dinner. They are understood to have then left together in a shared car

Murdoch and Hall were last seen together in public in London in August 2021, when they were pictured arriving separately at a dinner. They are understood to have then left together in a shared car

Murdoch and Hall were last seen together in public in London in August 2021, when they were pictured arriving separately at a dinner (seen). They are understood to have then left together in a shared car

Including a certain $200million ranch in Montana, plus the house in Henley.

Assets bought before the marriage — including the New York apartments, the Moraga vineyard and a 25,000 acre sheep station in Australia — are not included in the common pot.

Murdoch, as the veteran of three divorces, will have been well aware of all of this, and painfully aware of how much a divorce could cost him. Wendi Deng reportedly got £380 million and her predecessor Anna, his wife for 31 years, $1.6billion in 1999.

The tycoon, whose empire includes the Sun and Times newspapers as well as Fox News in the U.S., is worth $19 billion.

Jerry received only $14.9 million from Mick Jagger after they split and you can see why, this time around, she would have been determined not to have a disadvantageous deal.

It turned out that the marriage Jerry and Jagger went through in Bali had no legal force — a nasty surprise for her — and the Rolling Stone didn’t even give her their old marital home in Richmond. Instead they remained co-owners.

Jerry Hall is now officially divorced from Rupert Murdoch. She is pictured (above) in Los Angeles in 2016

Jerry Hall is now officially divorced from Rupert Murdoch. She is pictured (above) in Los Angeles in 2016

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall pictured together in California in 2019

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall pictured together in California in 2019

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall attend the 'The Quiet One' screening at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall attend the ‘The Quiet One’ screening at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater

Another act which you might interpret as legal trickery was the serving of the divorce papers.

These were thrust into Rupert Murdoch’s hand as he waited to board a private jet at Brize Norton following his granddaughter’s wedding.

Process server Michael Colacicco, a former Met Police detective, did the deed and it is confirmed in writing that Murdoch was served ‘in the car park’ in a written note filed into court.

At the start of the summer, Jerry was in Henley, at the house which was bought for more than $13million. I’m told that she filed for divorce giving her address as California even though at the time she was actually there.

Elizabeth Jagger, Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Rupert Murdoch, Harvey Keitel and Daphne Kaster pose together at a garden party in LA in 2019

Elizabeth Jagger, Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Rupert Murdoch, Harvey Keitel and Daphne Kaster pose together at a garden party in LA in 2019

A local shopkeeper said: ‘There was somebody at the property about six weeks ago. We always know when the house is being used because they will ring us and ask for newspapers to be delivered.’

But since then, according to locals, the house has been used by her son Gabriel rather than Jerry herself.

A neighbour said: ‘I don’t think she’s there. Six or nine months ago they went to California for the winter.

‘It’s her son who is living there now. With everything going on, she doesn’t have much reason to be here, I suppose.’

Friends believe she is currently in St Tropez, one of her favourite parts of the world. She has owned property in the hills above St Tropez for decades, and likes to spend August in the Med.

Around four years ago she quietly sold the house in St Tropez which she was given by Mick Jagger and bought a new, bigger and better one. ‘The old place was too small when Rupert’s family came to stay,’ she explained.

Perhaps that makes the space and freedom she is now enjoying all the sweeter.

Additional reporting by Daniel Bates

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UK towns with the most £1million-plus homes revealed

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More than 730,000 homes in Britain have a price tag of at least £1million, according to new research.

The findings reveal that a total of 730,390 properties have a value of at least seven figures.

It is equivalent to 2.5 per cent of all the homes in the country, or one in every 40 homes, the data from estate agents Savills highlights.

It based its research on sold prices from the whole of the property market, from HMRC, Revenue Scotland and the Welsh Revenue Authority. It also used property portals data from TwentyCi.

Seven-figure: Savills looked at the increase in £1million-plus homes throughout Britain during the past year, with 41,223 properties crossing over the £1million threshold in 2022

Seven-figure: Savills looked at the increase in £1million-plus homes throughout Britain during the past year, with 41,223 properties crossing over the £1million threshold in 2022

In the past three years, the number of £1million-plus homes has increased by an eye-watering 40 per cent.

However, the latest figure is slightly down from a peak of more than 760,000 homes in September 2022, which was recorded during the height of the pandemic’s red hot property market.

Higher price growth and increased demand for larger properties saw 41,223 properties cross over the £1million threshold in 2022. It brings the total value of Britain’s £1million home market to £1.43 trillion.

Lucian Cook, of Savills, said: ‘The number of property millionaires across Britain has shot up in the past three years, as a consequence of a booming post-lockdown property market, with people placing a greater value than ever on their home and lifestyle.

‘While we expect the top end of the market to be less affected by higher interest rates and cost of living pressures than the mainstream, it is not entirely immune to them. This suggests 2022 will represent a high water market for £1million-plus homes for a few years at least.’

Places with the biggest rise in property millionaires

More than half – 53 per cent – of £1 million homes are now located outside of London. This is the highest proportion in more than 15 years.

The South West saw the number of homes sold above £1million double – up 104 per cent – since 2019.

It was helped by a vast increase in sales over £1million in North Somerset – up 163 per cent – East Devon – up 94 per cent – and Cornwall – up 8.6 per cent – in the past year.

Cornwall (pictured: St Ives) has seen sales of £1million-plus properties increase by 8.6% during the past year

Cornwall (pictured: St Ives) has seen sales of £1million-plus properties increase by 8.6% during the past year

Savills also identified the local authorities with the most £1million-plus sales, with North Somerset leading the way

Savills also identified the local authorities with the most £1million-plus sales, with North Somerset leading the way

Homes valued at £1million or above now make up 2 per cent of all housing stock in this market, Savills said.

However, Wales saw the largest percentage increase in property millionaires – up 146 per cent on 2019.

The region still has the smallest percentage of £1million homes at 0.3 per cent, accounting for just one in every 293 properties.

In absolute terms, the largest increase in the number of property millionaires has been in the South East of England, where one in every 22.4 homeowners has seen their home tip over £1million in the past three years.

Hotspots include the district of Rother in East Sussex (pictured: Rye) where sales above £1million increased by 125% last year

Hotspots include the district of Rother in East Sussex (pictured: Rye) where sales above £1million increased by 125% last year

Hotspots include East Sussex and Surrey 

Hotspots include the Rother district of East Sussex, and Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, which can partly account for this growth – with sales above £1million increasing by 125 per cent and 115 per cent respectively in 2022.

Elsewhere, there are now more than 10,000 homes in Scotland worth at least £1million for the first time, over half of which are in Edinburgh.

Mr Cook added: ‘Once a London phenomenon, new one million-pound hotspots have sprung up across the breadth of Britain in the wake of the pandemic, as affluent home buyers changed priorities in the search for more space.

‘But as some of the lifestyle drivers ease, this rebalancing is likely to become somewhat less pronounced, with more buyer focus returning to the capital.’

What’s for sale in the property millionaire hotspots? 

Hotspots include the Rother district of East Sussex, and Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, where sales above £1million increased by 125 per cent and 115 per cent respectively in 2022. 

This four-bedroom detached house in the village of Brightling, (scroll down for more details, pictured left) is in the Rother district of East Sussex. It is currently on the market for £1.5million and is being sold by Freeman Forman estate agents. 

It is followed by detached house in Surrey’s Epsom (pictured right) which is for sale for £1.65million via V&H Homes. The property has five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

This four-bed detached house for sale for £1.5million is in the village of Brightling, in the Rother district of East Sussex - and is being sold by Freeman Forman

This five-bed detached house in Surrey's Epsom is for sale for £1.65million via V&H Homes

Property millionaire hotspots include the Rother district of East Sussex (pictured left: four-bed detached house for sale for £1.5million is in the village of Brightling, in the Rother district of East Sussex), and Epsom and Ewell in Surrey (pictured right: five-bed detached house in Surrey’s Epsom is for sale for £1.65million )

 

London retains property millionaire crown

London locations continued to dominate the £1million map, and homes valued at and above this price point now account for one in every 10.6 homes in the capital.

Although London has seen has seen the smallest percentage increase to its share of £1million homes in the past three years, 10,454 properties tipped over the threshold in 2022, the highest absolute gain.

Hillingdon – which is up 95 per cent – and Croydon – which is up 81 per cent – were the London boroughs that saw the largest increase in £1million sales in the past year, albeit from a low base relative to other boroughs.

Overall, there are still more £1million homes across Westminster and the Kensington and Chelsea than in the North of England and Scotland combined.

London’s Hillingdon sees largest rise in £1million property sales 

This three-bedroom house in North Hillingdon, Middlesex, is for sale for £1,075,000

This three-bedroom house in North Hillingdon, Middlesex, is for sale for £1,075,000

London locations continue to dominate the £1million property map.

Hillingdon is the London borough that saw the largest increase in £1million sales in the past year.

This three-bedroom detached house in North Hillingdon, Middlesex, is for sale for £1,075,000 via Gibbs Gillespie estate agents.

It has plenty of space, with a large driveway, a garage and three bedrooms. And it has good transport links, being within easy reach of Hillingdon London Underground station.

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Posh properties to see prices drop 6.5% this year says Savills

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Expensive homes are expected to see their values fall by 6.5 per cent this year, according to a leading estate agent.

Savills forecast the decline saying that buyers are more ‘realistic’ following two years of record growth in the housing market. 

However, it added that these homes – worth at least £2million – have been ‘more robust’ than other parts of the market due to a higher proportion of cash buyers and a lack of supply.

These cash buyers are less affected by rising interest rates and soaring mortgage costs – and that means values will reclaim lost ground over the next five years, to rise by 9.9 per cent, according to Savills.

But that forecast also represents a far lower rate of growth for house prices than seen in recent years, with annual gains of less than 2 per cent on average.

Estate agent Savills has forecast how values will change in the prime housing market during the next five years

Estate agent Savills has forecast how values will change in the prime housing market during the next five years

The estate agent said prime homes saw price falls of 0.4 per cent during the last three months of 2022. 

Its findings were from its own research, based on ‘experience and historic evidence’, with it defining the prime market as the top 5 to 10 per cent of the market by value. 

At the same time, the number of potential buyers registering an interest was 47 per cent higher than in the same period in 2019, it said.

Andrew Perratt, of Savills, said: ‘Although the frenzied activity seen during the pandemic has cooled, demand is still strong for best-in-class properties in the most sought-after locations.

‘Indeed, county houses across the Cotswolds and East of England continued to see modest house price growth in the quarter.’

Savills went on to explain that while the imbalance between demand and supply persists in the expensive regional market, the economic challenges have put buyers’ spending power under pressure.

This will temper demand in this part of the housing market during 2023, it said.

Country homes in the East of England have seen 'modest house price growth', says Savills (pictured: seven-bed house in Norwich's Swannington being sold by Savills for £2.1million)

Country homes in the East of England have seen ‘modest house price growth’, says Savills (pictured: seven-bed house in Norwich’s Swannington being sold by Savills for £2.1million)

Mr Perratt explained: ‘We are forecasting prices in the prime regional market to be 6.5 per cent down on average by the end of the year, leaving values where they were in mid-2021.

‘The increased cost of borrowing is likely to have a stronger impact on those markets which typically take on more debt. For example, London’s suburban and commuter zones are expected to see average prices fall by 8 per cent by the end of 2023.

‘But, for the moment at least, the quantity of premium stock available to buy remains constrained, with nearly half of Savills agents reporting a decrease in stock over the past three months, which will cushion price falls in the short term.

‘And our recent client survey indicated that there is still a strong commitment to move over the next 24 months, which will help support a recovery in prices over the medium term once we pass a period of elevated interest rates.’

Country homes in the Cotwolds have also seen values rise say agents (pictured: five-bed house in the Cotwolds' Upton Cheyney being sold by Carter Jonas for £2.5million)

Country homes in the Cotwolds have also seen values rise say agents (pictured: five-bed house in the Cotwolds’ Upton Cheyney being sold by Carter Jonas for £2.5million)

Elsewhere, Halifax revealed that the average price of a typical British home is £281,684, which is only marginally lower than a month earlier, but down £12,308 on the £293,992 August peak.

James Shaw of buying agents Prime Purchase, said: ‘In the prime regional markets we are seeing a tiered market where the ultra wealthy are driven by the house and obtaining their desires, rather than worrying about money. 

‘That outlook is not impacted by rising interest rates. If they choose to borrow it’s because it makes commercial sense, rather than they need to. Lack of stock means that if a property they like the look of comes up, they will inevitably grab it.

‘We are seeing buyers being increasingly cautious and scrutinising pricing more carefully. But due to a lack of stock there are still some rather optimistic valuations around.

‘This year, we expect to see sellers try to reach for the moon in terms of pricing. Then, if they are truly motivated to sell and have a reason to do so, they will probably have to readjust their aspirations.’

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Eight-bedroom house where 1960s band Fairport Convention was born can be yours for £6million

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The house where 1960s folk band Fairport Convention was born is on sale, and could be yours for a cool £6million. 

The eight bedroom property in Fortis Green, north London was the childhood home of the famous band’s guitarist Simon Nicol, where the group later rehearsed and thus named the group after. 

The corner terrace, which was listed for sale on property website Rightmove last Thursday, is distinguished by its tall chimney and in addition to numerous bedrooms, boasts three bathrooms, three reception rooms, and an annex.

It also has a garage which has space for four cars, as well as a separate flat above it. 

Images show off the property with an illustrious musical history in all its glory, with a grand marble fireplace featuring in both the dining room and living rooms, filled with chandeliers hanging from high ceilings. 

The eight bedroom property in Fortis Green, north London was the childhood home of the famous band's guitarist Simon Nicol

The eight bedroom property in Fortis Green, north London was the childhood home of the famous band’s guitarist Simon Nicol

The living room features plush red sofas which blend into its peach-coloured walls. It also has a beautiful fire place, wooden flooring and chandelier's in most rooms

The living room features plush red sofas which blend into its peach-coloured walls. It also has a beautiful fire place, wooden flooring and chandelier’s in most rooms 

On the second floor, images show a jaw dropping bedroom with high ceilings and three large windows which shed natural light into the room.

On the second floor, images show a jaw dropping bedroom with high ceilings and three large windows which shed natural light into the room.

The corner-terrace was listed for sale for £6 million on property website Rightmove last Thursday

The corner-terrace was listed for sale for £6 million on property website Rightmove last Thursday

The property in Fortis Green, north London was the childhood home of Fairport Convention's guitarist Simon Nicol, where the group later rehearsed and thus named the group after (Pictured L to R - Gerry Conway, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Ric Sanders and Chris Leslie)

The property in Fortis Green, north London was the childhood home of Fairport Convention’s guitarist Simon Nicol, where the group later rehearsed and thus named the group after (Pictured L to R – Gerry Conway, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Ric Sanders and Chris Leslie)

The living room features plush red sofas which blend into its peach-coloured walls. One of the three reception rooms next door boasts a cosier feels, with comfortable leather sofas in a snug space. 

A more modern vibe greets would-be-buyers in the kitchen with open planning, featuring white counters and light woods throughout. 

On the second floor, images show a jaw dropping bedroom with high ceilings and three large windows which shed natural light into the room. 

The garden, which is as long as a cricket pitch, features a large communal area with benches surrounding the exterior. 

The average property price in the Fortis Green area last year was £653,125, according to Rightmove. 

Listed by estate agents Tatlers, the description reads: ‘Fairport’ the inspiration in the name of infamous rock/folk band Fairport Convention who rehearsed here in the 60s.

‘An imposing residence of local importance is this detached period villa built circa 1908 affording just under 6,000 sq. ft of accommodation laid out over three floors, plus a separate annex housing a four-car garage with self-contained one bed flat above.

The entrance to the property in Fortis Green showcases beautiful wooden floors and original beams

The entrance to the property in Fortis Green showcases beautiful wooden floors and original beams 

A more modern vibe greets would-be-buyers in the kitchen with open planning, featuring white counters and light woods throughout

A more modern vibe greets would-be-buyers in the kitchen with open planning, featuring white counters and light woods throughout

The property has three large bathrooms, one of which features a his and hers sink, two toilets and marbled walls

The property has three large bathrooms, one of which features a his and hers sink, two toilets and marbled walls 

Images show off the property with an illustrious musical history in all its glory, with a grand marble fireplace featuring in both the dining room and living rooms

Images show off the property with an illustrious musical history in all its glory, with a grand marble fireplace featuring in both the dining room and living rooms

The garden, which is as long as a cricket pitch, features a large communal area with benches surrounding the exterior

The garden, which is as long as a cricket pitch, features a large communal area with benches surrounding the exterior

‘The property is offered in well-presented condition and offers a unique opportunity to acquire a spacious residence in this most desirable location.’

Copyrighter and Fairport fan James Rose, 56, who shared the listing on to social media, said: ‘I used to live in Muswell Hill and I’ve been a Fairport fan since about 1981.

‘I’d sing or whistle a tune of theirs every time I walked past.

‘These days I’m a ridiculous house-hunter so coming across Fairport on the site yesterday sent me into a perfect reverie of living in such a culturally important place.

‘They will have written a lot of those first four albums there, but if you read White Bicycles – producer Joe Boyd’s account of the era – he recorded them elsewhere.

‘It’s a wonderful house, but the worry is that for that price, a buyer will ‘improve’ it. The typical large rambling family home there is half that price.’

A spokesperson for Tatlers added: ‘It’s a brilliant opportunity to purchase this substantial family house with separate rear annex which could be further converted subject to planning.

‘Simon Nicol – son of a local GP – was bought up and founded the iconic British band Fairport Convention in 1967 and rehearsed here, Fairport being the inspiration for the band’s name.’

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