Shamed footballer Adam Johnson has finally sold his luxury home but at a knocked down price
Shamed soccer star Adam Johnson is set to sell his former home but is losing around £250,000 on the original asking price.
Johnson, 29, dropped the valuation of the five-bedroom property by almost £200,000 last year.
The fallen star put the luxury house and grounds on the market for £1.85m shortly after he started his six-year prison sentence for child sex offenses.
When there were no takers for Toll Gate House, which has its own gym, bar,
and cinema, he reduced the asking price to £1.7m.
But it is understood he has now accepted an offer, and the house and 2.2 acres of grounds, in Castle Eden, Co Durham, has been taken off the market.
All trace of its previous owner, including photos, shirts and football memorabilia, were removed before would-be buyers had viewings.
Its details remain on line showing the £1.7m asking price.
But there is a notice saying: “The property has been removed by the agent.
“It may be sold or temporarily removed from the market.”
Johnson, currently held in Moorland jail, Doncaster, previously shared the house with his ex-girlfriend Stacey Flounders, 27, who has since moved into another home with their daughter Ayla, two.
Ex-Middlesbrough, Man City and Sunderland winger Johnson bought the house for £1,575,000 in 2012.
The estate agent details describe it as a property of ‘prestige and rarity which offers luxurious living on a grand scale’.
They go on: “A magnificent home in which to entertain, the vendors have invested in further upgrades in the main house including adding a games room with built-in bar and a cinema room fully fitted for group film viewings.
“Active members of the family haven’t been forgotten with a first floor gym with walnut floor that leads onto the mezzanine level above the garden room.
“While the landscaped, outdoor space will appeal to gardeners, the property is a golfer’s dream with its own putting green.”
Johnson was found guilty in March, 2016, exactly a year after his arrest at Toll Gate House by Durham police.
He continued to play for Sunderland up to his trial, while on bail, earning around £3 million in that time.
He admitted grooming and one count of sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl at Bradford Crown Court.
He was then convicted of another, more serious offence, of sexual activity with the girl.
But he was acquitted on a third charge of sexual activity.
He lost his appeal against length of sentence, and conviction, earlier this month.