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Socialite Tamara Beckwith has decided to rent rather than buy in Chelsea; and TV presenter Trisha Goddard has bought a holiday home in the wilds of Maine
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Giorgio Veroni and Tamara Beckwith
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Giorgio Veroni and Tamara Beckwith

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Socialite Tamara Beckwith has taken a shrewd look at the Chelsea property market and decided to rent rather than buy. This follows the recent £3.2 million sale of her three-bedroom Lamont Road house, off the King’s Road, which she bought for £1.6 million in 2005.

“Tamara is sitting on a pile of cash off the Fulham Road, waiting for the market to dip further,” says Ghislain Pascale, co-owner of Beckwith’s latest venture, The Little Black Gallery, which sells modern photography.

“She’s been taking advice from her father, Peter Beckwith, who made his fortune in property.” The former Wimbledon “wild child” and her new husband, Italian construction heir Giorgio Veroni, have just had a baby, Violet. She already has a 21-year-old daughter, Anouska, from a relationship with a US marine.

Trisha Goddard
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Trisha Goddard
TV presenter Trisha Goddard has decided to spoil herself by buying a three-bedroom holiday home in the wilds of Maine, in the US, for £380,000.

“Trisha loves her new home, which is perfect for outdoor sports,” say agents New England Concepts.

The former air stewardess and her daughters Billie and Madison normally live near Norwich, where her husband, Peter Gianfrancesco, runs the charity Mind. Trisha’s purchase follows a rotten 2008 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Paul Oakenfold
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Paul Oakenfold
Will the cachet of living near Tony and Cherie Blair boost the rental prospects of their neighbour in Connaught Square? DJ legend Paul Oakenfold is asking £3,350 a week for his six-bedroom, three-reception room property.

Oakenfold lives in the Hollywood Hills, where he works on film scores and “massive remixes”.

His ambition is to have a jamming session with the guitar-twanging former PM, who bought his identical Regency mansion for £3.6 million in 2004.

Richard Harris
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Richard Harris
Kilkee House, the Bahamian home of the late Hollywood carouser Richard Harris, is for sale at £17.4 million.

His 11,000sq ft Paradise Island retreat, with its private sandy beach, guest cottage, staff quarters and yacht harbour, is only accessible by boat.

Harris, the original Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films until his death six years ago, bought it in 1980 from US grocery heir Huntington Hartford and renamed it after his childhood home in Co Clare.

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