A luxury Hertfordshire mansion occupied by singer and former X Factor judge Tulisa is back on the market less than a year since it was bought.
The property is set behind an electric gated entrance, and has five bedrooms split over two levels, an indoor pool complex with a gym and cinema room, and a sweeping drive.
There is also a triple garage and extensive landscaped gardens, with just under two acres of land.
It is said to be in ‘one of the most desirable places to live in Hertfordshire’.
Lawrence Henry, of Statons, the estate agent handling the sale, told Zoopla: “It is a stunning home. The only part left from the original house on the site is the façade. It has been redeveloped to an exceptionally high standard. It is set in its own grounds and has a deep drive.”
It is understood the singer no longer lives at the property.
The N-Dubz star was arrested after being accused of setting up a drug deal to an undercover reporter. She arrived at court today for a preliminary hearing.
If you’re about to put your home on the market for sale, don’t miss the advice of Zoopla’s new regular contributor Anna Hart who has turned her passion for staging homes into a successful career.
Staging your home is all about preparing your house before you put it on the market, to give it the best chance of selling quickly, for the top price. It is something I am passionate about, and have now turned into a career.
I should warn you though – my advice is for serious sellers only. You need to be willing to roll your sleeves up and put a bit of effort in. So if you’ve got a bit of competitive spirit and the determination to sell quickly so you to get on with enjoying life in your new home, then we’re going to be great friends.
A house that’s not prepared properly will always struggle to achieve the price you want for it. Just look at the wealth of TV shows dedicated to the subject – Sarah Beeny’s ‘Selling Houses’, Phil Spencer’s ‘Secret Agent’ and of course, the mother of the movement and the original ‘House Doctor’, Ann Maurice.
We’ve all seen at least one episode of this type of show, so most of us should know the basics of house presentation by now. Yet I’m always stumbling across really badly presented houses and I just don’t understand it.
“But Anna, my house isn’t hideous,” I’m frequently told. Ok, I’ll take your word for it. But take mine in return: there is always something you can do to improve the impression your house gives to a potential buyer.
My future monthly posts will cover topics to help you take your presentation from ‘ok’ to ‘wow’.
But please bear with me in this first blog while I explain the basics to the people who don’t already know them, like you do. You can always just read through them anyway to feel especially good about yourself.
Anna’s top five home staging tips:
1. Mentally move out. Understand that buyers don’t want to buy your home, they want to buy a house that could be their home. You need to turn your home back into a ‘blank canvas house’ for buyers to imagine themselves living there instead.
2. Get rid of about half of your stuff. Seriously. We all accumulate an inordinate amount of possessions and the fact is they just clutter up the house, distracting buyers and making everywhere look smaller, and trust me in house selling, size matters. Bin it, store it elsewhere, give it away. Just get it gone.
3. Clean like your life depends on it. Imagine the Queen is coming round, and if she finds so much as a speck of dust, a cobweb in the corner or a smear on the windows, she’s going to cry ‘off with your head!’.
4. Avoid love or hate reactions. Stick with neutral décor, colours and styling to avoid alienating buyers just because they don’t share your love of bright orange, or taxidermy.
5. Remember you’re not just selling bricks and mortar, you’re selling an aspirational lifestyle. Think about the sort of lifestyle your target market desires, and make them want your house by showing them that it can effortlessly give them that lifestyle.
This fantastically styled new apartment for sale in Cambridge hints strongly at the sort of hip and funky lifestyle you could have if you lived there. The space is probably exactly the same as another flat nearby, but I’d bet that this flat gets way more interest and higher offers than the others do from the target market of young professionals because the sellers are presenting not just a flat, but a really trendy flat.
Much of the work is in your head – once you’ve started to think of it as a ‘house for sale’ rather than ‘your home’ the rest will be so much easier. Next month we’ll talk more about minimising your possessions so the house itself is the star of the show.
Anna Hart is an expert in staging homes for sale, working with house sellers to maximise their chances of selling as quickly and as profitably as possible. Anna has recently appeared in an episode of American TV show House Hunters International. Anna stages and styles homes for sale and rental, manages residential refurbishment projects for local landlords and is busy writing the next title in her series of books to bring her practical, refreshing and proven house sale preparation strategy to sellers across Britain. Visit www.annahartconsultancy.co.uk for more information.
John Lennon’s luxury Surrey mansion, where he wrote songs for the Beatles’ legendary Sgt Pepper’s album, is for sale for £14m.
Lennon bought the six bedroom home in Surrey’s Weybridge for £20,000 on July 15 in 1964.
He lived there for four years with his first wife Cynthia and is believed to have written several songs for the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at the property.
The Beatles sold 70 million copies of the album, which featured hits With A Little Help From My Friends, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, and A Day In The Life.
The refurbished property is on the exclusive St George’s Hill Estate in Weybridge and is on the market for £13,750,000. The estate is widely acknowledged as one of Britain’s ‘premier residential addresses’.
It was originally called Brown House, but was renamed Kenwood by manufacturer Ken Wood, when he owned the property.
Knight Frank‘s Country Department, which is handling the sale, said: “Kenwood is a wonderful character property yet redone in quite a contemporary style, giving it the perfect blend between the old and new. Situated in the exclusive St George’s Hill Estate, the property enjoys tranquillity and privacy while only being 17 miles from central London.”
The 1,110 square metre home contains six bedrooms, six bathrooms and is set in 1.5 acres.
There is an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and uninterrupted views of the Surrey Hills.
Our pick of top 10 Thatched Cottages for sale in England. 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. A little piece of thatched heaven.
5 bed in Gloucestershire, £1M – Andrew Greenwood
2. We fell in love with this when we saw the purple Aga in the kitchen!
5 bed in Wantage, £750,000 – Savills
3. Oozing charm with the lake and the surrounding land.
5 bed in Frodsham, £975,000 – Strutt & Parker
4. So picturesque.
3 bed in Newport, £358,000 – Spence Willard
5. Just wow…and check out the pond too.
3 bed in Buckinghamshire, £4M – Savills
6. A real classic dating from the 15th century.
4 bed in Crawley, £575,000 – Michael Graham
7. Originally 3 separate cottages now transformed into one impressive cottage! Also we couldn’t resist the chickens in the garden!
6 bed in Hertfordshire, £850,000 – Savills
8. Take a look at the interior – so cosy.
3 bed in Ipswich, £280,000 – Morton Smith & Girling Limited
9. A bit different and all the more special for it.
2 bed in Suffolk, £220,000 – House Network
10. Lavender Cottage – perfectly pretty.
3 bed in Thwaite, £395,000 – Fine & Country