£9.75 million to live in Jem’s setting
The likes of Jemima Khan (pictured) and Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone are set to have a new neighbour in Chelsea. A five-bedroom property in Chelsea Square is on the market with Harpers & Harrison. The family home occupies a prime position opposite the communal garden, shared with a host of high-profile names, but the central focus is the 26ft kitchen/breakfast room.
The £9.75 million asking price may sound hefty but it is a snip in comparison with the reported £18 million Jemima forked out for her house nearby in 2006, when she was walking out with her former beau, floppy-haired actor Hugh Grant.
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Chelsea show’s Cheska has an obsession with
“It is my favourite part of the capital because it is like a village. You get to know everyone and feel comfortable. It is where I belong but I also love Notting Hill and Shoreditch.” So says E4’s Made in Chelsea beauty Francessca Hull — Cheska — who feels most at home in King’s Road but appears to love every part of the Royal Borough.
Cheska actually lives in a four-bedroom, two-bathroom terrace house in Parson’s Green. “I rent my house with friends, including Binky who is on the show,” she says. “We decorated the property together and went for a vintage, shabby chic theme to make it eclectic and funky.”
The former PR girl, who writes a Girl About Town column for Matchbox magazine, has a “huge obsession with interior design” after getting a taste for it when she worked in the industry.
“I love gorgeous things like the large vintage gold mirror and Audrey Hepburn wall poster I have in my bedroom,” she explains. With a keen eye for property, the savvy socialite also reveals she would like to get on the property ladder in the next six months.
“I am looking for a two-bedroom house in Chelsea or Parson’s Green,” she told me this week as she checked out what was on offer with fellow show star Ollie Locke. “A garden is essential and so is a large, open-plan living space.”
Sounds like she’ll get just what she wants.
Germaine lived Greer
Germaine Greer has penned her most famous works while living it up in Kensington and Chelsea. She wrote The Female Eunuch when living in The Pheasantry, a Georgian pile in King’s Road, for example. Her glam housemates included Eric Clapton. Now it is a Pizza Express.
Another of Greer’s former homes, in Cambridge Gardens, is for sale, at £3.25 million with Domus Nova.
The vibrant Victorian terrace house comes with a self-contained basement flat and a double-height conservatory. Laid out over five floors, it includes a magnificent studio with spiral stairs to a roof terrace. The perfect place in which to unleash your creative you.
Where Frankie goes to Waitrose
A new house by architectural designer John Minshaw is on sale for £4.85 million. Located on Rawlings Street, moments from Sloane Square, the stunning double-fronted property sits perfectly in its surroundings.
King of home revamps, Minshaw has contrasted the period façade with a fresh, modern interior. Features of the four-bedroom house include a panelled drawing room with a serviced bar and an open-plan family room.
With everyone from Kate Middleton to Frank Lampard (pictured) regularly spotted in the nearby shopping district, this would make the dream base for a wealthy London socialite.