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George Best’s former home sold

The Cregagh home where George Best grew up is about to be sold — for £20,000 less than the original asking price.

The sale of the property — 16 Burren Way — is a “done deal in principal”, according to estate agents handling the sale.

The east Belfast house, where the famous Northern Ireland and Manchester United football star lived as a youngster, has been on the market since summer 2008, when Best’s father Dickie died. It has yet to be revealed who will purchase the property.

Local people had hoped the house would be used as a museum in tribute to the Belfast legend.

Neil Templeton from Templeton Robinson — one of the selling agents — told the Community Telegraph: “There was a flurry of interest when we reduced the asking price to £99,950. The two agents were able to obtain offers for the family. We accepted one of those offers and hope the sale comes to fruition in the coming months.”

George’s sister, Barbara McNarry, told website PropertPal.com that the family were “very pleased with the outcome”, although expressed some surprise at the length of the sale.

“We did think it would sell much quicker but, unfortunately, due to the economic climate, it just didn’t happen. But hopefully we are at the end of it and there will be a positive outcome.”

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