BBC’s Tommy Walsh from ‘Ground Force’ fame sells Essex renovation home

Ground Force’s Tommy Walsh is selling his Essex home after spending more than a decade renovating it.

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The resident builder on the television garden markover show rebuilt the house from a near derelict shell.

He bought it for £29,000 just before he was offered the role on Ground Force in 1997.

The show catapulted him to fame alongside the original team of Charlie Dimmock and Alan Tichmarsh.

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Tommy recently claimed ‘cement is in my blood’, having worked with his builder father from the age of four.

It is understood that applying for planning permission on the property took two years due to its Grade II listed status, and that he worked on the project with his father in the winter months when filming was over.

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The property had been rented for seven years, but is now being sold as Tommy prefers his rental properties to be closer to his Hackney house.

The three bedroom home in Great Dunmow is on the market with estate agents MullucksWells for £299,950.

Ground Force finished in 2005 and Tommy went on to appear in several other shows, but none were as popular. He continues to run his building business and is currently renovating two houses in Hackney, which he will let out.

January 13, 2014 at 11:48 AM Leave a comment

Footballer John Terry sells Surrey mansions

Footballer John Terry has reportedly sold his two neighbouring houses in Oxhott, Surrey, for more than £20m.

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The Chelsea and England defender sold his original red-brick house last year for £5.25m and then received an out of the blue £16m offer for his new home.

He was due to live in the new property with his wife and twin children.

He is understood to have bought the luxury home for £1.8m in 2007 and spent a further £4m renovating it.

The average price of a home in the same road is £3,887,823, up £221,932, according to Zoopla.

There is currently one property for sale in Queens Drive, with an asking price of £4,995,000.

Brooke House is an impressive eight bedroom detached property is for sale through Knight Frank. It has an indoor swimming pool, media room and landscaped gardens.

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The property has electrically operated gates, with a large driveway and a triple garage.

At the rear of the property, there is a sun terrace that leads to a large well maintained area of lawn that is surrounded by a wealth of colourful flower beds, mature shrubs and trees, offering a good deal of privacy and seclusion.

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January 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM Leave a comment

Top 10 Helipad Homes #propertyoftheweek

Our pick of top 10 Helipad Homes for sale. Listed in no particular order as we’d like to hear what your no.1 is, so please vote in the poll below for your favourite.

1. Located 48 nautical miles northeast of Manhattan this home not only has a helipad but an airstrip & observation tower.
9 bed in Connecticut USA, £1.2M – Mayfair international

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2. Plenty of room for your helicopter here in amongst the golf green, fishing lake, secret garden, Japanese water garden…the list goes on.
7 bed in Cheshire, POA – Sotheby’s

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3. Thinking of buying in the US, how about a helipad on the roof in Miami.
5 bed in Miami FL, £4.8M – Coldwell Banker

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4. An outstanding Country House in a private parkland setting.
7 bed in Shropshire, £2.5M – Andrew Grant

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5. No don’t worry it’s not that small, that’s just the pool house!
5 bed in Connecticut USA, £2.25M – Mayfair international

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6. Neo-Renaissaance Chateau’s need helipads too.
12 bed in Paris France, £1.5M – Home Hunts

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7. A perfect spot to land your helicopter – The French Riviera.
5 bed in The French Riviera, £1.6M – John Taylor – Valbonne

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8. This York home 2 helipads, an indoor pool and barns – what more could you want!
5 bed in York, £795,000 – Carter Jonas

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9. Cotswolds lake with a helicopter – ideal.
6 bed in The Cotswolds, POA – Cotswold Spa Holidays

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10. We’re jealous of anybody flying around the beautiful New Zealand countryside in a helicopter!
5 bed in Auckland NZ, POA – Premium Real Estate

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Send us a link via Twitter to your #propertyoftheweek on Zoopla and our pick of the Top 10 will feature on the blog every Friday.

January 10, 2014 at 12:29 PM Leave a comment

Simple and quick ‘Help to Buy’ explainer video launched by Zoopla

Zoopla has unveiled a simple Help to Buy explainer video to assist the thousands of borrowers expected to use the Government initiative this year.

The video (3:19s) covers everything you need to know about the scheme, which is aimed at helping those with a small deposit of as little as 5 per cent to buy a home.

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Click the image above to view the ‘Help to Buy’ explainer video which is free to distribute, share and embed as a useful resource designed to simplify the Government backed scheme.

It outlines the differences between the two phases of the scheme – the equity loan and mortgage guarantee – helping you to make an informed decision about which option is best for you.

The video can be found on the home page of the website under the ‘new homes’ tab at the top of the page or by clicking this link.

Thousands of borrowers have already used Help to Buy to move into a new home after it was announced by the Government in the Budget last April.

Almost 750 borrowers have bought a new home using the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, according to Downing Street. A further 6,000 people have made offers on properties.

In November last year, the Government released the first official figures for the equity loan scheme, which helped 5,375 buyers during its first six months.

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The popularity of Help to Buy among first time buyers and existing home owners is expected to continue throughout 2014.

January 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM Leave a comment

X Factor house is put back on the market to rent

The X Factor house is back on the market for rent following the end of the latest series, won by Sam Bailey.

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The seven bedroom detached property was revealed by Zoopla last year as the X Factor contestants moved in ahead of the live shows.

Number 9a Broad Walk, in London’ s Winchmore Hill, had plenty of space to accommodate the contestants, including Sam Callahan, Tamera Foster, Rough Copy, Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald.

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There are seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and a swimming pool with a sauna.

And perhaps most importantly – especially for the X Factor stars – added security is provided with the property being set behind gates.

It is available to rent for £20,000 a month, the equivalent of £4,615 per week. The estimated value of the property is more than £6m.

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Nick Charalambous, of estate agents Winkworth, described Broad Walk to Zoopla at the time as “one of the most desirable in North London”.

The area is well known for attracting singers, with Lionel Richie and Cliff Richard both having previously lived there.

The area includes some relatively expensive, substantial family homes, and is a sought after location for families moving in to the area.

The average value of a property on the road Is £2.6m, but turnover is low, with just five homes in Broad Walk sold during the past five years. In the wider N21 postcode, the average property value is £more than £500,000.

January 9, 2014 at 12:26 PM 1 comment

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