Rumours are circulating that British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart has added to his property portfolio and bought Durrington House in Essex for £4.65m.
A quick look on Zoopla and we see that Durrington House was previously listed for £3,150,000 back in May 2012. Naturally, we cannot help wondering what was behind the £1.5m price leap from one year ago, but unlikely we will ever know.
Price aside, if this is indeed Rod’s home he’ll be neighbours with another musical legend (depending on your musical taste), although maybe not for long, as he is trying to sell it.
Stephen Harris, the 56-year-old founder, main songwriter and lyricist for the world’s most famous heavy metal band, Iron Maiden has lived in Sheering Hall, Essex since 1994 and is currently on the market for £5.85m – you can see it here. It comes complete with its own pub and some rather interesting interior decor!
Anyhow, Rod’s new home is said to be one of the finest houses in the area, occupying a private and secluded position spanning 20 acres of land. The house is adorned with period features and surrounded by immaculate gardens and is the first time the house has come to the market in over 50 years, having been within the same family for two generations.
As you can see from the pictures, the property is set in extensive private and secluded grounds, with 10 bedrooms, 4 receptions and five bedrooms and a mixture of formal reception and family rooms.
Checkout the pictures below:
More details on the property here
Did you know that the contents of the average garden are now worth nearly £2,000 with home owners splashing out on £894 alone in the past 12 months on the likes of outdoor furniture and decorations.
Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? But if you have your eye on something it’s best to set a goal. The Money Advice Service guide How to set a savings goal could help.
One in ten homeowners recently admitted in a report that they have spent money on their garden as they can’t afford to move home, while one in three say that spending a lot of time outside (weather permitting) is the main reason for upgrading their outdoor spaces.
Despite this hefty investment, 12.5 million (or more than two in five) of homeowners are leaving their gardens unprotected, by not checking whether their items are covered under current policies, or by having no insurance at all.
It’s all the more worrying in light of the fact that 1.4 million thefts from gardens and outdoor spaces were recorded last year, marking a 17% increase over the last five years.
Follow these handy tips from the Money Advice Service for keeping your gardens safe:
1. Check your contents insurance documents to see what you are and are not covered for. If you have no contents insurance, it might be an idea to get some.
2. When possible, keep expensive tools, lawnmowers and bicycles out of sight and locked away.
3. Don’t forget about tools and ladders that could be used to break into your home too.
4. Make sure garden sheds, gates, garages and outbuildings remain bolted with a secure lock.
5. Plug gaps in fences or bushes to stop opportunistic thieves slipping through.
6. Use landscaping to your advantage. Try to plant some thorny plants and shrubs with prickly leaves as a natural barrier to deter the thieves.
7. Shrubs and overgrown trees can prove to be an asset to burglars. Make sure you prune overgrown and large trees.
8. Mark valuable items, such as patio furniture and ornaments, with your postcode, and keep photos of your garden valuables for your claim in case anything is stolen or vandalised
9. Keeping your driveways or front paths updated with pebbles or gravel can help you to hear someone approaching your property.
10. Look into joining your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme in order to help protect yours and your neighbours’ properties
The housing market has seen a number of positive events in recent weeks including initiatives in the Budget and the latest Zoopla Housing Market Sentiment Survey reveals that confidence is up amongst homeowners – a significant step towards a recovery.
According to the research UK homeowners are expecting house prices to rise by 4.5% over the next six months. This is the biggest predicted house price increase by UK homeowners in over 3 years and could signal that 2013 is set to be the best year for the property market since the financial crisis struck.
The proportion of homeowners who think that house prices will increase this year is also at the highest level for almost three years with three quarters (74%) of those surveyed predicting prices in their area will increase, the most since the second quarter of 2010.
Confidence has grown notably over just the past few months as only 65% of owners predicted an increase back in December. And only 13% of owners now expect prices to fall over the course of the next six months, down from 19% at the end of last year.
Owners in Yorkshire and the Humber are the least bullish with only 61% expecting property prices to rise over the next six months. In stark contrast, 89% of London homeowners predict prices to rise by the end of summer making them the most confident property owners in the UK.
So, with first-time buyer lending gradually increasing and mortgages becoming more readily available, there is real belief that the property market is starting to turn a corner and finally drag itself out of the hole since the financial crisis.
- Zoopla invited registered users of Zoopla.co.uk to participate in this study.
- The survey was fielded from 25th – 29 March 2013.
- There were 4116 total respondents. 3485 of these were homeowners. Statistics based on a sample of this size are accurate to within less than +/- 1.0% with 95% confidence, if the sample is drawn at random from the population it intends to represent.
- These respondents represent the perspective of the Zoopla.co.uk user community, and could be considered to represent the population of people interested in the UK residential property market.
- All statistics are based on the full sample unless otherwise noted.