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After carrying out extensive refurbishments, Sir Mick Jagger has finally moved into his five-bedroom Chelsea mansion overlooking the Thames and best-selling crime novelist Peter James is selling Beddingham Place for £1.6 million
Sir Mick Jagger
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Sir Mick Jagger

Sir Mick rocks back to London mansion

After carrying out extensive refurbishments, Sir Mick Jagger has finally moved into his five-bedroom Chelsea mansion overlooking the Thames.

Now that he has relinquished his Manhattan home, London has become his main residence, though he retains his magnificent French château and Mustique villa.

When visiting New York the Dartford-born warbler expects to stay at that starry Art Deco palace, The Carlyle, a favourite haunt of Jack Nicholson, Bill Clinton, Nicole Kidman and Scarlett Johansson.

Its Royal Suite, a snip at £630 a night, is particularly enjoyed by LA-based stylist L’Wren Scott, who, after eight years, is poised to become Lady Jagger.

Peter James
Peter James
Best-selling crime novelist Peter James is selling Beddingham Place, his converted 18th-century barn near Lewes for £1.6 million through Strutt & Parker. The five/six-bedroom, 6,000sq ft flintstone property includes a snooker room, tennis court, guest annexe and south-facing courtyard garden.

“We’re looking for a smaller house nearby with live-in staff quarters so that our three dogs (German shepherd Phoebe, labrador cross Oscar and shih-poo Coco) can be looked after properly,” says the Brighton-born royal glovemaker’s son.

He also plans to buy a Sydney apartment near Bondi Beach (“But real estate prices are insane there”) because his Swedish partner Helen, a medium, has two daughters living Down Under.

James, whose recent Roy Grace detective novel, Dead Like You, topped the hardback and paperback Sunday Times bestseller lists, already owns a modern three-bedroom duplex in Notting Hill.

Londesborough Hall, a former East Yorkshire shooting lodge used by Edward VII, is for rental at £25,000 a year unfurnished through Carter Jonas. The nine-bedroom Victorian pile near Market Weighton includes extra servants’ quarters originally built to accommodate the royal entourage.

The louche monarch, nicknamed Tum Tum because of his girth, would routinely blast some 3,000 pheasants and 1,300 partridges a day at Sandringham in Norfolk. He even turned the clocks back there by half an hour so that he could make the most of the winter daylight hours.

Katie Price
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Katie Price
Glamour model Jordan (aka Katie Price) finds it easier to dispense with husbands and lovers than she does property.

Last August she put her 10,000sq ft Surrey house on the market at £2.95 million through Hamptons. Alas, the eight-bedroom former old folks’ home, with its gym, triple garage and swimming pool, which she bought for £2.1 million in 2008, remains unsold.

The outrageous bestselling author and TV personality, who is never off the magazine covers and tabloid pages, recently parted from her second husband, cage fighter Alex Reid, after less than a year of marriage.

She has two children under six, Junior and Princess, by her first husband, singer Peter Andre, and an older son, Harvey, from her relationship with former Man United star Dwight Yorke.

Jasmine Harman
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As well as presenting Channel 4’s property series A Place In the Sun Jasmine Harman has another hidden role…. as a landlady. She recently spent £185,000 buying a run-down three-bedroom Victorian garden flat in Tooting which she has restored and now lets for £1,200 a month through Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward. The Hackney-born, drummer’s daughter also rents out a three-bedroom 1930s house in Sutton for £1,300 a month.

"I’m now looking for what I call ‘our grown-up house’, probably in Surrey, where we’ll live for the rest of our lives," she tells me. Jasmine currently lives with her husband, TV cameraman Jon Boast, and Bernese Mountain Dog Shadow in a modern three-bedroom house in Streatham, which cost £370,000. Next month she and her TV co-stars Jonnie Irwin and Amanda Lamb will host A Place In The Sun Live at Earls Court.

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