CAN WE HELP?

Our oc­ca­sional col­umn in which we find the time-pressed celebrity the home of their dreams. This week: Robert Plant’s pad in Hamp­stead

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - House-hunting -

One of the lit­tle-known facts about Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zep­pelin, is that he once worked in a tar­mac gang for Ge­orge Wim­pey, the house­builder. With a come­back album and a con­cert at The O2, the for­mer Mil­len­nium Dome, on Novem­ber 26, Robert Plant could now af­ford to buy the pick of the com­pany’s homes, in­clud­ing Sov­er­eign Chase in En­field, where two-bed­room apart­ments are avail­able from £282,500. Or one of an ex­cit­ing range of four-bed­room houses which is due to be re­leased this au­tumn. It does seem, how­ever, as if Plant will be shun­ning the chance to buy into this up-and-com­ing part of the cap­i­tal. It was re­ported last week that he is look­ing for a new home in moreestab­lished Hamp­stead.

At the age of 59, Plant, who is best-known for his en­er­getic stage an­tics and his in­com­pre­hen­si­ble lyrics, will no doubt be look­ing to­wards his re­tire­ment. In fact, he would be well ad­vised to plan for the day he needs to swap his Stair­way to Heaven for a stair­lift. Sav­ills would ap­pear to have the per­fect prop­erty: an eightbed­room stucco house on Ross­lyn Hill, de­scribed by the agents as hav­ing a “vo­lu­mi­nous hall and land­ing’’. In fact, there might even be room to park a Zep­pelin in the 130 ft gar­den.

If Plant wishes to main­tain Led Zep­pelin’s rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cess, he will of course be drawn to Wi­tan­hurst, the 1920s man­sion, said to be the sec­ond largest house in Lon­don af­ter Buck­ing­ham Palace. Sold in June for £32 mil­lion, it has sud­denly reap­peared on the mar­ket, in ex­actly the same state, for £75 mil­lion. Quite why any­one should want to pay more than dou­ble the price they could have picked up the prop­erty for three months ago, es­pe­cially given that the global econ­omy is look­ing a great deal more wob­bly now, is any­one’s guess. But hey, rock stars are rock stars. Hav­ing been in the habit, in his early 1970s prime, of rent­ing en­tire ho­tels, Plant pre­sum­ably will not baulk at the in­vi­ta­tion dis­played on Prime­lo­ca­tion’s web­site: “Ar­range a mort­gage for £75 mil­lion”. If Plant’s fi­nances don’t quite stretch that far, there are plenty of slightly smaller piles for sale in Hamp­stead. If he wants to stand out, he will be drawn to Schreiber House on West Heath Road. A “mod­ern mas­ter­piece”, in the words of the sell­ing agents Sav­ills, it was built for furniture de­signer Chaim Schreiber by Scot­tish ar­chi­tect James Gowan. At £7.95 mil­lion, the five-bed­room prop­erty is a snip – pro­vid­ing you don’t mind end­less vis­its from book­worms who have mis­taken the build­ing, faced with Stafford­shire en­gi­neer­ing bricks, for the mu­nic­i­pal li­brary.

The shame is that Bromwich House, a 1990s split-level con­crete and glass prop­erty in High­gate, which was fa­mous for hav­ing its ask­ing price slashed from £13 mil­lion to £7 mil­lion af­ter 9/11, is not cur­rently for sale. It would have re­minded Plant of his na­tive West Bromwich.

Ross Clark Where Plant could take root Ross­lyn Hill, Bel­size Park, £7.5 mil­lion through Sav­ills (020 7472 5000). Eight bed­rooms, plus a three­bed­room flat. Wi­tan­hurst, £75 mil­lion through Knight Frank (020 7431 8686) and Glen­tree Es­tates (020 8458 7311). Ninety rooms, in­clud­ing a 70 ft ball­room, set in five-acre grounds, which were once used for a na­tional ten­nis cham­pi­onship. The dis­ad­van­tage is that it is on English Her­itage’s “at risk” reg­is­ter.

Schreiber House, £7.95 mil­lion through Sav­ills (020 7472 5000). In­di­vid­ual, 1960s five-bed­room house with up­dated in­te­rior on West Heath Road.

High so­ci­ety: (clock­wise, from left) Plant could con­sider the grand hall­way and ex­te­rior of Wi­tan­hurst or a more mod­est stucco house on Ross­lyn Hill, with el­e­gant stair­case

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