Five To View: Holiday homes in Cornwall

The ten towns with the largest house price rises during the past decade were not big cities, gentrified suburbs or must-have market towns but rather seaside towns, research has revealed. And out of these salt-water havens with high house price rises, three out of the top four were in Cornwall.

Despite being one of Britain’s poorest counties,  Cornwall remains an intensely popular place to both retire, escape to the country or (more controversially) own a second home.

To highlight Cornwall’s appeal, here are five holiday homes overlooking the sea with cream tea qualities:

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1. SEASIDE ROCK

Where? Rocky Lane, St Agnes

Price? £525,000

2. HEY BUDE

Where? Black Rock Sands, Widemouth Bay, Bude

Price? £485,000

3. BACK TO THE BAY

Where? The Bay, Talland Bay, Looe

Price? £399,000

4. SWISS CHALET BY THE SEA

Where? Trewince Manor, Portscatho

Price? £260,000

5. ALWAYS OVERLOOK THE SEA

Where? Plaidy Beach Apartments, Looe

Price? £239,995

January 28, 2010 at 7:11 PM 3 comments

Properties facing the virtual hammer in February

Having just launched our new auction section on Zoopla.co.uk there is now (as we write) only 15 days to go until our first LIVE auction, so we’ve picked five properties that will be going under the virtual hammer.

Traditionally auctions have been for property 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.

Those selling property can speak to their estate agents about selling their property through our LIVE auctions – this could potentially speed up the transaction time and achieve the best possible price.

The first LIVE auction starts on February 11th at 12:00 pm and bidding runs for four days.

1) LONDON, Belgrave Road

Tenure: Leasehold

Description: A studio apartment situated in this very popular location known as the ‘Pimlico Grid’ within very easy reach of Pimlico and Victoria stations.

2) WIDNES, West Bank Street

Tenure: Leasehold

Description: A new-build 3 bedroom semi detached house in good condition.  Located on the Waterloo Place estate in the West Bank area of Widnes. The property has easy access to both the M62 and M56 motorways to Warrington and Liverpool.

3. BINGLEY, Byron Mews

Tenure: Freehold

Description: A two bedroom ground floor apartment situated in a popular and quiet area.

4) LANCASHIRE, Freckleton

Tenure: Freehold

Description: Individual and architecturally designed and detached residence. Offering extremely spacious, family sized accommodation over three floors and situated on  a quiet lane with panoramic views to the front and side.

5) LIVERPOOL, Canal View

Tenure: Freehold

Description: An impressive 5 bed detached house with swimming pool, integral garage and gardens.

January 27, 2010 at 10:17 AM 1 comment

Zoopla.co.uk launches LIVE property auctions

We have just launched, what we think is, a very exciting and innovative new section to the Zoopla.co.uk website – LIVE online property auctions with our partner Real Estate Disposition Company (REDC).

From today, house hunters will be able to 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 online auction of approximately 150 homes will begin on February 11 and end on February 14. So, lots of time to get out and view the properties. Thereafter live online auctions will take place regularly running from Thursday afternoons to Sunday evenings.

We see online bidding as the future of property auctions not only for the buyer, but also for the seller. It really could change the way we buy or sell property.

For buyers – online bidding gives the buyer the chance to purchase property from motivated sellers in a simple, transparent way with certainty of outcome.

For sellers (through estate agents only) – ability to set a reserve price and market via auction as well as the traditional route to achieve the best sales outcome in terms of exposure, price achieved and speed of sale.

Not only is this a great opportunity for the buyer and seller but also for agents.

For estate agents – the auction provides a unique route to market for the agents and their clients resulting in greater exposure of the property and faster times to sale.

So make sure your agent has offered you this service, if not, ask them to contact us direct.

Click here for a little more on how the auction works.

Finally, we’d love to hear your feedback – especially if you’re looking to take part in the bidding. Leave a comment below or come and find us on Twitter.

January 26, 2010 at 9:00 AM 5 comments

Conversions: Former Factories Now show homes for Sale

We’re going for an industrial theme this week, with a focus on homes in what were once dark, dingy and decidedly unlovely workplaces, but are now so light and airy former workers might be shocked to see the transformation.

The idea came from our recent blog about the piano factory loft conversion, an inspired design from the renowned architect, Piers Gough.

But would we be able to find five more factory conversions on the market?

Yes, we can – and with the added bonus that each original building produced a different type of goods in its industrial heyday.

Here are our top five factory conversions:

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1. BANG ON THE MONEY

What? Former Ironworks – Shoreditch, London E2

Price: £1,200,000

2. BRIGHT AS A BUTTON

What? Former Shirt Factory – Southwark, London SE1

Price: £549,950

3. ITCHING TO GET IN?

What? Former Horsehair factory – Glemsford, Suffolk

Price: £275,000

4. A STRONG PLUG

What? Former Spark Plug Factory – Olny, Buckinghamshire.

Price: £195,000

5. FEELS GOOD UNDER FOOT

Former Shoe Factory – Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

£145,000

January 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM 1 comment

Most Expensive Streets in England and Wales

Recent research from the Halifax has identified the top twenty most expensive streets in England and Wales.

Based on transactions recorded on the Land Registry between 2005 and 2009, the Halifax report reveals that the top ten streets with the highest price tags were all located in Greater London.

Of these, seven streets were situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, with Wycombe Square hitting the top spot with an average property price of £5,401,447.

Hampstead’s Ingram Avenue was runner up with homes there valued at an average of £4,872,500.

Outside of London, Moles Hill in Leatherhead, Surrey possesses the highest house prices of £2,645,000, while Withinlee Road in Macclesfield was the highest priced outside southern England (£1,205,833).

In Wales, the most expensive was Druidstone Road in the Old St Mellons area of Cardiff, with an average house price of £621,000.

Second dearest in Wales was Cefn Mably Park in Cefn Mably (west of Newport) where a property on average would set you back £564,612.

Halifax’s report also found that five out of the nine English regions all contained streets where the average property was worth over a million pounds.

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House for Sale in England’s Most Expensive Street

Property for sale in Wycombe Square, London W8. Asking Price £10,350,000. Knight Frank, Tel: 0843 2818 126 (BT 4p/min.)

House for Sale in Wales’ Most Expensive Street

Property for sale in Druidstone Road, Cardiff. Asking Price £1,495,000. Kelvin Francis, Tel: 0292 076 6538

January 19, 2010 at 2:59 PM 1 comment

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