Posts tagged ‘Grand Designs’
If you’re anything like us you may have a slight obsession with Grand Designs. Whether they are full chronicles, programme features or award winners we want to see them all. Below are our top 10 on the market.
How many do you recognise?
1. A Venetian style water tower with 360 degree views of London – it doesn’t get more grand than that. Now on the market for £5.2m.
Five bed in London – Foxtons
2. Featured back in 2004, Kevin McCloud had this Scottish home in his top 20 of all the Grand Designs. He described it as “a beautiful, romantic building, like a ship or an ark”.
Four bed in Helensburgh – Savills
3. ‘The White House’ – a seafront oasis or quirky and cool with stunning views.
Three bed in East Sussex – Phillips and Stubbs
4. Dubbed ‘The Sugar Cube’ this is another truly unique grand design. Now for sale at £1.5m.
Four bed in Bristol – Savills
5. It’s no surprise this unique home was winner of the 2006 Grand Designs best remodelled house in Britain award.
Five bed in Berkshire – Knight Frank
6. A more recent build from 2010 which cost £200,000 to build and was recently on the market for £975,000.
More Grand Designs profits
7. This Holland Park home had plenty of fame before it’s 2012 appearance on Grand Designs. The building, a former recording studio, has previously hosted artists such as Shirley Bassey, The Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart & John Lennon.
Four bed in London – Aylesford
8. A RIBA award-winning London home that featured on Grand Designs.
Five bed in Hackney – Foxtons
9. The renovation of this water works was chronicled on Grand Designs back in 2002. If you’re looking for character then this could be the ideal property for you.
Four bed in Derbyshire – Blundells
10. New to the market is the decagon house from 2007. Its series of glass fronted decagons and courtyards forms a protected and private walled oasis near the city centre.
Six bed in Oxford – Penny & Sinclair
For those on the hunt for a new property it’s always exciting to find something a little different. Here we’ve short-listed our top 10 most unusual homes on the market.
1. With inspiration taken from Thunderbird’s Tracy Island you can rest assured this is a unique home.
Five bed in Poole – Arlington & Hall
2. This conversion of two water towers makes for a visually striking home.
Six bed in Cornwall – Savills
3. A sweet treat for tea fans. Your very own tea pot house for £10,000.
Scottish Borders – Rettie & Co
4. An adorable oast house that makes great use of it’s circular rooms.
Six bed in Kent – Hamptons
5. SeaGlass is an award winning waterfront home with a mosaic exterior that gives the whole property a luxurious feel.
Six bed in Cowes – Biles & Co
6. A 1960’s built Canadian ‘A’ frame home. We can’t help but think they’re just very big Toblerone fans.
Four bed in Kent – Harpers and Hurlingham
7. This Grade II listed former windmill is ripe for renovation. We predict a stunning Grand Design style refurb in it’s future.
Doncaster – Drewery & Wheeldon
9. Designed by the art collector Thomas Watkins it’s no surprise this unique home has previously featured on Grand Designs.
Four bed in East Sussex – The Modern House
Which are the most popular properties in March so far? Valued from £325,000 to £90m and located in a variety of places – from London to Taunton – here are the most viewed properties on Zoopla.
1. What do you get for £90m in London? It may be just a terrace house, but there are an impressive 21 bedrooms and a garage large enough for four limousines. And, of course, it is in an exclusive street in Mayfair.
2. What would you pay for a five bedroom flat? If you are seeking one of the apartments at London’s iconic One Hyde Park, you will need £68m. The accommodation spans an entire floor and boasts views of both Knightsbridge and Hyde Park.
3. A three bedroom house in Taunton is a new entry in the most popular properties chart. It is a classic 1930s detached home, with a price tag of £325,000, General improvement is required.
4. Sometimes a house comes along that makes you feel you would always be fine no matter how bad life gets. And this five bedroom terrrace in London’s Holland Park is one of those properties. After 30 years and four children, the current owner has decide it is time for someone else to make their mark. It has a £7m asking price.
5. A nine bedroom detached house in London’s prestigious confines of Kensington is being offered (POA) with full planning permission to extend the property to include a separate cottage, tennis court and garden pavilion.
6. Have you ever wondered what the interior of the house belonging to celebrity designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen looks like? Now is your chance as he is selling his six bedroom Cotswold for £1,750,000.
7. You may recognize this former water works in Derbyshire as its renovation featured on the popular television series Grand Designs in 2002. It comes with four bedrooms and five acres of land, and has a guide price of £700,000.
8. The Bishops Avenue in London never seems to be out of the property headlines, having been dubbed Billionaires’ Row. This nine bedroom detached home is set behind high electric gates and costs £38m.
9. This Gloucestershire property was completely renovated 16 years ago by a well known local builder and now provides a beautiful home with a gated driveway, an indoor heated swimming pool and beautiful views.
10. This nine bedroom mansion may look like it is set in the countryside, but it is in fact set in the heart of the London borough of Richmond. It is brand new and enjoys views of the River Thames and Petersham Meadows. (POA)
News has reached us of yet another Grand Designs house for sale, which begs the following question:
If, like most participants, you’d put so much time, effort, cash and emotion into creating the home of your dreams, why would you want to sell up a couple of years later?
Yes, the recession may have been a factor for some but I wonder whether it’s ever a wise decision to throw every penny you have (or can borrow) into a property, as many of the programme’s homeowners continue to do under the watchful eye of Kevin McCloud.
Equally, perhaps it’s a bad idea to invite in a TV crew to witness your whole ‘Dream Home Journey’ warts and all if you’re then going to try and sell later on.
The latest Grand Designs home to hit the market is Longwood House in Cambridgeshire aka The ‘Wooden Box’. It first appeared on series three of the show in 2003 and was then featured on a ‘Revisited’ episode five years later.
As is customary in the series, many hoops were jumped before the project was completed; the house was later extended as the 2008 ‘Revisited’ programme revealed.
The property is now on the market for £700,000 through Chesterton Humberts in Stamford, but to give an idea of the number that don’t become life-long homes, there’s also…
The Curved House, Clapham
This re-design was originally about providing more living space but became a Grand Designs classic due to the planning permission problems concerning a giant tree which resulted in the curved wall.
Earlier this year, the owners decided to put the property on the rental market. Ironically, they’d decided that the house was too big for them.
Brighton Modern Mansion
A very contemporary design with outstanding countryside views. This property featured on the show just last year, leading people to question why it was up for sale so soon after.
No takers so far despite it having been on the market for several months.
The Loch House
This Scottish house sits right on the edge of Loch Lomond so you can imagine the wonderful views from the double height glass windows.
It’s another fairly recent one having featured on the programme in 2008, and again, it’s been lingering on the market for a while.
Following on from our seafood flavoured Five to View, this week’s theme is properties with fishing lakes.
We’ve cast our net across the country and found some tantalising catches, including one beauty which some of you may recognise from Grand Designs.
It must be the season for it, because there were plenty of fish in this particular property sea to choose from – here are our favourite five:
(Click on pics for more images & full property details)
1. LOCHSIDE LUXURY (as featured on Grand Designs) –
2. PRETTY KETTLE OF FISH –
3. WHAT LURKS BENEATH
4. SALMON PINK
5. (RELATIVELY) CHEAPSKATE -