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Colin Firth crowned the nation's ideal neighbour

24th February 2011

 

Colin Firth, the nation's ideal celebrity neighbour

Colin Firth, crowned the nation's ideal neighbour

  • Colin Firth beats Cheryl Cole as Britain’s most desirable celebrity neighbour
  • Katie Price less popular than Jedward, Gillian McKeith & Kerry Katona combined
  • David Cameron and Jeremy Clarkson leave the nation divided

British homeowners would most like to find themselves living next door to Colin Firth, according to the Zoopla.co.uk Celebrity Neighbour Survey for 2011. Glamour model, Katie Price was revealed as the by far the least desirable neighbour, according to the survey of 4,107 property owners on who they would most and least like to live next door to.

Colin Firth, confirmed his status as the man of the moment garnering more than 15% 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 (9%), closely followed by Ant & Dec with 8.7%. Rounding off the top five most desirable neighbours were Jeremy Clarkson (8.1%) and Michael McIntrye (7.5%). 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% 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%) voting her the neighbour from hell. Her closest rivals for the top spot were Irish pop duo Jedward (12.6%), jungle hypochondriac Gillian McKeith (7.8%) and Dancing on Ice evictee Kerry Katona (7.6%). Alex Reid also made the top 10 least desirable list with 4.3% 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 3% of the vote.

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.

Nicholas Leeming of Zoopla.co.uk, commented: “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 actually damage house prices. It’s clear from these results who the public believes would benefit and harm their street. No doubt there have been more than a few sighs of relief since Katie Price put her Surrey pile on the market.”

Anyone hoping to make their celebrity neighbour dream come true can expect to dig deep in their pockets. Properties for sale around Colin Firth’s home in Chiswick, London, currently cost £647,988 on average according to Zoopla.co.uk.

But those already living on Katie Price’s road may be cheering with joy now she has put her house in the market. Average prices on Longhurst Road in Woldingham, Surrey are currently £975,482 according to Zoopla.co.uk.

Katie Price's property for sale on Zoopla.co.uk

Kerry Katona's former property for sale on Zoopla.co.uk

10 most desirable celebrity neighbours

Rank Name % of votes
1 Colin Firth 15.1
2 Cheryl Cole 9.0
3 Ant & Dec 8.7
4 Jeremy Clarkson 8.1
5 Michael McIntyre 7.5
6 Wills & Kate 6.0
7 Heston Blumenthal 5.9
8 Richard Hammond 5.1
9 David Cameron 5.0
10 Stacey Solomon 4.5

10 least desirable celebrity neighbours

Rank Name % 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

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For further information, please contact Tim Vooght at pr@zoopla.co.uk or on 020 3872 5615.

Notes to editors

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