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All-shook-up Presley moves to London
Rock God Elvis Presley’s much-married daughter Lisa Marie hopes to leave America and settle in London by Christmas.
“She and her fourth husband [guitarist Michael Lockwood] have looked at houses in Hampstead and quite a few other locations in London,” reports an insider. “She’ll keep a base in the States and return from time to time to visit Graceland [Elvis’s Memphis mansion], but she plans to spend most of her time in Britain.”
Sole heir to the Pelvis fortune, this sultry former wife of Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson is not worried that her sprawling Californian ranch in Hidden Hills remains unsold at £5.75 million. It includes five bedrooms, three guest suites, plus a pool/spa with a waterfall.
“We’ve found the quality of life in London so much more enriching,” said Lisa Marie recently. “The civility, culture, people and beauty have reawakened me and smoothed out some of my bleak and jagged views about people and life.”
Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr has been snubbed by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, where he has long owned a three-bedroom penthouse in a red-brick Thirties apartment block overlooking the King’s Road. It has rejected his planning application to build a conservatory on his roof terrace.
The Toxteth-born septuagenarian is appealing to planners, but he is unlikely to succeed as his surprisingly modest extension would create a precedent within a conservation area.
Starr and his second wife, former Bond girl Barbara Bach, have three other homes: a 17th-century mansion set in 200 acres near Cranleigh, Surrey, plus sumptuous villas in Los Angeles and Colorado.
Liverpool Football Club’s latest signing, Joe Cole, has begun looking for a home in the area for his new wife, personal trainer Carly Zucker, and baby Ruby. “The smart villages to live in are Woolton, Calderstones and Allerton,” explains a Scouse estate agent. “They should expect to pay up to £5 million for a large six-bedroom house with all mod cons, security gates and garages.”
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A question mark therefore hangs over the Paddington-born former Chelsea midfielder’s two homes down South: a four-bedroom Victorian terrace house off the King’s Road and another property near Chelsea’s Cobham training ground. With a £90,000-a-week wage packet to dip into, he’s in no rush to sell.
West Sussex agent Whitlocks is asking £350,000 for a three-bedroom neo-Georgian semi on the 100-acre Aldwick Bay Estate.This Sandbanks-lite became famous in the Eighties when Princess Diana’s father, the late Earl Spencer, bought two seaside villas there as a summer retreat for all his grandchildren.
Alas, Princes William and Harry hated bucket-and-spade hols, preferring to join their mother on more glamorous trips to the Mediterranean and Caribbean.