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Desperate Housewives gardener Jesse is ready to make a move
HOLLYWOOD heart-throb role as the resident hunky a two-bedroom Sunset Drive
Jesse Metcalfe is selling his gardener in Desperate Housewives house he sold to That 70s Show
Beverly Hills home for — and the outside area at his home actor Topher Grace (aka Eric).
£1.37 million. The actor, 32, doesn’t disappoint. Perfect for Jesse will be back on our
bought the three-bedroom, sunny days and warm evenings, it screens early next year with one
three-bathroom Mediterranean- has a hot tub, waterfall, koi pond of the lead roles in the much-
style house for the same price in and built-in barbecue. anticipated new series of Dallas In my own words:
2008 but he is so keen to sell that Jesse had a five-bedroom house on Channel 5. Lumley and tags she
he is not even looking to in Beachwood Canyon, LA from Could a Southfork-style wrote, attached to
make a profit. 2004 to 2008 which he sold for Texas ranch be next on his her chair, below
He is best known for his just under £1 million, as well as investment list?
Joanna’s East Sussex seat
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Less West End and more
Wales for Beatles’ favourite
VICTOR SPINETTI, who West End and Broadway
was The Beatles’ favourite hits and worked with stage
actor, is letting his London royalty, from Orson Welles
home. Spinetti, who to Peter Sellers.
starred in all three of the At 78, he is still busy
Plenty of room: Katie has ﬁve en-suite bedrooms as well as her own glamorous boudoir band’s films at George working but the Tony
Harrison’s request, has Award winner wants to
What Katie did for her bosom buddy put his one-
spend more time
with his family in
BEST friends don’t come much more be disturbed in her glamorous one-bathroom Wales.
generous than former glamour model en-suite master bedroom as each of central London The West End
Katie Price. The recently single gal has the five smaller bedrooms comes flat on the pad is a
opened her home to her pal, pregnant with an adjoining bathroom. rental market stone’s throw
singer Michelle Heaton and her husband It is little wonder that former with Andrew from Leicester
Hugh Hanley. “They’re waiting to move Liberty X singer Michelle is keen to Roberts for Square station
into their new house so it’s great,” says spend time in the bells-and-whistles £400 a week. — great for
the reality TV show star, now a mum of kitchen — it looks out over the (020 7395 0595; theatreland.
three. And there are perks: “They’re landscaped gardens and sprawling andrew-roberts.com) And if only walls
always cooking for me.” meadows. As well as major film could talk — because
There is plenty of space for the guests in The house has such good security roles, Spinetti has had a superstars Richard Burton
the £2 million country pile in West Sussex. and so many CCTV cameras, Katie successful theatre career. and Elizabeth Taylor were
The mansion, set in 53 acres, has a calls it Inspector Gadget.com. A Royal Shakespeare friends of Welsh-born
drawing room, dining room, family room, She has just launched her 45th Company stalwart, he has Spinetti’s and both regular
cloakroom and triple garage. Katie won’t book — Santa Baby. also appeared in a string of visitors at his flat.
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MANHATTAN- style “crea- Fighting
tive village” of loft apart- chance:
ments, designer offices, commercial
destination restaurants, space at
art galleries, an organic Metropolitan
food market and a members club — Wharf will be
that’s the impressive plan being aimed at
unveiled this week to put Wapping creative
back to the top of the pile as Docklands’ companies
most fashionable quarter. who might
Historic Metropolitan Wharf is one otherwise
of Wapping’s finest — with a listed eight- choose Soho
storey former tea warehouse that had or Shoreditch
missed out on previous regeneration
and was left empty and decaying for
decades. The building was audaciously
snapped up during the depths of the
banking crisis three years ago by niche
developer Nick Capstick-Dale, who
spotted an opportunity to establish a
new venue to snatch creatives back
from Soho and Shoreditch.
The warehouse’s magnificent,
stripped-back fabric of exposed brick,
cast-iron columns (dozens and dozens
of them) and pine flooring is a genuine
classic, worthy of a Kate Moss fashion
shoot. The ground-floor entrance space
Old-school is crowned by a bespoke, capsule-like
developer: copper reception desk (which alone
Nick Capstick- cost £60,000) designed by Tom Dixon,
Dale has built and leads through a wall of glass to a
a £230 million vast private riverside terrace, big
property portfolio enough to land a helicopter on.
without huge Until 1830, the site was Execution
bank borrowings Dock, where the Admiralty used to
hang pirates and brigands.
Wapping’s magnificent past is the
PAST AND PRESENT
ARE MIXING WELL
Wapping is going for gold. Plans unveiled
With its handsome wharves and ware-
houses, cobbled lanes and famous inns,
this week will make it Docklands’ most
part of a new nowhere do you get a better sense of the fashionable quarter, says David Spittles
release of old London docks than here. Capstick-
apartments Dale’s project coincides with the arrival industrial space and cultural venue. this (remarkably, for a brief period in
with dramatic of Baltimore Wharf, left, Wapping’s big- Though charming and authentic, Wap- its early years, the tunnel, with its 64
double-height gest new-build development for 20 years ping is a somewhat cut-off neighbour- very fine stone arches, served as an
spaces offering — 382 homes, half of which will be in a hood, coralled by the Thames and The underground shopping arcade).
spectacular 20-storey tower with curving ends Highway, a busy main road. The rea- Lofts at the top of Metropolitan
views of the reflecting the hull of a boat. son for this dates back to when the Wharf have up to 4,000sq ft of space,
Thames and the During the Eighties, when the Dock- docks were built in the 19th century: 30ft ceiling heights, rafters and a roof
glittering lands property boom took off, Wapping Wapping was enclosed by a high wall terrace. When finished early next year,
Canary Wharf was the premier place for riverside and to stop the theft of cargo. Brunel’s some will even retain original machin-
skyline. The warehouse living; actress Helen Mirren Rotherhithe Tunnel and then the East ery such as hoists and pulley wheels.
capital’s largest stills owns a listed Georgian house, London line station helped remedy Fashion and media sector companies
gym and spa having discovered the area while film-
will open there ing the 1979 British crime classic The
next year. Call Long Good Friday. Until 1830,
020 7517 8800 But as time moved on the neighbour- the site was
hood was left behind. The promised
restaurant and retail scene never hap- Execution
pened and developers focused on Dock —
nearby Limehouse and Canar y
Today the area is cheaper than many Admiralty
people imagine. Prices start at about used to hang
£350,000 for one-bedroom flats with-
out river views. The best waterfront pirates and
apartments cost more than £2 million. brigands
Oliver’s Wharf on Wapping High
Street has among the most coveted
flats in Docklands. The listed Victorian
warehouse was bought in 1973 by a
group of architects and artists, spark-
ing the whole conversion fever along
this stretch of the Thames. A spec-
tacular three-bedroom 2,188sq ft
refurbished penthouse is on the mar-
ket for £2.5 million. Call Cluttons on Welcome: the
020 7488 4858. spectacular
Wapping starts in the shadow of lobby at
Tower Bridge and is an exciting stretch Metropolitan
of the river that runs east to Shadwell Wharf features
Basin where a Victorian pumping sta- a stunning
tion has been turned into an art gallery £60,000 copper
and restaurant — an amazing post- reception desk
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the shadow of
Tower Bridge to
retains much of
the character of
the old docks
(right) at Pan
been released on
ﬂoors 34 to 47
at a relatively
cheap £800 a
square foot. This
is currently the
in the area. Call
020 7001 9650
secret to its exciting future
are moving in — among them Brand involved”, taking all the gains — or all THE STEADY COMEBACK at Risk register. Its Kuwaiti owner is
National, Lazarides Gallery and Norton the losses — rather than gambling with Ballymore’s 21 Wapping Lane is the working up fresh proposals for shops ‘The
& Sons — and Capstick-Dale is in discus- other people’s money. area’s big new development. It com- and luxury flats. buildings
sions with Michelin-star chefs for the Another current project is Lighthouse prises five buildings with “staggered Ballymore has also unveiled new
restaurant and bar space. Island, a V-shaped site on Pentonville elevations” like the rigging and masts apartments at Canary Wharf, where remind
“It’s a village in a building,” he says. Road that is reminiscent of the famous of tall ships. Prices start at £275,000 the property market has been quietly me of the
“We’re declining offers from compa- Flat Iron Building in his beloved New for a studio, and from £895,000 for convalescing since the dark days of the
nies who don’t fit our ethos or the York — he splits his time between the two three-bedroom apartments. To arrange collapse in 2008. Ironically, the latest Meatpacking
spirit of the place and offering good cities. Capstick-Dale was an early fan of a visit, call 0800 096 7777 or email financial crisis — in the eurozone — has District in
deals to those that do.” King’s Cross, first buying there 10 years email@example.com. brought a fresh wave of foreign buyers
Capstick-Dale, 48, is an old-school ago when it was still a red light district. Retail and commercial space is part of looking for a property safe haven in a
property developer who has built up “The buildings remind me of the Meat- the mix, and will go some way to filling district they like. “Buyers from Asia and are
a £230 million portfolio without mas- packing District in New York and are the gap left by the closure of Tobacco and the Far East in particular like the hard
sive bank borrowing, which frees him hard to find in London.” Dock in 1990. It had been trumpeted as waterfront setting, the glamorous new
up to cherry-pick the buildings he For residential and commercial the “Covent Garden of the East End”. skyscrapers, shopping malls and the to find in
loves. He likes to have an affinity with enquiries, contact Pilcher Hershman But it is now a desolate space, boarded secure, clean environment,” says London’
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HERE is nowhere in want to get away from it all, a
England quite like Romney farmhouse plus smallholding costs
Marsh. It is as flat as the £900,000 to £950,000.
Fens, but somehow more Ashford International is about nine
intimate, thanks to its miles away and children go to New
hedgerows and trees. Romney, or Ashford’s grammars.
Its tiny villages are pretty, but not Brookland has shops, an annual
chocolate-boxy; it is bleak and festival, a pub and one of the oldest
beautiful and its huge skies stretch churches with a wooden steeple —
over 100 square miles of salt marsh built at ground level as the marshy
on the Kent/East Sussex border ground could not be trusted to take
where smugglers transported illicitly its weight. House prices are similar to
obtained cargoes by moonlight. Newchurch and there are trains from
This is life on the edge of the home Appledore, five miles away. The
counties. And now, with the high- journey to London is an hour and 10
speed Ashford International to minutes.
London train link, it is commutable. New Romney, listed in the
Alex Davies, of estate agents Hobbs Domesday Book, was a port until its
Parker, says: “If you drive 20 minutes harbour silted up in the 13th century.
to Ashford, London is less than Londoners love its period housing,
40 minutes. In the past it took an with 18th-century cottages for
hour and a half to two hours.” £250,000 or a four- to five-bedroom
Romney Marsh is famous for its Georgian pile for a maximum
network of tiny, isolated villages, £650,000. Davies recommends 17th-
each decorated with a medieval century houses in Cannon Street or
church. Davies recommends Church Road conservation areas but
Ivychurch, which as well as St there are more cottages than
George’s Church has a decent 16th- anything else. The Cinque Ports
century pub, The Bell, but no shop. Arms is very pretty and the eccentric
A 17th- or 18th-century three- Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch light
bedroom cottage in the village costs railway, 13½ miles long, is said to be
£300,000, or a four-bedroom house The sky’s the limit: the beautiful 18th-century St Thomas à Becket Church at Fairﬁeld is one of many on Romney Marsh the world’s smallest public railway.
with a few acres is about £750,000. It is a couple of miles to the sandy
Lifestyle on the Romney Marsh is all
about the great outdoors — perfect
for walking and cycling. The RSPB
has a fine bird reserve at nearby
Travel flat out to big-sky beaches of Littlestone, for sailing and
sea fishing. For brighter lights head
south-east to Hythe.
“This area is also posh,” said Mark
Backhurst, at Ward & Partners, based
Ivychurch is a 12-mile drive to
Ashford International station along
the A2070. London is 40 minutes
away and an annual season ticket is
£5,192. Children go to Ashford’s
country in just 40 mins in Hythe. “You can buy a three- or
four-bedroom Victorian or Thirties
detached house for between
£350,000 and £450,000. Earlsfield
Road is smart, and lovely Victorian
grammar schools, or The Marsh Bleak and beautiful Romney Marsh is now on the commuter map semis cost £350,000 to £370,000.
Academy in New Romney, rated “Hythe is traditional, friendly and
“satisfactory” by Ofsted, but — a speedy train journey from London, says Ruth Bloomfield thriving, with a Waitrose. It is
improving. 15 minutes’ walk to the beach and
Nearby Newchurch is quiet, has a close to the Royal Military Canal,
small restaurant and a church with a which winds through the marshes
dramatically listing spire. Steve and has a wonderful towpath.”
Hutchens, at Ward & Partners estate Folkestone has two grammar
agents, suggests a barn conversion in schools. The commute from Sandling,
the village for about £500,000 to two or three miles from Hythe, takes
£550,000, or a late-Victorian cottage about an hour to St Pancras. An annual
from about £150,000. Or if you really season ticket costs from £4,328.
Ivychurch, Romney Marsh. Cottage Huggitt Cottage in Stone, Kent, is a
with heated swimming pool, detached Grade II-listed ﬁve-bedroom detached
garage and equestrian facilities. Call property with equestrian facilities.
Hobbs Parker on 01233 506223 Call Hobbs Parker (01233 506223)
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Boris Johnson has £405,950
called for more new Dorking (left), a
family homes for traditional-style
house with two
first-time buyers. Now bathrooms. Call
builders are rising to Staff on 020
the challenge, says
OT so very long ago, a
modest family house in
London, with a garden, £131,250
was an affordable choice For a 35 per cent
for young professional share of a
couples moving out of flats and seeking refurbished
family space. three-bedroom
Most were at least able to settle into Victorian terrace
a cheaper Victorian terrace alongside house (right) in
like-minded neighbours before trading Poplar. Through
up to a bigger property where they Family Mosaic
could see their children through their (020 7089 1315)
Spiralling property prices and a short-
age of lower-value new-build houses
sabotaged this route up the ladder.
However, the plight of families trapped
We’d like a nice little
in cramped conditions has prompted
Mayor Boris Johnson to call for bigger
and more affordable family homes.
Housing associations and private
house with a garden
developers are responding by building building new family homes, the asso- BIG FLATS FOR FAMILIES £355,000
larger flats (some with four bedrooms) ciation is refurbishing older houses and While many mainstream private devel- Family-friendly
and fair-priced houses with family- selling them on a shared-ownership opers refuse to build flats of more than four-bedroom
friendly amenities such as allotments basis. The first of these is at Swaton three bedrooms (saying there is no duplex ﬂats with
or children’s play areas. Road, Poplar, where a modernised demand), housing associations are outside space at
Family Mosaic housing association, three-bedroom Victorian terrace house stepping in to fill what they contend is Silk Gardens. Call
as its name suggests, focuses on this with garden costs £131,250 (for a 35 per a big gap in the market. Family Mosaic
sector. Creating an environment for cent share) and even comes with Woodberry Park, in Finsbury Park, (as before)
families in a gritty, inner-city neigh- curtains and blinds. As well as the N4, will eventually have 4,600 new
bourhood requires fresh architectural mortgage costs, buyers will be asked homes — a mix of open-market and
thinking. to pay a monthly rent of £558.59. Call affordable properties. Berkeley Homes
Silk Gardens in Bethnal Green has a 020 7089 1315. is building the first phase of 306 apart-
mix of flats, duplexes and townhouses, A former dairy in Gilbert Street, ments in a new 27-storey tower (prices
from 891sq ft to 1,508sq ft, with sepa- Enfield, has made way for a scheme of from £232,500, call 020 8985 9918),
rate access to internal courtyards, 62 homes, a mix of flats and houses, while the first shared-ownership flats
secure playgrounds and sky gardens. for outright sale and shared ownership, have been launched by Genesis hous- £234,950
Sixty-five per cent of the site is outdoor through Origin housing association. ing association. For a house at
space and residents can rent rooftop Called The Mews, houses cost from Three-bedroom apartments cost The Mews,
allotments. £234,950. Call 020 8370 3999. from £270,000 (£75,000 for the Enﬁeld, where a
Family Mosaic is bringing the same In Hayes, one of the cheaper outer minimum 25 per cent share) and four- mix of 62 houses
design principles to Central Park, a London areas, new three-bedroom bedroom flats from £340,000 (or and ﬂats are
big regeneration scheme on the Black- townhouses cost from £299,000 at £85,000). Crisply designed apartment for outright sale
heath/Deptford border, where homes Barratt’s Arena development, which blocks will be linked by a series of or shared
will be released for sale next spring. To has the bonus of being close to where “linear parks” converging on a new ownership. Call
register, visit centralparkliving.co.uk a new Crossrail station will open in town square. For more information, Origin on 020
or call 020 7089 3917. In addition to 2016. Call 0844 5566166. call 0800 954 0078. 8370 3999
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Prices have tumbled on the Algarve, making this the time
to bag a beautiful coastal bargain, says Cathy Hawker
HEN summer is over
and young families
have returned home,
holds its go-to destination for golfers. The
39 golf courses along the 150-mile
coastline give life to hotels and
restaurants long after the summer
Golf is the main deal but sun and a
warm winter make conditions ideal
for sailing from Lagos marina or kite
surfing on Faro Island.
above-par Local culture can be hard to find
but artistic Lisbon is two hours north
and Seville and Andalucía are 90
minutes to the east.
deals for Property prices have plunged along
the coast. In the western beach resort
of Carvoeiro near Lagos, Carleton
Properties has a three-bedroom villa QUINTA DO LAGO £1.19MILLION
reduced from £459,725 to £309,350 This is one of the most exclusive golf A four-bedroom
and a five-bedroom sea-view villa resorts in Europe, just 15 minutes villa (above) with
down from £1 million to £395,270. from Faro airport. Captains of communal pool, an
Director Mike Clarke says these cuts industry and sporting celebrities own easy walk from
are not unusual. homes here, wooed by wide Atlantic Quinta do Lago
beaches and a level of security and beach (Quinta
privacy that’s increasingly hard to Properties)
find. Families love it for its spa,
sports and sunshine, while golfers
EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED love its four pristine courses. £687,440
Savills says that even in the darkest a newly built
FOR AN IDEAL CHRISTMAS! days of recession, Quinta do Lago two-bedroom
JOIN US saw steady and consistent sales, apartment (right)
FOR A outperforming any other market. But beside Vale do
FESTIVE sales levels are now 30 per cent lower Lobo’s Royal Golf
DAY OUT ALL than five years ago, says Alison Course (Quinta
UNDER ONE Buechner of Savills associates Quinta Properties)
ROOF! Properties. “Owners at Quinta are
generally still wealthy and will wait to
get the price they want. But those who VALE DO LOBO
can’t are taking price drops.” Four miles away and with easier
That means you can find identical beach access, family-orientated Vale
properties next door to each other CONTACTS do Lobo has excellent facilities for
with a substantial price difference. Quinta children and teenagers. A circuit bus
In Saõ Lourenço, home to some of Properties tours the resort stopping at the tennis
the most expensive properties on the (020 7016 3740; centre, golf clubhouse, gym and spa
estate, a refurbished two-bedroom savills.com) and the central hub of restaurants
apartment facing the golf course is Vale do Lobo and bars above the beach.
SHOW £326,500 while next door a three- (00 351 289 353 This is the area’s oldest resort,
NOW ON bedroom apartment, 300sq ft larger, 434; valedolobo. celebrating its 50th birthday next
is £845,000. A four-bedroom com) year. Property is more densely built
2,900sq ft townhouse in a cluster of than at Quinta and more visible from
12 around a communal pool is the roads but prices start at £171,860
£1.19 million, while the one next door for one-bedroom resale apartments.
costs £352,300 more. All property is Savills has a well-renovated three-
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A PIECE of craftwork makes a 6pm. Items from £20 to £200.
wonderful Christmas present. There LIMITED-EDITION wax-signed
is a wealth of craft makers and merlot damask prints by artist Gavin
designers in London, many of whom Turk, ceramic candle holders and
show their work at open studios or at cake stands by Makiko Nakamura,
craft events. The venues are often Koji Shiraya melting white boxes and
intriguing, too. Here is our first Catherine Grey’s Fornasetti-like face
selection of the top locations and vases (pictured) — and much more.
what they are best known for.
1 2 4 Made in Clerkenwell, Craft
1 The Workshop Sale, Push Studios, Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green and
17-21 Blackwater Street, East at 33-35 St John’s Square, EC1.
Dulwich. December 3, 10am to November 25, noon to 8pm;
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AT A new location round the corner Entry £2.50, under-16s free (020
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Very good on textiles. Cushions by SPREAD over two buildings, Craft
Trisha Needham, throws by Muskett & Central is the traditional home of
Muzzullo, and these 6cm Linda Miller jewellery and silversmithing, but
machine embroidery mats, £38. there are great textile artists, such as
Michelle Mason and
Charlene Mullen, who both
home textiles, and what
3 about Esther Coombs’s
delightful cake stands
appealing textile pieces
are by Lucy Pritchard and
What better Christmas
Kate Rawlinson, and there
2 MADE11, Corn Exchange, are tree, bird and London-
Church Street, Brighton (made11. scene ceramics by Helen
co.uk), from November 19 to 21, Beard, as well as colourful graphic
gift than craft? open daily. Entry £6, under-14s
MORE than 100 makers/designers
from Brighton and the South East.
bookends by Susan Bradley.
5 London Glass Works, Unit 15,
Forest Trading Estate, Priestly
By Corinne Julius From glassware to textiles, ceramics Way, E17; December 4 (10am to
to jewellery. Work priced from £20 to 5pm) and December 5 (11am to
£1,500. These dotted-stripe 12cm 6pm). Call 020 8531 0088.
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talismanlondon.com) for eclectic, Love: candle snuffer, £12.75, and stag
PIMLICO Road is upfront, personal offbeat accessories and furniture. check cushion, £56.
and posh and its independent shop
owners offer expertise, commissions, 4 Linley at 60 Pimlico Road (020 7730 7 Pimlico Farmers’ Market (lfm.org.
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Blue Plaques and a bronze of a boy revamped but it’s still the same organic fresh fruit and veg, cheeses,
Mozart plays his violin under the paradise of perfect woodwork. bread, pies, jams, pheasants, oysters,
plane trees. Little Wolfgang Amadeus Love: walnut pencil gift box, £15; Christmas cakes and Xmas puddings.
wrote his first two symphonies in photo frames in leather, wood, Love: Lardy Da’s home-made free-
Ebury Street. shagreen and range pork pies, second
marquetry. Thursday of the month
1 Nicholas Haslam at 12-14 Holbein (lardyda.co.uk); and
Place (020 7730 8623) for antiques, 5 Soane at 50-52 “stollen” home-made
and 202 Ebury Street (020 7730 0445) Pimlico Road German cakes at Pamela
for décor for cool abodes (020 7730 6400; Abraham’s Out of the
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and, of course, 7 deli. Upstairs, take in
wonderfully decorated 6 Joanna the café, homeware and
shops. Wood at Christmas decorations.
Love: Gingerbread 3 Antiques shops e
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Bright new day: India Knight has been painting kitchens for 20 years, always the same colour — John Oliver’s Kinky Pink, now sadly discontinued
PASSION FOR PINK
The tragedy for novelist India Knight is that Kinky Pink paint is out of production. ‘It
cheers a dull day and flatters the complexion.’ Katie Law visits her Chalk Farm home
UTHOR India Knight lives in Knight’s mother, Sabiha Rumana Malik,
a pink palace. She has separated from her father, Michel Aert-
devoted much time, energy sens, when Knight was only two years old
and money to making the and went on to marry Andrew Knight —
Regency terrace house in from whom India took her surname —
Chalk Farm that she shares with her three before being briefly married to architect
children, as comfortable as possible and Norman Foster.
loves it with a passion — “Nearly as much “I’m not comfortable with content
as I love my family,” she says. being hidden behind lots of white doors.
The 45-year-old novelist, who has also I’d rather there was mess. I feel much
written two shopping guides, has trans- more comfortable with that. I like
formed what was a bog-standard, white- ethnic and the ‘I’ve been to Marrakech
and-magnolia-walled interior into a several times look’, while being aware
twinkling pink fairyland. Even the exte- that it’s also slightly comical.
rior of the stuccoed house has been “Another big influence comes from hav-
painted saccharine pink. ing spent so much time when I was little
Inside there are glittering chandeliers with my mother in India and Pakistan —
in every room; prints and paintings on all those bright colours, low seating and
every wall, objects displayed on every warm yellow lighting. I love flowers: real
surface, cushions for every sofa and piles flowers, plastic flowers and the gaudiness
of books on every shelf. There are no bare of it all. I like things that are pretty but a
white spaces but a profusion of comfort- bit too bright because, to my mind, it’s
able clutter that teeters on the edge of the right level of brightness,” continues
chaos. Knight, who is as effusive in speech as she
“I’m very house-proud and attached to is as a home decorator.
the concept of home,” she says. “Building Knight’s three children are two teen-
a giant nest is incredibly important as I age sons, Oscar and Archie, from her
spend a lot of time here. I don’t under- marriage to Jeremy Langmead — and a
stand people who aren’t interested in the daughter, Nell, who is now seven, from
way their home looks. I’m also very her relationship with author Andrew
attached to stuff. But I think that has O’Hagan. Langmead, formerly editor
something to do with having had a of Esquire magazine and now editor-in-
mouvemente childhood. I lived in Brussels chief of men’s fashion website Mr Por-
with my mother who decorated our apart- ter, lives two doors down, while
ment there in minimalist décor. Later we O’Hagan — a novelist and former film
Relaxed: Knight is more comfortable with mess than minimal lived in a lot of other houses like that.” critic of the London Evening Standard,
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roperty.co.uk My home Homes & Property
in the way
Right: the pink
The author’s two
in every room
but in Knight’s
steals the show
lives in nearby Belsize Park. She says that I find at weekends away or in parts
they all get along well and spend many of London I don’t know.
Sunday lunches and every Christmas “It’s all such a sharp contrast to
round the kitchen table chez Knight. myself, say, 15 years ago when I would
Her latest novel, Comfort And Joy, out have bought something brand-new and
in paperback this month, offers a fic- beautiful from Selfridges. I take very
tional and highly comic portrayal of the little pleasure in that anymore. It’s just
extended family in all its dysfunctional stopped being glamorous, that degree
glory, spending Christmas together. of luxe and ostentation.”
While daughter Nell obviously adores Knight, who is an avid tweeter, has
the intensely feminine décor her mother also discovered that Twitter can be a
has created, the boys seem comfortable useful source for tracking things down.
living with it, too. “Oh yes, the boys are Last Christmas she was desperate to
very happy, they’ve always had a pink find a particular toy for her daughter
kitchen,” says Knight. “I’ve painted my that had sold out everywhere, but she
kitchens for 20 years in the same John finally found one after tweeting about
Oliver Kinky Pink. It would never occur it. “Twitter is also great for pop-up res-
to me that I’d get an adverse reaction from taurants in London, supper clubs and
my sons or male partners. things of the moment that are more
“I’m attracted to warm colours. When interesting than going anywhere super-
it’s a really grotty day and getting dark by posh.”
half-past three and raining, and the lights Knight is also a domestic goddess in
are on, I like the glow pink gives and I like the kitchen, as is clear from all her
Photographs:: it to get up to in the morning. People look smart appliances and stacks of well-
SIMON MAXWELL good in its light, it’s flattering.” thumbed cookery books. She has just
Now the house is filled to bursting, begun writing a new novel, Mutton, due
Knight shops less than she used to. “I’ve out next October, about women ageing
Left: never gone off department stores — there’s and has herself had Botox several times,
knowingly too much choice and when I go to West- though she insists she feels “very
understated, field, I’m briefly in a state of ecstasy, chipper” about growing older.
Knight has “gone then a state of panic. Her main sadness appears to be that
off” department “ I p re f e r t h o s e l i t t l e sh o p s i n John Oliver, maker of Kinky Pink paint,
stores now that Shoreditch run by individuals that sell is no longer in business.
every table and stuff I know I’m going to like. I like fer-
shelf is crammed reting things out at places like Kempton Comfort And Joy, by India Knight,
with objects market and I’m devoted to junk shops Penguin, £7.99.
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are experimenting with fibre chandeliers from unwanted objects.
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make them lightweight and easy to Starfire (pictured); Physalia, based on a while Drop (pictured) is made from old
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Wrap up your
frosts sweep in
an old sack or even
a fleecy blanket will
help plants survive
URING the past two win-
ters, even the most shel-
tered London gardens
suffered losses from the
prolonged spells of severe
weather. Plants considered borderline
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This year, be prepared by protecting
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at them. Make an at-risk register of
Eye-catching: keep the patio cheery plants, considering not just the plant, Frost report: keep pots raised off the ground so that sodden compost does not freeze and damage the roots of plants
with winterproof containers but its size — small, less-established
plants are more likely to suffer — and your tree is too large to wrap, insulating freezing and cracking, and will also
whether it is in the ground or in a con-
tainer, which makes it more susceptible
Pattie the trunk with several layers of fleece
will offer some protection.
insulate the roots of the plant within
the pot. Keeping pots off the ground
to frost damage.
Bracken and hessian sacks are the
Barron Cutting back the outsize, propeller-
like leaves of a hardy banana won’t
will help drainage — so roots don’t sit
in sodden, icy compost — and grouping
traditional insulators to keep plants harm the plant but will make it easier pots close to the house wall will afford
cosy, but handier for townies are straw to fleece. Carmine-foliaged tender them a little protection.
from the pet store and snowy-white banana Ensete should be fleeced and However deft your handiwork, fleece
horticultural fleece from the garden lawn or draped in trees. With exotic moved to a frost-free place over winter is never a great look, so offset the
centre. Plant protection jackets, in plants that have foliage in fans — such as a greenhouse; take off the chill ghostly landscape by providing a cheer-
sizes from small to absolutely huge, are cordylines, phormiums, palms — it is and minimise draughts by bubblewrap- ing view from the house windows of
easiest to use: they’re fleece bags with the central growing point that is vulner- ping the windows. several containers filled with winter-
toggle ties that you just pull on over the able: if that turns to mush, the whole Sempervivums are hardy so can stay flowering pansies. Just make sure
plant and draw up at the base, and are plant is lost, so protect that point by outside but succulents, some of which they’re frostproof.
especially useful to throw on tender gathering up the leaves vertically and look similar, are not, and need to be
GAP PHOTOS/FRIEDRICH STRAUSS
plants at the last minute, when frost tying them together before adding a brought indoors to a sunny windowsill. DON’T MISS
is forecast. They’re also easy to pack fleece wrap. Keeping the foliage tied in Large agaves often sail through winter follow Pattie Barron’s gardening blog
with wads of straw to give extra a bundle will also keep a heavy snowfall in sheltered London gardens but if in at homesandproperty.co.uk/blogs
protection. from damaging or breaking off the doubt, keep them under wraps until
Wrap fleece around plants on a still sword-like leaves. Tree ferns should spring, or bring them indoors. Smaller
day, or it is likely to wrap itself around have straw tucked into their funnels or specimens are more at risk, especially
you instead. Hospital corners are not fleece wrapped around the top of the from prolonged winter wet.
required. Use a stapler to secure so you trunk. Many olive trees, like mine, lost Bubblewrap or foam on the roll, Gardening problems?
Under wraps: protect your vulnerable don’t wake up one windy morning and their leaves last winter, though wrapped around pots and secured with Email our RHS expert at gardenproblems
plants with horticultural ﬂeece find twisted veils of gauze all over the regained them much later this year; if string or staples, will stop pots from
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your home look gorgeous this roses for planting when they are
Christmas. Creative gardener Sarah dormant. Toby Buckland, gardening
Raven is holding a series of courses at guru, is reviving the traditional bare-
her Sussex home, Perch Hill, over this root way of planting, not just for roses
month and next. There are two all-day but shrubs, perennials and grasses too,
courses: Autumn and Christmas by raising plants in open ground at his
Flowers, on November 25, costs £175, new nursery and selling them online.
and Christmas Flowers on December The selection is small but includes a
13, when you can make your own door stunning collection of roses, including
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printers, Clerkenwell has a colourful the Manhattan Loft Corporation sold £800 and £900 a square foot in Clerk-
history of asserting its individuality to the first shell spaces in a converted enwell, which is more expensive than
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Clerkenwell Green is from where between £150,000 and £500,000, Bloomsbury.
Lenin published issues of his magazine which pioneering buyers bought and The area attracts: the heart of Clerk-
Iskra, and where he is reputed to have then fitted out themselves. It was a enwell is not really a family area; most
supped ale with Stalin in a local hos- revolutionary concept that captured of the flats and lofts sell to a combina-
telry. It is also where, in Oliver Twist, the public’s imagination. Clerkenwell tion of investors, young City profes-
Dickens describes Fagin and the Artful merges with Finsbury to the north, sionals and well-established people in
Dodger instructing Oliver in the art of where there are Georgian streets and the design world, younger designers
picking pockets. Its history is apparent squares. But there are also council being unable to afford Clerkenwell
in St John’s Gate, built by the Knights estates of architectural merit where prices. The Georgian houses in Fins-
Hospitallers of St John in the early 16th “right to buy” flats can be bought . The bury do attract young families, though
century, and the Charterhouse, a best examples of these are the Spa they often move out to leafier suburbs
Full of character: the famous art deco Florin Court in Charterhouse Square was former Carthusian monastery. And its Green Estate designed by Berthold once their children reach school age.
home to detective Hercule Poirot in the TV series starring David Suchet future is apparent in its stylish, highly Lubetkin on Rosebery Avenue, and on Postcodes: Clerkenwell is in the EC1
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Left: hot food
is served at
Right: St James’s
tranquil spots of
open space to
postcode, which is the largest inner from £750,000 to £2.2 million. One and The Charterhouse Square School Aussignac’s Club Gascon and Comptoir
London postcode and also covers Hat- Housing Group is also selling the afford- are two small, non-selective, co-educa-
THE AGENTS Gascon, his deli and bistro. In Exmouth
ton Garden, Smithfield, Finsbury and able flats here. tional private schools for pupils aged Carter Reeves 020 7278 9444 Market, find Sam and Sam Clark’s take
St Luke’ s, the area which straddles Old Up and coming: John McDavid of Wink- three to 11. The Italia Conti Academy of Dwell Residential 020 7324 6140 on the cuisine of Spain and North Africa
Street, on the edge of the City. worth says the pocket around Central theatre arts is in Goswell Road. Central Felicity J Lord 020 7998 1770 at Moro and Morito. There is street food
Best roads: the squares, such as Wilm- Square is undervalued. Locals call the Foundation (boys aged 11 to 18) is a on offer in Exmouth Market and on
Foxtons 020 7871 9800
ington Square, Myddelton Square and area St Luke’s after the church with its comprehensive that is judged “good” Thursday and Friday on Whitecross
Granville Square, command the high- landmark Nicholas Hawksmoor- by Ofsted — it is in a sixth-form consor- London Apartment Solutions 020 3355 2730 Street. The Jerusalem Tavern is a quaint
est prices. designed obelisk-shaped spire, which tium with three other Islington schools Spencer Thomas 020 7490 1333 pub on Britton Street.
What’s new: Central Square (Savills is now home to the London Symphony and this provision is judged to be Stirling Ackroyd 020 7549 0606 Art galleries and designer furniture
0845 7711711) is a development of 274 Orchestra. There is a mix of council “outstanding”. There are two private shops flourish in Clerkenwell. Pick of
(104 affordable) studio, one-, two- and estates, old warehouses and new flats. schools in the City: the City of London BUYING IN CLERKENWELL the crop is the showroom of Swiss
three-bedroom flats situated between School (boys ages 10 to 18) and the City Average prices furniture maker Vitra, which has
Central Street, Pear Tree Street and GOING TO SCHOOL of London School for Girls (ages seven One-bedroom flat £381,000 recently relaunched a range of
Seward Street north of Old Street — a St Peter and St Paul RC in Compton to 18). Two-bedroom flat £562,000 furniture by French designer Jean
joint venture between developer Street and Christopher Hatton in Lay- Shops and restaurants: residents and Two-bedroom house rarely available Prouvé.
Mount Anvil and housing association, stall Street are the two local state pri- workers are spoilt for choice when it Open space: Clerkenwell is a close-
Three-bedroom house about £900,000
the One Housing Group. Prices range mary schools which the Government’s comes to restaurants. Fergus Hender- grained former industrial area and
between £400,000 and £1 million. The education watchdog judges to be “out- son’s St John specialises in nose-to-tail Four-bedroom house about £1.2 million there are only small pockets of open
first phase completed last month and standing”. The Golden Lane Campus eating on the street of the same name; space. The most notable — with a fine
the whole development will be ready on Whitecross Street brings together a Mark Hix has his Oyster & Chop House RENTING IN CLERKENWELL new adventure playground — is Spa
next summer. Bezier (Knight Frank children’s centre with a nursery, the on Greenhill Rents; Bistrot Bruno Lou- Average rates Fields, close to Exmouth Market. There
020 7861 5499 and Currell 020 7253 Prior Weston Primary School and the bet in the Zetter Hotel sits across St One-bedroom flat £315 to £600 a week are tranquil spots to sit and eat lunch
2533) is a development by Tudorvale primary department of the Richard John’s Square from Anna Hansen’s Mod- Two-bedroom flat £450 to £775 a week behind St James’s Church off Clerken-
of 127 (45 affordable) studios, one- and Cloudesley special school in a stunning ern Pantry. Overlooking Smithfield Two-bedroom house £500 to £850 a week well Green, in the Smithfield Rotunda,
two-bedroom flats and penthouses in new building, but at the last Ofsted market, the choice is between John in the garden squares and in other little
Three-bedroom house £650 to £1,200 a week
two newly built, curvy buildings on the inspection Prior Weston was only Torode’s multi-storey mega restaurant, pocket parks dotted around the area.
Old Street roundabout. Prices range judged “satisfactory”. Dallington School Smiths of Smithfield and Pascal Four-bedroom house £750 to £1,500 a week Leisure and the arts: the two council-
owned swimming pools, Ironmonger
Surf and turf: Row and Golden Lane, are both closed
Mark Hix at his for refurbishment. There is a swim-
Hix Oyster & ming pool at Virgin Active on Goswell
Chop House, Street. Sadler’s Wells Theatre on Rose-
Greenhill Rents, bery Avenue is the country’s leading
Cowcross Street dance venue.
Travel: Clerkenwell is so central that
many residents walk or cycle to work.
It has Tube stations at Farringdon,
Barbican and Old Street. Farringdon is
also on the overground Thameslink
service. All stations are in Zone 1 and
an annual travelcard costs £1,104.
Councils: most of Clerkenwell is in
Islington (Labour controlled) where
In the picture: the entrance to St Band D council tax for 2011/12 is
Bartholomew Church, which features £1,271.69. The area around Hatton Gar-
in Four Weddings and a Funeral den is in Camden (Labour controlled)
where Band D tax is £1,331.35, and
To buy in Clerkenwell visit: around Smithfield is City of London
homesandproperty.co.uk (councillors and aldermen sit as inde-
pendents) and Band D tax is £939.18.
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Does this deal do what it says on the tin?
WHAT’S I AM selling my house and have had two offers:
YOUR one from a first-time buyer who has arranged
IF YOU have a
a mortgage “in principle”, the other from a
chain-free cash buyer, who wants to pay
OUR LAWYER ANSWERS question for £10,000 less. My estate agent is keen to accept the
Fiona McNulty, cash offer but would I be doing the right thing? Or will
please email I be missing out on £10,000?
WE ARE buying a legalsolutions@
new-build house and the standard.co.uk, YOUR agent will be looking for some certainty
developer says that or write to Legal both for you and for them and will carry out due
though we are paying Solutions, Homes diligence on both sets of buyers to establish their
£575,000 for it, he will give us & Property, ability to proceed. Though the cash offer is lower,
£25,000 cash back to help pay for London Evening that buyer is more likely to be able to proceed, especially
all the new furnishings. Standard, 2 Derry as he has no chain.
It all sounds great but are there Street, W8 5EE. Your agent will ask him for written evidence of his
any concerns we should have? We regret that ability to buy your house without a mortgage or other
questions cannot borrowing. This could be in the form of the cash buyer’s
THE cash back from the be answered bank statements or his solicitor may be prepared to
developer is an incentive for individually but confirm his client’s ability to pay without borrowing.
you to buy the house. As we will try to Turning to the first-time buyers, they have a mortgage
such, it does need to be dealt feature them arranged in principle but the lender will still require a
with properly by your solicitors who here. Fiona is a valuation and if this is lower than the offer made by the
are under a duty not to be party to partner in the first-time buyers, that may affect the amount that the
any mis-statement of the sale price. residential real first-time buyers can borrow.
The contract is likely to state that estate team at Your agent will also check on how the first-time buyers
the price of the property is £575,000 Thrings LLP intend to raise the deposit needed on exchange of
but the terms of the contract will form, which will detail the cash-back solicitors are in receipt of the (thrings.com). contracts.
disclose the cash-back arrangement. deal and any other discounts. disclosure of incentives form. Uncertainty in the global economy means that being
Your solicitors must ensure that the When getting everything ready for It is very important that you keep granted a mortgage is not a given, and the first-time
transfer document shows the net completion of your purchase, your your solicitors informed of all buyers are likely to have to face more obstacles, which
price you will pay for the property, solicitors need to submit a certificate incentives and discounts which the may result in delays. Hence your agent’s advice.
ie £550,000. of title to your lender. developers offer you at the outset
If you need a mortgage, your This is the document in which your and throughout the transaction. More legal These answers can only be a very brief commentary on
solicitors will obtain from the solicitors request that the mortgage Provided you do this, there is Q&As the issues raised and should not be relied on as legal advice.
developers a Council of Mortgage funds are released to them, and nothing to worry about and you can Visit: homesand No liability is accepted for such reliance. If you have similar
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113 commercial investments
for sale by auction to include (unless previously sold or withdrawn)
Lot 11 Lot 13 Lot 27 Lot 60 344 Kingston Road SW20
Lot 101: Shop let to William Hill until 2014 plus
flat on AST. Total rent £18,600 pa.
97 North Street, Romford
Lot 106: Shop plus two flats let
on ASTs whole let at £25,960 pa.
44 Bruce Road NW10
Lot 112: Accountant’s office let at £10,800 pa.
27-35 Bevenden Street N1
129/129A High Street North E6 Westgate House, Westgate Square, Harlow Unit G-H Catteshall Mill, Catteshall Road, Godalming Loch Fyne, 5-6 High Street, Egham Lot 68: Office building let at £125,000 pa.
Challenge House, Sherwood Drive,
129/129A High Street North E6 48 High Street North, Dunstable 157/159 Bletchley, Milton Keynes
12A Worplesdon Road, Lot 11: Paddy Power and AST flat Lot 26: Town centre shop and offices Wandsworth High Street SW18 Lot 81: Multi-tenanted office building let
let at £82,000 pa Shop lease expires 2026. let at £39,825 pa. High yielding. Lot 70: Let to Lloyds Bank at £45,000 pa at a total rent of £238,368 pa. Vacant
Woodbridge Hill, Guildford plus 3 flats. possession of some 34,080 sq ft.
Lot 1: Entirely let to Barclays Bank plc 52 High Street, Bromley Unit F Catteshall Mill,
at £23,600 pa. Lease expires 2027. Lot 12: Newly refurbished shop let at £65,000 pa. Catteshall Road, Godalming 170 High Street, Guildford
Westgate House, Lot 28: Let at £17,000 pa (sub-let to Lloyds By Order of Guildford Borough Council
266 & 268 Coulsdon Road, Pharmacy) plus vacant office. Lot 72: Attractive Listed commercial building Unit G-H Catteshall Mill,
and 1A 1B & 1C The Parade, Westgate Square, Harlow (4,624 sq ft) Vacant possession. Catteshall Road, Godalming
Lot 13: Five shops with 4,188.7 sq m 142 Seven Sisters Road N7
Old Coulsdon Lot 38: Multi-let shop and office investment, 69-71 Plumstead High Street SE18
Lot 27: Doctor’s surgery let at £232,000 pa
(45,087 sq ft) (GIA) of vacant offices above. until 2033.
Lot 4: Four shops and four flats. Total let at part vacant. Known rent £42,240 pa.
Total rents £120,250 pa. Lot 84: Two shops let at £48,000 pa.
£54,770 pa. Plus one vacant shop.
2 White Horse Road, Windsor 470/472 Kingsland Road, 75-79 Plumstead High Street,
37-39 Honor Oak Park SE23 Hackney E8 The Bell, 18 High Street, Bedmond
Lot 5: Double shop unit let until 2021
Lot 14: Let to Coral Racing Ltd until 2027, Plumstead SE18
minimum increases at each review. Lot 39: Two shops and residential ground Lot 85: Two shops, office Lot 34: Attractive pub let at £36,771 pa
at £23,800 pa. Let at £10,500 pa. rents. Total rents £18,660 pa. rising to £41,602 pa in 2014.
and two flats let at £74,760 pa.
345 Fulham Palace Road SW6 557/559 Hertford Road, Enfield 159 Wadham Road E17 Loch Fyne, 5-6 High Street, Egham
Lot 6: Let to Ask Restaurants Ltd, lease
445 Green Lanes N4
Lot 16: Let to W J Meade LLP and three ASTs Lot 50: Shop and flat let at £17,800 pa. Lot 90: Shop with residential uppers, Lot 60: Let to Loch Fyne Restaurants Ltd
expires 2020, £36,005 pa. above whole let at £43,800 pa. Plus vacant workshop to rear. until 2029 (no breaks) at £90,512 pa.
total known rent £48,080 pa.
204 Fulham Palace Road W6 Rising to £102,406 pa in July 2014.
73/75 High Street E17 15 Bell Street, Reigate 42-44 Randlesdown Road SE6
Lot 8: Café let at £15,000 pa. Lot 19: Instant cash loans and AST Lot 59: Shop and self-contained offices. Lot 91: Londis store let at £20,000 pa.
16 Parliament Square, Hertford
351 Ripple Road, Barking at £47,900 pa. Shop lease expires 2021. Total let at £28,600 pa. Lot 74: Town centre bar/restaurant with
103 High Street, Eltham 338 Kingston Road SW20 3 upper floors let at £50,000 pa.
Lot 9: Let to Coral Racing Ltd until 2027, 549 High Road N17 Lot 98: Café and two bed flat total rent
minimum increases at each review. Lot 20: Bank let to Barclays Bank plc until Lot 64: Well located shop let to
Let at £10,800 pa. £13,800 pa.
2026 plus offices with residential consent. Holland & Barrett at £60,000 pa. Expires 2019
Total rents £48,000 pa. 340 Kingston Road SW20 428 Kings Road SW10
752 & 752A High Road, 81-83 South Road, Lot 73: First time on market since 1910. Club
Lot 99: Restaurant let at £6,000 pa until 2035.
Finchley N12 36 High Street, Walton On Thames Haywards Heath, West Sussex premises of approx 6,460 sq ft, possibly suitable
Lot 10: Shop and maisonette. Lot 25: Attractive shop let to Clinton Cards plc Lot 67: Well located shop let to Robert Dyas 342 Kingston Road SW20 for alternative uses subject to consents being
Let at £46,000 pa expiring 2021. plus two flats. Total rents £68,000 pa. at £90,000 pa. Lot 100: Shop and flat total rent £13,600 pa. obtained. Vacant Possession upon Completion.
Tuesday 6th December 2011 Full property details are available online:
The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX www.allsop.co.uk/auction
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Homes & Property Inside story homesandproperty.co.uk
The solution for who are hopefully people who will care
for the property as much as the owner.
It reminds me how stressful letting out
a smart but badly your property must be.
The day ends with tenants moving
into a six-bedroom house. I pop round
with some fizz and a card, along with
lit flat came in a goodies for the children, to welcome
them. Our client is the landlord but we
spend time with the tenants, who are
light bulb moment excited to be moving in after three
months of searching.
Frantic Friday. Any offers not tied up
Christmas decorations are in the shops
and some say the lettings market is
Diary of during the week generally get finalised
by the end of the day, so that contracts
can go out to be read over the weekend.
quietening down. However, my morn-
ing starts with a flurry of phone calls an estate We agree an offer on a super flat that
came to the market on Tuesday.
putting forward offers from a very busy
Saturday full of viewings. People work
such long hours that being open all day
agent The tenants could only view at 7.30
in the evening but fortunately in this
case, it was worth it. Our client is
on Saturday really does give us the for short lets over the Olympics. They thrilled: he is new to the lettings proc-
edge. have been there for 27 years and spend ess and expected it to take longer.
We have a smart, one-bedroom flat summers in Scotland. The idea of two WEDNESDAY it a perfect London bolt-hole in a five- At lunchtime I get a call from the
that has stuck on the market for several months prime rental when the place is A call from a prospective client at a star location. Even the fifth-floor walk client of Wednesday’s viewing — we
months due to a slightly overambitious normally empty is very appealing. large house on one of Chelsea’s prime up saves on gym membership, though are instructed … whoopee. Out comes
pricing by the landlord. It also looks a The flat is like an Aladdin’s Cave, with streets gets the morning going. the prospect of trips up and down the little black book of contacts and in
bit dark, so after a trip to the DIY shop a set of antlers on the wall and a palm The family house market at this time those stairs for every viewing fills me goes our property manager to meet
we are soon balancing on the furniture tree in the hallway. After much interior of year can be notoriously touch-and- with dread. him and discuss taking over when he
changing his light bulbs… definitely not decoration advice and several cups of go. However, for a “best in class” prop- moves abroad. A photographer goes
in the job description. tea, we have quotes booked for remov- erty such as this one we will always THURSDAY round that afternoon and we have the
As the end of the day nears, we have als, redecoration and new furniture have people lining up, keen to be the Things are definitely not slowing down first viewing through the door. It’s
happy clients with three deals tied up that meets stringent fire regulations. first through the door. — another competitive bidding situa- great to be able to get a property
and a sealed bid deadline for 9am The question has to be asked… is all Back to the office and straight out tion on a great flat just off the Fulham online within 12 hours of winning the
tomorrow. of this really worth it for a few months again to another lovely property, this Road. The two-bedroom market at the instruction.
rent? The answer is given with a laugh time at the other end of the scale: a moment is so busy, anything presented
TUESDAY — it turns out they have been wanting fifth-floor studio flat. It is in a converted well is being snapped up. Harriet Hustler is head of lettings at
I start with a market appraisal for an to sort out their flat for some time so loft overlooking a garden square. Very A real draw of this job is matching Strutt & Parker’s West Chelsea oﬃce
elderly couple wishing to offer their flat this is a perfect excuse. clever design and use of space makes applicants up with the perfect home, (020 7244 1275).
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Homes & Property Letting on homesandproperty.co.uk
Victoria Whitlock calls in the council exterminators to rid a flat of vermin — but ends up being rescued by vegans
HECK out the dictionary
definition of the word
“complacency” and you’ll
find that it means self-
Those cooing £1,400
In Chalsey Road,
Brockley, SE4, a
pigeons on my
satisfaction “especially maisonette close
when accompanied by unawareness to Hilly Fields
of actual dangers or deficiencies”. Park and Crofton
Landlords, take note of that last bit Park station, with
and if you fall into the trap of three bedrooms
thinking everything’s fine, remember
that something has almost definitely
gone wrong — but you just don’t
know about it yet.
balcony are now and a private
garden, is for rent
For two months I heard nothing
from my new tenants so I let myself
believe that everything was okay. It
wasn’t. When I popped round to let
the gas engineer in for the annual
on death row and property.
boiler check I was horrified — and I as they were vegans, they wouldn’t pigeons, even little fluffy ones, are a was more concerned that the council
mean horrified — to see a baby
pigeon in a nest on the balcony.
The be happy for pest control to actually
kill this bird. Why not? I wasn’t
health hazard. Some believe that they
spread respiratory infections to
failed to live up to its promise and
repair the netting. Every day I called,
You might not think one little bird is
that big a deal but spend an entire day accidental suggesting they ate the damn thing.
The tenants’ spokeswoman said
humans (including vegans) and even
if they don’t, they are noisy, dirty and
every day they said someone would
pop round, but no one ever came. I
scrubbing pigeon poo off your
balcony, then tell me it’s not a
landlord they wanted to leave it until it was
old enough to fly away. But the
problem with pigeons is that they
they smell, so this one had to go.
One of the tenants promised to
remove the chick herself and, true to
should have known, as I had to nag
them for months to put up the
netting in the first place.
Good grief, I’d tried everything to of the property, which I thought had don’t go away, or rather they are her word, she dealt with it that night. Look up the dictionary definition of
keep those ruddy birds away yet done the trick. Obviously it hadn’t. programmed to keep coming back. She didn’t say how and I suspect she “council” and you’ll see it means “a
they’d broken through every line of The pigeons had pushed their way I admit the baby was cute, but it released it into the wild where body of people elected or appointed
defence. A set of spikes didn’t work — through and on my balcony was a would grow, in time, to become a big, doubtless it slowly starved to death to waste taxpayers’ money”.
they gave them somewhere nice to chick snuggling into a scrappy nest in ugly pooing bird with an incessant coo unless it was eaten by a fox, but she
perch, thanks very much — and I the corner. that would keep everyone awake seemed happy and I didn’t care. No Mother-of-two Victoria Whitlock lets
even grew tomato plants on the I called the council to ask them to through the early hours. If allowed to hate mail, please, pigeon lovers. I three properties in south London.
balcony when I read that they hate send pest control round to repair the live, it would lay eggs of its own on the
the smell but that didn’t put them off, netting and the chap in the estates balcony, which would mean more
either. Finally the council, which is office promised they would dispose pigeons strutting all over the place. Find many more homes to rent at
the estate’s landlord, came and of the chick. I emailed the tenants to As a landlord, I have to ensure my
erected netting right across the back let them know but one replied that, property is free from vermin, and homesandproperty.co.uk/lettings
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Homes & Property Personal finance homesandproperty.co.uk
Back in town:
after a difficult
search for a
moved back from
we’d never be
Noa, two, and
baby Tali able to afford a
Lucy Tobin says
OARING rail fares are finally
stemming the exodus of
Londoners who plump to quit
the city and commute in from
rocketing rail costs
the countryside, according to
research by Country Homesearch.
and job worries are
Another reason Londoners are prompting many
staying — or even returning — is because
job cuts are hitting the regions harder ‘exiled’ Londoners to
than the capital. And return is exactly
what youth worker Rebecca Fetterman, return to the capital
32, and her husband, Andrew, 33, an
engineer, have just done. housing association. Asylum seekers
“We moved to Wooburn, Bucking- were living there and they had to put
hamshire, because of our work seven up with huge holes in the kitchen lino
years ago and ever since then we have and the carpets, and with electrical
been looking towards coming back to sockets hanging off the walls.”
London,” Rebecca explains. “However, A survey revealed no major structural
once you’re out of the London housing problems, however, and their offer at
market, it’s very difficult to come back. £375,000 was accepted. “We were
Though we made a really good return really excited, but then hit a big prob-
on our house in Wooburn, it didn’t lem,” says Rebecca. The tenants, put
compare with how we would have done there by the council, couldn’t move out
in the capital.” “wilfully” as that would be seen as
The Fettermans, who have two deliberately making themselves home-
daughters — Noa, two, and baby Tali less and would stop them qualifying
for new housing.
“So the tenants had to stay until they
‘The house we wanted to were evicted, and the case had to go to
buy was in the most horrific court. And because so many landlords
were chucking out their tenants at the
state — which was the only same time, there was a huge
reason we could afford it’ backlog.”
The case took eight months to reach
— spent 18 months searching north- court, eventually heard in September.
west London for a three-bedroom In the meantime, hoping for the best,
home. “Our absolute maximum budget the Fettermans organised a mortgage.
was £410,000, and as we needed some- “We were really surprised that rates
where near a good primary school, had increased so much,” Rebecca says.
there was very little around in our price “All our friends were on variable rates
range. So we moved in with my mum paying almost no interest, but we had to
and dad,” says Rebecca. pay 3.87 per cent on a three-year fix from
It was meant to be a temporary meas- Abbey. We used a broker to organise it
ure, and when the Fettermans found a — we were so stressed about the transac-
house in Finchley Central for £375,000, tion that sorting out a mortgage as well
they thought they would very soon be would have been one step too far.”
moving out of Rebecca’s parental home Once the tenants were evicted, the
in Mill Hill. Fettermans completed on the Finchley
“The house we wanted to buy was in house the next day, and after eight
the most horrific state, which was the weeks’ building work, they moved in
only reason we could afford it,” on Monday. “It has been a long road,
Rebecca adds. “The landlord was in but we’re finally back in London,” says
Manchester and wasn’t looking after it Rebecca, “and we love our new
and it was being rented out through a house.”
ﬂat on the ﬁrst
ﬂoor of a period
conversion is for