You can't take this little pixie out of Essex
Pop chanteuse Pixie Lott may be a showbiz veteran of almost 20-years-old, but she has no intention, just yet, of leaving the comforts of her Brentwood, Essex, home. ‘Family is really important, especially being young and working in a business like this’, says the kooky City stockbroker’s daughter.
‘It would be weird not to have them around me. And, yes, it does help to keep me grounded and focused.’ The burgeoning Lott career began aged 14 when she joined the chorus line of the award-winning West End musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Her debut singles, Mama Do and Boys and Girls, topped the charts in 2009 and she’s about to launch a repackaged US version of her album, Turn It Up.
Despite her fame Hollywood’s most bankable actress Sandra Bullock has been unable to sell her former marital home in pukka Orange County, Southern California. She has therefore reduced the asking price of the four-bedroom beachfront property from $6.75 million (£4.4 million) to $4.995 million (£3.2 million).
Homebody Sandra divorced motorcycle mogul Jesse James last summer after tattooed model Michelle “Bombshell” McGee claimed that she had had an 11-month fling with him. While he has moved to Austin, Texas, she is now living in a 19th century five-bedroom villa in New Orleans’ swanky Garden District, where she recently adopted a son, Louis.
“We’ve both moved on with our lives and only want the best for each other,” says Oscar-winning Sandra, who has other pads in West Hollywood, New York, Texas and Georgia.
Anglesey has long been a favourite second-home destination for fat cats from Manchester and Liverpool. The islands is a mere 90- to 120-minute whizz along the dual carriageway, after all. But the posting of Prince William there as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot since last year has led to fresh interest from down south.
Manor houses, rectories and farmhouses of a royal standard are in short supply in this corner of north Wales. But local agents Williams & Goodwin are selling Bryn Maelog a nine-bedroom Victorian house, close to the farmhouse that William and Kate currently rent for £750-a-week, for sale at £659,000 while Dafydd Hardy has a four-bedroom former vicarage for sale at £695,000.
Much of the 278 sq. mile island was once owned by the Marquess of Anglesey‘s ancestors. He now lives in a comforatble apartment of his ancestral home, Plas Newydd, owned by the National Trust.
Party-loving Ingrid Tarrant may live in a £3.2 million Cobham mansion, courtesy of her ex-husband, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host Chris Tarrant, but she has also built up a £5 million buy-to-let property portfolio.
“I’ve always loved dealing in property ever since I bought a pokey dump in Maida Vale in my twenties’, the Bentley-driving Norwegian beauty tells me. “Over the past nine years alone I’ve bought and sold ten places.’ Currently she owns properties in Berkshire, Kent, Kingston-upon-Thames, Esher and Battersea.
‘I’m a very hands-on person where building work is involved and I also manage most of my properties myself’, adds Ingrid, who has four children, Fia, Dexter, Toby and Samantha. She also owns an impressive five-bedroom villa in the South of France near Mougins.