London and the Twain shall meet
Country superstar Shania Twain believes that London is still the best place to find lucrative investment properties. She has begun hunting for somewhere suitable around St John’s Wood and Maida Vale.
“Shania is keenly looking for residential development opportunities,” reports a local agent. She already owns two houses: a 19th-century Swiss manor house with a state-of-the-art recording studio, at La Tour-de-Peilz on Lake Geneva, and a 42,000-acre New Zealand sheep station near Lake Wanaka.
The Ontario-born diva, whose hits include Man! I Feel Like a Woman and You’re Still The One, has a son, Eja, from her 16-year marriage to her record producer, Robert “Mutt” Lange, who is 17 years her senior. Last year, scientists calculated that her face has the “perfect dimensions” for a woman.
Topshop billionaire Sir Philip Green may be a toughie in business, but when it comes to his only daughter, Chloe, he’s putty in her hands. I hear that he has recently bought a pied-à-terre for her in Knightsbridge.
At 19, Chloe, one of Britain’s most eligible teenagers, has tired of her restricted life in Monte Carlo, where she lived with her mother Tina, and now wants to enjoy A-list London. She has already begun designing her own fashion range and hopes eventually to follow Kate Moss with a “Chloe Green for Topshop” collection. Meanwhile, at weekends she rejoins her family in Monaco’s exclusive Le Roccabella high-rise and on her father’s 206ft yacht, Lionheart.
Harry Potter actress Miranda Richardson has sold her three-bedroom Notting Hill house for £2.5 million through Domus Nova. “She doesn’t need a big place in London anymore as a lot of her work is now in America,” explains a friend.
The Southport-born singleton also prefers the peace of her Somerset retreat, which she shares with two dogs, Liv and Ivo; two cats, Otis and Waldo; and a Mexican salamander.
Award-winning Miranda is best remembered as Harry Potter’s savage tabloid journo Rita Skeeter and Blackadder’s head-chopping Queenie. In her latest movie, Made In Dagenham, a comedy drama about the women Ford workers’ strike of 1968, she plays legendary Labour politician Barbara Castle.
Acting royalty Timothy West and Prunella Scales have just spent a week enjoying the comforts of a Landmark Trust house near Guildford. The couple stayed at £4,354-a-week Goddards in Abinger Common, built by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1900.
The Arts and Crafts mansion is conveniently near the Watts art gallery in Compton, where the Wests are helping to raise £11 million towards its restoration. Despite being over 75 they have no plans to downsize from their five-bedroom Victorian house in Wandsworth.