Rat and Mouse
Borough of Lewisham
Mon
18
Apr

Two Forest Hill estate agents have been jailed for running cannabis farms in properties they were claiming to let. Police found cannabis plants capable of producing £2m of drugs a way in seven properties “let” by Home to Home estate agents. More here.

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Thu
05
Nov

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Actually, £950,000; but an astonishing auction result for what was described in the listing as “a dilapidated pre-fabricated bungalow” with a guide price of £590,000. It was all about the location, apparently.

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Mon
27
Oct

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It’s a somewhat grand six-bedroom house in Eltham, backing onto the Royal Blackheath golf course, comes with planning permission for extensive further development and it’s where Kate Bush lived between 1985 and 2003. Her brother apparently still lives next door. The house is officially called Wuthering Heights, and there’s a guide price of £2.75m. Particulars here.

If these walls could talk… English defender edition [October 17, 2014]

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Tue
08
Jul

It’s a three-bedroom property in Peckham that’s made the Americans wonder whether the capital has lost its collective sanity, and more specifically its “$1.1m” (£650,000) price tag, given the state in which it’s been left by squatters.

This, from the particulars:

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Wed
24
Apr

London has the 10 most violent local authorities in Britain despite sharp falls in crime over the past decade, a new international study claimed today.

Yeah, in true Orwellian style it's called The UK Peace Index, and it's worth pointing out at this juncture that it's not the actual local authorities that are violent - it's not about marauding councillors - but the boroughs. So, where are the most violent neighbourhoods in the Peace Index?

Lewisham is the most violent place to live in the country, and gets a special mention for its "staggering" levels of public disorder. Lambeth, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets are the next five most punchy.

The data was suppled by the Home Office and covers a decade. The report comes courtesy of the Institute for Economics and Peace (its other publications include the Global Terrorism Index, no kidding).

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Wed
11
Apr

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It's no surprise that the Rat and Mouse likes the Span aesthetic… Eric Lyons' and Geoffrey Townsend's vision of a post-war architecture for the masses that was modern without being impersonal, stylish without being impractical, affordable on an estate scale without looking like this.

Here we have a three-bedroom "T15" Span house on Blackheath's Brooklands Park, dating back to 1964 and featuring a Cator Estate location (with good access to schools), floor-to-ceiling windows, views of the park and a £595,000 guide price, which isn't a ludicrous figure for an SE3 property with architectural significant. The interior could use some work. An owner with a love of mid-century modern could make this place special. It's with The Modern House Estate Agents, here.

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Thu
01
Dec

According to this, ex-News of the World editor and Tory strategist Andy Coulson is selling his Dulwich (actually, Wood Vale) five (actually, six)-bedroom home in a downsizing exercise. He's lived there since 2001. On this occasion, we've decided to not give away an address.

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Fri
21
Oct

There's an interesting piece in the Independent today about why it pays dividends to keep a close eye on public transport policy when planning your next London move. It's all about Dalston, Peckham... and there's this interesting snippet:

Some people use analytical research tools such as PTAL (public transport accessibility level), devised by Transport for London, to calculate an address's transport status on a scale of one to six, with A and B subdivisions.

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Fri
19
Nov

 

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It's in Forest Hill, and it's a three bedroom terraced house by architect Norman Starrett, part of the underrated Hyndewood development. It looks like the property might need a little work, but the good news (for fans of mid-century modern) is that many of the original features are still there... including the parquet flooring, the windows, even some of the original kitchen units. It's with The Modern House estate agents, with a guide price of £345,000, particulars here. For some scans of an original article written about the Hyndewood development from around the time it was built, go here.

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Tue
03
Nov

Haart's London Property Index is showing a 22% rise since January, the average price of a London property rocketing from £152,207 to £194, 052. Hotspots? Blackheath Village, Southgate and Willesden Green. More here.

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