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  1. LInk pls? I suspect a 4 bed house with a big garden in Hampstead Village is closer to £4M asking price than £1M. 4 bed house list for £1M in Hackney these days.
  2. Probably list for about £8-900k in Notting Hill or Chelsea.
  3. You'd need to go a bit further out and/or a bit downmarket to find prices comparable with your Edinburgh prices, and bear in mind that we don't have tenements down here so a lot of flats are converted Victorian terraced houses, converted to varying standards. I like Edinburgh - in the summer anyway, I will confess to only ever being there in August, and it's always struck me as a very liveable city.
  4. In Zone 1/2 borders Camden or Islington, a two bed flat would cost anywhere between 400k and 600k at the moment, give or take.
  5. I viewed a few of those 100 Park Village East apartments a few months ago, just after selling my new build nearby (for 15% more in Jan 10 than I bought it in Jul 06, having failed to sell in Spring 09). I thought they were pretty shoddily finished for the price, and awkwardly sized and shaped because the building is on an awkward plot. Being so cheek-by-jowl with the social housing is also an issue. I also viewed the Londonnewcastle development at Arundel Sq in Islington, and the flats there were pretty good (although overpriced IMO at over £500k for a non-basement 2 bed if you want a small balcony) but the social housing was right next door, so on the way in to view I almost tripped over a 20-stone vest-wearing woman smoking and sweating on the pavement outside. Unlike Park Village East, Arundel Sq appears to have sold pretty well, so maybe she occasionally goes back inside between smokes. The Highbury Stadium apartments handle it differently - there's a small number of disabled access apartments on the main site, but the mainstream affordable component is on the other side of the Holloway Road. This is great for the private buyers, but the affordable housing is quite literally built on top of a rubbish tip. The affordable housing requirement seems likely to lead to compromised outcomes for someone whichever way developers deal with it. I chose to rent in the end - will keep my powder dry on buying until at least 2012 and probably 2013. Couldn't afford to buy my current place (another central London new-build), and even if I could, the mortgage and service charge would be £500 a month more than my rent.
  6. Staff salaries are in £000s. Director remuneration is clearly stated as being in £s. There is nothing deliberately misleading about this at all.
  7. I am absolutely certain that Amanda Walsh was not paid £2M. having had a look it is clear that she was paid just over £2,000. She probably only had to do a couple of days' work.
  8. I wouldn't worry about shared ownership neighbours.
  9. I'm hoping to see a two bed with a garden in Islington within the next year or so at a price I want. Have been keeping an eye on the £500-£600k range on Rightmove with Property Bee and there are (i) very few decent properties, (ii) many of those have been under offer for months, and (iii) quite a few have become available again after being under offer. This all suggests to me that the mainstream professional upgraders market is in pretty poor shape.
  10. Those flats are very variable in terms of light and layout, but that's inevitable given the nature of the building, and they aren't particularly small. Expensive, yes, but that's the premium for the iconic building and access to the services the 5 Star hotel will bring (although you'll end up paying for it again in the service charge). If I had a million to spend on a two bed flat I would consider St Pancras Chambers.
  11. I've lived in Kings Cross for 3 years and it has improved a lot, although in South Kings Cross new business such as restaurants and shops often struggle to gain a foothold. But be aware that the Kings Cross Central development north of the stations has been rephased, as the economy at the moment won't support the amount of commercial and open market housing they were planning in the early phases, so you're initially going to see more affordable housing. I was considering buying off plan for the first big residential building (subject to price) but I think I will wait to see how it pans out now.
  12. I live in WC1X and am currently in the process of selling my flat for 15% above what I paid in Q206, and have turned down higher offers, but I suspect that the market will fall again. Percy Circus, Great Percy St and the Lloyd Baker estate are the best addresses in WC1X and attract a premium over the other side of the Kings Cross Rd, which is where I am. I think you're overstating the distances - Percy Circus is no more than 10 minutes walk to the stations (and about the same to Angel). Finsbury is more expensive than south Kings X but cheaper than Angel, Barnsbury, Clerkenwell or Bloomsbury, and likely to stay that way, I think, but I don't think you'll see the best addresses fall off a cliff relative to the market. Turnover on Lloyd Sq, for example, is low - when people get there they stay.
  13. I just got the marketing materials for this on e-mail. Approaching £1,000 per sq ft all the way across the range, so £700k for a 750 sq ft 2 bedder. Ouch.
  14. I've viewed 1 beds from 300 sq ft to 1,000 sq ft in my time. I generally consider 500 sq ft to be the livable minimum, but you pay a premium for that in Central London. Even so, my 550 sq ft 1 bed flat doesn't have space for a separate kitchen. Edit I wouldn't buy a 2 bed under about 700 sq ft.
  15. There's always been council estates cheek by jowl with the Barbican - the Golden Lane estate is very popular with private buyers and the one just across the LA border in Islington is fine, if less popular. In inner London generally, you're never going to be far away from an estate. Having said that, £375k is a lot for a studio anywhere other than prime Kensington or Westminster in this market, and probably for a good few years to come.
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