The London Home Michael Jackson Rented for O2 Concerts
The “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, was due to move into Foxbury Manor, a mansion in Kent, by next Wednesday. The home is about 10 miles from London’s O2 arena where he was scheduled to perform through March 2010. According to the Daily Mail, Jackson personally selected this 32-bedroom manor house when he was in London in March to announce the kickoff of his ill-fated “This is It” comeback tour. He rented the house through next February at a cost of about $1.6 million. The three-story, 22,000-square-foot house has 11 massive bedroom suites, a movie theater,an indoor pool and a music room. The main bedroom is said to be 1,800 sq. ft — larger than many modern homes. David Brandon, Queen Victoria’s favorite architect, built the house in 1875. Woods and a lake are on the eight-acre property, which is one of the largest private properties in the greater London area.
Contractors spent last week renovating the house to suit Jackson’s tastes: an 8-foot security fence, fairground rides and a bowling alley were added. Interior designers decorated the bedrooms intended for him and his three children, with one source saying that a child’s bedroom had a Star Wars theme. The house rental and improvements may be another charge which concert promoter AEG may be liable for.
Foxbury Manor is owned by businessman Osman Ertosun; he and his wife and two children moved out of the mansion, valued at $24.7 million, more than a week ago and were planning to live elsewhere for a year. Ertosun, 42, is chairman of Excelcare, which owns 32 health care facilities and nursing homes in Southeast England. Ertosun paid $10.8 million for Foxbury in January 2004.
Bonus: The manor is located next to Chislehurst Caves, a 20-mile complex of underground passageways which is said to be haunted.
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