Property features

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.


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.


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.


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.


An Art Deco classic and a fine refuge

By Charlie Jacoby, June 2, 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. The property has been in the possession of three generations of the Italian refugee family who bought it in the 1930s.


Is this the new Bishops Avenue?

By Charlie Jacoby, May 27, 2009

Stars vie with tycoons to live on Broad Walk in Winchmore Hill – but you need the money. Even today, property prices here do not drop below seven figures and can go into eight.

Dragons Den judge James Caan says he rates the road second only to The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead as the most desirable in North London.

He likes it for being wide and tree-lined so passing traffic is some distance from the front doors, making it safer for young children. He lived there for ten years with wife Ayesha and two daughters.


Agent builds on firm foundations

By Charlie Jacoby, May 26, 2009

At the end of 2008, agents across London were shaking their heads about prospects for the market. La vie was not, for them, en rose. Prices were going down, developers were holding up projects and work was about to get horribly thin. But then the economy did not vanish into a system of medieval barter and nor was sterling replaced by gold coin.


Restored: a home fit for a Kennedy

By Charlie Jacoby, May 14, 2009

Once the home of two American dynasties — the family of banker JP Morgan and the Kennedys — Wall Hall has undergone an intensive four-year renovation and is now converted into seven remarkable properties (four already sold). This gothic-revival country house in Aldenham, Herts, is an 18th century castellated grade II mansion, set in 55 acres of listed parkland.

“We have had considerable interest, predominantly from people who are local or have close neighbourhood links,” says Stephen Barnet of Real Estates. “These are all one-off properties, never to be repeated.


Interiors designed to save you money

April 23, 2009

Often people assume that using an interior designer is a costly luxury - but this is not the case with M&Y Interiors of Bushey Heath, Herts. In fact, it can save you money.


Star bargains

April 22, 2009

Bellway’s Orion development has opened in Borehamwood, Herts - and you can live there for as little as £76 per week.

Orion has just over 100 contemporary one-bedroom apartments priced from £129,995 and two-bedroom apartments from £169,995.

A roof garden is planned, for use by all residents and many apartments have individual balconies. All apartments have allocated parking.