Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Celebrity home front: Daphne Guinness

Daphne Guinness
Daphne Guinness
Daphne Guinness

Heiress and collector of haute couture Daphne Guinness is selling her vast Fifth Avenue apartment in New York for $14m (£8.8m).

It’s a highly desirable address on Manhattan’s Upper East Side opposite Central Park.

Despite this coveted location, though, Ms Guinness will not make a profit as she is believed to have paid $15.5m (£9.8m) for the plush pad which has four-bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, dining room, spacious kitchen and family room.

An adjoining studio flat for staff is being sold separately for $1.5m (£950,000).

Dartmore, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor

Dartmore, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor with their craggy and wild appearance, which is perfect for a period piece or a spooky scene, are fast-becoming second-home heaven for those entranced by programmes such as Sherlock Holmes.

And with movie directors, such as Steven Speilberg who filmed the blockbuster War Horse here, and forthcoming movie We Bought A Zoo which will star Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, based on the true-life story of Dartmore Zoo, ready to set up camp on the atmospheric moors — they can only become more appealing.

And the hottest properties here are thatched Devon longhouses, often single-storey and made of a cob (a type of mudbrick) with up to three-bedrooms. Historic homes which date back to the 15th to 19th centuries are also being snapped up.

But all this character doesn’t come cheap. Local estate agents say a four-bedroom period house in Dartmoor would have an asking price of £500,000 with a large terrace about £375,000, compared to a modern three-bed abode on the edge of town at around £220,000.

The unspoilt appeal of the moors, restrictions on building and the host of natural attractions here means it is one of the few recession-busting housing booms in the UK. Estate agents have reported that 80% of homes on the moors are sold to outsiders looking for the ultimate retreat — and this demand is buoying prices here.

Snooki and JWoww

An old firehouse in New Jersey will be home to Jersey Shore reality stars Snooki and JWoww in the spin-off show.

But the production nearly didn’t happen as initially they were banned from Hoboken City when the mayor voiced opposition.

Eventually, though, pressure paid off and they were given permission to shoot at the 150-year-old building.

The impressive accommodation has a luxury kitchen, cast-iron staircase and bedrooms.

MTV said: “Snooki and JWoww are happy to know that they’ll be filming in their favourite state once again.”

However the production company has had to hire police to keep a lid on any disorder the production might create.

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