Richmond is our tinsel town
Richmond is turning into London’s Hollywood now that A-list couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have set up camp there. The pair are renting a £10 million home near Shepperton Studios while Pitt films his new zombie movie, World War Z.
Previous guests in the six-bedroom residence include Johnny Depp, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. And with Sandra Bullock as a neighbour and George Clooney a big Richmond fan, what other homes are suitably showbiz? A search of homesandproperty.co.uk will soon find a candidate.
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Where Katey met Howie
Katharine Hepburn’s spectacular Connecticut estate is on the market with Sotheby’s International Realty for £17 million (sothebysrealty.com). The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom waterfront property in Old Saybrook has been in the Hepburn family since 1913. It is where the acting legend spent her summers and where she lived full-time in her last seven years.
The beach-themed mansion is steeped in star history. It was in this home that charismatic Hepburn (left) once entertained Howard Hughes, a scene later dramatised in the The Aviator with Cate Blanchett playing Hepburn and Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric film-maker and business magnate. As well as its own private dock, the grounds of the 8,368sq ft property include a boating area, tennis courts — even a golf course.
Faiza Seth has her own private hidey-hole
As the owner of high-end interior design company Casa Forma, Faiza Seth is used to kitting out the swish pads of celebs. But her own home is also a bit of a show-stopper. “It’s a three-bedroom, three-bathroom duplex in Mayfair,” she tells me. “And all the interiors are designed by my company.”
Faiza is fast becoming one of London’s best-known businesswomen and is founder of charity Soham for Kids, which helps orphans in India, but she still finds time for a home life. “I live with my housekeeper, Grace, and husband Pallak,” she says.
“My favourite room is my walk-in wardrobe as it’s somewhere I can sneak away when I want peace and total privacy — it even has its own little bathroom.”
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Chisel-chin Charley loves Chiswick
Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model judge Charley Speed is ready to reveal his secret love — Chiswick. The former face of Calvin Klein, who stars in the hit Sky Living show, has just moved there to a contemporary two-bedroom apartment with a private garden, which he shares with his partner Henriette Attard.
“It has wooden floors, white walls and a good kitchen,” he tells me. “There is also loads of natural light, which was very important to us.”
Does he have a favourite room? “Yes, it has to be the summer house as it’s fully insulated with power and completely detached, so I can make lots of noise. It’s turning into a serious boy’s room.”