Ringo Starr moving to Los Angeles
Rocker RINGO STARR is planning to make Los Angeles his permanent home once he sells off his base in the U.K.
Published: Mon, September 8, 2014
The former Beatles drummer reveals he is offloading his 200-acre estate in Surrey so he and his wife Barbara Bach can make full use of their Beverly Hills mansion and embrace the clean-living Los Angeles lifestyle.
He tells the Mail on Sunday newspaper, "We're selling our house in Surrey and moving to L.A. We've had it for 15 years but we don't spend enough time there, and L.A is the right place for us to be now.
"It's not that sad, because it's time for a change... and the weather is better over there. I'm really into the healthy lifestyle that they have out in L.A."
Starr bought the Surrey property in 1999. He also owns an apartment in London.
Ringo quits his Surrey drum for California
By CHARLOTTE GRIFFITHS FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
PUBLISHED: 7 September 2014
Only a few months ago he declared England would always be his home, but I can reveal now that Ringo Starr is selling his 200-acre Surrey estate and moving to the United States.
Ringo, who first swapped Liverpool for Surrey in 1965, bought the Rydinghurst Estate near Cranleigh in 1999 and has lived in its 17th Century mansion ever since.
But the lure of California’s sunshine and healthy living has proved too much for the Beatles drummer – he and his wife Barbara Bach, a former Bond Girl, are set make Los Angeles their main home.
Ringo Starr bought the Rydinghurst Estate near Cranleigh in 1999 and has lived in its 17th Century mansion ever since
The artist and his wife Barbara Bach (pictured together last year) are set to relocate to America
When I bumped into the 74-year-old at the John Varvatos store launch party in Mayfair last week, he told me: ‘We’re selling our house in Surrey and moving to LA.
'We’ve had it for 15 years but we don’t spend enough time there, and LA is the right place for us to be now. It’s not that sad, because it’s time for a change.
‘And the weather is better over there. I’m really into the healthy lifestyle that they have out in LA.
‘I do yoga every day and eat healthily. I’m obsessed with broccoli – I eat it every day with absolutely everything.
'No matter what, I always add broccoli. It’s become a running joke – my wife makes fun of me for it.
'Even when I cook a basic dish like pasta and pesto I throw in some broccoli. I don’t have it with breakfast though – that would be strange. But broccoli is my secret to looking young.’
Heston Blumenthal with his friend's schnauzer
Earlier this year, Ringo waxed lyrical about his house: ‘When you’ve grown up around the dusty back streets of Liverpool, you don’t ever expect to end up comfortable and settled in the leafy surrounds of Surrey, but it’s a beautiful place.’
He also owns a London flat, which he may keep for when he visits his grandchildren.
But Ringo, who already has a mansion in Beverly Hills, is now clearing the last of his possessions from Rydinghurst, which he bought from Count George Bardeau.
The property was last decorated by his friend Nicky Haslam, who told me: ‘I met Ringo six months ago to discuss selling the house.’
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I spied the 27-year-old manning the tills last weekend at a pop-up stall in London’s Selfridges for his marshmallows company Boomf.
He must have done a good job – the department store has offered his firm a permanent concession.
‘I love dogs!’ declared chef Heston Blumenthal when a friend thrust this miniature schnauzer into his hands, right. ‘Especially on toast…’
But it’s no joke for diners at Heston’s three Michelin-star restaurant, The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire – because he’s putting his prices up, even though a meal for two already costs £440 without wine.
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‘That equates £600,000 a year in lost revenue, so it has to be done,’ he told me at historian Dan Jones’s book launch at the Rook & Raven gallery.