Homes gossip: Cheryl's Hollywood home has the X factor

Despite her exit from the much-hyped US X Factor TV series, Cheryl Cole is going ahead with the purchase of a £3 million palatial home in the heart of Hollywood
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Cheryl Cole
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Cheryl Cole

You know, life’s not so bad for Cheryl Cole after all. For all the reports of celebville treating her poorly, she has consoled herself with a home in the heart of Hollywood overlooking the famous Avenue of the Stars.

Her new two-bedroom palatial pad, with three luxury bathrooms, a home cinema and an outdoor swimming pool, has set her back a cool £3 million. But what’s that to the UK’s most-Googled woman?

The 28-year-old Geordie lass put down her deposit in March, when she thought she was to be a US X Factor judge. Despite leaving the show, she has decided to go ahead with the purchase and use it as her LA base.

Johnny Depp is a fantasy flatmate

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Johnny Depp
It’s one thing reading about celebrities, but imagine living with them! Well, 1,000 tenants were asked to do just that for a recent survey by the Deposit Protection Service.

And the results for most popular famous flatmate are: David Beckham, Cheryl Cole, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga and Brad Pitt.

But my vote is with the more practical choices like Kim and Aggie or Jamie Oliver. Who could handle Gaga’s bathroom-hogging beauty regime? Or be bothered to get the make-up on each day before George Clooney woke up!

Homes with rock written right through them

Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney
Here’s one for the music lovers. A star-studded recording studio used by Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Duran Duran and Snow Patrol has been turned into a courtyard development of five homes.

Originally built around 1860, the cottages and barns at Normanhurst Manor were converted into a recording studio in 1980 and immediately began attracting bands.

Parkgate Studio, on the outskirts of Catsfield village in East Sussex, is now made up of four two-bedroom mews-style houses and one four-bedroom converted barn, with Travertine marble tiled, oak or ash floors, underfloor heating and Italian fully fitted kitchens. Prices range between £299,950 and £850,000. Or if you have £2.3 million going spare, why not snap up all five and rent them out? Call Hamptons International on 01892 516611.

Cornwall home in Readymoney Cove
Daphne Du Maurier’s former home in Readymoney Cove, Cornwall, is for sale at £1.79 million

Du Maurier's home something to write about

Daphne Du Maurier’s former Cornish home at Readymoney Cove, overlooking Fowey harbour, is for sale. This is the view that inspired her to write her classic novels Frenchman’s Creek and Rebecca.

The British author lived at Readymoney Cove from 1942-1944. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is set in 1.25 acres of gardens with a newly resurfaced tennis court and croquet lawn. Some of the features of her time in the house still remain, including her cast-iron bath which is now on display in the garden. The house is bordered by the National Trust-owned Covington Woods and St Catherine’s Point, and both can be reached by footpaths from the cove itself.

Priced at £1.79 million it’s the perfect picturesque writer’s retreat. Call Savills on 01872 243200.

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