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Last Updated: Friday, 20 February, 2004, 13:34 GMT
Zeta's family home for sale
Catherine Zeta Jones development
One of the houses on the new development
The house where Catherine Zeta Jones lived before hitting the big time has been put on the market.

Her parents Dai and Pat have advertised the house for sale at 425,000 - and experts say that the associations with the Swansea-born star has added up to 50,000 to the price tag.

Other similar houses in the area are selling for about 375,000 - but none can claim to have been home to one of Wales' most glamorous exports.

A new 1m luxury home, which is being built for the family just a few miles away, is nearing completion.

Potential buyers will see several portraits of Zeta Jones as they are shown around the house in St Andrews Close, in the sought-after Swansea suburb of Mayals.

There is a metre-high oil painting of actress above the dining table and a photo of her on the fireplace in the lounge. There is even an enormous group photograph - featuring members of both her family and relatives of husband Michael Douglas - dominating the wall of another sitting room.

Her parents are preparing to sell the home where the family have lived for 15 years in readiness for their move into a new 1m home in the nearby seaside resort of Mumbles.

Zeta Jones in Chicago
A picture of Catherine in the film Chicago is on one wall
Oscar-winner Zeta Jones is having the house built for her parents at the Silverhurst development in Plunch Lane. It has been designed with plenty of space, so that she and her husband will use it as a base whenever they visit Wales with their two children.

The couple's five other plush homes - in Los Angeles, New York, Majorca, Bermuda and the Colorado ski resort of Aspen.

Estate agents Peter Alan posted the house on the internet so that potential buyers could see it for themselves.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named said: "They will have no trouble selling it even at that price. People will be queueing up to live there because of its history as the house where Catherine grew up.

"Who knows - it may have one of those little blue plaques on in years to come."

The four-bedroomed house is described by estate agents as a "tastefully presented, detached corner property situated in sought-after Mayals location within walking distance to Clyne Gardens and Golf Club."

'Fair valuation'

A spokeswoman for another local estate agent said: "The area is very up-and-coming but that price seems steep. Similar four-bedroomed houses are selling for about 380,000."Another said :"My word - that is a high valuation!"

A spokeswoman for Peter Alan denied the price had been bumped up because of the "Zeta factor". She said: "The house is beautifully decorated inside and has to be seen - we feel that this is a fair valuation."

Catherine's new house on an exclusive gated development is expected to be ready in time for Easter, but is currently at the centre of a planning row.

The famous couple have fallen out with their future neighbours over the issue of privacy and security.

Neighbour Steve Gwynn has applied for planning permission to run his business, Carreras Communications - just yards from their front door.

Douglas and Zeta Jones
The couple want privacy on their visits to Wales
Mr Gwynn said the family had been aware of the business operating from the site for 18 months, and had only now chosen to complain.

Catherine, 33, and Michael, 58, have lodged an objection with the local council saying it would pose a security risk for them and children Dylan, three, and 10-month old Carys.

Their letter to Swansea City Council's planning department said they wished to register their objections "in the strongest possible terms".

But Mr Gwynn has hit back saying celebrity-spotting groups will cause far more disruption than a handful of business deliveries each week.

Neighbours have claimed that as many as seven groups of star-spotters visit the site each day to see the house for themselves and take photographs.

Now councillors are being asked to settle the feud which has split residents of the exclusive development.

The Douglases have become increasingly concerned over their privacy since their High Court battle with celebrity magazine Hello and have spent tens of thousands installing security at the house.





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