Homes gossip: Avril Lavigne, P.Diddy, Gwyneth Paltrow

Avril Lavigne will be in London doing a gig at Hammersmith’s Apollo on September 21 while her Bel-Air mansion is being viewed by potential buyers with $9.5 million.
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Have a snoop while Avril is out of town

Avril Lavigne will be in London doing a gig at Hammersmith’s Apollo on September 21 while her Bel-Air Mediterranean mansion is being viewed by potential buyers with $9.5 million.

This ends a significant chapter in her life. She purchased the pad for its current asking price with her ex-husband Sum 41 singer-guitarist Deryck Whibley. But the pair officially ended their marriage last year and now it is time for her to make a fresh start.

Despite her laid-back image, Lavigne’s home is full of extravagant features. The modern Mediterranean-style property, built in 2003, has a two-storey foyer, a wine cellar and tasting room, a gym, eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms within its 12,184sq ft. The garage can park 10 cars, by the way.

The Complicated singer is sensibly staying away while the viewings go on, spending most of her time on the road as part of a world tour.

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P.Diddy the Daddy is parting with his bachelor pad for $13.5m

Known for his lavish taste, it is little wonder that P.Diddy’s sprawling New Jersey mansion, now on the market for $13.5 million, is billed as the ultimate bachelor pad.

The millionaire rapper bought the extravagant home from entrepreneur-and-financier Mark Arzoomanian in 2004 for a reported $10 million and is now hoping to make a $3.5 million profit.

But let’s consider how much it must have cost to renovate the luxury “crib” to meet his famously exacting standards.

Set over three acres, the 26-room property contains 17,000sq ft of living space with seven bedrooms (including three luxurious master suites), nine bathrooms and a home cinema.

The Diddy-Dirty Money star’s pad has a pool with a waterfall, tennis courts, an indoor squash court and a gymnasium.

A six-car garage with living quarters above is likely to be where the 41-year-old rapper — who has six children — hid the £250,000 Maybach limousine he bought for his 16-year-old son, Justin, after the teenager became an Honours student earlier this year.

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Paltrow plays ‘traditional wife’ in her 32-room mansion

After years of keeping their private matters private, we’re finally getting a glimpse into Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s home life.

The Hollywood actress, who became so engrossed in cooking in her Belsize Park pad that she decided to write a book about it, likes the idea of being a “traditional wife”, believing cooking and eating together make a happy home. The Notes From My Kitchen Table author even grows some of her essentials in the vegetable patch in her “wonderful garden”.

Now that she is a member of Twitter, the yummy mummy’s followers can see pictures of her home-cooked meals, one being her freshly prepared vegetarian paella.

Paltrow and Martin have transformed three separate properties into one “cosy” north London super-home with 32 rooms in which to escape the cooking smells.

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Style item: get two for the price of one for £9 million

It’s not every day that the former home of one of the country’s top architects comes on the market. So when I heard that a property that once belonged to Amanda Levete (pictured) was for sale I was keen to find out more.

Set behind a traditional façade, the Notting Hill house is for sale through Aylesford International (020 7351 2383) and Pilcher Hershman (020 7399 8600) for £9 million. A second big-name architect, Seth Stein, has been in since Levete moved out and upped the style credentials.

The house is 26 metres long and covers four flours, arranged around a courtyard.

Photovoltaic glazing, solar panels, rainwater harvesting and high thermal insulation keep things very environmentally friendly, I am told, and what contemporary palace wouldn’t be complete without a fabulous gym and plunge pool? Both ticked.

I’m sure Levete, who is busy working on the commission she won for the V&A’s Exhibition Road extension, would approve.

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