Property news roundup: Vertical Rush
Plus choosing where to rent, wind farms and house prices, and Shed of the Year entries
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.
Monday 03 February 2014
Housing charity Shelter is preparing for its sixth Vertical Rush event to raise more than £500,000 in vital funds to support the Shelter helpline. Participants will race up the 920 stairs of Tower 42, the City of London’s iconic skyscraper on 4 March. Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "It’s a heart-racing opportunity for all of us to get fit and raise vital funds to give families the lifeline they need to keep their homes." More details at www.shelter.org.uk/verticalrush
Wind farms and property prices
A new study by the London School of Economics due out later this month is expected to show that house price values near large wind farms have dropped by around 11 per cent over the last dozen years, and by seven per cent nearer small wind farms. It looks at 150 wind farms sites in the UK.
How do you choose where to rent?
We reported last week on Savills' latest report about why do tenants rent and here are some more interesting findings from their study:
* 52 per cent of tenants live within five minutes of their nearest public transport, rising to 73 per cent if you expand the catchment area to 10 minutes
* Almost half of all the 2,300 people surveyed said that being close to work or university was important, with the figure nearer 70 per cent in London
* Families with children said it was important to be close to good schools (48 per cent), and 42 per cent of them were willing to pay more
How fast will house prices rise?
New figures from Ernst & Young suggest that average UK house prices will rise by 8.4 per cent this year and 7.3 per cent in 2015, before dropping to around 5.5 per cent a year afterwards. By 2018, EY estimates that the average house price in London will reach nearly £600,000.
Outside London and the South East, the South West and East of England are the regions with the highest levels of predicted house price growth, both up by 6.2 per cent from 2013-18. The North East is expected to have the lowest level of price growth (4.2 per cent), with Scotland (4.5 per cent and the West Midlands (4.6 per cent at similar levels).
The report also predicts that 1.36 million people will move home in 2018.
Shed of the Year
Entries are now open for the annual Shed of the Year competition, with a closing date of May 2014. For more details go to readersheds.co.uk
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
A two-bedroom detached house with ensuite bathrooms and a sun-drenched decked terrace, £750,000
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