Rolling Stone Ronnie gathers no buyers
While Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood cavorts with his latest girlfriend, Brazilian polo coach Ana Araujo, he has been hit by the vagaries of Chelsea’s property market.
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Last October he put his ramshackle, five-bedroom, Grade II-listed Cheyne Walk house on the market for £6.5 million. But despite reducing the price to £5.875 million in February - a loss of £1.375million on his original 2008 purchase price - he has still had no takers.
“Ronnie bought it as an investment for his kids Jamie, Leah and Tyrone,” explains an insider. “The problem is that it’s virtually uninhabitable and most buyers don’t want unmodernised places anymore.”
The early 18th-century house, almost next door to Mick Jagger’s new
£10 million home, has planning consent for a two-storey basement extension, almost doubling its size.
Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorsese is looking for a “stunning” home to rent while he carries out post-production work on Living In The Material World, his documentary about the late Beatle George Harrison. Good security and proximity to fashionable London restaurants and shops are two essentials.
The Anglophile director of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Shutter Island has also begun casting for Sinatra, a biopic with Al Pacino probably in the lead, although the co-producer, Ol’ Blue Eyes’s daughter Tina, would prefer George Clooney.
Marty, a charismatic New York/Sicilian clothes-presser’s son, will be accompanied by his fifth wife, book editor Helen Morris.
They live with their daughter Francesca in a sumptuous, high-ceilinged five-bedroom Manhattan mansion.
Sensitive second wives usually hate living in homes previously occupied by their husband and his first wife. But not Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta Jones, who happily moved into the Manhattan flat overlooking Central Park that actor Michael Douglas shared with first spouse Diandra.
“I think Michael was terrified that I would come in and change the décor,” she says. “But I said ‘Keep everything the same, just change the photographs’.”
The couple’s favourite home is in Bermuda, where Catherine can bring up children Dylan and Carys. They also visit the £2 million Swansea home she had built for her parents.
Knight Frank has finally sold The Old Embassy overlooking Wimbledon Common for £14 million, a £4 million drop from the asking price. Billed as “South London’s most expensive house”, the Edwardian six-bedroom former Gabon embassy has a swimming pool, snooker room, cinema and gym.
No wonder it attracted interest from Hollywood star Russell Crowe and tennis champion Andy Murray.
The purchaser (“a very private European family”) will find their neighbours include Chelsea footy stars Michael Ballack and Nicolas Anelka.