As Wayne and Coleen Rooney net a profit on their old home, take a look at their property portfolio
It may well be dubbed the Morrisons mansion, but at a cost of £20million the imposing Cheshire mansion purpose built by former footballer Wayne Rooney for himself and his family is well beyond the means of your average budget food shopper.
The record-breaking ex-Manchester United and England striker has broken the bank to finalize his dream home, a rural six bedroom fortress nestled behind a lake and spread across 40 acres of neatly manicured countryside.
Not bad for a working class boy from Croxteth, where modest houses sit in cramped terraces and can be bought for a fraction of the weekly salary commanded by Rooney during his footballing glory days.
Better yet, the former footballer has just pocketed a further £3.7million from the sale of his former five-bedroom Cheshire home, a move that ultimately facilitated the decision to permanently move himself, wife Coleen and their five children into the new property.
It marks an incredible journey for the couple, childhood sweethearts from poor Liverpool council estates who went on to enjoy undeniable riches while remaining close to their humble roots.
But where did it start for Wayne and Coleen?
New home: Wayne and Coleen have moved into a brand new £20million Cheshire mega-mansion – which has been uncharitably dubbed the ‘Morrisons Mansion’ (pictured)
Dream home: Wayne, Coleen and their five children will live permanently in their enormous new home after selling their former Cheshire property for £3.7million
CROXTETH – LIVERPOOL
Back in 2003 the wealth and extravagance of Rooney family’s current home was little more than a pipe-dream, with 17-year old Wayne still living with parents Thomas and Jeanette at their modest home in Croxteth, a notorious Liverpool suburb blighted by vandalism, drug abuse and unemployment.
Having signed a professional contract with the Premier League side he was on the cusp of greatness, and his first team wages would help the footballer secure a less vulnerable property for his parents in a more prosperous area.
Revisiting his childhood home for a recent Amazon Prime documentary about his life and career, Wayne admitted he’s fiercely proud of his upbringing.
Previously: Wayne grew up with parents Thomas and Jeanette at their modest home in Croxteth, a notorious Liverpool suburb blighted by vandalism, drug abuse and unemployment
Old times: Coleen’s early life was no less modest, with the mother-of-five growing up close to her husband in a small terraced house notable by virtue of the simple white cladding beneath it’s bedroom windows
‘This is Crocky, Croxteth where I am from.’ he explained. ‘Obviously it has had its moments with a bit of violence or trouble over the years. But I love the area and it has helped me become the person I am.
‘You can live in a big house and drive a nice car but I am from here and it is in me. Regardless of what you achieve in this is always going to be the place where I grew up and where I learnt a lot about life.’
Coleen’s early life was no less modest, with the mother-of-five growing up close to her husband in a small terraced house notable by virtue of the simple white cladding beneath it’s bedroom windows.
£900,000 HOME IN VICTORIA ROAD, FORMBY – MERSEYSIDE
From Steven Gerrard to Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s ‘millionaires row’ has had its fair share of famous residents down the years – a fact that may have swayed Wayne and Coleen Rooney to pay £900,000 for a sprawling home there in 2004.
With six-bedrooms and acres of space, the sizeable property – their first as a couple – was a far cry from the couple’s childhood homes and represented a first tentative step into adult life for Wayne, a household name following his goal scoring exploits with England at the European Championships.
Not bad: From Steven Gerrard to Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s ‘millionaires row’ has had its fair share of famous residents down the years – a fact that may have swayed Wayne and Coleen Rooney to pay £900,000 for a sprawling home there in 2004
£300,000 FLORIDA APARTMENT
With Wayne established as one of the best players of his generation, the couple forked out an estimated £320,000 on a waterfront apartment at Harbor Pointe in Port Charlotte, Florida in 2007 – only for property prices to collapse during the recession.
The holiday home featured a master suite, a study and and its very own fitness centre as well as a heated pool, located within the grounds of the resort.
As reported by MailOnline, they bought the condo through Your Place Abroad – who also facilitated homes for Michael Owen and former cricketer Andrew Flintoff.
However a downturn in the global economy resulted in the collapse property prices, with neighbouring homes losing as much as £150,000.
Lavish: With Wayne established as one of the best players of his generation, the couple forked out an estimated £320,000 on a waterfront apartment at Harbor Pointe in Port Charlotte, Florida – only for property prices to collapse during the recession
£3.7MILLION HOME IN PRESTBURY, CHESHIRE
It wasn’t exactly cheap as chips, but Wayne and Coleen swapped Formby for leafy Cheshire in 2006, when they paid a whopping £1.5million for a plot of land next door to Bargain Hunt presenter David Dickinson in Prestbury.
But the couple infuriated neighbours shortly after moving in by tearing down a 1930s detached property in order to develop his new home, a six en-suite bedroom mansion with a pink interior swimming pool.
The mansion also featured a private cinema, jacuzzi and swimming pool, as well as a variety of pampering rooms for fashion obsessed Coleen.
‘I don’t blame them for wanting a nice house, but they are destroying a bit of heritage,’ a Cheshire local told the Independent. ‘Some of the new houses are horrendous, disgusting – with fake pillars and marble bathrooms.
‘I used to live next door to the place and it makes me angry to see others tearing down good examples of architecture to make a profit.’
And profit they made, having pocketed £3.7million from its recent sale, according to Land Registry documents obtained by The Sun.
A source told the publication: ‘They were sad to sell it but their new house is so amazing they had no reason to keep it.’
Going at a £25,000-a-week rental fee in high season, the Rooneys offer their lavish home which sleeps 14 people and includes an additional two-bedroom cottage in the grounds.
£5MILLION HOME ON ROYAL WESTMORELAND ESTATE, BARBADOS
Wayne and Coleen loved holiday hotspot Barbados so much they eventually splashed out £5million a rental property there in 2010.
Located in the exclusive Royal Westmoreland estate on the Caribbean island, the resort has become so popular with northern celebrities that its Jasmine Ridge development is now unofficially known as the ‘Northern Quarter’.
Once a sugar plantation, it extends to 750 acres and has 225 privately owned villas and cottages, a clubhouse, restaurant, spa, private beach and a golf course.
Very nice: Wayne and Coleen loved holiday hotspot Barbados so much they eventually splashed out £5million a rental property there in 2010
The lavish £5 million villa was furnished by Coleen when it was built and comes with five bedrooms, an infinity pool and breathtaking sea views.
Guests receive a daily complimentary round of golf and use of a buggy on the estate.
As of 2017, the villa rents for £25,410 per week at high season – such as Christmastime – while it drops to £10,164 per week during low season.
Royal Westmoreland owner John Morphet said in 2017: ‘We have a very wide range of people here. We do have celebrities but once we come in through the gate we are all on the same level.
‘The owners are not starstruck, they leave each other alone. People don’t bother them, they just mix in.’
Home from home: The lavish villa was furnished by Coleen when it was built and comes with five bedrooms, an infinity pool and breathtaking sea views
£20MILLION MORRISONS MANSION, CHESHIRE
Wayne and Coleen’s new home boasts a snooker room, a home cinema, indoor swimming pool, an underground spa, wine cellar, a stable area with space for 14 horses, and, a football pitch for their five sons.
The pad, which sits in its own secluded spot in 40 acres of countryside, is on the flightpath to Manchester Airport with planes flying directly over it.
Situated behind a lake, a bridge leads to the manor – uncharitably referred to as the ‘Morrisons mansion’ due to its similarity to the supermarket chain.
Installation: Wayne and Coleen Rooney have reportedly installed state-of-the-art security at their new £20million Cheshire mansion
Uncanny: A number of people on social media have compared the new Rooney home’s design to a supermarket supermarket, such as this Morrisons in Sunderland
The family were initially set to move into the mansion back in 2020, but were set back due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
But Coleen and Wayne ran into some issues when renovating the property, running into issues from birds, so they installed an airport-style automatic ‘bird-scarer’ to prevent grass seeds from being eaten.
Blasts from the gas-powered scarer every 20 minutes annoyed the well-heeled neighbours in the Cheshire countryside, who became fed up with the drawn-out construction work.
Another bugbear for local residents was the state-of-the art security precautions around the property.
Several objected to the erection of a 9ft tall security fence ringing the estate, branding it an eyesore which would ‘urbanise’ the rural area. The planners sided with the Rooney’s.
Impressive: His three-storey mansion deep in the Cheshire countryside boasts an incredible array of facilities
Work in progress: Construction on the property was delayed as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and cost £20million to complete
The ground floor has a huge indoor swimming pool surrounded by a glass pavilion and a hot tub, plunge pool and steam room.
There is also a large garage for the former Manchester United star’s fleet of sports cars, as well as a stable block. In order to avoid the social faux pas of using the couple’s own downstairs loo, there is a ‘guest toilet’ too and even separate lifts – one for the family, the other for visitors.
Upstairs has six bedrooms, all with en-suites, with the master bedroom also boasting a dressing room. The property has two floors as well as a subterranean basement, which is home to the steam room, plunge pool, hot tub, gym, cinema room with ten seats, wine cellar and snooker room with bar.
The plush garage has room for six cars and the stables have room for 14 horses plus a hay store and a tack room.