George Michael’s House to be Rented for £80,000 a Month

George Michael’s House to be Rented for £80,000 a Month

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018 - 06:00
Late British singer George Michael performs at a concert in 2012. (AP)
London - Asharq Al-Awsat
The family of late British singer George Michael decided to rent his mansion for £80,000 a month.

Michael's family decided after his death to keep his £11 million (about $ 15 million) property in the Highgate area, north London, but it is now eager to rent it.

A source said: “George’s home is ready to rent and is being secretly touted to ultra-rich elite clientele,” The Sun newspaper reported.

Worth 5 million dollars, the house boasts five bedroom suites, a summer house and swimming pool, along with secret access to London’s Hampstead Heath via a back gate.

Michael was found dead at his home in Oxfordshire, west London, on Christmas Eve in 2016 at age 53. A forensic report revealed he had heart trouble and liver problems.

Michael is considered one of the most successful singers in the world. He was named “King of Pop” in Britain and sang pop and pop rock. Michael performed duets with stars such as Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Lisa Stansfield.

Michael was born in East Finchley. His father is Kyriacos Panayiotou, a Greek Cypriot restaurateur, had immigrated to Britain in the 1950s, where he changed his name to Jack Panos.

His mother is Lesley Angold, who was an English dancer.

Michael spent most of his childhood in Kingsbury, London, in the home his parents bought soon after his birth; he attended Kingsbury High School.

While he was in his early teens, the family moved to Radlett. There, Michael attended Bushey Meads School in Bushey, where he befriended his future “Wham!” partner Andrew Ridgeley.

The two had the same career ambition of being musicians.

Michael busked on the London Underground, performing songs such as "'39" by Queen.

His involvement in the music business began with his working as a DJ, playing at clubs and local schools around Bushey, Stanmore and Watford. This was followed by the formation of a short-lived ska band with Ridgeley, Ridgeley's brother Paul, Andrew Leaver and David Mortimer (later known as David Austin).

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