Sir Tim’s back in Buckinghamshire for an encore

The Times UK

Audrey Ward
Dec. 11, 2016

Plus, you could live in the New York building Bowie and Iman called home.

Talk about the Circle of Life: the Lion King lyricist Sir Time Rice, who bought and sold a country mansion in the Chilterns in the early years of his success, has now bought it back again. The 72-year-old, who is best known for collaborating with Andrew Lloyd Webber on hit musicals such as Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, reclaimed the five-bedroom property in the Hambleden Valley, Buckinghamshire, after suffering what might be one of the most expensive cases of seller’s remorse on record.
 

The estate agency involved in the deal wouldn’t comment on the most recent price paid, but the mini estate, which is set in 6½ acres and has staff cottages, a stable block, a tennis court, an orchard and a croquet lawn, was on the market for £6.75m in 2006. Rice, who recently became a father for the fourth time, must have splashed out quite a bit more second time round. Don’t cry for him, though: he’s worth £150m, so can well afford the mark-up.

Get in on the act
Channel your inner thesp in a home on the spot where Benedict Cumberbatch, Jim Broadbent and Ruth Wilson once trod the boards. Previously owned by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Michael MacOwan Theatre  has been converted into 10 luxury apartments by Mayfield. The developer is offering a mix of one- to four-bedroom flats, and the scene-stealers each have a private terrace with views of Kensington. There’s underground parking, too. Prices start at £1.375m for a one-bedder , rising to an eye-watering £4.5m for a flat with four bedrooms. 

Looking for a lodger
In the dark days of January, as the news of David Bowie’s death spread, all the places associated with the trailblazer — from Brixton, where he was born, to Berlin, where he lived for a spell — went into mourning. In New York, his fans erected a makeshift memorial outside the home where he and his supermodel wife, Iman, 61, had lived since 1999.

Now an apartment in the same building is available. It’s in fabulously fashionable SoHo, and has a chef’s kitchen and four huge bedrooms. It’s for sale for $10.75m (£8.5m), but is also available to rent to wannabe Ziggys for $29,000 a month. You can browse the books at McNally Jackson and buy gourmet groceries at Dean & DeLuca as you enjoy a flavour of Bowie’s lifestyle. 00 1 917 621 7815, nestseekers.com



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