To celebrate a year of Google Street View, Google asked the nation to vote for what they thought were the most picturesque streets in Britain.
Google’s criteria for street-selection stated that:
“The winning street should be uniquely British and visually charming. It could be vibrant, full of character, diverse, walker-friendly or architecturally interesting.”
…and Ed Parsons from Google said:
“The Google Street View Awards are aimed to celebrate the many fantastic streets that Britain has to offer, and the results reveal a diverse cultural landscape of food, fashion and beauty that puts the winning towns firmly on the map.”
More than 11,000 people voted for their favourites after the streets were short-listed by a panel of experts.
The top three streets, in order were:
Google Street View Most Picturesque Street Shortlist 2010
|Street||Area||Average Value March 2010|
|High Street||Chipping Campden||£683,525|
|New College Lane||Oxford||£337,413|
|Brunswick Square||Brighton and Hove||£274,315|
|Main Street||Isle of Mull||£146,835|
Celebrity chef Rick Stein is credited with turning the Cornish town of Padstow into a household name over the past few years – and some wags have even renamed the town Padstein.
Having chosen it as the location for his mini-empire – which includes four restaurants, a bar and a cookery school – Padstow’s tourism has subsequently benefited, as have its property prices.
But word on the Cornish streets is that Falmouth is next in line for a similar rise to fame and potential fortune. Why? Because Stein’s latest venture – a Fish & Chip Restaurant and Oyster Bar – is due to open in the town’s Discovery Quay next month.
So before Falmouth is besieged by seafood fans, and house prices grow as fast as anglers’ tales, here are five plaices (sorry, couldn’t resist!) to view:
(Click on pics for more images & full property details)
1. CATCH OF THE DAY
2. TOP DECK
3. FISHERMAN’S FRIEND
4. MY VIEW IS THIS BIG
5. SOLE STOREY PROPERTY
If there’s one thing many of us forget about the housing market, it’s the huge history that many homes can claim, sometimes dating back to the times of William the Conqueror.
Some 20 per cent of properties listed on FindaProperty.com have historic track records, be they Tudor, Elizabethan, Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian homes – and in total, some 340,000 properties across the UK have Grade I, II*or II listed status.
So given our long experience of being a nation of bricks and mortar, how have our homes changed over the past 860-odd years?
For the first in our new blog series, we track down Britain’s longest continually inhabited home and compare it to one of the newest, from David Wilson Homes, to see how they measure up.
OLDEST: Saltford Manor – built: 1149
After months of research by Country Life magazine it was revealed in 2003 that five-bedroom Saltford Manor in Somerset was Britain’s oldest inhabited address.
According to architectural historian, Dr John Goodall, the property has been a home since before 1150 – narrowly pipping Horton Court in Gloucester (built in 1150) and Hemingford Grey in Cambridgeshire (built in 1160) to the post.
Saltford Manor is a solidly Norman affair and includes a typical ornate window in its main bedroom and an arch etched with diamond markings similar to one found at Hereford Cathedral – built in 1148.
The house was considerably beefed up during the Medieval period but left alone by the Georgians and Victorians although at the moment it is decorated to very contemporary tastes rather than historic ones.
“You get a wonderful sense of history,” says owner James Wynn. “I can look at Norman, Tudor and 17th century architecture before I brush my teeth.”
NEWEST: The Domus development – built: 2009
In stark contrast to Saltford Manor, the 26 designer properties for sale at the Prince of Wales-endorsed Domus development near Upton in Northampton (by new homes developer David Wilson Homes) are some of the newest to be built thus far in Britain’s homes history, and are often quoted as being one of the greenest, along with the BedZED development in Beddington, South London.
All the properties within Domus (formerly called Aspect) have been built with today’s eco-aware buyers in mind and include environmentally friendly water drainage systems, heating and hot water supplied by solar panels, built-in three-bin recycling in their kitchens and safe bike stores to encourage cycling.
If living the Vida Moderna is more your bag (and more affordable, given Saltford’s likely £900,000+ price-tag) then there are five properties remaining for sale at Domus, varying in price from £299,000 to £449,000.
For more details visit David Wilson Homes.