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In July 2004, Manchester United player Ryan Giggs purchased a 105 year-old Victorian property for sale, that at the time was called, Silver How.

A fascinating and somewhat timely fact we’ve discovered, thanks to a local Manchester newspaper, was that Mr Giggs actually purchased this house from a lady called Mary Wibberley.

Mary Wibberley was a seller with an interesting career. She was a writer of romantic novels. An author of many romance novels for the Harlequin Presents imprint which later merged with non other than Mills & Boon in 1971: the UK’s undisputed market leader in romance fiction.Mary Wibberley

Her titles include: A Dangerous Man, Savage Love, Loves Sweet Revenge, Fire & Steel and Law of the Jungle, to name a few and Mills & Boon claimed that their:

"…army of dedicated readers know that once they pick a brightly coloured paperback, they will be taken on an easy, thrilling read – with a guaranteed happy ending."

Love's Sweet Revenge (1979) A novel by Mary Wibberley

So, what can Zoopla tell us about the property?

Looking at Zoopla's sold house prices section (we have 16.6m), we see that the current owner paid £1,940,000 for the property on 23rd July 2004. We can also see from the Zoopla.co.uk sold house prices section that the previous owner - Mary Wibberley - paid £645,000 for the property on 25th October in 1996.

What we have also found out is that Ryan Giggs, having bought Silver How, immediately demolished the property in order to build the property we see above today. Not such a dissimilar story to that of the current Apprentice House.

We can tell you that the property is a six-bedroom home with landscaped gardens,  every bathroom is en suite. There is also a four-car garage, a gym, sauna, swimming pool and steam room.

In terms of current home values in the area, properties on Chatsworth Road have an average value of £743,716 with properties in the M28 outcode (it sits within) have an average home value of £184,085.

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