Posts tagged ‘tennis’
While Andy Murray celebrates his first grand slam win, the first by a male British tennis player for 76 years, his mother Judy may be having a little less success back home.
Her five-bedroom executive home (pictured, below) in Dunblane, East Lothian, which she bought in 2007 for £650,000, has been on the market since July this year at £595,000 which is £55,000 less than she paid for it at the top of the market just before the credit crunch struck.
The 52-year-old (pictured, below) is a professional tennis coach, captain of the Great Britain Fed Cup team (the female counterpart to the Davis Cup) and is also an energetic charity fundraiser. She has been living at her Dunblane home with former badminton ace Phil Reid since the late noughties following her divorce from Andy’s father Will in 2005.
But, despite the area being one of the most desirable in Dunblane, she may have struggled to find a buyer. This is partly because, local agents say, she’s been asking the same price for her home as larger, seven-bedroom properties on the estate – which have been selling recently.
Her house lies in a maze of some 200 high-end houses and villas built in 2004 by developer Cala Homes on a site called Laighills, a former sand and gravel quarry to the north of Dunblane town centre.
And it’s her second in the town, the first being the family home where Andy Murray was raised and attended Dunblane High School. The town, which stayed up almost to a man to watch the US Open final last night, is in the grip of Murray mania and painted one of its post boxes gold recently following Andy’s medal win at the Olympics.
As the most exciting Wimbledon Championships in years draws to a close this weekend, we take a look at what homes are for sale in the world-famous SW19 postcode.
And there’s more to life than strawberries and cream here: Wimbledon has its own Broadway, a bustling high street packed full of shops, bars, restaurants and even theatre.
However, there’s no getting away from the district’s main attraction and, for that reason, our five to view are all within a ball’s throw of Centre Court.
1. Love (it) all
2. Courting attention
3. Play suspended
4. Trophy home
5. It’s a smash
With the oldest tennis tournament in the world starting today and a fantastic story circulating about how Roger Federer could net Oxfam a £100,000 windfall from a bet placed from beyond the grave if he defends his title at the Championship, we bring you all the property related figures you need to know about Wimbledon.
|Average property value for Wimbledon||£511,990|
|Average property value for UK||£217,624|
|1 year ago||£36,726 (9.78%)|
|2 years ago||-£14,214 (-3.33%)|
|3 years ago||-£10,527 (-2.49%)|
|Average house price paid in last 12 months||£502,261|
|Number of property sales in last 12 months||471|