Inside Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough's LA love nest
The 25-year-old dancer has bought a £400,000 condo in LA for Cheryl, 27, to rest her sleepy head in during her quest for US stardom - and what a pad it is!
The 1,700sq ft apartment comes with an open-plan living and dining area, with wooden flooring and an enviable skylight.
‘Derek snapped up the property in November - he was over the moon with it,' an insider tells us.
‘He immediately told Cheryl he'd found the perfect place for them.
'He fell in love with its modern décor and proximity to LA's buzzing nightlife, as well as the vast array of nearby film and TV studios.'
And although last week the couple went their separate ways - Cheryl back to the UK for work commitments and Derek to LA - we hear she'll be joining him in the city of angels this week to check out the new pad.
But while we turned green with envy when we first saw the photos, after a bit of digging Now can reveal she may be in for a bit of a shock...
Homeless junkies, tranny hookers, seedy strip clubs - we're not sure Derek did his research before setting up his LA love nest for Cheryl!
Boasting ‘a private playground for men' is The Zone club, just minutes from their front door.
We regretted checking out the alley nearby after we nearly slipped on empty packets of condoms and lube strewn on the ground. Raining men indeed...
BUT IT LOOKS SO NICE!
Outside, the posh architect-designed condo looks very clean - but let's hope Cheryl and Derek decide to get their groceries delivered.
LOCKED AND LOADED
Things have got so bad, local businesses have hired private security firms.
Patrolman James Terrones tells Now: ‘There are a lot of homeless people drunk and high.
I wouldn't recommend anyone walking around here, especially when the needle exchange unit comes around.'
Sanjeewa Vithange, who works at their closest convenience store, says they were held up at gunpoint twice last year.
‘The first time, a guy came in with a gun and took $400 [£257],' he tells Now.
‘The next time he wasn't armed and my boss scared him off.'
Derek, you're too young to remember but Hugh Grant picked up Divine Brown just a minute's drive from your door!
We spoke to several homeless people nearby.
‘There are junkies everywhere and muggings,' says one. ‘I saw two people get shot down the road.'
LOCAL STRIP CLUB
One block away is a strip club offering £10 lap dances.
Next door is a medical marijuana shop for people with ‘prescriptions', but when we clocked the mobile needle exchange unit driving by, it was time to get out of there!
See all the pictures of Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough's love nest in Now magazine dated 24 January 2011 - out now!