Ricky takes a bit out of the big apple
Hampstead estate agents are agog that comedian Ricky Gervais may be selling his pristine Victorian semi off the High Street. This follows his recent announcement that he’s disenchanted with the UK and fancies moving full time to New York.
“It’s a very special house, which Ricky spent a fortune improving and extending at the rear,” explains a local agent. “It’s now worth £6 million to £7 million.”
Alas, the ebullient Reading hod-carrier’s son has no intention of selling. “It’s too good an investment,” adds my source. He and his long-standing partner, novelist Jane Fallon, already own an Upper East Side apartment. “I love it more and more and we miss it when we’re here,” sighs Gervais.
Award-winning historian Andrew Roberts will find Manhattan rents almost as high as London when he moves there this spring. “We’re looking for a four-bedroom Upper East Side apartment between 55th and 65th Streets and 5th Avenue and Lexington Avenue,” he tells me. “It must be large enough for me to work and entertain in and have friends to stay.”
The likely cost? Around £12,750 a month. The diminutive Kentucky Fried Chicken boss’s son is relocating for two years because his wife, Susan Gilchrist, has been appointed North American supremo of Brunswick PR group.
But the A-list couple will keep their Grade II-listed Belgravia house in South Eaton Place, the scene of many swish literary soirées. “We’ll be travelling backwards and forwards between the UK and America,” adds Roberts. Now researching a new Napoleon biography, he has written tomes on former prime ministers Sir Winston Churchill and the Marquess of Salisbury.
Controversial Scottish sculptor and writer Jimmy Boyle is selling Villa Jereca, his five-bedroom Marrakech riad, for £2.2 million through Quintessentially Estates.
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The pink Palmeraie property, with views of the Atlas Mountains, includes a pool, Rajasthan-style pavilion, gym and staff quarters.
The Gorbals-born former gangster was dubbed “the most violent man in Scotland” in 1967 after he was given a life sentence for murdering another hood. He studied art and literature while in Barlinnie prison for 13 years.
Actress Charlotte Riley, best-known for playing spirited Cathy in the ITV mini-series Wuthering Heights, is biding her time when it comes to buying a home.
Instead of splashing out on a Battersea riverside penthouse or Primrose Hill Victorian conversion, she continues to share a West Kensington council flat with three actress friends.
But she still hankers after Co Durham, where her parents live. “The brilliant thing about the North-East is that it’s really industrial, and then there’s beautiful countryside only 10 minutes away,” she says.