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Schwimmer's LA home doubles in value
David Schwimmer is best known for playing dozy but adorable Ross in Friends — but in reality he is a super-sharp property player.
The Hollywood star bought his nine-bedroom, seven-bathroom Los Angeles mansion for £3.48 million in 2001. Ten years later, it is on the market for £6.76 million.
It is a world away from the New York bachelor pad that belonged to his comedy character. The 11,000 sq ft Mediterranean-style home, in the upmarket Hancock Park neighbourhood, includes a private cinema, library, swimming pool and even a butler area.
The 45-year-old and his British wife Zoe Buckman (pictured) recently renewed their wedding vows in London. Their search for a larger home will fuel speculation they are planning a second child.
Meanwhile, Schwimmer’s acting career goes from strength-to-strength. He is said to be working on thriller The Iceman with Maggie Gyllenhaal. Watch this space.
Cheltenham’s royal retreat has the star factor
Ellenborough Park is shaping up to be a must-visit retreat for the rich and famous. After bagging the UK’s Leading Country House Hotel title at the World Travel Awards, recent visitors have included Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson, Legally Blonde’s Ben Freeman and TV presenter Dawn Porter and The X Factor’s Caroline Flack.
Rugby union player Chris Pennell chose to propose to his fiancée at the immaculately renovated property, next to Cheltenham Race Course. Built in the early 1500s as a house for landowner Thomas Goodman, many of the original features can still be seen. Goodman’s coat of arms and initials remain on the hall door. He also commemorated Henry VII (who owned a manor, which still stands in the grounds) and his Queen, Elizabeth of York, in the stained glass windows.
Indeed, this is a property with many royal and otherwise aristocratic connections. It was visited by King George III in 1788 and it was sold in 1833 to Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough. These days, Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall live just up the road. If you fancy a taste of the A-list lifestyle call 01242 808 919 or visit preferredboutique.com/ellenborough.
Currie sauce for charity
Comic Relief maybe synonymous with its celebrity sketches but would you want one filmed in your home? The owner of a magnificent Marylebone house was persuaded to let Gordon Ramsay, Edwina Currie, Anneka Rice and Dom Joly loose in his home in the name of charity.
With its large kitchen (right), the Langham Street house provided the perfect set for one of the charity event’s comedy videos in which Joly, Rice and Currie cook curry sauce for Ramsay’s ready-made food range before things get “spicy” in a scene recorded in the bedroom (watch at tinyurl.com/cltocdh).
Now the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is on the market for £7.75 million with Knight Frank (020 7647 6613). What you don’t see in the BBC sketch is the gym and leisure suite with its steam room and sauna.
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Cagney would love the arresting views from The Savoy
Following a successful run at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios, A Round-Heeled Woman transfers to the West End’s Aldwych theatre on Friday. And the star of the show, Sharon Gless (Cagney from Cagney & Lacey) is making the most of her time in the capital.
“I’m living in a flat in west London,” she tells me. “It’s in a Georgian terrrace with high ceilings and cornices and an original fireplace.”
If the Emmy Award-winner could invest anywhere in London, her dream home would be “a suite at The Savoy — the one where there are big round windows and you can see seven London bridges.”
None of this would be anything like her Florida home, though.
“In Miami I have a view of the ocean,” she explains. “My US home was built 35 years ago on the site of the old Vanderbilts’ house and every condo on the island is fashioned in the style of the Vanderbilts.”