THE WEEKLY ROUND UP
Selected snippets from the world of property
END OF AN ERA FOR THE PLAYBOY MANSION
Hugh Hefner, the founder of
Playboy magazine, died last week, bringing an end to his lavish parties at his home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles.
Daren Metropoulos, the son of the billionaire investor Dean Metropoulos, bought the Playboy Mansion for $100million (£75.3million) in 2016 – half the asking price. It was agreed that Hefner could live there for the rest of his life for an annual rent of $1million. It is thought Hefner’s widow, Crystal, will move to a nearby villa bought for her in 2013 for $5million.
GRAHAM NORTON’S BEACH PAD IS FOR SALE
The TV presenter and agony uncle is asking £2.3million for his seafront home in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. Norton bought the six-bedroom property for £1.35million in 2009. The award-winning modernist house has an outdoor pool, landscaped gardens and its own stretch of private beach.
The bedrooms open on to a seafront terrace and the master suite has a full-height glazed wall that can be folded back to open the sea-facing room to the elements.
Minutes from Cooden Beach railway station, the house is on the market with M&W Property.
REVEALED: THIS YEAR’S APPRENTICE HOUSE
Last year, The Apprentice candidates were treated to a 10-bedroom, 10,000 sq ft home in Hampstead that was on the market for £11.95million.
The televison show has downsized this year, housing the 18 competitors in an eight- bedroom Notting Hill home with around 6,400 sq ft.
The double-fronted Victorian property is on Bassett Road, a stone’s throw from Ladbroke Grove station. It is available to rent through Domus Nova for a hefty £29,033 per month.
It has a current value of £13,137,000, according to Zoopla – nearly eight times the average price tag for a property in Notting Hill, which stands at £1,667,494.
The five-floor house has bright and quirky interiors designed by award-winning Nicky Haslam, and a southfacing garden.
Apprentices: the 6,400 sq ft pad
Stop play: Hugh Hefner’s home