A fresh start! Ant Anstead was proud to be a new homeowner when he found a dreamy pad in Laguna Beach. The Wheeler Dealers host purchased the “house of [his] dreams” in California following his divorce from Christina Hall. Years later, Ant sold the home as he looked toward starting a new chapter in his life.
The ex-couple’s son, Hudson, gave a tour of the waterfront property on Instagram a few weeks after they officially moved in.
“Allow Hudzo to show you ’round a little part of our new home,” Ant captioned a video of his blond-haired cutie in June 2021. The nearly two-minute clip featured Hudson as he ran around their residence — which Ant called the “Temple” — on the day they received the keys.
The British TV personality purchased his Laguna Beach pad in May 2021 and moved in during the last week of the month. Ant told People he fell in love with the charming abode after looking at “well over 30 houses.” However, becoming the new owner wasn’t a simple task considering it was “no longer available” when he decided to put in an offer.
“I was heartbroken … I kept going into other houses comparing it to the one I loved,” he explained to the outlet. “In fact, I began calling it the Temple House, because it feels like a temple for me. So, I kept saying to my realtor, ‘It’s nice, but it’s not the Temple House. It’s nice, but the Temple House has this.’ And then out of the blue, the seller just came back and was like, ‘OK. You can buy the house.'”
With multiple bedrooms and bathrooms for the father-son duo, Ant said the home was nearly “perfect” for the pair. However, because it was built in 1929 and “incredibly run down,” he looked forward to giving the residence some updates.
“I mean, it’s not falling down, but it’s not far from falling down,” he joked, explaining, “There’s no heating system, there’s no air conditioning, half the wiring doesn’t work, the plumbing is really bad, there’s no insulation, there are multiple broken windows … so I’ve had to make some quick temporary changes to make sure it’s safe for Hudson.”
Ant’s exciting purchase came less than a year after he and Christina separated in September 2020. At the time, the TV star — who is also the dad of kids Amelie and Archie from a previous relationship — moved out of their Newport Beach home with Hudson and began living in a rental in Laguna Beach. Christina filed for divorce two months later in November, and their split was finalized in June 2021, Closer confirmed.
He’s since been dating his girlfriend, Renée Zellweger, one of the reasons why he decided to let the home go and start a new beginning. In October 2022, Ant put the property up for sale with Compass for $3.3 million. In February 2023, he took the estate off the market because he realized it was “a special place,” he told People at the time.
But a few months later, the Radford Reborn host confirmed the house was officially sold after he put it back on the market a second time.
“it came at the right time, for another property and a change in my personal life that I’m really pleased about,” Ant said of the sale during an April 2023 interview with People. “So, I was like, yeah. I made the call there and then.”
To see photos inside Ant’s previous pad, scroll through the gallery below!
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