Fancy being the proud owner of a futuristic, semi-underground property worthy of Grand Designs, complete with a wine cellar, outdoor TV lounge, indoor pool and helipad?
You may be in luck as Steve O’Connor, majority shareholder of rugby league club Widnes Vikings, is selling his impressive home located on the slopes of Helsby Hill – but it comes with a hefty £4.75m price tag.
The self-made millionaire moved into the stunning house – half of which is underground due to planning restrictions which meant that any new build could only be as big as Hill Cottage, which used to stand on the site – in 2010.
Steppingstone, so-called in homage to Bruce Springsteen whose name means Steppingstone in old Dutch, boasts state-of-the-art technology including keyless doors and fingerprint recognition, as well as an open-plan living space and staff flat with independent access.
There are no shortage of selling points outside either, thanks to the zip-wire, adventure playground, tree house and covered American pool room.
Mr O’Connor, who made his fortune from a Widnes-based rail freight and logistics company before selling to the Stobart Group, previously told The Chronicle: “You won’t find a house like this anywhere, we don’t think a lot of it has ever been done before.
“It’s a mixture of 16th and 17th century techniques and modern technology and sophistication.”
Charlie Kannreuther, property agent at Savills Chester, said: “It’s the most interesting house I’ve ever been involved with.
“It’s incredibly fun. Although a large chunk of it is below ground, it’s really light and airy.
“It will appeal to people looking for something really contemporary. We think that people involved in sport or IT might be interested in it.
“You can get to Battersea heliport within the hour and John Lennon Airport within ten minutes from there, which I think will be very attractive features to prospective buyers.”
Having only been put on the market last week, Mr Kannreuther said Steppingstone is already turning heads.
“We have had a lot of enquiries already and we are sifting through them at the moment,” he said.