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We love all things property here at Zoopla.co.uk and firmly believe information and good research is the key to making smarter property decisions.
So, whilst watching the first two episodes of the BBC’s The Apprentice earlier this week, we couldn’t help become a little curious as to where exactly this year’s stunning house is located.
We knew the property would be on Zoopla because we list every UK home (all 27m) in our home values section. So, we were hopeful we’d be able to unearth some juicy inside info on this year’s house for you. We weren’t disappointed…
We’d seen the front of the house in the show in Tuesday’s episode (9.03 mins in on BBC iPlayer) where the sixteen hopefuls would call home as they compete to win a £250,000 investment to start their own company, with Lord Sugar as their business partner and so we were hunting a huge pad with a sizeable value tag to match – see below.
The next clue came as Apprentice narrator, Mark Halliley, repeatedly stated “Richmond” as this years location for the house. So, a little navigation in map view (we’ve incorporated Google Street View on Zoopla), then a quick trip to confirm our suspicions and now we can exclusively reveal that the house is actually located on Christchurch Road, East Sheen, London, SW14.
So, what specifics can Zoopla.co.uk tell us about the area and the house?
Average property values in East Sheen are currently £667,199
The average value of property in Christchurch Road, SW14 is £1,266,477
The current Zoopla property value of this year’s Apprentice house is £4,669,636
Then if we look at the property details page on Zoopla we can tell you that the house is a 7-bedroomed, detached, freehold property with 6 bathrooms, 3 receptions and is currrently valued at £4,669,741. We suspect that one of the other rooms (games room / study) is being currently used as a bedroom so that the sixteen (although now 14…games room returns?) hopefuls can each share an en-suite room.
Digging deeper and into the Zoopla Property Archive, where we store historic records of properties from across the UK that at one time have been for sale or to rent on the open market in the last 10 years, we can also see that the property was previously listed for sale on 31st Mar 2004 for £1,800,000 and detailed as a 5-bedroom detached house at that point.
Our sold price records (we have over 16.6m dating back to 1995) show that the Apprentice house was sold on 23rd Apr 2004 for £1,715,000…£85,000 less than the original asking price.
We’ve also done a little more research and found out that the property that was bought in 2004 was then demolished and the stunning property we see on our screens was born!
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Finding that special one can sometimes be a bit tricky.
Some are a bit cheap, some a bit scruffy, some too flash and some inadequately sized. Maybe you’re looking for one that’ll gain a few pounds, perhaps you want to know what they’re worth or maybe you like to keep an eye on the older ones?
Luckily we have all the information you need to really find that special one…property, that is!
As a nation we’re obsessed with property. We all love to play the nosey neighbour game, snoop around a celebrity pad, or find out what our home is worth or what our neighbour paid for theirs.
Since we launched back in January 2008 we’ve grown at an unrivalled pace, however our marketing to date has been largely focussed online…
…today, this all changes. We’re making our TV debut as we continue our quest to turn Zoopla into a household name targeting property buyers, renters, sellers and landlords. The initial campaign will run for five weeks to the end of September and is part of an extensive multi-million pound TV, print and digital campaign to run over the coming months. 87% of adults will see the TV ad at least once during the initial five-week period and the TV campaign will include a number of prime-time slots across ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the Sky digital channels.
The TV ads centre on the theme that finding the perfect property is much like finding the perfect partner and reinforce our core philosophy that free and easily accessible information helps buyers, renters, sellers and owners make better-informed property decisions.
So, why not improve your chances in the property market with Zoopla.co.uk.
The official announcement can be found here
Here’s a staggering statistic for you – property searches on Zoopla.co.uk were conducted at the rate of one every 0.46 seconds in 2009. With 86,400 seconds in a day, that’s a huge amount of searches taking place across the site on a daily basis.
From today, you can now search property listings on Zoopla.co.uk by any keyword you want! That’s right, any keyword relevant to you – garage, studio, parking and so on.
Within this box (see image below) a new field called ‘Keywords’ appears just below ‘Price’. It looks like this (take a look at the image below):
Here’s an example of the search results for properties for sale with a garage in Bedford – 297 results in total to choose from:
You can also search for exact phrases by using quotation marks e.g. “double garage”, or to exclude a term you can prefix it with ‘-‘ e.g. -studio.