Property features

Jane Austen classic

By Charlie Jacoby, November 30, 2010

One of the UK's grandest country estates has come to the market as a refurbished and rebuilt new-homes development. Grade I listed Balls Park is on the outskirts of Hertford. Developer City & Country Group is transforming the mansion (built around 1648) and the grade II listed coach house and stables (1902) into 40 apartments.

Prospective purchasers can now see the show apartment in the Stables. It comprises 12 one- and two-bedroom homes, which will be ready for occupation by Christmas.

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Lots of demand over £1 million

By Charlie Jacoby, November 30, 2010

Demand for £1 million-plus lots dominated Acuitus's latest commercial property auction, which raised £17.332 million from the sale of just over half of the 29 lots offered, with 10 of these selling for more than £1 million. By value, just under 75 per cent of the investments offered sold, at an average of £1.15 million - substantially above the corresponding average sale prices in other autumn sales to date.

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At home in Radlett and Elstree

By Charlie Jacoby, November 19, 2010

It's one of London's superstar suburbs, with a low-key loveliness that attracts the rich and famous. Surrounded by green belt, Radlett emerged as a top-rank suburb in the late 19th century, following the building of the Midland Railway from Bedford to London. Today its population of 8,000 (around a quarter of them Jewish) can boast some of the highest property prices along the M25.

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Lots of potential across the UK

By Charlie Jacoby, October 22, 2010

Lambert Smith Hampton holds its next auction on  December 1 in South Yorkshire, with 130 lots, including investment properties. Among highlights are the Carlton Industrial Estate in Barnsley (12 units let, producing £86,600 pa; two vacant, would let for a full ERV of £97,000 pa). In Caerphilly, LSH is offering a freehold car park investment, let to GE AES, producing £63,400 pa. It comes with 3.5 per cent annual uplift.

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London luxe

By Charlie Jacoby, October 22, 2010

Four new penthouses are for sale at Ridgemont, a development by Countryside Annington in Mill Hill, north-west London. These offer more than 1,000 sq ft of space overlooking landscaped grounds. Each apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, full-height glazing and a private terrace. Other features include oak engineered flooring, granite worktops and ceramic floor tiling.

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Agent offers key to independence

By Charlie Jacoby, October 14, 2010

Advised by local property specialist Preston Bennett, Jewish Blind & Disabled has won planning consent for its new building after a six-year search for a site. Pictured far right (from left) are Preston Bennett chairman Ronnie Preston, JBD chief executive Hazel Kaye and Village Homes directors Warren Rosenberg and Mervyn Graver, in front of what will be the entrance to the Bushey complex.

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No need to make a scene

By Charlie Jacoby, October 7, 2010

It's like a tragedy that's been running in the West End for the past two years. Day after day our heroine, the property market, dies in dramatic fashion for an open-mouthed audience. Her performance is front-page news. Yet the following day she turns up for work at the theatre to go through it all over again.

Latest rumours of the death of the property market are as exaggerated as ever, says Trevor Abrahmsohn of north London agent Glentree. "Sales of new-build properties have been very active over the year and have only started to calm down during the summer holiday season.

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Mill Hill welcomes Martyn Gerrard

By Charlie Jacoby, September 2, 2010

Estate agent Martyn Gerrard has opened an office in Mill Hill. This is its eighth area office. The firm already covers Kentish Town, Finchley, Whetstone and Crouch End.

It has been quick to pick up instructions in Mill Hill. At the lower-priced end of the market, it is offering a two-bedroom ground-floor garden flat at Wardell Close, NW7, within walking distance of Mill Hill Broadway shops and local amenities, for £219,950.

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Consultancy brings an expert team to the rostrum

By Charlie Jacoby, September 2, 2010

National commercial property consultancy, Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) is making an entrance into the auctions market. The auctions team joins from Colliers International and consists of Simon Riggall, Richard Argles and Graham Johnston, Its client base draws largely from the public sector, private and institutional investors and the insolvency sector.

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A wealth of space

By Charlie Jacoby, August 26, 2010

Affluent buyers looking for extra space are now able to purchase a prime apartment six times the average UK house size on London's Billionaires' Row, with the launch of 14 palatial properties at 49 The Bishops Avenue.

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