£95m price tag to become the Queen’s neighbour

Fancy becoming a neighbour of the Queen? Well, one American billionaire has done just that – at the cost of an incredible £95 million.

Hedge fund boss Ken Griffin even secured a massive discount on the price he paid for the Georgian property at 3 Carlton Gardens in London.

The original price tag for the property, which overlooks St James’s Park and is close to Buckingham Palace, was £145m.

Property has its own pool

Mr Griffin will be able to watch state occasions from the balcony of his new home while sharing a driveway with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, whose official residence is next door.

The billionaire, said to be worth almost $10bn, is certainly getting plenty of bang for his buck.

The 20,000 square foot property, built in the 1820s and designed by the same architect who helped design Buckingham Palace, includes its own swimming pool and gym, and there are staff quarters and private gardens.

A spokeswoman for the new owner told The Times: “It is a historic property with a spectacular location, extraordinary elegance and stunning gardens. It is truly a unique opportunity to own a home in London.”