Peter Andre is buying two new houses.

The 'Behind Closed Doors' hitmaker - who has two children, Junior, seven, and Princess Tiaamii, five, with ex-wife Katie Price - is taking the ''practical'' step of establishing a base in London for the sake of his work, and also to make it easier to be with girlfriend Emily MacDonagh, as well as maintaining a country retreat to be with his kids.

Writing in his new! magazine column, he explained: ''It's a wonderful home, but for practical purposes, I've decided to sell it and buy two new homes - a flat in London and then a house with lots of land between where I live now and Brighton.

''The reason for this is that I'd like somewhere to spend time with the kids out in the country, within easy reach of their school.

''Then, because I'm spending so much time in London for work, it'll be really handy to have a crash pad there too. Also, as Emily's based in Bristol and it's so easy to get from there to London, having a place in the city will be really handy.''

However, despite his plans to enter the property market, Peter insists he and Emily aren't quite ready to live together - yet.

He added: ''In case you're wondering, we're not moving in together just yet, but we're closer than ever to making that leap.''