George Best home sold for £100,000
The childhood home of footballing genius George Best has been sold for £100,000 as holiday accommodation to boost community investment in his native east Belfast.
The modest three-bedroom terrace has been a site of homage for thousands of fans who mourned his death in November 2005 aged 59 following a long battle with alcoholism and liver disease.
It had been in the Best family for 60 years and its back garden was the first place the young prodigy kicked a football.
Best won a string of honours with Manchester United. In 1968 he lifted the European Cup and was named European Footballer of the Year.
Buyer Maurice Kinkead, of the Landmark East property company, said: "As well as safeguarding the childhood home of one of east Belfast`s most famous residents, the investment has allowed us to create and build a profitable social economy business by turning the property into holiday accommodation, the profits of which will be fed back into the local community and used for other regeneration projects in East Belfast."
The property at Burren Way in Cregagh was turned into a shrine as football fans marked his death with piles of football shirts, scarves and other memorabilia. The cortege left from there for his funeral at Stormont.
Supporters can now spend a night or two self-catering in the famous residence.
It features family photographs telling the Best story, the living room has been left exactly as it was and the teenage Best`s bedroom was decorated the way it would have been when the 15-year-old departed for Manchester, with posters of his favourite football team Wolves.
It was the home of Best`s father Dickie until his death in 2008. It will be available to rent next month.