Property features

Top award for penthouse

By Charlie Jacoby, December 15, 2015

v Palazzo in Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire, won "finest new apartment" in the International Property Awards. The prize was for the penthouse. There are six three-bedroom apartments at Palazzo, with terraces looking out into the countryside.

Five of the properties sold within weeks of coming to market. The penthouse is still for sale, at
£2.5 million, through agent Debbie Williams.


Developers dig deep to beat London housing shortfall

By Charlie Jacoby, November 26, 2015

New homes stocks are up by a quarter. Official figures show that newly built properties rose by 25 per cent year on year in 2014-15 - the biggest increase that there has been in 28 years.

As long ago as 2007, the government was feeling the pressure of an impending housing crisis and it reacted by announcing that 4 million new homes would be built by 2020.


The great £2 million conundrum

By Charlie Jacoby, November 12, 2015

Inheritance tax doesn't like the number "two million". Parents and grandparents will be able to leave homes worth up to £850,000 to their children without attracting inheritance tax from 2017 and this limit will rise to £1 million by 2020.


Commercial sites are big business

By Charlie Jacoby, October 29, 2015

Investors are clamouring for commercial property. The autumn round of commercial auctions showed strong demand for shops, offices and industrial units producing an income.

The October Acuitus auction saw the sale of £67.6 million of assets at a success rate of 89 per cent.


Buy first, build later: what's the deal?

By Charlie Jacoby, September 17, 2015

Off-plan sales are a sign of a strong market and a delight for developers. Buyers commit to pay bricks-and-mortar prices for what is still a piece of paper. They are tough to achieve, however. Purchasers have to be sold an idea and the developer has to be able to offer a house's-worth of trust.


Bespoke property: Think of a home, then build it

By Charlie Jacoby, August 26, 2015

The money markets may be wobbling but developers report a boom in building bespoke properties. They provide the site and the builder and they work with the purchaser on the design. Buyers get the house they want, whether a grand mansion or modest box, while developers get a guaranteed buyer at the end of the build process.


Home of 'the father of plastic surgery' for sale

By Charlie Jacoby, August 26, 2015

The Hampstead home of Sir Harold Delf Gillies, one of the fathers of plastic surgery, is for sale at nearly £20 million. Number 71 Frognal (below) is a 6,000 sq ft, 10-bedroom Victorian house set in terraced gardens and its distinguished previous owner was the pioneering surgeon who helped reconstruct the faces of people wounded in the First World War.


Famous homes in north London with many stories

By Charlie Jacoby, August 20, 2015

Buyers' appetite for expensive homes in north London is being well fed by developers. From single houses to larger schemes, Hampstead and Highgate both have much to offer. In these artistic locations, however, it is not enough simply to build property. It has to have a story.


Support for homes under £500,000

By Charlie Jacoby, July 30, 2015

You cannot really fault members of the government for helping first-time buyers. First there was Help To Buy. Now there are development zones, which are an easy first place to look for what are now considered "value" properties. There are areas such as Edgware, where developers are enthusiastically adopting the Mayor of London's desire for regeneration.


Offices are an asset at auction

By Charlie Jacoby, July 16, 2015

Office assets were in strong demand at the July Acuitus auction, which raised £48.68 million and obtained an overall success rate of 90 per cent.

The 43,468-sq-ft United House in York, which has permitted development rights for residential conversion, sold for £6.02 million. Of the five lots that sold for more than £2 million, four were office properties.