FORMER Rangers owner Sir David Murray has put his plush Murrayfield villa up for sale – just days after being told he could pull it down.
The 62-year-old steel and property magnate is seeking almost £2 million for the detached house in what estate agents described as “one of Edinburgh’s most desirable areas”.
Adjoining the exclusive Murrayfield Golf Club, the villa comes with its own leisure suite, complete with swimming pool, fitness room and dressing room. There is a master bedroom suite with its own study and dressing room and two further double bedrooms.
The wine cellar caters for Sir David’s love of fine wine, a collection he has put together from his own vineyard in France. There is an internal lift to the first floor.
But the bid to raise £1.9 million from the sale of the property comes within days of Sir David being granted permission to demolish the two-storey mansion. On August 27, Edinburgh City Council planners wrote to him, via his architects, to grant permission for the building’s demolition and re-building.
Sir David had originally received planning consent in 2009 to raze the building and create an iconic Art Deco country house on the site.
Architects’ drawings submitted to the local authority show a striking two-storey creation with 1930s-style curved walls and metal windows.
Indicating the application to renew permission had been processed through the council’s Local Fast Track Decision scheme, acting head of planning David Leslie wrote: “The proposals comply with the development plan and Edinburgh planning guidelines and do not adversely affect the character of the conservation area .
“They achieve an acceptable standard of design. There are no concerns regarding neighbour or visual amenity.”
One of the conditions placed on the new mansion would be the addition of frosted glass to second-floor bathroom windows “to safeguard the amenity of neighbouring residents and other occupiers”.
Earlier, Sir David’s architect Gareth Hutchison told planners that the original permission had not been enacted due to “the downturn in the property market”.
Other houses in the same street have sold for up to £2.75 million.
However, within days of receiving permission, the property was placed on the market.
The consent for the site’s redevelopment is mentioned in the sales brochure.
In their description of the property, estate agents DJ Alexander say: “Set in secluded woodland adjoining Murrayfield Golf Course, Easter Belmont Road is held by many to be one of Edinburgh’s most desirable addresses.”
It describes it as “an exceptional home” offering “spacious and flexible accommodation over two floors.”
Sir David could not be contacted for comment.