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August 21, 2017

Axing Anti-Social Media

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the director of public prosecutions is right to seek “uplifted” sentences for online abusers but argues she does not go far enough   I have been targeted by online trolls for years. As a writer, I accept I am ‘fair game’ for criticism but when that tips over into the kind of … Continue reading “Axing Anti-Social Media”

August 18, 2017

Flying a White Elephant

by Matthew Steeples

Orange County mega-estate sold last for £14 million on an original asking price of £67 million offered for sale again for £43 million after death of owner   The largest residential estate on the Newport Coast of California is back on the market. One Pelican Hill Road North in Newport Beach – alternatively known as … Continue reading “Flying a White Elephant”

June 5, 2017

Not So Little Italy

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “Italian style” oceanfront mansion in Orange County, CA relaunched for sale for £42.7 million; it has failed to sell at prices as high as £53 million   An 18,000 square foot barn of a residence described as “the finest oceanfront home in SoCal” has been relaunched to the market this month at a price … Continue reading “Not So Little Italy”

May 13, 2017

Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)

by Matthew Steeples

Dame Paddy Ridsdale, as she generally known, was an intelligence operative, secretary to Ian Fleming during WW2 and the inspiration for the Bond character Miss Moneypenny.   A Conservative Party stalwart and married to Member of Parliament for Harwich from 1954 to 1992 Sir Julian Ridsdale CBE (1915 – 2004), Dame Paddy – or Vicky, … Continue reading “Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)”

Bob Marshall-Andrews QC

by General

A “libertarian-left” Labour MP between 1997 and 2010, distinguished barrister and novelist Bob Marshall-Andrews defected to the Liberal Democrats in 2017. Described as “an irritant” to his former party whilst they were in government, multi-millionaire Marshall-Andrews built and owns “one of the most innovative houses of the 20th century – the famed ‘Teletubby House’ in … Continue reading “Bob Marshall-Andrews QC”

Staging the Dollars

by Matthew Steeples

Prominent banker attempts to sell San Francisco mansion for a sum 205% higher than it achieved in 1993; it comes with an outdoor theatre   Built in 1904 of brick on a wood frame and subject to a seismic upgrade in 1994, 3444 Washington Street in Presidio Heights, San Francisco was sold for $15.2 million … Continue reading “Staging the Dollars”

May 7, 2017

I Capture the Castle

by Matthew Steeples

12th century castle and romantic ruin in Herefordshire for sale for £1.495 million; a title to go with it is available also   A part restored castle on the English-Welsh border is back on the market after its buyer pulled out at the end of last year. Wilton Castle-on-the-Wye at at Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire’s story … Continue reading “I Capture the Castle”

May 4, 2017

Dastardly Diane

by Matthew Steeples

Diane Abbott MP, a woman unable to grasp numbers, revealed to be perfectly capable of grabbing as much as she can for her very own pocket   Quite capable of whining about supposedly being unfairly targeted by so-called trolls in spite of being in the pay of and thus accountable to the public, Britain’s most … Continue reading “Dastardly Diane”

April 6, 2017

Billionaire Battersea

by Matthew Steeples

Historic Battersea mansion for sale for the same sum it was marketed for in 2011; it has been mostly empty throughout the intervening period and was renovated by the late billionaire Malcolm Forbes   Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes was a man who liked to live large. He had a huge yacht named The Highlander, threw … Continue reading “Billionaire Battersea”

March 14, 2017

Nelson & Nintendo

by Matthew Steeples

Georgian mansion, where Admiral Lord Nelson lived with his lover and her husband, for sale for £4.25 million; it was renovated by a former Nintendo executive   One would expect a senior executive of a tech company to live in a slick, modern home in Silicon Valley, but since 2004, Matthew Hill, for many years … Continue reading “Nelson & Nintendo”

February 19, 2017

P**s Off Piers

by Matthew Steeples

Piers Morgan withdraws from presenting an awards ceremony after an online campaign to oust him went viral; next he needs to leave Britain for good   On Sunday, Piers Morgan, undoubtedly one of the most loathed men in Britain, took to social media to explain why he has opted to pull out of hosting the … Continue reading “P**s Off Piers”

January 10, 2017

Panic Over The Price

by Matthew Steeples

Vast New York triplex with three bullet-proof panic rooms at The Heritage at Trump Place reduced in price by 47%; Is the Trump connection a factor?   In 2012, a Saudi royal placed a fifth, sixth and seventh triplex he “rarely uses” on the market for £61.7 million ($75 million, €71 million or درهم275.5 million). … Continue reading “Panic Over The Price”

August 15, 2016

An unlucky mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Unlucky mansion in Yorkshire with 13 bedrooms for sale for a lower sum than it was marketed for in 2007 – despite having been renovated internally in the time since   Offered for sale for less than it was last marketed in a “dilapidated condition” in 2007, Whinburn Hall in the gritty West Yorkshire mill … Continue reading “An unlucky mansion”

August 11, 2016

A paedophile profits

by Matthew Steeples

Jailed paedophile Rolf Harris set to profit from sale of first original work since he was jailed   Since he was jailed, no painting by the filthy paedophile Rolf Harris has been sold at auction. That’s now about to change given a work by the disgraced 85-year old is being offered in an online auction … Continue reading “A paedophile profits”

August 1, 2016

A gutter paedo

by Matthew Steeples

Jailed paedophile Rolf Harris pens a disgusting song titled ‘Gutter Girls’   According to The Sun, jailed paedophile Rolf Harris hasn’t learnt his lesson and has written yet another song mocking his victims.   Titled Gutter Girls, the repugnant, disgraced entertainer is said to see it “as a ‘classic’ Rolf song, with a didgeridoo and … Continue reading “A gutter paedo”

May 15, 2016

Reducing a stately

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Sir John Soane designed country house Tyringham Hall reduced in price by 30%

March 14, 2016

The folly of Riber

by Matthew Steeples

Derbyshire castle known as ‘Smedley’s Folly’ for sale for £9 million (despite requiring a further investment of at least £8 million)

March 5, 2016

Five of the Best: The Restoration Show Sale

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times selects five of the best cars on offer at the 6th March Silverstone Auctions’ Restoration Show Sale at the NEC in Birmingham

February 27, 2016

Three umbrellas

by Matthew Steeples

‘Million Dollar Listing’s’ Justin Fichelson lists £12.6 million Carmel estate used by Ferrari and Pagani during the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

February 24, 2016

Stavros Niarchos III

by General

Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III dated both Paris Hilton and Mary-Kate Olsen but has been with the Australian supermodel Jessica Hart since 2010.

February 21, 2016

Minder mobiles

by Matthew Steeples

Daimler used in ‘Minder’ to be auctioned alongside a Ford Capri from the same series; rather appropriately it was once clocked

February 15, 2016

Selling Clifford

by Matthew Steeples

Max Clifford attempts to sell his bland and frankly boring £3.45 million Surrey home for a million more than he paid for it

February 12, 2016

Chris Bryant MP

by General

Known primarily for posing in his underpants on a gay dating site and for the utterly ridiculous assessment that Delilah is a song about the murder of a prostitute, Chris Bryant is one of the most pointless MPs ever.

February 8, 2016

A contemporary castle

by Matthew Steeples

Welsh castle with a difference for sale for £3.9 million

February 7, 2016

Kelly Brook (born Kelly Ann Parsons)

by General

A leading member of the ‘smug club’, Kelly Brook claims to love animals yet reportedly laughed about punching two ex-boyfriends in the face during an interview in 2014.

January 30, 2016

Naff and overpriced

by Matthew Steeples

One of America’s naffest houses returns to the market at a much reduced price of £11.9 million (down from £17.6 million) and with the neighbouring £5.6 million house thrown in as an extra

January 18, 2016

HRH Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark

by General

One of five children of an exiled prince and hedgefunder and an American heiress, Her Royal Highness Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark was born in New York and grew up in Cheyne Walk in London.

A million pound lav

by Matthew Steeples

Former public lavatory in Spitalfields, London, E1 offered for sale for a staggering £1 million

January 9, 2016

Rowling in the Depp

by Matthew Steeples

JK Rowling pays £22 million for a yacht previously owned by Johnny Depp

December 28, 2015

Ellen Perry

by General

Award-winning film director, producer and writer Ellen Perry made her name with her brilliantly insightful documentary film The Fall of Fujimori in 2005.

November 18, 2015

An ace Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley once owned by chocolate tycoon and flying ace Sir Egbert Cadbury to be auctioned with a guide lower than the cost of its most recent renovation

November 17, 2015

Taking Aston to another level

by Matthew Steeples

Aston Martin to be sold in New York could fetch in excess of £10 million and become the highest priced British car ever to be hammered down at auction

October 6, 2015

Hero of the Hour: Kerry Needham

by Matthew Steeples

Kerry Needham speaks for the nation in calling for more help for parents of missing children (other than just Madeleine McCann)

September 7, 2015

Bonded to a Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupé owned by Bond set designer Sir Ken Adam to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Battersea sale tonight

August 20, 2015

The justice of house prices

by Matthew Steeples

If a house on Justice Walk in Chelsea sells for its asking price, it will have risen in value by a staggering 817% in 19 years

Francesco Carrozzini

by General

Born in Monza, Italy in 1982, Los Angeles and New York based photographer and director Francesco Carrozzini has worked with everyone from Tony Blair and Ban Ki-Moon to Justin Bieber and Kanye West.

August 15, 2015

Danielle Rollins

by General

Described as being “vivacious” and a “tastemaker”, Danielle Rollins admits to having been a “very odd child”.

July 28, 2015

Beaten by Bloomberg

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Bloomberg offers £2 million above the £15 million asking price to see off three other bidders and buys George Eliot’s house by the River Thames

Constance Briscoe

by General

The author of Ugly and Beyond Ugly, Clapham based Constance Briscoe is nothing but a shameless disgrace.

July 26, 2015

Pioneering pizza

by Matthew Steeples

Pioneer of pizza in Britain places £1.15 million Lancashire home on the market

July 21, 2015

The house formerly known as Prince

by Matthew Steeples

Despite a Málaga villa built by the musician Prince remaining on the market a year after it was put up for sale, bizarrely its asking price has been increased by £1 million

July 12, 2015

It’s not Alwight

by Matthew Steeples

As Michael Barrymore announces he is to sue the police who arrested him for an alleged murder, it is time he instead took responsibility for his actions

July 4, 2015

Blake Mycoskie

by General

Arlington, Texas born TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie started out selling shoes from his apartment in 2006 and now describes his position within what has become a vastly successful company as “Chief Giver of Shoes”.

July 3, 2015

The W***er’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Unfortunately nicknamed Gloucestershire residence hits the market a year after Old Harrovian Sheel Khemka’s first trial

June 30, 2015

Bring your own bidet

by Matthew Steeples

Most expensive house to be publicly offered for sale in the UK to be stripped of everything including the kitchen sink

June 29, 2015

Pete Halat

by General

Former attorney and Mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi from 1989 to 1993, Pete Halat was acquitted of but still is often connected to the 1987 murders of his business partner Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife.

June 24, 2015

Gone With the Mill

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s retreat and final resting place for sale for £3.25 million

June 20, 2015

A roofless repo

by Matthew Steeples

£3 million sought for a repossessed, roofless shell set in 1,530 acres of Cumbrian countryside

June 19, 2015

Emily Mortimer

by General

Oxford educated actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy series Doll & Em Emily Mortimer is the daughter of the Rumpole of the Bailey creator Sir John Mortimer

June 16, 2015

David Sullivan

by General

Cardiff born David Sullivan owned the Daily Sport and the Sunday Sport between 1986 and 2007.

June 13, 2015

Trimming Trimdon

by Matthew Steeples

Tony Blair’s former home heads to auction for £35,000 less than he sold it for in 2010

June 5, 2015

A three grand Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

Buy an “increasingly collectible” Bentley for just £3,000

May 31, 2015

Radovan Vitek

by General

A self-made Czech real estate billionaire, Radovan Vitek was listed as having a worth of £1.1 billion by Forbes in 2015.

May 20, 2015

Maxing the council

by Matthew Steeples

A £1.15 million ex-council flat sums up just how bonkers the Chelsea property market truly is

April 26, 2015

Wally of the Week: Keith Vaz

by Matthew Steeples

It is time that the Labour politician Keith Vaz asked himself some questions about his role in protecting the alleged paedophile Lord Janner

Watering the asylum

by Matthew Steeples

A bizarre, eight-floor converted water tower in the middle of an ugly redevelopment of an Essex lunatic asylum remains on the market despite a price cut of £200,000

April 25, 2015

The Knightsbridge rose seller

by General

A well-known fixture each and every evening at Knightsbridge restaurants including San Lorenzo and Scalini during the 1990s and 2000s

April 18, 2015

Barbarella Buchner

by General

Lanzarote based web designer Barbarella Buchner ‘married’ her cats Lugosi and Spider in January 2004.

April 5, 2015

Bunking down

by Matthew Steeples

Converted Cold War nuclear bunker on the edge of London for sale for £3.5 million

April 2, 2015

Debrah Lee Charatan

by General

With a self-professed desire to be “a female Harry Helmsley”, Debrah Lee Charatan was destined for a successful career in real estate in New York in the 1980s.

March 30, 2015

Kerry Washington

by General

A self-declared activist, Bronx born actress Kerry Washington has an astounding 2 million followers on Twitter.

March 29, 2015

Arjun Waney

by General

Described as “the most successful restaurant creator and investor in Britain” by Newsweek, Arjun Waney is the Karachi born septuagenarian behind restaurants in Dubai, Istanbul, London, Malibu and New York

Mount Vernon: The real Southfork

by Matthew Steeples

Dallas mansion with a prayer room and the largest private bowling centre in America that was previously owned by a billionaire oil baron remains for sale despite a price cut of £7 million

March 23, 2015

Doing Justice

by Matthew Steeples

An 18th century former court house in Chelsea is for sale for £14.5 million or available to rent at £10,000 per week

March 21, 2015

Robert Durst

by General

A member of the New York based Durst real estate dynasty and worth some $100 million, cross-dresser Robert Durst first came to the attention of the public when his first wife, Kathie, disappeared

March 8, 2015

Elizabeth Holmes

by General

Palo Alto, California based Elizabeth Holmes quit Stanford University and made a $4.5 billion fortune as a health technology entrepreneur.

March 5, 2015

Delisted

by Matthew Steeples

A £7.9 million Hertfordshire mansion that isn’t quite what it seems

February 1, 2015

Oliver Trusgnach

by General

A Belgian fantasist, Oliver Trusgnach falsely accused a former Belgian prime minister of abuse before becoming an £18,500 per year antiques gallery manager in Witney, Oxfordshire in 2000.

Emily VanCamp

by General

Canadian actress Emily VanCamp appeared in Everwood between 2002 and 2006 and Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2010.

January 13, 2015

Locking up the local

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that the closure of the Knightsbridge restaurant Racine brings with it another nail in the coffin of dining out in The Royal Borough

July 11, 2014

Drugs and Dents

by Matthew Steeples

A Cumbrian mansion built by opium traders and more recently used by cannabis growers comes to the market for just £1.5 million   Built by the well-known Dent family, who made their fortune trading both tea and opium, Flass is a vast 23,000 square foot Palladian mansion on the outskirts of the village of Maulds … Continue reading “Drugs and Dents”

June 25, 2014

Doris Thompson MBE OBE (1903 – 2004) and Geoffrey Thompson (1936 – 2004)

by Matthew Steeples

This mother and son duo were the stalwarts that built Britain’s most popular seaside attraction, the 40-acre Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Fairgrounds were their life and even at 95, Malvern Ladies’ College educated Doris Thompson MBE OBE was the first to ride her park’s 100mph Playstation ride. After getting off, she gamely stated: “That’s the closest … Continue reading “Doris Thompson MBE OBE (1903 – 2004) and Geoffrey Thompson (1936 – 2004)”

April 14, 2014

Ryan Holle

by Matthew Steeples

Convicted of first-degree murder in 2004 simply for lending his car to a friend and housemate named William Allen, Jr. who killed a drug dealer, Holle is serving a life sentence without parole at the Graceville Correctional Facility in Florida.

April 13, 2014

From the ashes

by Matthew Steeples

One of England’s finest estates comes to the market for £25 to £30 million   The scene of the tragic deaths of the Conservative MP Michael Colvin and his wife Nicola in 2000 in a fire, Tangley House, near Andover in Hampshire subsequently had to be demolished. A new house was constructed on the site … Continue reading “From the ashes”

December 23, 2013

A Prodigy house

by Matthew Steeples

A country seat with a prodigious history   Historic Brereton Hall in Brereton, Cheshire is a fine Elizabethan country house but one that has been sadly separated from much of its original estate.

December 13, 2013

Fred Dibnah MBE (1938 – 2004)

by Matthew Steeples

This Lancastrian steeplejack and television personality was gentle, outspoken and self-taught. A father of five and thrice married, Dibnah described himself as “just a bum who climbs chimneys” and once stated: “If you make a mistake, it’s half a day with the undertaker”. He had no time for “fancy London types” and took the view … Continue reading “Fred Dibnah MBE (1938 – 2004)”

November 11, 2013

Gavin Rankin

by General

The Queen and every American ambassador to Britain have dined at Rankin’s Bruton Place restaurant, Bellamy’s, since it opened in 2004 and of it A.A. Gill commented: “You could eat here once a week for the rest of your life”. More recently, this suave gentleman host has established Gavin Rankin Fine Art and deals in … Continue reading “Gavin Rankin”

September 23, 2013

Price vs. Patience

by Matthew Steeples

Stonebrook Court Manor: The sale of a Californian mansion where it’s more about patience than price   Stonebrook Court Manor in California’s Los Altos Hills has been on and off the market since January 2008. Its owner, a “television executive turned Internet investor” and investment banker named Kelly Porter, though said to be “in no … Continue reading “Price vs. Patience”

August 25, 2013

Michael Cassidy

by Matthew Steeples

Portland, Oregon born Cassidy is best known for his role as Zach Stevens in The O.C. He has subsequently appeared in Smallville, Hidden Palms, Argo and Scandal and is one of the main characters in Men at Work. If Cassidy weren’t an actor, he’d like to have been a novelist or professional tennis player and … Continue reading “Michael Cassidy”

August 22, 2013

Wentworth Miller III

by Matthew Steeples

British born, American raised, Miller rose to fame in the Fox Network series Prison Break. A Princeton graduate, the actor turned screenwriter used the pseudonym Ted Foulke to write Stoker and Uncle Charlie and came out as gay in August 2013 in a letter posted on GLAAD’s website where he declined to attend a film … Continue reading “Wentworth Miller III”

August 17, 2013

Notorious addresses

by Matthew Steeples

Can the former homes of notorious criminals ever really be ‘bargains?   In recent days many newspapers have featured the sale of the apartment where Dennis Nilson committed several murders. Most refer to it as a ‘bargain’, but are such places truly really the deals they’re made out to be?

August 5, 2013

One careful lady owner

by Matthew Steeples

Daimler previously owned and driven by The Queen goes to auction   The phrase “one careful lady owner” is indeed often very liberally used. A favourite of the Arthur Daley school of car dealer, it generally actually means that the vehicle concerned is a bit of a dog. With the forthcoming auction of a Daimler … Continue reading “One careful lady owner”

June 1, 2013

A bit of a steel

by Matthew Steeples

The Mittal family market one of their three “Billionaires’ Row” homes for £7 million less than they paid for it   One of the world’s richest men, Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal paid £117 million in 2008 for No. 6 Palace Green in Kensington. He bought the property for his son, Aditya, from an Israeli-American … Continue reading “A bit of a steel”

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