Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has stunned Man Utd by reportedly turning down a sensational offer from the Red Devils and accepting a new multi million pound contract with the Gunners. The superstar winger is sticking in our capital and has bought a decadent three storey house in London to settle down in.
Ozil has purchased a £10 million home in north London, in between Highgate and Hampstead financed with his new £140,000 per week contract.
A happy neighbour stated “Ozil has got some very nice cars outside his current house – he’s got a Lamborghini and a very flash Mercedes sports car. When players sign new contracts they go from renting to buying. Arsenal will be happy.”
As one would expect from a footballer, his new house is lavish and includes a basement cinema room with built in bar and wine cellar. The six bedroom detached home also has a state of the art security system and wrought iron gates leading up to the house.
A partner at estate agent Knight Frank said “Roads such as this continue to hold massive appeal amongst the rich and famous, and this is one of the few areas in London to offer larger properties with huge, secluded gardens.”
The area has become a mecca for the rich and famous in London and especially attracts team rivals from Arsenal and Spurs. Hampstead is known to have a large French / Gallic community and especially welcoming to those players who have families.
James Morton of Benham & Reeves agrees: “If they’ve got a young family then, like any other wealthy family, they’re going to be attracted by the excellent schools.” Many players still rent, despite their huge salaries, they often get a taste for the area and end up buying and staying put.
Some footballers have not only decided to set up their future lives in London but also give back to their local communities. A year ago, former England captain Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United skipper Mark Noble and ex-Brighton striker Bobby Zamora unveiled their Legacy Foundation – a regeneration charity with a plan to build a series of social and privately rentable housing schemes.
The footballers are looking to raise £400m to build 1,300 homes on a 22-hectare site in a run-down area in Houghton Regis near Luton. The West Ham trio have chosen to focus on social and affordable housing. They want to help tackle Britain’s housing crisis by building thousands of affordable homes across the country, complete with state of the art sporting academies where they will offer coaching to youngsters.
DMZ loves the prospect of more footballers investing in London Real Estate. These much needed investments are a great way to ensure a booming market. These players have been handed so much by our capital and its fantastic to see them providing housing opportunities to the people who need it most, giving them an off-the-field legacy to be proud of.