Will Candy ever sell America's most expensive home?
When legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling’s 123-room LA mansion, The Manor, came on the market two weeks after his death it was billed as “America’s most expensive home”.
Four years later it is still available, with Spelling’s well-preserved widow, Candy, refusing to lower the $150 million (£98.5 million) guide price. Built by the couple in 1991 after Spelling’s worldwide success with Dynasty, Charlie’s Angels and Starsky And Hutch, Candy is reported to have sent a postcard of Buckingham Palace to her architect with instructions to “design me a house looking like this”.
Its six-acre grounds include a bowling alley, skating rink, tennis courts, gym, an infinity pool and 16 limo spaces. A whole floor is devoted to Candy’s wardrobe and there is even a gift-wrapping room. Meanwhile, she has downsized to a $47 million (£31 million) penthouse nearby.
Despite her luxurious lifestyle Naomi Campbell will be keen to show her new squeeze, Russian billionaire Vlad Doronin, an anonymous late-Victorian terrace house on Streatham Hill. It was here in Drewstead Road that she and her mother, dancer Valerie Campbell, lived during Naomi’s childhood.
Foxtons is selling a five-bedroom, bow-fronted house a few doors away for £775,000 - more than five times the sum the model’s mum would have got when she sold up to pay Naomi’s fees at the Italia Conti stage school.
Few houses currently on the market have such outstanding literary associations as 3 The Grove, a Grade II-listed Highgate Village mansion for sale at £8.75 million through Savills.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge - think of the heart-throb romantic poet in the Noughties movie Pandaemonium played by Linus Roache (the part won him an Evening Standard best actor award) - moved to the house in 1823 for rehab from his opium addiction.
He lodged there with the local doctor James Gillman, who built a special annexe for him to go cold turkey in. Another plaque on this nine-bedroom, red-brick, 17th-century property commemorates the writer JB Priestley (1894-1984), who moved into the place in 1931 after the blockbuster success of his first novel, The Good Companions.
Following the success of his BBC2 series, What To Eat Now, flamboyant TV chef Valentine Warner has sold his one-bedroom Victorian terrace pad in North Kensington for £330,000 through Bective Leslie Marsh.
“He’s bought a much larger place in Shepherd’s Bush,” say the agents. The gangling, Dorset-raised chef, dubbed Trufflehead because of his penchant for “earth’s black gold”, now has a larger kitchen to try new recipes and more space in which to entertain.
A throwback to the posh Keith Floyd/Two Fat Ladies celebrity chefs, his late father, Sir Fred Warner, was British ambassador to Japan and MEP for Somerset.