Posts tagged ‘Grand Designs’

Here’s March 2014′s most viewed properties on Zoopla

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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March 28, 2014 at 2:15 AM Leave a comment

Grand Designs ‘Wooden Box’ house for sale

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.

3-bed detached house for sale in Southwick, Cambridgeshire. Asking price £700,000. Chesterton Humberts: 0843 2829 927

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

4-bed house to rent in Clapham. Rental price: £1,900 per week. Morgan Randall: 0843 2822 080

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

6-bed house for sale in Brighton. Asking price £3.5 million. Hamptons International: 0843 2816 026

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

5-bed house for sale near Killearn. Asking price £1.5 million. Savills: 0843 2821 599

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.

July 23, 2010 at 10:54 AM 4 comments

Five To View: Properties with fishing lakes

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)  -










March 11, 2010 at 6:08 PM 1 comment

Why is a Brighton Grand Design being sold so soon?

Fans of Channel 4 TV show Grand Designs will recognise this super-shiny new modernist home in Brighton, which featured on our screens in April last year. But I’m surprised it’s on the market – for £3.5 million – quite so soon as I had thought the creators – local couple Barry and Julie Surtees – were going to live in the thing rather than sell it off.

The sale is also a surprise given the levels of pain the couple went through  in front of the Channel 4 cameras (and Kevin McCloud’s withering wit) to get the project finished.

But is it a liveable space? I have to admit that many of these ultra-clever, uber-contemporary properties leave me a bit cold – they just don’t seem particularly homely – but there are some pleasingly quirky elements that do tickle my Bauhaus-style fancy.

Take the fourth-floor living area called ‘the pod’, for example, with its brightly coloured, super-sized sofas and that motorbike on the wall; although I’m not sure if Kevin McCloud would have approved of such ‘mass market’ frivolity.

But it’s the wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that I really love – and I’m astonished that Surtees can bear to leave those incredible views behind.

For more information, call Hamptons International (Brighton and Hove) on 0843 2816 026.

February 17, 2010 at 4:46 PM 7 comments

Five To View: Architect Designed Properties

For a home with the wow factor, it’s hard to beat a bespoke architect designed property.

We’ve found some fantastic examples from our listings but it’s worth bearing in mind that architects are there for everyone and not just for the grandest of designs.

Indeed, it’s thanks to the popularity of TV personalities like Kevin McCloud and George Clarke that more and more ‘normal’ people are opting to commission an architect to design or improve their home these days. Fine work, chaps.

Here are five of our favourite architectural creations from our current listings:

(Click on pics for more images & property details)

1. London SW8



2. London SW19



3. Esher, Surrey



4. Orpington, Kent



5. Bath



November 19, 2009 at 5:56 PM 2 comments

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