© David Crump
Moving to number 11 could be a renting opportunity for the Camerons
David and Samantha Cameron can expect a useful windfall when they move into the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s refurbished flat at No 11 Downing Street.
North Kensington estate agents predict that they will receive between £1,250 and £1,500 a week in rent for their five-bedroom Edwardian house in the St Quintin conservation area, on which they spent an estimated £200,000 turning it into a green/minimalist shrine with Scandinavian furniture.
The pair are living above the shop at No 10 for now, but will move next door to the much larger apartment at No 11 once it has been given a makeover more to their taste. They have promised to pay for the planned new kitchen out of their own deep pockets.
Unlike Tony and Cherie Blair, who unwisely sold their four-storey, six-bedroom Richmond Crescent, Barnsbury home on reaching Downing Street, the Camerons have decided to keep their Guccis on the property ladder. “Houses in W10 can fetch £2 million,” says agent Bective Leslie Marsh, “but some buyers find them rather suburban.”
The ugly Kennington warehouse where The Richard & Judy Show was produced is for sale at £2.75 million through Kalmars. The freeholder Verve Properties is selling it as a development site, with planning consent for 14 flats and six live/work units.
TV guests such as Madonna, Cherie Blair, Leonardo DiCaprio and Halle Berry gave these Kennington Road studios a certain cachet. Presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan’s greatest coup was launching the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Their co-producer Amanda Ross, married to Jonathan Ross’s older brother Simon, was once dubbed the “most powerful woman in British publishing”.
News that quirky supersongster Robbie Williams is selling Compton Bassett House, his Grade II-listed Wiltshire stately home, for £7.5 million was no surprise to Compton Bassett residents.
“He never fitted in here and felt that we looked down on him,” says one local. “Yet when Robbie arrived here a year ago people sent him welcome cards and even a bunch of flowers. But they got no response. We’ve hardly seen him since Christmas, and a few months ago he removed all the furniture.”
The superstitious Stoke-on-Trent-born crooner was attracted to the 18th-century mansion near Calne by its convergence of ley lines and closeness to Cley Hill, a popular spot for UFO-watchers.
He now faces a near-£1 million loss which, thanks to huge hits such as No Regrets and Angels, he can well afford. In Beverly Hills he shares a £12 million Mulholland Drive mansion with his starlet fiancée Ayda Field.
An era ends for graphic designer Andie Airfix (yes, really). After 30 years designing album covers, tour programmes, posters and T-shirts for The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Roger Walters of Pink Floyd (pictured, right) and Sir Paul McCartney, he is moving from London to Brighton.
He has sold his two-bedroom, first-floor flat in World’s End for £380,000 through James Taylor. “I’ve held a ‘Goodbye to Chelsea’ sale of all my artwork,” says the Scot. “I’m tired of London.”