Rat and Mouse
Borough of Brent
Thu
12
Nov

It’s a two-bedroom Willesden Green property, the location for a good number of Dennis Nilsen’s actual murders, and - according to the Telegraph - it’s currently under offer (for roughly £490,000). The Telegraph claims the property’s been on the market for around a year and is marketed at a substantial discount. Interestingly, this isn’t the first London property to hit the market with a bit of Nilsen history in recent years. Back in the summer of 2013 there was this, the Muswell Hill Murderer’s smaller but more upmarket flat, a stone’s throw from Highgate.

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Fri
22
Aug

Confirmation of plans to move into a former post office have angered residents to the extent they’re demanding new planning rules to keep them out. The office - which Foxtons claims would be a cafe-style agency and so, I don’t know, not so bad? - would be the 30th agency to open in the neighbourhood. Leading the complaints… a local vicar who’s church is currently housing the post office services priced off the high street. More here.

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Thu
05
Dec

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Annie Lenox is a vendor, according to this, of a £12,000 Portobello Road Christmas cake/5-bedroom home over five floors. 

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Thu
26
Sep

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A look inside the imposing, Goldfinger-designed 31-story block, courtesy of London Loves Council Housing. Wish there'd been even more pictures.

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Thu
18
Apr

Consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle have been looking at the effect on house prices of London's massive Crossrail project, and are predicting price rises in some neighbourhoods of as much as 44% by 2018. If you live in Ealing, Woolwich or Canary Wharf, you might want to look at this

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Tue
29
Jan

Off-road parking (a garage, no less, in Maida Vale), a decent-sized garden and heart-throb vendor Jude Law are selling points for this £4.35m 4/5 bedroom Maida Vale property. Details are on a popular US-based celeb-property blog here - but they seem to have come and gone from both the portals and the agent's website very quickly.

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Fri
02
Mar

It's a £20m property belonging, although this is disputed, to disgraced banker George Urumov, who's accused of fraud by the Otkritie brokerage. The bank's lawyers have claimed the house was bought using "ill-gotten gains", and the judge has said the bank could seize the property, after the holding company on the deeds failed to respond to correspondence. Urumov disputes owning the place. It all now depends on the larger fraud case. More here.

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Tue
31
Jan

An interesting piece in the Daily Mail (is this what it's come to?) about designer Tom Dixon's work to turn a 5,000 gallon water tower into a 5,000 square foot living space. It's a fascinating project, perhaps blighted a tiny bit, though, by its position. The photo below, from Google's StreetView, shows just how one side "benefits", as they say, from a view of the canal; but the other looks over a Sainsbury car park. Will it matter?

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Another noteworthy detail from the Daily Mail piece is that Tom Dixon's a self-taught designer. Very, very impressive. More here.

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Thu
18
Aug

According to Estate Agent Today it's not just Greene & Co agents who've been using addresses of properties on their books to apply fraudulently for residents' parking permits, it's possibly a scam that's widespread throughout London. In case you missed it, six out of seven agents at Greene & Co's Maida Vale branch have had court time and have been fined for the practise. It's been a bit of a blow for G&C who work particularly hard at their public image. I wonder whether this will qualify for a Mistake of the Month award? I'm also surprised it's so easy. I've always had to come up with all kinds of proof of identity, address, car ownership before being granted a permit.

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Tue
16
Aug

Taking advantage of housing benefit rules introduced by the last Labour Government, jobless Saeed Khaliif, 49, his wife Sayida and their children have been able to set up home in fashionable West Hampstead, an area beyond the reach of many well heeled house-hunters in the capital.

Looks like the Telegraph beat the Mail to this one. The family - Somalian asylum seekers - were previously living in a semi in Coventry, before moving to the £2m six-bedroom detached house in Hampstead. Camden Council won't comment.

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