Wednesday, May 23, 2012

London property collapsing.

Will Self flees with his children after roof of £1million Georgian Stockwell townhouse collapses

The writer Will Self told today how he led his children to safety after the roof of their home and three neighbouring £1 million Victorian townhouses came crashing down with a “tremendous roar”.

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18 thoughts on “London property collapsing.

  • i can just hear the roaring of roofs and the roars of laughter for paying 1 million for a townhouse

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    Stockwell + Million pound house = Sucker

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  • “Building engineers were trying to find the cause of the dramatic collapse yesterday evening” with strong rumours circulating that a huge plie of Gold was secretly being stored in Mr Self’s loft by HPC veteran General Congreve

    “Police, ambulances and fire crews were at the scene in minutes and a helicopter with a heat-seeking device hovered overhead to ensure nobody was trapped or hurt under a pile of bullion”.

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  • Yesterday the London Evening Standard suggested that, ‘cracks in the London housing market were starting to appear’.

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  • Hmm.. Now eho is it who keeps whouting about ‘shitty Victorian terrace houses’. How long was that house designed to last?

    Honestly the quality of the UK housing stock is abysmal!

    This type of property is usually cold due to the lack of cavity walls and modern heating systems that the house was not designed for. They also damp which is caused by fitting air tight windows, lack of damp proofing in the original build and blocking up the fire places.

    All in all there should be a national project to demolish this type of house and build warm, dry housing with a garage at the bottom.

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  • charlie brooker says:

    House (price) crash.

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  • “Most of the housing stock in London is over 100 years old and most will have a defect at some stage. In this country we just aren’t in the habit of having a surveyor come round and make structural calculations and assessments. I’m amazed that some of these houses are still standing.”

    This just goes to show the true value of a desk top or drive by valuation for mortgage purposes.

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  • Mr Self didn’t pay £1m (I live nearby) – he bought many years ago at a time when writers could buy Georgian houses in SW London – he has just had to stay put and put up with stuff (2 local street knife murders recently). Luverly place Suvark. Off to check house cracks.

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  • My last house would have been condemned if there had ever been a full survey. There were a couple of severe structural defects due to text house next door being bombed during the war and then a house being built 800mm from the house during the 80’s.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Will, you forgot to put “MBVNIF” 🙂

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  • khards – I’ve told the story a couple of times before on here where a broker had a case from a builder wanting to buy a run down property. The valuer goes out and the report comes back that the property is subsiding – broker switches case to BM Solutions who perform a desk top valuation and the offer letter came back in 15 mins !

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    BTW Jack, any news on that shell your daughter was outbid on?

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    “Much better value now it’s free”

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  • Sib’s – sold for £101K at auction but I’ve yet to find out if it is a property “pro” who bought it. In any event it needs so much work doing to it to make it habitable the price paid is nonsense.

    Can you get a move North with your job? maybe Durham health trust – here’s why http://www.betthomes.com/developments/horizon/plots/vulcan-1

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    Bloody hell Jack, i’d be looking at a tatty two bed terraced via probate for the same price.

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  • Sib’s – this is a really good property for the price – excellent quality finish (I’ve had an independent guy from the building trade check it over) relocation, relocation, relocation for you mate !

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  • cynicalsoothsayer says:

    It wasn’t the roof, it was the parapet wall at the front, having a large overhang and not tied into the dividing walls.

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