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! 

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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.

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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

£160,000

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2. Cheadle, Greater Manchester

£157,950 (Offers Over)

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3. Banbury, Oxfordshire

£139,995

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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

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