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Zoe cuts a deal in Notting Hill
Fashion designer Zoe Jordan has spent close to £750,000 buying a maisonette with a large roof terrace in All Saints Road, off Portobello Road, Notting Hill. “It’s a bit of a tip at the moment as I’m still doing the place up,” she chirrups. “It’s a great area that reminds me of New York’s East Village, where I lived when I was an HSBC bond dealer. It’s near all those wonderful foodie places and will give me a grandstand view of Carnival.” The couturier to celebs such as Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller and Poppy Delevingne formerly lived in Onslow Gardens, South Kensington. Her father, super-rich Formula 1 tycoon Eddie Jordan, once declared: “I’m happy to give my five kids the right start — a good education, a few quid to sort them out with a place to live — but then they’re on their own.” Last year, clever Zoe and her pal Georgia Irwin launched fashion label Irwin & Jordan.
Two months after resigning as head of the Met, Sir Ian Blair has finally vacated his grace-and-favour Chelsea home overlooking the Thames and is looking for a London pied-à-terre. He and his wife, Felicity, a retired family lawyer, are now based at their Oxfordshire home. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) is debating whether to sell or keep the swish glass-fronted penthouse near Chelsea Harbour, with its three bedrooms, three bathrooms, underground parking and tip-top security. “It remains part of the MPA estate and its future use will be decided as part of our routine decision-making process,” drones a spokesman. With a likely £1 million payoff and a juicy £3.5 million pension, Chester-born Blair can well afford to replace the Thameside pad, bought for him in 2005 for £985,000, now worth £1.3 million.
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Actor Dexter Fletcher, who played the cocky concierge in BBC1’s Hotel Babylon, is worried that his three-bedroom, second-floor Notting Hill buy-to-let flat may fall foul of the credit crunch. “I bought it at the end of 2004 for about £300,000,” he says. “We’ve had to cut the rent recently by about five per cent and I fear we might be in negative equity.” A year ago, Fletcher re-mortgaged in order to buy a trendy one-bedroom loft conversion in a former Clerkenwell factory. He lives there with his wife, Lithuanian film director/playwright Dalia Ibelhauptaite. In 1997, the former Press Gang and In Your Dreams star went bankrupt. “I was just spending without thinking: flats, cars, clothes,” he tells me. “Then I received a near-six figure tax bill. I ended up living in a car for three months.”
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Legendary photographer Barry Lategan is looking for a one-bedroom flat to rent “somewhere central like Lambeth or Fulham”. His budget? Up to £900 a month. “I must leave my home-cum-studio in Kennington by the end of the month,” says the snapper, whose 1966 portrait of Twiggy launched her career. Over 40 years he has photographed everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Sir Paul McCartney and Sol Campbell. His work has hung in the V&A, Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery.
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