A bizarre, eight-floor converted water tower in the middle of an ugly redevelopment of an Essex lunatic asylum remains on the market despite a price cut of £200,000
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Suite at New York hotel The Plaza available for £2.6 million – the catch: you can only use it 120 days per year
John Stoddart to exhibit at Whitstable’s The Fishslab Gallery
La Brasserie to host an evening trunk show and cocktails with Chavín Jewellery on Monday 20th April
Fiat 500K Giardiniera micro-estate for sale for £19,000
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn left to “sausage fingered” glutton and suspected serial killer Doctor John Bodkin Adams for sale for £65,000
Converted Cold War nuclear bunker on the edge of London for sale for £3.5 million
Sir Christopher and Lady Meyer put their Chelsea townhouse up for sale for £2.3 million more than was asked when they bought it in 2013 – The catch? It’s next door to a kebab shop
The 22,000 square foot Long Island home of the iconic women’s footwear designer Vince Camuto returns to the market at a price of £57.3 million
Dallas mansion with a prayer room and the largest private bowling centre in America that was previously owned by a billionaire oil baron remains for sale despite a price cut of £7 million
An 18th century former court house in Chelsea is for sale for £14.5 million or available to rent at £10,000 per week
Knightsbridge flat for sale for just £250,000 (but there’s a catch)
An Audi Quattro heads to auction with a staggering guide price of £220,000 to £280,000 and confirms the car firmly out of the reach of being afforded by police detectives
The Steeple Times chooses five houses that would be ideal as holiday homes
Dictator and alleged cannibal Bokassa I of Central Africa’s Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman for sale for £225,000
Petra Stunt’s company posts losses of £4.44 million
£7.25 million Church House in Knightsbridge cannot be described as anything other than “a hotchpotch”
Lennox Gardens Mews house for sale for £5.8 million
£46.4 million Woodside estate remains for sale despite £10.1 million price cut
A £7.9 million Hertfordshire mansion that isn’t quite what it seems
200 acre Scottish estate for sale for the price of an 800 square foot flat in Knightsbridge
‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s’ Dawn Ward attempts to sell her tastelessly decorated “Footballers’ Wives-style” home for £12 million
McLaren 650S Spider totaled in accident in Belgravia’s Eaton Square
Artwork collection formerly owned by Sir Noël Coward heads to auction
The late Joan Rivers’ Manhattan penthouse goes on sale for £18,200,000
Donside laird puts Scottish estate on the market after suffering a “catalogue of abuse”
Bristol Cars market a stunning 402 ‘Hollywood Special’ just as they prepare to move into a new showroom and launch their first new model since 2003
Rowan Atkinson puts his infamous, twice crashed McLaren F1 up for sale for the staggering price of £8 million
Cairness House, “Scotland’s most important Greek Revival house”, heads into its fourth year on the market
Plated X: 15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’
Lateral penthouse available to rent in conversion of former Art Deco garage in Fulham for the staggering sum of £6,500 per week
Land Rover marks the end of an era with a series of special farewell edition Defender models
The last great Newport ‘cottage’ heads into its second year on the market
A wooden Ferrari is the only car allowed in Venice Weighing 2,000 pounds, a wooden model of a Ferrari F50 is the only “car” allowed in Venice.
Buy an Eaton Square flat for the equivalent of £146 per day – and get the bonus of living next door to James Stunt
Royal Opera House issues appeal to pay for ballet footwear despite paying CEO over £250,000 per year
Haremere Hall is an East Sussex mansion requiring renovation that has been the subject of a rather bitter familial dispute
Bentley unveil their new Grand Convertible British carmakers Bentley have taken their flagship Mulsanne model to another level in their adaptation of it into what they have named the ‘Bentley Grand Convertible’.
Penthouse formerly owned by Hugh Grant for sale
An opportunity to buy a castle with a catch Most of think nothing of ordering a pizza or burger “to go” but on the 12th December, those with a slightly larger budget and imagination will have the opportunity to “take out” something quite different: An entire French château.
Manor house where William Makepeace Thackery wrote ‘Vanity Fair’ for sale for £2.95 million
Contrasting new and old mobile technology Most of our readers and contributors are the sort to delight in new mobile phones, yet a few of us still prefer the simplicity of the classics.
A terraced cottage with a difference… It comes with its very own shark
Two new luxury cars hit the roads: ‘The Steeple Times’ takes a look at the Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-Class and the Land Rover Range Rover Holland & Holland
Palazzo di Amore: The most expensive property currently on the market in America Whilst a “top ten” list last week chronicled the world’s most expensive homes and placed a value of £1 billion on Buckingham Palace, a billionaire looking for somewhere to park their money could get a relative bargain if they were to buy the Palazzo di Amore in California. It has just come to the market with a price of £123 million ($195 million).
A selection of homes that automobile enthusiasts will adore
Our yachting correspondent Edward Kay takes a tour of the new mega-yacht Solandge during the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show
Paul Johnson Calderon reflects on the implications of the ‘street artist’ Same tagging a Jeff Koons in New York
Cielo de Bonaire: A vast £39 million villa that has failed to sell in three years that truly must have been built with a dictator or drug dealer in mind
‘The Steeple Times’ chooses five of the best super-prime apartments currently on offer in Central London Luxury apartments in London are ten a penny but few provide the truly spectacular space and facilities offered by the five that follow. Those on a budget need not apply.
Social network Knightsbridge Village celebrated its first anniversary with a party at Theo Fennell in London On 7th October, Knightsbridge Village, an invitation only social network for the “discerning mothers of London’s most prestigious neighbourhoods”, celebrated their first anniversary at Theo Fennell in Fulham Road, South Kensington.
Gareth Southgate markets his £3.25 million Grade I listed Yorkshire home Footballers are not generally noted for living in tasteful homes so it is somewhat surprising to find that the former England player turned Middlesborough manager Gareth Southgate’s current home is a Grade I listed “Elizabethan style” hall on the banks of Swinsty Reservoir, nine miles west of Harrogate. He and his wife Alison have owned it since 2006 but have been trying to sell it since June 2013.
Basia Briggs recounts her role in the building of the Queen Mother’s Gate as a painting of it comes to the market I was instrumental in fundraising for the Queen Mother’s Gate in 1993 and now with the sale of a painting of them by the British artist Beverley-Jane Stewart, I was reminded of what a mammoth and worthy task it was especially given I had no previous experience of organising such a feat.
Britain’s tackiest car, a crystal covered Mercedes, sells for just under £155,000 A previous Wally of the Week, Daria Radionova, might not be such a fool after all given that she has just sold her Swarovski crystal covered Mercedes CLS 350 for the astonishing figure of £154,600.
Christie’s annual Multiplied fair is well worth a visit October is the month when London’s art event calendar is busiest and aside from Frieze in Regent’s Park and PAD in Berkeley Square, there is also Multiplied at Christie’s in South Kensington.
Financier and fashion designer duo Pierre Lagrange and Roubi L’Roubi place their four floor £12.75 million penthouse on the market
An opportunity to rent a ‘set’ in the ‘Paradise of Piccadilly’ Albany is a little known building off London’s Piccadilly that is akin to Manhattan’s smartest co-operative buildings in the way it is run. So exclusive is this block that its residents are called ‘proprietors’ and its flats are known as ‘sets’.
Cheyne Walk home of Sol Campbell comes to the market for £25 million or £15,000 per week just as he takes on Labour’s proposed ‘mansion tax’ Sol Campbell will certainly get more than a ray of sunshine if he sells his Cheyne Walk townhouse for the £25 million figure it has just been launched onto the market for through agents John D. Wood. A sale now would also help him offset a costly bill if a future Labour government were to come to power and introduce the proposed ‘mansion tax’ this former footballer so loathes.
Reconfigured Lancashire estate for sale for £4.25 million Businessman Martin Higginson and his wife Maggie have reversed what has happened to most English country estates in buying back properties and land around their Lancashire home, Hay Carr at Bay Horse, near Lancaster. They are now selling the whole property with a price of offers over £4.25 million.
‘Friends’ actor Matthew Perry sells his Malibu hillside home Actor Matthew Perry, most famous for his role in the cult series Friends, paid $6.55 million (£4.079 million) for his hillside home in Malibu, California is 2005. He’s periodically been trying to sell it since 2011 at prices as high as $13.5 million (£8.408 million) but has now relaunched it on the market at $12.5 million (£7.785 million).
Another Lennox Gardens flat on a one year lease for sale for another extraordinary price Last week, we reported on a bidding war that erupted on a one bedroom flat in Lennox Gardens, Knightsbridge that eventually sold for £550,000 on a guide price of just £150,000. Plainly seeking to capitalise on that, agents Plaza Estates have just brought another to the market for £205,000.
An unfortunately named farm would certainly suit Uncle Monty A rather unfortunately named farmstead could be the perfect accompaniment to the Rolls-Royce we featured yesterday that was driven by Uncle Monty in Withnail and I. Priced at £275,000 and in a state of ruin, Cocklick Farmhouse at Slaidburn near Clitheroe in Lancashire is currently for sale through agents Armistead Barnett.
Rolls-Royce originally owned by playboy Nubar Gulbenkian and later used in “Withnail & I” for sale The “flamboyantly bearded”, monocle wearing eccentric Nubar Gulbenkian (1896 – 1972) took up driving at the age of 65 and when asked what he enjoyed the most, answered: “I prefer everything”. With the sale of one of his many cars, illustration of just that is provided.
Britain’s smallest £1 million home for sale If you’re annoyed to have missed out on the one bedroomed flat on a one year lease that sold for £550,000 that we featured, we have another option for you as agents Wetherell are selling what they term “Britain’s smallest £1 million home”. Thankfully, it’s on a lease of 100 years.
Lennox Gardens flat with just one year left on lease sells for £550,000 Indication of London’s somewhat bonkers property market has been illustrated in news that a one bedroom flat in Knightsbridge’s Lennox Gardens has sold for a staggering £550,000 on a lease that had just one year remaining.
A 2003 Bentley R-Type road racer is most definitely a car that would appeal to Toad of Toad Hall Described as a “real road burner and hooligan’s toy”, a 2003 Bentley R-Type road racer built by Petersen Engineering is a car that most definitely would appeal to Kenneth Grahame’s Toad of Toad Hall. It is currently for sale through Vintage & Prestige Fine Motorcars for £420,000.
A double house on “the most politically significant rat-run in Britain” is for sale for £6.25 million Described as “solid Tory” and “the most politically significant rat-run in Britain” in a 1995 article by Chris Blackhurst, Lord North Street in London’s Westminster was built between 1720 and 1725 and consists of thirteen properties that have been home to everyone from Prime Ministers Anthony Eden and Harold Wilson to controversial Conservative MPs Jonathan Aitken and Teresa Gorman. With the sale of one of the street’s most significant properties, it could once again become a “centre of power”.
As J. Paul Getty’s grandson tries to sell his San Francisco home for $15.998 million, is this a sign that the area’s elite is changing?
The highlights of the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2014
‘Country Life’ magazine hosts its first fair in London this weekend This Saturday and Sunday marks the first Country Life Fair at Fulham Palace. In essence, it’ll be a mini version of the CLA Game Fair in the middle of London
Russian student spends £20,000 covering her £25,000 Mercedes in Swarovski crystals and then wonders why she is mocked
One of San Francisco’s oldest houses for sale for $12 million One of the oldest houses in San Francisco and one of the few to survive the 1906 earthquake – which destroyed 80% of the city – is for sale for $12 million (£7.3 million).
American lifestyle website Proper Kid Problems is a sartorial zeitgeist We’ve previously featured a British website that celebrates red trouser wearing sorts and now we make an American sartorial zeitgeist our Website of the Week.
Matthew Steeples reviews Chelsea townhouse hotel San Domenico House San Domenico House is a hidden secret; a small hotel that’s physically minutes from the bustle of Sloane Square yet literally a world away from it.
1989 ‘Prince of Wales’ specification Aston Martin V8 Volante for sale for £450,000 In 1987, an Aston Martin V8 Volante was built to the personal specifications of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. It proved so popular with Aston Martin fans, that the company decided to build a further twenty-one cars to the same specification and now one is for sale through the London dealership Nicholas Mee & Co.
Stunning carmine red 1953 Jaguar XK120 roadster heads to auction at the RM Auctions Hershey sale The final scene of the 1999 film Cruel Intentions sees Reese Witherspoon driving out of New York in a 1956 Jaguar XK140 roadster. At the RM Auctions Hershey sale on 10th October, bidders have a chance to buy an earlier model of this iconic Jaguar classic.
Travelex founder puts the childhood home where Daphne du Maurier allegedly conducted two of her most illicit relationships on the market for £32 million
Aston Martin to launch a new ‘super-sedan’ (but only to an elite few)
Legendary 1954 ‘Docker Daimler’ heads to auction Sir Charles Dunstone recently took to the seas in his newly refurbished 65-metre yacht, the Shemara. The vessel, which dates to 1938, was once owned by the legendarily extravagant duo Sir Bernard and Lady Docker and this weekend Dunstone has the opportunity to add one of the couple’s famous ‘Docker Daimlers’ to his collection.
An analysis of the results of the Christie’s Out of the Ordinary and RM Auctions Battersea sales
Daimler used by Churchill to star at RM Auctions Battersea sale Between 1940 and 1950, the Daimler Motor Company loaned a 1939 Daimler DB18 drophead coupé bodied by the Carlton Carriage Company for special occasions. Its most notable loan was to Winston Churchill in 1944 and 1949 and it heads to auction on Monday 8th September at the RM Auctions Battersea sale.
Salvage Europe sell part of Argentina’s contribution to the Exposition Universelle of 1889 To mark the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, between May and October 1889, Paris held a fair named the Exposition Universelle. The main symbol and the most iconic building at the Expo was the Eiffel Tower but now Salvage Europe are selling part of the first prize winning Argentine Pavilion with a guide price of £50,000.
Arnold Schwarzenegger puts his Mercedes-Benz Unimog up for sale after replacing it with a Bugatti Veyron Arnold ‘The Governator’ Schwarzenegger is a man who does it ‘large’. Aside from being built like a tank himself, this Austrian actor turned politician likes large cars and in putting his Mercedes-Benz Unimog up for sale and being spotted in a Bugatti Veyron this week, he showed his change in marital status hasn’t changed his tastes in how he likes to get around.
James Murphy lauds Roald Dahl as a literary hero My last article focused on Ian Fleming and Roald Dahl provides a natural sequel. Like Fleming, Dahl’s work continues to film and television from beyond his grave.
A £1.375 million house in a Norfolk village with connections to James Blunt The summer is nearly over but many of you no doubt will find yourselves continuing to hanker after the sun and sand. A new house named Marshlands in the village of Cley next the Sea in North Norfolk could offer you just that.
‘The Steeple Times’ chooses five unusual objects that will prove to be conversation pieces in any home This week sees Christie’s South Kensington auction a selection of “unconventional” items in their second annual Out of the Ordinary sale. With the help of them, Salvage Europe and Bonhams, here we choose five of the best conversation pieces currently available
Wednesday marks the start of one of Britain’s best automotive events, Salon Privé 2014 This Wednesday marks the event of the year for motoring aficionados in Britain as it is the opening day of Salon Privé at Syon Park, ten miles from Central London.
Prince Charles puts a Cornish quarry up for sale In London, £40,000 to £50,000 won’t buy even a parking spot. In Cornwall, if the auction guide price is met, it’ll get you a former slate quarry with an engine house and 45.88 acres of land that is currently owned by Prince Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall.
The worst property particulars ever? Estate agents often use clever photography to promote properties and urge sellers to tidy up and brew hot coffee before viewings. The brochure for a one bedroom flat in Stanhope Gardens in London’s South Kensington, however, is an example where an agent has done anything but.
Former Brunei royal household Bentley Turbo ‘S’ heads to auction just as Kim Kardashian lifts her boycott of The Beverly Hills Hotel The Sultan of Brunei might be worth £12 billion but he certainly isn’t a popular man right now. As the boycott of his hotels – including The Dorchester in London and Coworth Park near Ascot – continues, he must be delighted to have learnt that Kim Kardashian is no longer steering clear of another of his properties, The Beverly Hills Hotel in California. Meanwhile at Syon Park in west London at The Salon Privé sale by Silverstone Auctions on the 4th September, one of his household’s cars is headed to be sold.
Range Rover Chassis #001 to be auctioned at The Salon Privé sale by Silverstone Auctions on 4th September Today, Range Rovers are the favourite vehicles of everyone ranging from the Queen to Kim Kardashian but the first Range Rover produced was a far more simple vehicle. It is to be auctioned at The Salon Privé sale by Silverstone Auctions on the 4th September.
Highlights from the second annual Christie’s South Kensington sale of unusual items and objects, ‘Out of the Ordinary’ On 3rd September Christie’s South Kensington will auction “an eclectic selection of art and ephemera celebrating the joy of the unconventional”. Here, The Steeple Times selects a few highlights
1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn coupé by Pininfarina that inspired the design of the current Wraith model heads to auction A one-off 1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn coupé by Pininfarina was the most expensive car in the world when built in 1951 and more recently it inspired the design of the company’s popular Wraith model. The vehicle is due to be auctioned at The Salon Privé sale by Silverstone Auctions on the 4th September.
Manor house owned by one of the McAlpine family comes to the market The McAlpine family have construction in their blood. They’ve built everything from The Dorchester to the Millennium Dome and one of the current generation, Cullum McAlpine, is no different. His Cotswolds country house, Cold Ashton Manor, is currently for sale for £4 million and its architectural features are stunning.
Scottish castle for sale for just £28.90 per square foot They say that owning a grouse moor is equivalent to burning £50 notes but the buyer of the 41,433 square foot Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland will take on an altogether bigger burden.
1932 MG F-type Magna Salonette for sale for £70,000 In 1932, an MG F-type Magna Salonette would have set you back £289 or the equivalent of £17,602 in today’s money. Given only 390 were built and that few still exist, the one for sale through Richard Biddulph of Vintage & Prestige Fine Motorcars in Grays, Essex seems remarkable value at £70,000.
Knight Frank take an unusual tack to promote a property Knight Frank is known as the estate agent to the rich and famous. Like other realty firms, of course, they pepper their brochures with superlatives such as “exemplary”, “spacious” and “glorious” but in the marketing of 33 Portland Place, they truly take the biscuit.
Rolls-Royce hunting vehicle for sale for £198,000 Today marks the start of the grouse season and whilst the BBC gave far too much airtime to those who are anti this fine sport, we very much join with those celebrating the Glorious Twelfth. Suitable for someone heading off to the moors is an amazing Rolls-Royce that was built as a hunting vehicle for the King of Morocco in 1980.
An opportunity to buy an American equivalent of Downton Abbey Downton Abbey returns to our screens this autumn and one has to ask whether its writer Julian Fellowes was at all influenced by the story of the story of Peter Widener of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose son and grandson both died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
Confused.com founder puts castle on market for £1.5 million less than she spent on it “Wild haired” Kate Armstrong, the Australian founder of Confused.com, bought the medieval Scottish castle Cassillis House in Ayrshire from the Kennedy clan in 2009 for £3 million. She spent four years and £3.5 million updating and improving it but is now selling it at a loss for just £5 million.