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Robbie buys his 85th house.. and he'll actually live in this one; SOCCER STAR'S pounds 2M MANSION HOME.

Byline: BRIAN ROBERTS

SOCCER ace Robbie Fowler has snapped up his 85th property - a secluded woodland mansion worth pounds 2million.

And while the striker has rented out most of his other acquisitions, he plans to turn his latest into a dream home for his own family.

The fabulous house is in one of the most affluent parts of Britain and he will have mostly multi-millionaires as neighbours.

The sprawling mansion, hidden from view from a country road, has a drive with electronic gates.

It boasts a huge indoor swimming pool, courtyards, landscaped gardens and a summer house.

It has breathtaking views over the Dee estuary in Cheshire and has National Trust land lying beyond the grounds.

Last week builders were busy carrying out work at the property in the village of Caldy, Wirral.

But it is thought the Manchester City player has already moved in with wife Kerrie and their three daughters aged four, two and one.

A Caldy resident said: "He's not the first footballer to come here. John Barnes, who used to play for England, used to live up the road.

"And another ex-Liverpool player, Ian Rush, also has a lovely house here.

"Caldy is a little jewel and most of the properties here are worth well over a million pounds."

Robbie, who has moved from outside Leeds, has a 110-mile round trip to go to training at his club.

He could live much closer if he gave up his taste for luxury - because he owns around 22 terraced houses in Hollinwood, Greater Manchester.

Fowler is believed to earn pounds 40,000 a week and is one of Britain's 100 richest football money men. He has been investing in property for years.

Agent George Scott said: "Robbie has about 84 properties throughout England and Scotland."

The player has admitted some people from Liverpool's tough Toxteth area, where he grew up, are jealous of his wealth and success.

Just wait until they see his new pad.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 8, 2003
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