Rat and Mouse
Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames
Tue
07
Oct

New Malden’s home to 600 defectors, apparently the largest group of North Koreans living in Europe. There’s even a newspaper… the Free NK. The Telegraph traces the area’s popularity to the location of a former ambassador’s residence, plus the previous Samsung HQ (before it moved to Surrey). It’s now a model of north and south Korean integration. More here

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Fri
07
Oct

The pictures come courtesy of a US magazine, but they've been reproduced by the Daily Mail. It's in Richmond (Whornes Place, to be precise) and it's a property with a lot of history. Parts date back to the 15th Century, although it was rebuilt in the 1920s. More recently, it's been popular with other Hollywood A-Listers (including Johnny Depp and Michael Douglas). Brad Pitt is currently filming in London. For a look inside, go here.

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Tue
19
Jul

Wandsworth's three hotspots, according to the Telegraph:

These are the Nightingale Triangle, a trendy pocket of cottages and terraced houses near Balham and Clapham South tube stations; the so-called Toast Rack – a cluster of larger Victorian and Georgian houses located near the restaurant Chez Bruce, where a young Gordon Ramsay honed his skills; or The Tonsleys, an area of smaller houses close to Wandsworth Town train station. The last of these is where BBC One’s hit comedy Outnumbered is filmed.

And prices are - according to the piece - rising at particularly alarming rates, leaving anyone renting in the borough with the idea of swooping on a family home as soon as it hits the market  in a very expensive position.

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Mon
11
Jan

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There's a Press Association piece here about Ocean... this extremely striking houseboat moored at Cadogan Pier, and currently marketed by Foxtons, at £1m (illustration, above). They're saying it's the most expensive houseboat they've ever had on their books, and it comes with a swimming pool, a sunken (literally) utility room, three bedrooms with bathrooms and that kick-ass location. It's not, however, the most expensive houseboat currently on the market. Check out this Putney-moored four-bedroom extravaganza, with a 30ft reception room and a guide price of £1.3m (illustration, below). I've always thought there was a real romance to the houseboat, but that may well be because I've never lived on one. Anyone have any London houseboat experiences, good or bad?

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Wed
25
Nov

Our friend Melanie - house historian for Chesterton Humberts - makes a couple of stops in Putney, focussing on a house on the Upper Richmond Road I've passed and wondered about on many occasions, and a nice pale brick place at the Roehampton end, with an impressive roster of former owners. Read it here.

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Wed
14
Jan

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Sinitta's selling her Putney six-bedroom house. The Colinette Road property has six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a garage, a big garden and the very nice glass-walled dining room above. It's on the market for £3.95m. Particulars here.

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Thu
28
Jun

When Time Out published its London guide book, it missed out The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. So, it attempts to put things right with a 10-point guide to the borough. Oh yeah, and here's the apology:

Time Out did a Bobbitt and cut the flaccid penis that is the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames off the map of the capital.

Well, don't know about you, but we at the Rat and Mouse have had plenty of experience distinguishing the difference between an apology and being called a cock. This - we're confident - falls into the latter category. So, go on, Kingston: what are you going to do about it?

[via This Is Local London]

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Thu
26
Apr

Way back when the Rat and Mouse was just a little start-up, long before we even had premises and a receptionist, let alone valet parking, we drew readers' attention to the irony that Bob the Builder creator Keith Chapman was having something of a hard time getting his builders to finish work on his four-story house in Putney. Chapman had invited the Telegraph over to survey the damage. Well... today, they're back, and the house is on the market for £2.25m.

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Mon
05
Feb

Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan are apparently shopping for £8 million homes in the Richmond Hill area. So what of the £18 million Chelsea home the pair were reported to have purchased in May last year?

Hugh Grant - "property mad" [April 25, 2006]

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Mon
29
Jan

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Well, not really. Writing in the Telegraph, Hannah Nemeth takes the forthcoming Shard as inspiration for a bit of domestic glass wall glamour. She visits a fund manager in Roedean Crescent, Roehampton (what? you like him already?) who bought a plot, knocked down the house and built two: one for him, one for a rich neighbour. Both designs are radically glass-heavy, and - in my opinion, anyway - they seem to work very well (although they look a little close together). Savills are handling the spare one (pictured), and it's priced at £2.9 million, which says to me... fund well-managed.

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The Rat and Mouse - now with added search [January 29, 2007]

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