I suppose the owners of the house have made this story up. It doesn't make sense that two divorced couples from a group that just split up would have a house built together, let alone live in it for four years. As far as I know, Björn moved to London at that time. Also, the pieces of the supposed ABBA memorabilia include the Thank You For The Music box set - hardly a leftover from 1986, "untouched" by the previous owners
This has to be complete fabrication to sell the house... Surely someone on here would’ve heard about it, Ok we don’t know everything about them but seriously........ It may be theirs, but can anyone see them all living there with new partners etc
But hey don’t mind being proved wrong.....but surely complete rubbish....
What may be true is that it was bought for tax reasons, with ABBA’s diminished sales in 1982, less income coming in, Polar may have had the home built to rent out, it was noted in Bright Lights, Dark Shadows book that there were many financial advisors drafted into Polar who had very little to do with the music business. What is mentioned in the article was that John Spalding’s name was listed in the deeds I think, it stated he was ABBA’s financial manager, but was he not just in charge of the publishing company in the UK (I think it was Bocu Music?) I seem to remember Stig did rely on him later on. Perhaps the home was just owned by him and it was tentatively linked to ABBA that way.
What is mentioned in the article was that John Spalding’s name was listed in the deeds I think, it stated he was ABBA’s financial manager, but was he not just in charge of the publishing company in the UK (I think it was Bocu Music?)
Yes, it was Bocu Music. A quick look at its entry on the government’s Companies House website shows he was a Director and Secretary of the company before resigning on 1 October 2011. The company still exists, having been incorporated in 1961. They would have done very well out of ABBA.
I’d say you’re right, it was an investment for tax purposes as ABBA’s companies were making some very bad business decisions. Very unlikely that any of ABBA actually stayed in it, and certainly not more than one of them at once.
I read about this some weeks ago and I also found it to be odd on so many levels. My theory is that, yes, this was done for tax purposes. Florida is one of 6 or 7 states in the US that does not impose state income taxes and, upon taking office in 1981, President Reagan lowered the top marginal federal income tax brackets by half (amidst accusations of promoting "trickle-down" economics). As such, the US, and Florida specifically, was now considered to be an attractive place to claim residence for tax purposes. In reality, I suspect the members of the band *may* have visited a handful of times (not together) in order to maintain their stake in the ground. All that being said, Tampa is an ODD choice. Tampa is not exactly a world-class destination like, say, Miami Beach. It is lovely and all... but even today, Tampa is still considered to be somewhat of a backwater; I can only imagine how it was 40 years ago.
Does anybody know the address that Bjorn lived at, in London during the 80’s? I walk through Little Venice frequently for work and pass a tourist boat that I think Frida may have appeared in for one of her 1982 video’s. If it is the same boat I’ll take a picture and post it here.
I don’t really believe this story at all, if the group sold it in 1986, why is there ABBA albums that were released after that year in the photo: like the Thank You For The Music box set? That was issued in 1994.