Property features

Key to a buoyant market

By Charlie Jacoby, April 28, 2010

For those who dread joining a fitness club or gym, a home with a swimming pool can prove an attractive choice. Swimming remains the country's most popular participation sport, with more than 3 million people regularly plunging into the pool, according to the Amateur Swimming Association. And with global temperatures continuing to rise, a home with a pool could also be a wise investment.

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Party and purchase

By Charlie Jacoby, April 28, 2010

Fusion Residential has launched the latest Amara Lodge apartments in Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire. At the launch party, guests viewed the penthouse and garden apartment fully furnished for the first time. Warren Rosenberg, Fusion's joint managing director, says: "The feedback was even better than we expected. People were so impressed with what they saw we even agreed a sale in the middle of the party for the full asking price."

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Key players on the auctions scene

By Charlie Jacoby, April 1, 2010

Simon Parker, of Savills' commercial auctions department, reports a remarkable (by last year's standards) 88 per cent on-the-day success rate in its £7.8 million sale."We sold a lot for housing associations and a number sold well in excess of guide prices - some up to 50 per cent in excess," he says.

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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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