That’s its nickname, based on its white, stucco frontage and proximity to the American embassy. It’s for sale with a guide price of £2.5m and - for the next year, at least - it wouldn’t be too much to claim it’s the most secure private property in the country. When the embassy extended its security zone in the wake of 9/11, the property fell within its boundaries. So - now - the buyer will come across patrolling armed guards and anti-tank blocks and need special security clearance to come and go. The embassy’s due a move, however, next year and the existing complex will become a luxury hotel. Put up with a little strangeness now and reap the benefits later, say agents Wetherell. More here. Particulars here.
It’s 73, Chester Square, and if security’s important to you, you might want to arrange a viewing, because there’s a steel bomb-proof door separating the six-storey, six-bedroom Belgravia townhouse from the street. This was Margaret Thatcher’s home, from the end of her tenure as Prime Minister in 1991 to her death in 2013. But it’s had a very modern refurbishment since (by developer Leconfield), and now features a gym, media room and bar, and has been expanded to include an entire mews at the back. Guide price? £30m. Particulars here.
it’s not all about the 29-room, each with a story to tell, Playboy Mansion. Cosmopolitan-founder Helen Gurley Brown’s Central Park West penthouse is for sale, for the first time in 40 years and almost four years after the publisher’s death. $20m and listed with Sothebys. it’s hard to imagine a better Manhattan location.
Seven bedrooms, Georgian period features and a Hampstead Village location… and previous owners that include former Prime Minister Ramsey MacDonald and American screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart. According to the particulars, visitors have included Charlie Chaplin, Katherine Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman. Guide price? £7.95m.
It’s in Barton Le Clay in Bedfordshire, in four acres, with outbuildings including a rented barn annex bringing in £10k a year, and it’s the country house that inspired Blur’s Country House. The story is that Flood label owner David Balfe moved to the property after selling his label to EMI in 1994, prompting Damon Albarn to write the hit. Particulars here.
It’s Flat 24, in the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, Wandsworth Common. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, off-street parking, games room and glorious vaulted ceilings have previously been enjoyed by Rudolph Hess (before the place was separated into flats) and a member of Duran Duran. More here (and note the picture caption, helpfully distinguishing Hess from Simon Le Bon).
Luxury apartments tied to and benefitting from the 24 hour services of hotels aren’t new, but here’s something interesting. These £12m+ Connaught Place apartments come with room service via Harrods, including food from the restaurants and use of the Harrods Private Air Service chopper or jet. Views are over Hyde Park, and some apartments come with cinema, gym, steam room. More here and here.
£6.95m is the guide price for the Leinster Terrace mansion where JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan. Importantly, a host of original features, including panelling and fireplaces, provide a direct link to the years in which Barrie lived in the property. Particulars here.
Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a roof terrace, skylight and solid oak flooring in SW10 mark out this extremely pleasant top floor flat. Immaculate? It would be. Former owners include the immaculate Tom Ford. Guide price: £1.15m. Particulars, here.
This south Kensington penthouse has three bedrooms, panoramic views from the roof terrace, hot tub, gym and a history of ownership that includes actor Hugh Grant (2002/3… or the Love, Actually period, if you like that kind of thing). Price on application. Particulars here.
The Chestnuts, Branch Hill… an imposing six-bedroom property and the home of Paul Robeson during his original 1929/1930 Show Boat London run. There’s a blue plaque commemorating the former singer/actor/civil rights activist’s time there. The property has views of Hampstead Heath. Guide price: £6.25m. Particulars here.
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 Grade I-listed, nine-bedroom mansion in SW1 suggesting an obsessive eye for detail and featuring work by Lee F Mindel and Anthony Close-Smith is currently on the market with an undisclosed guide price. Vendors? Sting and Trudie Styler. Particulars here.
This one caught met eye. A four-bedroom new-build by architect Laura Petruso and realised by Alpex Architecture & Engineering, accessed by a private, gated courtyard near Trinity Road, SW17. Guide price, £1.695m. Particulars, here.
A £12.5m Battersea Mansion, a couple of enthusiastic fellas wearing Google Glass, and a template for what could be the online viewing of the future. There’s an immediacy about this that’s different to the highly-produced video particulars that were the last “big thing”, and a sense you’re poking into all the nooks and corners as you would on a real viewing. My impression? This less rehearsed, more haphazard approach does a better job of selling a property. (In fact, I’ve made an offer. Only joking.)
The property is an 11-bedroom detached house in Church Road, Upper Norwood. It’s adventurous Gothic design is mirrored, 20th Century-style, in the loft, where this Space Shuttle-replica was apparently built “for the kids”. Guide price: £3.25m. Particulars here.
More than one and a half thousand square feet in Mayfair, two-bedrooms, reception room, kitchen/diner on the fourth floor of Claridge House, Davies Street. Plus a bit of history. In the 1950s, the property belonged to Sir Bernard and Lady Norah Docker, a well-known socialite whose party invitations extended to the TV and film stars of the era. An uninvited guest was “Billy B”, a “gentleman burglar” who helped himself to £52,000 of jewellery. The story was the inspiration for the Pink Panther movie. The property’s with Wetherell. Guide price £4.4m. Particulars here.
We’ve never kept our fondness for 1960s architecture a secret, so don’t need to explain this Friday afternoon post. Mmmmm….
It’s designed by Colin Shewring, recently extended, includes floor-to-ceiling glass with views over the garden, loads of natural light, a garage and summerhouse. Imagine it with suitably period furniture, too. It’s with The Modern House estate agents. Guide price: £685,000.
Repo-bargain hunters look away now… £29.5m, 48 The Bishops Avenue and - yes - on behalf of the receivers. But here’s the punchline. Current plans are for it to be knocked down, and replaced by a new property, plans submitted and approved. The new property would replace the 8,000 square foot home with a 46,000 sqaure foot mansion, with 21 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and 12 reception rooms.
The property was bought be a former Pakistani cabinet minister, and was remortgaged for £50m at the peak of the market. Full particulars, photos and plans here.
View this property on Bentley Way in Stanmore by April 30, offer the full asking price of £1.875, exchange within six weeks and complete within a further month and the owners will throw in a very nice black Bentley Continental GTC Mulliner edition convertible with less than 20,000 miles on the clock. What's the car worth? The Rat consulted Parker's, and we'd say something like £100,000. Full particulars here.
The Telegraph's selling the piece by drawing comparison's with our own much-loved Simon Cowell, but the house is fascinating enough. Eyot House belonged to Richard D'Oyly Carte, a Victorian impresario who converted a muddy bit of land in the Thames into the foundations for a pretty, chalet-style property. It was bought and restored by the Phokous 25 years ago, and is now for sale… guide price: £4m. Full story here.
and - the most interestingly situated - this tiny trio of islands, connected to the mainland by a bridge and featuring an 18-bedroom three-storey property, on the border between New York state and Canada (guide price: £1.5m).
£250m, according to this. It's a Carlton House Terrace property, overlooking St James's Park, currently owned by a Middle Eastern owner, royalty themselves, and - interestingly - restored to how it would look in its heyday (rather than kitted out with cinemas, pools and gyms). And a good thing too, since...
The brochure only shows black and white interior pictures taken in the 1890s because “for security reasons the current owner does not want many of the features photographed”.
Now they're hoping that £6.5m might just compensate for the stress.
The property's on the market with Knight Frank, just six months after the show was aired. There's certainly nothing else quite like it, and the glass-heavy design certainly makes for 360 degree views. But, looking at the photos in the particulars, you've got to wonder about the ratio of eyes looking out to eyes looking in.
AA Milne's childhood home, on Chelsea's Mallord Street, is on the market with an guide price of £6.95m. According to the current owners, details of the home are echoed in the original illustrations to the books. Particulars here.
An interesting piece in the Telegraph, about a perennial (first-world) problem for London homeowners… how to get space, light, contemporary living in a Victorian house. There are some radical solutions, here, some extraordinary staircases, glass ceilings, and some very lovely properties for sale. The question is… will there come a time when originality is the fashion, and buyers will pay a premium for boxy, unmolested period-pieces?
It's a three-bedroom semi in Camden Square… with CCTV, security gate, a decent garden for such a central location (although it's a pity so much of the grass has been concreted over) and the sad and somewhat macabre distinction of being the location Amy Winehouse was found dead last year. It's with HouseNetwork.co.uk, guide price £2,699,950, particulars here.
This is fun… Graham Norwood's pick of ten properties stuck on the market and getting stale. Wonder what the vendors make of this? Presumably it's a question of "there's no such thing as bad publicity". Read it here.
Homes & Property looks at new developments in Hackney, Battersea, Richmond, Crystal Palace, Fitzrovia and Acton which put technology and design first, with smart designs and smart technology… including central locking, lighting and heating controls that can all be operated by iPad/smartphone. It's an interesting read and somewhat cheering… eco-conscious, future-proof design using quality materials, many with six-figure guide prices. More here.
The former Crown & Dolphin was built in 1850… a proper corner pub with all the architectural details you'd expect, plus a historic location on the corner of Cable Street and Cannon Street Road. Love the open plan kitchen/reception room with reclaimed Victorian shop counter. The overall effect, bizarre (click on the particulars and check out the bathroom), but beautiful, and the vision of its architect owner. Guide price: £434,999. Particulars here.
Three bedrooms, spectacular views, a Chelsea location, a historic vessel and cosy, wood-lined interiors… what's not to like? Okay, the name. "Bolgen" isn't the most romantic, but it's true to its heritage. The vessel is said to date back to 1898 and a Gothenburg boat yard, and boasts a history running both people and cargo up and down the Danish coast. Guide price: £595,000. Particulars here.
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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Fantastic stuff. Imagine the late night discussions... which is the best Proust translation, the classic Moncrieff or the more faithful Lydia Davis? Vicious Tractatarian debate... who has the best handle on early Wittgenstein... Cheryl Cole or Aston Merrygold?
There's a feature, here, about the former lunatic asylum's celebrity status. If you think you could keep up with the free-thinkers, there are a range of properties still available, from £400,000, here.
Zoe's father, he was an American actor/director and the man feted as largely responsible for the re-building of the Globe Theatre, founding a trust in 1970, fighting for planning permission and helping to fund the project out of his own pocket. He lived nearby in the former Surrey Dispensary on Trinity Street. The original building had a charitable purpose (distributing medicines to the poor) and still features the large outdoor vaults. It's with Hampton's, guide price £2.95m, particulars here.
Its price has earned it coverage from Bloomberg and Business Week. It's a 16,000 square foot, at the southern end of Kensington Palace Gardens, and it sounds - from something Aylesford International (handling the sale) say - it's either not quite reached the market yet or it's never going to appear formally, but buying agents "know". The exact guide price also remains undisclosed, other than it will be more than £100m.
Not much of a commute for somebody with £4.5m to spend on this remarkable Sir Christopher Wren-designed tower in the heart of the City. It's over ten - yes, ten - floors, with a lift and a spiral staircase to get you up and down. At the very top... a balcony with 360 degree views, including St Paul's. Completely unique, and the Rat and Mouse's favourite London property this year. Particulars here.
An interesting piece here on the Primelocation blog. Jennifer Warner attended the launch reception for Central Square - 170 apartments in a good location in Clerkenwell with underground parking - and reports...
It's apparently had more than 40 viewings in a fortnight, and - we've got to admit - once we get over the £700,000 price tag and come to terms with the fact that its Cheval Place location and parking place make this guide price kind of inevitable... it's pretty cute. On the ground floor: a single garage, kitchen, toilet; above: living room/bedroom. It'll need work. There's no proper bathroom, although most are apparently attracted by the parking, and see the room above as a possible office. Particulars, here.
It's in Hampstead (Inverforth House), it's already been the subject of a bit of a fuss over a roof terrace hot tub and on the market as a £6,000 a week let. Now, it's for sale, with a guide price of £3.95m. Four bedrooms, double garage, lots of terraces, some extravagant fittings and fixtures and the same bedspread it had two years ago. Go here for the particulars.
And they wonder why the Brits are obsessed with property investment. It's Gilston Lodge, last on the market in 1958 when it sold for £5,000. Now, this detached six-bedroom house with garage right in the heart of Chelsea is one of the area's hot property's, creating more than a little excitement and expected to fetch in excess of £8.5m. Whoever buys it will need even deeper pockets, though, as it will need a few more million spent on refurbishment. The house has received 50 viewings in three weeks, and will go to sealed bids. Particulars here.
It's a four-storey house in Sidney Grove, Islington, with four bedrooms and a decent roof terrace, and the vendor's none other than fun-loving model and actress A.T. Titmuss chose Foxtons, and the property's listed here, with a guide price of £850,000. Judging by the photos, Titmuss hasn't been living there for a while, but has been renting to a tidy and minimalist small brown bear pictured below.
It's been home to ex-Hollyoaks actress, toilet paper heiress, ex-Ryan Giggs love-interest and member of the Primrose Hill set Davinia Taylor, but now she's selling it in an act of divorce settlement liquidation. Interestingly, it also doubled as her friend Kate Moss's hideaway during her widely reported split with Pete Doherty. (Full rundown on that, here.) It's a white seven-bedroom semi-detached house in St John's Wood, and it even comes with a garage. In NW8! Guide price? £5.95m. Particulars here.
It's a three-bedroom flat on Kensington Park Road, and it was home to Robbie Williams when he left Take That and moved to London. Williams shared the apartment with Nicole Appleton and later Geri Halliwell. It's a four-floor affair, with a roof terrace, right in the heart of Notting Hill. It's with Domus Nova, guide price £3.45m, particulars here.
It's a four-bedroom West Kensington mews house, originally two properties converted into one, and it was home to F1 motor racing hero James Hunt during the early 1980s... a tempestuous period that saw him lose his first wife to Richard Burton (who one would have thought didn't need any more). But don't be fooled by the blue plaque... it was commissioned by the current owners (Hunt's death, in 1993, wasn't long enough ago to warrant an official one from English Heritage). The properties on the market with Marsh & Parsons, guide price £2.75m. Particulars here.
It's 12ft by 23ft, it's located in Knightsbridge and it's securely managed by Harrods Asset Management. You'll have to pay a £710 annual service charge, and it's available to local residents only. Mind you, only local residents could afford it. More here.
I know... you're going to need help. The average time between a contender leaving the TV show in a blaze of outrage/celebration and the viewer completely and utterly forgetting they ever existed is around 90 minutes in my experience. It's the nature of reality TV. So here's a little hint. Gable Lodge - a modest seven-bedroom place on The Bishop's Avenue - is listed at £11m... about twice as much as it was worth when the contestants were stinking it up in 2006. Particulars here.
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.
A clean and modern, hi-tech eco-build behind a traditional facade on Cathcart Road, leading to a (somewhat odd) landscaped garden by Chelsea Garden Show gold-winner Christopher Bradley-Hole. I know... there are plenty of expensive properties in SW10. But this one's a bit interesting. Particulars here. Guide price: £3.95m.
It's on Gauden Road... a two-bedroom flat in a large house, with big rooms, a very nice bathroom and (the pièce de résistance) a giant garden and heated swimming pool. It's with Marsh & Parsons. Guide price: £375,000. Particulars here.
Once (part of) the home of John Adams, first UK ambassador to London and later the second president of the US, this Grosvenor Square three bedroom house includes Adams' music room (now the first floor reception room). Its central Mayfair location, its high-quality refurbishment, its courtyard garden and its special history make this a unique opportunity. The guide price reflects that... £8.5m, with Wetherells, particulars here.
Holy Moses! Orchids - literally - raised on money. Over at the Primelocation blog, Cheryl Markosky gets to go inside 54 Academy Gardens (£30m) in Kensington, a 6000 square foot duplex with five bedrooms and some grand but modern interior space, poke around and sniff the affluence.
Thanks very much to the Rat and Mouse tipster who sent me this. It's 4 St Luke's Mews, in Notting Hill, the house in which Paula Yates lived, and died, in 2000. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a very trendy location off All Saints Road, and its own share of notoriety. It's with Bective Leslie Marsh; guide price, £1.75m; particulars, here.
It's at the top of the Metro Central Heights buildings in Elephant & Castle, an Ernö Goldfinger production from the early 1960s originally built for offices, and the home of the Ministry of Health. It turned residential in 1997. This penthouse duplex was refurbished about six or seven years ago by Simon Allford.... three bedrooms, a walk-in dressing room, dining and living rooms, a very large terrace (with the kind of views you'd expect from the seventeenth floor). More importantly, if you share our love of 20th Century architecture, it's a little bit of history. It's with The Modern House, at £1.1m, particulars here.
CityAM pulls together a few of the capital's least orthodox converted-to-residential properties... including a former torpedo testing tank, a telephone exchange, a nuclear bunker and some theatre dressing rooms. Read more here.
It's a very nicely kitted-out two-storey, three-bedroom house on a cobbled mews in Primrose Hill, with more wood than Dirk Diggler. And it belongs to a British comedy hero... the Fast Show's Simon Day. It's with John D Wood, with a guide price of £1.45m. Particulars, here.
He's Doug Potts in Emmerdale... and he's also been Clifford on Acorn Antiques, Stan in dinnerladies, and a stalwart of many Royal Shakespeare Company productions. He's a terrific actor, but he's leaving London for Yorkshire, and his very nice (and very very nicely situated) two-bedroom Highgate apartment, with views over the heath, is for sale with Litchfields. The guide price is £799,950. Particulars here.
It starts tomorrow, at 8.30pm, on BBC2... a chance for men to pretend they're interested in cooking. Lovely Sophie Dahl's cookery show takes place in a rather lovely kitchen, too, which also happens to be for sale (along with the rest of the Crouch End house). It's the home of a well-regarded photographer, and the kitchen - spacious and bathed in light - seems like a good choice. The house, in Elm Grove, has five bedrooms, is with KFH and listed at £1.45m. Grab the particulars here.
Thanks to the Rat and Mouse reader for the tip... "apparently" - and we're trusting you on this one - this is Daniel Craig's very lovely 4-bedroom mews house in SW7, complete with gym, cinema and conspicuously placed Tom Ford book. Guide price: £4.25m; particulars here.
If we're right about this house, it's this, on Cheyne Walk, and he bought it a couple of years ago as an investment. (Not much of one, it turns out.) It's currently little more than a shell, with detailed planning permission for a substantial extension, including basement, sub-basement and pool. Click through to the particulars for its interesting history.
If they could talk, we'd listen. It's a four bedroom bungalow in Walton on Thames's Burwood Park, and features a flash indoor swimming pool, a large garden and pink, white and siver-grey decor, presumably so a naked Clifford would appear completely invisible. It's with John D Wood, at £1.79m. Particulars here.
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?
It's a six-bedroom detached house, built in 1912 for an army officer, and - although it's been properly refurbished - still has a few nice features (colonial-style veranda... presumably ordered by the India-based army officer who commissioned it, log-burning fire in hallway). Other features? A rare mulberry tree in the garden. It's with Marsh & Parsons, £3.35m. Particulars here.
This counts as "news", in my book. The Barbican boasts 69 new apartments, after a conversion of City University business school offices in residential use. Okay... you could argue that these aren't "original"... they might provide living inside a visionary 60s block, but they're not the 60s vision of living. Doesn't seem to be putting off the buyers, apparently, some of whom are said to be trading sideways from inside the Barbican. But check out the prices:
That 66 inch-wide house on Goldhawk Road is back on the market, after four years. It was once home to photographer Juergen Teller and a senior Winkworths agent (at different times), and it's certainly unique... five storeys, a small garden, terrace, and some say the skinniest in the country. It's with Faron Sutaria, with a guide price of £549,950 (particulars here).
That's what owners of empty and derelict Mayfair properties are being told... sell now, before a bunch of useless key workers take up residence in your lovely empty, decaying mansion. Read here about "chastened" commercial property developer Simon Halabi and his boarded up four-storey Georgian house at 21 Charles Street... new to the market at £30.5m if anyone's interested. The place is in such a state, the particulars carry an artist's impression.
Not a double-headed celebrity, because that would be horrible. Two celebrities, each with one head. First off, Sean Pertwee is - they say - selling his five-bedroom Islington house (below). It's one of those nice townhouses with iron railings in Angel's Liverpool Road. It's with Foxtons, at £1.575m... particulars, here. Secondly, we're hearing suggestions that Amy Winehouse might be considering a move, after more neighbour-problems. It appears she likes to rehearse and record in the dark hours, when her neighbours like to sleep. So, where to next? Somewhere with a bit of space around it? Oh, and it better be cheap.
I was away on business toward the end of last week and missed "news" - in the Telegraph - that a signature Fulham venue of the 80s, Liz Hurley's flat, is on the market. It was where she lived when Hugh Grant first came a-visiting... no doubt driving a Golf GTI, and wearing brogues. It's a flat you can buy with confidence that few consonants have ever been dropped in the drawing room. The problem? Which is it? We're told it's with Douglas & Gordon, and it's for sale at £315,000. We believe it's this one.
UPDATE - DARN! WE BELIEVED WRONG... BUT A KIND READER HAS PUT US STRAIGHT. THE FLAT'S ON AT £295,000, AND IT'S HERE.
Remember The Curved House... on Channel 4's Grand Designs? The story was: David and Anjana needed to expand their tiny Clapham coach house, so they could fit in a family. They hired architect Peter Romaniuk and built a curved wood and glass house around a protected horse chestnut tree. It was, is, lovely. And it's for sale. Guide price: £1.5m, particulars here.
£4.5m buys an abandoned church tower in St Pauls, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, re-envisioned as something radical and residential, over 12 floors, with some original stone staircase retained, and a balcony around the tower with unique views. Particulars - and some great photographs - here.
From £4.25m to £2.95m in less than a year, this architect-converted Victorian Hampstead Village house (with garage and self-contained flat) is flailing around trying to find its value. In the current market - not as slow as it has been, but slow none-the-less, and deeply paranoid about claims it still has further to drop - unusual properties have extra work to do to prove their position in the market. But there's no denying the appeal of this home... one that - in different times - wouldn't have stayed around for long. Five bedrooms, three reception rooms, a south facing garden, a sunny glass extension and a village location... particulars here.
The apparently recession-proof Luxist blog points out that Frank Lloyd Wright's 1924 Ennis House - a cult LA building - is currently for sale. Until now, it's been owned by a non-profit foundation... it apparently needs a wealthier steward. The Ennis House is a proper classic... an early concrete masterpiece studied by architects and loved by anyone who loves 20th Century design.
A prime, Mayfair freehold at 14 Charles Street (plus 12A Hays Mews) goes under the hammer on July 22 in what's described as "a residential receivership sale". Unusual? Yes, for the quality of the property, which has a guide price of £22m. The property's over six floors, with a lift, an underground (under the garden) swimming pool, linking the house to the mews. The house itself has been completely refurbished, the mews is yet to be worked on... but there's planning consent for a mixed office/residential use building. We can't find a listing yet, but when we do, we'll post it. Hamptons and Sothebys are dealing with the auction.
I don't know about you, but I bloody hate it when that happens. Six years ago, it was Jennifer Aniston demanding a look inside my Hammersmith terrace house... and I was still in my clown outfit. Before that, imagine the look on Teri Hatcher's face when she wanted to talk Putney apartment, and got a glimpse of my Richard Nixon mask.
Anyway, the Telegraph's interviewee learnt the hard way that you can't deal with the stars. Unlike Aniston and Hatcher, Kidman didn't call security, but she did strike a deal and then walk away from it when she got pregnant. Apparently. So, the (seriously special) £12m Belgravia mews house, which might have belonged to Kidman, is for sale. For details, go here, and follow the links to 12 Grosvenor Crescent Mews.
Love the Godfather print above the fireplace... it's what you might call a cheeky little interior design conceit, except not in front of the owner, unless you don't mind walking home with your face in a carrier bag. Because the house belongs to Terry Adams of The Adams Family, Clerkenwell's near-legendary organised crime outfit. He's been in prison since February 2007, so it's about time the house was sold, and the proceeds used to pay off Adams' debts. You can read more here (apparently the property was extensively bugged by the police, so the new owner might want to consider a bit of a sweep before moving in). The particulars - which, perhaps not surprisingly, make no reference to the property's celebrity ownership - are here.
Melville House is an 11-bedroom, listed mansion in Fife, with cricket pitch, tree house, commercial kitchens and cinema, and it was on the market six years ago for £4.5m. It didn't shift, and the owner ran out of money. Particulars, here.
Fresh from a price reduction, this skinny Elgin Avenue glass house replaces a former wine vault, and it's just 3m wide at the front. It was designed by Nicholas Boyarsky and Nicola Murphy and was the subject of a Building Design feature in 2007. Guide price, £1.15m. Particulars here.
Rightmove claims to have found London's cheapest home... a one-bedroom flat on the 16th floor of a Woolwich tower block. The Rat and Mouse has no reason to doubt them, but can't find the particulars on the portal. The most surprising property mentioned? An £85,000 studio in a period house in Kensington & Chelsea (actually, more like Earl's Court). We have found particulars for that, although no mention of the length of its lease.
It's a Grade II-listed Georgian mansion on the Kent coast, and it was Charles Dickens's seaside getaway, the place where he wrote most of David Copperfield. Six bedrooms, gym and wet room... where Dickens, of course, would have pumped that step machine and showered... with a guide price of £2m. Seriously, the property comes with a Dickens museum, plus assorted artifacts, including the writer's original desk. Particulars here.
Heathwood, 8 Wildwood Road, Hampstead is where Elizabeth Taylor was born and lived until the age of 7, in April 1939. Before that, it was home to painter Augustus John. Three-storeys, double-fronted, in two-thirds of an acre and overlooking the Heath, it's very nice. It's with Glentree Estates, guide price £5.5m. Particulars here. More about the Taylor connection, here.
The Telegraph takes a look at SW18's most expensive home, ever. The former Gabonese Embassy, in Parkside, Wimbledon, has been redeveloped by re-developer Bob Camping, and has apparently had interest from Andy Murray (who knew he was so loaded?) and Russell Crowe, despite a record-breaking £18m price tag. Wimbledon, you see, has unique appeal:
Historically, a larger number of old rectories appear on the market when the economy is weak. "In a strong market they're sold over the dinner party table, or by someone dropping a letter though the door," says [Hamptons agent, Andrew] Marshall.
It's on Castelnau, just across Hammersmith Bridge, in Barnes. It's a one bedroom flat, with high ceilings and a spacious look. It was also - apparently - once home to Sir Anthony. Price: £395,950. Particulars: here.
It's the South Eaton Place townhouse owned by the late controversial politician until his death in 1998. Powell's widow sold the property to its current owners. It was also where he was living when he made his career making/ending Rivers of Blood speech, and was fired from the Conservative front bench. Continuing on the political theme, it overlooks Blunkett's ex-grace and favour home. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, three reception rooms, £3.65m. Particulars here.
But I thought a buyers' market was when there, well, weren't many buyers? Anyway, apart from an example of an agent being allowed to have his cake and eat it (the market's quiet, it's a great time to buy, and I can prove it, because there are loads of buyers), this is an interesting piece about a first-time buyer in London, searching in the £100,000 region. We like the SW4 property... nothing wrong with concrete.
Expensive property's not shifting... but it seems nobody told the Candy Brothers, who have just dumped a couple of flats and a block of offices with residential planning permission onto the market with a collective asking price of £100m.
The Penrith cottage - where Withnail and the (never named) narrator went on holiday "by mistake" - is up for sale, through Savills, asking price £145,000. It's apparently pretty much unchanged since filming, although it's attracted its fair share of graffiti from fans of the film. So it's in a state, and planning permission is necessary before it can be made habitable. It's also remote. But it's a proper piece of cinema history.
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.
According to this, asking prices are rising at Maple Quays, in SE16... just a short swim but a world away in property prices from all the banking action. The developers (Barratt) claim sales have been so good they've been able to add a little premium.
An eight-bedroom semi-detached house with parking, in The Vale, off The King's Road, owned by the estate of Severin Wunderman, the man behind Gucci watches and Corum, and a man with unique taste. Giant gold-leaf ram's head? Check. Gothic hobbit house guest accommodation? Check (and pictured). Skulls on shelves? Check. Wunderman, who described himself as being fascinated with death, died last spring. The house was originally being marketed at £15.5m. It's guide price is now £10.5m. It's with Hamptons. Particulars here.
This interesting piece is about the appearance of - cough - apartments, among the £40m mansions. Apparently, it's a credit crunch thing... £2.85m to £10m is much more affordable in the current climate. See here and here. Look, you can even rent.
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I drive past these regularly, and love the look of them. The Times' Anne Ashworth pays a visit to one, and asks why it's not selling. There's apparently no traffic noise, no Talgarth Road grime; the big windows were designed for the young artists who originally lived in this row and apparently do just what you'd imagine... let in loads of light. My own guess? The price. The owners apparently bought the place for £458,700 in 2000. Admittedly, it seems they've done a huge amount of work on the house, but an asking price of £1.75m now is probably doing them few favours. Still... it's lovely.
A disused underground network of tunnels, running a mile under central London, from Chancery Lane tube station, is for sale with Farebrother. It was built in the 40s as a bomb shelter, but came into its own during the Cold War, where it housed secure telephone communications.
Coombe Cottage, in Borrowdale (the Lake District), is being sold by Vivian Russell, garden photographer and ex-wife of Ken Russell. The house has apparently been graced with the presence of Cliff Richard and Felicity Kendall, and if that's not enough it's also where KR developed Clouds of Glory and Mahler. It's an interesting cottage, dating back to the 1860s, and it's with Cumbrian Properties, listed at £625,000. Particulars, here.
Dean Mill, Dean, nr. Chipping Norton was bought by Ronnie Barker 27 years ago. A six-bedroom country house in about 10 acres, it's seen some parties and played host to visits by the cream of British comedy. Mrs Barker's currently selling the place. It's with Knight Frank, with a guide price of £1.3m. Particulars here.
On Tuesday, it was listed with Marsh & Parsons at £195,000. Since Wednesday morning - after the Government's Stamp Duty fiddling - it has an asking price of £175,000. And - according to M&P - it's not the only property heading toward the magic one seven five. But wouldn't the vendor have been better off keeping the property where it was and offering to pay the Stamp Duty himself?
The two-bedroom apartment above The Travel Bookshop - inspiration for and important location in Notting Hill - is on the market. Owned by the vendor, author and publisher (and bookshop owner) Sarah Anderson since 1981, it has its own front door, a good location on Blenheim Crescent and an eccentric feature window... a kitchen window looking down into the bookshop's skylight, giving a view of daytime browsers. It's with KFH, here... offers in excess of £899,950.
Okay, let's end with a £2.7m penthouse blowout... a three bedroom apartment with roof terrace and conservatory in Bolton Gardens between West Brompton and South Kensington. To be honest, it's the conservatory wot won it for us... very pretty. According to the particulars the current owners use if for dinner parties. Well, who wouldn't, darling? So that's it for this year's summer fortnight of feature property... slower to shift than in 2007, but fun to look at anyway, I hope. Normal service will resume Monday.
Ah, Mayfair... the only place where a one bedroom property gets listed at £750,000. One bedroom, one bathroom, one reception room and three-quarters of a million pounds if you want them between in New Burlington Place, between Bond Street and Regent Street. Particulars (in pdf) here.
Florentine bronze sculptor Mario Manenti apparently built these artists' studios in the mid-1920s. This one's small - one bedroom, one living room, one bathroom - but it's a cosy and historically interesting hideaway just off the Fulham Road. It's with Chesterton, particular here, guide price £625,000.
I just can't get enough of these daring, architect-built modern houses. In previous years, I've featured lots of blue plaques to create some kind of balance. This year, I'm being selfish. This strange construction by Bere Architects won a whole mantelpiece of awards in 2007. It's built on a landfill site between two Victorian houses, at the front it's thin, at the back, slightly fatter. A solar thermal installation and a heat exchange system makes it cheap to run. It's on Prah Road in Islington, and the guide price is £899,950. Particulars, here.
Judging by the large doors and the odd, triangular layout, it looks as if this interesting house in Hanover Yard, Angel, has at some time had some non-residential history. If anybody has any ideas, let us know. It's with Foxtons, guide price £1.35m.
Price drops don't get pictures, I'm afraid, those are the rules. But we recommend a visit to the particulars to see a tidy and refurbished five-bedroom detached townhouse in Chiswick's sought after Bedford Park, first listed - according to PropertySnake - at £2.25m in March, yours now for £1.6m.
A classic Victorian warehouse conversion, with all the features you'd expect... exposed ornate brickwork, big windows, barn doors, original radiators, high ceilings. With Urban Spaces; guide price £525,000.
Just 35x more expensive than yesterday's feature property, this five-bedroom Gloucester Road home - designed by architect Cezary M Bednarski - just south of Kensington Gardens features "a secret entrance". Not ideal if you're coming home late at night and a little worse for wear, but a great talking point. It's with Knight Frank, and the guide price is £7.95m.
Let's start how we mean to go on, with a little piece of modern architecture history for £225,000. Balfron Tower was designed by Ernö Goldfinger in 1967, and this two-bedroom flat is right on the top floor, with access to a balcony giving views over Canary Wharf. There's a hundred years on the lease, and the £1,300 service charge includes maintenance, hot water, heating and insurance. Which proves you don't need to be a millionaire to live in real style in London.
That's what they're claiming. It's a "luxury" new-build in Essex, with nine-bedrooms, a swimming pool "complex", no less, and a wine cellar. It's close to the village of Danbury, which, in turn, is close to Chelmsford. Guide price? £5m. Interior square footage? 14,365. Making Marlene happy? Priceless. Grab the particulars here.
Apparently, there's this thing, where somebody sells a house to somebody else who buys it. Used to happen a lot. Here's one for sale. It's a three-bedroom end-of-row on Portobello Road, and it comes complete with a gallery space on the ground and lower ground floors. The space could be rented out, kept, or even converted. But the house is more interesting than that. Designed by Meadowcroft Griffin in 2004, it won a Conservation Commendation at the 2006 RIBAs, and it's bold inside and out, with the "good light" distributed throughout, rather than reserved for the gallery spaces. It's with The Modern House Estate Agents, with a guide price of £2.25m.
In one of the nicest roads in the area, in our opinion, this Fitzrovia mews house belongs to talented ads and docs director Daniel Barber - who was recently Oscar-nominated for a short film - and it's with Hudson Property, listed at £1.85m. Four bedrooms over five floors, and immaculate inside... particulars here.
It's a blue and white beach hut near Southwold, and it's offers over £70,000. According to this, local agents are expecting something more like £80,000. According to the particulars it does come with some plastic chairs, windbreaks and a kettle.
It's Highwood House in expensive Mill Hill, and it's significant because during the early 19th Century it was the home to Sir Stamford Raffles, the man who founded Singapore. That might not get you all excited, but it appears to be creating a fuss in Singapore, where there are calls for the building to be turned into a museum or bought and restored by a wealthy Singaporean. I can't find a listing, but the story goes that it's on the market for £3.5m.
It's 12 Fitzroy Road in Primrose Hill, the former home of author HG Wells, and thought to be the place where he at least started work on War of the Worlds (remember the references to the area?). It's with John D Wood, and a guide price of £3.25m buys you three reception rooms, four bedrooms and two bathrooms in one of the capital's most sought-after areas. Listing here.
I came across a duplex apartment in Mayfair above commercial premises. Price: £7,500,000. I know that the stigma of living above commercial premises has become less of late, but I wonder if it's enough for someone to spend this sort of money.
It's a first floor studio in an ex-council block on Rotherhithe Old Road. It's near a tube (Surrey Quays), it's not that small, for a studio, and it's £99,950. It's with Kinleigh Folkard & Haywood, here.
I've scoured the Sotheby's website but to no avail, so if anybody else can lay their mouse on the particulars, I'd be keen to hear from them. The story is that Sotheby's are marketing the Green Street (Mayfair) top floor flat rented for the Beatles by Brian Epstein in the autumn of '63, shortly after She Love You. It's the only property the Beatles stayed in together, and it's featured on the cover of The Beatles Book ('63 edition). Guide price: £1.75m.
UPDATE - THANKS TO MARK IN THE COMMENTS... A LINK.
It's the Chequer Street house made famous by Jamie Oliver in his very first TV series. It's over three floors and has been expensively modernised with five plasmas and fibre optics, and comes with a garage. The famous spiral staircase remains, but my memory of The Naked Chef isn't good enough for me to be able to tell whether the kitchen's changed. It's with Stirling Ackroyd and it's POA (of course, if somebody would like to apply and let us know, we'd be all ears). Particulars here.
Gosling has an enviable track record, turning mammoth profits on swish properties in no time at all. As well as paying attention to the kit, she apparently works fast, claiming to go from first viewing to detailed plans, costs, finance and purchase in less than two days. She's currently selling Cornwall Gardens in Kensington, Queens Gardens in up-and-coming W2 and Langham Mansions in Earl's Court Square. If you're a budding property developer the Rat and Mouse recommends you read the Telegraph piece so you can see what you're competing against... well-connected, well-financed pros with cheap credit and ready-to-move crews.
At the forefront of therise of Bayswater , the Lancasters - Northacre's ambition redevelopment of the listed Thistle Hotel - has been a hot topic since work began in 2007. Apartments will become available in 2010 and prices have remained a closely guarded secret, despite a lot of interest (there's a sense of ground being tested here... developers keen to see what Bayswater might realistically become in the next five years). But this morning, thanks to a tip-off, the Rat and Mouse can reveal some numbers. The first release involves two-bedroom apartments, with a guide price ranging from £1.9m to £2.5m. So you think that's a lot? You're right. Square footage is estimated at 1,046 to 1,415... giving a price per square foot of over £1,700. In Kensington & Chelsea, it's only just broken the £1,000 barrier.
A six-bedroom house on Gloucester Road... and the former home of J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Barrie is believed to have been living at the house when he wrote the book, and the house has several interesting original features... the original sink in the bathroom, a dumb waiter. It's with Foxtons, here, with a guide price of £6.75m.
According to this trip around 61/2 Redington Road in Hampstead, it's had half the Arsenal team sniffing around its fingerprint entry system, floor-to-ceiling glazing and Ralph Lauren bed. It's a remarkable place... four bedrooms, John McAslan and Partners design, double garage... with Quintessentially Estates, guide price £6m (although I can't find any sign of it on their website... if you want pictures, go here for the Telegraph slideshow). It's apparently not so remarkable it hasn't been on the market for a while, though. Here's a piece from June, and the Times, welcoming the property to the market.
Interior designer Richard Adams bought it in 2004 for £250,000, and set about scraping the snails off the damp carpet. Now, it's all silk wallpapered, Venetian chandeliered and juxtaposing Baroque with Modern in a way designers pull off and I don't. And it's on the market for £650,000 (the furnishings to be sold separately). Where? Cheyne Court, in Chelsea. Particulars, here. Interesting piece in the New York Times, here.
£1,245,000? It's clearly neither here nor there when it comes to top London property. So it's here, in an interesting Telegraph piece about a Highbury Place mansion, over five floors, and with a separate converted coach house and 19 garages (currently let out and bringing in £20,000 a year... not far off what the current owner paid for the entire property back in the 1960s). According to the Telegraph, the guide price is £5.95m. But it's not there... in the Savills particulars, which list the property at £4.75m.
[One theory - I notice that the particulars make no mention of the garages. Have the owners decided not to part with a valuable going concern? Or are they being sold separately?]
The property's beautiful, and with an interesting history. Neighbours included Neville Chamberlain's dad, and the Rolling Stones apparently recorded in the basement.
In Mayfair, according to the Telegraph, and I've got to trust their judgement on this, it's out with the fat old cigar smokers and in with the hip. Evidence? New clubs are opening, buzzy boutiques and restaurants, celebs are being spotted... oh... and this:
In the summer, [Richard] Cutt [of Knight Frank] sold a fabulous apartment in a modern development in Davies Street over Cipriani's at £2,300 per square foot. "The price last year for that flat was £1,300." And he is now marketing a smart three- bedroom flat in Green Street for £5 million, equating to £2,439 a square foot. This is one for the boys with all the toys - Lutron lighting, Creston sound system, Baulthaup kitchen, top of the range TVs and electronic blinds.
Meanwhile, even East Dulwich is continuing to distance itself from Peckham in every way it can short of tearing up the Earth's very crust and leaving a wide rupture along the A2214. According to resident Ginetta Vedrickas - also writing in the Telegraph - it's become so chi-chi it's in danger of just becoming chite. Foxtons have arrived, house prices are shooting up, and residents are concerned the area might be about to lose its character. Before leaving us to worry about the future of SE22, she does, however, point out a few tasty properties, including this rather special former bakery on Silvester Road, currently being used as an office but presumably - judging by the particulars - with a residential future. Guide price £750,000.
Fun, here, as the Telegraph's Ginetta Verdrickas visits an arresting Victorian water tower in Plumstead, converted into a highly original eight-storey, four-bedroom home (with lift). Inside, it's all Lutron and Starck, but makes sensible use of original features and - via its top-floor observatory - incredible views across London. It's with John Payne, listed at £1.395m. Particulars (a PDF download) here
Once home to Biba creator Barbara Hulanicki, this 4-story townhouse in Kensington Park Road still features the odd nod to the fashion icon, even though she hasn't lived there since the 1980s. Check out the kitchen units... hmm. It's with Foxtons and it ain't cheap... this big house (with a garden and conservatory) is listed at £3.4m, here. Click through to the particulars for a cornucopia of photografia.
A fourth-floor studio apartment on Charing Cross Road, charing the building with the Phoenix Theatre, and home - through much of the 1980s and 90s - to writer-director Derek Jarman. There are rumours, too, that the flat was once occupied by Christine Keeler. Unfortunately... no hint they ever lived there at the same time, but imagine the parties. 19 Phoenix House is remembered in Jarman's diaries, as a creative hothouse where he wrote and produced much of his work. It's with Chesterton, at £325,000. Particulars here.
As promised, I'll be dropping in a few choice properties that didn't make it into the Rat and Mouse's special ten days of property porn. This morning, a £9m, 3-bedroom (yes - those numbers are correct) house in The Vale between Fulham Road and the Kings Road, which I received by email (the particulars, not the house) just after leaving for my vacation. It's described as a studio house. I'm not entirely sure what that means. It's also described as spectacular. What do you think? Particulars, here.
A Grade 2-listed, five bedroom home on Firs Avenue, with a clever arrangement around a central garden with silver birch trees, an indoor swimming pool hidden beneath a removable floor, an emphasis on natural light. It's with Foxtons, at £2.95m, and you'll find lots of photos here. By the way - this one isn't courtesy of Rat and Mouse readers. This one's my choice.
Thanks to the Rat and Mouse reader with expensive tastes who sent us this. Old Swan House, at 32 Chelsea Embankment, is a £32m mansion, 19,000 sq ft and Grade 1-listed. You can tell it's the real deal because its staff bedrooms outnumber the guest bedrooms, adding up to 20. The dining room seats 20, there's a swimming pool, lift, ballroom, cinema and underground parking for five cars. Particulars, here.
I have friends in New York and, like Londoners, they like to talk apartments. But when it comes to property in our capital city, they just don't get it. A two-bedroom, one reception room, single floor home without a garden for... £1.85m. How does that happen? It's all about the quest for the original, the quest for character in a city packed with hidden gems. Lantern House is in Elvaston Mews, one of the last in London with an actual working stable. It's close to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. There's nothing else like it. Particulars, here.
Pretty name, pretty house, colossal price tag. Vine and Bell Cottage is a 17th Century five-bedroom home on the corner of Fulham's Winchendon Road, and if it looks like a country cottage that's because it was a country cottage. Back in the day, this was countryside... an out of town residence for loaded Londoners. It comes with off-street parking for several cars, which, in this neighbourhood, is worth a mention. It's listed - clutch something sturdy - at £4m, with Lane Fox, here.
Tomorrow... a mews with a working stable.
Welcome back. One more week of interesting London properties suggested by Rat and Mouse readers.
Two bedrooms, one bathroom, in a converted mews house in Cricklewood, housing two further apartments. We like the way the conversion has retained so many original features. You get exposed brickwork, oak floors, original Victorian radiators, loading doors, vaulted timber ceilings, It's not a neighbourhood I know well... comments welcome (although they might take longer to appear than normal since I'm on vacation right now). Oakland Mews is listed at £549,950, with Urban Spaces, here.
We can't comment on the area (Brunel Road)... other than rumours it can get a bit noisy down there. The Sausage Factory - submitted by a Rat and Mouse reader - looks stunning, even more so with a list price of £585,000. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, three levels, a balcony and large roof terrace. And lots of glass... if that's your thing. For particulars, go to CityScope (we can't find a direct link).
A 2/3 bedroom conversion in The Paragon - a Victorian school conversion on Searles Road, off the New Kent Road. This is a ground floor apartment, but with double-height ceilings and an unusual layout, plus distinctive design features. The Rat and Mouse reader who sent this in drew out attention to the oak staircase and glass banister. Well spotted. Looks like a cool home office at the top. It's with Urban Spaces, listed at £795,000, here.
But you'll have to be prepared to spend £3.35m. This four-bedroom home in Bark Place comes with a mews house and garage at the bottom of the garden. Plus conservatory, proper wine cellar and planning permission to extend. Full details here.
Contemporary design and views across London, for £325,000... a top-floor two-bedroom apartment with modern styling, a 23x22ft living room and the opportunity for off-street parking. It's in a gated development, Chartwell Court, in NW2. Particulars here.
Kicking the series off... a bright and arresting, love-it-or-hate-it three-bedroom modern townhouse on Kensington's Abingdon Road off Kensington High Street, with off-street parking, a huge reception room, conservatory, garden and innovative design. £3.9m, here
If you've visited Portsmouth you've probably spotted that circular fortress, known as No Man's Land, lying about a mile off in the Solent. (And if you haven't visited Portsmouth, why not visit somewhere else instead?) Not being the kind of person who carries binoculars, I've never had the opportunity to get a closer look at it... until now. Apparently, it's for sale... and it's not just a weird rock in the ocean; it's a very cool luxury home fit for a Bond villain. Twenty-one bedrooms, two helipads, swimming pool, gym, amusement arcade... but the best bit is the giant atrium in the middle. No Man's Land dates - apparently - from the 1860s, when it was built to keep the French out. Its more recent history includes Doctor Who and commercial property fraud. It's now being sold to recoup some money from the aforementioned fraud... and it's on the market listed at £4m. A bit of historical perspective... here.
Haven't you heard? Camden's great. And you don't get too many opportunities like this anymore. Floor-to-ceiling windows, a proper 1,173 sq ft blank canvas with the potential for some real open-plan living, and a Parkway address. With Urban Spaces, at £575,000.
Nell Gwynn House, Hopton Street - once home, it's believed, to one of London's most celebrated actress-courtesans (and lover to King Charles II) - is listed with Hamptons with a guide price of £995,000. It's an extraordinary little gem, believed to be the oldest in the neighbourhood, and dating back further than implied in the listing. It comes with two bedrooms, a garden and allocated parking. You can download pdf particulars by clicking this.
It's a Buckingham Place, Westminster townhouse... eight bedrooms, a terrace and a garden (note to non-Londoners: gardens in this neighbourhood are rare as travelers' teeth), and it's weighing in at a hefty £4.85m. It also comes with an elegant bit of history. It was previously owned by JFK's sister-in-law, the superbly named Princess Radziwill, and was Kennedy's London martini-pad of choice during his presidential years. Particulars, courtesy of Knight Frank, here.
Rosalind Russell, writing in the Telegraph, pays designer of theatrical fashion Gail Berry a visit in her theatrical Hanwell semi (which, as it happens, is for sale, with Hamptons, at £665,000... although you won't find it on their website right now). It's a story of chandeliers in every room, Gothic detail and small dogs.
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.
It's with Savills, listed at £3.2m... a warehouse flat in Clink Wharf, SE1, overlooking the Thames, with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, one reception room and a balcony... and it was the setting for the Hugh Grant/Renee Zellweger big pants scene in Bridget Jones's Diary. Particulars, here.
It's on Great Cumberland Place, it's a Grade 2-listed house with ten bedrooms, four bathrooms, five reception rooms and a balcony, it needs complete renovation after being used as a clinic for a number of years, it's priced at £5.75m and... oh yeah... it shares a party wall with Madonna. Particulars here.
We're back in Notting Hill, with what is pretty much certainly the first converted church organ factory to appear in the Rat and Mouse. Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a garden, off-street parking and cool conservatory (inappropriate furniture not mandatory), on Swanscombe Road. It's with Bective Leslie Marsh, and has a guide price of £3.95m
Thanks to the reader who alerted us to this little ten-bedroom Holland Park hideaway, marketed by Knight Frank with a guide price of £28m. Yes, ten bedrooms, 12 bathrooms to ensure that everybody's really clean, six receptions rooms to ensure that everybody can receive their own guests, and leisure facilities that include an indoor swimming pool and a funny little man statue in the back garden.
It's a bit of a triumph for unconventional estate agency franchise Re/Max... 17 Gerald Road in Belgravia was home to Noel Coward between 1930 and 1956, and the venue for some truly star-studded parties. It features a double-height reception room (extra clearance for all those egos), four bedrooms, a library and roof terrace. It also comes with 1 Burton Mews, which adds another two bedrooms, a garage and off-street parking (and was used, at the time, as an office by Coward's secretary). It's on the market with a guide price of £4 million. Too, too glamorous. Particulars, here.
It was (just) less than a year ago when the Rat and Mouse said "goodbye" to Knightsbridge's Bowater House and "hello" to news that it was to be replaced by a Rogers/Candy & Candy construction of 86 apartments.
The talk is of higher than high end, with price tags reaching £20 million...
... we said. Well, if only we'd have known. London's currently packed to the bonuses with UHNWIs (ultra-high-net-worth individuals) and rich people are said to be going nuts about the properties, even though One Hyde Park isn't yet a reality. In fact, there is already talk of penthouses in the development exchanging hands for £84 million.
It measures 10 feet 6 inches by 8 feet 9 inches, but it does come with a balcony, so there's a bit of extra space if you're very wide or very tall. It's on Winchester Street in Pimlico... really not a bad area at all. Our favourite part of the particulars:
This is a very light flat facing North East.
It's with Stern Studios, and it's at £139,000 for anyone brave enough to accept indemnity insurance in lieu of planning permission. Viewings Thursday February 8, 6.15-6.45pm and Friday February 9, 1-1.30pm.
And if you're stuck for idea about how to furnish your new mini-flat, check this for some ideas, courtesy of SketchUp user Simple Simon.
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.
You've just been looking at Swan House, down the road at 17 Chelsea Embankment. Sixteen bedrooms, views of the Thames, swimming pool, lift, theatre, plasma TV (just kidding)... it's listed at £32 million and it's one of a handful of London properties in a special Forbes feature about how the fabulously rich are forming fabulously long queues outside fabulously happy London estate agents' offices because multimillion pound superhomes with for sale signs are fabulously rare here right now. Which is, of course, all correct. Except it's interesting that the slide show starts with Updown Court and Toprak Mansion, both of which have been on the market for, well, forever...
It's 12ft by 6ft, an unconverted cleaner's cupboard in the basement of 18 Cadogan Place, and it's still, apparently, full of rubble. The property has already received three offers. Interviewed in the Times, a Lane Fox director suggests someone might want to use it as a place to store their housekeeper or au pair.
Actually, the links between Vlad the Impaler - the former Prince of Wallachia (pictured below and inspiration for Dracula) who found a method for extracting hours of entertainment from just a sharpened stick and an enemy - and Bran Castle are pretty tenuous. He might have spent a few months there, impaling, and he's also thought to have been imprisoned there, later. But the creepy castle - only relatively recently returned to the family of its original owners, after confiscation by the Communists - is up for sale. Dominic Habsburg, a New York architect, wants to sell it to the local city council for $78 million. Romania's Culture Minister, however, claims the castle's worth just a quarter of that.
You might have heard of Sealand - twin towers and a platform perched above the North Sea, built during the Second World War to guard the entrance to the Thames Estuary. Ever since a crazy retired soldier restored the structure in 1967 and declared it a principality (he's now Prince Roy), it's been a favourite of quiz bores and the not-a-lot-of-people-know-that brigade. Now, it's for sale.
According to the Sunday Times, the Emir of Qatar is selling Beechwood, his 11-acre estate off Hampstead Heath. However, there's no website, no particulars, few details... although the articles mentions £65 million as a likely guide price. And apparently, it's a little bit 1980s inside. Interestingly, the Emir isn't leaving London, he's just moving more central, and has paid £37.5 million for an office building, which he will convert into a colossal family home.
Time for a bit of property porn: a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment on Mayfair's Upper Brook Street with five south-facing windows lighting up the reception room. The other walls are wood-paneled. It's in a block with lift and porter, and it's with Brompton, listed at £1.25 million. Particulars here.
It's a studio , on the 3rd floor of a 1930s mansion block (Basildon Court) on Devonshire Street, Marylebone. Good, central location, communal roof terrace, hall, big window, fold-down bed and storage. It's with Stern Studios, listed at £199,950. Viewings are by appointment, lunchtime Friday 15, or lunchtime or 5.45-6.30pm Monday 18
Everybody wants to live in Chiswick right now. Have you ever wondered what one of those flats above the shops on the High Road is like? Here's a new conversion, on the market with Featherstone Leigh, comprising four bedrooms, one reception and two bathrooms... 1,948 square feet of space. It's listed at £595,000, and it's very convenient for Superdrug.
Here's an interesting one, on Arabin Road in Brockley. Two hundred and fifty thousand pounds buys you 552 square feet of open-plan living converted out of a former commercial garage (originally, a coach house, built in the 1840s) and still featuring the inspection pit. It's with KFH, particulars here.
Yes, it's Eaton Square, SW1... I'm not trying to pull the wool over your eyes with some other Eaton Square in, Glasgow, say. The catch is the lease, which has just another 14 years left. But, you say, you can extend a lease. That's true, I say, you can. But it might cost you a packet, say Colin & Justin, who write further about the property, here.
Actually, I'm not positive they were actually given the £12 million to spend... but they certainly went out on a property shopping fantasy, one to Belgravia, one to Mayfair. In Belgravia, £12 million bought 76 Eaton Square (above) - my own favourite of the two - and a sensibly modern reworking of giant three-bedroom apartment on the right side of the square. In Mayfair, the choice a slightly strange part- reconversion of a series of offices and flats back into a giant home comprising some of 44 and some of 46 next door. 44 Park Street (below) is by Northacre, and - named The Ambassadorial - goes the Ferrero Roche route in terms of ambience. Interestingly, though, there's a "curved first-floor ballroom" where Churchill once held cabinet meetings. Read the full piece here.
And here are a few photos from Northacre's Ambassadorial launch party. Security, it appears, wasn't what it should have been, and a bunch of women managed to sneak in disguised as fixtures and fittings.
The Telegraph has done a good job of tracking down homeowners who've bagged property bargains by putting up with a bit of extraneous noise, and properties currently for sale which offer more in the way of facilities, if you're prepared to live near a potential disturbance. Like a pub. One that caught my eye is this bright and spacious three-storey home attached to the Queen Elizabeth pub in Bagleys Lane, Fulham. It's being sold by architect Richard Patterson. It comes with three bedrooms, three terraces, a roof garden, courtyard and off-street parking, and it's with KFH, listed at £570,000. Particulars here
It's not spectacular from the outside, is it? But look closer and you'll notice some tell-tale signs of serious age. How serious? According to the agent, this four-bedroom home in Newington Green is one of just a handful of surviving pre-Restoration, pre-Great Fire townhouses, and one of the oldest brick terraces in the country. It's Grade 1-listed, and with Savill's for £895,000. Download the particulars by clicking this.
Normal posting will resume on Monday. Thanks to all the Rat and Mouse readers who submitted links to property... our nine days may be over, but keep them coming anyway.
Perfect for Hoxton new media millionaires... a Shoreditch High Street two bedroom duplex penthouse with a private roof terrace and one of the coolest staircases I've seen for a while. It's with Foxton's, at £950,000.
Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader for spotting this contemporary re-appraisal of the 60s/70s space-age look. It's in St Paul's Street in Islington, and it's a three-bedroom duplex plus roof terrace with some innovative inside/outside detailing. It's priced at £850,000. Click this to download the particulars as a pdf file.
What's so special about this one bedroomPutney flat, listed at an eye-watering £285,000? It's in the recently converted Gilbert Scott Building... designed by and named after the man who gave us the red telephone box, Battersea Power Station and the Tate Modern. It's in it's own 12-acre park, and comes with access to communal gym and library.
We're going west for this one... out to Shepperton, I guess the fringes of what anybody could reasonably call London, but the journey's worth it, because this time we're looking at a three bedroom house on a Thames island, accessible only by boat. It comes with grounds, a swimming pool, a sauna and (strangely, perhaps) a garage. It's on Pharaoh's Island - apparently so named because it was given to Lord Nelson after his victory at the Battle of the Nile. It's listed at £1.1 million. More here.
How about an ex-bakery... high ceilings, giant spaces, exposed timber, massive windows and some real talking points, including an original (but out-of-use) goods elevator? What's nice about this place is that they've kept the good stuff (original radiators, flooring, windows), and what they have brought in is high-spec (free-standing cast-iron bath, rock basin etc). It's on Morrish Road, off Brixton Hill Road, and priced at £895,000. Go here for more details.
And now for something completely different. And it's the period features that make this Georgian home in Camberwell so interesting: a panelled entrance hall, a cast-iron range in the dining room, a full-height cellar reached via a secret door, beautiful fireplaces and lots and lots of Georgian symmetry. It's a four-bedroom four-storey property, with three reception rooms and a garden, situated on Camberwell Grove, and it's listed at £899,950. More here.
Thanks to everyone who sent in listings. From today - for a couple of weeks which just so happen to coincide with my holiday - the Rat and Mouse will be given over to showing London properties that are appealing or interesting in some way... and for sale. They're your choices... feel free to comment, I'll pick up and approve comments whenever I have access to the internet. See you in a fortnight.
We're kicking off with this open-plan loft, just off Tower Bridge Road. Why's it "special"? Apart from the fact it's very pretty... it's classic open-plan living (check out the screened off bedroom area), it's in the very nice Jam Factory development, complete with all its internet community magic, and it's listed at £475,000. I know - that's still a lot of money - but by London standards it's an entry into this kind of designer home. Find out more at CityScope.
A year-and-a-half ago the Independent took a trip to Kilburn High Road to look at an extraordinary house - a modern, architecturally uncompromising structure overlooking Kilburn Grange Park and on the market for £2 million. Okay, they said, the High Road's a tip, but the house - cedar-clad, flat-roofed, underfloor-heated, glass-walled - is a "gem". Read more (although not the original link, which has died) here. Or just don't bother, and instead head over to today's Independent, where you'll find a strikingly similar piece, which also calls the property a "gem", and points out it's currently on the market, this time with our friends at CityScope, and priced at £2.1 million. This time round, though, the emphasis is on the High Road... is it up-and-coming enough for such a serious investment? And has the house been bought and sold since it was last featured? Or is it just hanging around? Read it here.
"We wanted to bring Chelsea south of the river. Our approach here has been no different from what we have done in our developments in Knightsbridge and Kensington," says Julian Mercer, of BMB Property Investment.
The Times looks at an interesting development in Stockwell, that poses all kinds of questions about the old location, location, location truism. With current trends putting interior space at a premium, perhaps it would be a smarter move to take the kind of giant Victorian townhouse you couldn't afford in Chelsea, if you could afford it in Stockwell. And even if it's a new build. What? That's what's interesting about 14-24 Stockwell Park Crescent. They're brand new - but because of strict building regulations - they're (apparently) built to the exact spec as their Victorian neighbours, right down to the iron railings. Inside, they've very Chelsea. Oak and limestone floors, underfloor heating, you get the picture. Plus... lots and lots of space. Read more here. Check out some particulars here.
The Telegraph takes a tour of some of the loveliest gardens currently for sale around the country, and one of them is even in London. Middleton Road is a three-bedroom Victorian terrace in London Fields and its 86 foot garden has been featured in the National Garden Scheme's Open Gardens event for the past three years. What's more, at the bottom of said garden, is an office/guesthouse with oak flooring and all the amenities. The agents - Currell - aren't slow to point out the house's proximity to the forthcoming East London Line, either. It's listed at £585,000, and you can download a pdf of the particulars by clicking this. Tell Currell we sent you.
Apparently, you'll be pleased by the "quality of finishing to the general fabric". It's on Raveley Street, it's listed at £950,000, has four bedrooms, a landscaped rear garden and a set of particulars written by somebody struggling with the English language (sounds suspiciously Italian to us). Honestly, the particulars are almost as strange as the house's history.
UPDATE - I've had a number of emails asking why I didn't publish a link to the particulars. The answer is... I forgot. Here you go.
... The bronze handles on all the major doors were handbeaten in Italy from designs moulded in clay by [Mauro] Perruchetti...
It's not your ordinary Chelsea mansion... this is The Courthouse, an historic 18th Century judicial building and holding tank for prisoners destined for the colonies, recently gutted and refurbished to astonishing levels of detail, and for sale, with Aylesford for £10.6 million. The whole, amazing story is here, courtesy of the Telegraph.
Okay, it's 10X9ft, but it's nicely situated in Queensgate Gardens, a couple of minutes from Gloucester Road tube, which makes it an attractive city pad for the odd stay-over. Viewings start tomorrow. It's with Stern Studios.
Broadcaster Jonathan Meades is fleeing London. But first he has to sell his very lovely London Bridge penthouse. You can read Meades' own story of the apartment here, and then head over here for the particulars, and press this for a virtual tour.
The Independent basks in the romantic, literary past of north Islington's Canonbury Square neighbourhood - George Orwell (no. 27), Evelyn Waugh (no. 17a, Canonbury Place), Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant all lived there - before getting down to the nitty gritty of the £1.65 million, five-storey, four-bedroom home currently for sale through Currell, Islington. It's being sold by the Dunns - two ad execs with a penchant for Mid-Century Modern. "Regency homes are very forgiving", says Steve. We wish he'd said, "Regency homes are so forgiving" - but you can't have everything. The kitchen's designed by Don Matheson (now with Richard Rogers) and it sounds special. Elsewhere, the couple seem to have modernised without wrecking period features, and I've such confidence in their taste I'm not even going to allow Rat and Mouse readers to vote on it. Maybe next time. Read the whole story here. See the particulars here.
It's featured in the Independent... a four-storey, four-bedroom, Grade II-listed, 17th Century house in Ormond Road, Richmond, combining the old (original panelling) and the new (ceiling speakers throughout), cleverly. It's with Featherstone Leigh, at £1.675 million. Particulars here.
Here's an interesting one courtesy of Stern Studios. It's on West Hill, in Putney, on the third floor of an Edwardian house, with off-street parking, and views (apparently) to Richmond Park in the west and the Sussex Downs, no less, in the east. It's on at £174,950, with viewings scheduled next Tuesday, either at lunchtime or early evening.
The Telegraph looks inside a nice, Terence Conran-designed Maida Vale mews house, currently belonging to Royal Ballet principle ballerina Leanne Benjamin and her husband Tobias Round, manager of the Donmar Warehouse. It's an interesting piece and a lovely house, and it's on the market for £1.35 million. Particulars, here.
That's the message from the Times. The house (on Earls Court Square) is valued at £2.85 million. It's reached that value after 17 years under the current ownership (a period in which the owners have apparently worked hard to improve the community aspect of the square and make it what it is today). Now they want to dispose of it, downsize, and split some of the proceeds between their children before Gordon Brown sticks his beak in there for 40%. It's a story the Rat and Mouse is hearing more and more. The Times explains why.
The amount of wealth inherited directly from property is set to double over the next 15 years, according to Halifax Financial Services. Children of baby-boomers born between the Second World War and the Sixties are collectively set to inherit £360 billion worth of property.
And the children born to parents at the Sixties end of that spectrum are among the current crop of struggling first-time buyers. Brown's counting on that cash. The FTBs are counting on that cash for deposits. And the baby-boomers themselves are counting on that cash to ease them through retirement after being robbed of their pensions thanks to financial incompetence on the part of those who should know better. It's not a happy situation, and it won't be solved by a house price crash.
Meanwhile, it's hard to feel too sorry for a family burdened by a £2.85 million property, but the sentiments over at the Times are still valid. Go on. Do your bit. Dig into those pockets deep. Check down the back of the sofa. And if you can scrape up enough for a lovely seven-bedroom red-brick townhouse on the west side of Earl's Court Road, you'll find particulars here. Read the Times article here.
Did you see the Lowndes Square apartment on the Candy website?
£7,300,000 (to include curtains, blinds, audio-visual equipment, furniture and soft furnishings)
Is it just me or does it sound fairly steep to charge £500,000 for curtains, blinds, audio-visual equipment, furniture and soft furnishings?
He's talking about this listing. Well, it doesn't look as if the "hand painted platinum leaf on silk wallpaper" is going anywhere, whether the (very lovely) penthouse is bought furnished or unfurnished... which leaves some "bespoke furniture" and remote electronic comfort and security gadgetry by Crestron. We've dropped Candy And Candy a line and asked for a comment.
Striking dining, eh? The Independent gives this Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill home, listed with Marsh and Parsons, a thorough going over today. It's being sold by a long-time investment banker recently turned punk promoter (nobody say it, because it might not be true) and his wife, who's in the flip-flop business. They like Morocco; they like to shower outdoors; and they appear to have a strange prejudice regarding ceramicists' agents:
"The light is amazing as you go up," Julie says. "But it had been owned by a ceramicists' agent and was very bland with lots of neutral beige colours. It badly needed decorating."
It's no longer bland, that's for sure. And, despite the flip-flops and ceramicist agent hateration and everything, we think it's lovely. It's listed at £3.4 million, it has five bedrooms, off-street parking and a large roof terrace with shower. Find particulars here; and the Independent feature here.
Two (south side of) Harrow Hill houses, which the young Anthony Trollope once called home, are currently on the market for £3 million and almost £2 million. Julian Hill House, at £1.95 million, is a Grade II-listed, five-bedroom home (above) in 1.25 acres of land. You can find the particulars, here. It shares a driveway with Julian Way, listed at £3 million... an utterly beautiful 7-bedroom home (below) in four acres of grounds and "wooded secret gardens" including an orchard of apple and plum trees. Particulars, here.
The Telegraphreports on Cliffe Cottage, Redcliffe Mews in Chelsea, apparently the only house in London (apart from the Queen's) to not carry a number. The story is that the house was built after the rest of the mews had been developed. and all the good numbers had already been taken. It's said to be with Lane Fox, at £1.7 million... but we can't find any reference to it at the website. For what it's worth, the Telegraph page starts with an upbeat story about estate agents John D Wood who reported 261 users visiting their website on Christmas Day, as evidence of a turn in the property market. The Rat and Mouse can confirm the Christmas Day property frenzy with visitor figures of, well, let's just say treble that number and add some more. So if you want to consider advertising on the Rat and Mouse... email to discuss.
Somebody is going to fall in love with this two-bedroom converted 19th Century coach house in The Tonsleys. Check out the two front arches (now French doors)... they were the original Hackney carriage entrances. There's a 30ft garden, too, and a small roof terrace, and the ground floor is open-plan in a very airy and cool way. Interestingly, the property still comes with its commercial license. It's with Foxtons, at £595,000. Find particulars on the other side of this link. (Incidentally, the agents seem to have really gone to town on this one, even featuring a glossy photograph of the inside of the owner's pantry. Say what you will about Foxtons, that's what I call attention to detail.)
It's just around the corner from Clapton BR, on Cleveleys Road, and it's described (by Stern Studios) as "a one-bed self-contained cottage". It sounds like it's in pukka condition and well-kitted out (int. Smeg/Bosch dishwasher, granite work surfaces, new boiler, rewired etc), although we're not sure what we think about the "slime-line radiator". It's on at £137,500.
The Sunday Times isn't the only broadsheet to focus on London carparking. Here's the Telegraph, wondering aloud (okay, in print) whether the big future development profits are going to come from carparks. Ross Clark talks to John Law, of York House Developments, about the 86 parking spaces he's almost entirely sold (for £132,000 each, apparently) under a tennis court off Kensington Church Street. It's a question of planning. Years ago developments sold with parking... now they don't. And councils are granting many times more permits than there are spaces.
God, not another did you know you could by an entire grid of four-bedroom homes in Glasgow for the price of a single garage in central London stories... (like you can park your car in Glasgow and duck over to Quaglino's... like you can park your car in Glasgow and expect it to be there when you return...). Actually, this is the mother of all expensive London garage stories, because the Sunday Times have put together a little guide to garages currently for sale, from a £300,000 single garage behind Egerton Crescent in Chelsea (features: "in addition there is a rainwater drainpipe..."), to an underground parking space off Kensington High Street on the market at £95,000. More, here.
Thanks to a Rat and Mouse reader for alerting us to our inexplicable failure to pick up this one... a 6-bedroom arts & crafts house on Golders Green Crescent. It's special because of its impressive garden, its three-owners-since-1908-new lineage and the fact that it's being sold by The Antiques Roadshow's Ian Harris, whom, it's safe to assume, has looked after it. It's on the market at £875,000; and the Times' Katrina Burroughs writes in depth about the property, here.
There's an offer on it, but the word is that it's shaky and the seller's still accepting viewings. It's a studio, but a studio in Bloomsbury, and in one of those nice 1930s blocks (Russell Court) near Russell Square tube. The main room is a healthy 16 x 12, and has a bay window. And there's a hall between the studio room and the front door, which somehow makes a difference. It's with Stern Studios.
This is a rare one... a Betterton Street (off Drury Lane) town house with freehold, large rooms and a layout with loads of character. It comes with planning permission for a loft extension and terrace, too. It's with LDG, on the market at £1.25 million, and you'll find particulars here.
The property gals at Forbes never pretend their motives are pure. Their real estate coverage is one bleary-eyed orgy of houseturbatory excess. And we like that. Occasionally things get confusing, though. Like, today's piece - Most Expensive Homes In The World - comes under "Home Improvement". What does that mean? If I rev up my router and visit B&Q for a little wobble board I could transform my terraced house into the kind of palace you normally only get to see pixelated? I think not. Anyway, you can't accuse them of taking their property porn casually:
Forbes.com has compiled the first comprehensive list of the priciest residences on the planet - the top five per continent, excluding Antarctica, to be precise. We combed through thousands of property listings, compared hundreds of homes and contacted dozens of brokers and owners in our quest.
It's so skinny you (probably) couldn't lie down in it sideways. It's on the Goldhawk Road. It's listed at £525,000. It used to belong to Juergen Teller (so there's a good chance some beautiful stick insects chain-smoked there). And a senior estate agent at Winkworths, Shepherd's Bush, once partied there like it was 1991:
"It's a fantastic entertaining space and I've been lucky enough to have been to a party there in the early 90s - it went on for four days."
Hey, sportsfans, how about this for a view? You're looking at Oval Mansions in Kennington - some one- and two-bedroom apartments priced between £350,000 and £495,000, and featured by FindAProperty today:
Their real selling point is the wonderful views over the Oval cricket ground. The more you spend, the better the view, although there are great views to be had from the communal terrace, too, says the agent Atkinson McLeod.
If you're not doing anything tomorrow, there's still time to check out a bargain, courtesy of Stern Studios. It's in Russell Court in Bloomsbury, in one of those solid 1930s blocks managed by the residents. It measures 16 by 12 (not bad for a London studio), includes a little hallway (which seems to somehow psychologically separate the studio flat from the hotel room), a decent-sounding bathroom and kitchen, and a 99-year lease. And it's on at £150,000 - which, for that location, is good. If you're interested, go here and scroll down.
It's started. According to the latest Haarts figures reported in FindAProperty, average London house prices dropped -0.1% in July, but with huge regional variation. North London, for example, dropped -4.7%. The Olympic regeneration region, however, managed gains of up to 5% (Newham - developers have a nose for these things).
Okay, it's so small you wouldn't want to fall over in it, but this studio-ette in Holland Park's cute Norland Square includes a key to the communal gardens and tennis court. It's on the first floor, and you get a little balcony, too. It's with Stern Studios. Viewings are Tuesday and Wednesday.
Remember us featuring the skinny masterpiece back at the very beginning of June? Well it apparently takes more than first prize in the RIBA Future Homes competition (2004), a listing as one of the Independent's Top Ten Modern Buildings (2004) and a Best Building prize in the London Architecture Bienalle (2004) to shift a house so thin you need a crane to hoist in your furniture. So it gets this big feature in the Sunday Times (just posted on the Internet), which tacitly suggests the owner has just decided to let it go. At £1.15 million, there's no mention of a reduction either. That's because there hasn't been one. You can still find the particulars here.
Thanks to a Rat and Mouse reader for pointing this one out to us. It's (too far) west of Little Venice; and it's with Hamptons at £1.25 million, for which you get four floors of live/work space, five bedrooms, a roof garden, and the kind of 60s pop layout that might make you feel like Twiggy or Peter Sellers, depending on your persuasion. We can't bring you a link to the particulars, because the Hamptons site just doesn't work that way. But we can bring you a link to this, which showed up after a bit of research.
At the weekend, the Telegraph carried this interview with the Hirsts, who are leaving Connaught Square before the Blairs move in. What's interesting is that £2.75 million will apparently buy you a bigger house than the Prime Minister's... including six bedrooms, four receptions rooms and three bathrooms. We'd bring you a link to the particulars, but the pages just don't load that way. So you'll have to go here and search yourself.
The Independent is understandably excited about Farm House, Farm Street, Mayfair. It's only the second time the property has come to the market in 50 years, and it comes with a remarkable history. It was, apparently, once a farm (the deeds contain a mention of a right of way for sheep), but more recently (start of the 20th Century) it was rebuilt in 16th Century style, using original medieval doors and panelling. It's been owned by Gloria Swanson, by Thelma Furness (Gloria Vanderbilt's sister) and it's been "used" (ahem) by the old Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson. It's with Strutt & Parker, listed at £4.25 million.
Thanks to Tom (from lively music technology blog Music Thing) for pointing out an interesting way to buy a new(ish) walnut floor. It's started getting a bit of action on Ebay this morning. We're not sure whether that's because, or despite of, the minor stiletto heel damage caused by Anna Ryder Richardson. The story goes... the floor was originally in the show apartment penthouse at Manchester's Hacienda conversion. But Richardson trampled all over it during the launch party, so it had to be replaced. It's up for sale here, measures approximately 25 x 20 ft, and the action ends just after midday tomorrow.