UK's prince of plumbing Charlie Mullins slashes asking price of Essex mansion

Pimlico Plumbers founder looks for quick sale after finalising divorce from second wife

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Britain’s richest plumber Charlie Mullins, who is currently in Dubai, has slashed the asking price of his Essex mansion in the UK after divorcing his second wife.

The six-bedroom home in Hutton Mount, Brentwood, was listed for £4.75 million ($6.5m) just over a month ago, but the home of the Pimlico Plumbers boss is now on the market for £4.4m.

The sale comes after his divorce from his wife of four years – Julie, 48 – was finalised in December.

The luxury property, which features marble floors, a home cinema and gym, was built in 2010.

Mr Mullins, 68, who is worth an estimated £70m, bought the property in January 2019 for £3.5 million.

A spokesman for Mr Mullins said the cut in the asking price was not a “direct result of the divorce”.

The plumber has been staying in one of Dubai's most exclusive hotels during the pandemic, paying Dh4,000 a night.

He told The National last week that he was planning on expanding his plumbing business to the UAE.

Despite the pandemic forcing many companies to close and people to cut down on spending, business at Pimlico Plumbers is up 15 per cent over the past year. The plumbers charge a £105 per hour call-out rate, rising to £200 for unsociable-hour emergencies.

Mr Mullins has also been eyeing up the idea of setting up an outlet in Dubai and said now was as good a time as any.

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Charlie Mullins, head of company Pimlico Plummers and one of several buisiness people funding the legal challenge to Article 50 at the High Court. Credit:  Jeff Gilbert/Alamy Live News
Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins has slashed the asking price of his Essex mansion. Alamy Live News

“I am playing it smart and taking my time because of the pandemic, but I’m very serious about this,” he said.

“Dubai is great, but some of the plumbing workmanship I’ve seen in buildings is a bit shoddy.

“I know I could fill that gap for people willing to spend a bit more for a quality outcome.

“I will bring British trained and qualified plumbers out here, but I won’t charge London prices, it will be less.

“If I’m being very honest, I wish I tapped into the Dubai market 15 years ago. I didn’t and I’m gutted.”

With a large British expat community in Dubai that is “familiar with his name”, Mr Mullins thinks he could establish a “great customer base really quickly”.

He said he will be up and running before the end of the year, if all goes according to plan.

“I heard they’re bringing the famous black taxis of London out here soon," Mr Mullins said. "Now if that’s not the perfect platform to advertise the business, I don’t know what is.”