Homes gossip: Marilyn Monroe; John F Kennedy; Frank Sinatra

The LA mansion where John F Kennedy is said to have wooed Marilyn Monroe is on the market. Recently used for location filming of hit TV series Mad Men, the house has a remarkable past, with Frank Sinatra just one of the previous A-list tenants
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Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra
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Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra

Happy Birthday, Mr President

If only walls could talk. The Los Angeles house where John F Kennedy is said to have wooed Marilyn Monroe is on the market for $12  million (£7.4  million). Recently used for location filming for the hit TV series Mad Men, the house has a remarkable A-list past.

Frank Sinatra, a close friend of JFK, rented the mansion, set in 13.5 acres, for nearly a decade and would regularly host glamorous parties in the grounds for Hollywood’s elite.

The story goes that President Kennedy and Monroe would canoodle in a secluded one-bedroom guesthouse tucked away in a corner of the Rat Pack singer’s estate.

Steffen Iversen
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Anna and Steffen Iversen

The house that Steff's left

Footballer Steffen Iversen is selling Little Abbots, his dreamy family mansion in Hertfordshire for £3.25  million.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace striker and his wife, Anna, (right) bought the house five years ago. The couple wanted a home with loads of outside space just a 30-minute commute from London. But now the prolific goal scorer has returned to his native Norway to play for top club Rosenberg.

Six-bedroom Little Abbots comes with a games annexe and a three-bedroom cottage set around a pretty courtyard. For more information contact Savills on 020 7499 8644 (

Turpin's cottage
£350,000: the two-bedroom Hempstead home of infamous highwayman Dick Turpin is for sale

Turpin's cottage is a steal

Stand and deliver. The home of infamous highwayman Dick Turpin is for sale.
The Grade II-listed timber-framed cottage, on the market with Kevin Henry (01799 513632,, is a steal at only £350,000.

It was from this two-bedroom home in the picturesque village of Hempstead, Essex, that Turpin ran his butcher’s business before he took to robbing. He was born just across the road in the Bluebell Inn, still one of the area’s most popular pubs.

King of custom rugs sells his Dorset retreat

Married to the Dutchess of Cornwall’s niece, bespoke rug designer Luke Irwin is selling grade 11 listed Salisbury House,his four bedroom Dorset retreat. The Irish born Etonian, married to Alice Elliot, has furnished many a famous home.

The Prince of Wales is a fan of his work, Jemima Khan purchased an Irwin rug for her pad and one of his colourful commissions was even presented to Barack Obama at the White House.

Salisbury house, on the market with Strutt & Parker for £750,000 (020 7629 7282, is a Georgian gem. Tucked away in a popular Cranborne Chase village, The Old Foundry is approached via double gates over a gravel drive.

Built in 1706, the rooms are big and the ceilings high with large sash windows, overlooking gorgeous gardens. This is an ideal country base for those seeking an easy commute  - it takes just over one hour to reach Waterloo from the nearby Salisbury rail station. Or to brighten up your property with an Irwin rug, you can always pay a visit to his Pimlico Road store.

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