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Andy Murray: his mother’s less successful match?

While Andy Murray celebrates his first grand slam win, the first by a male British tennis player for 76 years, his mother Judy may be having a little less success back home.

Her five-bedroom executive home (pictured, below) in Dunblane, East Lothian, which she bought in 2007 for £650,000, has been on the market since July this year at £595,000 which is £55,000 less than she paid for it at the top of the market just before the credit crunch struck.

The 52-year-old (pictured, below) is a professional tennis coach, captain of the Great Britain Fed Cup team (the female counterpart to the Davis Cup) and is also an energetic charity fundraiser. She has been living at her Dunblane home with former badminton ace Phil Reid since the late noughties following her divorce from Andy’s father Will in 2005.

But, despite the area being one of the most desirable in Dunblane, she may have struggled to find a buyer. This is partly because, local agents say, she’s been asking the same price for her home as larger, seven-bedroom properties on the estate – which have been selling recently.

Her house lies in a maze of some 200 high-end houses and villas built in 2004 by developer Cala Homes on a site called Laighills, a former sand and gravel quarry to the north of Dunblane town centre.

And it’s her second in the town, the first being the family home where Andy Murray was raised and attended Dunblane High School. The town, which stayed up almost to a man to watch the US Open final last night, is in the grip of Murray mania and painted one of its post boxes gold recently following Andy’s medal win at the Olympics.

September 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM Leave a comment

Top 10: Olympic rental properties

The market isn’t big but the large sums to be made from this summer’s Games most certainly are, if the properties available to rent near Stratford’s Olympic village are anything to go by.

Stratford in East London, which normally features an average rental price of £1,700 a month, has been flooded with properties being offered at up to £10,000 a week, prices you might normally expect to pay in Chelsea or Kensington.

The area offers 277 such short let Olympic properties at the moment for between £4,000 and £6,500 a week, as displayed by our Smart Maps tool below.

Top of the pile is a house that’s ten minutes on foot from Stratford (see below), available for £10,000 a week or £43,000 a month.  So what else remains to rent at the top of Stratford’s Olympic property market?

1. £10,000  a week
 It might be sparsely furnished but it has seven bedrooms and therefore could sleep 14, making the rental price look more affordable per head.
Ten minutes by foot east of Stratford Station in a quirky street of terraced mid-Victorian houses.

2. £6,500 a week

What: Three bedroom terraced mid-Victorian house that’s been expensively decorated throughout and includes an upmarket Italian kitchen. Comes with off-street parking, broadband and a twice-weekly cleaner.
Where: On a pretty and quiet street three miles south-west of the Olympic site. A bit out on a limb, but still just 20 minutes by public transport to Stratford station.

Olympic property

3. £5,000 a week

Where: A stone’s throw from the stadium overlooking both it and a canal.
What: Very large two-bedroom corner flat in a new-build block.

4. £5,000 a week
What: Three bedroom split level penthouse with three balconies, most offering excellent views of the Olympic site (pictured below).
Where: Five minutes by foot east of Stratford town centre and access to the Olympic village.

olympic property

5. £5,000 a week

What: A furnished three-bedroom 1970s terraced house with a garden and, most crucially, off street parking. Has been refurbished recently.
Where:  Just over the trainline from, and east of, the Olympic village. A five minute walk from Stratford rail and tube station too.

olympic property to rent

6. £5,000 a week

What: Noughties-built end of terrace family home in a residential-cum-industrial area. The attraction is its size – five bedrooms so will sleep ten people. Available only as a month-long let.
Where: Five minutes walk – and to the east of – Stratford town centre.

olympic property

7. £4,800 a week

What: Tastefully decorated late Victorian terraced house with five bedrooms and a Zen style garden.
Where: Near Bow Street railway station, which is two stops (or two miles) south of Stratford.

8. £4,000 a week

What: Sportingly funky three-bedroom split level apartment with balcony. Pictures were obviously taken in late December, as there’s a Xmas tree in the lounge.
Where: Overlooking the Olympic village on a road to the west of the village.

9. £4,000 a week
What: Two bedroom new-build flat.
Where: Overlooking main stadium and canal from the west on a perimeter road.

10. £4,000 a week
What: A classy apartment in a recently-built block with three double bedrooms.
Where: Near a Unversity of London faculty next to the Olympic site.

July 19, 2012 at 9:29 AM 2 comments

Will the Olympics win gold for Stratford?

There has been feverish speculation about the Olympic property market in and around Stratford in East London for years but, as the first athletes arrive and the opening ceremony prepares to kick off in ten days, will the Games really be good news for the area’s property market?

We’ve looked at all the homes for sale within a mile of the Olympic stadium, covering Stratford but also reaching north to Hampton Wick, south to Bromley-by-Bow, east to West Ham Lane recreation ground and west to Well Street Common. See our Smart Map below.

map of homes for sale round the Olympic village in Stratford

It’s a market largely made up of Victorian and Edwardian semis, post-war council properties and recently-built glass and steel apartments, and there are currently 618 properties on the market. Prices remain inexpensive by the capital’s standards and east of the stadium are the more prime addresses where most of the new apartment blocks have been built. Homes to the west of the stadium are substantially cheaper.

And according to our property data, the average value of a home within Stratford is £234,034, approximately 20% lower than East London’s average (£289,832) and 46% lower than London’s overall average.

At the top of the market is a four-bedroom apartment for £595,000 on Gerry Raffles Square, two streets east of Stratford’s shiny new train and tube station.

The bottom of the market is a one-bedroom shared-equity apartment for sale at £94,500 opposite Strand East, an urban village being built by furniture store IKEA, most famous for its 150 foot ‘Olympic Torch’ nearing completion at the moment (artist’s impression pictured below).

But you’ll need at least £200,000 to buy either a one-bedroom apartment within an upmarket apartment block or a two-bedroom period house, and those with clear views of the Olympic site (such as the one pictured below) attract a premium of between 5-8%.

view of Olympic village from apartment for sale in Stratford

The area’s most expensive properties kick off at £300,000 which buys an entry-level and new two-bedroom apartment or a three bedroom period semi.  But the best apartments with views over the Olympic site are within Stratford Eye (pictured below), a new, cigarette-lighter shaped apartment tower on Angel Lane, and many flats within it have 180-degree views of the venue.

But the house price boom that was expected has yet to arrive, although prices have been rising reflecting the number of high-end apartment blocks coming on to the market rather than rising values for the rest.

Prices have picked up over the past six months or, we have noticed, stopped dropping and begun to swing upwards (by 1.20% over the past three months).

This is hopefully the ‘Olympic effect’ kicking in as the Games have loomed, but more likely it’s the area benefitting from the £15 billion the surrounding borough will receive directly and indirectly from the Olympics, including 62,000 new jobs and 59,600 new homes.

July 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM Leave a comment

Going for gold: Olympics add almost £60,000 to house prices

The Olympics are 66 days away today, but their impact is already being felt in London and beyond when it comes to UK house prices.

It's not just about the sport, asking prices of homes near Olympic and Paralympic venues have increased by an average £60,000 in the past year

Asking prices for homes in areas close to Olympic and Paralympic event venues, including those outside London, have increased by 14% in the past year, adding an average £59,928 to property values, according to new research by

Around London

In London SW1, home to The Mall and Horse Guards Parade, both of which will be used as Olympic venues, average property prices have increased by 48% in the past 12 months. Olympic events taking place here include Beach Volleyball, the Marathons and the Olympic Cycling Road Races. The average value of property in this exclusive area of the capital is now £1,499,952 – up from £1,015,321 a year ago.

Asking prices of homes in Earls Court, in West London, where the Volleyball competition will be held, rose 38%, adding £298,021 to the cost of homes in the area within 12 months.

Outside London

Outside London, house prices in areas surrounding the venue for the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing competitions in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour in Dorset increased by 25%. Prices increased by £38,552 to an average £190,645.


Asking prices for renting a home near an Olympic or Paralympic event venue have also been affected with prices increasing by an average £152 per month (9%) in the past year.

Tenants in Stratford, East London – home to the 2012 London Olympic Park where there are 10 separate event venues, can expect the highest Olympic rental premiums with rents up 38% (£433) year-on-year, bringing the average monthly cost to £1,575.

In a similar vein, asking rents for homes in Greenwich, south east London, where the North Greenwich Arena and Greenwich Park venues are located, have increased 32% (£523) in a year to £2,143 per month.

That’s not a bad result for the legacy Olympics, especially considering we’re still some time away from the opening ceremony.


May 22, 2012 at 4:42 PM Leave a comment

How to find a property to rent for the London 2012 Olympics period

Over the last four weeks we have seen an increase of 161% in searches for the term ‘Olympics’, a trend that is almost certain to grow over the coming months.

International demand for short-term rental property in London over the summer is set to be fierce. Hotel room availability in the city during the Olympics is becoming non-existent with hotel rooms having been booked out months, and in some cases years, in advance making short-term property rentals a great alternative.

Consequently, with just under 5 months to go until the London Olympics, we have made it easy for the millions of international visitors heading to the capital for the Games to find accommodation. From the Zoopla home page we have linked directly to search results highlighting houses and flats available to rent in London as short-term lets during the summer.

With almost 1,000 properties in London currently listed to rent during the Olympic period, there is a vast range of options to select, from a one-bedroom flat for £200 per week within walking distance of the Olympic Stadium to a six-bedroom house in trendy Notting Hill for an Olympic £30,000 per week

So if you are visiting this Summer and looking for accommodation, here are som tips to help you.

Top tips for international visitors looking to secure an Olympic rental:

1. Use a reputable lettings agent, such as one listed on

2. Be prepared to make a quick decision to avoid any disappointment

3. Have all relevant references & identification paperwork needed ready

4. Check the location & nearest transport links using Zoopla map view

5. Make sure any deposit paid is protected by a tenant deposit scheme

Properties available as short-term lets during the Olympics can be found here

As always, please feel free to share and use this research, all we ask is that you credit the source as and link to Thank you.

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March 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM Leave a comment

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