Property features

The nation's happiest homeowners

By Charlie Jacoby, January 17, 2014

Atheists, according to research last year, are smugger than people who have faith, which might explain why some faiths are considering adding smugness to their already-lengthy list of sins. But there are few as smug as London homeowners, as confidence in the property market soars to new highs.

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Surge into the super-suburbs

By Charlie Jacoby, January 17, 2014

Another big scheme in Stanmore is creeping towards consent. Anmer Lodge, a former daycare centre, is to be turned into more than 100 new homes and a Marks and Spencer food store. So what makes Stanmore so attractive? First it was Brockley Park, which is nearly 10 years old. Now selling is the redevelopment of the former RAF site at Bentley Priory.

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Strong off-plan sales at new Bushey scheme

By Charlie Jacoby, January 17, 2014

Newly launched in Bushey, Landsdowne Court has already seen good off-plan sales. By local builder W.E.

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College charm in NW7

By Charlie Jacoby, January 17, 2014

Berkeley Homes is building in the grounds of St Joseph's Gate, a grade II listed former college in Mill Hill, used by the BBC as a location for its series Call the Midwife. The gated scheme includes two-, three- and four-bedroom refurbished and newly-built apartments, in seven acres of mature parkland, with views over London.

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House-warming for Stanmore agent

By Charlie Jacoby, March 15, 2012

Harrow East MP Bob Blackman has opened Stanmore estate agent Preston Bennett's newly refurbished offices. More than 200 guests came to the relaunch party. Mr Blackman told guests that Preston Bennett has "had a long association with the property market - for over 50 years - and a reputation that is the envy of many.

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Auctions go for gold

By Charlie Jacoby, January 26, 2012

The high point of 2012 is more to do with sport than real estate, for most property auctioneers. In a market where buyer confidence is king, everyone is hoping for a boost in the summer, as the London Games provides a mini boom.

Strettons celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2011.

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Best billionaire homes in the world?

By Charlie Jacoby, December 22, 2011

Bankers and politicians may be running a bit short, but that is not denting the spending power of the world's billionaires. Global wealth has increased in the past five years, with the number of billionaires increasing by 20 per cent in the past year alone.

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Auctions in clover

By Charlie Jacoby, December 8, 2011

Allsop is claiming Ireland's largest property auction, held in Dublin at the beginning of December. Some 108 properties were offered to a packed room of domestic and international buyers. At the halfway point, around 1,600 bidders had attended and 31 properties received remote overseas bids. At time of writing, 99 lots had sold, a success rate of 91 per cent.

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Bright career move

By Charlie Jacoby, November 24, 2011

Four apartments have already sold in the first week at Aldenham Square, directly opposite Bushey station.

The 47 one- and two-bedroom apartments are proving popular with commuters, offering a journey time into Euston of only 19 minutes.

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Call the dream team

By Charlie Jacoby, November 24, 2011

self-build and renovation projects and is launching the "Your Fusion" marque.

Fusion's Warren Rosenberg says: "More frequently than ever, money-no-object house-hunters are not just looking for a dream home. They are looking for their dream home, one with their thumbprint indelibly stamped into the bricks and mortar of the property and the very soul of the place.

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