Top 10 #propertyoftheweek Picks – Church Conversions

A selection of our top 10 church conversions for sale in the UK. 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. What a stunning home, love the open plan living space.
3 bed in Lincolnshire, £350,000 – House Network

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2. Wow – this whole house is just beautiful.
5 bed in Northumberland , £445,000 – Finest Properties

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3. The most beautiful bedroom window!
5 bed in Sheffield, £650,000 – Reeds Rains

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4. Some great original features in the bedrooms of this flat.
4 bed flat in London W13, £745,000 – Northfields

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5. Probably the most interesting church conversion you will see.
4 bed in Uxbridge, POA – Chewton Rose

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6. A picturesque property with a beautiful country kitchen.
3 bed in Newport Wales, £639,950 – MGY

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7. A whole host of stunning original church features.
4 bed in Leeds, £595,000 – Fine and Country

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8. This unique B listed converted church building offers stunning coastal views.
2 bed in Plockton Scotland, £215,000 – Remax

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9. A pretty Essex home.
4 bed in Essex, £795,000 – Fine and Country

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10. For the showstopper church ceiling in this living room.
4 bed in Stamford Brook, £1.2M – Foxtons

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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.

December 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM Leave a comment

Average value of a home in Britain increases by £28.30 a day

The average value of a home in Britain is increasing by almost £30 a day, according to the latest figures published by Zoopla.

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Scotland is hot on London’s heels, enjoying a 6.85 per cent increase in property values in 2013

It equates to an average rise of £10,329 this year, with the average value up 4.4 per cent to £233,289.

It follows a host of new Government initiatives introduced this year to help stabilize the property market and set the foundations for a sustainable recovery. As a result, 2013 has witnessed property price growth across most of the country.

With confidence in the market increasing, 2014 could see further price growth as the number of sales increases, construction continues, and more property comes to the market, according to Zoopla.

The effect of Help to Buy and low interest rates can been seen in the figures, with increased demand driving up property values on the lower rungs of the property ladder. In England, semi-detached houses have seen the biggest increase in value, up 6.42 per cent or £13,054 during 2013.

The gain in property values has been broadening out across the country as the recovery finally starts to be felt across the regions.

While London continues to surge ahead of the rest of the country with average property values rising £46,398 since this time last year, Scotland is now hot on the capital’s heels, enjoying a 6.85 per cent increase in 2013. Overall, property prices have risen in 10 of the 11 regions across Britain in 2013. Only Yorkshire and The Humber experienced a marginal fall of 0.37 per cent in average house prices in the past 12 months.

And reinforcing the broadening effects of the recovery, northern cities now appear on the top 10 list of best performing urban areas in 2013. The largest increase in house prices in the past year has been seen in Newcastle at 10.05 per cent. Other cities in the north making the top 10 include Barnsley, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and York – all recording property price gains of more than 6.5 per cent during 2013.

But it is not all good news in the North, with the worst performing city in 2013 being Rotherham in Yorkshire, which suffered a small drop in average home values of 0.1 per cent in the past 12 months.

AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUES BY REGION

 Region

Avg. value

Dec 2013

Avg. value

Dec 2012

£ Change

 

% Change

London

£510,457

£464,059

£46,398

10.0%

Scotland

£171,690

£160,687

£11,003

6.9%

South West England

£243,437

£229,415

£14,022

6.1%

North East England

£168,795

£159,770

£9,025

5.7%

South East England

£310,973

£294,776

£16,197

5.5%

East of England

£260,018

£248,377

£11,641

4.7%

West Midlands

£182,569

£177,980

£4,589

2.6%

North West England

£164,149

£160,205

£3,944

2.5%

East Midlands

£170,953

£167,237

£3,716

2.2%

Wales

£160,346

£157,983

£2,363

1.50%

Yorkshire & The Humber

£148,507

£149,053

-£546

-0.4%

Source: Zoopla.co.uk, December 2013

BEST PERFORMING CITIES OF 2013 

Rank

Location

Avg. value

Dec 2013

Avg. value

Dec 2012

£ Change

 

% Change

1

Newcastle

£183,057

£166,345

£16,712

10.1%

2

London

£510,457

£464,059

£46,398

10.0%

3

Cambridge

£344,881

£316,888

£27,993

8.8%

4

Barnsley

£122,769

£112,918

£9,851

8.7%

5

Cardiff

£203,939

£188,116

£15,823

8.4%

6

Glasgow

£160,935

£148,756

£12,179

8.2%

7

Dundee

£157,270

£146,262

£11,008

7.5%

8

Brighton

£293,927

£273,646

£20,281

7.4%

9

Aberdeen

£226,041

£210,729

£15,312

7.3%

10

York

£237,961

£223,304

£14,657

6.6%

Source: Zoopla.co.uk, December 2013

WORST PERFORMING CITIES OF 2013

Rank

Location

Avg. value

Dec 2013

Avg. value

Dec 2012

£ Change

 

% Change

1

Rotherham

£129,766

£129,896

-£130

-0.10%

2

Bolton

£136,680

£136,284

£396

0.29%

3

Colchester

£236,039

£233,762

£2,277

0.97%

4

Wolverhampton

£160,840

£158,964

£1,876

1.18%

5

Walsall

£151,204

£149,320

£1,884

1.26%

6

Hull

£114,684

£113,141

£1,543

1.36%

7

Swansea

£149,955

£147,570

£2,385

1.62%

8

Nottingham

£154,488

£151,954

£2,534

1.67%

9

Milton Keynes

£227,418

£223,362

£4,056

1.82%

10

Leicester

£177,720

£174,378

£3,342

1.92%

December 11, 2013 at 11:32 AM 1 comment

Christmas cleaners go into overdrive ahead of the arrival of mother-in-laws

We’ve had Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So the next festive landmark is Christmas Dust Day on Thursday, December 19 – the penultimate day in the office when workers start to panic about preparing their homes for the arrival of friends and family.

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Christmas Dust Day marks the day when workers across Britain realise ‘crikey, it’s Christmas’ and start to panic about ensuring their homes are looking their best.

For the past three years, Fantastic Cleaners has seen requests for pre-Christmas cleaning peak on the Thursday before Christmas. In each of the last three years, general cleaning enquiries on this particular day increase by more than three times the month’s average.

With the impending threat of mum – or worse, mum-in-law – peeking at the turkey and commenting on baked-on oven grime, there is most notably a surge in demand for last minute oven cleaning. In 2012, December saw overall requests for oven cleans increase by 120 per cent compared to a year earlier.

Rune Sovndahl, managing director of Fantastic Cleaners, said: “We have noticed that the more people panic about cleaning their homes in time for Christmas, the more they resort to some interesting last minute cheats.

“These range from literally ‘sweeping dirt under the rug’, to closing shower curtains to hide grimy baths, and even dimming the lights to hide dust. This doesn’t always fool their friends and family, however, and many people will get caught out.”

Beautifully presented properties for sale on Zoopla:

10.12.13 Clean homes 1

For sale: Two bedroom flat in Brighton £675,000

10.12.13 Clean homes 2

For sale: Five bedroom detached house in Leeds for £649,950

10.12.13 Clean homes 3

For sale: Six bedroom property in Exeter for £1.5m

December 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM Leave a comment

Costs of Christmas lighting casts a shadow over festive cheer

While Britons may say they like the idea of seeing lots of brightly lit Santas, snowmen and reindeers outside of houses at this time of year, the harsh reality is far more ‘bah! Humbug!’.

Property festive: We wish you a merry Christmas

Almost half of those surveyed said they like festive lights outside of houses at this time – but almost a third adopt a more Ebenezer Scrooge approach.

The findings by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks showed 14 per cent thought Christmas lights are a waste of money, while a further 11 per cent wish their neighbours would not decorate the outside of their homes.

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Nearly one in 10 said they simply don’t like Christmas decorations while a sixth said they would like to put lights outside their home but the cost of powering them puts them off.

Andrew Pearce, a director at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “Our research has shown that people either love or loathe outdoor Christmas lights. Some view them as extravagant and an unnecessary waste of money and electricity while others enjoy the Christmas atmosphere they bring to the community.

“Whatever decorations you opt for this year, it’s still possible to have fun this festive season without blowing the budget.”

Tips to save money this Christmas:

1. Set a budget – and stick to it. Work out how much you can afford to spend and don’t exceed this amount.

2. Remember the most expensive present is not necessarily the best. Sometimes a more thoughtful, personal gift can be more appreciated. For example, new parents may prefer the offer of babysitting rather than more perfume or aftershave.

3. Shop about – when you have decided what you want to buy, look for the best bargain. Many shops have sales in the run-up to Christmas, so pick your purchasing timing wisely.

4. Group together – rather than buying gifts for every one of your friends individually, why not hold a secret Santa where each person buys for just one friend?

5. Have a family feast – ask your guests to bring a course or some goodies with them so you don’t have sole responsibility for Christmas dinner. It could simply be bringing the wine or the Christmas crackers but will help you share the expense.

Properties for sale during the festive season:

09.12.13 Christmas tree 1

For sale: One bedroom end of terrace house in Long Stratton, near Stratton

09.12.13 Christmas tree 2

For sale: Three bedroom maisonette in London Fields for £750,000

09.12.13 Christmas tree 3

For sale: Four bedroom detached house in Woodford Green, London, for £875,000

December 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM 1 comment

Top 10 #propertyoftheweek Picks – Circular Homes

A selection of the top 10 circular homes for sale in the UK.

1. The ultimate circular home complete with WOW factor!
5 bed in Hampshire, POA – Knight Frank

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2. Oast houses – a circular home oozing with character.
6 bed in Kent, £2,250,000 – Savills

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3. Not all circular homes have to cost millions, we love this Welsh converted windmill.
3 bed in North Wales, £348,950 – Dafydd Hardy

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4. Once a lighthouse this home now offers stunning coastal views over the islands of Skomer and Skokholm.
6 bed in Haverfordwest, £975,000 – Fine and Country.

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5. This new build has Grand Designs written all over it, we love this unique look.
3 bed in Bristol, £550,000 – Bonds of Thornbury

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6. The Round House was designed and constructed by award winning architect Glen Beard for his own occupation.
4 bed in Reading, £799,950 – Davis Tate

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7. A striking home that can’t be missed.
4 bed in Portmahomack, £335,000 – Strutt and Parker

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8. A unique and picturesque home full of character.
4 bed in Loughborough, £795,000 – Fine and Country

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9. Less common are new build circular homes – we love the views from this one.
6 bed in Dorset, £850,000 – Direct Moves

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10. A windmill in the Yorkshire Dales with an adorable circular kitchen.
3 bed in Brompton, £350,000 – James Winn

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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. Thanks to @GabbygalEvs for her suggestion for this week.

December 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM Leave a comment

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