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June 23, 2017

Pricey Pickhurst

by Matthew Steeples

130 acre Surrey estate with gardens by Arabella Lennox Boyd for sale for £28 million (or £13 million more than it was marketed for in 2013)   A Surrey estate has gone on sale for 87% more than in was offered for four years ago.   Featured in Country Life in 2013 whilst for sale … Continue reading “Pricey Pickhurst”

June 18, 2017

Going Dutch

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “architecturally rich” Knightsbridge apartment for sale for £8.5 million   A Knightsbridge triplex with a truly extravagant interior has gone on sale for £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million).   Spread over the ground, basement and first floors of a Grade II listed portered building in Pont Street, SW1X, the apartment … Continue reading “Going Dutch”

June 10, 2017

Empire State of Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Penthouse with tower in prominent Knightsbridge landmark for sale for £8.25 million   A penthouse with a tower in a Grade II listed landmark triangular ‘flat-iron’ building on the border of South Kensington and Knightsbridge has gone on sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million).   Created in 1991 to designs … Continue reading “Empire State of Knightsbridge”

June 8, 2017

A Villa In The Sky

by Matthew Steeples

Gargantuan Mayfair aprtment goes on sale for £30 million; it has eighteen windows facing Hyde Park and is in a building designed by the architect of Broadcasting House   A vast maisonette, described as a “villa in the sky”, on London’s Park Lane has gone on sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or … Continue reading “A Villa In The Sky”

June 5, 2017

Not So Little Italy

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “Italian style” oceanfront mansion in Orange County, CA relaunched for sale for £42.7 million; it has failed to sell at prices as high as £53 million   An 18,000 square foot barn of a residence described as “the finest oceanfront home in SoCal” has been relaunched to the market this month at a price … Continue reading “Not So Little Italy”

June 1, 2017

Sail Away

by Matthew Steeples

Georgian house in Emsworth, Hampshire complete with its own private dock for sale for £3.4 million   A symmetrical, yellow brick early 19th century house complete with its own private dock has gone on sale for £3.4 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.1 million).   Grade II listed Wharf House in the small town … Continue reading “Sail Away”

May 30, 2017

Mucking Up A Manor

by Matthew Steeples

“Grand” Grade II* listed Midlands manor for sale for just £350,000; it comes with a 49-seat cinema and several unexpected catches   Where there’s muck, there’s money and a late 18th century Midlands manor house currently for sale for just £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million) provides an example of the tale of the progress … Continue reading “Mucking Up A Manor”

May 29, 2017

Best in Britain

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE – “Nationally important” Grade II* listed Berkshire mansion in 130 acres for sale for £26 million; its interior is yet to be renovated   A Grade II* listed building capable of being reinstated as one of Britain’s finest country houses has just been placed on the market for £26 million.   Benham Park – … Continue reading “Best in Britain”

May 27, 2017

Anything But A Steel

by Matthew Steeples

Renovated Pacific Heights, San Francisco residence with Danielle Steel as a neighbour for sale for sum 652% higher than it sold for in 1994   A buyer wishing to live just to the north of Danielle Steel’s architecturally striking ‘Spreckels Mansion’ home can now purchase 1994 Jackson Street in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights.   For … Continue reading “Anything But A Steel”

Robert Adam

by General

With such a name, this suave gent just had to design landmarks. University of Westminster educated and Hampshire based Robert Adam (born 1948) followed his more famous namesake (1728 – 1792) and became a designer of “progressive neo-classical style buildings” in 1975. He won “the richest prize in architecture” in January 2017 and counts the … Continue reading “Robert Adam”

May 22, 2017

Making a Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Refurbished Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million   Reduced in price by £200,000 since when it was previously on the market in June 2015, a Surrey manor house is again for sale – but this time for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 … Continue reading “Making a Manor”

May 19, 2017

A Highly Priced Hall

by Matthew Steeples

Queen Anne house in South Yorkshire for sale for punchy sum of £1.2 million   An architecturally striking four-storey Queen Anne house in South Yorkshire is for sale for £1.2 million ($1.6 million, €1.4 million or درهم5.7 million) in spite of standing on a small plot that is overlooked by its now converted former outbuildings. … Continue reading “A Highly Priced Hall”

May 16, 2017

Geoffrey Bayldon (1924 – 2017)

by Matthew Steeples

Wacky Leeds born actor Geoffrey Bayldon was best known for playing Catweazle in the 1970s series of the same name as the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge. Bayldon also played ‘Q’ in Casino Royale in 1967, was gay, turned down the role of Dr Who twice thinking the series “too long” and enjoyed collecting watercolour paintings, … Continue reading “Geoffrey Bayldon (1924 – 2017)”

May 14, 2017

Spirit & Speed

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea studio house built for “spiritual artist” Arild Rosenkrantz and later home to the extremely eccentric lesbian heiress and powerboater ‘Joe’ Carstairs for sale for £8.95 million   “Spiritual seeker” and artist Baron Arild Rosenkrantz (1870 – 1964) was born in Denmark, studied in Rome and married his Scottish cousin, Louise Mackenzie, in 1901. His … Continue reading “Spirit & Speed”

May 13, 2017

A Fashionable Bargain

by Matthew Steeples

£39 million summer house on Lake Geneva that was designed by one of the architects of the Eiffel Tower to be sold at auction without reserve   Built in the Belle Époque style on the north shore of Lake Geneva, Château de Promenthoux is a 13,988 square foot house on a plot of 9 acres. … Continue reading “A Fashionable Bargain”

May 12, 2017

Fun at Faringdon

by Matthew Steeples

£144,000 per year sought for Oxfordshire mansion that was the scene of a most curious ménage-a-trois; it is owned by the writer Sofka Zinovieff   “Tall and willowy” writer Sofka Zinovieff inherited Faringdon House in Oxfordshire at the age of 25 from her eccentric, bisexual uncle, Robert ‘The Mad Boy’ Heber-Percy, partner of the owner … Continue reading “Fun at Faringdon”

May 7, 2017

I Capture the Castle

by Matthew Steeples

12th century castle and romantic ruin in Herefordshire for sale for £1.495 million; a title to go with it is available also   A part restored castle on the English-Welsh border is back on the market after its buyer pulled out at the end of last year. Wilton Castle-on-the-Wye at at Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire’s story … Continue reading “I Capture the Castle”

May 6, 2017

A Georgian Gem

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Georgian mansion in Worcestershire for sale for the first time since the 1720s   Few houses remain in the ownership of the same family for three hundred years, but an example of such, Ombersley Court at Ombersley in Worcestershire, has just been placed on the market for £3.5 million ($4.5 million, €4.1 … Continue reading “A Georgian Gem”

May 2, 2017

Tall Poppy Syndrome

by Matthew Steeples

Asking price for America’s tallest single-family residence – a 124-foot tall tower in Phoenix, Arizona – slashed by 74%; it is somewhat dated but costs nearly nothing to heat and nearly nothing in property taxes either   They say “the bigger, the better” but in the case of Falcon Nest at Prescott in Arizona, it … Continue reading “Tall Poppy Syndrome”

May 1, 2017

Domesticity Above A Canal

by Matthew Steeples

Conversion of “one of Europe’s first purpose-built office blocks” for sale; £3.5 million Grade II* listed Georgian house in Bath literally straddles a canal   Some people dream of living beside a lake or a river, but a Grade II* listed detached property recently placed on the market in Bath gives anyone with £3.5 million … Continue reading “Domesticity Above A Canal”

April 30, 2017

A Pointedly Pricey Plot

by Matthew Steeples

Seriously expensive waterfront building plot goes on sale outside San Francisco; it comes with plans for the perfect home for a tech titan   14.5 acres of forested land with 2,000 feet of frontage to San Francisco Bay shoreline has gone on sale for what could be one of the highest prices ever for a … Continue reading “A Pointedly Pricey Plot”

April 28, 2017

Gilded Glory

by Matthew Steeples

New York’s “last intact Gilded Age mansion” for sale for £38.75 million; it comes with a room that cannot be wiretapped   An Upper East Side “Beaux Arts palace on a small scale” described as “Manhattan’s last intact Gilded Age mansion” has gone on sale for £38.75 million ($50 million, €45.96 million or درهم183.65 million) … Continue reading “Gilded Glory”

April 26, 2017

A Big Priced Basement

by Matthew Steeples

Cadogan Square flat for sale for a sum that, if achieved, could make it the most expensive subterranean home in London; it is offered at a price that equates to £2,130 per square foot   Created from the merger of two flats, one of which was marketed for £3 million ($3.8 million, €3.5 million or … Continue reading “A Big Priced Basement”

April 23, 2017

Living Large

by Matthew Steeples

New Jersey mansion, complete with 58 rooms, for sale for equivalent sum to what it cost to build in 1909; the £37 million house’s original owner was a man whose extravagance knew absolutely no bounds   George Crocker (1856 – 1909) makes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby seem like an amateur. Born in Sacramento and … Continue reading “Living Large”

April 6, 2017

Billionaire Battersea

by Matthew Steeples

Historic Battersea mansion for sale for the same sum it was marketed for in 2011; it has been mostly empty throughout the intervening period and was renovated by the late billionaire Malcolm Forbes   Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes was a man who liked to live large. He had a huge yacht named The Highlander, threw … Continue reading “Billionaire Battersea”

April 3, 2017

Over-Engineered

by Matthew Steeples

Essex “neo Georgian Palladian” residence created from an ordinary detached house marketed for £5.4 million; it is a bit of a mish-mash and described as “over-engineered”   Estate agents normally wax lyrical about properties they are marketing but in the case of £5.4 million ($6.7 million, €6.3 million or درهم24.8million) Threshers House at Threshers Bush, … Continue reading “Over-Engineered”

April 2, 2017

A Dutch Delight

by Matthew Steeples

New York’s “most impressive” Dutch colonial house for sale for £2.59 million in spite of needing updating   Built in 1735 and listed as a designated New York landmark in 1966, 126 West Drive in Douglaston, Queens is considered to be New York’s “most impressive architectural remnant of the early Dutch Culture”. It has just … Continue reading “A Dutch Delight”

March 18, 2017

The Big Bend

by Matthew Steeples

Billionaire living in New York might take a U-turn if a proposed skyscraper named the ‘Big Bend’ becomes reality   A 4,000 foot end-to-end conceptual skyscraper has been proposed in Manhattan in order to “potentially provide a solution to the height limitations imposed by city zoning laws” according to the anthropological New York website 6sqft. … Continue reading “The Big Bend”

March 14, 2017

Nelson & Nintendo

by Matthew Steeples

Georgian mansion, where Admiral Lord Nelson lived with his lover and her husband, for sale for £4.25 million; it was renovated by a former Nintendo executive   One would expect a senior executive of a tech company to live in a slick, modern home in Silicon Valley, but since 2004, Matthew Hill, for many years … Continue reading “Nelson & Nintendo”

February 6, 2017

Sex and the Single Zillionaire

by Matthew Steeples

Belvedere, CA home of late tech billionaire and author of ‘Sex and the Single Zillionaire’ Thomas Perkins for sale; he entertained amongst others Sophia Loren and Rupert Murdoch there   Thomas Perkins (1932 – 2016) had it all. Born in New York, this Harvard University and MIT graduate made his fortune in Silicon Valley, California … Continue reading “Sex and the Single Zillionaire”

February 4, 2017

Anything Can Happen

by Matthew Steeples

5,000 acre Irish estate where “anything can happen” for sale for £24.1 million; its current owner would prefer a buyer who’ll allow him to use it for three months a year   Michael Jackson hid out at Luggala in County Wicklow, Ireland in 2006 for three months after being cleared of child molestation charges and … Continue reading “Anything Can Happen”

January 12, 2017

A Serpentine Summer House

by Matthew Steeples

Serpentine Galleries summerhouse originally installed in Kensington Gardens for sale – it’ll cost you a bit more than what you might find down at B&Q   Each summer, since the year 2000, the Serpentine Galleries have commissioned what they term a ‘pavilion’ to stand alongside their original gallery in Kensington Gardens. These have varied from … Continue reading “A Serpentine Summer House”

December 1, 2016

A Tremendous Triangle

by Matthew Steeples

Iconic modernist house in Connecticut by renowned architect John Black Lee reduced in price by 60%   Award winning architect John Black Lee (1924 – 2016) was born in Chicago and took influence from the ‘Harvard Five’ architects Marcel Breur and Philip C. Johnson. He built, for his own occupation, a house 48 miles outside … Continue reading “A Tremendous Triangle”

May 15, 2016

Reducing a stately

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Sir John Soane designed country house Tyringham Hall reduced in price by 30%

May 3, 2016

Modern Millicent

by Matthew Steeples

Modern Georgian style country house for sale for £19.5 million – complete with bowling alley and ‘Indian room’ with LED ‘night sky’ ceiling

February 27, 2016

Three umbrellas

by Matthew Steeples

‘Million Dollar Listing’s’ Justin Fichelson lists £12.6 million Carmel estate used by Ferrari and Pagani during the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

February 6, 2016

Moving a mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Washington’s oldest house – which was originally located in Massachusetts – for sale

May 27, 2015

Scandal

by Matthew Steeples

A £25 million Westminster house that was the scene of all things scandalous

May 21, 2015

Five of the Best: Rambling ruins

by Matthew Steeples

Five British mansions that require new owners with bottomless pockets for sale at prices from £950,000 to over £10 million

May 18, 2015

Greeks and Aristos on Sloane Square

by Matthew Steeples

A £7.975 million apartment above Colbert on Sloane Square provides indication of the playground for the international super-rich that Chelsea has become

April 22, 2015

Leon Max (born Leonid Maxovich Rodovinksi)

by General

Having become “more British than the British” after paying £15 million for Easton Neston House at Towcester in Northamptonshire in 2005, Leon Max got what he described as “a smoking deal” when he snapped up Madonna’s former home 

February 24, 2015

A new Dawn

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s’ Dawn Ward attempts to sell her tastelessly decorated “Footballers’ Wives-style” home for £12 million

September 22, 2014

Old and new

by Matthew Steeples

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).

September 5, 2014

Stabling Frankie

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori puts his Voysey designed country house up for sale   Champion jockey Frankie Dettori is best known for his “flying dismounts” and for having won seven out of seven races at Ascot in 1996. He currently lives at Stetchworth on the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border near Newmarket but is now selling his home there.

July 29, 2014

Taking in a Panorama

by Matthew Steeples

A £6.9 million home in “Britain’s Monte Carlo”   Whilst London has “Billionaires Row” in the form of Kensington Palace Gardens, the coastal county of Dorset has an equivalent in the form of the Sandbanks Peninsula – known locally as “Millionaires Row”. Property prices here are said to be the fourth highest on the planet

June 19, 2014

Mansions for £1

by Matthew Steeples

An English country house that sold for a £1 and a Scottish mansion with an asking price of just £1   Downton Abbey addicts take note: For the same price as a double cheeseburger on McDonald’s saver menu you could live like the Earl and Countess Grantham if you bought a Georgian mansion in Chirnside … Continue reading “Mansions for £1”

December 30, 2013

Naff off

by Matthew Steeples

Central London is losing its character   A house in Pelham Street for £105 million, Tamara Ecclestone spends £1 million on a bathtub and Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews racks up a bar bill of £450,000. These are all headlines we’ve featured recently that illustrate the nonsensical world that has become The Royal Borough of … Continue reading “Naff off”

December 12, 2013

A house that hasn’t sold in 14 years

by Matthew Steeples

‘Cotswold style’ mansion dramatically reduced in price after 14 years on the market   Americans love all things British and they especially love to replicate our architecture. In the Northern Californian town of Hillsborough, a fine example is a 35,000 square foot mansion named The Tobin Clark Estate.

September 29, 2013

Selling the V&A

by Matthew Steeples

Forthcoming V&A exhibition questions London’s property bubble   A 25-metre hoarding outside the V&A announces that this “unique property at [a] prime cultural heritage location” is for sale. However, before “Angry of Tunbridge Wells” erupts, it must be added that the advert is just a stunt. The poster is for a major new installation named … Continue reading “Selling the V&A”

September 19, 2013

The Politics, The Powerhouses, The People

by Matthew Steeples

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August 19, 2013

Let It Go

by Matthew Steeples

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw sell Tennessee farm   If you’re buying in London with a budget of £13 million, you could get a 4-bedroom apartment in Chesham Place, Belgravia. In Franklin, Tennessee for the same amount you’d get a lot more bang for your buck if you were to buy “country music power couple” … Continue reading “Let It Go”

August 16, 2013

All hail vulgarity

by Matthew Steeples

21st century gauche replaces 20th century elegance   A hidden enclave opposite the V&A museum in South Kensington was home to two of the twentieth century’s most fascinating individuals. London club owner and arbiter of good taste Mark Birley lived at Thurloe Lodge for nearly thirty years until his death in 2007 and for a … Continue reading “All hail vulgarity”

July 28, 2013

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

by Matthew Steeples

The former home of renowned Kendalian architect George Webster comes to the market   Eller How House, the home where one of the North of England’s finest architects of the 19th century, George Webster (1797 – 1864), lived and died, has recently come to the market at a price of £1,450,000.

June 2, 2013

A happy mansion

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £18 million Sir John Soane designed Tyringham Hall   Property developer Anton Bilton and his Brooklyn born wife Lisa Barbuscia-Bilton (better known as Lisa B.) bought the Sir John Soane designed Tyringham Hall in Buckinghamshire for £2.5 million in 2001. They’ve recently put it on the market at the staggering price … Continue reading “A happy mansion”

May 17, 2013

A Northern Downton

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of one of the North of England’s finest Georgian homes   Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey has undoubtedly led to a revival in interest in English country houses both in Britain and America and now with the sale of Burrow Hall in the Lune Valley in Lancashire, there is an opportunity to acquire one … Continue reading “A Northern Downton”

February 15, 2013

Oliver Gerrish: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks musician and architectural historian Oliver Gerrish: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My guiding force is optimism.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Wealth and fame”! Just joking, I think that … Continue reading “Oliver Gerrish: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 4, 2012

Tom Ford

by Matthew Steeples

This Texan born designer and film director turned around the fortunes of Gucci and YSL and had a huge success with A Single Man. A fixture at New York’s Studio 54, his designs are hugely influenced by the club’s disco-era glamour and his love of all things black and square. Ford met his journalist partner, … Continue reading “Tom Ford”

November 3, 2012

Post-Fordism

by Matthew Steeples

The flexible £12.75 million former home of Tom Ford   Number 26 Gilston Road in London’s SW10 is a property that has been on and off the market repeatedly in recent years. On each and every occasion it has been promoted as the “former home of the fashion icon Tom Ford” and though he hasn’t … Continue reading “Post-Fordism”

October 31, 2012

Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks hotelier and chairman of Bespoke Hotels Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Hunger.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “While I breath, I hope.”   Kerry Katona was considered … Continue reading “Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 25, 2012

Oliver Estreich: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks contemporary artist and founder of theNativeSociety Oliver Estreich: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Creativity and sex.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Think rich, look poor” and “Nothing exceeds like … Continue reading “Oliver Estreich: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 24, 2012

Wafic Saïd

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire was born in Damascus in 1939 and declares his loves to be music, architecture, art and horse racing. His home is the £50 million neo-Georgian mansion Tusmore Park near Bicester in Oxfordshire and he supposedly paid Robbie Williams in excess of a million to perform at his daughter’s May 2012 wedding to PR … Continue reading “Wafic Saïd”

July 19, 2012

Hospitality’s game changers

by Oliver Estreich

Sixteen rising stars in hospitality in New York by Oliver Estreich   In the first of a series, we profile the up and coming achievers working in hospitality in New York:   Miranda Mancuso: A lifelong New Yorker and graduate of the Brearley School, Miranda Mancuso’s interest in the hotel industry led her to the … Continue reading “Hospitality’s game changers”

May 29, 2012

Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah

by Matthew Steeples

The nephew of Kuwait’s Amir first introduced his Villa Moda “luxury bazaar” concept in 1992 in a $20 million glass box on the outskirts of Kuwait City. This “Sheikh of Chic” has subsequently revolutionised shopping in the region and is widely lauded as “one of the suavest men on the fashion scene.” Here is a … Continue reading “Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah”

May 24, 2012

Oliver Estreich

by Matthew Steeples

This New Yorker founded theNativeSociety private social networking website that cleverly brings together the most exceptional individuals under the age of 40. Oliver Estreich is also involved in the hospitality division of his father’s architecture practice, David Estreich Architects, and lists his favourite author as Bret Easton Ellis. Here is a gent who brings style … Continue reading “Oliver Estreich”

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