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We’ll always have Paris – even in Manila
Model, actress, singer, author — Paris Hilton’s CV just keeps growing. But her latest venture could prove the most challenging.
She has teamed up with Century Properties in the Philippines to work as the ambassador for its Azure Urban Resort Residences in Manila, and to design its clubhouse.
The company’s chief operating officer, John Victor Antonio, has every faith in the heiress. He tells me: “She is a style icon and she has a zest for living the good life. These are qualities that we would like to incorporate into our property.”
Paris has promised that her clubhouse design will be “unique and special” for those using the facility. She says: “I feel confident we will develop an amazing and aspiring design.” And later she tweeted: “So proud of my newest business endeavour. So exciting!”
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Duncan proves he’s a smooth operator in the property pool
Olympic swimming champion Duncan Goodhew has dipped his toe into the London property market. He has helped turn an eyesore derelict garage he spotted in Camberwell into a striking street of three smart mews houses.
Handsome Property has developed the site, giving each house an integral garage and bringing a touch of glamour to the once-grim back alley.
Wooster & Stock (020 7708 6700) is selling the trio of homes close to leafy Camberwell Grove and Grove Lane in SE5. Only one is still available, at £539,950 for three bedrooms, an exclusive Italian kitchen with integrated Bosch appliances, a private patio and a garden.
Gold medallist Goodhew discovered the plot, next to a junk yard, and instantly realised its potential. “He had hoped to build there himself,” says a pal. “But he sold it on when that didn’t work out.” The swimmer is surely impressed with the outcome.
Keep your eyes wide open for Kubrick Christmas art bargain
Childwickbury House has been more than an average home since Stanley Kubrick bought it in 1978. The film director put the finishing touches to The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut while living in the sprawling St Albans mansion.
Kubrick died in 1999 but his family still lives there and his artist daughter Katharina (pictured) is currently preparing for a Christmas Market, which will feature work by herself and her mother, Christiane. Both have studios in the house.
“My studio is my favourite room,” Katharina tells me. “But art features prominently throughout the house, with pictures by my mother and by me.”
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The watering hole that is a pop legend
On the lookout for a property steeped in rock history? The Heroes of Alma pub in St John’s Wood has been converted into a five-bedroom, three-bathroom house, now for sale with Knight Frank (020 7586 7654) at £3.85 million.
This was the favourite watering hole of The Beatles and their producer George Martin in the Sixties. Other regulars included The Hollies, Manfred Mann, The Seekers, Queen and Pink Floyd — all recorded albums at nearby Abbey Road Studios, of course.
The current owner has transformed the place, giving it a good-size kitchen, two reception rooms on the ground and first floors and a large gym in the basement cellar. The old pub garden is now a patio and there’s a large games room plus that priceless extra — a garage.
The only drawback: this is a major music landmark and its new owners must learn to be tolerant. Japanese visitors galore seek out the old pub, which features on The Beatles Trail map.
Danny has no need to slum it with this Docklands penthouse
Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle has been viewing penthouses to rent in Canary Wharf — but not because he is responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics just up the road at Stratford.
Boyle is after a suitably swish pad to feature in his next film, Trance, which will star James McEvoy and Rosario Dawson. The movie isn’t set for release until 2013 but with the Games to think about, the director is keen to film scenes now. He has been looking at flats in East India Dock with the help of Chesterton Humberts’ Docklands office (020 7510 8300).