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Another year and another set of X Factor hopefuls come up against the career-defining criticism of the show’s judges Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger…yes, ITV’s X Factor is back on our screens.
And now it is live finals time, which means the contestants have settled into this year’s X Factor house – giving us the chance to do what we do best…a little property research. We love a challenge and have used the tools on Zoopla.co.uk to help us sniff out where the X Factor contestants will be living for the coming weeks. The properties are always exceptional and this year is no exception.
With the help of a little local knowledge, we were able to pin down the street via Zoopla and once again this year’s property lives up to expectations – a stunning multi-million pound property.
The 2013 X Factor house is situated on Broad Walk (number 9a), in London’s Winchmore Hill and we estimate its property value to be £6,130,794, with a rental value of £17,000 a month.
The detached property is located in what local estate agents describe as a highly sought after area.
Nick Charalambous, of estate agents Winkworth, described Broad Walk as “one of the most desirable in North London”.
He said: “A plethora of famous people have lived in the area in the past, including Lionel Richie and Cliff Richard.
“This area includes some relatively expensive, substantial family homes, and is a sought after location for families moving in to the area.
“There are also a number of great gastro pubs at the end of Broad walk, such as the King’s Head and Salisbury Arms, with Winchmore Hill green being the home for seasonal fetes and festivals.”
The average value of a property on the road is £2.6m, but turnover is low, with just five homes in Broad Walk sold during the past five years. In the wider N21 postcode, the average property value is £789,776.
Other properties in N21 for sale:
Special thanks to our intern Joseph Carbonaro for the property images.
Could North London be about to get another sprinkle of American star dust?
Hot on the heels of Hollywood starlet Cameron Diaz, who recently snapped up a home in Belsize Park, comes news that X Factor judge Kelly Rowland is planning to move to Blighty if she’s invited to return to the Simon Cowell talent quest juggernaut next year.
The singer, who took her place at the judges’ table alongside Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh, has admitted she would love to return to the show in 2012 and is a fan of celebrity enclave North London.
She told the Daily Mirror: “There is no place like UK X Factor. If Simon wants me back next year then that would be good.
“I’m definitely considering buying a house over here as I love it here.”
However, the former Destiny’s Child singer, who currently calls a Miami beach house home, admitted she’d need to take her family into consideration before making the final decision to move to the UK.
“My mother would have a problem with me moving because it’s so far away from home so she may have to move with me,” says Rowland, who sold her five-bedroom Texas property back in 2005 before relocating to Miami. “She doesn’t like that long plane ride so I’ve got to make sure I make her happy.”
Rowland still has a bit of time before she needs to start house hunting on this side of the Atlantic. X Factor bosses are yet to confirm whether any of this year’s judges will be returning in 2012 and a decision isn’t expected until April or May next year.
But in the interests of helping Rowland out, we’ve picked out three North London homes within easy commuting distance of the show’s Wembley live venue, in which we think Rowland could be very happy.
She might even meet Ms Diaz at the local Starbucks for a Chai Latte.
The bling factor
Perfect for next year’s Judges House segment, this seven bedroom home in Templewood Ave is set back behind a gated driveway: all the better to keep prying eyes away. There’s also a 100 ft mature garden, a smart reception room (for those tough love chats she needs to deliver as mentor) and a master bedroom with huge en suite dressing room (somewhere to keep the frocks). This home is just a short trot to West Heath too, so Rowland won’t ever miss her morning jog.
The home is for sale for £15 million through Knight Frank
The glamour factor
Rowland could channel a bit of old school British glamour in this seven bedroom detached home in Frognal Lane, which was home to the actor Dame Peggy Ashcroft for 40 years from 1946. Manor House is Grade II listed and even has its own staff annexe. Also, if Rowland gets homesick for Miami she can just look out the window into a west facing garden and admire her very own water feature: surely that will help her cope with living away from the sea and sun of Miami beach.
The home is for sale for £8.9m through Goldschmidt and Howland.
The village factor
This six-bedroom, six bathroom Victorian terrace would deliver Rowland the much envied celebrity village lifestyle of Belsize Park already enjoyed by the likes of Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. This period home has a contemporary look inside with a state of the art kitchen, spacious bedrooms and a bijou garden (all the better for a sophisticated woman like Rowland).
The home is for sale for £5.9m through TK International
This is a legacy post from the findaproperty.com blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.
As Cheryl Cole finally resurfaces after her X Factor humiliation, the six-bedroom home where she has been laying low has just come on the market, FindaProperty.com has learned. The price tag for the 5,000 sq ft property, in the affluent north London suburb of Hadley Wood, is £3.15million.
Cole, who paid a reported £3,500-a-week to rent the new-build mansion – where she escaped the world’s media after being so publicly fired and lived in, up until very recently – was no doubt impressed by the Poggenpohl kitchens, Villeroy & Boch bathrooms, cinema room, ‘ilight’ system (that lets light pour into a room so that the walls look like giant windows) and the very long private driveway overlooking landscaped gardens that takes you to the main building.
The interior design scheme is monochrome, and the master bedroom comes with a suitably large dressing room to house all those sequinned off-the-shoulder numbers, and enormous bathroom with ample storage space to house the hairspray-addict’s products.
Hadley Wood, a semi-rural part of London in the borough of Enfield and close to Barnet, where you’ll find huge footballer-friendly homes, clearly holds good memories for Cole. A few miles away lies Wrotham Park, where Cheryl and Ashley married in Hello-tastic style in 2006; Hadley Wood is also where the couple shared a home in 2007.
The area’s detached properties with gated fronts mean it’s a magnet for celebrities, and a private security firm roams the area to keep them all safe. Singer Emma Bunton, rugby player Kyran Bracken and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Niko Kranjcar all live here, while Amy Winehouse escaped the pubs of Camden by moving here (she has since moved on).
“In total, I’d say between 2,000 and 3,000 people reside here – of those, quite a few are successful business people as well as celebrities,” says Justin Godfrey, associate director of the Barnet office of Savills. “We also get a number of footballers because it offers easy access to both the Tottenham and Arsenal training grounds – and with Tottenham building their new training grounds close by, I expect we’ll see even more footballers in the future. It’s a very discreet area, so celebrities can go about their business undisturbed, and it has a village feel with lots of green open spaces – yet on a good day, you can drive to Mayfair in 35 minutes.”
Typical prices for detached homes are predictably steep, starting at £700,000, and going up to £9million. These homes are not for the understated: in the most desirable streets – Beech Hill (where Cheryl Cole’s rented home lies) Camlet Way and Hadley Common – the houses here measure between 5,000 and 10,000 sq ft.
Words: Jessie Hewitson