Property news roundup: The importance of good neighbours
Plus, stay safe at home during the World Cup, time on market figures, and property is popular
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.
Friday 13 June 2014
Surveys about relationships with our neighbours tend to stress how little we know about them, including their names.
But new research from Allianz Insurance suggests rather the reverse. Of the 2,000 homeowners polled, nearly three quarters chatted to their neighbours at least once a week, and many did so more frequently.
Indeed, feelings towards neighbours appear extremely positive - almost two thirds of people said that their next door neighbour is friendly, and more than half that they were approachable and polite. Around 44 per cent feel that their neighbours are trustworthy and around a third would happily give them a spare key to their home.
Around half kept an eye on their neighbour's home when they were away, while three quarters take in deliveries for them and the same figure would be happy to ask next door for help in an emergency.
However, only one in ten said they would pop round to borrow a cup of sugar.
Stay safe at home during the World Cup
Almost a quarter of people polled by AA Home said that they have had a household accident while watching a sporting event on television.
The most common accident was spilling wine on the carpet, which nearly three quarters admitted to have done. A fifth of them had ‘fallen over’ and one in eight had a cooking accident. The same number broke an appliance while eight per cent damaged a piece of furniture.
Helen Brooker, Head of AA Home Membership, said she expected to see a rise in the number of household accidents during the World Cup
The research also shows that house fires tend to break out during periods of good weather, often due to careless use of barbecues, and during major sporting events such as the 2012 Olympics.
And if the tournament inspires you to fork out for your own football pitch, pictured above is an eight bedroom detached house for sale, Sheering Hall Drive, at Sheering, Essex. It is on with Hamptons at £5,850,000 and as well as the football pitch it has an indoor swimming pool, cinema room, and galleried recording studio.
Time on market
New figures from home.co.uk suggest that Wales is by far the most improved property market in terms of typical marketing times, with a drop of 37 days in the last month (from 166 to 129 days). The North East has also experienced a big drop, down 29 days to a new post-crisis low of 138 days.
Property is popular
A survey of 2,400 UK investors for investment company Select Property shows that 60 per cent are 'confident' or 'very confident' about investing in the UK property market. When asked what they would choose to do if they were given £100,000, more respondents chose real estate (40 per cent) than any other asset. The most popular property types are buy-to-lets (44 per cent) and family homes (43 per cent) although a fifth have invested in student accommodation.
A three-bedroom villa with self-contained flat, minutes from Lake Windermere
A deceptively spacious, beautifully presented Georgian home with 3000sq ft of living space and five reception rooms
A five-bedroom Victorian home with four receptions, superb gardens and paddock in Pembury
An eight-bedroom house on the south side of the The Green with cinema, wine cellars and summer house
This 17th century beauty is full of rustic cosiness, while the detached home office means you can also run a business
This five-bedroom red-brick beauty overlooks the village green and sits in just under two acres of land
Four exclusive apartments in a Grade II-listed former medical school with 2,275 sq ft of living space and 18ft ceilings
A five-bedroom terraced house on the popular Peterborough Estate, ideally located for both Eel Brook Common and South Park
A state-of-the-art farm-building conversion on the former Cliveden Estate, with 11,420sq ft of internal space, cinema and wine cellar
A three-bedroom, 15th-century cottage with original features in the picturesque village of Sissinghurst
A six-bedroom terraced house with large south-facing roof terrace, cinema room and wine cellar
A new seven-bedroom home built in Queen Anne-style with swimming pool and parkland views in Mortimer
A listed, four-bedroom farmhouse in the rural hamlet of Rushall with detached barn, four acres of gardens and paddocks
A first-floor flat with two bedrooms, a spacious reception room and communal grounds in a leafy part of London
A three-bedroom flat with a spacious rootop terrace and balcony, accessed from a private gated courtyard
A Grade II-listed pile with six bedrooms, stables and 39 acres of grounds in Standlake
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
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