Tony's home sweet home
STOKE City manager Tony Pulis has bought an exclusive slice of paradise in one of the most expensive places in the world to live.
Dubbed Britain's Palm Beach, Sandbanks in Dorset is a seaside retreat with luxury homes to suit millionaire buyers who want to enjoy panoramic views of Poole harbour.
OCEAN VIEW: Tony Pulis has a home on the Sandbanks in Dorset. Above, Tony's new view and the property during a previous sale.
It is fast becoming a hot spot for football bosses – Mr Pulis will be able to pop round to visit his new neighbours former Liverpool and Southampton boss Graeme Souness, and close friend Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.
The cost of the home is unknown, but the property was sold for £3 million six years ago. It has five en-suite bedrooms, an outdoor pool, billiards room, gymnasium, wine cellar and sauna.
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Adrian Dunford, owner of Tailor Made estate agents in Sandbanks, said: "This isn't a celeb-type area, it's a place where anyone who can afford to buy, will buy. They are attracted by the water and the quality housing.
"And it has one of the lowest crime rates in the country and top quality schools.
"The property Tony Pulis has bought will have lovely views across the harbour. We did not sell it, but I understand it has a lot of character.
"The area is so exclusive because of the quality of life. Poole is the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney Harbour and the Jurassic coastline is a World Heritage Site.
"People buying in this price band like to demolish the houses and rebuild in their own style, similar to how other people would redecorate a living room in a new house.
"But I would be surprised if this happens with a character property, because it is probably listed."
He added: "Tony Pulis will be in good company with the likes of Harry Redknapp and Graeme Souness as neighbours. I imagine he has visited one of them, saw the area and fell in love with it.
"We often find people move here and within a couple of years, two or three of their friends buy here too.
"They don't buy to be seen in the right place, it's not a fashion thing, they buy because they like the area. There are people living here who are a lot wealthier than the football people."
The new house bought by Pulis is believed to be on the mainland overlooking the Sandbanks peninsula where the uber-wealthy will pay a premium for waterside access and unspoilt sea views.
Last year a Russian billionaire paid £5m for a house and plot, only to knock the house down and spend another £5m building a new one.
These tycoons are attracted to Sandbanks because it is peaceful and unique. It does not have the nightclubs, arcades and tourists like other south coast resorts.
Bryan Shaw, chairman of Stoke City Supporters' Club, said: "After all the hard work Tony Pulis has done in the last few season I think he really deserves it.
"I'm happy to see him enjoying his money, he has earned it.
"He must have to spend a lot of time away from his family and that means time at home must be very precious. I'm sure all Stoke fans would say the same thing."
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