Shane Warne keeps it local, buys another pad in Brighton for $5.5m Shane Warne has snapped up another slice of Brighton real estate, this time splashing $5.5 million on a lavish trophy home. The high-profile sports figure has bought and sold a string of multimillion-dollar mansions in the exclusive bayside suburb, and netted huge windfalls. News of the secretive off-market deal comes just months after the 48-year-old cricket legend offloaded a sprawling 3014-square metre estate in the neighbourhood for about $20 million, just 18 months after he bought it for $14.25 million. Shane Warne's new Brighton pad. On the prowl for a new luxury pad, Warne kept his sights local and bought a property owned by Melbourne private investigator Anthony Thompson. It’s understood the five-bedroom, three-bathroom property was withdrawn from sale late last year after Warne swooped in with a knockout offer. Industry sources said he struck a deal with Thompson for about $5.5 million. Thompson paid $4.2 million for the property in 2015, when he bought it from ex-Essendon captain turned AFL commentator Matthew Lloyd. Warne paid a rumoured $5.5m for the house earlier this year. A former policeman and business partner of Sam Newman, Thompson was last year under investigation by Victoria Police for seeking confidential information from the police force. On about 600-square metres, Warne’s new purchase is considerably smaller than his former address. The neo-Georgian mansion is set over two storeys but also features a basement level with a home theatre and garaging for four cars. Outside, decking overlooks a large pool with adjoining spa. The spin king turned media commentator has been a major player in Brighton’s luxury property market for two decades. Warne is known for splurging on extravagant additions, such as having a swimming pool emblazoned with his playing number, 23. A timeline of his property transactions reveals his appetite for flipping Brighton real estate has been extraordinarily lucrative. 1996: The beachfront home at 102 Esplanade is bought by Warne for $902,000. 2000: After renovations, 102 Esplanade fetches $2.61 million. 2000: Warne and Simone Callahan pay $3.6 million for a circa-1880 Victorian residence at 32 Middle Crescent, and reportedly spend a similar sum in renovations. 2007: The couple sell the Middle Crescent mansion for $8.8 million. 2007: For $3.7 million, Warne scoops up the five-bedroom house at 16 Park Street. 2009: The Park Street property sells for $6,775,000. 2009: Warne forks out $7.55 million on heritage-listed residence at 6 William Street, which he goes on to share with Elizabeth Hurley after he splits with Callahan. 2013:The William Street mansion sells for $10.85 million. 2014: Warne spends $3.95 million on mini-manor at 11 Kinane Street. 2016: In a move that made headlines, Warne buys back 32 Middle Crescent for $14.25 million. 2016: 11 Kinane Street sells for $5.35 million. 2018: Warne offloads 32 Middle Crescent for about $20 million. 2018: Warne buys a nearby property for about $5.5 million.