Conversion Diversion #4: Classy Carriage House

You know you’re proper posh, and rich with it, when you need to construct a 2,500 sq ft building to house your prized collection of vintage motor cars.

This building, formerly the Bayham Estate Garage and Workshop, was used for just such a purpose by the Marquis of Camden.

  Five-bed semi, Bayham Abbey, East Sussex, Chestertom Humberts, Tel: 0843 2828 124

£775,000, five-bed semi, Bayham Abbey, East Sussex, Chesterton Humberts, Tel: 0843 2828 124

It’s not the most beautiful of buildings to look at, but inside it’s a wonderfully stylish combination of classic European modernism and English traditionalism, with just a hint of eastern exoticism thrown in for good measure.

According to the brochure, “it was converted in the 1970s by the current architect owner to create a contemporary family home incorporating large expanses of glass to fully take advantage of the exceptional position and views.”

We can well believe it:  it’s a beautiful job.

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Five-bed semi, Bayham Abbey, East Sussex, Chesterton Humberts, Tel: 0843 2828 124

Five-bed semi, Bayham Abbey, East Sussex, Chestertom Humberts, Tel: 0843 2828 124

£775,000 , five-bed semi, Bayham Abbey, East Sussex, Chesterton Humberts, Tel: 0843 2828 124

Five-bed semi, Bayham Abbey, East Sussex, Chestertom Humberts, Tel: 0843 2828 124

£775,000, five-bed semi, Bayham Abbey, East Sussex, Chesterton Humberts, Tel: 0843 2828 124

Five-bed semi, Bayham Abbey, East Sussex, Chestertom Humberts, Tel: 0843 2828 124

£775,000, five-bed semi, Bayham Abbey, East Sussex, Chesterton Humberts, Tel: 0843 2828 124

December 17, 2009 at 6:14 PM 5 comments

David Walliams’ New Home in Hove

The mortgage computer has said “Yes” to Little Britain laydeez-man, David Walliams, who’s just had an offer accepted on a beachside property in the exclusive Western Esplanade in Hove.

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Known locally as Millionaires’ Row, David’s new neighbours in the street include an impressive cast of celebs, among them Norman Cook and Zoe Ball, Heather Mills and Nick Berry.

Fortunately, these upmarket homes are safely tucked away in a private access road, meaning the risk of a media kerfuffle from prying paparazzi is minimal.

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But we reckon an even bigger draw for Walliams – who famously swam the English Channel a few years ago – is that all of the properties have their own stretch of beach, so keeping up his training will be a doddle.

Here are a few pics of David Walliams’ new house in Hove:

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December 17, 2009 at 5:25 PM 1 comment

“TalkTalk Towers”: Talk Talk sponsors Adress’ in the UK.

The world of sponsorship went to a weird place this week after a mobile phone company offered to pay £250 to anyone prepared to officially include the firm’s name in their house address.

The Snow family outside their renamed home

The Snow family outside their renamed home

Talk Talk, which is offering the money to homeowners in return for the ‘naming rights’ to their property for a year, enjoys a high profile at the moment as the main sponsor of TV show The X-Factor.

Despite such glamorous connections, it is hard to imagine that this relatively small sum could persuade anyone to make such a toe-curling commitment.

But as Britain endures a severe recession, some households are evidently happy to oblige and the first family to sign up has already taken delivery of their new nameplate.

They are Elaine and Darren Snow from South Croydon (pictured), who have renamed their neo-Georgian pile ‘Talk Talk Towers’ – perhaps an ironic moniker given the number of mobile phone masts that have sprung up all over the UK.

But the company is playing it safe. Only five variations on a theme are permitted, including Talk Talk Towers, Mansions, Home, House and the peculiar @ – for example, TalkTalk@37 Acacia Avenue.

And who would blame the company? What if their name were to be inserted into Dun’Roaming, for example, or if a customer took revenge on the firm for perceived wrongs with Talk Talk Forge?

December 17, 2009 at 1:27 PM 3 comments

2009 Property Prices: Rise of £4 a day.

Lack of houses keeps prices high

2008 was undoubtedly a torrid year for homeowners. But, property prices have stabilised this year, rising gradually since April after a fairly weak first quarter.

We are still a long way from the values seen before the recession took hold, but the housing market has not worsened in 2009 as some had feared and recovery signs are starting to appear.

As 2009 draws to a close, British homeowners can let out a little Christmas cheer compared to this time last year as home values across the nation have risen by £39.1 billion in 2009. Whilst the increase is modest, it is a massive improvement over 2008 when British property values fell £811.3 billion, according to our research.

However, with the total value of the British residential housing stock now standing at £5.3 trillion, up marginally on one year ago, it still remains over three quarters of a trillion pounds below its peak of £6.1 trillion in late 2007. The average home in Britain is now worth £205,591, up £1,517 (0.7%) from one year ago, a daily gain of £4 for the average property. This is in stark contrast to 2008 when property values fell by £31,355 (13.3%) on average, equivalent to a daily loss of £86 per home.

 

Property prices in England have climbed 0.9% over the past 12 months, having fallen 13.9% in 2008. Scottish values have also risen in 2009 by 0.6% to an average of £156,905 up from £155,597 at the end of last year. However, the property market in Wales is yet to rebound and has seen average values drop a further 2.5% (£3,866) in 2009 on top of the 13.2% decline in 2008.

Property value changes in 2009

Country Value change % Value change £ Avg. value today
England 0.9% £1,902 £214,451
Scotland 0.6% £948 £156,905
Wales -2.5% -£3,866 £148,659

Source: Zoopla.co.uk

Homeowners in Gloucestershire have had the biggest cause for celebration in 2009 as average property values have risen 3.8% over the past year to a current average home value of £229,945. At the other end of the scale, there is far less to cheer about in Merthyr Tydfil where the property values suffered the largest loss in 2009, falling 6.2% to a current average value of £94,132.

Find out the value of your home on Zoopla.co.uk

Property value changes by type in 2009

Property Type Value change % Value change £ Avg. value today
Detached 1.9% £5,972 £306,727
Semi 3.6% £6,342 £182,840
Terrace -1.1% -£1,561 £160,821
Flats -0.1% -£461 £188,671

Source: Zoopla.co.uk

Best performing towns in 2009

Town Value change %
in 2009
Value change £
in 2009
Avg. home value
(Dec 09)
Downham Market, Norfolk 8.1% £12,380 £164,535
Widnes, Cheshire 7.9% £11,013 £150,258
Maidstone, Kent 7.1% £15,265 £229,130
Barrow-in-Furness,
Cumbria
6.5% £6,855 £112,086
Salisbury, Wiltshire 6.0% £14,985 £264,402

Source: Zoopla.co.uk

Worst performing towns in 2009

Town Value change %
in 2009
Value change £
in 2009
Avg. home value
(Dec 09)
Liversedge, West Yorkshire -12.9% -£20,206 £136,172
Sandbach, Cheshire -12.8% -£27,057 £184,706
Leatherhead, Surrey -10.9% -£59,055 £482,472
Halstead, Essex -10.7% -£23,431 £196,412
Welshpool, Powys -10.6% -£19,642 £165,682

Source: Zoopla.co.uk

December 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM Leave a comment

2010’s Best Value: Holiday Homes

… or more specifically, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise.

In their own words this is:

“ … an inviting, luminous hue … Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of well-being.”

Indeed it does, especially if you own a property like one of these seaside beauties:

From £105,000, Las Canas Beach Resort, Sosua, Dominican Republic, Edgars Property Company, Tel: 0843 2823 628

From £105,000, Las Canas Beach Resort, Sosua, Dominican Republic, Edgars Property Company, Tel: 0843 2823 628

E129,950, one-bed apartment, Sal Island, Cape Verde, Casas da Nazaré, Tel: +351 96 478 18 40

E129,950, one-bed apartment, Sal Island, Cape Verde, Casas da Nazaré, Tel: +351 96 478 18 40

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£180,000, three-bed detached house,Bodrum, Turkey, Place Overseas, Tel: 020 8371 0059

 £260,000, 2-bed apartment, Phuket, Thailand, Select Overseas, Tel: 0845 890 3131

£260,000, two-bed apartment, Phuket, Thailand, Select Overseas, Tel: 0845 890 3131

December 15, 2009 at 4:54 PM 2 comments

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