Celebrity home moves in 2021: the most spectacular A-list property buys and sales of the year

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Every year the home buys, sales and swaps of the A-list are as fascinating as they are numerous.

A glimpse inside some of the most spectacular homes in the world can come in the form of estate agent listings, tours with architects or even - as was the case with F1 heiress Petra Eccletstone in October — a full video tour narrated by the celebrity themselves.

Here’s our pick of the most glamorous, enviable or downright outrageous property moves and sales of 2021.

Petra Ecclestone’s £170m London home

Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone and her fiancé Sam Palmer put their £170 million mega-mansion up for sale this year – and showed potential buyers round the luxury pad with a 10-minute video tour in a bid to sell the property themselves.

The walk-through showed off some of the incredible features of the historic Georgian mansion – including a custom gold bar and 150,000-piece crystal chandelier made up of bronze, clear and gold finishes.

Ecclestone, 32, bought Sloane House and its neighbouring Sloane Lodge just off the King’s Road in 2010, to live in with her then-husband James Stunt.

She gave the mansion a top-to-toe renovation over five years, building a basement ‘wellness level’ as well as additional upper levels.

It’s thought the heiress paid around £60 million for the two properties, which are now for sale for around £110 million more than her original investment.

Kanye West’s vast Monster Lake Ranch

American rapper Kanye West put his 3,800-acre Wyoming estate up for sale in October.

West, who earlier this year split from Kim Kardashian, used the sprawling Monster Lake Ranch as a base during his bid for the 2020 presidential elections.

Featuring stables, a cattle ranch and 1,500-capacity ‘bird barn’, West owned around half the land on the 9,000-acre property.

The former couple bought two Wyoming ranches in 2019, with the intention of making the American state their family’s full time base.

While West was keen, Kardashian is thought to have been reluctant to make the move.

The sprawling ranch is around 50 miles from the eastern edge of Yellowstone National Park and was listed for sale for £8 million ($11 million).

A penthouse in Kylie’s block

Deep-pocketed buyers jumped at the chance to count Kylie and fellow Neighbours alumni Holly Valance as neighbours by buying a penthouse at One Hyde Park at a price of £111 million.

Kylie has owned a penthouse there since 2011, but with the news that she’s heading back to her native Australia, could her flat come up for sale too?

The £111m flat’s new owners will be able take advantage of the private wine cellars, spa and a swimming pool. Plus the views over Hyde Park and proximity to Harvey Nichols.

Hugh Grant’s Love Actually bachelor pad

After a £1 million drop in price, the South Kensington home Hugh Grant called home while filming Love Actually went up for sale again.

It’s thought that the west London property was too high profile for Grant, who sold it after just one year of living there.

The A-lister sold the property – with rooftop hot tub and 1,500sq ft terrace – for £3.5 million and it’s been on the market numerous times since then.

The three-bedroom apartment was last listed for sale in 2019, for £10 million. It was taken off the market when the owner was approached by a tenant who wanted to rent it. It was listed for sale this year for £8,950,000.

Kate Beckinsale’s Cape Cod-style LA home on the market

British actress Kate Beckinsale put her LA home on the market for £2.89 million ($3,995,000) in August.

The Underworld star bought the luxe home, in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, for £2.6 million 15 years ago.

The impressive four-bedroom home is the perfect retreat space for its new owners, with a footbridge leading to a spa and a hilltop outdoor shower.

The wood-framed home also features floor-to-ceiling French doors to create a serene indoor-outdoor vibe.

Sylvester Stallone drops price of memorabilia-filled LA home

Hollywood actor Sylvester “Sly” Stallone’s Beverly Hills home went on the market earlier this year.

After first putting his Beverly Hills mansion up for sale in January, the Hollywood actor dropped the price by more than £18 million in a bid to find a buyer.

Once on the market for £79.4 million, the Rocky star reduced the asking price for the six-bedroom home to £61.3 million in July.

The house is a real nod to the legendary actor’s career, with professional screening room, cigar room and a space dedicated to memorabilia, including a life-size statue of Rocky.

As well as maximum privacy and views over LA and beyond, the new owner can count some A-listers as their neighbours – Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg among others.

Prince Charles’s former estate in Dartmoor National Park

An Edwardian estate once owned by Prince Charles is for sale – for the princely sum of £4,950,000.

Unusually, the Prince still retains the right to fish at the property.

The grand estate has a main six-bedroom house, two three-bedroom cottages, a bank of the River Dart with fishing rights, and direct access onto the moor.

The Prince of Wales sold the house to its current owners 27 years ago in what was its first private sale and it’s been in the same family since.

Dusty Springfield’s former London home for sale

A cavernous eight-bedroom property once owned by Sixties starlet Dusty Springfield was listed for sale for £9.5 million.

The sprawling property was Springfield’s home in the late Sixties and early Seventies, when she released some of her most iconic hits, and there’s even a blue plaque on the wall to commemorate the singer’s time there.

The grand property was once two separate homes, renovated into a single-eight bedroom home with its own bar and disco.

Hampshire home once home to Mick Fleetwood on sale for £4 million

A 10-bedroom Hampshire house once home to Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood was listed for sale for £4 million – and it’s one for music fans.

Situated on seven acres of gardens, Benifold, in Headley, has a total of 10,000 sq ft of living space, a tennis court and swimming pool with its own sauna in the pool house.

Fleetwood bought the grand property in 1970 and lived there with his first wife, Jenny Boyd, the former sister-in-law of George Harrison.

Benifold even plays a part in music history, as Fleetwood recalls living at the property while recording four of the band’s early albums, before he relocated to California.

As well as a mix of formal and informal reception rooms, there’s also a snooker room, wine room, wood store, boot room and a second floor annexe – complete with own bathroom and kitchen area.

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