Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Homes Gossip

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Homes Gossip

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Byline: by Compton Miller

Ronnie rocks into Chelsea

ROLLING Stone Ronnie Wood has finally found the ideal spot to set up home with his teenage girlfriend, Russian cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova. Appropriately, the new house is in groovy Chelsea, just a guitar-twang away from Sir Mick Jagger's new Cheyne Walk mansion. Similar five-bedroom Chelsea properties with rare off-street parking sell for between [pounds sterling]4.5 million and [pounds sterling]5 million.

The Hillingdon-born wrinkly rocker previously lived with his long-suffering wife, organic beauty specialist Jo Wood, in a former Victorian hunting lodge overlooking Richmond Park, which included a bar, full-size snooker table, recording studio and conservatory, where he painted his distinctive portraits. The luvved-up couple also share Sandymount House, the [pounds sterling]3 million listed County Kildare mansion that madcap Wood bought 18 years ago, which has a statue of Elvis Presley in the courtyard..

EW mantra of the chattering classes in the recession: "If you can't sell it, rent it". But Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has invented an alternative. She and her new husband, music producer Chris Hughes, have turned their [pounds sterling]2.5 million threebedroom Richmond riverside penthouse into their office.

Meanwhile they have moved into a modern five-bedroom house nearby, with a large garden more suited to raising their baby daughter Lexi.

"I'd been settled in Primrose Hill for 10 years before we moved in together in 2002," recalls the Southsea-born actress. "But I absolutely could never go back now. The wide-open spaces, shops and restaurants are fantastic here.

My ultimate aim is to live in one of those Georgian houses overlooking Richmond Green." The pair spend weekends at their "very cute" Norfolk cottage near Burnham Market, where "everything is old-fashioned and we just about have electricity. …

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