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August 18, 2017

Flying a White Elephant

by Matthew Steeples

Orange County mega-estate sold last for £14 million on an original asking price of £67 million offered for sale again for £43 million after death of owner   The largest residential estate on the Newport Coast of California is back on the market. One Pelican Hill Road North in Newport Beach – alternatively known as … Continue reading “Flying a White Elephant”

August 10, 2017

Tales of The Tube

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington house for sale for £4 million in spite of being literally right next to a noisy London Underground line   Estate agents are not known for honesty but Strutt & Parker certainly neglected a key detail when preparing particulars for a £3.95 million ($5.13 million, €4.38 million or درهم18.83 million) property in Pelham … Continue reading “Tales of The Tube”

August 6, 2017

Parking a Farmhouse

by Matthew Steeples

Listed Cumbrian time warp farmhouse goes on sale for less than the price of an open-air parking space in London, W2   A detached, 17th century farmhouse in Cumbria’s Eden Valley has gone on sale for just £290,000 ($378,000, €321,000 or درهم1.4 million) or £10,000 less than the price of an open-air car parking space … Continue reading “Parking a Farmhouse”

July 9, 2017

Breaking For Gold

by Matthew Steeples

Thatched seaside cottage in West Sussex for sale; it has a plot laid out in the style of the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning garden of 1936   A thatched seaside cottage on what has been described as “the Sussex Riviera” has gone on sale for £3.25 million ($4.19 million, €3.67 million or درهم15.39 … Continue reading “Breaking For Gold”

June 19, 2017

The Pumpkin House

by Matthew Steeples

Eccentric Hudson Heights, New York cliffside residence for sale for £3.33 million; at certain times of day it resembles a pumpkin   16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York certainly doesn’t sound like an inspirational place to live. Though mention of this address won’t set pulses racing and despite one previous owner joking: “It’s not … Continue reading “The Pumpkin House”

June 15, 2017

Peaking in Pacific Heights

by Matthew Steeples

Indication of booming realty market in San Francisco provided in the form of a Pacific Heights pad offered for sale for 1,503% more than it sold 20 years ago   A detached house in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights that dates to 1906 has gone on sale for a sum £9.8 million higher than it sold … Continue reading “Peaking in Pacific Heights”

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

Flop or Fly?

by Matthew Steeples

London estate agents launch three properties priced over £25 million each on General Election day   Pundits may be referencing worrying times ahead in Britain’s post-Brexit economy, but London’s top tier estate agents have come out all guns blazing on General Election day and launched a series of jaw droppingly priced properties.   In Knightsbridge’s … Continue reading “Flop or Fly?”

June 6, 2017

A House of Hide

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Kent townhouse for sale for just £166 per square foot; a similarly sized property in Knightsbridge would set you back £2,000 per square foot   A freehold 2,500 square foot detached 15th century timber framed house just 23 miles south of London has gone on sale for the lowly sum of £166 … Continue reading “A House of Hide”

May 25, 2017

An Epic Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish sporting estate, once home to Sir Walter Scott, for sale; it comes with nearly two miles of fishing on the River Tweed, 863 acres of land and seven houses   The Scottish estate where Sir Walter Scott, Bt. (1771 – 1732) wrote his narrative poems Lay of the Minstrel and The Lady of the … Continue reading “An Epic Estate”

May 23, 2017

Belgravia in Bloom

by Matthew Steeples

Grand Belgravia apartment – complete with a garden that wouldn’t look out of place at the Chelsea Flower Show – for sale   As thousands of garden lovers visit the Chelsea Flower Show this week, an individual with £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) to spare could acquire a more permanent horticultural … Continue reading “Belgravia in Bloom”

May 20, 2017

Basement It Like Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Former Algerian Embassy in Holland Park for sale for £30 million; the detached stucco house needs complete renovation and counts David and Victoria Beckham as neighbours   The former Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in Holland Park, W11 has just been placed for sale for the sum of £30 million ($39.1 million, … Continue reading “Basement It Like Beckham”

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 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 6, 2017

A £70k Shed

by Matthew Steeples

Pint sized studio house for sale for £70,000; it’s unmortgageable and undoubtedly “one of Britain’s smallest detached properties”   A glorified garden shed in Edgeley, Stockport has gone on sale for £70,000 ($90,900, €82,600 or درهم333,800). Available only to cash buyers as it is “not deemed a suitable security for mortgage lending purposes”, the 176 … Continue reading “A £70k Shed”

May 3, 2017

Little Italy

by Matthew Steeples

English country house style flat in Earl’s Court complete with Italianate garden for sale   A ground and basement maisonette in Earl’s Court with a garden reminiscent of Tuscany has gone on sale for £2.25 million ($2.90 million, €2.66 million or درهم10.65 million).   The 1,503 square foot flat in Penywern Road, Earl’s Court is … Continue reading “Little Italy”

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 24, 2017

A Serious Shed

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington flat with ‘summer house’ shed for sale for £3.25 million   An apartment in Malvern Court, SW7 has gone on the market for £3.25 million ($4.2 million, €3.9 million or درهم15.3 million). It comes with an extra one wouldn’t expect to find with a pre-war mansion block flat just by South Kensington Underground … Continue reading “A Serious Shed”

April 20, 2017

A Homely Castle

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s smallest castle is for sale; it comes with 10 acres, a 44 million gallon moat and a narrow boat   Last marketed in 2003 for £1 million (the equivalent of £1.45 million, $1.86 million, €1.73 million or درهم6.83 million today), what is allegedly Britain’s smallest castle is back for sale for the slightly higher … Continue reading “A Homely Castle”

April 17, 2017

Checkmate

by Matthew Steeples

Former Lancashire farmhouse for sale for £1.69 million complete with giant chessboard   Until recently used as a holiday cottage rental, Low House at Eskrigge in Lancashire is described by selling agents Matthews Benjamin as “a joy to behold”.     Dating to the late 17th century and originally a farmhouse and barn, this 4,490 … Continue reading “Checkmate”

April 16, 2017

A Federal Find

by Matthew Steeples

Federal-style New York townhouse for sale for £3.982 million; the West Village was previously the Home of the Sons and Daughters of Israel   A 2,212 square foot townhouse dating to 1833 on sale in New York comes with quite a history. Built in the Federal-style by a cartman named John C. Blauvelt, the property … Continue reading “A Federal Find”

April 15, 2017

Witchfinders and Watermills

by Matthew Steeples

Picturesque watermill used in ‘The Witchfinder General’ and ‘Dad’s Army’ for sale   Witches and water don’t have an affinity – with dunking being a common form of punishment for suspects in the 16th and 17th centuries – and at The Watermill on the River Black Bourn at Ixworth in Suffolk, just such activity occurred … Continue reading “Witchfinders and Watermills”

April 6, 2017

Dining without Toto

by Matthew Steeples

Former Toto’s site in Lennox Gardens Mews, Knightsbridge to become a “contemporary Japanese” restaurant named Dinings   In April 2014, just off Walton Street in Knightsbridge’s Lennox Gardens Mews, Toto’s prepared to reopen after a £3 million makeover at the behest of a new Indian owner. In spite of serving the most delicious Italian food, … Continue reading “Dining without Toto”

March 31, 2017

A Blank Canvas

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea “studio with living rooms” built for Augustus John and later owned by Dame Grace Fields DBE available to rent   Though the Pembrokeshire born artist, bohemian and pacifist Augustus John (1878 – 1961) was best known for his portraits of Lawrence of Arabia and Dylan Thomas, he is also said to have fathered as … Continue reading “A Blank Canvas”

March 23, 2017

Painting & Poetry

by Matthew Steeples

North Yorkshire mill house complete with its own valley for sale; Wordsworth waxed lyrical about its setting and Turner painted it   Described as “a delightful and delicious valley” by the Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) in 1799 in a letter to his friend and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834), … Continue reading “Painting & Poetry”

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”

January 22, 2017

A Happy House

by Matthew Steeples

Berkshire country house named “Gays” for sale   Not connected with the LGBT community in any way, but in fact named after a man named John Gays, “Gays” at Holyport, near Maidenhead in Berkshire dates to around 1456 and is currently for sale for £5.95 million ($7.36 million, €6.88 million or درهم27.05 million).     … Continue reading “A Happy House”

January 11, 2017

A Village Ideal

by Matthew Steeples

Unlisted 18th century Georgian residence near Badminton for sale; ideal for those looking to quit the rat race   City dwellers and commuters regularly dream of quitting the rat race for a life in the country and when they watch programmes like Escape to the Country and Downton Abbey, they see an idealised vision of … Continue reading “A Village Ideal”

December 7, 2016

Living on a Prayer

by Matthew Steeples

Converted Methodist chapel in Wiltshire for sale   Currently used as a “highly successful” holiday let, The Old Chapel at Lacock, near Chippenham in Wiltshire is for sale for £600,0000 ($755,000 or €703,000 or درهم‎‎2.8 million).   A former Methodist chapel, the 2,725 square foot property includes accommodation over three floors and currently features 4 … Continue reading “Living on a Prayer”

May 21, 2016

One family from new

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed house in Northern Ireland offered for sale for the first time since it was built in 1620

May 9, 2016

Tickets please

by Matthew Steeples

Converted former station in Yorkshire with holiday units created from train carriages for sale for £795,000

January 14, 2016

Picture of the Week: Flooding Clooney

by Matthew Steeples

As the Berkshire bolthole of George Clooney is hit by the latest round of flooding, we imagine he’ll be turning to his favourite Nespresso phrase: “What else?”

December 9, 2015

A hidden place

by Matthew Steeples

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

November 27, 2015

Grand gardening

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington communal garden offered for sale for the staggering sum of £175,000

September 16, 2015

Five of the Best: Artists’ studios

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Steeple Times’ chooses five artists’ studios for sale that will appeal to creatives with significant means

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 20, 2015

The justice of house prices

by Matthew Steeples

If a house on Justice Walk in Chelsea sells for its asking price, it will have risen in value by a staggering 817% in 19 years

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

June 6, 2015

Britain’s most expensive hut?

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny converted hut in the Lake District placed on the market for the same price as a flat in Kensington, London

June 5, 2015

Christine Walkden

by General

Christine Walkden describes herself as a “gardener, horticulturist, plantswoman, lecturer, trainer, garden centre advisor, tour leader and guide, broadcaster, writer and photographer”.

May 25, 2015

James Wong

by General

Ethnobotanist, TV presenter and garden designer James Wong is the author of Grow Your Own Drugs.

April 5, 2015

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

September 24, 2014

You’ve been fenced!

by Matthew Steeples

‘Daily Mail’ publishes a non-story about a couple who are wrongly claiming to being “held prisoner” by their neighbours

July 5, 2014

Flying trees

by Matthew Steeples

Petra Stunt flies in mature trees from Holland for the grounds of her new London mansion   The daughter of billionaire F1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone, Petra Stunt, is never one to do things by halves and in her alterations to the £70 million Sloane House in Old Church Street, Chelsea she’s certainly pulled the stops … Continue reading “Flying trees”

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”

August 19, 2013

George’s debut

by Matthew Steeples

First pictures of Prince George leaked   The first official pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, Prince George, were meant to be released on Tuesday 20th August on Twitter. They leaked out a day earlier.

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”

May 21, 2013

The tribes looking for CFS

by Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker goes in search of the ten tribes paying homage to a centenary of flower power at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show   Yesterday I attended the press day for the 100th anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show. Gnomes have been allowed for the first time, but many of the celebrities who attend … Continue reading “The tribes looking for CFS”

May 14, 2013

Five of the best: Deals for those visiting the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times suggests five of the best deals to accompany the RHS Chelsea Flower Show   ‘The Season’ is nearly upon us and we at The Steeple Times especially look forward to a number of events. Our favourite has to be Masterpiece (26th June to 3rd July) but we also love the RHS Chelsea … Continue reading “Five of the best: Deals for those visiting the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show”

March 27, 2013

Taking a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a historic £22 million residence on London’s Cheyne Walk   Cheyne Walk in Chelsea is amongst the addresses that an estate agent would describe as “the most sought after in London”. Up there in the company of the Bishops Avenue, Grosvenor Square and Cadogan Square, it has moved from having been home … Continue reading “Taking a view”

March 9, 2013

Five of the best: Treehouses

by Matthew Steeples

Five of the best palaces in the trees   When one thinks of treehouses, one generally imagines pretty rudimentary creations built out of old boards and bits of rope. Now, though, treehouses are becoming more and more extravagant. As individuals such as J. K. Rowling and the Duchess of Northumberland construct vast palaces in the … Continue reading “Five of the best: Treehouses”

November 26, 2012

Beverly Cohen

by Matthew Steeples

Co-owner of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills with her husband R. J., Cohen is of surprisingly humble origins. She grew up on a chicken farm in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to LA with her divorced mother aged 13 when she opened a Kosher chicken killing plant on Santa Monica Boulevard. This hardworking lady now … Continue reading “Beverly Cohen”

November 19, 2012

Move It Like Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Another rumoured sale of “Beckingham Palace” is reported   November 2012: In March this year, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times looked into reports that David and Victoria Beckham would be selling their Hertfordshire home, Rowneybury House (better known as “Beckingham Palace”). For all the talk of that sale, as far as we are … Continue reading “Move It Like Beckham”

November 15, 2012

Liz Jones

by Matthew Steeples

This mouthpiece was born in Rettendon, Essex in 1958 and vents bile on all manner of subjects. Articles such as: “Why don’t more women moan like me?” and “Liz Jones’ baby craving drove her to steal husband’s sperm in ultimate deception” are frankly illustrative of why she’s so unpopular. After she got banned from the … Continue reading “Liz Jones”

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

November 12, 2012

The battleaxe in the Beemer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines the truth behind Liz Jones giving up on her “rural idyll”   The Mail’s Liz Jones is a waspish woman who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Those who’ve paid even a moment’s attention to her bleating, will be familiar with lines such as: “Last week, my brand … Continue reading “The battleaxe in the Beemer”

November 5, 2012

Boujis in the basement?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples explores the story of an empty Kensington mansion   A multi-million pound 8-bedroomed house in Kensington isn’t anything unusual. In fact, rather, they’re ten a penny. In this, one of the wealthiest boroughs in the land, large, expensive homes are just the norm.   No. 1 Campden Hill, which is being marketed for … Continue reading “Boujis in the basement?”

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”

November 1, 2012

Urs Schwarzenbach

by Matthew Steeples

This Swiss born son of a printer has spent over £85 million buying up properties in the Henley-on-Thames area of Oxfordshire. Schwarzenbach also owns 123,000 acres in Australia, 26,000 acres in Scotland and has his own polo team, the Black Bears. This financier’s foreign exchange dealership, Interexchange, is the biggest in Switzerland and betting against … Continue reading “Urs Schwarzenbach”

October 25, 2012

Where Dibnah mucked around

by Matthew Steeples

As Fred Dibnah’s former home comes to the market, Matthew Steeples is reminded of a true BBC legend   As the nation continues to cringe in horror every time the name “Savile” is mentioned, memories of another BBC relic of the 1980s resurfaced when it was revealed that Fred Dibnah’s former home is for sale. … Continue reading “Where Dibnah mucked around”

October 23, 2012

Twittering S-Pam

by Matthew Steeples

Pam Ayres makes a poem of Matthew Steeples   Yesterday, I found myself listening to a self-proclaimed “writer, broadcaster and entertainer” named Pam Ayres on BBC Radio 4.   An example of her style numbers:   “I am sittin’ on the sofa. By the fire and stayin’ in. Me head is free of comfort. And … Continue reading “Twittering S-Pam”

October 22, 2012

Pam Ayres MBE

by Matthew Steeples

This supposed “First Lady of Comedy” spouts lines like: “He had a bull name Floyd, but he was unemployed.” How long did it take her to come up with that? Her appearances on Radio 4 and elsewhere are peppered with references to “blummin’ people” and how she’s “stuck all [she] can stick.” Could someone please … Continue reading “Pam Ayres MBE”

August 18, 2012

In the round

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of The Round House at Chalford, Gloucestershire   The Round House at Chalford, near Stroud in Gloucestershire was built in 1789 to house one of the linesmen on the now disused Thames & Severn Canal. It is one of five such round houses that were constructed beside the canal.   Four storeys tall … Continue reading “In the round”

April 15, 2012

Blessed Clarence

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £22,500,000 Clarence House in Richmond   Built in 1696 for a haberdasher merchant named Nathaniel Rawlins, Clarence House in Richmond was subsequently extended by his daughter, Elizabeth, before it became a Catholic school in 1792.     One student at the various schools that were subsequently run from the house was … Continue reading “Blessed Clarence”

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