Homes gossip: Britney Spears; Move to Emmerdale; TOWIE farmhouse for sale

A Californian mansion that Britney Spears rented for two years is up for auction next month, and don't miss the chance to snap up a slice of TV soap history as one of Emmerdale's most famous homes goes on the market
Britney Spears
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Britney Spears

Britney's bargain mansion with £4m knocked off

A Californian mansion that Britney Spears rented for two years is up for auction on November 11 with a minimum bid of just under £2.9 million.

The Femme Fatale singer, who brings her tour to London’s O2 Arena on October 27, is said to have spent thousands on revamping the seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom property to meet her showbiz standards.

The 10,300sq ft pad includes a cinema, a lift, a wine cellar, steam rooms and a guest house. There is a Mediterranean theme to the interior courtyard with a limestone fountain and outdoor fireplace.

Originally on the market for £6.7 million, online bids will be accepted for this Britney-style bargain via the Premiere Estates website (

Mark Norcross
Mark Norcross

Way to win Katie's heart?

Series three of Bafta-winning show The Only Way Is Essex has shown 48-year-old Mick Norcross (right) in a glittering new light. No longer is he branded “Kirk’s dad” but he’s a charming silver fox - well, at least in eyes of 25-year-old Maria Fowler. I wonder if the nightclub owner’s property portfolio adds to his allure?

The boss of trendy Essex venue Sugar Hut has put his four-bedroom, two-bathroom Victorian farmhouse on the market for £3.4 million.

The 16-acre estate in Bulphan, Upminster, includes the Penthouse Barn where Kirk lives, often used for filming the semi-reality programme. It’s one for serious horse lovers with 42 stables, an indoor riding arena and equine solarium.

Maybe Mick should get in touch with Lauren Goodger’s pal Katie Price, who adores horses. With her Essex friends and a host of glamorous nightspots close by, this could be the newly-single model’s dream retreat. Just a thought, Mick?

Emmerdale house
Lindley Farm Cottages

Snap up a slice of TV soap history

One of soap’s most famous homes is on the market. Lindley Farm Cottages was a filming location for ITV’s Emmerdale for more than 20 years.

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom converted barn in North Yorkshire has had a glamorous makeover and is for sale with Strutt & Parker in Harrogate for £495,000 (01423 561274,

The stone-flagged outdoor space has stunning views of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the delightful garden comes with a small orchard full of fruit trees. To the rear is a communal courtyard but, fear not, the neighbours are no longer those troublesome Dingles.

Richmond Hill Terrace
The family home has a secluded courtyard

Join Jerry and Pete on Richmond Hill

Jerry Hall and Pete Townshend could be your neighbours. One of only nine properties on the famed Richmond Hill Terrace is on the market. With breathtaking views, immortalised in paintings by Turner and Reynolds, it is little wonder that this is a favourite celebrity haunt.

Built around 1780, this five-bedroom, three-bathroom stylish family home has been fully restored. The first-floor bedrooms have spectacular views of the Thames and two of the ground-floor bedrooms have access to their own secluded courtyard leading to a beautiful walled garden.

A splendid working fireplace in the oak-panelled reception room is just the spot for winter evenings. Approached off Richmond Hill, near the entrance to Richmond Park, this romantic retreat, for sale at £3 million with Featherstone Leigh (020 8940 1575, is securely tucked away with a private entrance. Surely Jerry and Pete will be encouraging their showbiz pals to snap up this plush pad.

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