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THE SWISH BUILDING, Putney, London SW15

Price: £379,950

Agent: Chesterton

Tel: 020-8246 5959

They say: Stunning one-bedroom apartment with secure underground parking and a huge sun terrace. Superbly located next to East Putney Tube station, this home boasts lovely design touches and a marvellous layout.

We say: One of those buildings that looks amazing from the outside but is a teeny bit characterless inside. But the agent is right about the space and size, and it would be easy enough to stamp a little colour on the place.

Back to the factory floor

THE FOUNDRY, Earls Colne, Nr Kelvedon, Essex

Price: £625,000

Agent: John D Wood

Tel: 01245 344 222

They say: Former factory with huge amounts of space. Converted with all the flair and imagination one would expect to find in a top development, it offers four bedrooms while downstairs there is an enormous glass gable flooding the rear of the property with light.

We say: A family house with luxurious touches. The ceilings downstairs are 27ft high and the living room is currently used as a home cinema, while the fourth bedroom serves as a gym.

Market value

TOWN HALL CHAMBERS, Borough High Street, London SE1

Price: £1.595m

Agent: Cluttons

Tel: 020-7407 3669

They say: Beautifully designed penthouse offering a wealth of original features and breathtaking City views on the site of the original town hall. This two-bedroom apartment occupies the entire fourth floor and has a walk-in dressing room, en suite bathroom, plenty of storage and glass doors leading on to a substantial roof terrace.

We say: This really is a stunning space. One bedroom can be closed off behind a nifty Japanese-style folding door to create a study area, and the roof terrace is almost as big as the living area. Included in the kitchen is an enormous fridge which you can fill with lots of goodies from the nearby farmers' market.

In the frame

SANDS FARMHOUSE, Neston, Wiltshire

Price: £840,000

Agent: Humberts

Tel: 01249 444 557

They say: Occupying a lovely position at the end of a long driveway, this four-bedroom village house features a superb oak-framed extension with an open-plan living space and galleried bedroom.

We say: The living space is rather linear, with each room leading to the next. However, you can't have everything and as you'll be spending all your time in the extension, it won't matter anyway.



Long shot

THE LIMES, Spalding, Lincolnshire

Price: £850,000

Agent: Carter Jonas

Tel: 01733 588 688

They say: Outstanding Georgian house with seven bedrooms, three reception rooms and a mature walled garden.

We say: The opposite of open-plan living, which is great for those with older children, as everyone can have their own private space. Three of the bedrooms are up in the eaves.

Top of the class

THE OLD SCHOOL, Tregynon, Powys, Wales

Price: £290,000

Agent: Strutt & Parker

Tel: 01743 284 200

They say: A converted Victorian school with three bedrooms, a living/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room and a garden.

We say: It has been well done out, but it might be worth seeing if you can convert some of the old Tarmac playground into more garden space.

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