Property features

Garden homes yield early fruit

By Charlie Jacoby, August 6, 2009

Fancy a spacious two-bedroom garden apartment in Mill Hill? Ridgemont, a development by Countryside Properties and Annington Homes, is now offering garden apartments and a pair of these, on the ground floor, has just been released. They are due for occupation in March 2010 and have been brought to the market early, as so many apartments have already been sold at Ridgemont since the start of the year.

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Valuable assets to business

By Charlie Jacoby, July 30, 2009

Some of the best-known braves from the last property boom have joined big chief Jonathan Vandermolen in his new venture, Your Development Partner, a specialist asset recovery and management business.

Mr Vandermolen himself set up and ran upmarket estate agent Blenheim Bishop.

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A guesthouse with history

By Charlie Jacoby, July 30, 2009

Anthony Silver met his future wife, Marianne, in 1981, when they were both working in London. He was director of sales in a trading company and she worked for a multi-national pharmaceutical company. They sold their house in Muswell Hill, north London in 1993, through estate agent Winkworth, to pursue a common dream — of running a gîte business in France.

They chose a house in the Tarn, called le Manoir de la Maysou. They felt that the area offered the perfect blend of warmth, countryside, delicious food produce and a local international airport, Toulouse.

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Interior designers save you money

By Billie Josephs, July 23, 2009

Perhaps your home is in urgent need of a new look. Or maybe you are a hard-pressed property developer, looking for someone to add sparkle to a show home. Whatever the case, interior designer New i.d. believes it can cater for your needs. The company, run by brothers Daniel and Jonathan Caplan, is building an enviable reputation as one of the most successful and dynamic interior design firms in the country.

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College homes attract graduates

By Charlie Jacoby, June 25, 2009

Developer Crest Nicholson has unveiled the final phase of its Kilburn scheme, The Academy, a refurbished Edwardian college with two apartment buildings. In the final phase, the West Wing will offer one- and two-bedroom apartments over five floors. Selected apartments will have access to large terraces with views as far as Queen’s Park.

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Worry-free future

By Charlie Jacoby, June 25, 2009

Worried that property prices may fall still further? Housebuilder Fusion Residential isn’t. Indeed, Fusion is so sure that prices will stay up, it is guaranteeing re-sale prices at Chenies Place, in Arkley, Herts.

Called Cenoption, the deal is based on a “put option”, as in the financial futures market. The concept is provided by finance company Centrila.

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Bidders invest energy at auction

By Charlie Jacoby, June 11, 2009

Secondary retail properties producing high-income streams sparked competitive bidding at Andrews & Robertson’s residential and commercial property auction, as enthusiastic buyers chased keenly priced stock in London and the South East.

Prices at London’s New Connaught Room sale on June 4 averaged 20 per cent above guides, raising totals of £17 million, as 70 per cent of 107 lots found buyers, against £7 million and 65 per cent in April.

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Will the summer sun shine on the buyer or the seller?

June 11, 2009

The sun has come out and London estate agent Cluttons predicts that average central London house and flat prices will fall 10 per cent in 2009, then level off in 2010 and start to rise in 2011. It expects average prices to drop a total of 27 per cent from their September 2007 high. In its previous forecast in February, it put this figure at a more gloomy 29 per cent.

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A taste for art deco

By Charlie Jacoby, June 11, 2009

Stanmore agent Anthony Breslauer is looking for a buyer with the “vision and passion” to refurbish a five-bedroom art deco house in Valencia Road, Stanmore, Middx. The property has been in the possession of three generations of the Italian family who bought it in the 1930s. The story begins with Attilio Azzali, who moved to London’s Kings Cross in 1926 to escape a famine in the Apennine region. From small beginnings, Mr Azzali opened the first of his three London restaurants close to Victoria Station in 1929.

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Hampstead's £30m home that thinks it's a leisure centre

By Charlie Jacoby, June 2, 2009

The Mansion on Courtenay Avenue is one of the most glamorous newly built properties for sale in London. Priced at almost £30 million, developer Anil Varma of Harrison Varma reports good interest in it from UK including local, Russian and middle eastern buyers, though “none have made offers that are yet acceptable,” he says.

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