Adele quits her rented Sussex mansion

As Someone Like You singer Adele is named the sixth richest under 30-year-old in the world, it’s evident her new wealth is being ploughed into property as she casts around for a £10m London property and prepares to buy a £2.5m Brighton seafront house next door to Fat Boy Slim and Zoe Ball. Which means it’s curtains for the £15,000-a-month Sussex mansion she began renting in February this year.

But Lock House, which she was filmed walking around for a US television show recently, and which has now been put up for rent again on, has a fascinating history featuring the sort of heartache Adele loves to sing about. This includes links to a doomed land speed record holder, Turkish royalty, a troubled property tycoon and an order of nuns.

Lock House was built in 1900 but by the 1930s had become the home of Andrew Harvey, father of world speed record holder Donald Campbell’s wife Gina Harvey. Then, in 1971, the house became a nunnery belonging to the Roman Catholic Order of the Visitation, which in turn sold it on in 2003 for £2m to a Turkish princess, Ayse Gulnev Sutton, wife of high rolling London-based property developer Nick Sutton.

At the time of buying Lock House Nick Sutton had recently been voted Young Property Person of the Year and was riding high both as the founder of several successful businesses and as the ‘secret’ buyer of Craven Cottage, Fulham FC’s west London home ground – a deal which (happily for fans) fell through.

After this the couple, who cut dashing figures on the London social scene, then concentrated on their hotel development firm, which went on to build and operate famous name hotels including Brighton’s seafront Lansdowne Hotel.

While building a Radisson hotel in Cardiff, which is now the city’s tallest, their firm’s  operation in the city was reported to be in administration leaving behind unpaid bills of up to £3 million. It is now in the hands of a receiver, Deloitte. The couple have not lived in Lock House now for over a 18 months.

July 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM 1 comment

Beach huts for sale: TOP TEN of Britain’s most beautiful

Some say it’s a property market with no foundations built on shifting sands but despite often having no running water and cramped living conditions,  Britain’s beach huts are rapidly reaching castle-like prices.

Last month an 18ft wooden hut overlooking the Solent on Mudeford beach near Christchurch – the Knightsbridge of the beach hut world – fetched £170,000 after going on the market for two days. And this week an 11ft former fisherman’s hut with views of Lyme Bay and Chesil beach in Dorset (and the Olympic sailing area) was put up for sale at £75,000 through eBay.

But not all such beach retreats are so expensive. So here’s some of the more alluring but affordable if you have a yen for hitting the huts. All these properties, like almost all beach retreats in the UK, are available on year-long leases negotiated (usually) annually and not available for overnight use.

1. Price: £69,000.
Where: Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk
What: Recently rebuilt beach hut (2010) at the end of Holkham beach where dogs are allowed.
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2. Price: £60,000
Where:  Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk
What: Hut on a raised platform close to the beach car park west of the local Lifeboat Station.
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3. Price: £57,500
Where: Wells-Next-The –Sea, Norfolk
What: Partly-refurbished cabin on the popular and dog-free Holkham end of Wells-Next-The-Sea beach.
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4. Price: £33,500
Where: Portland Bill, Portland off Weymouth
What: Medium size hut that’s shabby chic on the outside, Cath Kidston inside.
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5. Price: £25,000
Where: Old Hunstanton, West Norfolk
What: Cute, single room hut overlooking gorgeous sand dunes rebuilt in 2008.
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6. Price: £22,500
Where: Tankerton, Whitstable, Kent
What: Large seafront raised hut 15 minutes by foot from central Whitstable along the town’s esplanade.
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7. Price: £20,000
Where: Alum Chine, Bournemouth, Dorset
What: Extremely pretty 2010 built beach hut on a hillside overlooking a sandy beach in front of the shops and other amenities of a small village.
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8. Price: £22,000
Where: Church Ope Cove, Portland, Dorset
What: Hut clinging to a hillside overlooking a rugged bay on the east coast of Portland isle.
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9. Price: £17,500
Where: Whits End, Tankerton, Kent
What: Attractive powder blue furnished beach hut to the east of Whitstable a short walk from Chestfield & Swalecliffe railway station.
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10. Price: £13,950
Where: Ferring Beach, West Sussex
What: Front row beach hut on the fashionable western side of Worthing on Ferring Beach, famous for its long-established foodie haven the Bluebird Cafe.
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July 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM 1 comment

Is this Liz Hurley and Shane Warne’s new love nest?

We all love a bit of celebrity property gossip and rumour has it this stunning Georgian country estate is in the process of changing hands for £6million.

Donnington Hall, on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire borders, is believed to soon have new owners in the form of actress and model Liz Hurley and Aussie cricket legend, Shane Warne who have been together since 2010.

Between them they have four children and judging by the property highlights below, it sounds like Liz & Shane will also need a fair few staff!

Donnington Hall is situated in 187 acres, 46 of which are termed parkland and gardens, has 4 reception rooms, 13 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, accommodation for a housekeeper and nanny. An extensive cellar, 12 stables, a coach house and tennis court.

So, we’ll keep you updated when we can confirm this, in the mean time you can read more about it here and view the pictures below.

Related stories: Zoopla award Liz Hurley a Purple Plaque

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July 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM Leave a comment

A home with an inky past

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

The printing presses and draughting tables may be a thing of the past, but these chic London apartments could be the perfect first edition for a new breed of creatives seeking a bolthole in London.

From printers to plush, AXIO offers chic London living

AXIO, the latest development by LDL, offers 129 one, two and three bedroom apartments overlooking Furze Green in Bromley-by-Bow, with 87 homes for private sale and 42 designated as affordable housing. Built on the site of a formerly rundown printers and engineering works on Furze Street in E3, these architect designed homes are the lastest lowrise offering aimed at first-time buyers and investors looking to buy a home in up and coming East London.

A big part of AXIO’s allure is its location. Located between Canary Wharf and Stratford, the development has a park-side setting and is just a stone’s throw from the Limehouse Cut canal. Limehouse Basin, historically a working dockyard, is just fifteen minutes walk from AXIO and has been transformed into a smart new marina.

The development also offers surprising value for money, with one bedroom apartments starting at £210,000, two bedrooms from £260,000 and three-bedroom apartments from £320,000.

But buyers interested in a home with an inky past will need to act fast. There are just 38 apartments in AXIO’s first phase, 26 of which will launch for sale on Saturday June 30 with flats  ready to move into by October this year.

“AXIO offers a very rare opportunity to purchase a high specification apartment at an affordable price, close to the heart of the capital,” says Rachel Carroll, Marketing and Business Development Executive for LDL.  “Its location is ideal for young professionals and first time buyers looking to be close to the action, convenient for City workers and perfect for investors looking to invest in the a destination which is undergoing rapid regeneration.”

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June 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM Leave a comment

Is this One Direction’s Zayn Malik’s new multi-million pound pad?

Reports are circulating in the media that Zayn Malik, from boy band One Direction, has splashed his cash on a 6-bedroomed, £2m+ pad with an indoor swimming pool in Hyver Hill, North London.

A quick search on Zoopla and we stumble upon this property for sale that could fit the bill: a 6 bedroom detached house for sale at £2,495,000. Reports in the media state he paid £2.2m, so if this is the property it looks like he’s found a motivated seller or got someone negotiating hard for him…Simon Cowell perhaps?

According to our data, this particular property was first listed on Zoopla for £2,750,000 on 7th Sep 2011 and was reduced in price to £2,495,000 (a 9.3% reduction) on 10th October 2011.

What the agent who is selling the property says about it:

A detached family residence situated in a highly sought after private road adjoining greenbelt countryside. The property offers spacious, well proportioned accommodation over two floors and further benefits from a detached triple garage, 2 bedroom ground floor annex and indoor leisure complex/pool. Approached via a gated carriage driveway providing extensive parking, the house provides a blend of a traditional exterior with a contemporary internal finish. Once inside you enter into a spacious reception hall leading onto the 3 principle reception rooms and the stunning kitchen/breakfast room which offers an ‘Underwood’ kitchen with ‘Miele’, ‘Sub Zero’ and ‘Wolf’ appliances, white quartz work surfaces and central island with tempered glass surface and breakfast bar…

More here

Related story: Former One Direction bachelor pad back on market for £5k per month

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June 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM 2 comments

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