Five Sweet Chocolate Box Properties

It looks like after a five-month long chase by Kraft, a sweet deal is about to be signed to buy Cadbury.

So, as a tribute to Cadbury, we’ve put our new keyword search tool to work and unwrapped five stunning chocolate box properties for you.

1. £950,000, 5 bedroom detached house in Astrope, Tring, Hertfordshire

Photo 1 of Astrope, Tring

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2.£595,000 – 3 bedroom property in Nettleton, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Photo 1 of Nettleton, Chippenham

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3. £545,000 – 4 bedroom detached house in Glinton, Peterborough

Photo 1 of North Fen Road, Glinton, Peterborough

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4.£469,950 – 3 bedroom detached house in Cockington Village, Torquay

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5.£329,000 – 3 bedroom detached house in West Wickham, Cambridge

Photo 1 of High Street, West Wickham, Cambridge

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January 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM Leave a comment

Ten properties with…a snooker room

After the defeat of Ronnie ‘The Rocket” O’Sullivan at the snooker Masters this weekend at Wembley, we decided to use our fabulous new Keyword search tool and find out how many properties are for sale on Zoopla.co.uk with a “snooker room”.

Our search found 143 properties available for sale on Zoopla.co.uk with a “snooker room” and here are ten ranging in price from £2.4m to £375,000.

1) £2,900,000 – 6 bedroom house, Beech Drive, Ringwood Estate, London, N2

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2) £2,800,000  – 6 bedroom detached house, Dennis Lane, Stanmore, London

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3) £2,790,000 – 7 bedroom detached house, Weston Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire

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4) £2,750,000 – 5 bedroom detached house, North Road, Hale, Cheshire

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5) £1,495,000 – 4 bedroom house, Slack Hall Farm, Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire

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6) £499,950 – 4 bedroom detached house, Upland Road, Upland, Wirral

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7) £485,000 – 4 bedroom detached house Scudamore Close, Pontrilas, Hereford

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8 ) £435,000 – 5 bedroom detached house, Moresby Parks, Whitehaven, Cumbria

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9) £435,000 – 5 bedroom detached house Denyer Court, Fradley, Staffordshire

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10) £375,000 – 4 bedroom detached house Church Lane, Bottesford, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire

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January 18, 2010 at 12:43 PM 5 comments

New feature: Keyword property search

Here’s a staggering statistic for you – property searches on Zoopla.co.uk were conducted at the rate of one every 0.46 seconds in 2009. With 86,400 seconds in a day, that’s a huge amount of searches taking place across the site on a daily basis.

However, previously for sale and to rent searches on Zoopla.co.uk have predominantly been sorted by location, price, type and number of beds…until now.

From today, you can now search property listings on Zoopla.co.uk by any keyword you want! That’s right, any keyword relevant to you – garage, studio, parking and so on.

After running a location search (in this instance Bedford) the ‘Refine for sale search’ box will appear on the right hand side of the ‘for sale‘ and ‘to rent’ results.

Within this box (see image below) a new field called ‘Keywords’ appears just below ‘Price’. It looks like this (take a look at the image below):

Here’s an example of the search results for properties for sale with a garage in Bedford – 297 results in total to choose from:

 

Results for 'garage' as keyword

 

You can also 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.

January 18, 2010 at 12:28 PM 3 comments

There’s A Rat In The Kitchen

Nightmare-inducing statistics* from Rentokil warn that increased numbers of rats are invading British homes to find some respite from the wintery weather conditions.

It appears that the much-reviled creatures are just as opposed to snow, sleet and freezing temperatures as we are, and have been burrowing their way into our centrally heated houses to keep warm and dry.

So, how do you cut down the risk of a rodent invasion?  Rule number one, says Rentokil, is: don’t leave rubbish outside your home.

This, it would seem, is the rat equivalent of placing a red carpet on your pathway and a great big WELCOME! banner over your door.

Secondly, make sure that you seal any holes or gaps in your house, particularly around pipes, and repair or replace broken drain covers.

Rats only need minimal entry space and – yikes! – can even emerge from sewer systems. (Yes, I’d thought that was an urban myth too.)

If you’re concerned that you may be unwillingly co-habiting with a colony of rats, Rentokil have a handy “Signs of a Rat Problem” section on their website, as well as some excellent rat-busting advice.

*Rentokil saw a 34 per cent rise in rodent-related callouts between Jan 07-Dec 07 and Jan 08-Dec 08.

In 2009, local councils were called out to deal with 700,000 infestations, compared with 650,000 the previous year.

January 15, 2010 at 6:38 PM 5 comments

Zoopla.co.uk reaches number two as it turns two!

Zoopla.co.uk is officially two years old today.

That alone is great news, but we’ve also had some other exciting news – we’re now the number two most popular property website in the UK, according to industry (Nielsen) statistics for November and December.

Below are a few major milestones from the last 12 months which (not wishing to blow our own trumpet) we think makes pretty astonishing progress so far.

So, we’d like to say a BIG thank you to all of you who continue to support us. We really value your feedback, word of mouth support and input to the site. Please keep it coming.

Key milestones in 2009 for Zoopla.co.uk:

January – raised a further £3.75m bring total raised to £5.5m

February – launched for sale and rental agent listings product

July – acquired Thinkproperty.com from Guardian Media Group

August – acquired PropertyFinder Group from News International

October – named ‘Best Property Portal 2009′ (Daily Mail UK Property Awards)

November – completed integration of acquisitions onto single platform

January 15, 2010 at 3:42 PM Leave a comment

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