Zoopla.co.uk LIVE Auctions: Grade II listed renovation project

In this week’s LIVE Zoopla.co.uk Auction we’ve spotted two fantastic opportunities to purchase farmhouses.

One of which would make an ideal renovation project and the other is a more modern ‘farmhouse’ requiring little work.

Both come with vacant possession.

1. Wickenlow Farm, Bolton

Starting bid: £220,000,

Address: Wickenlow Farm, Plantation Road, Edgworth, Bolton,  BL7 0DD

Tenure: Freehold

Description: A Grade II Listed detached stone farmhouse; together with a self-contained annex; dating to the 17th Century. In need of complete renovation; the house offers a number of interesting features retaining stone mullioned windows; exposed beams and open fireplaces. The name ‘Wickenlow’ loosely translates to ‘Mountain Ash Hill’. The property benefits from four reception rooms; conservatory; four bedrooms; master suite has en suite facilities; 2 further bathrooms. There is also a 1 bedroom annexe included in the sale along with an area of land the area of which is to be determined.

Location: Occupying an elevated rural position 1 mile from Broadhead Road the property is well placed for Bolton or Blackburn centres together with the M65 motorway at Darwen.

Occupancy Status: Vacant

More pictures here

Market overview for BL7 here

2. Sunnyhurst Farm, Preston

Starting bid: £360,000

Address: Sunnyhurst Farm, Waxy Lane,  Freckleton, PR4 1HQ

Tenure: Freehold

Description: Individually designed detached residence offering extremely spacious family sized accommodation over 3 floors and being situated on this quiet lane with panoramic views to the front & side.

Location: Excellent area with access to good road links within walking distance of local village centre and amenities. Within a mile of a BAE systems.

Occupancy Status: Vacant

More pictures here

Market overview for PR4 here

More about the Zoopla.co.uk LIVE online auctions here.

June 18, 2010 at 9:16 AM Leave a comment

Zoopla.co.uk partners with Google

Today Google launched a new property search feature on Google Maps and we were one of the few launch partners.

We see this as a big win for our member agents as it provides an opportunity for us to offer them even greater exposure and results.

By partnering with Google, we take away the hassle from our members by automatically creating a specific Google xml feed, optimising it for best display and regularly uploading to Google.

Google is yet another addition to our already extensive network (we recently added eBay and Gumtree) of partner sites.

To ensure your listings are displayed and chosen by Google, agents must provide us with the most comprehensive and up-to-date property listings with full post-codes.

Any agents interested in listings on Zoopla and all our partner sites, contact us today!

June 16, 2010 at 11:54 AM Leave a comment

We’ve partnered with eBay and Gumtree

We’ve got some great news! We can now offer our member agents even greater exposure and wider distribution of their listings across the web with new, exclusive marketing partnerships with two of the UK’s largest websites, eBay and Gumtree.

There will be no additional charge to our member agents for the added exposure under these new partnerships and these partners join a list of other leading UK websites that currently partner with Zoopla.co.uk, including MSN, Yahoo, TalkTalk, Sky, Virgin Media, UpMyStreet and Guardian. So, this means agents listing on Zoopla.co.uk now have the opportunity of being seen by over 73% of all UK website users monthly, a far higher figure than any other portal.

The new partnerships involve brand new, dedicated ‘agent listing’ channels on both the eBay and Gumtree websites. In the case of the eBay channel, this will include all the latest ‘for sale’ and ‘to let’ listings and in the case of Gumtree only the latest ‘for sale’ listings will appear.

The partnerships will operate in exactly the same way as our other existing Zoopla.co.uk partnerships. Enquiries will come through to our agents as Zoopla-branded emails or ‘redirect’ phone calls in the usual way.

Both partnerships are now live although it may take a week or so to fully ramp up, with new ‘estate agent only’ listing categories on the partner sites.

Here are links to the new partnerships:

Gumtree: National and London

eBay: National

The full press release can be found here

More information about Zoopla.co.uk for agents

June 6, 2010 at 9:02 PM 7 comments

Five to view: homes with widescreen appeal

Digital film projectors and surround sound systems used to be the preserve of popcorn-and-sweets cinemas but if you don’t fancy enduring crinkly crisp packets, mobile phones going off and chattering teenagers then consider one of the 5,000+ properties for sale in the UK that have been fitted with a home cinema.

Here is our pick of the best.

(Click on pics for more images and full property details)


nine bedroom property in North London’s Hampstead Garden Suburb. The newly constructed detached home offers over 7500 sq ft of living space – plenty of room for desirable 21st century extras such as this cavernous home cinema and a basement spa with swimming pool.

Agent: Litchfields, 0843 2823 027.


This is a tastefully remodelled Victorian house in St Margaret’s, the up-and-coming and more affordable alternative to Richmond. To be found over the river, St Margaret’s offers a wealth of bo-ho homes and this one includes a basement bedroom that is now a cinema.

Agent: Savills, 020 8614 9100.


What looks like a quiet and modest Edwardian semi in the North London suburb of Brondesbury is instead a huge, six-bedroom mini-mansion decorated both lavishly and unusually, including a back reception room that doubles as a cinema with a drop-down screen. 

Agent: Foxtons, 020 7449 6000.


Superlatives do not really do this uber-modern, curved, glass-and-render home near Ringwood in Hampshire any justice and every room is a jaw dropper, although its cinema room is arguably one of the property’s least spectacular rooms. The price has also recently been dropped by £500,000.

Agent: Savills, 01202 708888.


More typical of the UK’s many home cinemas is this 22ft by 10ft study-cum-theatre in a Victorian house for sale within the South Downs village of Storrington. The surround-sound speakers, overhead projector and screen are all built in.

Agent: Guy Leonard & Co, 01903 744166.

June 2, 2010 at 1:45 PM 4 comments

The Junior Apprentice house valued at £3.1m

For those of you who haven’t watched or heard of the BBC One programme Junior Apprentice (Wednesday nights), essentially it’s the same format as its older brother (The Apprentice), where two teams compete in different challenges and one member of the losing team ends up on the receiving end of Siralun’s “You’re fired!”. However the twist is, in this edition the subjects are 16-17 years old. Think of it as a (scary) glimpse into the future of business leaders!

Unlike the adult version, there is less at stake. Instead of a £100k salary, these budding (three have been fired so far) entrepreneurs will win £25k to put towards starting a business with Siralan as mentor, who interestingly shows a far softer side and raises a few smiles from time to time!

Anyhow, here is a little more on the format of the show…we’re more interested in the property the 16-17 years olds get to inhabit!

The house they stayed at during filming was 38 Highbury Place, Islington, London and here is its home on Zoopla.co.uk.

So, what do we know about the house and area?

Well, we value it at £3,111,567 and it’s clearly been recently gutted and modernised, judging by the Google Streetview photo and the shiny interior we see on the show. There are a number of sold prices ranging from £290k for Flat 3, 1 Highbury Place which was sold on 15th Jan 2009 to £3,686,000 for 17 Highbury Place sold on 24th Aug 2007 (all this info is on Zoopla.co.uk).

Number 38 is  part of a terrace designed by James Spiller, which was built in 1774-75. The freeholder made a covenant to ensure the land facing the terrace (Highbury Fields) could never be built on.

We also believe that No.22 Highbury Place was the home to Charles, the character played by Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral (thankyou Wikipedia).

If you know anything about the property or area, please let us know below.

In terms of current values…

The average home value for Highbury Place is £983,915. Average values for N5 (£498,309) have risen by 5.7% over the last 12 months (£26,867) and in the last 12 months the average house price paid in N5 was £457,446 with the number of property sales at 235 over the last year.

Here’s the market overview for N5 from Zoopla.co.uk.

Value chart

Source: Zoopla.co.uk

Property to rent on Highbury Place

Property for sale near Highbury Place

Please feel free to share and use these figures; all we ask is that you credit the source as the Zoopla.co.uk and link to Zoopla.co.uk.

May 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM Leave a comment

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