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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


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


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


4. An outstanding Country House in a private parkland setting.
7 bed in Shropshire, £2.5M – Andrew Grant


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


6. Neo-Renaissaance Chateau’s need helipads too.
12 bed in Paris France, £1.5M – Home Hunts


7. A perfect spot to land your helicopter – The French Riviera.
5 bed in The French Riviera, £1.6M – John Taylor – Valbonne


8. This York home 2 helipads, an indoor pool and barns – what more could you want!
5 bed in York, £795,000 – Carter Jonas


9. Cotswolds lake with a helicopter – ideal.
6 bed in The Cotswolds, POA – Cotswold Spa Holidays


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


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

Chancellor George Osborne outlines housing policy in his Autumn Statement

Chancellor George Osborne is determined to ‘avoid the mistakes’ of the last decade and ‘keep Britain moving’.


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At the heart of his housing policy announced in the Autumn Statement is building more homes.

He said: “Some of the most important infrastructure for British families is housing and we have to confront this simple truth: if we want more people to own a home, we have to build more homes.”

He also announced £1bn of loans to unblock large housing developments on sites around the country and confirmed that lenders Aldermore and Virgin are set to join the Help to Buy Scheme. The Help to Buy Scheme was introduced earlier this year to help those with a small deposit to buy a home.

“I can announce today that Aldermore and Virgin, two challenger banks, expect to join the scheme this month. Help to aspiring families and building more homes – that’s what we stand for,” said Osborne.

But he added a word of caution, saying: “We must also avoid the mistakes of the last decade.

“We want a responsible recovery….We want a functioning, stable housing market.”

Other items included:

  • Regenerating some of the most run down urban housing estates
  • Councils to sell off the most expensive social housing, so they can house more families for the same money
  • Giving working people in social housing a priority right to move if they need to for a job
  • Introduction of Capital Gains Tax on future gains made by non residents who sell residential property in the UK

The measures received a mixed welcome from the housing industry, with NHBC’s chief executive, Mike Quinton, saying: “We welcome today’s Autumn Statement highlighting measures to support house-building in the UK.”

David Newnes, of LSL Property Services – owners of the largest lettings agency in the UK – said: “Today the Chancellor has laid down some concrete steps to address the lack of supply in new housing, but this is only the start on the wider path to solving the problem. While Government initiatives such as the Funding for Lending and Help to Buy schemes have bolstered the recovery this year, the elephant in the room has always been the woeful shortage of new homes.

“The pledge of £1bn of loans to unlock large housing developments is certainly a welcome move and plans to increase local authorities’ housing revenue account borrowing limits are encouraging measures, both will play a part in boosting house supply, while at the same time preventing house prices from rising out of reach of buyers. Equal focus on expanding the Right to Buy offer and the Government’s investment into affordable housing shows efforts are being made. The Government must continue to lend a helping hand to aspiring buyers, so that they can achieve their dream of home ownership, while emphasising the need for more homes to support a healthy rate of recovery for the market as we move into 2014.”

Elsewhere, on the taxing of non residents, Liam Bailey, of estate agents Knight Frank, said: “Tax is not the primary driver for the majority of international buyers of residential property in London. We anticipate that the removal of the CGT exemption for non-resident purchasers will have only a marginal impact on demand and pricing.”

December 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM 2 comments

Top 10 #propertyoftheweek Picks

A selection of the best properties to be found on Zoopla.

1.  This property has it all…period features, beautiful gardens and even a stream – From @struttandparker.


2.  From @savillsuk – A cook’s dream, fab kitchen and an even better garden for home grown produce to cook with!


3.  We love this unique coach house from @FineandCountry.


4.  From @InmoRealtyes – A restored country house in a farm dated from 13th Century in Barcelona.


5.  A magnificent combination of garden and sea view in this Brighton home from @BrandVaughan1.


6.  From @ChewtonRose - we couldn’t resist this beautiful barn conversion.


7.  From @YMChrisStonock – a modern fireplace for the winter.


8.  From @ckdgalbraith – An Edinburgh flat with panoramic city and sea views.


9.  From @johndwoodandco - A gorgeous three bedroom terraced cottage in Wimbledon that we think is trying to get on Movember Hairy Houses!


10.  And finally from @Fearnalls (and others) the purple pad! However it has now been taken off the market – that sold quick!


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.

November 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM 1 comment

Lower your energy bills with award-winning eco-friendly homes via Morris Homes’ MD Chris Lilley.

An eco-friendly property has many benefits, writes Morris Homes’ managing director Chris Lilley.

13.11.13 Vista 1

As energy prices continue to rise, finding a property that is energy efficient is moving higher up the list of priorities for buyers who want to minimise their monthly payments, writes Chris Lilley, managing director of Morris Homes.

In addition to wanting to reduce living costs, buyers are also becoming more socially aware of the impact that their choices are having on the environment. From choosing more eco-friendly cars to diligently recycling household waste, we’re all aware of the need to reduce our energy consumption.

The UK’s largest carbon village in Peterborough - Vista – was launched to help identify new solutions for building homes that are not only environmentally friendly, but are stylish and affordable for buyers. The development was recently named as the Best Low or Zero Carbon Initiative at the Housebuilder awards.

Inside, the properties at Vista look no different to any new home. They’re spacious, light, warm, comfortable, and designed around modern lifestyles.

However, under the skin of the properties is a range of energy-saving technology designed to reduce carbon emissions by 74 per cent compared to a similar sized property and help buyers save up to £310 per year on their energy bills (based on final As-Designed SAP calculations and British Gas energy prices in January 2013).

For example, every home has solar panels to generate electricity, a rainwater harvesting system to provide water for flushing toilets, and an advanced boiler that recovers and recycles waste heat.

The commitment to the environment continues outside of the properties, with a dedicated composting area, bicycle storage and recycling facilities installed at every property to encourage residents to live a more sustainable lifestyle. There are also 2.7 acres of public gardens and wetlands around the development to reduce the impact on the biodiversity of the site.

To help residents further reduce their carbon footprint every buyer also receives a £250 voucher to buy a bicycle, or a six-month bus pass.

All of these measures will also help towards the Government’s target of reducing carbon emissions from UK homes by 29 per cent by 2020.

Vista was launched last year, and the first buyers have now moved into their properties. Buyers have already told us that their energy bills to date have been dramatically reduced compared to their previous homes.

We’ve now moved on to the next phase of the site and have recently launched a selection of four-bedroom homes to encourage families to move to Vista for a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

 13.11.13 Vista 2

For more information visit or see Vista properties for sale via Zoopla

November 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM Leave a comment

Homeowners urged to sniff out neighbours’ cannabis factories

Homeowners are being urged by police and estate agents to watch out for the tell tale signs of neighbours converting their premises into cannabis farms.

12.11.13 Cannabis

Photo by West Midlands Police

It follows the latest farm to be discovered at an address in Tolworth, Surrey, which resulted in two arrests.

Police suggested homeowners may not know if a cannabis factory has been set up in a next door property. But they urged the public to look out for signs in a bid to tackle crime and public safety.

As well as being illegal, growing cannabis is dangerous to those living in neighbouring properties, they said. It can be a major fire hazard due to the lights, the electric fans and the tampered with electricity supply.

The properties are typically rented, but those growing the cannabis are unlikely to ever live at the address, the police warned.

Edward Foley, of estate agents Winkworth, said: “While we don’t get much of this in Wimbledon Village, I know for a fact that several cannabis farms have been found in recent years a short distance away in Merton Park, Wimbledon Chase and South Wimbledon. I sit on the Merton Park Police Ward Panel and I am always amazed that when discovered how much damage is done.

“Often the loft has been used as well with growbags full of earth packed up there with heat lamps and it can take thousands to put right. Some of the properties that I have been aware of have often been owned by landlords that have either not used an estate agent to let their property or been attracted to an agent offering lower than average fees to attract business. The landlords, thinking they are saving money, often end up with thousands of pounds of damage, weeks of inconvenience and of course loss of rental income. I would always recommend using an agent that is a member of ARLA and or NALS and that checks references for the tenants and don’t take shortcuts. Often the gangs behind the cannabis farms conduct other criminal activities from the address which could lead to further problems when you come to sell the property and will probably have implications on your credit history.

“Of course, if you see a property with black bin bags covering the windows from the inside call the local police and let them investigate. They often work with the energy suppliers to combat this and of course they can use the thermal imaging from the police helicopter to check if there is an abnormal amount of heat inside the house.”

Police urged homeowners to ask the following questions if they think a nearby property is being used to grow cannabis:

• Are the windows of the property permanently covered from the inside?

• Do people visit the property at unusual times of the day or night?

• Does no-one appear to be living at the property?

• Is there a vent protruding through the roof or a rear window?

• Is there a pungent smell coming from the premises?

• Are there compost bags or gardening equipment lying around outside?

• Is there a lot of noise coming from the equipment, such as cooling fans?

• Have a large number of pots and lights been moved into the premises at the same time?

• If in a terraced house, do shared walls appear wet to the touch?

• Are powerful lights being left on overnight?

If you suspect that a property is being used to grow cannabis, contact your Safer Neighbourhoods Team or by dialling 101. If you don’t want to speak directly to the police,  contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at Crimestoppers is an independent charity, and not part of the police.

November 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM 3 comments

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