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After hearing that her Chelsea neighbour recently sold their Victorian terrace house for a juicy £3.45 million, actress Elizabeth Hurley is tempted to sell her identical five-bedroom property down the road

Israel's Yossi joins the Chelsea set


Yossi Benayoun
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Premier league footballer Yossi Benayoun has begun searching for a four/five bedroom house to rent near Cobham. This follows his recent transfer from Liverpool FC to Chelsea, whose training ground is near this pricey Surrey commuterville.

“Yossi and his wife Mirit want a detached modern property suitable for their young children, with a large garden and maybe a swimming pool,” explains Phillip Leigh Associates. His budget? £1,500 to £2,000 a week.

The rampaging Israeli midfielder still owns a five-bedroom detached house in Chigwell from three years ago when he played for West Ham, his first English football club.

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Boris Johnson
A double-fronted Primrose Hill property known as The Rocking Horse House could one day have a Blue Plaque commemorating London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson. This semi-detached, five-bedroom Regent’s Park Road house was where he and his younger siblings Rachel, Jo and Leo lived and played in the unusually long back garden. It’s now for sale at £6 million through Aston Chase, with planning permission for a small extension.

“Boris’s father (former Tory MEP Stanley Johnson) continued to live there until recently,” says the agent. “It’s a handsome, iconic house painted baby-pink with a rocking horse always prominently displayed in the front window.”

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Some 450 years of tradition have ended on the Channel Island of Sark with the disposal on a long lease of its feudal ruler’s official residence, La Seigneurie. The tiny tax haven’s hereditary seigneur, John Beaumont, who frequently entertained the Queen there, has moved with his wife Diana into a smaller house nearby. “The Seigneurie is being extensively refurbished by the new leaseholder and won’t be ready for at least 18 months,” an aide tells me. The quaint Crown dependency has lost many of its medieval customs but it still bans cars, motorbikes, street lights, noisy music and unauthorised campers.


Elizabeth Hurley
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After hearing that her Chelsea neighbour recently sold their Victorian terrace house for a juicy £3.45 million, actress Elizabeth Hurley is tempted to sell her identical five-bedroom property down the road. She rarely stays there, preferring to live — and work — with her husband Arun Nayar on the 400-acre Cotswolds farm that she bought for £3 million in 2003.

The main consideration for almond-eyed Hurley, daughter of a Basingstoke major, is the future education of her son Damian, who currently attends a local junior school. If she moves him to a London prep school she will still need a base in town, albeit a smaller one.

Meanwhile, this autumn Farmer Liz, having established her healthy snack-food and swimwear businesses, plans to resume her acting and modelling career.

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