Buy Jimmy Page’s Stairway To Heaven home

Fans of Led Zeppelin take note: the Berkshire home were Jimmy Page formed his famous rock group is now up for sale for £1 million.

The house where Jimmy Page formed Led Zeppelin is for sale credit: Rex

Page bought the The Thames Boathouse, a three-storey riverside property in the village of Pangbourne, in1967 when he was 23 and playing guitar in the Yardbirds. He lived there until 1973.

And that’s not all. The home played a key role in the formation of Led Zeppelin after Page met Robert Plant in 1968 and invited him to stay at the home so the two could discuss forming a new band. The group they formed, which was to become Led Zeppelin and include John Paul Jones and John Bonham, regularly stayed with Page at The Thames Boathouse to prepare for gigs and jam.

The home is now owned by Graham Gore who bought it in 1984 from the property developer who had purchased it from Page. Gore has made extensive improvements to the home – including installing a fittingly rock’n’roll indoor pool in the basement.

While Gore admits he’s not a big Led Zeppelin fan, he says he’s most definitely got a whole lotta love for this Berkshire  property.

“It’s a lovely spot, with stunning views,” Gore says. “And Pangbourne is a lovely place to live. We’ve been very happy here.

“It’s a shame to leave, but we’ve got another property in the village.”

The home, which was a wet dock and boating company offices until 1959, is set over three storeys, and also includes 40ft of mooring, a wet room, open plan living room, three bedrooms, family room and a full width riverside patio.

Everything an aspiring rocker could ask for, really.

The Thames Boathouse is for sale through Hamptons International.

See more photos of the boathouse here.

January 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM Leave a comment

See a Granny rap about finding a new home

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

Meet Granny. She’s the latest member of the Rapping Family and she’s getting lyrical about finding a new home.

See Granny rap now.

Granny is part of our new £5 million advertising campaign. She follows in the footsteps of our rapping expectant parents who premiered on ITV at the weekend.

Granny isn’t going to be on the telly until next month, but you can see her spitting some rhymes about her property likes (it’s got to be nice and cosy, local and close to the postie) now.

Sign up to our campaign site and see our Rapping Family ads before they go live. You’ll also be among the first to hear about our new competition and how you can win some exciting prizes.

Check it!

January 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM Leave a comment

Zoopla paints the town purple…with taxis…

Zoopla branded cab on the streets of London

We’ve decided to paint the town purple and have launched hundreds of Zoopla-branded cabs onto the streets of London.

Our branded London taxis, part of a multi-channel marketing campaign from Zoopla which also includes national TV (see below), print and radio, follow the campaign’s ‘smarter property search’ theme with each cab uniquely branded with different property data for various areas of the capital, giving Londoners the information they need to make better-informed property decisions.

Let us know if you spot one or take a ride in a Zoopla cab!

Here’s our latest TV campaign, in case you’ve not yet seen it:

January 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM 5 comments

FindaProperty TV ad: Who’s taken over our site?

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

Meet our house hunting expectant parents. They’re two of the rapping stars of’s latest advertising campaign and from today they’ve taken over our main site.

They’re the first part of our fun new £5 million advertising campaign aimed at spreading the news that is the UK’s most helpful property website - whether you’re renting, selling, or buying.

For the time being, our expectant parents are confined to your computer screens, but come Sunday January 8, you’ll see them on TV  rapping about the need to find a bigger home before their new babies arrive. If you can’t wait until then, we’d like to give you a sneaky peek of the first TV ad (before everyone sees it on Sunday). Scroll down to see the ad now.

And if you’ve noticed the strong family resemblance between our expectant parent rappers then you’d be right on the money. Both characters are played by RADA-trained actor Ross Green who stars in our campaign (he plays nine different characters across three separate TV ads). Excited? You bet we are.

We’ll soon be launching a new competition to go along with the campaign and we think you’ll dig the prizes (they’re pretty outrageous!). Keep in touch by leaving us your details here.

In the meantime, our expectant parents are pleased to meet you too.

January 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM Leave a comment

Diary of a Home Mover: Disagreements over relocating

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

Our new blogger Verity Good is blogging about home moving plans. This week: What to do when he wants to move but I don’t.

As we gear up for a flurry of new properties coming on to the market in the new year I am an estate agent’s worse nightmare. I really don’t want to move – ever. I adore our current house which we have lovingly restored over the years. I know it’s not perfect, it’s a townhouse and could be bigger but the central location and our wonderful neighbours (on both sides) more than compensate for the fact that we could use more space (who doesn’t?).

As a couple we have always agreed on every property move up the ladder and both knew intuitively where we did or didn’t want to live – up until now.  While searching for property online my husband has found his dream property – his not mine. Architect designed it is brand new – sleek and shiny with every mod con available plus all of the eco features he has always wanted. Reluctantly I went on a viewing – I suspected that once I stepped through the door I would be entranced, but I still need to be persuaded.

By moving we would be upsizing and down spending so it is the sensible thing to do but the thought of relocating a couple of miles north to a new area fills me with dread. I know I am totally irrational about this but having spent the last ten years in our current home seems to have made me paralysed by the thought of change, is this normal?

Sometimes watching Phil and Kirstie referee bickering house buying couples you do wonder what it is these people have in common? How could they possibly differ so much on where it is they want to live? But now I can sympathize, it is all to do with coping with change. In this current climate the temptation is to draw the curtains and hunker down. But maybe a new year and a new home has its appeal? Our kids would go to the same schools and friends and family will still be reasonably close by so what am I worried about? One step at a time and let’s see if we can sell first. Time to call some estate agents?

December 22, 2011 at 1:29 PM 1 comment

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