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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 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 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 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 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 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”

Faded Grandeur

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge flat for sale for £3.75 million in spite of needing complete renovation and having a lease with just 9 years remaining   A lateral flat – with an interior that could be described as ‘Miss Havisham-esque’ in terms of its faded grandeur – at 16/17 Ennismore Gardens, SW7 has gone on sale for £3.75 … Continue reading “Faded Grandeur”

May 4, 2017

A £5 Million Fixer-Upper

by Matthew Steeples

17th century Buckinghamshire farmstead requiring complete renovation for sale for £5 million   A 17th century farmhouse just 28 miles from Central London has gone on sale for £5 million ($6.5 million, €5.9 million or درهم23.7 million) in spite of being “in need of updating” through agents The Frost Partnership.   Dean Farm at Jordans, … Continue reading “A £5 Million Fixer-Upper”

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”

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 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

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 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 30, 2017

Narrow in Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny 2.5-foot deep Knightsbridge “corridor house” sells for £810,000 at auction   Yesterday, at an auction in London, a 2.5-foot deep (at its minimum) and 3-foot deep (at its maximum) mews house sold for £810,000 ($1 million, €936,000 or درهم3.7 million) despite being nothing more than a very long corridor.   Extending to 275 square … Continue reading “Narrow in Knightsbridge”

March 16, 2017

Not So Roomy

by Matthew Steeples

Small, single room in South Kensington to be sold for £150,000 at auction   A single room in South Kensington is to be auctioned for the staggering sum of £150,000 ($184,000, €172,000 or درهم675,000).   Curiously offered with a “reserve price not to exceed” that sum, the 205 square foot space is on the lower … Continue reading “Not So Roomy”

February 23, 2017

A £5m Fixer Upper

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia flat offered for £4.95 million in spite of featuring collapsed ceilings, ripped out light fittings and holes in the walls   Before putting a property on the market and having it photographed for a sales brochure, most would clean up and make the space look appealing. In Belgravia, however, the owners of a £4.95 … Continue reading “A £5m Fixer Upper”

January 25, 2017

Trumping Wildenstein

by Matthew Steeples

‘Catwoman’ Jocelyn Wildenstein puts her Trump World Tower apartment on the market after recent court appearance for “clawing” her boyfriend’s face   “No showings before 12pm” shouts the listing on realtor Douglas Elliman’s homepage and given how the owner of the property they’re currently selling no doubt looks of a morning, one need not wonder … Continue reading “Trumping Wildenstein”

September 11, 2016

Raising Walton Street

by Matthew Steeples

Six storey Chelsea house for sale for 268% more than it sold for in 2007   Last sold for a total of £5,025,000 million ($6,668,000 or €5,936,000) in 2007, 37–39 Walton Street in Chelsea was formed by the merger of two townhouses that has created an 6,294 square foot home complete with the addition of … Continue reading “Raising Walton Street”

August 15, 2016

An unlucky mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Unlucky mansion in Yorkshire with 13 bedrooms for sale for a lower sum than it was marketed for in 2007 – despite having been renovated internally in the time since   Offered for sale for less than it was last marketed in a “dilapidated condition” in 2007, Whinburn Hall in the gritty West Yorkshire mill … Continue reading “An unlucky mansion”

May 1, 2016

The ultimate iceberg home

by Matthew Steeples

House in The Boltons goes on the market for £27.5 million more than it was marketed for in 2012 complete with an extra four levels of accommodation

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

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 10, 2015

Stunt stops a sale

by Matthew Steeples

Petra Ecclestone and her husband James Stunt reported to have turned down £99 million offer for their Holmby Hills, California mansion

November 23, 2015

A practical Aston

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1963 Aston Martin built with a view to be “equally suitable to drive or be driven in” to be auctioned with an estimate £377,000 higher than its 2006 £23,000 selling price

November 18, 2015

An ace Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley once owned by chocolate tycoon and flying ace Sir Egbert Cadbury to be auctioned with a guide lower than the cost of its most recent renovation

August 22, 2015

The Bentley of Taste

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback originally owned by the son of the founder of clothing giant Burton heads to auction at the Salon Privé sale

July 21, 2015

The house formerly known as Prince

by Matthew Steeples

Despite a Málaga villa built by the musician Prince remaining on the market a year after it was put up for sale, bizarrely its asking price has been increased by £1 million

June 30, 2015

Bring your own bidet

by Matthew Steeples

Most expensive house to be publicly offered for sale in the UK to be stripped of everything including the kitchen sink

June 24, 2015

Gone With the Mill

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s retreat and final resting place for sale for £3.25 million

June 20, 2015

A roofless repo

by Matthew Steeples

£3 million sought for a repossessed, roofless shell set in 1,530 acres of Cumbrian countryside

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

May 27, 2015

Scandal

by Matthew Steeples

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

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

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 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

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”

September 7, 2014

Churchill’s ride

by Matthew Steeples

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 … Continue reading “Churchill’s ride”

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”

July 21, 2014

The house that time forgot

by Matthew Steeples

House where items lay untouched for 100 years remains on the market for over a year   The Hermitage in Hexham, Northumberland is a “small stately home” that truly is a time warp. Rented by the Morant family for nearly 100 years, this Grade II* listed, 14 bedroomed mansion was barely touched during that period.

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”

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 24, 2014

No clowning around

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews Toto’s in Knightsbridge, London   It takes something for me to be impressed with a restaurant but after three visits to the newly reopened Toto’s in Knightsbridge, I will boldly declare that I believe it to be the best opening of 2014

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”

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

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.

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.

October 12, 2013

Salutations in Sandwich

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a £4.5 million Grade I listed house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens   Once described as “Britain’s smartest bed and breakfast” by the Financial Times, The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent has also appeared on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and Gogglebox programmes. The Grade I listed house, designed by Sir Edwin … Continue reading “Salutations in Sandwich”

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 23, 2013

Price vs. Patience

by Matthew Steeples

Stonebrook Court Manor: The sale of a Californian mansion where it’s more about patience than price   Stonebrook Court Manor in California’s Los Altos Hills has been on and off the market since January 2008. Its owner, a “television executive turned Internet investor” and investment banker named Kelly Porter, though said to be “in no … Continue reading “Price vs. Patience”

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”

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”

May 7, 2013

Lord of the Bond

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a £400,000 castle owned by a man who was an inspiration for the creation of James Bond’s nom de plume Sir Hilary Bray, Bt and for many elements of 007’s character also   Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees (1925 – 2012) is largely thought of as the man whose persona Ian Fleming … Continue reading “Lord of the Bond”

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 24, 2013

Andreas Panayiotou

by Matthew Steeples

A self-made mogul and former champion boxer who cannot read or write fluently. He thinks “differently” and built a £400 million fortune by creating and then selling a buy-to-let empire of almost 6,000 rental properties. Panayiotou takes the view that it is “moral[ly]” right to pay taxes in Britain and of those who call Heath … Continue reading “Andreas Panayiotou”

December 4, 2012

Robert Bourne and Sally Greene OBE

by Matthew Steeples

Well-known for their numberplates “2 BE” and “NOT 2B,” this power couple live on Cheyne Walk and are a little bit like Marmite. In Chelsea, Bourne has aroused controversy by attempting to gain planning permission to turn George Best’s favourite boozer, The Phene, into a house and in Soho, Greene’s makeover of Ronnie Scott’s caused … Continue reading “Robert Bourne and Sally Greene OBE”

November 24, 2012

Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

by Matthew Steeples

If one spent $2,000,000 on cosmetic surgery, one would expect to end up looking fantastic. It didn’t quite work out in the case of the billionairess “Bride of Wildenstein,” though, as instead she discovered the husband she thought she’d please in bed with a 19-year old Russian. Feline like in appearance, the purr of this … Continue reading “Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)”

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 2, 2012

Windows on the WAGs

by Matthew Steeples

A £15 million mansion fit for a self-made tycoon or an upwardly mobile WAG   While the youth of the Kings Road and Loughton have featured in the reality shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex, their counterparts in Cheshire have yet to undergo the same social experiment. Having come across a … Continue reading “Windows on the WAGs”

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 27, 2012

A manageable mansion

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £20 million Bletchingdon Park, Oxfordshire   Bletchingdon Park House in Oxfordshire is one of those classic Palladian villas that would make the perfect setting for a period drama. Unlike vast Jacobean mansions like Highclere Castle, better known as Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey, however, Bletchingdon is of a far more manageable size. … Continue reading “A manageable mansion”

October 19, 2012

First Among (Not So) Equals

by Matthew Steeples

The latest sale of 32a Ovington Square   I first visited 32a Ovington Square in September 2009. At the time, this “hidden house” was the home of Lord Carrington and it had just come on the market at a price, if I recall correctly, of circa £3,000,000.     A friend was looking for somewhere … Continue reading “First Among (Not So) Equals”

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”

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