Colin Firth has topped the list as the celebrity the nation wants to live next door to, but who has joined him?

Colin Firth, the nation's ideal celebrity neighbour

Very few of us need worry about a celebrity neighbour, but having the right celebrity on your street can benefit a neighbourhood and have a positive impact on home values, but the wrong celebrity can have the opposite effect. An unpopular celebrity can not only make a street less appealing, but potentially damage house prices.

Our recent Zoopla.co.uk Celebrity Neighbour Survey for 2011 clearly shows who you - over 4000 of you - believe would benefit and harm your street.

Colin Firth, who lives in Chiswick, West London where properties currently cost £647,988 on average according to us, confirmed his status as the man of the moment garnering more than 15 per cent of the vote for most desirable celebrity neighbour. The ‘nation’s sweetheart’ Cheryl Cole was Firth’s nearest rival with nearly one in ten votes, the equivalent of nine per cent, closely followed by Ant & Dec (also Chiswick residents) with 8.7 per cent. Rounding off the top five most desirable neighbours were Jeremy Clarkson with 8.1 per cent and Michael McIntrye on 7.5 per cent. And giving Cheryl Cole one more thing to tease her mentor over, Simon Cowell finds himself on the wrong list, coming in 10th place on Britain’s least desirable neighbour rankings with 2.7 per cent of the vote.

In the stakes for least desirable celebrity neighbour Katie Price, leaves all others in her dust with almost one in three respondents - 29.1 per cent - voting her the neighbour from hell. Her closest rivals for the top spot were Irish pop duo Jedward with 12.6 per cent, jungle hypochondriac Gillian McKeith with 7.8 per cent and Dancing on Ice evictee Kerry Katona at 7.6 per cent. Alex Reid also made the top 10 least desirable list with 4.3 per cent of the vote. And proving that he is trouncing his former wife for the public’s affections, Peter Andre just missed out on a spot in the top 10 most desirable celebrity neighbours, securing 13th place with three per cent of the vote.


The former Cheshire home of Kerry Katona
on the market for £1.1m

Katie Price’s Surrey mansion
for sale at £2.95m

On the fence…

Proving that politics and popularity go hand in hand, David Cameron is one of only two names to appear on both the most and least desirable neighbours lists, gaining an almost equal share of the vote in both cases. The other name to appear on both lists, long known as a love him or hate him type and the ultimate marmite-celebrity, is Jeremy Clarkson although he did secure a notably higher share of the most desirable vote than least desirable.

The 10 most desirable celebrity neighbours

RankNameper cent of votes
1 Colin Firth 15.1
2 Cheryl Cole 9
3 Ant & Dec 8.7
4 Jeremy Clarkson 8.1
5 Michael McIntyre 7.5
6 Wills & Kate 6
7 Heston Blumenthal 5.9
8 Richard Hammond 5.1
9 David Cameron 5
10 Stacey Solomon 4.5

Source: Zoopla.co.uk, Feb 2011

The 10 least desirable celebrity neighbours

RankNameper cent of votes
1 Katie Price (Jordan) 29.1
2 Jedward 12.6
3 Gillian McKeith 7.8
4 Kerry Katona 7.6
5 David Cameron 5.2
6 Jeremy Clarkson 4.8
7 The Beckhams 4.5
8 Alex Reid 4.3
9 Andy Gray 3.1
10 Simon Cowell 2.7

Source: Zoopla.co.uk, Feb 2011

Some information contained herein may have changed since it was first published. Zoopla strongly advises you to seek current legal and/or financial advice from a qualified professional.

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