TopTenRealEstateDeals â€“ How did Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better know as Sting, get to the age of 62? Where did the time go? A whirlwind of musical talent and following his dreams, Sting has made it to the top of the celebrity world. Heâ€™s a musician and songwriter who hit the big time in the late 1970s with his band, The Police, and their first hit â€œRoxanne.â€ The bandâ€™s 1983 tune â€œEvery Breath You Takeâ€ was the yearâ€™s biggest hit, won a Grammy for Song of the Year and has been a staple at wedding receptions for years. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has sold almost 100 million records. Sting has been performing solo since the mid 1980s, devoting much of his time to charity, human rights activism and expanding his world of creativity. On June 25th, his musical production, â€œThe Last Ship,â€ about a group of English shipyard workers, opens in Chicago as an out-of-town tryout before heading to Broadway. Sting grew up in the Swan Hunter Shipyard neighborhood on the River Tyne where many of the worldâ€™s largest and fastest ships were built.
Sting and his actress-producer wife, Trudie Styler, are serial real estate collectors. Their love of nature led them to Italy in 1999 when they bought a 600-acre estate in Tuscany, Villa Il Palagio where they produce and sell wine, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, produce and honey. They own or owned an Elizabethan manor house, a 1578 English historic home called the Lake House, a recently sold New York City apartment, a California beach house, a London apartment on the Mall near Hyde Park, homes in the Caribbean and an 18th century London townhouse that is now on the market. He can afford it with a net worth of $300 million, taking in about $2,000 every day in royalties from â€œEvery Breath You Takeâ€.
Just a half-mile from Buckingham Palace, and enclosed in an historical building in the Birdcage Walk conservation area, the 8,500-square-foot townhouse contains seven bedrooms and six bathrooms in stunning contemporary decor from a 2010 redo. With many venues for entertaining, the home has five living areas, a roof terrace and garden terrace with direct access to Birdcage Walk and St. James Park, said to be the finest of the Royal parks. The home has an elevator and formal entry and staircase. Notable, but not for sale, is Stingâ€™s wonderful art collection with a similar Diego Giacometti table that recently sold at auction for a record-breaking $1.76 million.
Stingâ€™s 18th century London townhouse on the market at an undisclosed price, estimated to be in the $32 to $35 million price range.