Millie’s in the money
Success as Chris Tarrant’s glam assistant on ITV1’s new quiz show The Colour Of Money has prompted Sky Sports News presenter Millie Clode to start flat-hunting.
“Ideally I’d like to live near Sloane Square because it’s so central and my parents live nearby,” she says. “But I’ll probably end up in South Kensington or Parsons Green as I’ve only got a budget of £650,000.”
The sparky retired City solicitor’s daughter reckons her two-bedroom, ground-floor Fulham flat, bought for £310,000 four years ago, is now worth “between £350,000 and £400,000”.
But any new pad must be big enough to accomodate her boyfriend, solicitor Kingsley “Bing” Ford, and her dachshund, Sizzler.
Goodbye Mr Bond! Alan Bond, the Australian tycoon who won the 1983 America’s Cup yachting trophy, is selling his four-bedroom Knightsbridge house for £6.25 million through Kaye & Carey.
He bought the detached 1930s property two years ago for £4.5 million after upmarket designers Finchatton gave it an estimated £1 million makeover.
“Alan now plans to live full time Down Under,” reports a neighbour. “Despite all the mod cons it feels slightly unloved because he never moved in.”
In 1997 the Hammersmith-born former sign-painter was convicted of Australia’s biggest corporate fraud and spent more than three years in jail. Helped by his second wife, Diana Bliss, he is now back in the Oz Rich List, with an estimated $AUS265 million fortune.
In 1992 he sold his previous home, an 11-bedroom mansion in Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington, now worth £17.5 million, to convicted fraudster Lord Black of Crossharbour.
Radio 2 DJ Paul Gambaccini is selling his New York pied-à-terre overlooking Central Park for $1.3 million through local agents the Corcoran Group.
“I’ve had an apartment in Columbus Circle for 12 years,” he explains. “But, with the collapse of the pound against the dollar, it felt the right time to sell. I’ve only been using it for four weeks a year.”
The Connecticutt-raised, Oxford-educated DJ’s main home remains a two-bedroom South Bank flat opposite the Festival Hall.
Media heiress Lucy Pearson has sold Blackdown Park, her nine-bedroom, 17th century mansion set in 136 glorious acres near Haslemere, Surrey.
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On the market since June through Strutt & Parker, it fetched “quite dramatically less” than the original £9 million asking price, says an insider.
The horsey half-sister of Lord Cowdray moved there in 1996, adding a tennis court, billiard room and swimming pool.
“It was like something out of Great Expectations, as the family who lived there before retreated year by year into smaller sections of the house, leaving the rest to deteriorate,” says her estranged husband, former cavalry officer Charles Fraser.