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Most people move to a new area for rather mundane reasons – perhaps it’s got a great school that you want to send your child to.  Or, perhaps there are a lot of companies within your industry based in that area, so it’s easy for you to find work.  The area you’re moving to is usually fixed, and you choose the house based on the number of rooms, comparing conservatories, lawns, and views to pick the perfect home.

However, some people are blessed with a bit more freedom.  Perhaps you’re a freelance journalist and can work from almost anywhere.  Maybe you’re retiring, or you’re lucky enough to work in an industry that has jobs available all over the country.  In which case, you can pick and choose a bit more freely – so why not look for a celebrity village?

Living close to a celebrity isn’t just exciting and fun; it can actually increase the value of your home.  Celebrity villages tend to be fairly affluent anyway, but the buzz generated by having someone rich and famous living in your village is nothing to sneeze at.  Success breeds success, and once you’ve got one famous neighbour, there’s a good chance you’ll attract more.  Here’s a quick look at some of the most interesting celebrity villages in the UK:

1.Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

This village is close to Eton, Heathrow, and London’s Marylebone, so it’s natural that successful people would want to live here.  Angelina Jolie, Cilla Black, and Ozzy Ozbourne all have homes near here.

2. Bucklebury, Berkshire

A road in Bucklebury, Berkshire

How do you fancy sharing a grocer with Melinda Messenger, or having the possibility or running into Chris Tarrant in the local pub?  That could happen if you chose to live here.

3. Ponteland, Northumberland

The high street in Ponteland, Northumberland

Yes, celebrities do sometimes head north!  This area is home to Chris Morgan, Alan Shearer, and George Percy.

4. Walberswick

a road in Walberswick

This picturesque fishing village is a nice place to visit for a lot of reasons, on top of its abundance of cute homes with cosy conservatories.  Situated near the River Blyth, this village is home to Richard Curtis, Michael Palin, Twiggy, and Griff Rhys Jones!

5. Salcome, Devon

The bay at Salcome, Devon

A home in Devon could set you back half a million – but that’s understandable when you realise that it’s home to Kate Bush and Sir Michael Parkinson.  This is perhaps one of the most exclusive of the celebrity villages.

Of course, there are downsides to living near the stars.  Famous people attract obsessive followers and prying press, and a lot of tourism.  If you don’t fancy having tours passing by your home every weekend during the summer, then you might not want to have a house right next to a famous film star.

A lot of celebrities choose to live in gated communities, in order to enjoy the extra security that offers, but there’s still the possibility of having private detectives knock on your door to ask if you’ll dish the dirt on whatever scandal is going on at the moment. It doesn’t happen often, but it is something to think about before you go chasing the limelight.

Thanks to timo_w2, geograph and scott1723.