Homes gossip: Britney Spears; Kimberly Wyatt and Alice in Wonderland
X Factor judge Britney buys a new home...but lives in a hotel
Oops! She did it again. Britney Spears splashed out £5.3 million on a Los Angeles glamour palace. Of course that’s just a drop in the ocean for the X Factor USA judge, reportedly earning £9.3 million for her new role.
The five-bedroom mansion comes with a cinema, wine cellar and huge pool. But rather than moving in straight away, the mum of two is happily living in a hotel near the X Factor TV studios on the other side of LA. It seems the pop princess must avoid commuting — no matter how much that costs.
Make sure you're not too late for this one
Alice in Wonderland fans can disappear down a rabbit hole of their own, if they buy a duplex apartment on Onslow Square, South Kensington.
Former resident of the square Lewis Carroll took the communal gardens, for the exclusive use of the people who live around it, as inspiration for his surreal story.
The square has housed some of London’s most creative people, from architect Edwin Lutyens and poet Theodore Martin to novelist William Makepeace Thackeray. Now it can house you, if you have £4.95 million for the Grade II-listed home being sold by Cluttons, which comes with three bedrooms and a study... in which to write a new children’s classic, perhaps? Visit homesandproperty.co.uk/onslow
Kimberly has a beautiful moment in London
Nicole Scherzinger is not the only Pussycat Doll calling London home these days. Her former bandmate Kimberly Wyatt is so charmed by the capital she has decided to launch her new self-help business venture, Beautiful Movements, in the West End.
The American star, who has been in town judging for Sky1’s Got to Dance auditions, found the office off Regent Street with the help of Daniel Castle of LDG Commercial.
Kimberly is searching for Britain’s best movers and shakers for the TV talent show alongside JLS’s Aston Merrygold.
But when the cameras stop rolling it’s on to other business for the dancing queen, who has created a website that encourages self-expression through the medium of arts and action. Good luck with that, Kimberly.
Castle scary: Dinton, Buckinghamshire
Spook your pals at Halloween by deciding to buy Dinton Folly, a castle-like ruin on a Saxon burial ground in Dinton, Buckinghamshire. Built by Sir John Vanhattem in 1769 as an eye-catcher from his mansion, Dinton Hall, the ghost of John Mayne — the “Dinton Hermit”, said to be Charles I’s executioner — is reputed to shelter within its limestone walls.
Homeless wizards, witches or ghouls can get more details at michaelanthony.co.uk. The budget-friendly fortress is expected to sell for about £75,000.
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