Adrien von Ferscht: Why we're all going rental

By Candice Krieger, May 27, 2010

New builds and major refurbishment projects are out - and top-end rentals are in.

That, at least, is the opinion of Glasgow-based international architect Adrien Von Ferscht. He argues that in the current climate, renting a high-spec house is likely to prove more attractive to homeowners than buying.

The 66-year-old, who has more than 40 years' experience creating interiors for private homes across the world, has turned his attention to the UK rentals market. He recently completed designs for 45 bespoke, luxury apartments in Glasgow intended for long-term rents.


Please knock: £25 million hotel seeks A-list attention

By Candice Krieger, March 18, 2010

Alon Bejerano has opted for a more creative role. The 31-year-old former investment fund manager is now busying himself with colour charts, wallpaper patterns, lampshades and the like. That's because Mr Bejerano is now the co-director of AB Hotels.


Langdon wins Cherie Blair’s vote for home help

February 25, 2010

Cherie Blair has lent her support to a £1.75 million project by Langdon, supporting young Jewish adults with learning difficulties.

Mrs Blair joined Langdon leaders and clients on Monday to launch The Quadrant, an Edgware property being rebuilt and refurbished to provide one two-bedroom and two individual flats. There will also be accommodation for 24/7 carers and a drop-in community centre. Building work is expected to take 18 months.


Reaching for the sky with Ronson

By Candice Krieger, February 11, 2010

When Gerald Ronson, one of the world’s most respected property developers, sought a new right-hand man, he had the pick of the property playing field. Yet, Mr Ronson, head of Heron International, turned to the legal trade for his candidate. Jonathan Goldstein was the chief executive of Olswang law firm when he was poached by Mr Ronson, a previous client. The duo have been working together since May 2007.


Expert view: In property, location is still king

By David Pearl, January 21, 2010

I’ve just spent a fantastic holiday in Tel Aviv — and what a place it is. I have to confess that I’ve hardly been there in years and the change is remarkable. As a food addict, it was heaven. The restaurants are amazing. So are the Israelis.

They are having a bit of a property boom over there, so I had a quick look around to see if there were any opportunities. We’ll see.


Chancellor's wife tours JBD flat

November 26, 2009

When Maggie Darling hosted Jewish Blind and Disabled’s 40th anniversary celebration at 11 Downing Street in October, the Chancellor’s wife promised to visit a JBD property.

True to her word, Mrs Darling breezed into the charity’s Frances and Dick James Court in Mill Hill last Thursday to tour the 42-flat facility and meet staff and tenants.

One of the first things she saw was the wall of dedications from donors, where she stopped to study the inscriptions, remarking: “It’s very moving — I cannot think of a better memorial.”


Simon Cowell, the new property idol

By Candice Krieger, November 26, 2009

Property developer Mark Hoffman is sitting pretty. Hardly surprising considering that one of his business partners is Simon Cowell, the multi-millionaire music entrepreneur and X-Factor judge.

Mr Hoffman, 36, is the founder of Commercial Property Investments (CPI), a London-based firm which he runs with Simon Cowell; his brother, Nicholas Cowell, co-founder of Estate Office; Adrian Levy, also of Estate Office; and Mr Hoffman’s father, Peter.


Lofty ideals for Orthodox

By Robyn Rosen, October 22, 2009

Haringey housing bosses are appealing to residents to help refine a rulebook on loft extensions, a key issue in strictly Orthodox households.

The council is to undertake a six-week consultation on the guide, which sets out design principles for home extensions in keeping with the character of the neighbourhood.

There are, on average, six children per household in South Tottenham and many families live in cramped conditions. Some loft extensions do not meet council guidelines.


My £4m proof that property's hot again

By Candice Krieger, October 22, 2009

The property market in London is recovering better than in any other region, says developer Paul Eden.

The founder of Regal Homes, a London-based company with a market valuation in excess of £100m, Mr Eden believes activity is picking up, particularly at the higher end of the market.


Israeli house prices rise by one quarter

By Simon Griver, October 15, 2009

The price of Israeli homes has risen by 24 per cent over the past two years, according to a Bank of Israel (BOI) survey.

In recent months price rises have accelerated, with the value of the average home rising by an annualised rate of 15 per cent in August, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.