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Rowneybury House, better known as Beckingham Palace is currently owned by football’s first couple, David and Victoria Beckham. The glamorous couple however are permanently moving to Los Angles and have decided to sell their sprawling, English country home which is now on the market for an estimated £18 million.

Beckingham Palace is located in the quiet, rural town of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Recent property and lifestyle surveys have shown that Hertfordshire in general, and Sawbridgeworth in particular, is one of the top 10 most desirable locations to live in while commuting to work in London. Sawbridgeworth has a population of about 9,000 and is approximately an hour’s drive away from London.

The house is a 1930s Georgian style mansion built on an expansive 22-acre estate. The property is listed as a Grade II building in the UK (it is considered part of Britain’s cultural heritage and is thus protected from reconstruction or demolition); it was previously a council-owned children’s home.

The Beckhams acquired the seven-bedroom mansion in 1999 for the sum of £2.5 million and carried out extensive and expensive additions and renovations amounting to an estimated £18 million. The amount spent on renovations considerably exceeds the current market value of the property.

In addition to seven bedrooms, lavish entertainment areas, state-of-the-art kitchens and beautifully manicured gardens, the house has a snooker room, a recording studio and gym. Beckingham Palace also boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a golf course, flood-lit tennis courts, a helipad, three gazebos, and a petting zoo for children.
The latest news is that reality show star Kim Kardashian has her eye on the property which she plans to use when her family is in the UK. Rumour also has it that she will rent out the house to David and Victoria fans while she is away.

– Leila Mahfooz Barry
First published in the Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on June 10, 2012.

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