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Hollywood legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor, is reported to have begun house-hunting in Hampstead, where she spent her childhood
Dame Elizabeth Taylor
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Dame Elizabeth Taylor
Glentree Estates has found the ideal property for Hollywood legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who is reported to have begun house-hunting in Hampstead.

It’s almost next door to Heatherwood in Wildwood Road, where she lived with her art-dealer father Francis, actress mother Sara and older brother Howard.

“Liz has often said that her childhood there was the happiest period of her life and that she would like to live there again,” say the agents. “She has continued to revisit her old home over the years, much to the surprise and pleasure of its various owners.”

Alas, the wheelchair-using Cleopatra superstar might not be able to afford the £18 million price-tag for this brand new six-bedroom neo-Georgian mansion off Hampstead Heath, with its majestic reception rooms, indoor pool and staff accommodation. Despite her yen for Hampstead she is unlikely to abandon Beverly Hills.

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Deborah Meaden
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Deborah Meaden
When Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden bought her historic Georgian home in Somerset she never dreamt that she would still be restoring it six years later. The six-bedroom former farmstead set in 26 acres of meadow, woodland and vegetable gardens was once owned by the 18th century Whig prime minister William Pitt the Elder.

“I think these renovations are going to go on longer than me,” laughs the blunt Brighton Tech-educated former amusement park tycoon. “It’s a very special house. And I’m trying to use the right materials and skills to return it to its former glory.”

She shares the Grade II-listed Domesday Book house with 6ft 5in husband Paul, 11 chickens, five horses, four ducks, two dogs and a cat.

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Russell Harris
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Russell Harris
Chummy Russell Harris, presenter of Channel 5’s I Own Britain’s Best Home, says he is “a serial property developer”.

He is now trying to find a tenant ready to pay £10,000 a month for the five-bedroom Victorian water tower in Lymm, Cheshire, which he has just spent seven years converting.

“The house is very open-plan and minimalist with white walls,” says Crowborough-raised Harris. “It would be ideal for a top footballer as we’re within striking distance of eight premiership clubs, including Manchester United, Everton and Bolton Wanderers.”

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George Walden
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George Walden
Despite penning a political tome called Time To Emigrate? author and journalist George Walden has chosen to stay in west London rather than move abroad.

Having just sold his five-bedroom Grade II-listed Georgian home in Kensington to his future son-in-law, TV personality Piers Morgan, for £4 million he has moved to Chelsea.

The former Tory MP and diplomat has paid just under £2 million through Farrar for a three-bedroom house in a fashionable cul-de-sac off Fulham Road. He once described David Cameron as “a posh man pretending to be common”.

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