No sooner has supermodel Kate Moss bought a Grade II-listed mansion in Highgate Village than actor Jude Law pitches up and buys the equally grand house right next door.
Last month, the Croydon-born travel agent’s daughter sold her St John’s Wood house for £7million after suffering a burglary, in which she lost an £80,000 Banksy painting, and a sewage leak that caused £100,000-plus in damage.
Her magnificent new seven-bedroom Georgian pad, set in the finest of north London streets, cost £7.5million through Savills.
Law, now estranged from actress Sienna Miller, paid £8million for his new home, complete with walled garden, gym and artist’s studio.
While Kate and her fiancé, rock guitarist Jamie Hince, are installing two bars and an entertainment room with its own stage and karaoke machine, low-key Law is restoring his bachelor pad to its original glory.
And should you want to live painfully close to them, then a recently modernised three-bedroom property is now available within spitting distance at £1.85million through Day Morris.
For 15 years the Grade II-listed Halcyon Hotel in Holland Park attracted the pick of showbiz nobility, from Liza Minnelli, Yoko Ono and Robert De Niro to Naomi Campbell, Liam Gallagher and Geri Halliwell. But, three years ago, developers turned this white stucco Italianate mansion into 12 apartments, one of which is now for resale at £3.5million through Knight Frank.
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The two-bedroom basement and ground-floor maisonette includes such refinements as a glass-fronted hydrotherapy massage bath, CAT5 cabling and invisible speakers throughout, a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar and a tropical fish tank.
During its boutique hotel heyday former supermodel Jerry Hall hired a private detective, who found her husband Mick Jagger staying there under a false name with a mystery lady. No surprise there, then.
The X Factor judge Cheryl Cole’s decision to rent rather than buy a property, following the collapse of her four-year marriage to Chelsea player Ashley Cole, is likely to remain short-lived. She is paying £3,500 a week through Statons for a stylish four-bedroom Georgian house in suburban Hadley Wood.
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"It all hinges on whether Simon Cowell chooses her as one of the judges of the American version of The X Factor," says a friend. "In that scenario she would move to Los Angeles, where she has already eyed properties in the £1.5million bracket. Otherwise she is keen to invest her money here."
Since leaving the marital home near Godalming last year, Chezza has looked at properties in Totteridge, Arkley and Cockfosters, as well as Notting Hill and Chelsea. But there’s no chance of her returning to Geordieland, where she was raised on council estates by single mum Joan.
Blair Castle, one of Scotland’s oldest continuously occupied estates, will shortly be for sale at a guide price of £10million-plus through Savills. Set in 1,500 acres near Dalry, Ayrshire, it has been the home of the Blair family since 1105.
But the stately calm of its Norman guard room was recently disturbed by a spot of "murrr-der", when filming began on an episode in the latest series of ITV’s Taggart, starring Blythe Duff, Siobhan Redmond and John Michie.
The reluctant vendor, Luke Borwick, a descendant of the founding family, bravely tried to maintain the estate with golfing weekends, weddings, advertising shoots and other commercial activities. During its long history Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce have enjoyed hospitality at the castle.