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Zoopla Purple Plaques – has someone famous lived in your home?

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Today we’ve launched a very exciting initiative called Purple Plaques – a scheme where we identify and recognise properties across the country where a celebrity/famous person has lived in the past.

First to be honoured under the scheme are the former homes of David Cameron (West London), Gary Barlow (Northwich), Liz Hurley (Basingstoke), Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage) and Chris Evans (Warrington) – you can see them here.

Zoopla Purple Plaques will be an ongoing scheme and one where we want you, the general public, to help us identify these homes where you know a former celebrity once lived – you can tell us here.

Inspiration for the scheme was taken from the Blue Plaques presented by English Heritage to properties associated with notable figures of the past – providing they have been dead for at least 20 years. The Zoopla Purple Plaque scheme will honour living celebrities and pay homage to the council flats, terraces, suburban semis and picturesque pads where they have lived across the UK…and unlike Blue Plaques, celebs don’t have to be dead for 20 years to qualify.

Today’s household names come from all walks of life and many are proud of their humble property beginnings compared to their penthouse suites and gated mansions of today. Cheryl Cole‘s childhood home in Heaton, Newcastle, where the average property value is £145,671 according to is a far cry from Hurtmore House in Oxshott where she lived with Ashley Cole and valued at £3.5m.

Our hunger for anything celebrity-related has as much impact on the property market as it does fashion, food or anything else. A property is more than just bricks and mortar and a unique history can improve a home’s marketability. Where Blue Plaques honour names of the past such as Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Edward Elgar and Lord Byron today’s buyers are just if not more interested in where Sir Elton John, Katie Price and Stephen Fry once lived.

We will be awarding many more plaques in coming months and years and would encourage homeowners treading the same boards that a star of stage once did or kicking a ball in what was the garden of a Premier League superstar are invited go to to apply for a Purple Plaque.

Here are the former homes of…

Chris Evans…

Former Warrington home of Chris Evans honoured by property website with a Purple Plaque

Former Warrington home of Chris Evans honoured by property website with a Purple Plaque

David Cameron…

Former London home of David Cameron honoured by property website with a Purple Plaque

Former London home of David Cameron honoured by property website with a Purple Plaque

Gary Barlow…

Former Cheshire home of Gary Barlow honoured by property website with a Purple Plaque

Former Cheshire home of Gary Barlow honoured by property website with a Purple Plaque

Lewis Hamilton…

Former Stevenage home of Lewis Hamilton honoured by property website with a Purple Plaque

Former Stevenage home of Lewis Hamilton honoured by property website with a Purple Plaque

Liz Hurley…

Former Basingstoke home of Liz Hurley honoured by property website with a Purple Plaque

Former Basingstoke home of Liz Hurley honoured by property website with a Purple Plaques

November 11, 2011 at 9:05 AM 7 comments

Charlie Sheen set to buy £4.65m Mediterranean-style LA McMansion #Winning

Mediterranean-style house Sheen is allegedly purchasing

Across the pond and to a lesser extent over here in the UK, actor Charlie Sheen has been busy on the talk-show circuit (recently being interviewed by UK export Piers Morgan), offering insight into his life with his two live-in girlfriends, aka “the goddesses,” and his plans to drop a £200m ($320m USD) million lawsuit into the laps of media giants CBS and Warner Bros for finally pulling the plug on the show he stars in, “Two and a Half Men.”

His latest jaw-dropping headline refers to his machete-swinging proclamation “Free at last!” after Warner Brothers officially terminated him on Monday from “Two and a Half Men.”

However, we’re more interested in the property side of things on the Zoopla Blog, as it’s easy to get side tracked by what he’s been up to on twitter of late! Thanks to real estate website Zillow over in the US, we’ve learnt that Sheen has a plan to buy a few more pieces of Sherman Oaks real estate in the gated, McMansion community of Mullholland Estates, Los Angeles where he currently resides.

Sold price public records in the US show Sheen paid £4.45million ($7,200,000 USD) for his current 5-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom abode. The idea behind these new property purchases would be to give one to ex-wife Denise Richards and the other to Brooke Mueller (Sheen’s rumored soon-to-be ex-wife).

While the lawsuit is still in the works, and the public in awe of the actor’s media blanketing remarks about his life on a drug “called Charlie Sheen,” Sheen is apparently moving forward with his plan to buy more property sooner than anyone thought.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Sheen is in escrow to buy a property for £4.65m ($7.5 million USD) just a few blocks away from his current home. The home Sheen is allegedly purchasing is owned by Mike Medavoy, the producer behind the Academy Award-winning film “Black Swan.” The Mediterranean-style house (pictured below) sits on a half-acre lot, with nearly 10,000 sq ft, 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, both a game and media room, a library, gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, and large living and dining areas. There is also an outdoor bar and kitchen just steps from the outdoor swimming pool. Will this be Brooke or Denise’s new home, or perhaps it’s more fit for a goddess?

A version of this blog post first appeared on the Zillow Blog and has be used on the Zoopla blog with kind permission from

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March 9, 2011 at 9:56 AM 4 comments

Kerry Katona’s house in Cheshire reduced by £150,000 on Zoopla

It’s not often you see an £1m+ property for sale that’s completely free of furniture and fittings, but it seems that the stories surrounding Kerry Katona and Hartree House were sadly true and clearly she’s moved out completely. There have been many rumours and reports in the media that the property has been repossessed and if you look closely at the fireplace in the picture below, it suggests that this is the case.

See also: Kerry Katona through the keyhole again

Kerry, who this weekend stars in this year’s ITV hit show Dancing on Ice, not so long ago starred in her own show called Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love which was filmed at this very house. It was a reality show following the day-to-day lives of the former Atomic Kitten pop star and her then husband, Mark Croft.

Anyhow, less about all that and more about Kerry Katona’s house…according to the property for sale listing on Zoopla, it was listed on the market on 10th December 2010 through estate agents Savills with an original asking price of £1,250,000 but was reduced by £150,000 to £1,100,000 on January 7th.

According to our sold price records, back on 26th Jan 2007 Kerry (and Mark?) paid £1,225,000 for the property. So, assuming the property sells at its asking price of £1,100,000 Kerry is set to make a loss of £125,000 before taking into account any fees.

The property, called Hartree House, was built in 2005 and is described as a contemporary family home with 4 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with a large garden and double garage and is only a stones throw away from Wilmslow centre. Here are some more details about Kerry’s property.

Zoopla provide instant value estimates for every UK home and we currently estimate Kerry’s former home to be worth £1,216,522 with the average value for property in the SK9 area at £338,891 which is up 2.39%  or £7,893 over the last 12 months. So, if you’re looking for a useful start point for researching the likely value of a home why not claim your house on Zoopla and find out what it might be worth here.

Here’s the full for sales listing on and the value estimate of Kerry’s property on

Kerry’s Kitchen

The Hall

Living Room

January 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM 4 comments

Check out Katie Price’s (8-bed) particulars on



Celebrity glamour model Katie Price, formerly known as Jordan, has lived her life through the tabloids. There is very little we don’t know about the best-selling author (really) or that can’t be found out via Google! So, we are somewhat surprised that the sale of her 10,000 sq ft, 8-bedroomed, former care home in Woldingham, Surrey (where average home values are £836,734) has, so far, been unusually low-key. What’s more, if she achieves her asking price, it’s possible she could end up making £850,000 on the sale (excluding costs).

She re-married earlier this year and in June splashed out £2m on a 6-bedroom, 53 acre property with horse stables in West Sussex (where average home values are £267,879)to set up home with cage fighting hubby and Celebrity Big Brother contestant, Alex Reid.

Clearly she now has no need for her former (care) home she shared with her former husband, Peter Andre, and has listed the property for sale with a price tag of £2,950,000. We hear she bought the property for £2,100,000 in 2008.

Here’s the property for sale on and here are some vital stats:

  • Average property values for Lunghurst Road, Surrey according to Zoopla are: £1,020,361
  • Over the last 5 years 12 properties have been sold on this road with an average sold price of £808,833
  • If Katie Price achieves her asking price, she could be set to make £850,000

Here are Pricey’s particulars:

8 Bedrooms | 7 Bathrooms/Shower Rooms | Grand Reception Hall | Drawing Room/Cinema Room | Dining Room (Currently A Playroom) | Family Room | Study | Orangery | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Gym | Indoor Pool Complex | Triple Garage

Here are more pictures of Katie Price’s property


August 18, 2010 at 9:02 AM 3 comments

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