El Tel scores on the property market
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Few football managers have as much chutzpah as Terry Venables. Three years ago he paid £3.7 million for a six-flat Cheyne Walk building overlooking the Thames and Albert Bridge in Chelsea. He has now put it back on the market at the ambitious price of £14.5 million through John D Wood after spending an estimated £2 million converting it into a magnificent hi-tech family home.
Meanwhile the Dagenham-born former England and Barcelona manager is masterminding a controversial £430 million sports leisure complex on the Costa Blanca. He and his sparky wife Yvette mainly live in their plush villa near Alicante, where “El Tel” enjoys crooning Engelbert Humperdinck ballads at parties.
Fancy a bargain Moroccan riad courtesy of former Hollywood star Stephanie Beacham? She is selling Dar Perfecta, her high-walled, three-bedroom property in Essaouira, which she converted from a ramshackle ruin five years ago.
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Stephanie originally wanted £140,000 “but now I think she’d accept £110,000 for a quick sale”, say her agents, Fleewinter Holidays. Last summer the Paddington- and Malibu-based actress said: “It seems pointless holding on to a house that no longer fits in with your life. I loved doing it up, choosing fabrics and furniture from local markets. But now I feel bad because I never go there, so it’s time to get rid of it.”
Stephanie’s Dynasty role as superbitch Sable opposite Joan Collins’s fiery Alexis brought her international stardom in the Eighties. Recently she appeared in Coronation Street and also revealed that she had “fallen head over heels in love” with a British doctor based in Spain.
Pop hermit Vince Clarke has finally sold Ammonite, his space-age Surrey home, for £1.5 million, a hefty £1 million drop from his original 2002 asking price. He built the three-bedroom Chertsey house 20 years ago, insisting that it was “transparent and had no harsh corners as I’ve an aversion to 90-degree angles”.
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Set in 5.6 acres, it has spiral glass staircases, an indoor swimming pool and a recording studio. The bald Basildonian put it on the market after falling in love with US pop publicist Tracy Hurley, now his wife and the mother of their son Oscar. They are permanently based in their cedar-shingled pad off the coast of Maine, where the co-founder of Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Erasure works on new songs with his synthpop partner Andy Bell.
For 12 years Laetitia Maklouf, gardening’s Nigella Lawson, lived in Kate Moss’s former open-plan, first-floor flat in Shepherd’s Bush. But now, after the recent arrival of baby Jemima Velvet, she and her husband Adrian have bought an Edwardian terrace home in nearby Stamford Brook with, at last, their own garden.
“We’re doing nothing about doing up the house as we spent our very last penny on it because of its garden,” says the Richmond-born author of The Virgin Gardener. “I want to hear it buzzing with insects, and the most important thing for me is scent.” She has therefore planted rainbow-coloured, pollen-rich flowers to attract butterflies, bugs and bees.