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Kylie Minogue has bought a holiday home in a Spanish resort favoured by boyfriend Andres Segura and his family, and one of Sir Elton John's former luxury homes at Chelsea Harbour is for sale with a hefty price tag
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Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue

Kylie has the yacht, the villa and the model boyfriend

For a cultivated follower of fashion, Kylie Minogue has made an unexpected choice for a Spanish holiday home. She has spent an estimated £450,000 on a secluded villa with a swimming pool and sea views in Tossa de Mar, significantly less fashionable than resorts such as Marbella, Sotogrande or Estepona.

The purchase proves her infatuation for New York model Andres Segura, whose Spanish father owns a bar-restaurant there. “Kylie has also bought a yacht and Andres has been teaching her to scuba-dive,” reports a pal. "She has also been helping his sisters, Sonia and Sylvia. They have been getting the bar up and running smoothly."

Ms Minogue already owns a family home near her Melbourne birthplace and a South Kensington mansion-block flat in Drayton Gardens. Previous boyfriends, including the late rock star Michael Hutchence, actor Olivier Martinez, photographer Stephane Sednaoui and model James Gooding, never became live-in lovers.

Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Rachel Weisz, currently starring as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar Theatre, is now able to enjoy the four-bedroom Primrose Hill house she recently bought for £3.5 million.

The Cambridge-educated, Hungarian inventor’s daughter was raised in nearby Hampstead Garden Suburb. But in 2001 she moved to New York where she now lives with her fiancé, US film director Darren Aronofsky and their son Henry in a $3.4 million East Village town house.

Theatre director Sean Mathias, on first meeting her as a young actress, drooled: “If she can turn a gay man’s head then the heterosexual boys are in real trouble. She was just so sexy.”

John Hitchcox
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John Hitchcox
If only walls could talk. Property developer John Hitchcox has entertained girlfriends such as Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson and Caprice as well as top designers Philippe Starck, Jade Jagger and Kelly Hoppen at his sumptuous hi-tech Notting Hill home.

But his attempt to sell the huge Westbourne Grove bachelor pad, with its swimming pool, gym, cinema and music studio, for £7.5 million through Strutt & Parker has failed.

“John had one big offer that fell through and has now decided to withdraw it from the market,” reports an insider. Dubbed the Prada of the property world, Hitchcox
co-founded the Manhattan Loft Corporation and the design and development group Yoo.

Sir Elton John
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Sir Elton John
Not many London flats can boast of having had two musical legends as former owners. But Sir Elton John and Robbie Williams both lived (at different times), in a snazzy three-bedroom apartment in The Belvedere, the flagship tower at P&O’s Eighties development Chelsea Harbour.

Now for sale at £3.95 million through Knight Frank, the flat has triple-aspect views over the Thames, Wandsworth and Chelsea, two balconies, a home cinema, a Crestron lighting and media system, two underground parking spaces and
24-hour porterage.

It would suit a Hollywood star - Michael Caine lives above - or anyone seeking a statement address and the chance to park their yacht in the marina below.

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