Kids learn more on the move
Vanessa Paradis makes a habit of buying homes. She and partner Johnny Depp have property in America, France and the Caribbean, and it is usually only a matter of months before the Joe le Taxi singer has the urge to find another house to add to the list.
But as long as the 38-year-old model and actress has daughter Lily-Rose, 12, and nine-year-old son Jack close by, she is happy. “Home is where the people you love most are,” she says.
“I can feel at home in a lot of different places.” And the children learn “great cultural and language skills” regularly adapting to new neighbourhoods across the world.
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Glee’s Matthew has a four-legged friend
When I caught up with Glee’s Matthew Morrison he seemed at home enough in his glamorous central London hotel suite. But I was keen to find out more about the pad he would be returning to after his UK singing tour dates.
“I miss my dining room when I’m travelling,” says the musical theatre-turned-TV star. “I have this beautiful, large dining table with very contemporary chairs around it and a long rustic wooden bench on one side. I love it. I get all my work done there, I eat there. That table is home for me.”
Best known for his role as Glee’s cute teacher Will Schuester and now releasing his eponymous debut album, Matthew has apartments in New York and Los Angeles. “I split my time between them both,” he tells me. “But my special table is in LA.”
He bought the two-bedroom, two- bathroom property, built in 1941, for £735,000. Tucked away in the hills, the gated entrance adds extra privacy. With a fan base as big as his, no doubt he needs it.
I’m a celebrity, get me into here...
A Grade II-listed Georgian house on the banks of the Thames is on the market with a guide price of £6.7 million.
With celebrity neighbours including Rhys Ifans and I’m a Celebrity’s Ant and Dec who each have a home nearby, the four-bedroom Strand on the Green property is awaiting suitably glamorous new owners.
Split over three floors, its 70ft Thames frontage and nine ground-floor windows mean almost every room has a spectacular river view.
The current owners have added an impressive Marston & Langinger conservatory. There’s a sun deck for relaxed enjoyment of the panorama and guests get a newly refurbished coach house to stay in — plus there’s space for their car in the double garage. Marsh & Parsons is the selling agent.
Secret home of Leeroy the raver
DJ and former member of electro hardcore group The Prodigy, Leeroy Thornhill is a surprisingly sentimental softie when it comes to property, I can reveal.
The Firestarter singer has just put his Essex home up for sale through Fine & Country for £850,000. It’s a four-bedroom 1770s windmill that was grinding corn right up to 1960.
Leeroy snapped it up in 1998 and has spent years turning it into a charming home, lovingly restoring original rustic features. It comes with a mill house with two extra bedrooms and sensational countryside views — just the spot for guests.