A waterfront mansion formerly owned by football manager Harry Redknapp has broken the record for the most expensive property to be sold on Sandbanks.
Harbour Gate sold to a mystery buyer for a whopping £10million in the last week, almost £2million more than the previous record selling price on the millionaire’s playground in Poole Harbour, Dorset.
The six-bedroom house was sold by entrepreneur Barry Bester.
The Topps Tiles founder previously bought the property off Harry Redknapp and his wife Sandra for £6.9m in 2015.
Since then he has spent £2million on refurbishing the mock-Tudor mansion, including having a £40,000 golf simulator built on the grounds.
Harbour Gate has broken the record for the most expensive property to be sold on Sandbacks, after going for £10million
The six-bedroom property was once owned by former football manager Harry Redknapp and his wife, who sold it in 2015
If the sea is a bit rough, the new owners can always go for a swim in the indoor pool
As well as astonishing views, the house boasts a huge kitchen and breakfast room, dining room, lounge, and library
The £10million property also features a gym and sauna
The property has its own cinema room
Topps Tiles founder Barry Bester (left) bought Harbour Gate from Harry and Sandra Redknapp (right) for £6.9million in 2015
The previous record sale price on Sandbanks was £8.09million, which was paid for the mansion next door to Harbour Gate in 2018.
The £10million figure dwarfs the £400,000 price once paid for the same property in 1995. The Redknapps themselves bought it in 2001 for £3million, and lived there for 14 years, during which time Redknapp managed Spurs, Portsmouth, Southampton and Queens Park Rangers.
Harbour Gate sits on arguably the best plot on the Sandbanks peninsula, backing on to the entrance to Poole Harbour which is usually teeming with passing boats.
It has a kitchen and breakfast room, dining room, lounge, cinema room, library, indoor swimming pool, gym with sauna and an office.
The master bedroom has a large en suite bathroom, huge dressing room and a balcony that looks out onto the water.
Outside there are two sun terraces and a private jetty that has ‘parking’ for two jet skis which are hoisted into the water by way of a hydraulic lift.
Harbour Gate has parking for two jet skis
The waterfront property boasts huge bedrooms
Overlooking the seafront, the house also has breathtaking views
The property also comes with a three bedroom detached gatehouse which by itself would probably be worth £1million.
There is also a double garage which has a professional dog grooming bathtub and driveway parking for 10 cars.
Who is Barry Bester and how did he make his money?
Barry Bester was the co-founder and former chief executive of the retail company Topps Tiles.
He was responsible for day-to-day operations of the business and primarily the sales and store management.
He served as the non-executive director of the company from 1984 to 2011. He also served as executive co-chairman until 2005 and as non-executive chairman from 2007 to 2011.
In 2013, he sold his entire holding in the company – 22,956,790 ordinary shares of 3.33 pence each at 70 pence per share – which represented 11.95 per cent of the company’s issued share capital.
Steve Isaacs, of local estate agents Luxury and Prestige, who handled the sale, said: ‘We can confirm that the house has sold and it is quite a landmark sale as it is the most valuable house on Sandbanks to have sold.
‘We have a delighted buyer and seller for this beautiful home but as a matter of policy we never disclose details of our clients.
‘The house occupies arguably the best position on Sandbanks. It sits on a double-sized plot and comes with a lodge house on the grounds that would be quite a valuable house on its own merits.
‘It has had a lot of money lavished on it by the seller and every aspect of it if exceptional.
‘We have got unprecedented demand for high-end waterside homes at the moment, principally from buyers based in London and beyond.
‘There are now more buyers than there are sellers.
‘This has been fuelled by wealthy individuals relocating from London and other parts of the country as well as those looking for additional homes.
‘We have clients who have been able to run their businesses away from offices in town during the pandemic and want homes by the sea where they can work.’
The house that held the previous record for the most expensive property was The Moorings, next door to Harbour Gate.
Its former owners, entrepreneur Chris Thomas and wife Sue, built the palatial home on the 13,000sq ft of land before selling it in 2018.
The Moorings has five en suite bedrooms, three reception rooms, an office, cinema room, indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room, gym, changing rooms, garden room and a wine room.
There is also a guest suite that has its own en suite bedroom, kitchenette and living room.
Outside, there is a gate house, a boat house, terraces and balconies make the most of the harbour views and the sunken garden leads to a private jetty.
The exclusive Sandbanks peninsula where a property has just sold for £10million
There is also a grand wine cellar in the property featuring grey stone tiled floors and brick alcoves stacked with bottles of wine and champagne
The area has been dubbed the ‘millionaire’s playground’
The £10million is a record for Sandbanks, above the £8million and £7million spent on neighbouring properties
It occupies arguably the best position on Sandbanks and sits on a double-sized plot and comes with a lodge house on the grounds
Local estate agents Luxury and Prestige said the new owner of the property was ‘delighted’
Outside the property, there is a private jetty that has ‘parking’ for two jet skis which are hoisted into the water by way of a hydraulic lift