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Celebrity Moves – May 2017

Whether its marriage, retirement or a new family addition, milestones rarely come and go without affecting how we regard our living arrangements. What seemed to be a home for life can suddenly become emotionally restricting, even if it has plenty of room. New opportunities can mean new travel arrangements which might bring us into contact with a totally different part of London than we’re used to, which is mostly a positive thing. Even a short move down the road might make us use the park more or take a river taxi for the first time. London has a habit of surprising even its most blasé residents with a new deli, here, or a refurbished piece of history, there.

Delightful Moves, Darling

Dartmouth Park, NW5
His on screen personality may lead viewers to think that Craig Revel Horwood spends his days off harshly judging the miserable efforts of his cleaning lady or pizza delivery boy, but he is usually far too busy for such diversions. In fact, the Strictly Come Dancing judge has spent the latest post series hiatus recalibrating his property profile and has put his Camden house up for sale. Valued at £1.2 million, the distinctive pink two bedroom terrace has been Horwood’s base for the last twenty years after he paid just under £150K for it in 1997. The address was certainly handy for his commute into Theatreland where he made a name for himself as a top West End choreographer and there are a host of similarly smart properties all over the Zone 2 area of Northwest London. Show business professionals like to walk or cycle to work these days as it stimulates their creativity while saving the planet, so this 3 bed gem in Dartmouth Park NW5 would be ideal.

Jean Genius

Merchant Square, W2
Through the years, Diana Moseley’s Maida Vale mews property has been part living space, part workshop and all party Zone. As costume designer to the late twentieth century rockeratti, she came up with flamboyant outfits for David Bowie, Tina Turner, Freddie Mercury and Diana Ross who would, of course, come round for fittings. As it’s hard to imagine any of them (Freddie especially) being content with just one outfit, there must have been quite a lot for Moseley’s neighbours to talk about. You can, of course, have too much of a good thing and though the designer has opted for some sort of semi-retirement, she’ll be concentrating on travelling and has therefore put the £1.2 million house on the market. The streets around Maida Vale border onto a particular picturesque part of the Grand Union Canal forming one of London’s most unique neighbourhoods. Nicknamed “Little Venice”, they link up with the waterways around Merchant Square. Apartments like this one provide a touch of maritime finesse in a handy Zone 1 location.

Rock The Cradle

Colindale, NW9
With the arrival of her baby boy, pop celebrity Cheryl’s life with One Direction partner Liam Payne is just about perfect, so fans can expect the inevitable glossy photo shoot and cute selfies pretty soon. Subsequently, she doesn’t seem to have any immediate use for Brickfields, her stunning eco mansion in the wealthy enclave of Radlett. It probably holds too many memories of her ex-husband, and the hectic schedule that goes with being a famous talent show judge is probably on hold at the moment. Valued at £5 million, it was definitely handy for quick getaways to the Mediterranean via private jet from Luton Airport. Elstree Studios and Aerodrome are also a short limo hop away from the property which is available for rent at £19,000 per month. Like Radlett, Mill Hill’s location on the Thameslink rail link makes it popular with frequent flyers as it links Luton and Gatwick Airports and also incorporates the Eurostar terminus at St Pancras. Apartments at nearby Beaufort Park Colindale are a good for those whom business or pleasure takes them out of the country on a regular basis.

Power Lunch

Battersea, SW8
Wandsworth could be regarded as the cradle of a phenomenon that swept London and the rest of the country at the turn of the millennium. It was here that Marco Pierre White, with assistance from a certain young Mr Gordon Ramsey, cranked out a series of sublime dishes while head chef of Harveys. Accolades and Michelin stars followed and the celebrity chef became part of our popular culture. Now, however, there seems to be a cross pollination of skills in the food industry. Take, for instance Joe Wicks, a charming fitness guru with model looks who also happens to be an expert cook. He is, as the saying goes, made for TV and has subsequently appeared his own show while writing many best-selling books. His base has been, up until recently, a four bedroom home in Wandsworth, where he has filmed most of his successful series with Masterchef anchors, John Torode and Greg Wallace stopping by to chop some herbs. The property has now been sold, so if the programme makers are looking for a similar riverside/parkside location, they might try this new development Vista Chelsea Bridge by the river and opposite Battersea Park. The Siemens equipped kitchens are great for foodies and the on-site gym will let you try out some of Joe’s fitness tips.

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