Dusty lived here
Keeping penguins is in vogue in Chelsea
POP STAR Diana Vickers, right, will portray the late, great Dusty Springfield in the new musical Son of a Preacher Man, directed by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Vickers will tour the UK with the production later this year. As part of her research for the role, she should surely book a viewing at the lateral Art Deco house in Aubrey Walk, Kensington, above, where Sixties icon Springfield lived with her lover, Norma Tanega. On the market with Humberts, the price has just dropped £1 million to £15.5 million.
The seven-bedroom blue plaque property has had a very modern makeover, boasting a 35ft swimming pool. Vickers, who lives in an east London flat, would surely find the place fascinating. A SLICE of British Vogue’s heritage is for sale as the fashion powerhouse enters a new era, with Alexandra Shulman handing over the editorship to Edward Enninful.
Beatrix Miller, far left, edited the magazine for 21 years until 1985, helping to launch the careers of David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Grace Coddington, Bianca Jagger and Joanna Lumley. The “Chelsea Set” gathered regularly at Miller’s Mulberry Walk house in SW3, left, now for sale for £8.95 million with Russell Simpson and Knight Frank. Before Miller, who died in 2014, the home belonged to the wildly eccentric Marion “Joe” Carstairs, right, a speedboat racer and proud lesbian who kept penguins in the 32ft garden. An heiress, her many lovers included film star Greta Garbo and Oscar Wilde’s niece, Dolly.
The house, which has not been on the open market for more than 50 years, is Grade II-listed, mannerist in style and has its original studio flat on the ground floor, a painter’s room, four more bedrooms, three bathrooms and a terrace.