Property news roundup: The growth of online property portals
Plus, London's 'Wall of Unaffordability', probably the most expensive street in the UK, and planning approvals at 15 year high
Alex Johnson has been part of The Independent's online team since 2007. He has been writing about microarchitecture on his internationally-acclaimed Shedworking blog since 2006 and is the author of Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. His latest book is Bookshelf, published by Thames & Hudson.
Wednesday 12 February 2014
Figures from web monitoring firm Hitwise
show that the UK's top three property websites - Rightmove, Zoopla and
PrimeLocation - now account for 61 per cent of the UK's online property traffic.
The portals' market share of the online property audience has grown from just 49 per cent in 2011 with Zoopla closing the gap with Rightmove over the last year, its traffic up 36 per cent compared to Rightmove's 18 per cent growth.
Lawrence Hall of Zoopla Property Group said: "The Hitwise data confirms that home movers are increasingly turning to the leading portals to help find their next home and research the market."
London's 'Wall of Unaffordability'
Renting specialists Rentonomy have identified a 'wall of unaffordability' which marks the area of London where a single room is unaffordable on a graduate salary - it estimates the boundaries as Finchley to the north, Bow to the east, Balham to the south and Twickenham to the west and shows 90% of central London is out-of-bounds. The research is based on the cost of a room as a proportion of a graduate salary, with 'affordable' being less than 30 per cent of gross income.
Planning application approvals highest for 15 years
The percentage of planning applications approved by local authorities is at its highest level since 1999 says commercial law firm EMW. Its analysis shows an approval rate of 89 per cent for all planning applications submitted to local authorities.
Giles Ferin, Principal at EMW comments: "The proportion of approvals has been increasing steadily year on year since 2008. Local planning authorities are under pressure from the Government to play their part in stimulating growth in their area, so encouraging investment by making things easier for developers makes a good deal of sense.
"An increase in construction and development also boosts jobs and ultimately provides more income for cash strapped councils through increased business rates and council tax and other incentives such as the New Homes Bonus scheme."
One London street has 2.85 billion worth of property for sale
According to PrimeLocation, the 25 properties on the market in The Bishop's Avenue between Hampstead Heath and East Finchley underline the rising cost of Prime London property. Among those homes for sale in so-called 'Billionaire's Row' is a £65 million detached home and a four bedroom flat for £10 million. Jersy House, an eight bedroom new build currently for sale for £38m comes with separate staff accommodation and a garage with room for four limousines. And a canal.
A two-bedroom flat with boutique hotel-style interiors, close to the foodie haunt of West End Lane
A two-bedroom flat in a beautiful old vicarage, with many original features, close to the city centre
A three-bedroom 16th-century home with an aga kitchen, private gardens and heated outdoor pool, in Hadleigh
A three-bedrom home in sought-after Queen's Gate Mews, with Italian marble-finished bathrooms
Surrounded by glorious countryside in the village of Udimore, sits this impressive four-kiln oast and barn conversion
A five-bedroom house in the picturesque village of Kettlewell, north Yorkshire
An 18th-century former coaching inn with original staircase, open fireplaces and beams throughout
A Grade II-listed Georgian town house with three bedrooms and a south-facing courtyard, near Arundel Castle
Feel on top of the world at this über chic penthouse on the 37th floor of one of Europe’s tallest blocks.
A Grade II-listed Victorian villa with six bedrooms and two further cottages, all with spectacular sea views
A grade II-listed, Georgian cottage with mature 50ft garden, perfect for summer entertaining
A magnificent Georgian pile with turrets, seven bedrooms, a heated pool and four acres of gardens
Fairoak Farm has five bedroom suites, gym, outdoor swimming pool and golf course
Chic two-bedroom river-fronted flat with a private lift that delivers you directly to your home
A spectacular seven-bedroom Tudor pile, once owned by Henry VIII, with 18 acres of land
A seven-bedroom Georgian property previously used as a picturesque wedding venue
A split-level flat in a church conversion with two en suite bedrooms and 1,200sq ft of living space
A three-bedroom bungalow situated behind an impressive stone wall, £645,000
Windsor Castle overlooks this three-bedroom Victorian cottage located on one of Windsor's smartest roads
Chapel House is a former vicarage with nine bedrooms in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley
A five-bedroom B&B and separate owner's accomodation with potential for conversion
Enjoy summer by the Thames in this two double-bedroom converted warehouse in Rotherhithe village
A one-bedroom, luxury apartment with private gym and concierge service in Moorgate
A four-bedroom house in Hermitage Gardens with three reception rooms and landscaped gardens
A seven-bedroom Grade II-listed property with a separate self-contained apartment
A five-bedroom Victorian house with three reception rooms and galleried landing, £695,000
A six-bedroom farmhouse with five acres of land in a former cloth-making village
A secluded seven-bedroom detached house with large private garden, £490,000
A three-bedroom cottage overlooking Sarratt village green with open fires and solid oak floors
A three-bedroom maisonette flat in a Grade I-listed, Georgian townhouse in a sought-after location
A one-bedroom apartment located within a private gated development, north of Turnham Green
Look forward to a brighter future at two-bedroom Sunny Cottages, ideal for Londoners looking to downsize
A three-bedroom red-brick cottage with outbuildings and pretty gardens, £200,000
This three-bedroom flat within a former textile factory spans the corner of the fourth floor and has a balcony
A charming four-bedroom Oxfordshire cottage with oak floors and chunky-beamed ceilings, £465,000
A beautiful one-bed flat in a sought-after portered block, with access to Norland Square communal gardens
A one-bedroom flat within a Sixties school conversion with high-spec design and open-plan kitchen, close to Lambeth North Tube, £435,000
A 17th century four-bedroom house, with open fireplaces, cellar and pool, £600,000
A three-bedroom, coach house with luxury open-plan living space and contemporary breakfast bar
A newly refurbished one-bedroom flat in the heart of Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square
A charming four-bedroom house overlooking Burleigh Square Park, close to Thorpe Bay
A three-bedroom farmhouse with a large inglenook fireplace and exposed beams
A boutique mews house, set around a central courtyard, with three bedrooms and a private roof terrace
A four-bedroom farm-conversion with three bathrooms and two reception rooms
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