Where’s my home? With the shopping, dear

Supermarket giant Tesco has launched a range of DIY flat-pack, self-build houses starting at £10,000.

Manufactured by Finnlife, the Helsinki cabin has five rooms and a “handy upstairs storage area” and costs £9,999 – earning customers 19,998 Clubcard points in the process.

PHOTO BY: Finnlife / Solent News / Rex Features

Tesco says the building “readily adapts to serve a number of uses from home office and gym to lounging area and playroom”.

The cabin is made from Scandinavian whitewood and is constructed using 44mm thick tongue and groove boards.

The 32ft by 16ft 10ins structure has eight double-glazed windows, French doors, a felt shingle roof and a terraced decking area. It can also be upgraded to include a guttering kit, laminate flooring and even underfloor heating.

The Helsinki cabin is only available from the Tesco website as it is too bulky to pick up in store – so shoppers will incur a five pounds delivery charge.

And the supermarket advises: “Prior to purchase check whether planning permission and building regulations approval may be required.”

PHOTO BY: Finnlife / Solent News / Rex Features

The cabin comes with plans and step-by-step building instructions plus a list of tools required including a ladder, saw, screwdriver, mallet and tape measure.

The manual states: “No specialist skills are required. Anyone can build a Finnlife log cabin although some tasks may require more than one pair of hands.

“Construction times will vary depending on your skills and the number of people helping you.”

Buyers are also advised that the building needs a quality timber treatment after assembly, and that it should be built on foundations of concrete or compressed gravel.

Delivery of the flat-pack cabins is only available to mainland UK customers and usually takes a maximum of 21 days, according to Tesco.

July 6, 2010 at 5:24 PM 7 comments

Dannii Minogue’s Riverside Pad for Sale on Zoopla.co.uk

UPDATE (7th October) – Dannii’s flat was reduced in price by 9.3% to £499,000 on 21st September 2010. It was first listed for sale on Zoopla.co.uk for £550,000 on 25th Jun 2010

According to a small story in the HOME section of yesterday’s Sunday Times, Dannii Minogue’s riverside pad is up for sale, and here it is on Zoopla.co.uk with the Battersea, London branch of agent John D Wood.

Now her X-Factor days are over, she’s upped sticks and moved back to Melbourne with long-term boyfriend and ex-rugby league player, Kris Smith.

The 754 sq ft property is located in Trade Tower, Coral Row at Plantation Wharf and has two double bedrooms, dual aspect reception room and open plan kitchen, en-suite shower and according to Dannii:

“When I was working late into the evening with the X-Factor, it was great to be able to crash in this little haven of mine. It has views across Westminster and the City. I could see London twinkling all around me. I’ve got so many happy memories of entertaining here.”

The paper says she bought the property in 1997. So, a quick look at our Sold Prices section on Zoopla.co.uk shows that in 1997 nine properties were sold in the same block ranging in price from £520,000 to £120,000. We’re not exactly sure which is hers, but the average of these nine purchase prices is £206,000 which means, if she sold at the asking of £550,000 she could be set to make in the region £344,000 (excluding fees) on her riverside flat.

Here’s the full property details on Zoopla.co.uk.




July 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM Leave a comment

Five to view: property in Wimbledon

As the most exciting Wimbledon Championships in years draws to a close this weekend, we take a look at what homes are for sale in the world-famous SW19 postcode.

And there’s more to life than strawberries and cream here:  Wimbledon has its own Broadway, a bustling high street packed full of shops, bars, restaurants and even theatre.

However, there’s no getting away from the district’s main attraction and, for that reason, our five to view are all within a ball’s throw of Centre Court.

1. Love (it) all

7-bed house for sale in Wimbledon. Knight Frank (0843 2829 608)

2. Courting attention

5-bed house for sale in Wimbledon. Robert Holmes & Company (0843 2811 024)

3. Play suspended

5-bed Wimbledon property for sale. Foxtons (0208 605 2900)

4. Trophy home

5-bed property for sale in Wimbledon. John D Wood (0843 2823 024)

5. It’s a smash

2-bed flat for sale, Wimbledon. Hamptons (0843 2842 475)

July 2, 2010 at 2:29 PM 1 comment

Is Aaron Lennon about to make £165,000 on his property?

With a little research, we have good reason to believe that this is, or was, the 4-bedroom detached (with gym, pool, cinema and sauna) home belonging to England and Tottenham Hotspur footballer, Aaron Lennon.

What do we at Zoopla.co.uk know about this property?

Because we list every UK home, provide free value estimates for any UK home and constantly update our information via many sources, including the collective intelligence of the community of over 4 million users, the chances are we’ll know quite a bit.

Here is the 4-bedroom detached home (called Badgers) in the Home Values section of Zoopla.co.uk and we value this property at £2,598,953.

Looking at the change in value of the property, over the last year it’s up £313,286 (13.7%), but compared to the last two years it’s down £56,686 (-2.1%). So his timing’s not bad.

Here are more values for his road – Theydon Road.

In terms of previous sold prices, we know that the current owner bought the property on January 26th 2007 for £2,435,000. A little before that time, Lennon signed a new 5 ½ year deal worth £20,000 a week with Tottenham on 8 January 2007, which will keep him at the club until 2012.

Other sold prices for this property are as follows:

28th June 2002 – £1,500,000

2nd September 1996 – £600,000

It’s currently listed for sale by two agents at an asking price of £2,600,000.

Here’s a bit of a description of the property and more photos here:

“Set between Epping and Theydon Bois is this most impressive detached family house, with private electric gated entrance. The property offers a superb contemporary living space and accommodation, which includes master bedroom suite, three further main bedrooms, two being en suite, family bathroom, two reception rooms plus cinema room, study and kitchen/breakfast. There is also a one bedroom guest house with en suite. Swimming pool complex with games room and sauna, garaging, gym and attractive established gardens.”

Here’s the market overview page for CM16 where the average property value is: £385,517.

So, assuming that it is his and he sold at the asking, it looks like Mr Lennon could make – £165,000 on the sale, based on the purchase price of £2,435,000 in Jan 2007 (not including fees etc).

July 2, 2010 at 8:55 AM Leave a comment

Zoopla.co.uk LIVE Auction: Fancy buying a lighthouse?

In this week’s Zoopla.co.uk LIVE online property auction (starts Thursday 1st July at 12.00), there’s a chance to purchase a chain free, Grade II listed piece of history…in the form of a lighthouse!

The “Old Lighthouse” on Townend Road, Paull, Hull was built in 1836 by The Trinity House of Kingston Upon Hull and went out of use in 1870 when the sandbanks moved and caused the deepwater channel to shift, and new lighthouses were built just along the river bank at Thorngumbald Clough.

The light was powered first by oil and then by a gas burner and the windows of the lamp room face towards Hull to guide ships into the safe channel which led out into the North Sea.

The lighthouse comprises of a lounge, sitting room, upper and lower kitchen areas, and bathroom to the ground floor.

There are two staircases. One leading to the first bedroom together with a ladder which gives access to the lamp room and great views over the river and Paull itself.

Two further bedrooms and a shower room are accessed via an internal staircase with a garden to the rear of the property with patio area and lawn.

Here are the Zoopla.co.uk values for other properties on the same road and here is a market overview for Paull where the average property value is £116,899. If you’re interested in previous sold prices for Paull, here is all the info you need.

About Trinity House

“The safety of shipping, and the well being of seafarers, have been our prime concerns since Trinity House was granted a Charter by Henry VIII in 1514.”

Today they have three distinct functions:

  • First, they are the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, responsible for a range of general aids to navigation, ‘signs of the sea’, from lighthouses to radar beacons.
  • Second, they are a charitable organisation dedicated to the safety, welfare and training of mariners.
  • Third, they are a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority providing expert navigators for ships trading in Northern European waters.

July 1, 2010 at 9:35 AM Leave a comment

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