Bullet-proof glass for Zeta’s home in Wales
June 3, 2004
With its many
bedrooms, sweeping driveway and luxurious gardens, the house
would not look out of place in the Hollywood Hills.
Instead it stands in the Swansea suburb of Mumbles,
home town of Catherine Zeta-Jones and her relatives.
After nearly two years of legal wrangling and
neighbourhood squabbles, the £2.3million property is finally
ready for the Oscar-winning actress and her husband Michael
Douglas to move in to.
And as you might expect of a
property fit for movie royalty, it has everything the average
superstar couple with a £160million fortune could want.
There are four double bedrooms with en suite
bathrooms, a Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, library, two sitting rooms,
dining room and state-of-the-art kitchen.
the 70ft penthouse playroom for their children, Dylan, three,
and 13-month-old Carys.
The security-conscious couple
have insisted on bullet-proof glass throughout, while several
tons of expensive limestone were delivered from
Gloucestershire to decorate the exterior.
The front of
the house features a coppertopped balcony, imported from
America at a cost of £40,000, which offers breathtaking views
over the cliffs of Limeslade Beach on the Gower coast.
Handmade bricks and a slate roof, supported by solid
stone pillars, complete the look.
One Mumbles resident
said: “This house is amazingly extravagant and sticks out like
a sore thumb.
“Catherine and Michael built it from
scratch and have not minded on lavishing thousands of pounds
on getting the best money can buy.
been selected by an interior designer and the security
additions alone have added several hundred thousand pounds to
When Miss Zeta-Jones, 34, and Douglas, 59, are
in Wales they will stay on the top floor, which has a nursery
and double bedroom.
The actress’s parents Pat and Dai
Jones will live in the rest of the house, which is in a gated
The construction of the house has been beset
with problems. Before the first brick had even been laid, the
neighbours said there was insufficient security to thwart
Miss Zeta- Jones’s father later
cited privacy concerns when he learned that site developer
Steve Gwynn hoped to house his communications business on the
Swansea City Council rejected his complaints -
a decision which Mr Jones plans to appeal against.
Gwynn said: “I don’t know when they’re going to move in
because they don’t speak to me any more. It is silly, but
that’s how it is with them.
“The house is now ready
for them and it could be any day now.”
and Douglas also own properties in New York, Bermuda, Majorca
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