Extension Invention 3: House In Kent

It takes a certain amount of courage to go for contrast rather than seamless integration, but this wonderful cedar extension makes a fine job of it.

Although it stands in stark contrast to the existing brick and tile-hung house, the use of warm timber and the simple barn-like aesthetic also manages to complement the rustic original.

And there’s no denying that it really does add an extra dimension – a fine master bedroom upstairs and a wonderful kitchen/living area below that opens out onto a truly enviable garden.

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£950,000, 6-bed house, Cranbrook, Kent. Savills (Tel: 0843 2821 593)

£950,000, 6-bed house, Cranbrook, Kent. Savills (Tel: 0843 2821 593)

£950,000, 6-bed house, Cranbrook, Kent. Savills (Tel: 0843 2821 593)

£950,000, 6-bed house, Cranbrook, Kent. Savills (Tel: 0843 2821 593)

£950,000, 6-bed house, Cranbrook, Kent. Savills (Tel: 0843 2821 593)

£950,000, 6-bed house, Cranbrook, Kent. Savills (Tel: 0843 2821 593)

£950,000, 6-bed house, Cranbrook, Kent. Savills (Tel: 0843 2821 593)

£950,000, 6-bed house, Cranbrook, Kent. Savills (Tel: 0843 2821 593)

November 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM 1 comment

Suzi Quatro’s House For Sale

OK, some of our younger readers may not be familiar with the name, but back in the early 70s the sight of Suzi Q in a leather catsuit had quite an impact on impressionable young lads.

Throw in the wailing voice, the thumping bass and the promise that Your Mamma Won’t Like Me and, well, old Suzi looked like she’d be a damn sight more fun, than, say, Karen Carpenter (“Ouff Suzi. You were always in my dreams when I was 14-15,” as one YouTube comment has it).

She now lives in rural Essex and is currently selling Hyde Hall, her rather lovely Elizabethan Manor.

While there’s always something a little depressing about rockers living in stockbroker mansions, Suzi, we’re very happy to report, has electric guitars affixed to the timber panelling on either side of the brick fireplaces. And she still looks pretty impressive in leather. Amen to that.

Strutt & Parker are selling Hyde Hall. Asking price: £2,300,000.


Suzi Quatro in her Essex home


£2,300,000, Strutt & Parker, Tel: 0843 2822 797


£2,300,000, Strutt & Parker, Tel: 0843 2822 797


£2,300,000, Strutt & Parker, Tel: 0843 2822 797

Here, for those of you who remember, and for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, is Suzi in action back in 1973 with Can the Can.

November 16, 2009 at 12:37 PM 2 comments

Liz Hurley’s Former Flat For Sale

Well, who’d have thought it, eh? Liz Hurley used to live in a one-bed flat in Fulham.  How frightfully pedestrian, darling! 


That would be the same Liz Hurley who famously referred to non-celebrities as “civilians”.

And, from what I recall, the woman who became famous herself by virtue of a movie star boyfriend and a Versace dress.  Dear oh dear oh dear.

But back in the days when she was a mere civilian herself, and trying to prove her skills as an actress – ahem! – old Liz once bunked down in this rather lovely but decidedly un-starry flat in SW6.




According to the Telegraph, Hugh was a regular visitor to the Sherbrooke Road abode.  Ooops, maybe I shouldn’t have included that picture of the bedroom…

Liz’s former flat is on the market with Foxtons.

November 13, 2009 at 6:31 PM Leave a comment

Zoopla starts new marketing ideas by sticking to Estate Agents!

Last week thousands of shiny Zoopla.co.uk marketing packs went out to our member agents across the UK.

Packs included pens, pads and funky window stickers which have begun popping up on high streets across the UK.

We're sticking to agents!

Thanks to a colleague these pics were taken during her morning stroll to work (she’s an early bird, hence the darkness!).

This is Kentish Town, London.

If you spot any Zoopla.co.uk stickers or Open / Close signs in agent windows on a high street near you, let us know below or on twitter.

November 13, 2009 at 4:38 PM 3 comments

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



2. Cheadle, Greater Manchester

£157,950 (Offers Over)


3. Banbury, Oxfordshire



4. St George, Bristol



5. Lincoln, Lincolnshire

£110,000 (Guide Price)


November 13, 2009 at 4:27 PM 1 comment

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