Rat and Mouse
Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames
Fri
31
Jan

Yes, according to its residents; no, according to the post office, who allocate it a TW3 postcode. And it’s causing some concern. What kind of concern? Possibly the kind that would like to be able to say “Richmond” instead of “Hounslow” after a question about where they live. 

They say that this affects everything from house prices to insurance premiums and have petitioned the Royal Mail to change it.

Geographically, they appear to have a point. But the Royal Mail points out that postcodes aren’t necessarily allocated on a geographical basis, but to aid smooth sorting and delivery. 

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Tue
12
Mar

It was where George III went to look at the stars… a Grade I-listed observatory in The Old Deer Park, Richmond, and if Hong Kong-based Kew Holdings (the current leaseholders) get planning permission it could become a seven-bedroom home, with cinema, gym and garaging for 16 cars. The architects are Donald Insall Associates. More here.

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Thu
03
May

There are rumours that Jennifer Aniston, set to shoot a film in London, is looking at properties in Richmond, where Brad and Angelica only recently bought. Don't be surprised, warn the tabloids, if you witness a few awkward, soapy moments in the local cafe. There are bunch of links covering this "story" this morning, but we prefer this one for the way it's chosen photographs of Angelina looking smug and Jennifer looking insane. 

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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
30
Aug

We're not kidding.

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Yeah, it looks more reasonable when you see it split on a weekly basis.

It's Gordon House, in Richmond... a giant riverside stately home featuring a 47ft-long ballroom, landscaped gardens and more wings than a flock of seagulls. It used to belong to Brunel University. Now, it could turn out to be the most expensive rental property in the 'burbs. Knight Frank particulars 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
23
May

From the outside... a pleasant three-bedroom home in Kew with period features and off-road parking.

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On the inside... an eccentric bicycle museum, packed with history on two wheels.

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The property's with Foxtons, priced at a catchy £949,949, and the vendors looking for a buyer who'll take the collection, too. Particulars here.

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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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Mon
14
Dec

According to this, James Taylor - a former associate of Grant Bovey, who managed to escape before the ship sank - is attempting to sell big old Gordon House in Richmond-upon-Thames for a whopping £25m. It's a big house, in a posh area, with a major architectural heritage... but:

Shortly before it was sold to Taylor [at the top of the market], Octagon, the developer which then owned the property, valued it at about £13m.

What's going on?

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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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