Homes gossip: Madonna, Steven Tyler, Erin Brady, Samuel Beckett
Make Madge your neighbour
The London leg of Madonna’s highly anticipated tour couldn’t be better placed for the pop queen. Her Marble Arch W1 home is only a stone’s throw away from her Hyde Park gig on July 27. And she’ll have a few days to rest at the Georgian townhouse before heading to Scotland for her next concert.
The Material Girl’s show may be the hottest ticket in town but fans (with big budgets) can also become one of her neighbours. Galliard Homes has converted an office block near the singer’s home into six sleek two- and three-bedroom apartments, some with outdoor terraces.
The flats are so stylish that even Madge would feel at home, and they are right by London’s most famous shopping streets, restaurants and landmarks. If you have the cash, call Kay & Co (020 7486 6338; www.kayandco.com).
‘Four movies and a TV mini series’
Fancy living in one of London’s most popular filming locations? Here’s your chance. A house overlooking the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great is available for rent.
Best known as the setting for Four Weddings and a Funeral, the magnificent Norman church has featured in blockbusters from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Shakespeare in Love, to The Other Boleyn Girl and Sherlock Holmes.
So future tenants of the four-floor property now for rent, in historic Farringdon’s Cloth Fair, should keep their eyes peeled for the latest A-listers and camera crews who will surely soon set up camp across the street.
The contemporary three-bedroom residence is available with Hamptons City Lettings for £1,250 a week (www.hamptons.co.uk; 020 7236 8399).
Tyler and Brady say aloha to luxury in Hawaii
When rocker Steven Tyler isn’t plucking future pop stars from obscurity on American Idol (Thursdays at 9pm, ITV2) he’s dabbling in property.
The Aerosmith frontman’s latest buy is a £3.2 million beach house in Hawaii — a relative bargain compared with the £4.14 million it was first listed for.
The two-bedroom retreat in the Maui nature reserve has stunning sea views, plus an aquarium and saltwater pool — a perfect love nest for Tyler and fiancée Erin Brady.
If George Clooney’s latest film, The Descendants, made you lose faith in the paradise island’s allure, this pad would restore it.
For sale: where Godot author Beckett waited for freedom
Waiting for Godot writer Samuel Beckett, a member of the French Resistance, hid in this house on the Cote d’Azur while on the run from the Gestapo in 1942.
He kept weapons in the garden and worked on his novel, Watt, during his two years there.
Now the five-bedroom Roussillon house is for sale for £713,000. Call + 33 (0) 4907 255 00, or visit www.proprietesduluberon.com