Property news roundup: Tom's Midnight Garden house for sale
Plus, record working from home numbers, burglary breakdown, and rights to land
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.
Wednesday 04 June 2014
The five bedroom childhood home of writer Philippa Pearce - Kings Mill House in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire - is up for sale. The 3.5 acre property includes the gardens which inspired the popular children's book Tom's Midnight Garden.
According to the particulars, the mature gardens have been landscaped by the present owners with a garden designer to provide several areas featuring mature yew tree walkways and box hedging. Beyond the walled garden, a gate opens into a large wooded area with a series of medieval fish ponds and bridges.
Built in 1825, Kings Mill House is on with Savills for £3.45 miliion.
Working from home
Record numbers of people are now working from home according to the Office for National Statistics. There were 4.2 million homeworkers in the first three months of this year, or 13.9 per cent of those in work. This was the highest rate of homeworking since comparable records began in 1998 when the figure was 2.9 million.
Of these homeworkers, around 1.5 million worked within their home or its grounds, while the remaining 2.7 million used their home as a base but worked in different places.
The percentage of those in work who work from home increased from 11.1 per cent in 1998 to 13.9 per cent in March 2014 which is the highest point in the past decade and a half.
The South West was the region of Great Britain with the highest homeworking rate at 17.1 per cent, while the lowest rate was in Scotland at 10.7 per cent.
Rights to land
The Land Registry has put together a useful collection of articles online at its blog looking at fracking, manorial rights, chancel repairs, mines and minerals, and in general about rights to land above and below ground.
London rental specialists Rentonomy have been analysing burglary statistics in the capital (where home burglaries have dropped by 10 per cent in the last five years). The area with the fewest burglaries was East Molesey, followed by Erith Marshes, Harefield and Biggin Hill. The highest number was in Croydon, then Marylebone, Walthamstow and Islington.
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