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Kim and Kris enjoy the super-luxe life
Could life get any more blissful for Kim Kardashian and new husband Kris Humphries? Following their celebrity wedding in California and honeymoon on Italy’s Amalfi coast, they are settling into their first marital home. And it is no ordinary pad.
Reality TV star Kim is living in the presidential penthouse at New York’s Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue with her basketball player beau. They will be calling the three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment, which costs a reported £4,300 a night, home for at least three months. The master bathroom in the 1,400sq ft duplex includes a separate steam shower and Jacuzzi bath.
There is also a full bar, spacious dining area, a home office and a living room with a 42in plasma television.
The private deck should offer the newlyweds the perfect outdoor entertaining space with panoramic views over the city. And if she feels like venturing downstairs, Kim could visit the hip Provocateur nightclub.
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Buy a piece of film history – Chaplin’s childhood home
Lovers of silent film should make a pilgrimage to Kennington, where Charlie Chaplin’s childhood home is on the market for £650,000 (through Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward’s Kennington branch on 020 7582 7773).
This pretty brick-fronted mews house is still part of the “Charlie Chaplin tourist walk” and the area is steeped in Chaplin history.
Methley Street is said to have been the inspiration for his film The Kid (starring Edna Purviance, a one time love of Chaplin’s) and is also next to the City Lights Court factory building, named after Chaplin’s 1939 film, City Lights.
Mulberry House? Sir would approve
Mulberry House, a Victorian school conversion, rose to fame when the 1967 film To Sir, With Love, starring Sidney Poitier, was shot there.
It is now a boutique east London apartment block with 34 modern hi-tech pads on the market with Felicity J Lord, Wapping (020 7481 8811, fjlord.co.uk). One-bedroom flats start from £357,000 and two-bedrooms start from £382,320. Car parking spaces cost £25,000 each.
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Charlie’s green dream has a view down the valley
DIY SOS and Hidden Heritage presenter Charlie Luxton, the eco-expert at the National Home Improvement Show at Earls Court (September 30 to October 2), lives the green life. “I was determined to make my cottage in Hook Norton, North Oxfordshire, eco-friendly,” he says.
Charlie and his wife Kate bought the semi-derelict 19th-century two-bedroom home in 2005 from Kate’s great aunt. Grade II-listed, it came with a converted stable block and a further two bedrooms, on an acre of land.
The planet-caring couple, who have two children, reduced its carbon emissions by 87 per cent with renovations including a wood pallet-burning boiler, a rainwater harvesting system and solvent-free, breathable paints. Charlie’s fave room is his office with big, sliding doors and a view down the valley to an old railway viaduct.
Their new conversion project is an old barn in Cornwall which they bought with Charlie’s brother.
It’s your chance to star on Bill, Woody and Joan’s street
A penthouse in one of London’s most exclusive locations is on the market. Ovington Square, in the heart of Knightsbridge, is an address some of the most high-profile names call home.
With Apple based at No. 27, it is little wonder Bill Gates has rented a house on the square. Woody Allen uses a £15 million pad as his base when filming in the capital. Joan Collins resides around the corner and Sienna Miller was raised in the area.
The square is steeped in A-list history, too. One of No. 37’s regular visitors was TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). A two-bedroom, one-bathroom contemporary duplex apartment, with a west-facing terrace on to the private gardens, is for sale with Hamptons International for £1.59 million. Call 020 7584 2044 for more information.