This week’s graph comes from the latest Hometrack report (published today).
It shows that buyers are finding it much more difficult to get sellers to cut the asking price.
This trend is complemented by our own Asking Prices & Affordability Index - the October edition shows that asking prices have risen by £6k or 2.8 per cent over the past six months.
Can these rises be sustained? We’d be interested in hearing your views on where the housing market will go next.
Not quite sure what to make of this – a new collection of bed linen from Dutch By Design inspired by cardboard boxes and pavements.
Their heart is in the right place – 30 per cent of the gross profits go to Centrepoint, the UK charity for homeless young people aged 16-25.
But is there something a bit wrong about designing a product that “lets you sleep under a cardboard box so a homeless person doesn’t have to!”?
What do you think?
Halloween is nearly upon us. For some this means locking the doors, turning the lights out and hoping the trick-or- treaters pass by quietly. For others it’s a chance to dust off the skeleton suit and perform mischief on homeowners or their property if no treat is given!
The UK is home to some of the most haunted and scary (no we’re not just talking architecture) buildings and sites in the world so we browsed property for sale in near some of these well known haunted sites and found properties that bear an uncanny resemblance to a witches hat – take a look below.
Let us know if you find any more properties that have a similar blueprint.
1. Property near Highgate Cemetery – home to eerie, crooked gravestones and dark overgrown passages
2. Property near Berry Pomeroy Castle, near Totnes – home to the White Lady and the Blue Lady
3. Property near Borley Rectory – ‘The Most Haunted House in England’
4. Property near Pendle Hill – nearby to Britain’s most famous witch trial
5. Property near Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland – home to the ghost The Monster of Glammis
6. Property near Llancaiach Fawr Manor, near Caerphilly – the site of a bloody civil war between King and Parliament
Following on from Joss’s Gothic charmers below, here are some properties that come with views over cemeteries.
We did research on this subject a few years ago – prompted, it has to be said, by my slightly morbid fascination with cemeteries – to see how people felt about views over headstones.
58 per cent said they’d be happy to live next to a cemetery and reckoned the green space, proximity to land unlikely to be developed, and … err … peace and quiet, were all strong plus points.
But a third of respondents said they would worry about crime and dark non-residential spaces, and 23 per cent just said no, no way, never – it would be too bloody creepy by far to live in such a property.
Not surprising really – there are cemeteries and cemeteries, and how they’re maintained is fundamental. And not everyone likes daily reminders of their mortality.
That said, there are some magnificent Victorian examples – especially in London – that offer great open spaces in otherwise densely populated areas. I used to live next to the wonderful Kensal Green cemetery and spent many happy hours there.
And before you start thinking I’m a bit of a weirdo, let me quickly point out that Highgate, Nunhead and Stoke Newington (Abney Park) all have superb cemeteries that agents say actually help sell properties.
Here are a few fine examples, including the amazing house in Highgate pictured above:
Abney Park, Stoke Newington
This week, in honour of Hallowe’en, we’re going Gothic. Nope, we don’t mean dressing entirely in black, piling on the scary eyeliner, and emptying a bottle of noir-shaded hair-dye over our head.
Although – note to self – that may not be a bad idea for Saturday night’s festivities…
No, we’re talking about the Gothic style of architecture. Typical features of which include vaulted roofs, towering spires, sharply pointed arches, imposing buttresses (flying or otherwise) and even – yikes – gargoyles.
In summary: a bit like the haunted houses in Scooby-Doo. Zoinks!
Fortunately, we’ve managed to find a not-too-macabre selection of Gothic style properties to cast your peepers over. Just try not to picture them in the dead of night.
(Click on pics for full details)
1. Virginia Water, Surrey
2. Allerton Road, Merseyside
3. Dalry, Ayrshire
4. Liberton Edinburgh
5. Rawcliffe, East Riding of Yorkshire