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Despite Paolo Nutini's success in London, he has opted to buy a large family house outside Glasgow
Paolo Nutini
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Paolo Nutini

Paolo prefers to be a Glasgow nighthawk

Though Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini’s career is booming “down south”, with two sell-out Royal Albert Hall concerts next month, he has no intention of moving home.

Indeed he has spent an estimated £350,000 buying a large family house outside Glasgow “for the price of a one-bedroom flat in London”. The Paisley chip shop-owner’s son shares his life, but not his home, with childhood sweetheart Teri Brogan.

“We don’t live together, though she has got a key,” he explains. “She gets up early for work and I’m a bit of a nighthawk.” With two No 1 albums, These Streets and Sunny Side Up, Nutini is that pop rarity, a singer untainted by a TV talent show.

Toni and Pauline Mascolo
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Toni and Pauline Mascolo
Toni Mascolo, co-founder of hairdressing chain Toni and Guy, is moving to Chelsea. He has paid £8 million through James Taylor for a listed, five-bedroom corner house in Carlyle Square near Sir David Frost’s mansion. The vendor is Greek advertising guru Michael Constantinidi.

“It’s going to be a real rip-and-strip job as the property needs a complete refurb,” reports a neighbour. The Pompeii-born crimper and his wife Pauline currently live in Surrey. In 2006 he was created a Cavaliere Ufficiale, the equivalent in Italy of a knighthood.

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Britain’s first supermodel Jean Shrimpton and her husband, Cornish hotelier Mike Cox, are about to embark on a new property project. They have bought a plot of land near their Penzance hotel, The Abbey, and dependent on planning permission, hope to build their dream retirement home.

The reclusive High Wycombe-born “Shrimp” is currently based in Windsor while their son, graphic designer Thaddeus, runs their hotel overlooking Penzance harbour. “They moved to Windsor a long time ago to be nearer Jean’s mother. But she died recently aged over 90 and so they want to return to Cornwall,” explains a friend.

Jean, discovered by snapper David Bailey, became a Sixties icon. But for the past 40 years she has seldom been seen in public, once giving a rare interview because her hotel needed a new roof.

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