Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson has been part of The Independent's online team since 2007 and writes The Home Front property column. He has been writing about microarchitecture on his internationally-acclaimed website Shedworking since 2006 and is the author of three books, Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution, Bookshelf, and Improbable Libraries.

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Inside the chalet where David Tennant's character DI Alec Hardy lives during the second series of Broadchurch

Buy in 'Broadchurch'; Mansion Tax around the UK; HS2 help: The Home Front

A roundup of the week's property stories

Three bedroom detached house in Hertford Heath, Hertford, on at £795,000 with Hetheringtons.
St Albans Cathedral Choristers taking time out from their rehearsals for some snowballing

Choristers at Christmas: Midnight Mass and the end of an era

It’s impossible to imagine Christmas without music. The choristers at St Albans Cathedral tell Alex Johnson what makes this time of year particularly special for them and their families.

Five bed detached house for sale, Heath Road, Petersfield GU31. On for £1,599,995 with Henry Adams

Sales of million pound properties outside London at new high

The number of Londoners who have bought in Bath has doubled this year

House prices continuing to 'soften', says new report

House prices are growing at their slowest rate for 11 months, says Nationwide.

Three bed detached house for sale, Glen Cottage, Conksbury, Youlgrave, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45. Offers in region of £350,000. On with Saxton Mee.

House prices in market towns outpacing their county neighbours

The average house price in market towns across England has risen from £179,535 in 2004 to £240,121 in 2014

Annual rents in Scotland are increasing more rapidly than in England and Wales

Scottish rents rising faster than the rest of the UK

New tenancies in the UK soaring

First-time buyer figures are rising in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

First-time buyer figures rising in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: Property news update

Plus, new homes in Scotland, renters struggling with upkeep, and how good an investment is property?

Bristol: one of the three cities with the highest house price growth year-on-year

House prices in all UK's top 20 cities up more than five per cent

Biggest annual growth in Cambridge, Bristol, and London 

How much does it cost to fix toddler damage in the home? Property news update

Plus, house prices in 2015, remortgage loans, super prime London, and renters' fees

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Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'