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THE HOME FRONT: Stars In Their Drives

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HOUSEHOLD NAMES presents Stars In Their Drives a light-hearted look at the global property market as seen from the Street of Fame.

If Harry Hill can re-invent a household TV programme, then Look At The Muck On ‘Ere (#LATMOE) should have no problem taking a peek at the rich and famous – to see what they are buying and selling on property’s Celebrity Row.

We hope it will keep you informed and smiling – and not too zealous.

The blog #StarsInTheirDrives was first published by Coventry and Warwickshire leading estate agents, Hawkins at http://www.hawkinsgroup.co.uk/

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10berry1AGA-THING YOU CAN DO I CAN DO BUTTER: Mary, Mary, not contrary, how does you garden grow?

Well, in her Devon holiday home – on the market at £800,000 – the Great British Bake Off judging queen is understandably more bothered about her kitchen.

It’s posh as you might expect from 80-year-old TV legend Mary Berry, and comes with a two-oven Aga.

The kitchen at the four-bedroom, three storey Salcombe base, sees plenty of action.

Mary’s conjured up many a great recipe while looking on to the wide blue yonder of the sea view offered by the house, called the Old Manse.

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harry pREAL STAR IN THE DRIVE: Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe is hoping a touch of “moving magic” will help him sell his property Down Under.

Daniel is selling a three-bedroom, two-bathroom pad in Melbourne’s Toorak district for £1.5million.

Filming commitments overseas are thought to have forced the sale of a house he bought when filming December Boys as a 16-year-old.

harryp2“This will be the key bit of memorabilia anyone could buy that is a Harry Potter fan,” Marshall White agent Marcus Chiminello said.

The Australian estate agent believes that Melbourne being the “world’s most liveable city” has helped capture the market worldwide.

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87th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsLO-DOWN ON JENNIFER’S HIDDEN HILLS HOME: She has made little or no fuss about putting her Los Angeles mansion on the market earlier this month.

The £10million-valued property of American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez – in the aptly-titled Hidden Hills neighbourhood – was quietly added to the listings of Sotheby’s International Realty.

The stunning home – on a three-acre plot – boasts nine bedrooms, an eight-car garage, outdoor kitchen, not to mention the 20-seat theatre, dance studio, gym plus a king-size professional recording studio for the celebrity singer.

Lopez and ex-husband Marc Anthony paid just under £5m for the home back in 2012, according to Variety magazine.

But, by contrast, there was nothing secretive about her showy entrance to the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday in downtown Beverly Hills in a Elie Saab ball gown with voluminous skirt and plunging neckline.

Ms Lopez really looked “at home” and gave an Oscar-winning performance on the party red carpet as she gave her millions of fans plenty to talk about.

For a start, any new home owner would find the LA mansion perfect for throwing extravagant dinner parties, having both a formal and informal living room.
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stars4LET IT BE: They may not involve using Maxwell’s silver hammer or be at the end of a long and winding road but interest in former homes of the Beatles is still legendary.

First it was George Harrison’s one-time childhood residence – where The Beatles held some of the bands first rehearsals – which was auctioned off at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for tens of thousands of pounds more than the guide price.

His property on Upton Green, Speke, had a guide price of £100,000 but was eventually bought by a Beatles fan from London for £156,000 last October.
Now John Lennon’s ex-family home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton, Liverpool – lived in during the 1950s by the musical genius’s mother Julia and his sisters Julia and Jackie – is up for sale.

It is due to go under the hammer with a guide price of £120,000 at Liverpool Town Hall on March 31.
Geoff Guest, auction director for Venmore properties, said that John spent many years of his youth learning and practising his music under the direction of his mother – “a great influence on his early musical career.”

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STARS1AHOST WITH THE MOST?: That old saying ‘I wouldn’t be seen dead with . . .’ certainly wouldn’t normally apply to Mr George Clooney.

And that’s even after mortally offending his legions of female fans by marrying lawyer Amal Alamuddin last year and moving into a nine-bedroom manor house in Berkshire’s Sonning-on-Thames.

But word is out (according to the TV illusionist Uri Geller and the Daily Express) that the newly-wed Clooneys got more than they bargained for – when splashing out £10million on the property which comes complete with gym, spa and steam room, library, cellar and boathouse plus a cottage for guests.

According to the magical Mr Geller, a fellow Sonning resident, there is a child ghost present.

“You can see his house from Sonning bridge and I have seen strange things happening on that bridge,” Geller told the Express.

“There is a ghost of a little girl who crosses it. I have no doubt in my mind that George Clooney will see her. It is the best house in the neighbourhood to be able to see this ghost.”

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STARS2TAKE THAT, POP GOES ‘WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’ WITH ROCK NEIGHBOUR: Rock’s finest has fallen out over plans to do up a pop celebrity brother’s big house.

Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has lived in Grade I listed Tower House in London’s Holland Park for more than 40 years, regarding it as one of the most important properties in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

But Jimmy has been upset by the proposals of his neighbour of 15 months – former Take That star Robbie Williams – who wants to upgrade his £17million mansion by installing a lift and a recording studio.

The rock musician – whose band’s hits included Whole Lotta Love – has written to the local council complaining about Robbie’s proposals.

He said: “I have been responsible for the protection of the Tower House for over 40 years and I am always concerned when proposals are made for nearby properties which may be detrimental to the well-being of this important heritage asset.”

Page says because Williams’ house is Grade II listed, the exterior should be considered ‘sacrosanct’.

He says a new window planned will overlook the side of his house and his back garden, which will have a “significant impact on the amenity” of his property.

The rock star is also concerned that work on the underground swimming pool could cause “vibrations and possible structural” damage to Tower House.

Page, 71, also objects to Williams knocking down part of his home’s boundary wall to allow access to a planned garden car park.

Robbie, 40, bought the 46-room mansion with his wife Ayda Field from the late film director Michael Winner in 2013.

Williams’ planning application states the building work will take place from early this month until October this year, with workmen accessing the site between 8am and 6pm on Mondays to Fridays and 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.

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stars3TERRY’S BOLT HOLE IN WON: His team may have suffered the biggest upset in FA Cup history – losing 4-2 at home to third tier footballing minnows Bradford City.

But Chelsea captain John Terry has made a killing on the home front, at least in property terms .

He has bought the former home of ex-European number one golfer Colin Montgomerie – just half-a-mile from the estate he made a £10million profit last year.

The former England skipper is thought to have paid £4million for the Oxshott house, which features a two-bedroomed staff annexe above the garage, a large leafy garden and imposing gated entrance.

The house is just a few hundred yards from the mansion he sold to Qaboos bin Said, the Sultan of Oman, 12 months ago.

It is thought the 34-year-old made £21million when he sold two neighbouring properties. One, his red-brick home, went for £5milllion while a much bigger mansion rsied £16million.

Terry had initially bought it for just £1.8million and spent another £4million renovating it, before receiving “an offer he couldn’t refuse” from the Sultan.

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