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Peter Andre makes a splash
Singer Peter Andre is thinking big following his disastrous marriage to Katie Price (aka Jordan). He pays about £3,500 a month to rent a five-bedroom house in Brighton’s select Withdean.
But Andre now has his eye on Apple Construction’s nearby Olympic Heights, a 50,000sq ft development by architect Miles Broe, where a six-bedroom house with indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and cinema, costs £3.5 million.
During their three-year marriage the warring couple lived in Katie’s 1930s Maresfield farmhouse 25 miles away. They also had a £1.75 million pink villa in Larnaca near Andre’s Greek-Cypriot family’s home.
Writer AN Wilson is selling his six-bedroom Cornish holiday home for £650,000 through local agent John Bray. He bought the 17th-century Port Isaac property, where fishermen once dried their nets, in 1994 when his family was growing up.
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"The real glory of this house is it’s multiplicity of views over a maze of alleys and rooftops to the harbour and sea beyond," says Wilson’s wife, architectural historian Dr Ruth Guilding.
The Wilsons have previously let the house to TV show-off Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and the makers of ITV’s comedy drama Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz, where it became her character Louisa’s seaside pad.
There can be few grander or more fortunate rent-controlled tenants than former Tatler social editor and best-selling novelist Una-Mary Parker. In 1956 she and her late husband, Society photographer Archie Parker, rented a Grade-II listed terrace house near Harrods.
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"We moved in with our two young children, Baba and Philip, and I’ve lived there ever since," says Una-Mary, a cousin of the Duchess of Cornwall, who currently pays £25,000 a year rent. "It’s a beautiful house with the largest garden in Trevor Square. If the landlords had vacant possession it would rent for £2,000 a week and sell for at least £3 million."
Sir Michael Parker, Buckingham Palace’s answer to Harvey Goldsmith, is selling South Lodge, his weekend home near Salisbury for £950,000 through Knight Frank. He bought the three-bedroom former gamekeeper’s lodge "sight unseen" when organising an equestrian event for the Sultan of Oman 20 years ago.
The flamboyant major produced the Royal Tournament for 28 years as well as pageants to honour the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday.
But Parker still shudders when he tells of the "organised chaos" of the Silver Jubilee celebrations. "I said to the Queen: 'Your Majesty, I’m afraid that everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong.'
“But she turned to me, smiling, and said: ‘Oh good, what fun!’
No risk of assassination now if you spend £2.25 million on a three-bedroom Notting Hill mews house, available through Strutt & Parker.
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But for three years it was the secret address of novelist Salman Rushdie, who received death threats following the 1988 publication of The Satanic Verses.
The four-times married croqueur de filles moved from Colville Mews in the late-Nineties to another police-protected home in nearby All Saints Road.