Most of us are highly unlikely to bump into a celebrity on the school run or popping out to buy a pint of milk and a newspaper. Although that doesn’t stop me from putting on a full face of make up every day, you know, just in case George Clooney happens to cross my path!
But if you don’t live in a celebrity hotspot, but long to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, then you may want to consider moving to one of the areas in the UK where star-spotting is an everyday occurrence. So if you’re considering a move, then here are the best locations to buy in the UK if you fancy having some well-known neighbours – although you’ll probably need a celebrity budget too!
The rolling countryside and charming villages of middle England are home to more stars per acre than anywhere else outside the capital. With it’s chocolate-box cottages and cosy country pubs, it’s an idyllic world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s easy to see why many people would choose to make this their home – but as you can imagine, property does come at a price.
Actors Hugh Grant and Kate Winslet both own homes in the Cotswolds as does model Kate Moss and singer Lily Allen, who purchased a £3 million mansion at the height of her fame. You may even bump into royalty with Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall living in the area.
Sandbanks regularly tops the lists of the most expensive property in the UK. Million pound mansions line the seafront here and the average price of a property in the area is £664,000 – three times that of the national average. Football manager, and recent winner of I’m a Celebrity, Harry Redknapp has lived in Sandbanks for several years as does his son Jamie. Last year one of the largest homes in Sandbanks went on sale, a mere snip at £8.75 million.
The Golden Triangle, Cheshire
You may think buying property in the North West of England would be a bargain, but head to what’s affectionately known as the Golden Triangle in Cheshire and you’ll be faced with prices not far off those in the wealthier parts of the south. The towns of Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Prestbury are home to some of the most expensive addresses in this part of the country, with properties typically averaging over £1.5 million.
Local residents include footballers – most notably from Manchester Utd and Manchester City – but you’ll also find other sporting heroes such as cyclists (it’s close to the Olympic Velodrome), musicians and soap stars – in slightly more upmarket homes than those on the Corrie cobbles.
He may be a Hollywood A-lister these days, but Gerard Butler hasn’t forgotten his roots, recently splashing out £600,000 on a swanky apartment in Glasgow. Heading further north you may find a few more celebrities who’ve bought homes in the wilds of Scotland. But assuming they’ve moved here for the privacy, catching a glimpse of them may be rarer than sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. If you’re lucky enough, you may bump into the likes of J K Rowling, Billy Connolly or Bob Dylan.
Oh and if you’re a keen golfer you may even bump into US President Donald Trump at the luxurious golf resort that he owns. It was reported that last year he plans to invest another £150m into the area, with plans including 500 residential homes.
In the last couple of years, Lonely Planet voted North Wales as one of their Top 10 must-see destinations. With it’s mountainous landscapes, rugged coastline and hidden coves you can see why celebrities choose to come here to get away from it all.
If you’re hoping to spot some famous faces, then your best bet is to head to the glitzy resort of Abersoch. I say glitzy, in fact there’s not very much there but this is what appeals to many of the celebrities who visit the area. With it’s surf culture, it’s definitely the place to be in the height of the Summer, although holiday homes here don’t come cheap.
A 3 bed static caravan at the Warren, a luxurious holiday resort where many celebs come to relax, will set you back around £625,000. It does come with it’s own heli-pad though so you can arrive in style! The most well known face you’ll see around here is Bear Grylls – he loved the area so much that he bought his own island off the coast of the Llyn Peninsula, a steal at just £95,000!
Whilst we may not be able to help you rub shoulders with the rich and famous, we can help you to find the right mortgage to buy your dream home.
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