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

UPDATED: Tulisa’s Hertfordshire home of less than a year is ‘under offer’

A luxury Hertfordshire mansion occupied by singer and former X Factor judge Tulisa has been sold.

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Edge House in Hatfield, Hertfordshire was first listed on Zoopla in November last year – just 11 months after the singer first got her hands on the keys.

It had an asking price of £4.5m and has been sold subject to contract.

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.

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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.

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The N-Dubz star was arrested after being accused of setting up a drug deal to an undercover reporter. But the drugs trial at London’s Southwark Crown Court collapsed following a sting arranged by Sun investigative reporter Mahzer Mahmood.

The judge at the trial told jurors there were strong grounds to believe Mahmood had lied at a pre-trial hearing and the case was thrown out.

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January 9, 2014 at 10:36 AM Leave a comment

Help to Buy borrowers blocked from buying new build properties

Help to Buy borrowers looking to purchase a new build property using a mortgage guarantee are being blocked by lenders, it has been revealed.

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The guarantees officially came into force at the beginning of this month with the aim of helping lenders to offer loans to those with just a 5 per cent deposit.

But mortgage experts exclusively revealed to Zoopla that high street lenders taking part in the scheme are refusing to alter their normal lending criteria on loans for new builds, which means only lending to those with at least a 15 per cent deposit.

Lenders widely see lending on new builds as higher risk and so require a higher deposit to avoid any potential future losses.

Ray Boulger, of mortgage brokers John Charcol, said: “Although HTB2 can be used for new build properties, one of the conditions of participating in the scheme is that lenders must apply their normal criteria and nearly every lender – Aldermore is an exception – imposes a maximum loan to value for new build properties of 85 per cent or less.”

Mr Boulger urged the Government to persuade lenders to extend their lending criteria to reach those with just a 5 per cent deposit. If they fail – and the first part of the Help to Buy scheme is not extended – there will be a direct impact on developer confidence, he said.

Lenders began offering loans under the second phase of the Help to Buy scheme from last October following a highly publicized announcement by the Government that it was being introduced earlier than expected. It was impossible for a mortgage to default in the run up to the guarantees being introduced on January 2 this year.

The first part of the Help to Buy scheme was announced in April last year and is only available on new build properties. However, it requires borrowers to take out an equity loan from the Government and only runs for three years.

Lenders taking part in the Help to Buy scheme include Halifax, which confirmed to Zoopla: “We do lend up to 95 per cent through Help to Buy mortgage guarantee, but not on new build properties.”

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January 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM Leave a comment

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