And Dec Makes Three

Ant & Dec create a stir over their living arrangements

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It must be a slow day in the nationals when Ant & Dec’s living arrangements make headline news – indeed has been approached for comment from showbiz and property correspondents alike.

The fact that Dec has bought a house three doors away from his long time comedy companion Ant McPartlin seems to be raising eyebrows even though the pair lived in the same street for the best part of a decade.

Ant was the first to move to a larger home when he married Lisa Armstrong back in August last year. Now Dec has followed his lead but couldn’t find anything befitting his bachelor status so bought a mock tudor house with the intention of pulling it down and rebuilding from scratch.

Plans recently approved by Hounslow Council are reported to include six bedrooms and a swimming pool with retractable roof. Its basement will feature a golf simulator, jacuzzi and steam room, wine cellar, billiard room, home cinema and gym.

According to one newspaper report neighbours raised no objections to Dec’s plans unlike those who did when Ant first moved into the street. Neighbours asked the newly weds to buy window coverings after Ant apparently left nothing to the imagination when exiting his bathroom!

Marriage doesn’t seem to have altered the tv twosome’s friendship. The two have lived in the same street since the 1990’s when they first moved to Chiswick. Dec told Metro "It was a lovely sunny day, and there was a pub a few hundred yards away, and we sat by the river and had a drink and talked about how we both loved the houses, but couldn't move into the same street.

"But then we thought, 'Well, we're best mates, we socialise together, so what's the point of living at separate ends of town and spending a fortune on cab fares?' And that was it. We knew that people would find this a very bizarre arrangement."

February 8, 2007