Inside Ed Sheeran's Mini-Village That He Spent A Big Chunk Of His Fortune On
If you were Ed Sheeran, you'd be so filthy rich you could just create your very own lavish private estate, unspoiled by the presence of any other mere mortals. And because Ed Sheeran is Ed Sheeran, he's decided to do precisely that, having spent a reported £3.7m ($4.5m) on nearby properties so that he's surrounded by nothing but his own wealth.
While many of us might have to deal with niggling neighbours who aren't too keen on the epic 9ft zoo-style enclosure you've just built for your cats in the back garden, Sheeran has simply eradicated that obstacle by snapping up the homes surrounding his home in Framlingham, Suffolk.
The singer bought his massive home for £895,000 ($1m) back in 2012, and since then has reportedly spent a total of £3.7m buying up properties around his own - including another Grade II listed house next door for £450,000 ($540,000), also in 2012, a £925,000 ($1.1m) detached house in front of his home in 2016, along with a bungalow on the other side of his drive for £525,000 ($634,000) in 2017.
But the small village of houses isn't the half of it.
Not content with the massive treehouse, gym and swimming pool, garage for four cars he already has, the singer is hoping to build an underground music room and cinema on the grounds, according to public planning documents outlined by the Daily Mail.
On top of this, he hopes to build a secret tunnel that will link the main house to Sheeran's Lancaster Lock pu - which is named after his wife Cherry, whose surname was formerly Lancaster Seaborn.
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Work is also currently underway on a Victorian-style greenhouse, kitchen garden, an orchard and mini-paddock - all being overseen by Sue Townsend, a former gardener for the BBC's Blue Peter.
While Sheeran had issues with the 32ft chapel he wanted thanks to neighbours' complaints, he did manage to build a huge kidney-shaped pond, which apparently cost £500,000 ($600,000).
He was granted permission to build the pond, but only as a habitat for wildlife. Sheeran appealed this planning condition in the hope the pond could be used for leisure activities like swimming and fishing - a bit of a no-go, it seems.
Neighbours told the Daily Mail they are concerned it is now being used for recreational purposes, with one local saying: "It all seems very strange, but in actual fact it appears to have been very carefully thought through.
"The bales have been placed precisely in the right places and at the right angle to shield his pool."
Ah, to be Ed Sheeran.
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