My grandpa once told me that good fences make good neighbors, so long as those neighbors live miles away. I thought he was joking at the time because I was little, but having grown up I can completely see his point. Neighbors sometimes suck – especially when they’re the busybody types that spy on your every move and are ready to launch complaints against everything you do.
While most of us usually can’t do anything about annoying neighbors, other than passive-aggressively stand our ground – filthy-rich singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran used his money to buy himself a little peace and quiet.
The 28-year-old “I Don’t Care” singer has reportedly spent a cool £4million, buying out his “moaning” neighbors who live in the homes surrounding his abode in Framlingham, Suffolk.
WOW! Ed Sheeran Buys All His Neighbours' Houses After They Complained About His Noise https://t.co/8WnSuh9A3L— #BBNaija #BBNaija2019 #Pepperdem (@Naijapals) July 27, 2019
Everything started back in 2012 when Sheeran first bought his £895,000 farmhouse. Over the last few years, Sheeran has been buying the surrounding properties, forking over roughly £3.7 million.
These properties include the house next door which he bought in the same year – 2012 – which was a Grade II listed house for £450,000. Then in 2016, he bought the detached house right in front of his home for £925,000. And then the next year – 2017 – he bought the £525,000 bungalow on the other side of his driveway.
Sheeran – who has a net worth estimated to be at £160 million – decided to buy the surrounding homes after his neighbors kept complaining about the building works that he had planned. It was reported that earlier that year, he and his planning consultants submitted an application to the local council, which detailed out works to be made to the garden in November 2018.
According to the Daily Mail, “The works involve laying new paving and composite decking around three properties, creating a kitchen garden with raised oak beds, brick paver, and gravel paths, building the brick plinth base for a greenhouse.”
Sheeran also had plans to use his grounds to build a treehouse as well as a 32ft chapel, but his neighbors weren’t happy with the plans.
In a letter published by the local council, one of Sheeran’s neighbors expressed, “We have no problems with the proposal but query the mention of the chapel which has not gained permission and is most likely to be an oversight and would also request that all external lighting is switched off between midnight and 7 am.”
In the end, instead of dragging things out, Sheeran decided to just buy them all out.
Whoever said money can’t buy happiness was clearly delusional – peace and quiet is very much happiness, and wouldn’t we all love to be able to buy that?