A couple in the picturesque Worcestershire parish of Acton Beauchamp have stirred up a colourful storm by giving their property a bright pink makeover, prompting complaints from neighbours keener on sober hues.
Residents in the parish have been grumbling to officials that the home of James Hall and his wife, which is famed locally for its pink frontage, is out of place among the predominantly black and white exteriors of local homes.
Having only recently applied for retrospective planning permission – the house was painted in its ‘Rose Madder’ shade of pink two years ago – the Halls were turned down and ordered by the local council to return their walls to a non-controversial white.
But Mrs Hall, who bought the house with her husband in 1984, told a newspaper: “This paint colour was not chosen willy-nilly or on a whim. We didn’t wake up one morning and say ‘Ooh I feel like Jordan, let’s paint our house pink’.”
Clearly not a pair to be defeated, however, the couple have now lodged an appeal to have their 400-year old property de-listed, which, if granted, would allow them continue living in the pink.
And as fellow resident of a brightly coloured house – mine is a pretty peach shade – I’m hoping the couple come out smelling of, well, roses.
As we write, there are less than 4 days till our first LIVE auction.
Traditionally property auctions have been for investors and developers. However our auctions are designed for everyone including buyers, sellers and agents. Home hunters can now search properties for sale several weeks in advance at Zoopla.co.uk/auctions, arrange viewings with the relevant estate agents and then place online bids during the live four day auction period. At the end of the live period, the successful bidders will exchange contracts online.
The first LIVE auction starts on February 11th at 12:00 pm and bidding runs for four days.
Here’s an overview of how Zoopla’s online property auctions work in seven easy steps.
Find auction properties that are of interest to you.
2. PROFILE & REGISTRATION
Create a profile and register for the auction you wish to bid in. This is a very important step and will ensure you are notified of any changes or additions to the auction.
Separate registration must be undertaken for each auction you wish to bid in. Registration is fast, free and simple.
3. DUE DILIGENCE
Do your research. We advise going to see the property prior to bidding. Relevant documents (including HIPs and Legal documentation) are available to download for each property on the property details page to assist you.
Arrange your financing prior to bidding. Further information is available within the finance tab, or you may wish to arrange your own.
Contact the estate agent to arrange a viewing and inspect each property you intend to bid on. If you wish to have a survey carried out on the property you’ll need to coordinate with the estate agent marketing the property. The contact details for the the agent can be found within the property listing details.
All bidding takes place online from Thursday to Sunday.
There are multiple bidding strategies. Either bid the maximum amount you’re willing to pay for the property or monitor the auction very closely and bid in increments competitively as the auction progresses
Remember, a Buyer’s Premium is equal to 2% of the winning bid amount. VAT will be added to establish the total purchase price.
Example: the winning bid = £100,000. A buyer’s premium of £2,000 (2% of £100,000) and VAT of £350 is added to make the total purchase price = £102,350.
7. EXCHANGE OF CONTRACTS
If you are the winning bidder, you will receive a ‘Winning Bidder Confirmation’ via email. If required, a customer service representative will assist with the documentation process and explain the specifics of the sale.
Be prepared to complete the contract and transfer the balance of your 10% deposit within 48 hours of the auction close.
A full set of frequently asked questions can be found here.
When it comes to the value of your home, celebrity neighbours can both add to and detract from property values in a neighbourhood. Our 2010 Celebrity Neighbour Survey makes it clear who would be welcomed and who wouldn’t.
Prolific twitterer and ‘national treasure’ Stephen Fry, who lives in West Hampstead, London where the average value of a detached house is £854,266, has been crowned as the celebrity the nation would most like to share a fence with.
In second place was the nation’s newly crowned ‘sweetheart’ Cheryl Cole who lives in footballers favourite Oxshott, Surrey where average property values are £1,202,774. Completing the top five choices for best neighbours were Location, Location’s Kirstie Allsopp, pukka chef Jamie Oliver and Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson.
Respondents made it clear that being ‘noisy’ and ‘disruptive’ top the list of things that make a bad neighbour and voted Pete Doherty as their least desirable celebrity neighbour – a more unpopular choice than Nick Griffin.
What’s interesting is that it’s likely that the Babyshambles rocker doesn’t have any immediate neighbours anyway. He currently resides in a nine-bedroomed red-brick Georgian house on the outskirts of Marlborough, Wiltshire where the average value of a detached house is £466,781.
Doherty fought off fierce competition from Rehab singer Amy Winehouse who no doubt experienced some ‘for sale’ signs going up in a hurry last year in the leafy suburb of Hadley Wood in Barnet (average value of a detatched house in Barnet: £875,984) when she announced she was moving in.
As a possible sign of things to come in May, the nation has made clear which political figure they would prefer as a neighbour in 2010 with David Cameron (who, when not in London lives in Dean, Oxfordshire where average property values are: £646,523) making the list of ten most desirable neighbours, while Gordon Brown features as one of the ten least desirable. However, BNP leader Nick Griffin (Welshpool, average property values: £175,537) outstrips all other politicians in terms of unpopularity, capturing almost 10% of the votes as the celebrity people would least like to find next door.
Sitting on the fence…
Following his recent stint on Celebrity Big Brother, Vinnie Jones appears to have split the nation in terms of whether he would make a good neighbour, with 3.2% of voters saying he would not be their choice of a desirable neighbour and 3.8% voting for him as someone they would like to have living next door. Similar sentiment surrounds Gordon Ramsay (Wandsworth, London, average value for a detached property: £854,266) who appears to be the Marmite of neighbours, with an almost equal number of people voting both for and against him as someone they would want on their street.
What was pleasing to see was that, as a nation, we seem to know our neighbours with only 7.9% of respondents claiming to not know who is on the other side of the fence and in some ways contradictory, the two traits that were overwhelmingly stated as making a good neighbour were ‘keeping an eye on our property’ and ‘minding their own business’!
TOP 10 MOST DESIRED CELEBRITY NEIGHBOURS FOR 2010
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TOP 10 LEAST DESIRED CELEBRITY NEIGHBOURS FOR 2010
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Pete Doherty / Title: Press Images / Artist: Peter Doherty / Photographer: Kevin Westenberg / Date: December 2008 / Copyright: Kevin Westenberg
Stephen Fry / Photographer: Claire Newman Williams
If you’re a fan of fallen footballing idols then the past month has been strewn with the stories of Premiership players and their complicated love interests, inadvisable drinking habits and erratic driving skills.
But the biggest story of the year so far has been John Terry’s forays into the tabloids over his extra marital affair with model Vanessa Parroncel, which has made much of his genteel life at the sumptous Terry family home in Oxshott, Surrey.
We thought we’d find out what sort of houses are for sale in this usually little-reported backwater of suburban Surrey to see what attracts footballers along with their wives and girlfriends. Welcome to the Wag world of Oxshott.
(Click on the pictures for more images – go on, you know you want to…)
1. TO KICK OFF
Where: Oxshott Crown Estate
2. IN TOO DEEP
Where: Broomfield Ride
3. COOKING UP A STORM
Where: Queens Drive
4. TUB FOR TWO
Where: Leys Road
5. SKINNY DIPPING
Where: Fairoak Lane