Homes gossip: Paris Hilton, One Direction, Gareth Thomas, Neil Sean

Simon Cowell’s pop protégés One Direction are renting the lavish penthouse at Ashley Cole's former north London apartment building. Band members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are so taken with the plush pad that they may buy it
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Only One Direction - head for Friern Barnet

If only the walls of north London’s Princess Park Manor could talk. It’s where Ashley Cole first met Cheryl in 2004 when they were both living in the luxury Friern Barnet complex. Fast forward to this year and Ashley’s former flat is home to One Direction.

Simon Cowell’s pop protégés are renting the plush penthouse for £3,000 a week. But two of the band members - 17-year-old Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, 20 - are so taken with the pad that they want to buy it. With sell-out tour dates (including HMV Apollo on Sunday) and a hit album under their belts, the boys are ready to splash out £3 million between them. Not bad for a first-time buy.

If living among chart-toppers and footballers appeals, Foxtons New Homes (020 7973 2020, is selling a range of modern two-bedroom flats at Princess Park Manor from £400,000-£649,000. There is also a three-bedroom flat available for £399,000.

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Paris’s old Hollywood crib is yours to rent

Paris Hilton’s former home is available to rent - and it is every bit as glamorous as you would expect. There’s just one catch, you’ll need to find £10,400 a month to live in it.

The four-bedroom house that Paris once paraded on MTV’s Cribs show is the ultimate in extravagance, from its designer shoe closet to the picturesque pool with cabanas. The Spanish-style Twenties pad sits in the hills of West Hollywood, with party central Sunset Strip on its doorstep.

Paris’s uncle, high-end estate agent Mauricio Umansky ( is handling the listing. A reality star in his own right, Mauricio is currently on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bio TV) with wife Kyle Richards.

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From old Yorkshire to New York for Neil

NBC News London and Access Hollywood presenter Neil Sean is selling his UK holiday home.

The showbiz host, famous for interviewing everyone from President Obama to Simon Cowell, is leaving to work in New York so no longer needs his cute coastal cottage retreat in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

“I have only had time to spend one night there since buying it last summer so it’s goodbye Hornsea,” he tells me. Neil is keen to sell the two-bedroom semi — a snip at £79,950 (01964 537123;

An apartment at This Space development in Wandsworth Road, SW6

BB star and rugby player Gareth find tinseltown glamour in SW6

Celebrity Big Brother contestant Gareth Thomas, the first openly gay rugby personality, is having his life made into a Hollywood movie starring Mickey Rourke. And the former Wales and Lions captain-turned-Channel 5 reality star is enjoying the trappings of fame: he has bought a swanky two-bedroom apartment at Mount Anvil’s This Space development in Wandsworth Road, SW6.

With great views stretching from Battersea power station to the London Eye, the £485,000 flat oozes urban glamour. His is one of 173 homes (priced from £250,000) at the new mixed retail, office and residential scheme.

The affable sportsman, known to his fans as Alfie, splits his time between his London home and his old stomping ground of Bridgend.

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