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Join the TOWIE set in Chigwell
Chigwell’s celebrity set has included the likes of Sir Alan Sugar, Ashley Cole and comedian Alan Davies. And with The Only Way Is Essex stars now living in the area dubbed the Essex Golden Triangle, it is becoming a favourite paparazzi haunt.
The notion of calling Mark Wright or Lauren Goodger (pictured) neighbours clearly has appeal. Chigwell Row’s latest development, Fabrica, is attracting a hip young crowd looking for a trendy first-time buy.
The Higgins Homes complex offers nine one- and two-bedroom flats and two duplex flats, ranging from £199,500 to £249,950, plus one three-bedroom house for £475,000 (020 8508 6000; higginshomes.co.uk). Surely the ideal bachelor pad for TOWIE’s Joey Essex, or a girlie abode for Billie Faiers and sister Sam?
For the true starry experience, new owners can make themselves at home in the local showbiz venues. Everyone from Rod Stewart to members of the EastEnders cast have been spotted at the King William IV pub. And Deuces Bar, a short drive away, is a filming location for TOWIE.
Fit for purpose
Madonna, Kate Beckinsale and Donna Air can thank celebrity fitness instructor Jamie Baird (pictured) in part for their honed, toned bodies. Now Jamie, who regularly tops the personal trainers chart, is selling his one-bedroom flat in Bloomsbury Square.
His designer wife Charlie Brear, whose creations have been worn by celebs from Kate Moss to Cat Deeley, has mixed modern and vintage to create her home style, making maximum use of their 734sq ft with plenty of mirrors. The ground-floor period conversion is on the market with Chesterton Humberts for £735,000 (020 7836 2888; chestertonhumberts.com).
It’s strictly babysitting for Lulu
Jordan Frieda, the son of singer Lulu and hairdressing tycoon John Frieda, has put his five-bedroom, three-bathroom riverside house in Putney on the market for £2.8 million — and it’s definitely a property to shout about.
It was a much-loved home for the former actor (pictured) — who now co-owns Trullo Italian restaurant in Islington — his wife Alana and their 15-month-old daughter Isabella Rose, who Lulu loves to babysit when she isn’t tearing up the dancefloor in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
“Ten happy years were spent in our house on the river but when we started our first restaurant in north London we reluctantly had to leave,” Jordan tells me.
The main rooms each have uninterrupted, far-reaching views across the Thames to Bishops Park. Most impressive is the third floor’s double-aspect sun room, which opens on to a secluded roof terrace overlooking the river. Call Harpers & Harrison (020 7938 2311) for more details about the property.
Who will join Brucie on the golf course?
A star-studded housewarming party could be on the cards for the new owners of Sena — a stunning mansion on Surrey’s Wentworth Estate, one of the UK’s prime celebrity locales.
Golfing champion Thomas Bjorn, the Dane who recently bagged the European Masters title, has sold his home for £6.5 million through Barton Wyatt. The seven-bedroom property has a Georgian façade, four reception rooms, tennis court, staff flat, outdoor pool and an acre of gardens.
The estate is home to the world-famous Wentworth golf course, used by Samuel L Jackson and Ronnie Wood. Residents include Gary Numan and Bruce Forsyth.
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Pires makes a new transfer deal
Handsome French footballer Robert Pires is selling his north-west London penthouse for £3.2 million.
The former Arsenal legend and his model wife Jessica have put their modern two-bedroom, three-bathroom Hampstead Garden Suburb apartment on the market through Glentree International (020 8458 7311, glentree.co.uk).