When Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett moved to Brighton a few years ago, she had to close off a whole street in order to have her enormous stone bath winched into the house.
Blanchett later sold the Grade I Listed Regency townhouse to songwriter Richard Stannard, who has worked with U2, Kylie Minogue, Will Young and Little Boots.
He added to the property by building a sound-proof music studio and recording booth in the basement, but is now selling up with an asking price of £3.1 million.
Blanchett’s famous bathtub is still here, as is the funky red metal staircase she installed.
Other features include suede covered walls in the master bedroom (!); a top-notch home cinema; and a tunnel under the seafront road to seven acres of private gardens.
You’ll be wanting a peek inside, we know, so here are some pictures. Not bad, is it?!
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The Property: A detached barn for conversion
The Place: Gimingham, Norwich
The Price: £80,000
The Pain: The main issues here are that this is quite a small building – 700 square feet – and that the planning consent is for a holiday residence only. Aside from that, it looks like a relatively straightforward conversion.
The Gain: It’s in pretty good shape and won’t break the bank to convert – the agent thinks you could manage it with a budget of £50,000-£60,000.
It will be worth around £220,000 when completed, which is not bad at all.
It’s very well located just 2.5 miles from the coast and four miles from Mundesley, which has a small high street served by local shops. It also has a medical centre, a library, a post office, a primary school and three pubs.
The Agent: Barn Masters (Tel: 0843 2823 467)
Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp have the perfect celebrity jobs, or at least I thought so after a short spell working with them.
Their careers are lucrative, part-time and, although they wear out shoe leather trudging around dozens of properties for each programme, not particularly arduous.
Their pickings have been rich: enough to provide Phil with a thrumming Range Rover and Kirstie with a substantial designer wardrobe.
And when Phil’s executive home search firm, Garrington, got into trouble earlier this year, it turned out he had been well-off enough to personally fund its staff’s salaries for a while.
The duo’s fame, which the BBC feels is bankable enough to poach off an ailing Channel 4 – it was revealed today - is based on an unusual mix.
Not famous enough to be mobbed in the high street when they’re filming, but well-known enough to earn £100,000 or more from their TV contracts and appearance fees, Phil and Kirstie are a modern phenomenon – the professional celebrity.
Both had ‘real’ jobs before coming to TV but have gone on to acquire national treasure status – something only property-related programmes seem able to create. Consider Amanda Lamb, Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen and Kevin McCloud as well.
But why has Phil and Kirstie’s chemistry worked so well in particular? On camera their rather stiff and forced attempts at flirting don’t wash – we all know she’s far too feisty for cool, serene Phil and his pink-lipped grins.
And away from the cameras the two are more like a bored married couple. Kirstie’s flustering and off-the-cuff opinions tended to bemuse and mildly irritate Phil in equal measure – although touchingly in private he often picks fluff off her coat, a gesture usually restricted to partners or parents.
I liked them because they didn’t really try to be famous – which is perhaps the key. Both know that if Location, Location, Location does fall off schedules or the BBC transfer doesn’t work out, they have other talents to fall back on.
You know you’re proper posh, and rich with it, when you need to construct a 2,500 sq ft building to house your prized collection of vintage motor cars.
This building, formerly the Bayham Estate Garage and Workshop, was used for just such a purpose by the Marquis of Camden.
It’s not the most beautiful of buildings to look at, but inside it’s a wonderfully stylish combination of classic European modernism and English traditionalism, with just a hint of eastern exoticism thrown in for good measure.
According to the brochure, “it was converted in the 1970s by the current architect owner to create a contemporary family home incorporating large expanses of glass to fully take advantage of the exceptional position and views.”
We can well believe it: it’s a beautiful job.
The mortgage computer has said “Yes” to Little Britain laydeez-man, David Walliams, who’s just had an offer accepted on a beachside property in the exclusive Western Esplanade in Hove.
Known locally as Millionaires’ Row, David’s new neighbours in the street include an impressive cast of celebs, among them Norman Cook and Zoe Ball, Heather Mills and Nick Berry.
Fortunately, these upmarket homes are safely tucked away in a private access road, meaning the risk of a media kerfuffle from prying paparazzi is minimal.
But we reckon an even bigger draw for Walliams – who famously swam the English Channel a few years ago – is that all of the properties have their own stretch of beach, so keeping up his training will be a doddle.
Here are a few pics of David Walliams’ new house in Hove: