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February Celebrity Moves

Celebrity Watch

 It’s been a sad month in celebrity land.  Scarcely a week has gone by without another icon of music, television, radio or film passing away.  Admittedly, some of these legends didn’t perhaps live the cleanest lives, but we loved them warts and all.  If you want to take your hero worship one step further and live where these legends once did, read on.

Loved, actually

Alan Rickman may have been one of Hollywood’s best baddies but he made his home in Notting Hill.  Perhaps it’s no surprise that one of his best known roles was another Richard Curtis film.  You don’t have to be a film star to live here, though.  Notting Hill has some surprisingly affordable options whether you’re an aspiring thespian or a humble travel book shop owner.  This flat is close to Portobello Road.

1 bedroom apartment to rent in Portobello Square
1 bedroom apartment to rent in Portobello Square


We could be heroes

David Bowie spent most of his adult life abroad living in New York, LA, Sydney, Berlin and even Mustique.  Despite this rather vagabond life, he never forgot where he came from and still owned a house in London until fairly recently.  The Old Rectory on Gilston Road in Chelsea was owned by the Ziggy Stardust star until 2011.  It’s yet to come onto the lettings market but until then, you can live around the corner in this flat.


Hell’s angel

If it wasn’t for a certain flat in Battersea, Motorhead might never have been.  The iconic metal band was part of a scene that sprung from squats dotted around South London.  Apparently Lemmy also had some rather interesting flatmates: Hell’s Angel’s members.  Well, at least no one would have dared burgled their digs.  If you’d like to live in a more gentrified version of Battersea, Benham & Reeves Lettings regularly have flats in Waterside Point.


Henry 1, Conti 0

3 bedroom flat to rent in Hampstead, NW3

Okay, enough sadness for one blog.  Now onto just a bit of old fashioned gossip.  Veteran actor Tom Conti has put his Hampstead mansion up for sale after finally tiring of his planning battle with neighbour Thierry Henry.  Henry’s home backs onto Conti’s and despite Conti’s objections, Henry has recently won permission to demolish the existing home and build a massive new McMansion complete with a 40 foot tall tropical fish tank.  Conti is welcome to call our Hampstead office.  We’ve got some lovely properties that are well away from all the construction noise including this one.


If you can’t stand the heat…

Celebrity chef Rachel Khoo is selling her bijou flat in Hackney.  Although the property has, as you might imagine, a great kitchen and is beautifully decorated, Khoo finds it inconvenient as she’s often travelling abroad.  Apparently it’s just too much of a faff to get across town for Heathrow.  Rachel, we can help.  We’ve got this great flat near Paddington that’s very convenient for the Heathrow Express.


Ewww. Just ewww.

2 bedroom flat to rent in Kew Bridge, TW8

We hope you’re not reading this over breakfast.  If you are, apologies for what comes next. Yes, Rupert Murdoch is marrying supermodel Jerry Hall.  This love match somehow reminds us of that infamous interview question from Mrs. Merton: “So Debbie McGee, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?”  Anyway, it looks that if these nuptials go ahead, Hall will be quitting the Richmond mansion former husband Mick Jagger still owns, being only permitted to live there until she married or cohabited with someone else.  Now that she’s moving in with Rupert, presumably Downe House in Richmond, one of the most beautiful mansions in the area, will come back on the market.  Until then, we have this nearby flat.


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Established in 1958, Benham and Reeves is one of London’s oldest, independently owned property lettings and sales agents.  With specialism in residential sales, corporate lettings and property management in prime areas of London, the company operates from 21 prominently located branches and 14 international offices.