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Welcome to the Kardashian kompound! Khloe and mom Kris Jenner’s huge mansions near completion

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The $37 million Kardashian kompound set to be the future home of Khloe Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner is well on its way to completion.

New images show the two mega mansions begin constructed side by side in the exclusive gated community of Hidden Hills, surrounded by workers who are continuing their diligent work on the properties.

The photos show the progress that has been made since the houses were last pictured, with fully grown transplanted trees and shrubbery planted and a newly constructed driveway linking the mansions to the streets.

No place like home! The $37 million Kardashian kompound set to be the future home of Khloe Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner is well on its way to being complete

No place like home! The $37 million Kardashian kompound set to be the future home of Khloe Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner is well on its way to being complete

Both built in the popular modern farmhouse style and each sprawling over 10,000 sq ft, the massive homes are mere feet from one another, ensuring the women will be able to visit one another at their leisure.

Solar panels were already placed on Kris’ rooftop, with the home formed for a dark grey brickwork.

While both of the women are in the midst of having their own pools built, only Khloe’s appeared to have her own pool house, with her garden also appearing to boast a massive fully-grown tree. 

Home sweet home: New photos show the two mega mansions, constructed side by side in an exclusive gated community in Hidden Hills, surrounded by construction workers diligently putting in the finishing touches to the properties

Home sweet home: New photos show the two mega mansions, constructed side by side in an exclusive gated community in Hidden Hills, surrounded by construction workers diligently putting in the finishing touches to the properties

Neighbors! Khloe and her mother Kris will be moving into homes built a mere feet apart from one another once construction on the properties has been completed

Neighbors! Khloe and her mother Kris will be moving into homes built a mere feet apart from one another once construction on the properties has been completed

Making a splash! Khloe's home has its own swimming pool and pool hohse, as well as a fully grown tree transplanted into the backyard

Making a splash! Khloe’s home has its own swimming pool and pool hohse, as well as a fully grown tree transplanted into the backyard

One of the properties spans 16,500 sq ft with eight bedrooms, according to Variety who first reported the building plans in October, with the home also boasting an eight-car garage, a guesthouse, movie theater and gym.

While plenty of progress has been made on the homes, the women obviously won’t be moving into them anytime soon.

According to The Dirt, Khloe’s new property cost her $17 million while Kris – who has the larger home – paid $20 million for a combined total of $37million. 

Eco-friendly: To help boost the home's sustainability, solar panels have been placed on Kris' rooftop, with the house itself formed of a dark grey brickword

Eco-friendly: To help boost the home’s sustainability, solar panels have been placed on Kris’ rooftop, with the house itself formed of a dark grey brickword

Finishing touches: While plenty of progress has been made on the homes, it appears that Khloe and Kris won't be moving into them anytime soon

Finishing touches: While plenty of progress has been made on the homes, it appears that Khloe and Kris won’t be moving into them anytime soon

Splashing cash: According to The Dirt, Khloe's new property cost her $17 million while Kris - who has the larger home - paid $20 million for a combined total of $37million

Splashing cash: According to The Dirt, Khloe’s new property cost her $17 million while Kris – who has the larger home – paid $20 million for a combined total of $37million

Despite the exorbitant amount, the real estate purchases aren’t the most expensive Hidden Hills prices on record as a property sold for $22.3million in June 2019.

However, the Kardashian-Jenner purchases still rank high among the priciest ever sold in the entire Valley, according to The Dirt.

Originally the land was owned by construction magnate Ron Tutor – father of Million Dollar Listing star Tracy Tutor – and included a home of 20,000 sq ft.

That home was once leased to Britney Spears before it was sold in 2012 for $7 million to a local developer who razed the house. 

Exclusive: The lavish homes are located in the gated community of Hidden Hills, ensuring maximum privacy for the two stars when they eventually move in

Exclusive: The lavish homes are located in the gated community of Hidden Hills, ensuring maximum privacy for the two stars when they eventually move in

Still up there! The Kardashian-Jenner purchases still rank high among the priciest ever sold in the entire Valley, which is no stranger to multi-million dollar homes

Still up there! The Kardashian-Jenner purchases still rank high among the priciest ever sold in the entire Valley, which is no stranger to multi-million dollar homes

History: Originally the land was owned by construction magnate Ron Tutor - father of Million Dollar Listing star Tracy Tutor - and included a home of 20,000 sq ft.

History: Originally the land was owned by construction magnate Ron Tutor – father of Million Dollar Listing star Tracy Tutor – and included a home of 20,000 sq ft.

After that, the land was left vacant for years before being passed to its current developer.

Khloe offloaded her Calabasas mansion in November 2020, selling it for $15.5 million.

Meanwhile Kris sold her Hidden Hills home, situated just across the street from daughter Kim’s home, in April 2020 for $15 million in an off-market deal.

The buyer was the younger daughter of cosmetics guru Peter Harf, the current chairman and CEO of beauty empire Coty, Inc. Coty is the company that bought Kylie’s cosmetics company for $600 million cash in 2019.

Kris still owns a property in Hidden Hills, the Mediterranean style home that was made famous on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and is where her son Rob Kardashian now resides with his daughter Dream.

Aww! Jenner will be closer than ever to her daughter Khloe and her granddaughter True after they move into their new homes

Aww! Jenner will be closer than ever to her daughter Khloe and her granddaughter True after they move into their new homes 

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Fraser to attend Oireachtas committee on Zappone controversy

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The State’s highest ranking civil servant will appear before an Oireachtas committee to explain the circumstances around the now-scrapped appointment of Katherine Zappone as special envoy.

The secretary general of the Department of Taoiseach Martin Fraser will appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs next week.

Members of the committee are expected to ask Mr Fraser to explain in detail when precisely Ms Zappone’s name was communicated to the Department of the Taoiseach.

Controversy erupted in late July over an attempt by Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to appoint Ms Zappone as a special envoy for freedom of expression and LGBTQ+ rights.

On Monday, former minister Zappone turned down an invitation to appear before the committee to discuss the matter.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin was not aware of plans to appoint her before they came before Cabinet just before the summer recess.

Moreover, Fianna Fáil has disputed a claim from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s that Ms Zappone was named as a UN special envoy in a memo sent to the Taoiseach’s office the day before the Cabinet discussed the proposed appointment.

“The memo with the name of Katherine Zappone was in the Taoiseach’s office, the day before the Cabinet meeting,” Mr Varadkar said earlier this month.

“Notwithstanding that, Simon Coveney and I had a responsibility to flag that to him as a Minister, me as a leader in Government, there should be good faith and no surprises, and I’ve spoken the Taoiseach about that, and apologised.”

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath disputed this and said that an “under the arm memo” sent to the office of the Taoiseach the day before the Cabinet meeting on July 27th did not mention Ms Zappone.

Mr Fraser’s decision to appear before the committee means the controversy will continue into another week.

Mr Fraser, who has been secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach for a decade, is to move from Government Buildings late next year to become the Irish ambassador in London.

In mid-September, the Dáil voted confidence in Mr Coveney by 92 votes to 59.

Separately, Mr Varadkar has now sought to downplay reports of a “sting” operation arising from the Zappone affair, whereby a junior minister reportedly gave false information to a senior minister during a phone call, which then made its way to a journalist.

The Tánaiste said he had spoken with Patrick O’Donovan, reportedly the junior minister involved, but said he had not been shown text messages arising from the “sting” and that “there have been no confrontations” about it.

“He’s shown me no text messages or anything like that. This is an internal matter that will be dealt with within Fine Gael,” Mr Varadkar said. “I’m aware of what’s been reported and I’ve spoken to all the Fine Gael cabinet Ministers about this.”

Asked whether Ms Zappone should attend or otherwise respond to written questions from the Oireachtas committee, Mr Varadkar said it was a matter for her and the committee, arguing the Government had “moved on”.

Speaking in New York on Monday, the Taoiseach also sought to draw a line under the controversy, saying Ms Zappone was a “private citizen”. Mr Martin said: “As far as I’m concerned we’ve had enough debate about it now.”

“This was in effect, an under the arm memo which means it is brought to Cabinet on the morning of the Cabinet meeting itself and that was the first time that the name Katherine Zappone was with the Taoiseach and with all of the other Cabinet colleagues so that is certainly the case.”

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How much it costs to buy near new Nine Elms and Battersea tube stations

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Two new Underground stations opened this week – Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station.

But while the areas feature lots of new housing for London, people looking to move to there and jump on the Tube’s extended Northern Line will pay a hefty price tag.

The average price of a house in Nine Elms is £726,131, according to Zoopla, but they have got cheaper. This is a drop of more than 6 per cent on a year ago, the equivalent of £50,000. 

But that average price doubles to £1,501,091 once you narrow a buyer’s search area from the wider Nine Elms area to just the Nine Elms development site, which is the new housing just south of the River Thames. 

And there’s the opportunity to spend much more – among the three homes we found below in the location was a flat in Battersea Power Station for £16million.

A luxury penthouse high up on the eleventh and twelfth floors of Battersea Power Station is for sale for £16million with estate agent Copperstones - see more details below

A luxury penthouse high up on the eleventh and twelfth floors of Battersea Power Station is for sale for £16million with estate agent Copperstones – see more details below

Two new Underground stations have opened this week: One at Nine Elms and the other at Battersea Power Station

Two new Underground stations have opened this week: One at Nine Elms and the other at Battersea Power Station

Buyers looking at the Nine Elms development will need a typical budget of £1.5m, according to property website Zoopla

Buyers looking at the Nine Elms development will need a typical budget of £1.5m, according to property website Zoopla

Billions of pounds of investment have been pumped into the area in recent years, including through the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

The decommissioned coal-fired power station is now luxury flats and penthouses – while there has also been the building of a new US Embassy in Nine Elms.

Despite the recent falls in average house prices near the stations, property experts suggest that values will rise, at least in the surrounding areas.

Billions of pounds of investment have been pumped into the Nine Elms area in recent years, including through the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station

Billions of pounds of investment have been pumped into the Nine Elms area in recent years, including through the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station

Buying agent Henry Pryor said: ‘While some might expect the new stations to be full of people fleeing the Nightmare on Nine Elms Street, these new infrastructure nodes are really going to give the area a genuine lift.

‘Lower Chelsea and the area around Battersea Park may well see prices bumped up by as much as 10 per cent, even if many buyers in SW11 thought that they were high enough.’

We take a look at three properties for sale at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms 

1. Two-bed flat, Battersea Power Station, £1.15m

This luxury flat is close to the Battersea Power Station Underground station, which opened this week in London

This luxury flat is close to the Battersea Power Station Underground station, which opened this week in London

The modern property is on the market for £1.15million and is being sold via estate agents Martin & Co

The modern property is on the market for £1.15million and is being sold via estate agents Martin & Co

Inside, there is an open-plan living area with a fully-fitted kitchen, while outside there is a covered and tiled private balcony

Inside, there is an open-plan living area with a fully-fitted kitchen, while outside there is a covered and tiled private balcony

There are two bedrooms, including the main one boasting an en-suite shower room and room for a baby's cot

There are two bedrooms, including the main one boasting an en-suite shower room and room for a baby’s cot

There is also a smaller balcony at the rear of the flat that overlooks the railway tracks that carries commuters in and out of central London

There is also a smaller balcony at the rear of the flat that overlooks the railway tracks that carries commuters in and out of central London

This luxury two-bedroom flat is in the redeveloped Battersea Power Station and has an asking price of £1.15m.

It has an open-plan living area with a fully-fitted kitchen and a large private balcony.

Residents have access to a library, private cinema, communal gardens, a gym, swimming pool and a concierge service. The flat is being sold via estate agents Martin & Co.

2. Six-bed penthouse, Battersea Power Station, £16m

The modern interiors include designer crittall-style doors and walls, which are made from many panes of glass

The modern interiors include designer crittall-style doors and walls, which are made from many panes of glass

The property has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms - including this one with a cooper bath -, a roof terrace and two parking spaces

The property has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms – including this one with a cooper bath -, a roof terrace and two parking spaces

The penthouse boasts far-reaching views from the private balcony across the River Thames and towards the city

The penthouse boasts far-reaching views from the private balcony across the River Thames and towards the city

The London penthouse has a hefty price tag and is being sold via estate agents Copperstones for £16million

The London penthouse has a hefty price tag and is being sold via estate agents Copperstones for £16million

This luxury penthouse is on the eleventh and twelfth floors of Battersea Power Station, with views across the River Thames and the capital.

It has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a roof terrace and two parking spaces.

You’ll need deep pockets to buy it due to its £16million price tag. It is being sold by estate agents Copperstones.

3. Three-bedroom flat, Nine Elms, £3.95m

The three-bedroom flat is in the Ambassador Building in Nine Elms and has a light interior with walnut parquet flooring

The three-bedroom flat is in the Ambassador Building in Nine Elms and has a light interior with walnut parquet flooring

The luxury home has floor to ceiling windows and is being sold via estate agents Johns & Co with an asking price of £3.95m

The luxury home has floor to ceiling windows and is being sold via estate agents Johns & Co with an asking price of £3.95m 

The famous Sky Pool floats 10 storeys up between two skyscrapers at the Embassy Gardens development in London

The famous Sky Pool floats 10 storeys up between two skyscrapers at the Embassy Gardens development in London

This flat is in the Ambassador Building in Nine Elms at the Embassy Gardens development – home to the Sky Pool.

It is three bedrooms, walnut parquet flooring, marble work surfaces and floor to ceiling windows.

It has an asking price of £3.95m and is being sold via estate agents Johns & Co.

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What to expect in Budget 2022? Small tax cuts and modest welfare increases

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Public spending may have rocketed over the past 20 months due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic but it appears that tax cuts and welfare increases will be on the table nonetheless when the Government sets out its budget on October 12th.

As Tánaiste Leo Varadkar recently said, there will be tax measures aimed at “middle-income people in particular”, as well as a welfare package to offset the impact of the rising cost of living.

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