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The Watch House is what we imagine a stone cottage on the Cornish coast should look like: perched on a rocky shore with the waves breaking at the bottom of the garden and views from every window over rolling seas.

It dates from the 18th century, when it housed excise men fighting local smugglers, and was taken over by the Coastguard Service in the 1820s. It’s been a private house since 1925.

We’d grow a big beard, wear a cap’n’s cap and drink jiggers of rum if we lived here. And we’d definitely talk like a pirate … Arrr, me hearties!

Knight Frank:  £975,000

The Watch House

The Watch House

The Watch House

The Watch House

The Watch House

The Watch House

The Watch House

The Watch House

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Interesting edition of File on 4 about the state of the housing market.  It deals with the lack of mortgage lending, the fragility of the market and talks to Grant Shapps, who says:

Shapps: House price falls can be enormously damaging if they happen quickly. What would be helpful perhaps is if house prices were to go up perhaps at a lower rate than average earnings. Last year that probably more or less happened.

Presenter: But what if the prices did fall this year, say 10%. A number of forecasters are saying that, and Roger Bootle is saying prices are 20% to 30% too high.

Shapps: The deeper it goes, the more damaging it is to people who are already on that housing ladder, and are perhaps in a difficult situation which could be made worse if interest rates start to rise.

What I want is to do is live in a country whereby people can afford to buy or rent the most important thing in their lives, which is of course a secure roof over their heads, and, of course, not ending up in the kind of spiral that got us into this mess in the first place, with house prices booming.

Via: House Price Crash

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Word reaches us from the building sector that the government is undertaking a behind-closed-doors review of housing supply in the UK.

The review is being led by Oliver Letwin and will be the first to address the vexed question of how to build more homes since Kate Barker’s review in 2004.

Oliver Letwin trying to find an App to sort the housing market

While no public reference has been made to the work, which goes under the name of the Letwin Commission, it is believed the review will focus on ways to speed up housing delivery and ensure stable long-term house prices.

Problems of land supply will be addressed, and one source has said the issue of land value taxation and the role of the state in bringing land forward, were being examined afresh.

According to Building.co.uk,  housing groups and trade association have been kept out of the loop.

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Kate Moss, we hear, has just bought this amazing house in Highgate for close to £8m.

It was designed by William Blake and was later home to the opium addicted poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge – he came here in 1823 with his friend and doctor James Gillman in an attempt to kick his habit but died 11 years later (if Pete Doherty comes to stay he should feel right at home).

Kate Moss, pic; Caroline Björkroth creative commons

While Coleridge lived at The Grove he was visited by many of the country’s leading literary lights, including  Wordsworth, Charles Lamb, Robert Southey, and William Hazlitt.

In the 20th Century the literary associations were continued when the property was bought by the novelist and playwright J.B. Priestley.

The house, no doubt about it, is a real beauty – much more impressive, we think, than the place Jude Law and Sienna Miller recently bought down the road.

Kate Moss' Highgate house

Kate Moss' Highgate house

Kate Moss' Highgate house

Kate Moss' Highgate house

Kate Moss' Highgate house

Kate Moss' Highgate house

Via: The Daily Mail

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Ok, for the day that’s in it (Burns Night), here’s a lovely architect-designed house on the banks of Loch Torridon in the Scottish Highlands.

There’s a Scandinavian vibe to the place (a converted and extended former steading) and big soft southern Jessies will be happy to hear that this influence extends to the snow-defying levels of insulation.

It’s currently used by the architect-owner as a place to run spiritual workshops, though we reckon just looking at the view – across open water towards the Isle of Syke – would make most New Age shenanigans unnecessary.

Baddaroch house, to cap it all, is surrounded by ancient oak woodland, and the whole area is rich in wee timorous, and not so timorous, beasties: nesting peregrines, sea otters, seals and pine martins.

OIEO: £425,000

Badarroch House

Badarroch House

Badarroch House

Badarroch House

Badarroch House

Badarroch House

Badarroch House

Badarroch House

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News reaches us that Roy Keane has reduced the asking price of his Hale mansion to £7.5m after listing it in December for £9.5m. Would you want to be the estate agent breaking that bit of news to the gaffer ..??

This price cut, and his recent sacking by Ipswich, have made it a tough start to the new year for  Keano.

Roy Keane

Before Christmas he told the Sun that it was with ‘a heavy heart’ that his 1.2-acre plot in Hale has been put on the market, adding that the uncertainty of his position as manager meant he might regret moving to Suffolk.

“As usual, it goes against all logic but, as a manager, life’s too short and you shouldn’t be tied to a house.”

The price cut suggests he remains determined to sell … though you can see why he’s sorry to leave the place behind: it’s tasteful, stylish and free from bling …aside the mirrors above the four poster bed!

 

Roy Keane's house

Roy Keane's house

Roy Keane's house

Roy Keane's house

Roy Keane's house

Roy Keane's house

Roy Keane’s house

Roy Keane's house

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50 Cent: house for sale

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