Homes gossip: Mark Wahlberg; Alastair Lansley; celebrity make-up artist Lynda Armstrong

Hollywood couple Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham have knocked more than £2 million off the asking price for their astonishingly glamorous Beverly Hills mansion. Plus, a Kent apartment, with royal and literary connections, is for sale
Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham
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Mark's in the market for an offer


Hollywood couple Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham have knocked more than £2 million off the asking price for their astonishingly glamorous Beverly Hills mansion, now on the market for £8.2 million. It comes with a home cinema, naturally, but also a basketball court, boxing ring and a swimming pool with a waterfall. Demi Moore is a neighbour.

The Ted actor and his statuesque model wife have started work on a bigger home, on a six-acre site that they bought three years ago.



Julia Roberts
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Making the most of original features


Celebrity make-up artist Lynda Armstrong is no stranger to famous faces, having worked on blockbusters including Harry Potter, Troy and Die Another Day.

The beauty expert, whose A-list challenges have included “those eyes” of Catherine Zeta Jones and “that mouth” of Julia Roberts (pictured) is selling an equally well made-over barn conversion in Harpenden for £1.49  million.

As well as countryside views, five bedrooms and three bathrooms, her family home has the added advantage of being just a 27-minute train journey away from St Pancras International station. For more details call 01582 764343 or visit struttandparker.com


Alastair Lansley's five-bedroom house

The St Pancras man prefers Regency for his own home


Acclaimed British architect Alastair Lansley — famous for transforming Sir George Gilbert Scott’s neogothic masterpiece St Pancras station — chose Regency style when building a home of his own in his beloved St Margarets, Richmond.

The five-bedroom house, his home until 2007, is 30 minutes from Waterloo and now for sale for £1.995 million through Hamptons.



Swaylands Manor, Kent

39 Steps to a home full of memories


A Kent apartment with royal and literary connections is for sale, part of the magnificent Swaylands Estate, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to lovely Penshurst village.

The main house, Swaylands Manor, (pictured) is a mid-19th century gem with turrets, tall chimneys and imposing archways. This is where John Buchan wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps, while Queen Mary and Edward VII also spent time at the property.

The house was requisitioned during the Second World War, then was a boys’ boarding school before being turned into 28 flats. The largest, with two bedrooms, is on the market for £925,000 (01892 521700; jackson-stops.co.uk).

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