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Celebrity chef Aldo sells up in Hove
After more than nine months on the market, Italian celebrity chef Aldo Zilli’s five-bedroom Hove weekend home has finally sold for £950,000, a drop of nearly £250,000 from the original asking price.
He and his wife Nikki, a former model, paid £695,000 for the run-down three-storey Victorian property near the seafront.
“We created a wonderful, warm family house with a fantastic kitchen-diner, three super bathrooms and a large, part-decked garden,” says the Abruzzo-born former Soho hellraiser.
The couple live in Battersea with their two children, Rocco and Twiggy, in a domestic scene far removed from the heady days when he went carousing with Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and footballer Paul Gascoigne.
Arsenal’s Russian superstar, Andrey Arshavin, has begun house-hunting in Hampstead Garden Suburb. “He’s looking for a large family house costing between £3 million and £5 million,” reports a local agent.
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The burly captain of Russia’s national squad was lured to the Gunners from his home team Zenit St Petersburg last year after a £15 million transfer fee. He has two children, Artyom and Alina, from his seven-year marriage to Russian beauty Yulia.
Dubbed our “worst-dressed WAG”, she recently moaned that the English were “too reserved”, the country was “dull” and the food was sub-standard.
Sorry to dash the hopes of Bill Gates, Madonna and Roman Abramovich, who are all reported to be gagging to buy the private 197-acre Greek island Skorpios near Corfu. But its owner, the Greek billionairess Athina Roussel, is definitely not selling, despite the juicy $300 million (£196 million) she is said to have been offered.
“The island holds a lot of sentimental value for her and she would never consider selling it,” a spokesman insists. Athina’s legendary ship-owner grandfather Aristotle Onassis and step-grandmother Jackie Kennedy are buried there.
Understandably, perhaps, she prefers to live with her Brazilian husband, former Olympic showjumper Doda de Miranda Neto, in their São Paulo penthouse. She also has swanky homes in Athens, Paris, St Moritz, Geneva and Ibiza.
After 10 years living in a three-bedroom Holland Park terrace house, literary heir William Sitwell has moved to a sleepy hamlet near Towcester. His new home is a four-bedroom Regency rectory four fields away from the family home Weston Hall, where, until recently, he rented a weekend pad.
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“My wife Laura and I decided to make a bid for freedom and move permanently into this quiet pocket of Northamptonshire, which is never likely to be blighted by high-speed rail links,” says the Waitrose Food magazine editor, great-nephew of writers Dame Edith Sitwell and Sir Osbert Sitwell.