What would you grab first if your home caught fire? Property news roundup
Plus, student rents down, Britain's property wealth, and footballers vs homes
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 05 September 2014
Assuming family and pets were safe, what would you try to save if your home was struck by fire or flooding?
A new study of 2,300 people by insurer Ecclesiastical show that while 11 per cent of men would make rescuing family photographs their main priority, nearly three times as many women would put photos top of their list of possessions to save.
Instead, men chose important documents (24 per cent) followed by tech items such as laptops and phones (22 per cent). Only 12 per cent of women said technology items were their top priority.
Average student rents down
Figures from Accommodationforstudents.com (AFS) suggest the average weekly student rent in the UK now averages £79.27, down 37p from 2013.
Unsurprisingly, London is still the most expensive location for student accommodation at an average of £136 per week per room, up five per cent on last year, followed by Kingston (up eight per cent to £108) and Winchester (up six per cent to £107).
"There is more choice in student accommodation than ever before," said Simon Thompson, Director of Accommodation for Students, "from the basic bedroom with a bed and desk to purpose built blocks offering on-site gyms, launderettes and games rooms. Although figures suggest there is a widening gap in the student rental market, factors such as the facilities on offer and whether bills are included or not, have to be taken into account. Budgeting can be a major stumbling block for young people who have just left home for the first time, so it is encouraging to see that 'bills inclusive' accommodation is on the rise."
Meanwhile research by MoneySuperMarket shows that the cheapest home contents insurance at the UK's leading 20 universities is to be found at St Andrews (£85 a year). Cambridge has the cheapest campus accommodation at £100 a week.
What is Britain's property wealth?
London has more than a third of Britain’s gross property value, according to research by estate agents Stirling Ackroyd, with its homes worth a total of £1.5 trillion. The value of every home in the rest of England is £2.24 trillion
By 2017, the report estimates that London homes will be worth £2.1 trillion. In 1987 London homes were worth £273 billion, around 27 per cent of all property wealth.
The figures show that property in three East End boroughs - Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Southwark - is worth more than all the homes in Wales. All together these boroughs have homes worth £170 billion, five per cent more than Wales’ £162 billion.
Premier league players or homes?
If football clubs had chosen to spend their money on housing rather than big name signings at the start of the season, what could they have bought? Online estate agent eMoov.co.uk estimates that Luis Suarez's transfer is equal to the total development budget of Bishop Gate in Coventry where more than 400 new homes are being built .
Meanwhile Alexis Sanchez's £35 million move to Arsenal is around the same as Greenlakes Rise, a new 170 home development in Bedford. Elsewhere, Diego Costa (£30 million) would get you 300 new homes in a development in Stafford, while the fee for Romelu Lukaku (£28 million) is the same as 160 eco-homes being built in Trent Basin, Nottingham.
A four-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of a stunning period property in North Yorkshire, with two kitchens and a large south-west facing garden.
This high-spec two-bedroom home is part of a smart collection of new flats at Beaufort Park and has a large decked balcony that's perfect for summer drinks.
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In a Grade II-listed manor just outside of Bath, this three-bedroom home is arranged on two floors with a skylight in a vaulted roof line.
Open the living room's bi-fold wooden doors to reveal a retro-style kitchen, and a conservatory leading to a paved garden at this three-bedroom home.
A Grade II-listed, four-bedroom home, in a charming Somerset village, with a two-storey studio that could be converted into a holiday cottage
A modern four-bedroom Victorian home, within walking distance to the high street
A luxury apartment in the Gothic mansion of Wyfold Court in Kingwood, offers six bedrooms spread over three floors and a turret
This school conversion, near Stockwell Tube, oozes New York loft style. The one-bedroom flat features double height ceilings and exposed brick work
This six-bedroom Georgian home is on three floors with open fireplaces, a two-oven Aga, an annexe, and cottage gardens with outbuildings and a car barn
High Crest House covers an impressive 9384sq ft, with almost three acres of grounds including a tennis court and summer house enclosed by electric gates
A six-bedroom farmhouse with separate accommodation in converted stables. Situated in the village of Church Aston, within walking distance to the market town
A two-bedroom flat with under-heated walnut floors and bespoke built-in storage. The Tube and Clapham Common are a short stroll away
A refurbished seven-bedroom townhouse with staff quarters, cinema room, superb gym, steam room and plunge pool
A minimnalist four-bedroom home designed to the highest spec, featuring glass walls and a kitchen space lit by a glass roof
Hibernate during winter and make your living during the summer at this busy guesthouse with panoramic sea views, in the village of Lynton
A four-bedroom penthouse next to the Tate with direct views of St Paul's from two floors of luxurious living space
A four-bedroom detached home surrounded by spacious gardens and woodland, close to New Pudsey
An 18th-century, three-bedroom home near Langstone Harbour built from ships beams with vaulted ceilings and wood burning stoves
A five-bedroom semi-detached home with a mix of period and modern features in a popular and convenient location
This five-bedroom red-brick beauty overlooks the village green and sits in just under two acres of land
A three-bedroom villa with self-contained flat, minutes from Lake Windermere
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
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
Windsor Castle overlooks this three-bedroom Victorian cottage located on one of Windsor's smartest roads
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
A modern and spacious two-bedroom, penthouse flat with two bathrooms in a prestigious development
A beautifully renovated five-bedroom terrace with three reception rooms and a courtyard garden, £700,000
A four-bedroom period house which has been extended to provide almost 2,500sq ft of living space, £675,000
A pretty three-bedroom Georgian home with a 22ft drawing room and a master suite with a balcony, £525,000
A substanstial family home with five bedrooms and landscaped gardens in the much sought-after Branksome Park area
A well-presented three-bedroom house with front and rear gardens, close to White City station, £475,000
A handsome five-bedroom house in a sought-after location close to the city centre
A five-bedroom country home with valley views, equestrian stables and 27 acres of land, £725,000
A six-bedroom farm house with separate, detached cottages and 371 acres of land
A two-bedroom cottage with parquet floors, chunky beams and an open fireplace
A three-bedrrom flat with 2,733sq feet of living space, a beautiful private garden and 15 acres of communal grounds
A four-bedroom chalet bungalow with three bathrooms and a spacious garden, £525,000
A two-bedroom flat with an open plan kitchen and two balconies, close to Arsenal station
A Grade II-listed home with six bedrooms, secluded landscaped gardens and views across Hadley Green
A Grade II-listed mansion with two apartments and a cottage, near Gretna Green
A three-bedroom Grade II-listed mews house with vaulted ceilings and roof garden
A spacious Grade II-listed family home with annexe and equestrian facilities among four acres of land in Itchingfield
A four-bedroom home with exposed brick walls and open fires in the picturesque village of Northill
A Grade II-listed property with five bedrooms and unique tower, overlooking Hastings Old Town
A charming five-bedroom detached family home, set within half an acre in Kew
A two-bedroom maisonette set on the top two floors of a period building, close to Kentish Town Tube.
Take advantage of the extra space provided by former stables and outbuildings at this five-bedroom farmhouse.
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