Inside the Beckhams' property empire trends now

Inside the Beckhams' property empire trends now
Inside the Beckhams' property empire trends now

Inside the Beckhams' property empire trends now

David and Victoria Beckham are preparing to give up their dream Cotswolds home nine years after purchasing the property for £6 million.

Their countryside retreat had become a safe haven for them at weekends, away from the hustle and bustle of their £25 million West London mansion.

But recently, the home - now expected to be worth £12 million - has not been the tranquil setting they wanted.

According to the Mail On Sunday, the couple have been by traffic noise from the nearby Soho Farmhouse, an exclusive venue which plays host to celebrities. 

Although they bought the house when the celebrity haunt was already open, traffic has doubled in the last two years to the venue.

Guests have to go past their luxury barn conversion to reach the hangout. 

They are now searching for serenity again, looking for a new property or land near Great Tew after Soho Farmhouse expanded.

As they scout for somewhere new to retreat to, MailOnline takes a look back at their £73m property portfolio...

Making moves: David and Victoria Beckham are preparing to give up their dream Cotswolds home nine years after purchasing the property for £6 million

Making moves: David and Victoria Beckham are preparing to give up their dream Cotswolds home nine years after purchasing the property for £6 million

1996-1999: FIRST HOME

LOCATION: MANCHESTER

PRICE: £150,000 

SALE PROFIT: £40,000  

David Beckham purchased his first home in 1996 for £150,000 at the age of 21.

He was living in Manchester and playing for Manchester United. The home was where he and model first girlfriend Krista Kemp would relax with a takeaway. 

She said at the time: 'He wasn’t at all what you’d expect in a famous footballer. His lifestyle was verging on the boring.'

David met Spice Girl Victoria Adams in 1997 and proposed to her in January 1998. Victoria spent her first pregnancy in this house, but she and David moved out before their 1999 wedding.

The house was sold for £190,000, outperforming the local market by almost double.

Starter home: David Beckham was 21 when he bought his first house in 1996 for £150,000 in Manchester, where he was playing for Manchester United

Starter home: David Beckham was 21 when he bought his first house in 1996 for £150,000 in Manchester, where he was playing for Manchester United

1998-2002: A SWANKY PENTHOUSE 

LOCATION: CHESHIRE

PRICE: £317,000 

SALE PROFIT: £283,000 

Next, the couple moved on to a period penthouse in posh Alderley Edge, Cheshire, which cost them £317,000 in August 1998. 

They did a series of photoshoots at the property, starting with an introduction to their baby Brooklyn in May 1999, five weeks after he was born.   

For the lavish home, the living room was decorated in zebra print and the bathroom in leopard print by Victoria.

Victoria said at the time: ‘I designed it all. I picked up bits and pieces from all over America and Europe. When we were on tour, my mum would come out to America with chunks of skirting board in her suitcase for me to look at.’

There was also a huge picture of the couple kissing in the hallway. 

Although they spent a massive £40,000 on a swanky Harrods kitchen, they often bought food from local Italian Est Est Est for dinner.

David would have a spaghetti bolognese and Victoria a salad. The flat was sold in August 2002 for £600,000.

Classy: David and Victoria¿s next move was to a period penthouse in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. They bought it in August 1998 for £317,000

Classy: David and Victoria’s next move was to a period penthouse in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. They bought it in August 1998 for £317,000

2002-2004: BARN MANSION 

LOCATION: CHESHIRE

PRICE: £1.25 MILLION 

SALE PROFIT: £500,000 

After they moved out of the penthouse, the couple moved on again to a £1.25 million converted barn nearby. 

They were upsizing for their young family before the next football season began after Victoria found out that she was pregnant with Romeo, her second son.

The property boasted five bedrooms, a gym and indoor pool but was not in their hands for long.

They sold it two years later for £1.75 million after spending minimal time there.

A few months after buying it, they had also purchased a mansion in Hertfordshire, which was dubbed Beckingham Palace.

It served as a Northern base for David while he was doing his football training but Victoria stayed down south. 

However, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson made it clear he didn’t expect his star to be going out in London with his wife and then toiling up the motorway for training the next day. 

There was a notorious incident in 2003 when David needed stitches over one eye after a boot was thrown in the changing room.

Country life: After they moved out of the penthouse, the couple moved on again to a £1.25 million converted barn nearby

Country life: After they moved out of the penthouse, the couple moved on again to a £1.25 million converted barn nearby

1999-2015: BECKINGHAM PALACE 

LOCATION: SAWBRIDGEWORTH

PRICE: £2.5 MILLION 

SALE PROFIT: £9MILLION 

In 1999, the power couple snapped up Rowneybury House (nicknamed Beckingham Palace) in Sawbridgeworth.

The home, which was on the Hertfordshire/Essex border, cost £2.5 million and boasted 24 acres.

They spent a huge £3 million on fixing up the mansion, putting in a medieval maze and floodlit tennis court.

'Beckingham Palace' was owned by the local council in the past and was once a home for disabled boys. 

It was a hugely extravagant home, with a reported £20,000 splashed out on a fibre-optic light display in Brooklyn's bedroom.

David and Victoria also had their faces superimposed on a frieze of Cinderella and Prince Charming.

The lavish property also had three £10,000 gazebos, a garden pavilion with a marble floor and a £70,000 4ft-long barbecue.

Security ran to two lines of fences and many security cameras. A bespoke treehouse bought in 2004 cost £25,000.

They hung on to the house until 2015, but after David’s move to Los Angeles in 2007, the family preferred to stay in London hotels on their visits home.

An insurance tycoon bought it for £11.35 million. Property in the area rose by 87.7 per cent in that time, but taking into account the money spent on it, the Beckhams increased the house’s value only by 54.3 per cent — meaning that it under-performed.

Swanky: It was love at first sight when the couple saw Rowneybury House (aka Beckingham Palace) in Sawbridgeworth on the Hertfordshire/Essex border

Swanky: It was love at first sight when the couple saw Rowneybury House (aka Beckingham Palace) in Sawbridgeworth on the Hertfordshire/Essex border

2002 - PRESENT DAY: SUNNY ESCAPE

LOCATION: PALM JUMEIRAH

PRICE:  £1.3 MILLION 

The Beckhams made another big purchase in 2002, getting their hands on a villa in Palm Jumeirah.

While they got the villa for £1.3 million, the value is believed to have soared to £8million by 2008.

The property is still on their radar and they have access to it even though it was reported that the generous husband and wife gave it to

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