Romantic bedrooms and property? You decide…

1. A kitchen encounter

This bedroom belongs, or perhaps now once belonged to Chef Marcus Wareing whose property went on the market in October last year for £2.1m. We’ve now noticed that this property is no longer on the market…has he sold it or kept it for Valentine’s day?

2. James Hunt’s bedroom

£2,750,000 – 4 bedroom property for sale

This “…sensational four double bedroom Victorian house” once belonged to the late James Hunt who won the F1 World Championship in 1967. Whilst this bedroom isn’t exactly anything to speak of, the kitchen has a very shiny F1 feel to it and clearly the place is steeped in history!

3. Contemporary romance in Surrey

£2,000,000 – 6 bedroom house for sale

“…open-plan living space beautifully illuminates this fabulous five bedroomed house and is presented in superb condition throughout with the highest quality of fixtures and fittings…” No celebrity owner though, but perhaps it comes with a garage full of white paint?

4. Love Walk, London SE5

£1,350,000 – 5 bedroom house for sale

Described by the agent as an “…English rose of a house…with three ravishing receptions…blush-toned Aga…and two great looking bathrooms.”

February 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM 1 comment

Home is where the hearth is this Valentines Day

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

With Valentine’s Day here, FindaProperty’s thoughts have turned to the soppy stuff of love. And what better place to swap cards and flowers than in one of these  romantic boltholes – BYO champagne and chocolate truffles please.

This Grade II listed thatched-roof cottage is thought to date back over three hundred years. It’s close to the Essex village of Little Waltham and is within easy reach of Chelmsford with the Clacton-on-Sea coast close by. The home has three bedrooms, two reception rooms, and landscaped gardens. The perfect place to snuggle up in front of the fireplace with your beloved.

Leighs Road in Little Waltham is for sale through John D Wood & Co Chelmsford office with a guide price of £485,000.

The elegant Grade II listed Cottage By The Green is tucked away on the outskirts of Pennington in Hampshire not far from the Georgian market town of Lymington, famous for its river and marinas.

This cottage features two bedrooms, a Shaker-style kitchen, sitting room and dining room. There’s also a traditional country garden – all the better for romantic strolls.

The Cottage by the Green, Fox Pond Lane, Pennington near Lymington is for sale through John D Wood & Co. in Lymington with a guide price of £460,000.

Escape to that idyllic country life you’ve always dreamed of (with your beloved in tow, of course) and set up home in the heart of Draynes Valley on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. Not only will you likely fall in love with the four bedroom Little Furswain Cottage on the edge of the river Fowley, but you’ll be able to cook up tasty treats for your sweetheart in its impressive commercial kitchen before retiring to the beautiful oak beamed sitting room.

Little Furswain Cottage, St Cleer, Liskeard, Cornwall is for sale through Stratton Creber with a guide price of £570,000.

February 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM 2 comments

What property hunters were looking for in January

Just over a year ago we gave you the ability to search property listings on by any keyword you want. That’s right, any keyword relevant to your property search that are mentioned in the property for sale or to rent details – garage, studio, parking and so on.

Since we launched the feature, the feed back has been great, so we thought we’d start to share with you some of the keywords that those hunting for property are currently looking for.

Don’t forget, you can also use the feature to search for exact phrases by using quotation marks e.g. “double garage”, or to exclude a term you can prefix it with ‘-’ e.g. -studio.

Here is a little more on the Zoopla keyword property search

Top 10 property search keywords – January 2011

Rank Property Buyers Property Renters
1 Detached Garden
2 Bungalow Garage / Parking
3 Garden Furnished
4 Cottage Studio
5 Rural Detached
6 Character Bungalow
7 Garage / Parking Bills included
8 Period Pets
9 Sea View Ground floor
10 Freehold Cottage

Source: – January 2011

February 10, 2011 at 1:33 PM 1 comment launches UK’s first online property archive with 2 million records

Example of historic listing on (above)

We believe that one of the key benefits of the web is its ability to make useful information free and easily accessible to everyone. Whilst historic house prices paid have been available online for some time (you can find every record since 1995 on, the ability to match these to photos and descriptions of the property at that time it was for sale or to rent hasn’t been possible…until now.

So, what have we done?

We have launched the Zoopla Property Archive – the UK’s first online property archive with over 2 million historic property listings details.  This is a totally unique feature to Zoopla that will become another essential research tool for house hunters to help them make smarter property decisions.

The unique archive covers properties that have been on the market for either sale or rent at some time in the last 10 years.

What will an archived record show?

  • the historic for sale or to rent asking price of a property
  • the date it was last listed on the market
  • images of the property at the time it was last listed for sale or to rent
  • a description of the property at that point in time
  • access to the sold prices of the property, if sold

Where can I find an archived listing?

Historic listings can be found in the ‘Home Values’ section of the website and are clearly marked with an ‘H’ to indicate a historic listing record is available – see below.

How historic listings are detailed on the Home Values section on (above)

We already combine current property listings for sale and to rent with market value data including free value estimates for every UK home, so by now adding the ability to see millions of property listings details from the past, we are taking property research and virtual curtain twitching to a whole new level.

As well as being a unique and informative research tool, the new Zoopla Property Archive is sure to become a must-use for the property curious who will now be able to see what their home and those of their friends and neighbours looked like in times gone by.

To find out more, visit the Zoopla Property Archive

February 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM 2 comments

Homes fit for a Premier League star

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

With the Premier League transfer window now shut for the winter, cashed up footballers will be moving around the country in order to be closer to their team mates and training grounds.  Here at FindaProperty we like to help out where we can, so we’ve picked out these homes for sale to help the young chaps settle in.

1. Fernando Torres

The Spanish striker will be getting to know the delights of Chelsea and Surrey after Chelsea paid Liverpool £50 million and set a new record for a transfer between two English clubs.

We say: This sophisticated mansion on the Crown Estate in Oxshott Surrey is within striking distance of Chelsea’s training ground and would suit 26-year-old family man Torres. It would also make him a neighbour to new team mate John Terry.

The six-bedroom family home features an indoor pool complex, air conditioning, personal lift and staff annex as well as extensive gardens. It’s on the market with Knight Frank with a guide price of £3.9 million.

2. Andy Carroll

The Gateshead born 22-year-old will no doubt invest quality time finding his perfect Scouser pub once he’s relocated after Liverpool paid Newcastle £35 million for the goal scoring Carroll who’s well known for his love of the drink.

We say: Carroll would do well to set up home near Liverpool star Steven Garrard, who lives with wife Alex Curran in a £3 million mansion in the Merseyside suburb of Freshfield. Alternatively he could opt for this three bedroom penthouse apartment with sea views in Crosby, Merseyside, which, let’s face it, is probably more Carroll’s style.

It’s on the market for £1.3 through Davis Beyga Estates

3. Luis Suarez

Uruguayan born striker Luis Suarez will up sticks from Dutch club Ajax and relocate to Liverpool after being traded for a tidy £22.7 million.

We say: Family man Suarez, who has a daughter with wife Sofia, should head for Woolton, Merseyside, the suburb Fernando Torres has been calling home ahead of his move to Chelsea.

This four bedroom Grade II listed semi has recently been updated and features a lounge room, study, dining room and kitchen as well as a courtyard and detached garage with space for four cars.

It’s on the market with Entwistle Green for £1 million.

February 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM 2 comments

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