Celebs’ luxury homes in ‘UK’s happiest place to live’ – Giovanna Fletcher to Amanda Holden

A leafy London borough known for its green spaces and riverside pubs, has been named the happiest place to live in the UK.

Rightmove's Happy at Home Index put Richmond Upon Thames in first place – and it's no surprise that it's a favourite spot for celebs to set up home, says the Daily Mirror.

With terraced houses averaging a whopping £850,000 and semi-detached homes going for over £1 million, it's certainly not cheap. But that doesn't deter stars like Giovanna Fletcher and her McFly husband Tom and their family, plus actress Jane Horrocks, and Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard from living in luxury there.

TV's Amanda Holden and her husband Chris Hughes were also residents with their family, until they sold their Richmond mansion for a whopping £5 million back in August.

Let's take a peek at some of the best homes and famous faces of Richmond…

Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden, 52, finally sold her Richmond home in August, a year after it was put on the market. The Britain's Got Talent judge had purchased her five-bedroom house back in 2015 for £3.5m, where she lived with her husband Chris and their daughters Lexi, 17 and Hollie, 11.

Some of the unique features of the house that Amanda adored included a garden hot tub, a custom-made kitchen fitted with three £850 disco ball-style lights, and a dressing room for Amanda equipped with a remote-controlled mirror and lights.

Tom and Giovanna Fletcher

Tom Fletcher, 38, is best known for being boyband McFly's frontman, but he's also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

The star isn't the only celeb in the family, as he lives with I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here winner Giovanna Fletcher, also 38, and their three kids – Buzz, Buddy and Max.

The family live in a spacious and stylish Richmond dwelling with plenty of creative spaces. There is a large wooden table in the kitchen, which is perfect for playing a spot of chess upon. We can see that the space has exposed brick walls and glass sliding doors that lead out onto a luscious green lawn. There is also a slide and climbing frame in the garden for the kids to enjoy.

The kitchen has dark green cabinets and cupboards, as well as a matching kitchen island with white marble worktops. There is also an unpolished wooden floor and a chrome oven, with extractor fan above.

Sir David Attenborough

Beloved broadcaster Sir David, 97, resides in a charming lilac house nestled in beautiful gardens in Richmond. He loves the borough, saying it's his favourite place "partly because I live there, partly because my friends and family are there". He also bought the pub next to his house to convert it into land for wildlife.

The Blue Planet presenter can't imagine living anywhere else but London, stating "The climate suits me and London has the greatest serious music that you can hear any day of the week in the world you think it's going to be Vienna or Paris or somewhere, but if you go to Vienna or Paris and say: 'Let's hear some good music', there isn't any."

Tom Hardy

Peaky Blinders star Tom Hardy, 46, owns a £3.4m pad in Richmond. He caused a stir back in 2017 when he attached an eye-catching chrome chimney to his property.

Despite objections from neighbours and the Richmond Society, he was allowed to keep the fixture. Tom, who is married to actress Charlotte Riley and has three children, proved he's a good neighbour when he caught a thief who had crashed on a stolen moped after a high-speed chase on foot. A local said it was "like he'd switched to superhero mode in an action movie".

He was actually born very close by, in Hammersmith in 1977. Tom clearly loves the west London area a lot since he studied at Richmond Drama School later on.

Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant, the 66 year old star of Withnail and I, lives in a Georgian rectory in Petersham, Richmond. He describes his home, built in 1830, as "a classic child's drawing of a square-shaped house with chimneys".

Ben Shephard

Good Morning Britain presenter Ben, 48, lives with his wife Annie Perks and their two sons in Richmond – they married in 2004.

We sometimes get a glimpse into his beautiful house through his occasional posts to Instagram – detailing stylish interiors, an incredible garden and Ben’s family life.

Annie is an interior design pro and often shares snaps of their stunning home on her 'The House Editor' Instagram page.

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