Homes gossip: Adele, Stephen Fry, Santo Versace, Mike and the Mechanics
Adele returns to her old manor
She spent her formative years in Tottenham, Brixton and West Norwood — is it so surprising, then, that superstar Adele has returned to her London roots?
The Skyfall singer, who recently gave birth to a boy, moved to a 10-bedroom mansion in West Sussex in February, but she must have been missing the capital because now she is said to have paid
£5.6 million for a house in Notting Hill.
The bubbly 24-year-old and her Eton-educated boyfriend Simon Konecki can spend quality time with their new arrival in the comfort of the five-bedroom home.
Adele knows the neighbourhood well, as she bought a one-bedroom flat in the area only three years ago. With locals including Pippa Middleton she will be in suitably starry company.
Blend right in at the amazing loft favoured by Fry
Stephen Fry was here, as was Guy Ritchie. This three-bedroom loft apartment in Bermondsey, now on the market, has often played a starring role alongside the rich and famous. QI presenter Fry, below, filmed a tea advert here, when the kitchen of the penthouse doubled as the Twinings “Blending Room”.
Movie director Ritchie, meanwhile, used the flat to film scenes for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, with Vinnie Jones.
This SE1 hot property is listed with Hamptons International at
£2.5 million (homesandproperty.co.uk/tannerylofts). Alluring features include an open fireplace and 25ft “cathedral-style” ceilings. There is also a roof terrace where you can enjoy views of the Shard, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf from the outdoor hot tub. It’s the ultimate bachelor pad.
A Versace makeover for £40 million
There is simply no other property in Milan like it — on or off the market, says Lorenzo Mercolini of Milan Sotheby’s International Realty. Santo Versace, the president of the flamboyant fashion house (left) is selling his four-storey mansion in Italy’s most stylish city (+39 02 8707 8300; milan-sothebys realty.com) for £40 million.
In a prime position in the heart of the shopping district, the villa is a Fifties architectural tour de force by Modern movement masters Carlo De Carli and Antonio Carminati.
It blends clean lines and precious materials and has been given a contemporary Versace look with intricate mosaics and a striking octagonal-patterned floor.
The palatial property also comes with private gardens and a splendid rooftop terrace with breathtaking views over the city. It could be the dream home for Lady Gaga, a self-confessed Versace addict.
The cricket green and a rock supergroup
Cricket Green Cottage in Surrey will look familiar to fans of Mike and the Mechanics. It provided the setting for the the band’s famous music video to Over My Shoulder. Mike Rutherford, right, is seen singing the hit single in the grounds while the owners of the property relax on the sofa indoors.
Now the charming home, in the heart of the sought-after village of Chiddingfold, is on the market with Strutt & Parker for £875,000 (homesandproperty.co.uk/cricketgreen). Less than an hour from Waterloo, from nearby Witley or Haslemere stations, the the four-bedroom retreat has had a major makeover since it’s pop pad days — so it’s worth making even more of a song and dance about.
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