OK, some of our younger readers may not be familiar with the name, but back in the early 70s the sight of Suzi Q in a leather catsuit had quite an impact on impressionable young lads.
Throw in the wailing voice, the thumping bass and the promise that Your Mamma Won’t Like Me and, well, old Suzi looked like she’d be a damn sight more fun, than, say, Karen Carpenter (“Ouff Suzi. You were always in my dreams when I was 14-15,” as one YouTube comment has it).
She now lives in rural Essex and is currently selling Hyde Hall, her rather lovely Elizabethan Manor.
While there’s always something a little depressing about rockers living in stockbroker mansions, Suzi, we’re very happy to report, has electric guitars affixed to the timber panelling on either side of the brick fireplaces. And she still looks pretty impressive in leather. Amen to that.
Strutt & Parker are selling Hyde Hall. Asking price: £2,300,000.
Here, for those of you who remember, and for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, is Suzi in action back in 1973 with Can the Can.
Packs included pens, pads and funky window stickers which have begun popping up on high streets across the UK.
Thanks to a colleague these pics were taken during her morning stroll to work (she’s an early bird, hence the darkness!).
This is Kentish Town, London.
After last week’s foray into how the other half live in Westminster, we thought we’d return to a more basic form of dwelling; namely the traditional two-up two-down terrace.
This humble house has been the starting off point on the property ladder for many, and it’s easy to see why.
They offer more space than your average starter flat – often for significantly less money; they generally have an outdoors area; and there’s something reassuringly grown up about having an upstairs and a downstairs to call your own.
Although most commonly associated with northern regions, these houses can be found throughout the UK – we’ve looked specifically for examples that fall under the increased stamp duty threshold of £175,000.
So, for all you potential first-timers out there, here are five fairly cheap, very cheerful two-up two-down properties for sale:
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1. Gravesend, Kent
2. Cheadle, Greater Manchester
£157,950 (Offers Over)
3. Banbury, Oxfordshire
4. St George, Bristol
5. Lincoln, Lincolnshire
£110,000 (Guide Price)
Our latest House Prices & Affordability Index (published today) reveals that the average UK asking price is £218,654.
What, you might ask, can you get for that?
Well, in Wales – and apologies to all you Londoners who may be shelling out an equivalent sum for a one-bed basement flat – you can get this beautifully converted Victorian school house.
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The property was used as the local school from 1872-1995 and is a rare and very early example of the use of concrete in construction (as is the nearby Gregynog Hall, on whose estate this school is built).
The highlight here is the large living/dining room (36’9″ x 18’1″) which features timber beams, a magnificent fireplace, stained glass windows and a fine hand-crafted oak staircase.
It’s all very lovely, and will, I think, arouse sharp pangs of property longing in those of us who live in the pricey South East.
Three-bed detached house, £225,000, Strutt & Parker, Shrewsbury (Tel: 0843 2823 336).