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October Celebrity Moves

Ever tried typing “Michael Fassbender” into Google?  One of the top results is a flat share in Hackney that just happens to be around the corner from the actor’s London home.  We imagine it let quite quickly.  If the Macbeth thespian isn’t your type, don’t worry.  Here’s our round-up of the popular celebrity moves in London this month.

Not bad for student digs

71 Lanchester rd, exteriorWe always knew that the members of Pink Floyd were atypically middleclass for rock stars but their choice of student digs proves it.  Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Rick Wright shared a house in Stanhope Gardens, Highgate when they were students in the Sixties.  They were living there when they signed their first record deal with EMI.  The six bedroom home is now for sale for £3 million and features a large garden and roof terrace.  We have a 4 bedroom house available to rent nearby in Highgate for £795 per week.

A member of the A-team

A recent tenant survey we conducted showed that proximity to public transport was top of tenants’ wish lists which must be why Ed Sheeran is rumoured to be interested in a penthouse apartment at St Pancras Chambers in Kings Cross.  The £6.55 million apartment measures 3,077 square feet spans three floors and boasts 44 feet high ceilings.  Our City branch has a 3 bedroom house to let just down the road for £900 per week.

Fields of gold

23A Hays Mews, Mayfair W1J 5PY - ReceptionAHe hasn’t released an album in years and currently has no plans to tour but fortunately Sting has the potential for a second career as a property developer, should that music thing not work out.  He purchased a Grade I listed Georgian house in Westminster from MP Shaun Woodward back in 2003.  He recently sold it for a whopping £19 million, meaning that he’s made over £1 million for every year that he’s owned the nine bedroom house.  The property which overlooks St James’s Park sold for more than £4 million over the asking price.  If you’re also looking for a home in W1, why not consider this charming 3 bedroom mews apartment in Mayfair.

Beware of bears

The latest celebrity buyer at Battersea Power Station is none other than Bear Grylls.  Clearly not satisfied with stomping around the wilderness with the likes of President Obama and Kate Winslet, the Old Etonian purchased a two-bedroom apartment in the iconic development for £1.5 million with a view of passing it down to his children one day.  With many new developments becoming available within the regenerated Nine Elms area rental properties are in high demand, contact us here for more information.

Britain’s most desirable neighbour?

HampsteadIn an office straw poll, we asked our colleagues which celebrity they’d like as a neighbour.  Unsurprisingly, Jamie Oliver topped the list.  If you want to include him on your dinner party circuit, consider a move to Hampstead where the busy chef has just snapped up a £10 million eight bedroom mansion.  The Grade II listed property was built in the 17th century and still boasts a number of period features including a “particularly fine” staircase and a paneled living room.  It also has a large landscaped garden and spectacular views.  He and Jools will also have some fairly illustrious neighbours including Kate Moss and Jude Law.  The Olivers currently live in nearby Primrose Hill with their four children. If you and your family are looking to make the move to Hampstead, we have this tastefully presented 4 bedroom property in Hampstead Village.


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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 19 prominently located branches and 8 international offices.