Property features

MoD advances on the home front

By Charlie Jacoby, March 18, 2010

Ministry of Defence property is for sale in Stanmore, Middlesex. Annington Homes has started releasing houses on Old Church Lane - the first phase of the former MoD homes site. There are two three-bedroom detached homes for sale, each with 1,375 sq ft of floor space and a large garden, making them ideal for extension, subject to planning. Each property has three double bedrooms, two reception rooms, downstairs cloakroom, garage and driveway. The rest of the three- and four-bedroom homes at the site will be released in phases over the coming months.

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Barnet prices prove a point

By Charlie Jacoby, February 11, 2010

The property market in the borough of Barnet is proof that property prices will not decrease during 2010, according to Chris Crook, managing director of the house-building division at Countryside Properties. He has spoken out against recent reports that house prices will decrease in 2010, arguing that a housing shortage will prevent prices from falling and cites Barnet as an example of a location where the shortage is already acute.

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Village to view

By Charlie Jacoby, February 11, 2010

On a former RAF site in Ickenham, Middlesex, CALA Homes is building a “village-style” development, Ickenham Park. Over the next three years, CALA will construct a range of homes here, including four- and five-bedroom family houses, as well as two-bedroom apartments and mansion-style apartments, in an established landscaped setting, with many mature trees. CALA has appointed Stanmore-based Preston Bennett as agent.

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Barnet prices prove a point

By Charlie Jacoby, February 4, 2010

The property market in the borough of Barnet is proof that property prices will not decrease during 2010, according to Chris Crook, managing director of the house-building division at Countryside Properties. He has spoken out against recent reports that house prices will decrease in 2010, arguing that a housing shortage will prevent prices from falling and cites Barnet as an example of a location where the shortage is already acute.

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Village to view

By Charlie Jacoby, February 4, 2010

On a former RAF site in Ickenham, Middlesex, CALA Homes is building a “village-style” development, Ickenham Park. Over the next three years, CALA will construct a range of homes here, including four- and five-bedroom family houses, as well as two-bedroom apartments and mansion-style apartments, in an established landscaped setting, with many mature trees. CALA has appointed Stanmore-based Preston Bennett as agent.

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Lots going for us

By Charlie Jacoby, January 27, 2010

Property auctioneers had it tough in 2009. While admitting that 2010 may offer an end to recession variously described as “corrugated” or “W-shaped”, they face the year with renewed vigour and cheer. The bumpy ride in 2009 included a continuing slowdown in property transactions, the collapse of the residential housing market, price falls of 40 per cent in the commercial sector and banks unwilling to lend to each other as the LIBOR remained high, putting the cost of borrowing at home beyond many private investors.

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Byebye Brady bunch

By Charlie Jacoby, December 22, 2009

After more than 30 years of use, the Brady Maccabi Youth & Community Centre in Manor Park Crescent, Edgware, Middlesex, is now being sold.

During this time, the building has echoed with the fun and laughter of generations of boys and girls enjoying the extensive benefits of the club. These included a well-equipped sports hall, theatre and auditorium, cafeteria and kitchen, offices and meeting rooms for educational, sport and social events.

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Housing-market hopes for 2010

By Charlie Jacoby, December 22, 2009

London’s estate agents have done the digital equivalent of sucking their pencils and now say they know what will happen to house prices in 2010. A modest increase in properties coming up for sale is having little effect on the housing market, as prices continue to rise, says the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors. For the sixth consecutive month, more chartered surveyors are reporting an increase in new instructions than are reporting a fall. However, demand is still outstripping supply and most surveyors are again reporting rising prices.

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Octagon is a winner

By Charlie Jacoby, December 9, 2009

Two silver awards have been presented to Octagon for its grade II listed converted mansion at Wall Hall, in Aldenham, Hertfordshire. The accolades, from What House?, were for best luxury development and best renovation. Each of the seven converted homes in this castellated manor house is a one-off. They range from a 1,100 sq ft two-bedroom second-floor apartment to a 6,000 sq ft, three-storey baronial-style wing, with two reserved car spaces each and invaluable lock-up storage rooms in the secure underground car park.

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Rents set to rise

By Charlie Jacoby, December 9, 2009

Surveyors expect to see rent rises in the New Year as the number of rental properties coming on to the market fell for the first time since January 2008. That’s the conclusion of the latest lettings survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The recent pick-up in the housing market seems to have led to a drop in the number of rental properties, particularly houses, being made available and, as a result, surveyor optimism has increased for the first time since July 2008. Some 22 per cent more surveyors expect rents to rise rather than fall in the next three months.

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