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  Bullet-proof glass for Zeta’s home in Wales
   By: Agencies
   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.

Then there’s 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.

“Everything has been selected by an interior designer and the security additions alone have added several hundred thousand pounds to the value.”
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 estate.

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 celebrity-seekers.

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 estate.

Swansea City Council rejected his complaints - a decision which Mr Jones plans to appeal against.

Mr 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.”

Miss Zeta-Jones and Douglas also own properties in New York, Bermuda, Majorca and California.
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