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Carl Frampton: The Jackal eyes up home on north Down's Gold Coast

World champion boxer and wife considering move to Crawfordsburn and Helen's Bay area.

By Ali Gordon

World champion boxer Carl Frampton and his young family could soon be neighbours with Gary Lightbody and Jim Corr.

Sunday Life can reveal that the Framptons are considering a move to the affluent north Down area of Crawfordsburn and Helen’s Bay.

The Tiger’s Bay hero and wife Christine put their stunning five bedroom house in Banbridge on the market recently for a cool £525,000 and have wasted no time on thinking of possible places to move to.

“We like it a lot down around Crawfordsburn and Helen’s Bay,” Carl told Sunday Life.

“It’s certainly an option we are looking at.”

A relocation to Co Down’s gold coast would see the Framptons rub shoulders with a host of famous faces.

Musicians Gary Lightbody and Jim Corr both have homes in Crawfordsburn while Van Morrison resides a few miles along the coast in Cultra.

World number one golfer Rory McIlroy splits his time between Palm Beach in Florida and the trendy Holywood hills.

Last year the 26-year-old purchased a plush pad close to his parents’ house in the town for a whopping £2million.

The deal was carried out by local estate agency firm Simon Brien Residential who are also selling the Frampton’s home on the rural Scarva Road.

The firm is owned by the father of former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien — who lives a stone’s throw away from Cultra’s Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club.

The long list of celebrity neighbours doesn’t end there, though.

If their move goes ahead, the Frampton family may also catch a glimpse of Fifty Shades of Grey heartthrob and Bangor FC supporter Jamie Dornan when he returns home from London to Holywood.

The Fall star and  his wife, actress Amelia Warner, pay regular visits to North Down where his dad Jim and stepmum Samina reside.

Northern Ireland football legend Gerry Armstrong and his wife Debby may have recently moved to Majorca, where this summer they opened bar and restaurant Gerry Peri’s in Santa Ponsa. But the family couldn’t bear to get rid of their home in Crawfordsburn which is in the same  gated community as The Corrs singer, Jim.

Carl and Christine fell in love with the picturesque village of Crawfordsburn a number of years ago and even held their wedding in popular venue The Old Inn back in October 2013.

But a house in this affluent area doesn’t come cheap.

According to property website Zoopla, the average house price in Helen’s Bay is £576,750 while a house in neighbouring Crawfordsburn is £673,251.

Following Carl’s successful IBF world superbantamweight title defence over Alejandro Gonzalez jr in El Paso, Texas last month, the 28-year-old is currently taking a well-earned break in Galway with his family.

Spending months at a time in gruelling training camps means that wife Christine is alone with the couple’s children Carla, four, and Rossa, nine months.

But with a host of local celebrities nearby to keep her company, beautiful beaches to walk their dog Manny along and knowing that she’s only 30 minutes away from her mum, it certainly makes the ‘gold coast’ look like the perfect place for the Framptons to call home.

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