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Mel B slashes price of LA home to spice up her life in London



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    Spice Girl slashes property price

    Mel B has reduced the asking price of her Hollywood mansion by £458,000 to £4.49 million.

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    New start

    The Spice Girl and America’s Got Talent judge put the property on the market after her divorce last December from TV producer Stephen Belafonte.

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    Hollywood home

    The 6,000sq ft four-bedroom Los Angeles residence is on Sunset Strip.

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    Gongs on display

    The Leeds-born singer installed a recording studio at the sprawling home and many of her girl band gongs are still on display in the living room.

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    Profitable buy

    Mother-of-three Mel paid £3.3 million for the place in 2014 so if she achieves the new asking price she still stands to make a good profit.

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    Upcoming tour

    In an interview with The Late Late Show host James Corden, the 43-year-old star confirmed three of the Spice Girls, whose mega hits include Spice Up Your Life, are reuniting for a tour, minus Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham.

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    Cutting old ties?

    After a troublesome year, maybe “Scary Spice” Mel is cutting a few ties with California to focus on building up her London life again…

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    More celebrity homes: Keira loves London’s White House

    One of London’s most lavish homes, where Keira Knightley starred in a Vogue Italia photo shoot, is available to hire.

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    Ealing mansion

    The actress is among a string of A-listers to appreciate the palatial rooms, marble halls, gold cornicing and opulent chandeliers of The White House and its tranquil gardens in W5. For a truly fabulous private event, it can be hired out exclusively via Shoot Factory.

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    Picturesque location

    Filming is under way for the fourth series of Grantchester, starring James Norton, which is due to air next spring. Based on the novels of James Runcie, the ITV drama is set in the picturesque Cambridgeshire village of the same name.

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    Grade II-listed cottage

    Eagle-eyed fans will have noticed the Grade II-listed cottage in the high street, where Norton is often seen hurrying along in the show as crime-solving vicar Sidney Chambers. Despite its TV profile, the two-bedroom home is a bargain in a spot where the average house price is about £1 million. It’s up for auction on September 19 through Cheffins, with an estimate of £295,000.

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    Celeb hotel

    A fave with A-listers, including singer Paloma Faith, celebrity hotel 40 Winks in Mile End, E1 is for sale.

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    Micro

    Interior designer David Carter’s four-storey Queen Anne micro boutique hotel is so micro it has only two guest bedrooms. Now, his cherished project is for sale as a four-bedroom private residence through KFH at £2 million.

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    When good neighbours…

    The apartment directly below President Donald Trump’s home at Trump Tower in New York is for sale at a staggering £18.9 million.

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    Sensitive sale

    The duplex for sale has five bedrooms and 14ft ceilings. The US President is said to prefer his apartment in the 58-storey block to the White House for a good night’s sleep so the sale poses a pressing security question because of the proximity to Trump’s penthouse.

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    Annie’s new pad

    Annie Lennox has just bought one of the coolest houses in LA: a meticulously restored Sixties modernist pavilion by American midcentury architects Conrad Buff and Don Hensman.

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    Superstar living

    The British singer paid £3,375,000 for the three-bedroom home which has vast floor-to-ceiling windows, a super-minimalist kitchen and an infinity plunge pool.


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    Savvy investment

    Warren Buffett – the world’s third richest man, with a fortune of £67billion – is selling his California beach house.

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    Selling up

    The investor bought the retreat for £121,000 in 1971 and listed it for £8.8million early last year. It”s now on the market for just over £6million after a sizeable reduction.


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    New beginnings

    After 12 happy years Meryl Streep is selling her New York City penthouse for £19 million. The Mamma Mia! star bought the four-bedroom flat in Tribeca for £7.8 million.

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    City views

    As befits a superstar, the exclusive home has a skylit entrance gallery and a wraparound terrace with views over Manhattan.


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    Elle Macpherson’s waterside villa

    Elle Macpherson has bought a villa in Coral Gables, one of Florida’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.

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    Super perks

    Situated about eight miles from Miami, the Australian supermodel spent £6.3 million on the luxury seven-bedroom property, which has some stunning features – including its own mooring.


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    Dannii’s London base

    The asking price of the Battersea apartment where Dannii Minogue lived for more than ten years has been reduced by £90,000.

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    City views

    The flat, which boasts breathtaking views over the London skyline, was listed for sale earlier this year for £675,000 but has since been reduced to £585,000. The open-plan kitchen reception room has floor-to-ceiling windows and fabulous views from two balconies.


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    A celebrity favourite

    A magnificent 19th-century gothic church used by celebrities such as Alesha Dixon is available to hire as a home.

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    Gothic glamour

    The church conversion, in Kensal Green, has been used for many celebrity photoshoots as well as for filming. Flooded with natural light, the magnificent family home has four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.


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    Scenic stays

    Mary Berry’s former holiday cottage, The Old Manse, in the picturesque town of Salcombe in Devon is available to rent.

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    A kitchen fit for a GBBO star

    Berry sold the six-bedroom property for about £800,000 three years ago and it has popped up on cottages.com for rentals from £926 a week.


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    Here she goes again

    Cher took a break from her busy Mamma Mia 2 schedule to put her four-bedroom, three-bathroom Beverly Hills home on the market.

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    Britain in Beverly Hills

    Built in 1957, the Hollywood residence is fashioned in a quintessentially cosy country English style.


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    Family calls

    The Royal Household is said to be getting ready to welcome a new neighbour, as Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland is “preparing to move to the UK”.

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    Ready for some ‘Markle Sparkle’?

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, might not have to look far for a London base for Mum: this four-bedroom house, in Queen’s Gate Mews, South Kensington, is new to the market with Strutt & Parker at £2.85 million.


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    It must be love

    Madness singer Suggs is backing a campaign to secure the future of The Good Mixer pub in Inverness Street as part of Camden’s cultural heritage.

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    Under threat

    Developers have applied for planning permission to reduce space in the bar by 20 per cent and build offices upstairs.


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    Hitchhike into a new home

    Sci-fi writer and author of the sixth instalment of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Eoin Colfer, is selling his estate in Ireland.

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    Bag an Irish retreat

    He has listed five-bedroom Ballymorris House in Wexford for £1.43 million with Christie’s International Real Estate.


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    Battle for the boozer

    Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance is attempting to save his local Kentish Town pub from becoming a mini-supermarket.

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    Up in arms

    The British screen star, who has just finished filming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, wants to stop the former Leighton Arms in Brecknock Road becoming a Nisa convenience store.


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    It’s (not) gonna be me

    Justin Timberlake’s NSync band mate, Lance Bass, announced on Twitter that he was “super excited” to have had his offer accepted on the Brady Bunch house in Los Angeles. But, just three days later, the teen idol-turned television presenter was “heartbroken” after a Hollywood studio stepped in, promising to “outperform any bid with unlimited resources”, according to a lengthy message tweeted by the star.

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    Brady Bunch house

    The three-bedroom house in Studio City Los Angeles was used as the exterior of the Brady Bunch’s home throughout the series’ five-year run from 1969 to 1974. It was on the market for the first time in almost 50 years with a guide price of $1,885,000.


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    Nothing’s impossible

    Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is set to scale new heights when renovations have been completed on the luxury two-storey penthouse he is believed to have purchased off-plan in Florida two years ago.

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    A-list perks

    The multi-million pound penthouse, just a few blocks away from the Church of Scientology’s HQ, will feature a rooftop pool and outdoor dining area, along with a private cinema and games room.


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    Markle sparkle

    Meghan Markle’s love of interior design is set to come in handy as her property portfolio with Prince Harry grows.

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    Gift from the Queen

    The Queen has reportedly gifted the Duke and Duchess Adelaide Cottage, a Grade II-listed home in the heart of The Home Park in Windsor.


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    Newspaper fortune

    Former Express Newspapers and Channel 5 owner Richard Desmond sold his Northern & Shell press empire to Trinity Mirror in February for £126.7 million. But the current owners of Fairways, the marble-clad mansion he owned off The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead, are having less luck.

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    Billionaires’ Row home

    The eight-bedroom Billionaires’ Row home was the most expensive new-build in Britain when it was listed for £22 million in 2014. It is now on the market at a reduced price of £18 million, or to rent at £15,000 per week.


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    Bargain buy

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have just dropped the asking price for their downtown New York City penthouse by almost £1 million.

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    Price drop

    The singer and his actress wife listed the three-bedroom home in March for £6.08 million but, keen for a buyer, they’ve taken it down to £5.1 million — hardly more than Timberlake paid for the place in 2010.


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    Where many a royal party was planned

    A Belgravia home that once rang with the social gossip of the Queen’s party planner, Lady Elizabeth Anson, is for sale for the first time in 50 years.

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    Grand abode

    The six-bedroom home is set over five floors with 3,434sq ft of space. It’s for sale for £11.25 million.


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    Staycation retreats

    Georgia Toffolo is becoming a bit of a property entrepreneur, renting out two Italian-inspired holiday homes in Torquay, Devon.

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    Family links

    The London-based reality TV star of Made in Chelsea, known as Toff — who was also crowned queen of the jungle in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! — invested in the two beautiful apartments with her mother. The homes are listed with Original Cottages from £375 per week.


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    Ronnie Wood’s fairytale home

    Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood lived at Ruxley Tower in Surrey with his then girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova, before meeting his third wife Sally Humphries (pictured).

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    Ronnie Wood’s fairytale home

    Present owner Penny Rainbow revamped the property after the musician moved out and put it up for sale last year, but at £2.25m, it failed to sell so she has decided to rent it for £6,500 a month.


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    Inside Sandra Bullock’s LA bungalow

    Oceans 13 star Sandra Bullock is selling the West Hollywood home she bought for £1.29m after her stint as Miss Congeniality in 2001.

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    Inside Sandra Bullock’s LA bungalow

    The beautifully styled bungalow is on the market for £2.27million, meaning Bullock stands to make a £1m profit from the sale.


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