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Joan Collins

Joan Collins

Gareth Cattermole

Joan Collins

Joan Collins It seems even Hollywood royalty are feeling the pinch these days, as Joan Collins is having to sell one of her four mansions.

The belt-tightening move would undoubtedly shock her famous TV character Alexis Colby who famously never liked to give up anything. The British-born actress is putting her three-bathroom Manhattan apartment on the market because “she can no longer afford to keep it”.

Miss Collins, 78, who has other homes in Los Angeles, London and the South of France, said: “We always knew that there would probably come a time when either our LA home or this one would have to go and we have made the sad decision that it will be this place.

“Many people have said to us ‘how on earth can you afford to keep four homes’, and the fact is, in this day and age, we can’t,” she added.

The luxurious Manhattan maison is a three-bedroom unit at the Dorchester with herringbone oak floors, a plethora of closet space and north, south and east views.

The NYC pad has an asking price of just under 3m dollars with a hefty monthly maintenance fee of just under 3,000 dollars. And with her LA home damaged by a flood last year, it looks like Joan is down to just the South of France and London abodes until her remaining house in America is repaired.

Sarah Beeny

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TV presenter and property expert Sarah Beeny is calling on local home-owners to kick-start their dream home improvements by getting expert advice from an architect in aid of the charity Housing Rights Service.

Architect in the House is the hugely successful fundraising initiative run each year by the national Charity Shelter and the Royal Institute of British Architects, in which architects offer hour-long consultations in return for a £40 suggested donation.

This year the initiative has been extended to include Northern Ireland where the Housing Rights Service will partner the Royal Society of Ulster Architects. The scheme is a fantastic opportunity for homeowners to discuss their ideas with an RSUA chartered architect.

JK Rowling

JK Rowling has bought a historical house in Tasmania for just under £7m, prompting rumours that she could be |relocating to Australia from Edinburgh. The Harry Potter author is said to have purchased an impressive property suitable for a billionaire – a Georgian mansion complete with a farm built in 1839 and set in several hundred acres. The property was the ancestral home of the Youl family.

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