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‘While the Shepherds watched their flocks by night, the angel of the Lord came down.’ So the Christmas carol goes. But the Shepherds have also been busy elsewhere.
Indeed, the Shepherds have been flocking to Sheep Street in Winslow in a perfect example of nominative determinism during the run up to the festive period.
Estate agents Hamptons International exclusively told Zoopla it has sold a three bedroom cottage in Sheep Street to a Mrs Paula Shepherd.
But the story does not stop there as the sale of the property was instructed by a gentleman by the same festive surname – who is unrelated to the new occupant.
“It is total co-incidence that instructions to sell the property had been received from a Mr Shepherd.
“We’re thrilled that the Shepherds continue to flock to Sheep Street. The property has exchanged just in time for Christmas and we hope the new owners will be extremely happy in their new home.”
The Buckingham branch of Hamptons International handled the sale of the Grade II Listed cottage.
The property has a nineteenth façade, but is believed to have origins from the seventeenth century.
The historic market town of Winslow is located between Buckingham and Aylesbury, and offers a good range of amenities – including shopping, a health centre, a church, a garage and a selection of pubs and restaurants.
The average price of a property in Winslow is £541,568, up £29,802 during the past year.
Other properties for sale in Winslow:
1. Two bedroom cottage for £189,950
2. Five bedroom detached house for £695,000
3. Five bedroom detached house for £650,000
With just a few days of Movember left to go, men across Britain are proudly displaying their beard growing efforts.
They’ve spent almost a month growing some facial furniture to raise money for charity and raise awareness about men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.
Last year, the event was held in 21 countries around the world and raised more than £92m.
To help celebrate their massive achievement, Zoopla has identified some properties with cleverly designed moustaches of their own.
From the full beard to the more distinguished chevron, the hairy theme adopted by houses can look equally as distinguished.
Here’s our guide to 10 of the best moustaches on houses:
1. The imperial:
2. The horseshoe:
3. The English:
4. The ginger:
5. The toothbrush:
6. The clean shaven:
7. The fu manchu:
8. The full beard:
9. The chevron:
10. And finally, there’s always one that struggles to grow a beard at all…
Zoopla’s team of participants have raised £473 so far and can be sponsored by clicking here:
From street names including the words ‘Devil’ to homes with graveyards included, there are plenty of properties for sale with Halloween connotations.
Most people’s idea of a Halloween trick would probably be along the lines of some slime or an egg thrown at a front door.
So spare a thought for Gateshead resident Carol, who is perhaps on the receiving end of some of the most extreme ghoulhish behaviour this Halloween.
Poor Carol has done her best to be a good neighbour, but the latest headstone erected in the driveway next door is one too many…especially as the only letters that appear on it are her first initial and then a question mark.
Grandmother Carol says: “I’ve been having nightmares over it. I have grandchildren that come to the house and it is just not nice for them to see. They think the place is haunted.”
The homeowner has allegedly defended the headstones as modern art, but was unavailable.
Local estate agents say the move is ‘out of the ordinary’ as properties in the Tyne View Place location in Gateshead are generally sought-after. A quick search on the Zoopla website reveals the property with the headstones has a current value of £80,742.
Alex James, of estate agents Alexander James, said: “It is quite a nice area and very central, being just a short walk into town. So it is a bit out of the ordinary.”
And after reflecting for a moment, he adds: “It is very spooky and I’ve never come across anything like that before in my entire property career.”
It comes as research by Zoopla reveals more than two fifths of potential buyers would decide not to view a property after being told it was haunted.
However, not all Halloween connotations with the housing market are so spooky.
Zoopla can reveal streets with Devil in the name are among the most valuable in the country with an average property value of £534,885.
On the other hand, streets with Witch in the name have average property values of only £160,856.
Properties with graveyards for sale:
Property: Four bedroom Church conversion
Property: Five bedroom converted chapel
Mirrors can add a decorative touch to a home, but they can also bring bad luck if they fail to remain in one piece.
If the saying is to believed, you’ll have seven years’ bad luck if you break a mirror.
It is unwelcome news for the one in four Britons who have broken an average of two mirrors in the last seven years.
It equates to a total of 12 million people, according to figures from Privilege Home Insurance.
It is perhaps unsurprising that so many are broken given the majority of homes have a mirror – many for decorative purposes, being in all shapes and sizes.
The belief that you’ll have seven years’ bad luck if you break a mirror is understood to come from the Romans, the first to create glass mirrors.
The thinking was that if the mirror was broken, then the person’s soul would be trapped inside.
Sarah Clements, manager of interior solutions at estate agent Hamptons International, said:
“We might be a superstitious nation, but mirrors can add a touch of class if they are used properly in a home.
“The correct use of mirrors can make a huge impact in a home and can be an easy and instant way to make a room feel more light and spacious.
“Decorative mirrors can demote a keen sense of style and when selling a property can be used very effectively in place of art. Art is considered very subjective and can alienate buyers, whereas a statement or decorative mirror can be far less offensive.
Consider what a typical British family can afford to pay for a three bedroom home and it is likely to be around the £150,000 mark (see *calculation below).
Even this may be a stretch for some, especially for those households with a single income.
Raising £150,000 may sound a sufficient amount, but in reality, it is nowhere near enough if you are aiming to provide a roof for your family in a city – particularly London. Indeed, in the capital, it is virtually impossible if you are hoping for a house with a garden.
One of the few places left where you can buy such a property is Harold Hill, Romford, which sits in the London Borough of Havering, within the M25.
The above three bedroom property in Harold Hill’s Harebell Way is currently for sale at £140,000. It is a terrace property with no garage, but it does have a rear garden. And despite requiring modernisation, it is described by estate agents as ‘one for the top of your viewing list’.
It is the only property of its size – and within this price bracket – that is currently available.
*The £150,000 threshold is arrived at by adding a typical 20 per cent deposit of £30,000 to a mortgage of £120,000, which is just shy of five times an average £25,000 salary. With a £30,000 deposit, the buyers may have either saved well, inherited money or acquired equity from already being on the property ladder.
The Government’s Help to Buy scheme is now up and running, aiming to assist those with a small deposit of just 5 per cent. But the decline in wage growth reported today highlights another issue for those trying to buy a home as lenders traditionally lend around four times your income.
It means a property valued at £250,000 is out of reach for those on average incomes, without a sufficient deposit or equity in their existing home.
The figures published by the Office for National Statistics show wages increased by just 0.7 per cent during the three months from June this year compared to the same period a year earlier – a real terms pay cut of 2 per cent given the current inflation rate of 2.7 per cent.
ONS figures also showed the average value of a home in London rose in the 12 months to July 2013 from £397,000 to £437,000.
Zoopla takes a look at other locations around Britain where it is possible to buy a three bedroom home for less than £150,000.
Location: Newport, Wales
Property: Three bedroom linked detached
Property: Three bedroom terrace
Location: Redruth, Cornwall
Property: Three bedroom terrace