A palatial property in West Sussex owned by Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is up for sale. The mansion was purchased by the 53-year-old and his then wife Katie Holmes in 2006. It is now on sale for an asking price of £4.9m (€6.7m, $7.3m) – around £2m more than the price Cruise paid for the mansion.
The Mission Impossible star chose the upscale property located at the northern edge of Dormans Park enclave near East Grinstead in West Sussex as it is close to Saint Hill Manor, the British headquarters of the controversial Church of Scientology.
Spread over 14.2 acres of land, the mansion comprises six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Other highlights include a 900sq ft living room and a 33-feet-long master bedroom with a separate dressing room, a walk-in wardrobe and a balcony. It also has a tennis court, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a billiards room. The outbuildings in the estate consist of a Victorian-era garage and a small summer house in the garden area.
According to Variety magazine,the exact reason for the sale is not known. However, it seems like Cruise wants to "lighten his residential real estate load".
Recently, the actor sold a mansion in Hollywood Hills for £7.7m while another flat in New York was sold for £2m in 2013. Three years ago, he sold his 2,200sq ft pied-a-terre in Manhattan's East village for £2m.
Another palatial property belonging to the Top Gun star purchased in Beverly Hills in 2007 from Platinum Triangle mega broker Kurt Rappaport is also rumoured to be up for sale.