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Britney Spears may have filmed her latest music video in London property hotspot Dalston, but her home life is firmly planted on the other side of the Atlantic.
As fans of Spears might remember – she’s had more than her fair share of tough times – which in 2009 led to her quitting Beverly Hills (and the gaze of the paparazzi) for more than two years in the decidedly calmer surrounds of celeb-friendly, but chilled out, Calabasas where she rented out an estate called Chateau Sueños.
Even though it was a rental, Spears reportedly spent £449,000 improving the French chateau-style home (we imagine on big gates and possibly zebra skin rugs). She moved out earlier this year and current owner Jose “Pancho” Leon put the property on the market for £6.9 million, according to Forbes, but no buyer was forthcoming.
In an effort to sell the home, Leon has now instructed Sotheby’s International Realty in conjunction with Premiere Estates Auction Company to auction the Calabasas gaff. The opening bid is set at a massively discounted £2.8 million, which Forbes helpfully points out, constitutes a of 58% discount. “I know that I’ll be selling at a loss but I want to move on,” Leon, who’s already seen two offers fall through, told Forbes.
It must be said that Spears’ old home is impressive. It’s got some lovely features including a suitably glamorous state of the art theatre, wine cellar, elevator, pool, car lift and infinity spa. There’s also a rather lovely interior courtyard which does actually make one gaze off into the distance and think of of a French chateau.
But before you start pestering the great and the good for a donation to your Calabasas home fund (you could be neighbours with Lady Gaga, Cameron Diaz, Tori Spelling, Meat Loaf and the Kardashians) be advised that only vetted bidders can take part in the auction, which is set for November 11, 2011. I’m sure Ms Spears would approve – you never know she might turn up herself and say Hit Me Baby One More Time.
The “Old Lighthouse“ on Townend Road, Paull, Hull was built in 1836 by The Trinity House of Kingston Upon Hull and went out of use in 1870 when the sandbanks moved and caused the deepwater channel to shift, and new lighthouses were built just along the river bank at Thorngumbald Clough.
The light was powered first by oil and then by a gas burner and the windows of the lamp room face towards Hull to guide ships into the safe channel which led out into the North Sea.
The lighthouse comprises of a lounge, sitting room, upper and lower kitchen areas, and bathroom to the ground floor.
There are two staircases. One leading to the first bedroom together with a ladder which gives access to the lamp room and great views over the river and Paull itself.
Two further bedrooms and a shower room are accessed via an internal staircase with a garden to the rear of the property with patio area and lawn.
Here are the Zoopla.co.uk values for other properties on the same road and here is a market overview for Paull where the average property value is £116,899. If you’re interested in previous sold prices for Paull, here is all the info you need.
About Trinity House
“The safety of shipping, and the well being of seafarers, have been our prime concerns since Trinity House was granted a Charter by Henry VIII in 1514.”
Today they have three distinct functions:
- First, they are the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, responsible for a range of general aids to navigation, ‘signs of the sea’, from lighthouses to radar beacons.
- Second, they are a charitable organisation dedicated to the safety, welfare and training of mariners.
- Third, they are a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority providing expert navigators for ships trading in Northern European waters.