Boy George knows how to sell a contradiction, but can he make this house come and go?
The “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” singer is looking to sell a lavish estate in England that he’s owned for nearly four decades. The London property, listed with Aston Chase’s Mark Pollack, asks $18.2 million in US dollars.
Boy George, 61, purchased the now six-bedroom compound in 1984, the year after he released his biggest hit “Karma Chameleon” with Culture Club. Mansion Global reviewed ownership documentation bearing George’s full name, George Alan O’Dowd, although not the price for which he bought the villa, located in the affluent Hampstead neighborhood.
Today the Grade II-designated building (a type of historic designation in the UK) measures a nice 5,454 square feet, and combines an “eccentric mix of Gothic and Italianate architecture,” according to the listing. It also boasts five bathrooms, one with a large skylight; ensuite dressing rooms in all but one of the bedrooms; a dramatic central staircase and a triple-height central hall; a tower topped by a meditation room; off-street parking, plus a rear garden and a roof terrace.
He’s far from the first celebrity to call it home.
Built around 1868 for the wealthy civil engineer and developer Edward Gotto, the primely located mansion — originally named “The Logs” — has subsequently been home to British comedian Marty Feldman as well as “Sam Smith and latterly to another musical celebrity,” according to the listing, which does not name George as the seller.
In his years there, George did run into some controversy. After purchasing the adjacent home from Sam Smith, he undertook a three-year renovation to combine the properties, a project some local planning authorities took issue with, according to the Evening Standard.
He respected the posh, traditionalism of the area, though, telling Readers Digest in a 2020 interview that “Nothing much changes in Hampstead which, actually, is why I live there. I remember there being a big hullabaloo about a McDonalds coming into Hampstead and there was a campaign to stop it, albeit an unsuccessful one. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same as it ever was: quiet, affluent and leafy.”
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.