Boy George puts eccentric Gothic mansion in London on the market


In London’s posh Hampstead, steps away from the neighborhood’s famous Heath — a sprawling 790-hectare green space — a lavish and stately historic home belonging to pop star Boy George has hit the market for £17 million ($19.2 million).

The eccentric space, which combines Gothic and Italianate architecture, was built around 1868 and is Grade II listed, a historic designation that protects, preserves and marks the home as one of special interest.


Property records show the “Karma Chameleon” singer used his full name, George Alan O’Dowd, to acquire the house – at the height of his band Culture Club’s popularity – nearly 40 years ago in 1984, although it is not clear , how much he bought it for.

The property has been “carefully renovated and extended over a three-year period,” according to the listing with estate agent Aston Chase. The company was not immediately available for comment.

Throughout the nearly 5,500-square-foot spread, there are nods to both its past and present, with features including stained glass, ornate ceilings and exposed brick juxtaposed with walls of glass and giant skylights.


Other facilities include a triple-height central hall, a dramatic central staircase, a vaulted dining room, a screening room, a roof terrace, a meditation room and a master bedroom suite with views over Hampstead Heath.

The 61-year-old singer is best known as the lead singer of Culture Club, who released hits such as “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” and “Time (Clock of the Heart)” during their 1980s heyday.

The Evening Standard first reported the listing.

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