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Tag: estate agency

September 10, 2018

A Rental Ruin

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea estate agent optimistically markets an £850 per week house with unpainted walls and an exposed gas meter by announcing: “It does have a new boiler”   Other than the legendary Roy Brooks, the only honest man in his game, estate agents will be optimistic about just about anything. A bit of damp: “no problem”; … Continue reading “A Rental Ruin”

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 9, 2017

Moving Jobs

by Matthew Steeples

Your Move estate agency employee sues firm for constructive dismissal and sexual harassment after boss allegedly offered him a blowjob if he hit targets   An estate agency firm took rewards for good performance to another level if allegations made in a Croydon courtroom this week are to be believed.   According to The Sun, … Continue reading “Moving Jobs”

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 6, 2016

A catch at Cornbury

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed 40,000 square foot Oxfordshire stately home on the market for just £3.6 million – but inevitably there’s a catch

April 30, 2016

No regrets

by Matthew Steeples

Idyllic former home of Édith Piaf for sale for £3.5 million

April 14, 2016

Donning The Enterprise

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of ‘Don who’s Donna at night’ for sale for £3 million – in spite of the fact it needs renovation

April 4, 2016

A kind estate

by Matthew Steeples

Untouched North Yorkshire estate with 2,116 acres and 44 houses for sale for £20 million for the first time in 150 years

April 3, 2016

A merchant’s lodge

by Matthew Steeples

Georgian house in Lancashire will appeal to George Osborne’s new northern wealth

March 14, 2016

An apartment with extras

by Matthew Steeples

£60 million New York condo offered with extras including a pair of Rolls Royce Phantoms and a yacht

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 26, 2016

Studios on the up?

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny Knightsbridge studio on the market for the bonkers sum of £1.375 million or £3,000 per square foot will set a new record if it sells for its asking price

February 8, 2016

A contemporary castle

by Matthew Steeples

Welsh castle with a difference for sale for £3.9 million

January 29, 2016

Alison Platt

by General

A “trolley dolly” turned CEO of Britain’s biggest estate agency, Alison Platt sees no difference between selling bleach and houses.

January 19, 2016

Colditz comes to Shropshire

by Matthew Steeples

Shropshire cottage with a most unusual secret for sale for just shy of £200,000

December 29, 2015

Parking a handbag

by Matthew Steeples

Uncovered Chelsea parking space for sale for a staggering £70,000

December 11, 2015

Two into one

by Matthew Steeples

Low-built £11.95 million Belgravia residence created by merging two properties into one is illustrative of how the total housing stock in the city’s most elite areas is being depleted

December 9, 2015

A hidden place

by Matthew Steeples

Unusual South Kensington artist’s studio in hidden mews for sale

November 28, 2015

A cultural cottage

by Matthew Steeples

Cottage orné complete with its own former chapel for sale in a cultural haunt made famous by Benjamin Britten and Sir Peter Pears

November 4, 2015

Taking bijou to another level

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington studio with what are described as “two sleeping areas” hits the market for a staggering £1.195 million or £1,950 per square foot

October 5, 2015

Cleaning up

by Matthew Steeples

£56 million EuroMillions winners to sell their £4.5 million Cotswolds “eco mansion” – Viewers would do well to not mention cleaners

September 1, 2015

Fire up the PJ

by Matthew Steeples

£45.7 million Virginia estate of the late Paul and Bunny Mellon complete with its own private one-mile long airstrip now available in lots

August 15, 2015

Let there be light

by Matthew Steeples

Devon lighthouse for sale for £450,000 – accessible only by helicopter, on foot or using a utility terrain vehicle

July 28, 2015

Beaten by Bloomberg

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Bloomberg offers £2 million above the £15 million asking price to see off three other bidders and buys George Eliot’s house by the River Thames

July 26, 2015

Pioneering pizza

by Matthew Steeples

Pioneer of pizza in Britain places £1.15 million Lancashire home on the market

July 25, 2015

Slash and die

by Matthew Steeples

Asking price of Californian estate cut by £37.8 million; condition of owner being allowed to live there until he dies removed

July 9, 2015

From Russia with Cash

by Matthew Steeples

Anyone who watches Channel 4’s ‘From Russia With Cash’ will agree that it is now time for estate agents to be regulated suggests Matthew Steeples

June 27, 2015

Your lease is up

by Matthew Steeples

Unmodernised Knightsbridge flat for sale for the equivalent of a staggering £1,500 per day

June 15, 2015

The art of selling

by Matthew Steeples

A £30 million Mayfair apartment for an art lover that is being marketed by way of an extraordinarily detailed 69-page sales brochure

June 13, 2015

Trimming Trimdon

by Matthew Steeples

Tony Blair’s former home heads to auction for £35,000 less than he sold it for in 2010

June 5, 2015

The Writers’ Block

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of Ian Fleming that is currently owned by Sol Campbell for sale for £6.75 million

June 3, 2015

If you’re bored of Miami Beach…

by Matthew Steeples

Calvin Klein is bored of living in the “resort” of Miami Beach and has placed his £10.4 million home on the market

June 1, 2015

Raising the bar

by Matthew Steeples

A Shelter Island Heights home with quite possibly the best home bar ever comes to the market for £1.2 million

May 30, 2015

Far from moderation

by Matthew Steeples

American diet guru Jenny Craig’s ocean side residence remains on the market for £25.9 million after one year for sale – it is anything but a symbol of moderation

May 28, 2015

A fruity price

by Matthew Steeples

Minute 1-bedroom Knightsbridge mews house comes to the market for an astounding £3.75 million

May 27, 2015

Scandal

by Matthew Steeples

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

May 25, 2015

A feudal manor

by Matthew Steeples

Dorset mansion built by Bastards that has been the setting of a bitter familial feud for sale for the first time since 1846

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 20, 2015

Maxing the council

by Matthew Steeples

A £1.15 million ex-council flat sums up just how bonkers the Chelsea property market truly is

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 25, 2015

The Charge of the Cheque Book

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Victorian Isle of Wight mansion connected to The Charge of the Light Brigade for sale – Only those with large cheque books need apply

Live like Eloise

by Matthew Steeples

Suite at New York hotel The Plaza available for £2.6 million – the catch: you can only use it 120 days per year

April 17, 2015

Jordan Edwards

by General

A graduate of Northeastern University, Jordan Edwards became president of the Mixology Clothing Company, the owner of the Gainsborough Group e-commerce development company and vice-president of the Chart Organization during his 20s.

April 5, 2015

Bunking down

by Matthew Steeples

Converted Cold War nuclear bunker on the edge of London for sale for £3.5 million

Meyer moves

by Matthew Steeples

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

April 2, 2015

Debrah Lee Charatan

by General

With a self-professed desire to be “a female Harry Helmsley”, Debrah Lee Charatan was destined for a successful career in real estate in New York in the 1980s.

March 29, 2015

Mount Vernon: The real Southfork

by Matthew Steeples

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

March 28, 2015

Emir Bahadir

by General

A co-founder of the RLTYNYC real estate brokerage and of Turkish ancestry, Emir Bahadir is a graduate of New York University.

March 23, 2015

Doing Justice

by Matthew Steeples

An 18th century former court house in Chelsea is for sale for £14.5 million or available to rent at £10,000 per week

March 8, 2015

Making a mews

by Matthew Steeples

Lennox Gardens Mews house for sale for £5.8 million

Flooding Woodside

by Matthew Steeples

£46.4 million Woodside estate remains for sale despite £10.1 million price cut

March 7, 2015

Houses of the Holy

by Matthew Steeples

Jimmy Page wins planning dispute with neighbour Robbie Williams

March 5, 2015

Delisted

by Matthew Steeples

A £7.9 million Hertfordshire mansion that isn’t quite what it seems

January 9, 2015

Taking The Talisman

by Matthew Steeples

Lateral penthouse available to rent in conversion of former Art Deco garage in Fulham for the staggering sum of £6,500 per week

December 24, 2014

Squaring the cash

by Matthew Steeples

Buy an Eaton Square flat for the equivalent of £146 per day – and get the bonus of living next door to James Stunt

October 24, 2014

Fortunes and footballers

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “Fortunes and footballers”

October 8, 2014

Northern glory

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “Northern glory”

October 2, 2014

One up

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “One up”

One down

by Matthew Steeples

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.

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.

September 2, 2014

Sun, sand and salt

by Matthew Steeples

 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 … Continue reading “Sun, sand and salt”

August 26, 2014

Squalor in South Ken

by Matthew Steeples

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.

August 21, 2014

Citizen of the Manor

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “Citizen of the Manor”

August 13, 2014

Knickering a realtor

by Matthew Steeples

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.

August 11, 2014

America’s Downton

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “America’s Downton”

August 9, 2014

Confusing a castle

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “Confusing a castle”

August 7, 2014

A mean mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Former residence of Leona Helmsley comes to the market   Leona Helmsley didn’t do “little”. She lived by the belief that “only the little people pay taxes” and housed herself in a vast mansion on a 40-acre plot in Connecticut. Helmsley died at the house in 2007 and it is now once again for sale

July 30, 2014

Perfectly British

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity to create your own version of Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds   For a mere £27 million you can currently purchase a 6-bedroomed mews house in Reeves Mews in Mayfair. Alternatively, a buyer with the same sum to hand could splash out on something a little grander, a 774.32 acre Cotswold estate complete … Continue reading “Perfectly British”

July 29, 2014

Larry and Leigh’s love nest

by Matthew Steeples

Small, unmodernised former home of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh for sale for the extraordinary figure of £7.5 million   Built in 1850, Durham Cottage in Christchurch Street, Chelsea is a house “hidden behind a high dusty brick wall” that was the love nest of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh between 1937 and 1956. Now, in … Continue reading “Larry and Leigh’s love nest”

July 12, 2014

Buying to bank

by Matthew Steeples

As well known buy-to-let tycoons Fergus and Judith Wilson sell up, we ask: “Has the British property market peaked?”   Known as “Baron and Baroness Buy-to-Let”, Fergus and Judith Wilson were the kind of role models those who watch daytime shows such as Homes Under the Hammer aspired to be. With this week’s announcement that they’re … Continue reading “Buying to bank”

July 11, 2014

Drugs and Dents

by Matthew Steeples

A Cumbrian mansion built by opium traders and more recently used by cannabis growers comes to the market for just £1.5 million   Built by the well-known Dent family, who made their fortune trading both tea and opium, Flass is a vast 23,000 square foot Palladian mansion on the outskirts of the village of Maulds … Continue reading “Drugs and Dents”

June 2, 2014

Cinematic bliss

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of film director Richard Attenborough for sale for £12.75 million   The Academy Award winning actor, producer and director Lord Attenborough is best known for his roles in such hits as The Great Escape, Gandhi and 10 Rillington Place but it was at Old Friars, his home of many years in Richmond, Surrey, … Continue reading “Cinematic bliss”

May 8, 2014

A fine classical country house

by Matthew Steeples

£8 million Morley Hall combines traditional style with a home fit for modern living   Morley Hall is a Georgian country house to the east of Ware in Hertfordshire. This fine residence is worthy of note as it was remodeled in the Palladian style by the renowned classical architect Raymond Erith

May 3, 2014

Take Owen

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of Take That’s Mark Owen for sale   In 1996, at the age of just 24, Mark Owen paid £300,000 for Leck Hill House, near Kirkby Lonsdale on the borders of Lancashire and Cumbria. At the time, The Mirror described how he’d “fallen in love” with the house and we can see why.

April 13, 2014

From the ashes

by Matthew Steeples

One of England’s finest estates comes to the market for £25 to £30 million   The scene of the tragic deaths of the Conservative MP Michael Colvin and his wife Nicola in 2000 in a fire, Tangley House, near Andover in Hampshire subsequently had to be demolished. A new house was constructed on the site … Continue reading “From the ashes”

April 11, 2014

Footing the castle

by Matthew Steeples

Own a castle (for just twenty years) for £850,000   Trematon Castle near Saltash in Cornwall is a house that I stayed in about ten years ago when it belonged to a friend of mine’s family. It was sold subsequently and now it is on the market once again.

February 28, 2014

Handeling a house

by Matthew Steeples

One of Britain’s finest Queen Anne residences comes to the market   On the market for the first time in 600 years, Grade I listed Malmesbury House in Salisbury, Wiltshire has rightly been described as a “jewel box” of a house.

February 21, 2014

A dictator’s dream

by Matthew Steeples

50,000 square foot Utah mansion that would suit an exiled dictator or lottery lout   Money and taste don’t necessarily go together and no more is this rule proven than in a $30 million (£18 million) Utah mansion

December 31, 2013

Pottery and drama

by Matthew Steeples

£3 million castle once owned by the Wedgewood family comes to the market   Robin MacDonald, the current owner of Caverswall Castle in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire is a man once described as “having it all”. He’s also a man who plainly attracts drama and with the sale of his castle, a new chapter looms for his … Continue reading “Pottery and drama”

December 23, 2013

A Prodigy house

by Matthew Steeples

A country seat with a prodigious history   Historic Brereton Hall in Brereton, Cheshire is a fine Elizabethan country house but one that has been sadly separated from much of its original estate.

December 21, 2013

A classic English home

by Matthew Steeples

A former rectory that truly is a classic English home   Old rectories and vicarages are the things of novels: Jeffrey Archer lives in one near Cambridge that was previously the home of the poet Rupert Brooke and Joanna Trollope waxes lyrical about them regularly.

December 20, 2013

I’m out

by Matthew Steeples

Duncan Bannatyne slices £100,000 off asking price of his former marital home   Listed in June 2013 for £899,000 according to Zoopla and now reduced to £799,995, Duncan Bannatyne OBE’s troubles with selling his home near Middlesbrough were detailed in yesterday’s ‘City Diary’ in The Telegraph.

December 18, 2013

Messing about on the Mouette

by Matthew Steeples

A houseboat in Chelsea for £795,000   Ratty, Mole, Mr. Badger and Mr. Toad in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows lived by the belief that: “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”. Whomever purchases the M.S. Mouette, a converted former passenger ferry … Continue reading “Messing about on the Mouette”

October 14, 2013

Harry’s House of Secrets

by Matthew Steeples

‘Harry Potter’ director Chris Columbus sells up in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights   Harry Potter director Chris Columbus is selling his £8,128,000 ($12,995,000) Italianate style San Francisco home.

September 30, 2013

Downturning

by Matthew Steeples

A home worthy of any ‘Downton’ devotee is marketed for £6,500,000 less than it was previously promoted for in 2008   With Downton Abbey back on our screens, Brits are waxing lyrical about life in country houses whilst our American cousins are already bemoaning that they won’t get to see the latest series until January. … Continue reading “Downturning”

September 29, 2013

Raw at the River

by Matthew Steeples

62,000 square foot apartment at New York’s The River House comes to the market for £80.5 million   Apartments don’t normally come with indoor tennis courts but if the proposed conversion of the former River Club within New York’s River House co-operative goes ahead, what will surely be one of the world’s most ludicrous properties … Continue reading “Raw at the River”

September 24, 2013

Receiving Broadwell

by Matthew Steeples

One of the UK’s most stunning repossessions, sold for £9.3 million in 2012, comes to the market for just £6.95 million   Law of Property Act Receivers act for banks and private lenders when the terms of mortgages are not met. Broadwell Manor in Gloucestershire is not the kind of house one would normally associate … Continue reading “Receiving Broadwell”

September 13, 2013

If I Were You

by Matthew Steeples

One of Chelsea’s most important modernist houses comes to the market   Built for the parliamentarian and playwright Benn Levy and his actress wife and designed by the Bauhaus school founder Walter Gropius, 66 Old Church Street is one of Chelsea’s most significant modernist houses. It’s no wonder that, even though in need of renovation, … Continue reading “If I Were You”

September 10, 2013

Fire sale in One Hyde Park

by Matthew Steeples

Repossessed flat comes to the market in Candy & Candy’s One Hyde Park   This morning, Spear’s Wealth Management’s Josh Spero reported that a repossessed one bedroomed flat was for sale in Knightsbridge’s One Hyde Park for £5.25 million. Given that flats there have sold for upto £140 million, this is most definitely somewhat of … Continue reading “Fire sale in One Hyde Park”

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”

July 19, 2013

Peter Wetherell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Peter Wetherell, Mayfair’s leading estate agent   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The revival of Mayfair as the best residential village of what is now called “Prime Central London” (PCL).   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? … Continue reading “Peter Wetherell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 13, 2013

Five of the best: Compact living

by Matthew Steeples

Living on a small scale in Central London   Space is at a premium in Central London, so here we share five of the best one bedroom apartments currently on the market. Prices range from £725,000 to an astounding £6,950,000.   B.03.3, One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, SW1X – £6,950,000 The highest priced apartment in this … Continue reading “Five of the best: Compact living”

Linked in more ways than one

by Matthew Steeples

The links between Owen Oyston, William Roache and Stuart Hall   Board meetings of Ridings Publishing Company Limited and its subsidiaries and Oystons Limited must have featured some interesting conversations as at them three well-known men were eligible to attend. Those three men, as of today, variously have served a jail sentence for rape, been … Continue reading “Linked in more ways than one”

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