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Franchuk Villa is situated in Kensington, London. It was worth $ 161 million in 1997, $ 10 million pounds ($ 15 million) in 2006. The building was bought by the founder of the charity fund "Anti-AIDS" and one of the most influential personalities of Ukraine, Elena Franchuk

 

History

 

Once, this villa was a girls' preparatory school. Then it passed to a Chinese businessman, who bought it in 1997 . This property, 17 Upper Phillimore Gardens, was bought for £20 million in June 2006 by a company called Coll Hill Spink 2, controlled by the developer Mike Spink, who specializes in top end properties. The Victorian villa, not far from Kensington High Street, has been rebuilt and refurnished at an estimated £10 million. The builders worked 18 months, installing an underground swimming pool, a gym, a sauna and a cinema. There were a lot of complains concerning the noise and disturbance from the cranes and lorries which drove over the pavements, cracking flagstones and damaging public areas. In 2003, the villa was bought by the businesswoman and philanthropist Elena Franchuk, a friend of Sir Elton John. Ms Franchuk, the daughter of a former Ukrainian president and married to oligarch industrialist Viktor Pinchuk, has long been involved in charitable activities in her home country.

 

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This is a 5-storey- house. It has 10 bedrooms, a subterranean indoor swimming pool, movie theater, several saunas, a gym and a bomb shelter. This 5-storey house is fully self-equipped. This is an unforgettable place, a real royal place.

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