Five To View: Two-Bed Terraced Houses

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:

(Click on pics for more images and property details)

1. Gravesend, Kent

£160,000

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2. Cheadle, Greater Manchester

£157,950 (Offers Over)

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3. Banbury, Oxfordshire

£139,995

2-bed-banbury-rear

4. St George, Bristol

£139,995

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5. Lincoln, Lincolnshire

£110,000 (Guide Price)

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November 13, 2009 at 4:27 PM 1 comment

Conversion Diversion 1: Welsh School House

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.

Click pics for full details
Three-bed detached house, £225,000, Strutt & Parker, Shrewsbury (Tel: 0843 2823 336)

Three-bed detached house, £225,000, Strutt & Parker, Shrewsbury (Tel: 0843 2823 336)

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).

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Three-bed detached house, £225,000, Strutt & Parker, Shrewsbury (Tel: 0843 2823 336)

Three-bed detached house, £225,000, Strutt & Parker, Shrewsbury (Tel: 0843 2823 336)

Three-bed detached house, £225,000, Strutt & Parker, Shrewsbury (Tel: 0843 2823 336)

Three-bed detached house, £225,000, Strutt & Parker, Shrewsbury (Tel: 0843 2823 336)

Three-bed detached house, £225,000, Strutt & Parker, Shrewsbury (Tel: 0843 2823 336)

November 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM 1 comment

Steampunk House on Wheels, Anyone?

Weary of the high-tech digital age? Nostalgic for a world of brass, wood, iron and steam? For the dials, rivets, cogs and pistons of classic Victorian design?

Well, you’re not alone. The Steampunk movement, which filters the modern world through late Victorian science fiction (H.G. Wells, Jules Verne) and Victorian technology and design, is just as keen on all that boiler plated vintage stuff as you are.

Here’s a frankly fantastic Steampunk house on wheels built by members of the Academy of Unnatural Sciences in Berkeley, California (a “DIY  group of tinkerers, gearheads, and steam bohemians who fabricate steam-powered art pieces out of repurposed industrial detritus”).

Image: Christopher Michel

Image: Christopher Michel

They describe it thus:

Neverwas Haul, a self-propelled 3-storey Victorian House, is made from 75 per cent recycled equipment and materials, with interiors, operating system, and collections from its travels around the world (i.e., oddities of the Jules Verne era including a Camera Obscura).

The Haul measures 24 feet long by 24 feet high and 12 feet wide and is built on the base of a 5th wheel travel trailer.

They sound a bit like steampunk estate agents, and it is, I fear, only a matter of time before someone suggests this as a low-cost alternative for first-time buyers … though I can’t see the Halifax being too keen to lend on one.

For more Steampunk lunacy get yourself over to the Oxford Museum of the History of Science – they’re currently running the first ever museum exhibition of Steampunk art and design.

Via:  Apartment Therapy.

Image:  Mudstone

Image: Mudstone

Image: AlmostJaded

Image: AlmostJaded

November 12, 2009 at 3:24 PM 1 comment

Windows From Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater For Sale

Do you live in a house with a top class architectural pedigree?

If so, listen up, because the conservation body that looks after Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater has come up with a crafty way to get the windows replaced: sell the old ones off to architectural relic hunters.

Their website explains that the old windows are suffering from decay (hmmm, wonder if all that falling water is to blame – the owner’s father dubbed the place ‘rising mildew’?).

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

And this, architecture groupies, is where you come in:

“Naming opportunities range from $500 to $10,000 and up for each window, skylight, glass door, or set of windows, depending on the size and location.

“You will receive a commemorative piece of the old Fallingwater glass, framed along with a drawing of the house, specifying the window that you have endowed.

“Additionally, if you endow a window at $1,000 or more, you will be recognized on a donor wall in the Fallingwater Visitors Pavilion.”

$1,000 for a bit of old glass? Genius!

Here’s a nice video about the house:

November 12, 2009 at 12:44 PM 1 comment

October 2009: Property Hotspots

Drum roll, please, for our latest list of property hotspots.

The ranking is based on the most enquiries (sales and rent) generated per area, which, we think, is a more genuine measure of actual activity than, say, the number of pages or properties clicked on.

City centres continue to do well, as does Bristol, but the most obvious change this month is the rise of suburban areas in Middlesex and Kent.

Top 20 Hotspots for October 2009
Rank Area Avg email enqs per property
1 Bedminster, Bristol 2.02
2 Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield 1.96
3 Leeds City Centre, Leeds 1.83
4 Manchester City Centre, Manchester 1.81
5 Bristol City Centre, Bristol 1.74
6 London SE11, London 1.52
7 Hounslow, Middlesex 1.51
8 London E8, London 1.51
9 Brighton, East Sussex 1.49
10 Whitton, Middlesex 1.49
11 Hayes, Middlesex 1.46
12 London WC1, London 1.46
13 London W12, London 1.46
14 London N1, London 1.45
15 London E2, London 1.44
16 Liverpool City Centre, Merseyside 1.43
17 London N16, London 1.40
18 Harrow, Middlesex 1.40
19 Bexleyheath, Kent 1.37
20 Redland, Bristol 1.36
Source: FindaProperty.com internal data Oct’09. Note: Based on areas with 50+ properties on FindaProperty.com

November 11, 2009 at 3:12 PM 2 comments

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