Surrey home in California
Pop star Ariana Grande has bought a historic English home, uprooted from the Surrey countryside and painstakingly rebuilt in California, from US chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi.
An English country home
Known as the Porter House, the Tudor-style home is made up of two 300-year-old barns, taken from England and reconstructed to make one property linked by an orangery, in Montecito, Santa Barbara.
DeGeneres and her actress wife bought the place in January for £2.7 million and have been sprucing it up before selling to Grande for £5.3 million – so they’ve likely made a healthy profit, even after renovation costs.
In more than an acre of land, the house has many period features indicative of its English roots, including lofted wood-beam ceilings and several cosy fireplaces, plus lovely views.
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More A-list homes: Bond pad
A colossal villa once owned by Scottish actor Sir Thomas Sean Connery has been listed for sale for £26.7 million (€30 million) on the French Riviera. Connery, the first actor to play James Bond in film, is thought to have lived at Villa Le Roc Fleuri with his wife Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune in the Seventies and early Eighties.
Matt Damon’s lockdown house
The Irish mansion where Matt Damon spent lockdown is available to rent, close to the homes of U2’s Bono and The Edge as well as Van Morrison. Damon settled in with his wife Luciana Barroso and their four daughters and they became fixtures in the community during lockdown. They have since flown home to America and the house is back for rent on Airbnb. The sea-front house in the sleepy, affluent suburb of Dalkey near Dublin, is said to be worth £7 million.
A cool £25m
This unique three-bedroom property would be the perfect place for Monaco’s visiting famous party people, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Lewis Hamilton, Jennifer Lopez and Kendall Jenner.
Keen to upgrade security at their nine-bedroom Cotswolds farmhouse, David and Victoria Beckham have reportedly applied for planning permission to dig a new basement, with a linked walkway leading from their £6 million main house.
Hard-working space in Kensal Green
Croydon-born food writer and broadcaster Rachel Khoo is selling the ingeniously designed north-west London flat she used for filming and recipe testing. Listed for sale through Dexters, with a guide price of £665,000.
The Waldorf Astoria New York – where Marilyn Monroe once lived – is building 375 grand apartments to sit on top of the iconic hotel.
Sly’s Cali retreat
Sylvester Stallone is selling his golf club holiday home in La Quinta, California. The Hollywood giant, who also owns coastal residences in Los Angeles and Coconut Grove in Miami, is asking £2.7 million for the Mediterranean-style house in Madison Club golf community.
An East End original
A pretty house in the Victorian street that inspired Albert Square in EastEnders is for sale. Fassett Square in Hackney was intended as the original filming location for the BBC One soap. However, local traffic was deemed too heavy and there was a hospital nearby – since closed – so the idea was wiped and a studio replica was made.
Shaking up the portfolio
Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of electric car manufacturer, Tesla, has listed all five of his homes in California for sale. Musk personally listed the residences with US property website Zillow, refusing to use an agent and featuring non-professional photographs.
Following in Brangelina’s footsteps, American rapper Post Malone is launching his own Provencal rosé wine. Maison No. 9 goes on sale in June and is named after the Nine of Swords tarot card. Now, lockdown permitting, you too could stay on the 1,500-acre private wine estate where the star decided to try his hand at the vintner’s art.
Lockdown has sent Britain into home improvement overdrive – and superchef Jamie Oliver is no exception. He has applied for planning permission to install an oak door with iron nails to the entrance of the Grade I-listed Essex mansion he shares with wife Jools and their five children.
Gwen Stefani’s new mansion in California
Pop-rocker Gwen Stefani and country crooner Blake Shelton have bought a new-build mansion on a 1.6-acre estate in Encino, in LA’s San Fernando Valley, for £10.7 million. The 13,000sq ft home was originally listed for £11.3 million but the music power couple managed to negotiate the price down.
Movie set home for sale
A Victorian townhouse that has featured in Hollywood movies, TV series and fashion shoots is for sale in Columbia Road. The two-bedroom house has provided a pretty photo shoot backdrop for supermodel Kendall Jenner and also featured in Bronson (2008) starring Tom Hardy. It is listed with Dexters for £975,000.
Walt Disney’s Palm Springs getaway has been listed for sale. The midcentury modern house was built in 1962 for the movie mogul and his wife Lillian in the Indian Canyons area, as their retreat from Hollywood. On the books of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate for £890,000, it is apparently already under offer.
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Harry’s favourite home scent
Harry Styles fans are so keen to conjure a whiff of him, they’ve caused a scented candle shortage – but they may have been snapping up the wrong home fragrance…
More A-list homes: Caitlyn’s Malibu beach house
A Malibu beach house that fans of Keeping Up With the Kardashians will recognise from Season 10 is coming up for auction. In 2013 when Caitlyn Jenner, then known as Bruce, felt home life was too chaotic, former wife Kris Jenner suggested she should hire the residence and spend time relaxing there. Bidding opens on May 27, it was previously listed at £6.4 million.
Simon Cowell and partner Lauren Silverman, who are spending lockdown in Malibu, have been granted permission to install a 15-metre pool at their 18th-century London home.
Drake’s £314k bed
The rapper’s new bed – with built-in champagne and whiskey bar – almost didn’t make it into production after standards were set so high.
Savvy businesswoman — and world’s youngest billionaire — Kylie Jenner drove a hard bargain on her latest property purchase. The reality TV star knocked almost £7 million off the asking price of a mansion in the showbiz haven of Holmby Hills in Los Angeles.
Famous former residents
The San Francisco house where former Hollywood golden couple Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid lived during their 10-year marriage is for sale for £16 million.
A beautiful two-bedroom Mayfair apartment, brought to life by renowned British artist, fashion designer and interiors specialist Faye Toogood, is on the market for £5,895,000.
Super home in the making?
Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon, has bought a three-bedroom penthouse at 212 Fifth Avenue in New York, above the triplex and two apartments that he already owns on the level below.
Prince’s purple mansion
Prince, whose global hits included Purple Rain, painted his Los Angeles rental home in purple stripes in 2005 – much to the surprise of its owner, NBA star Carlos Boozer. Boozer threatened to sue but Prince agreed to swap everything back and the two later became close friends. The property, on a tennis estate, is for sale now, priced £24.1 million.
Live on location
Hornsey Town Hall has played a starring role in BBC drama Killing Eve. Currently under restoration to incorporate new homes as well as a hotel, rooftop bar and arts space, the building is seen as Moscow’s fictional Hotel Atlasov in the series. All the interiors for the hotel lobby, bar and restaurant scenes were filmed in the town hall in N8.
Famed postmodernist architect Sir Terry Farrell has designed a new collection of boutique townhouses. They’re now on the market in an enviable north-west London location, where Maida Vale meets Little Venice and St John’s Wood. Prices start at £2.5 million.
Plans to build
George and Amal Clooney’s plans for an outbuilding in the grounds of their Oxfordshire home have been given the go-ahead, after the star couple altered their scheme to safeguard a protected tree.
Reese Witherspoon has sold her Los Angeles home for £13.5 million. The Legally Blonde star and her husband Jim Toth, a top Hollywood talent agent, have spent the last few years revamping the 10,300sq ft estate which was unfinished when they snapped it up.
A home for health heroes
Love Island contestant Luke Mabbott has offered his home to NHS staff rent free, while he lives at his brother’s house during lockdown.
He said he would rather one of our health heroes made the most of his seaside home and has even offered to pay the utility bills for their stay.
Self isolate in style
The Beckhams’ Holland Park townhouse is the property we would most like to self-isolate in, according to a new study.
Luxury homeware brand Olivia’s asked 4,000 members of the public where they would like to spend their lockdown and David and Victoria’s £31.5 million home came out on top.
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Connaught Square rental pad
London’s Connaught Square has long attracted high-profile residents including the Blairs and Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman. Now a luxurious five-bedroom house has popped up on the rental market there for £3,000 per week through Wilfords.
Chrissy and John’s New York penthouse
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have purchased a second New York penthouse in the very block where they already own a three-bedroom penthouse. In the Nolita district, the mega luxury home has been snapped up by the couple for £6.2 million.
Nicky Haslam’s dream home
A Chelsea cottage resembling a castle is for sale. Nestled between the Fulham and King’s Road on Bury Walk, iconic designer Nicky Haslam described it as his dream home and the most romantic building in London. It was once owned by his mentor Simon Fleet.
Mayfair home with a secret garden
This elegant Mayfair townhouse is available to rent – if you’ve £8,000 a week to splurge. In South Audley Street, the house neighbours the very exclusive Harry’s Bar members club, which — in non-lockdown times — hosts the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Beyoncé and Victoria Beckham.
Julia Roberts has sold her Malibu home for £6.4 million.
The one-acre estate includes a three-bedroom ranch house, gardens and horse riding area. Roberts bought the LA beach city property for £5.4 million five years ago, has sold it to Silicon Valley-based hedge fund billionaire Thomas Laffont, who also owns the house next door.
Love Island star Kady McDermott says her home renovation is getting her through lockdown, posting on Instagram about her progress with transforming the now-four-bedroom Hertsfordshire house.
Roald Dahl’s Clapham mews house
Lockdown is the time for budding novelists to pen their first masterpiece. Where better to make a start than the mews where Roald Dahl lived when he wrote The Witches and Matilda? One home is for sale in Turnchapel Mews is an unusual apartment, spread across the top floor of four terrace houses and the ground floor of one. It is for sale for £3.95 million with Russell Simpson.
The show goes on
America’s top talk show hosts are turning their homes into late-night TV studios during lockdown. Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres are among stars making at-home editions of their programmes. It offers a rare glimpse into their interior design choices — and the home of Fallon and his film-maker wife Nancy Juvonen looks the most fun.
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A riverside apartment previously owned by Sir Paul McCartney and ex-wife Heather Mills is for sale for £1,275,000. It’s thought the former couple bought it so Mills could use it as an office.
A Shad Thames warehouse flat used by Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers, as a filming location in the days before coronavirus self-isolation, is on the market for £900,000.
One for golfing pros?
An apartment that comes with its own rooftop golf course is for sale above the Gagosian gallery in Mayfair.
Former Man Utd manager battles with his neighbours over their plans to build a new mansion next to his home.
American actress and singer Zendaya has purchased a sprawling Los Angeles estate. The Euphoria star splashed out £3.2 million on the six-bedroom mansion with a guesthouse and pool area in the grounds.
A flat with private access to Rosmead Garden, where Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts’s characters canoodled in the romantic comedy film Notting Hill (1999), is available to rent for £650 a week.
Esther Anderson, former girlfriend of Bob Marley, has launched a fundraising appeal so she can continue living in her flat in Cheyne Row, Chelsea.
Anderson says she could lose her home in a disagreement over what she claims are “inflated” service charges.
The property where Jamie Oliver slid down the banister to film The Naked Chef is on the market. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has two terraces. It is listed with Dexters for £1.75 million.
Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman are selling their New York penthouse. The couple bought the two-bedroom Upper West Side property four years ago for £1.9 million and have now put it on the market with Sotheby’s International Realty for £2.6 million.
A fashionable buy
Emma and Jens Grede, the power couple behind Good American and Frame fashion brands, are selling their London townhouse for £5.5 million.
TV presenter Mark Wright and actress Michelle Keegan have hit a snag on their dream Essex home renovation after the local council expressed concern over drainage.
A one-bedroom apartment is for sale in the same building as west London’s most prominent recording studio – frequently used by big-name musicians including Adele, Kanye West, Stormzy and Kylie Minogue.
£25 million ‘project’ for sale…
The ultimate doer-upper in one of London’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, where A-list residents include the Beckhams and Simon Cowell, is for sale.