Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Homes Gossip

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Homes Gossip

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Byline: Amira Hashish

Goodbye Empire State, hello 30 rooms ? ALICIA KEYS is hopeful that her New York penthouse will attract more interest now that she has substantially lowered the asking price.

The Empire State of Mind singer (left) bought the Crosby Street home from rocker Lenny Kravitz three years ago but she has failed to find a buyer since listing it for sale for [pounds sterling]11.4 million nearly a year ago.

Now a relative bargain -- in superstar terms at any rate -- at [pounds sterling]9.5 million, the 16-room apartment has dazzling decor and it couldn't be more conveniently located for trendy New Yorkers.

But the penthouse is empty at the moment. Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz, have moved to a 30-room mansion in New Jersey that they snapped up last year for [pounds sterling]7.6 million, this time from Hollywood actor and comedian Eddie Murphy.

The couple that has it all: the house, the pub and the chippy ? THE Beckhams are making themselves at home in west London. Despite David signing to Paris Saint-Germain, they have confirmed that they are back in Britain for good after enrolling their sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz at independent schools in the capital.

The couple are believed to be renting a lavish house in Kensington while they look for a more permanent central London home. And they have hired an interior designer to give their temporary place a Posh makeover. The A-listers are already enjoying the local pub. David was recently spotted with a pal trying out The Builder's Arms in Kensington Court Place, while Victoria was spotted in a Notting Hill chippy. There is even talk that the former Spice Girl, now a highly successful fashion designer, is seeking a Knightsbridge shop to open a boutique.

Spend it like Beckham in Paris: Page 11 A new hive for Cleo's Honey B ? SHOE designer to the stars Cleo Barbour -- best known as Cleo B -- is selling her super-funky Fulham house for [pounds sterling]995,000. …

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