Property features

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.


Doors to success

By Billie Josephs, April 22, 2009

The entrance to your house is as important to creating a positive image as is the state of your carpet or your kitchen. In centuries past, front doors were made from solid timber and were largely a means of keeping unwelcome guests at a distance.

In the late Georgian period, these timbers were painted a forbidding black or dark green. Today, however, while security remains a priority, the best front doors also set the tone for the entire house and those who live in it.


Gavel changes hands

By Charlie Jacoby, April 17, 2009

Strettons’ head of auctions Graham Slyper is to retire after 34 years at the firm. Mr Slyper came to the Walthamstow-based company in the 1970s as a qualified surveyor dealing with landlord, tenant and professional work Strettons had by then grown to be a medium-sized independent firm of chartered surveyors and auctioneers following its establishment in 1931 by Jack and Sidney Tobin.

Sidney Tobin was the auctioneer and, at a sale at the end of the 1970s, he asked Mr Slyper to step in and run the day.


Stanmore firm joins the elite

By Charlie Jacoby, March 20, 2009

Stanmore estate agent Breslauer has become a member of the Guild of Professional Estate Agents. The Guild is a nationwide network of more than 500 estate agents, all of which are dedicated to maintaining exceptionally high standards of professionalism and customer service.

Membership of the Guild is granted to only one estate agent in each given area.

Breslauer has passed the Guild’s membership criteria and has now been selected as its sole representative in Stanmore, Middx for the coming year.


Fine place for families

By Charlie Jacoby, March 20, 2009

A new development in Pinner, Middx has been launched.

Cassander Place, in Holly Grove, is a scheme by Cosway Homes. New homes specialist Preston Bennett is holding viewings. Set in a private estate, Cassander Place consists of five and six-bedroom detached houses in three styles. The six-bedroom Alexander style has been selected by Preston Bennett as the show home, but the five-bedroom Olympias and Corinth are also accessible. All offer accommodation across three floors.