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Move & improve

Sunday February 09 2003

You may not have heard of her yet, but New Zealand-born singer Hayley Westenra - billed as the next Charlotte Church - has hit these shores. The 'pure-voiced' 15-year-old is recording an album for Decca Music Group, and is moving into a flat in Kensington with her mother. By coincidence, the two-bedroom flat - rented through Foxtons - is 50 yards from young star violinist Vanessa-Mae.

On to a musician of another generation... the Belgravia house where the late Yehudi Menuhin lived has come on the market. The six-storey corner house on Chester Square, built in 1838, has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and original details such as hardwood floors and a fine stone staircase. Menuhin and his wife bought it in 1983, a couple of years before selling their Highgate home to Sting. The guide price is £5 million (Sotheby's International Realty, 020 7589 1615).

The renowned designer Philippe Starck is moving from Paris to Holland Park in mid-March, probably to one of the large white terraced houses in the area. The prolific Frenchman will be seeking a perfectly styled pad. Over at the Starck-designed Yoo development in St John's Wood, meanwhile, penthouses are still available priced £1.3-2.3 million. Amanda Holden and Fame Academy winner David Sneddon both live in the block. Yoo sales office: 020 7266 2636.

Info courtesy of Keith S


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