Former TV presenter John Leslie puts three-bed Edinburgh home on sale for £600k

Former TV presenter John Leslie has put his home up for sale for more than £600,000.

The ex-Blue Peter and Wheel of Fortune host bought the house in Edinburgh’s upmarket Morningside for £545,000 in 2016.

Built in 2003, the property has three bedrooms and a back garden boasting views of the city skyline.

Leslie, 55, is hoping to make a profit on the detached villa and it has been put on the market for offers over £610,000.

The home is kitted out with modern decor and the kitchen includes an expensive Aga stove “creating a cosy family hub”, according to estate agents Ralph Hendrie Legal.

The sales brochure also says the house has a garden that “overlooks The Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Nature Reserve with views of Edinburgh”.

Fomer TV presenter John Leslie

It adds: “Boasting contemporary and generous interiors and impressive outdoor space, this traditional three-bedroom stone-built detached villa offers an exceptionally spacious and flexible family home over two levels.”

Leslie, who also fronted This Morning at the height of his career, once built a home in Richmond, Surrey, but was forced to sell it for £3.5million when his career hit the skids.

He went from earning about £350,000 a year to “not a penny”.

Leslie moved back to Edinburgh and started investing in property to make a living.

The house in Edinburgh’s upmarket Morningside

The former star renovated several flats and a nursing home in London but was hit hard by the 2008 financial crash.

After renting out his Richmond home for a number of years, Leslie sold it in 2010.

Speaking previously, he said: “I pleaded with the bank to let me keep the Richmond house but was forced to sell it for £3.5million when the crash hit and the bank wanted its money back. I paid them back every penny but there was nothing left.

The kitchen has an Aga stove

“I thought I was going to get out with some money but I sold at the worst time.”

He bought other properties after moving back to Edinburgh.

One six-bedroom house was bought for £1.25million in 2006 and put back on the market for £2.5million in 2009. It eventually sold in 2013 for £1.8million.

Leslie also bought two ­neighbouring houses, including the one that is now for sale.

The estate agent has set Wednesday, 12pm, as the closing date for potential buyers.

In June 2019, Leslie was charged with sexually assaulting a then 30-year-old woman in Westminster in December 2008.

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He’s pleaded not guilty to the offence and is due to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court in September.

Neither Ralph Hendrie Legal nor Leslie responded to our request for a comment.

The estate agent has set Wednesday, 12pm, as the closing date for potential buyers.


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