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Harry Styles ‘buys saddest Grand Designs property ever in North Devon for £8million’

Harry Styles has reportedly bought a house that has been featured in Channel 4’s Grand Designs and has been branded as the ‘saddest house ever’.

The 28-year-old pop star is said to have spent a whopping £8million on a lighthouse-inspired home on the North Devon coast after visiting the area last year.

And having “fallen in love” with the stunning scenery and rugged landscape, Harry is now said to have a lasting reminder of his journey in the form of Chesil Cliff House, which is Croyde Bay.

New pad? Harry Styles has reportedly bought a home that was featured in Channel 4's Grand Designs and branded as the'sadest house ever' (pictured in 2021)

New pad? Harry Styles has reportedly bought a home that was featured in Channel 4’s Grand Designs and branded as the ‘sadest house ever’ (pictured in 2021)

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Wow: The 28-year-old pop star is said to have spent a whopping £8million on a lighthouse-inspired house on the North Devon coast after visiting the area last year

A local told The Daily Star: “That’s village talk. Harry Styles apparently bought the house for £8million. I don’t know if it’s just Chinese Whispers, but that’s what everyone says.’

While another local shared: “I had heard that Harry Styles had bought the house. I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is, then Harry is welcome here.”

MailOnline has reached out to Harry’s representative for comment.

Homeowner Edward Short, 54, put the home up for sale in July this year after spending a decade on the ambitious project that saw him transforming his family’s 1950s home into a white Art Deco lighthouse.

It was shown on Channel 4’s Grand Designs in October 2019 and was dubbed by many viewers as the “saddest episode ever” after the music industry exec announced the recession, construction troubles and the end of his marriage to wife Hazel were gone his dream in tatters.

Setbacks included the 2011 financial crisis that caused funds to be withdrawn, the granite bedrock that took 18 months to drill, not the expected six, and then Covid halted progress.

Property: And having

Property: And having “fallen in love” with the stunning scenery and rugged landscape, Harry is now said to have a lasting memory of his journey in the form of Chesil Cliff House, which is Croyde Bay

By the time a lender pulled out in 2018, the home was derelict and looked more like an abandoned parking garage than a millionaire’s paradise. Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, who visited in 2019, described it as a “desolate carcass” – on which an irritated local graffitied “please finish”.

Father-of-two Edward remained adamant that he would complete the design – but his dream of an idyllic existence in the stunning cliff-top house in one of Devon’s most picturesque seaside towns was dashed and he admitted earlier last year that he would be forced to sell it in hopes of a £4million profit once it is completed in late 2021.

The house finally went on the market for £10million this summer – although it didn’t have a kitchen, bathroom, floors or lighting fixtures – and Edward insisted it was worth it.

Problematic construction: Homeowner Edward Short, 54, (pictured) put the house up for sale in July this year after spending a decade on the ambitious project, which saw his family's 1950s home painted a white Art -Deco turned lighthouse

Problematic construction: Homeowner Edward Short, 54, (pictured) put the house up for sale in July this year after spending a decade on the ambitious project, which saw his family’s 1950s home painted a white Art -Deco turned lighthouse

He is now hoping the sale of the mansion will help pay off some of the monumental £7million debt he amassed during the troubled construction.

But One Direction fans needn’t get too excited as estate agent Knight Frank shut down the rumours, telling the Daily Star: “There is no truth to the rumors that Harry Styles has bought Chesil Cliff House. The house is still on the market.”

While another local resident branded the purchase of the Watermelon Sugar hitmaker “wishful thinking” and suggested someone “would put two and two together and make five” when they recently spotted him in the area.

Oh no: It aired on Channel 4's Grand Designs in October 2019 and was dubbed by many viewers as the'saddest episode ever' after the music industry exec revealed the recession, construction troubles and the end of his marriage entered with his wife Hazel had left his dream in tatters

Oh no: It aired on Channel 4’s Grand Designs in October 2019 and was dubbed by many viewers as the ‘saddest episode ever’ after the music industry exec revealed the recession, construction troubles and the end of his marriage entered with his wife Hazel had left his dream in tatters

Work in progress: When Kevin returned to the home in 2019, he found the property was a construction site, calling it

Work in progress: When Kevin returned to the home in 2019, he found the property was a construction site, calling it “a skeleton” and a “desolate cadaver.”

Meanwhile, amidst Harry’s house messages, it was him left giggling during his performance at Madison Square Garden on Saturday after a fan threw chicken nuggets at him.

The Golden hitmaker looked confused as he knelt down on stage to pick up the breaded cut of meat, prompting the crowd to ask, “Is that a chicken nugget?!”

He then held up the nugget and said, “Interesting, very interesting approach,” adding, “Who threw the chicken nugget? It’s another chicken nugget’ when another was thrown onto the stage.

You're so golden: Amid Harry's house news, he giggled during his performance at Madison Square Garden on Saturday after a fan threw chicken nuggets at him

You’re so golden: Amid Harry’s house news, he giggled during his performance at Madison Square Garden on Saturday after a fan threw chicken nuggets at him

Despite fans’ pleas to eat the chicken, he replied: “I don’t eat chicken, sorry. I do not eat meat.”

When he found the fan who had thrown away the food, Harry said, “There you are, you can have your nugget back.

“First of all, it’s cold and I assume it’s very old.”

When he asks the fan if they want the nugget back, the fan replies “Yes,” Harry replies: “You want it back? Why?’

The singer then threw the food back and said: ‘Okay, here you go. Don’t eat it.’

“Oh, now it’s on the floor, we’ll get you another nugget, okay? No fear.’

One Direction: The Golden hitmaker looked amused as he knelt on stage to pick up the breaded cut of meat, prompting the crowd to ask,

Oh dear: Despite fans' pleas to eat the chicken, he replied:

One Direction: The Golden hitmaker looked amused as he knelt on stage to pick up the breaded cut of meat, prompting the crowd to ask, “Is that a chicken nugget?!

Banter: The singer then threw back the food and said:

Banter: The singer then threw back the food and said: “Okay, there you go. don’t eat it

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