Property features

Weather sunny, wish you were here?

By Charlie Jacoby, July 10, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like summer and, while those homeowners with outside swimming pools are perhaps ruing the day they installed them, the rest of us, tired of asking for a free swim, are perhaps wondering how much a house with a pool will cost. The answer is: a lot.

There are only two homes remaining of Banner Homes' seven properties at Bentley Priory - and both have indoor pools.

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Auctions buoyant but buyers choosy

By Charlie Jacoby, June 12, 2014

A snooker hall and a houseboat were among the more striking lots at this month's fast-moving auctions. And it is not only the properties that are moving. David Margolis has joined auctioneer Acuitus.

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Where in the world should I invest?

By Charlie Jacoby, March 31, 2014

A combination of peaceful neighbourhoods and government advantages such as tax-haven status puts Barbados on the holiday property investment map.

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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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