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What would Brexit mean for the property market?

With a new Mayor and the EU referendum fast approaching, north London property expert Simon Gerrard explores how the ballot box can affect the capital

Dark wood furniture makes a statement in a room decorated in neutral shades, and John Lewis’ free-standing Bali range is brilliant value and good-looking: Tallboy, £195, and Mirrored Double Wall Cabinet, £95. Its roomy Two Tone Laundry Basket, £69, could be perfect for towels or laundry. PA Photo/Handout

Are you living the bathroom dream? The ultimate space for a wash-and-brush-up should also double up as a spoiling home-spa for relaxing – and your room is sadly lacking if it’s not offering both.

Alan Titchmarsh, who is spearheading the Butterfly Conservation's Plant Pots for Pollinators campaign. PA Photo/Butterfly Conservation

In his Hampshire garden, green-fingered guru Alan Titchmarsh has swathes of butterfly and bee-friendly plants – from buddleia and verbena to catmint, cosmos and coneflower.

Interiors themed wedding gifts any couple would love

Looking to buy a wedding gift that’s not on the list? Here are 17 chic buys that are guaranteed to make any couple supremely happy

Discover the close community of Swiss Cottage

For a busy, some say transient, area located around a traffic gyratory a community emerges in force when it feels threatened by largescale development, be it tower blocks or cycle lanes.

Don't risk your child's education by being caught out by catchment areas

With a limited number of places available each year at top schools in areas such as Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Camden and Kentish Town, especially for primary admissions, homes within catchment areas can command high price premiums and competition to secure one is rife. Here’s how to get in in time and without breaking the bank if possible.

Top 3 detached propeties

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Stormont Road, Kenwood, N6, £11,750,000, Glentree, 020 8458 7311

Neighbours are all well and good but there better at a distance. In London’s cheek-by-jowl landscape a detached property is a true luxury. Here are three of the best currently on the market

Bespoke furniture packages are available. Photographs by David Butler

Everyone knows that Kentish Town is now a bit posh but luxury development still doesn’t spring to mind when picturing the area.

Get down(ward dog) with the Hampstead and Highgate kids

In Finland they hand new parents a box full of essentials for their new arrival. We reimagine the tradition for north London children. Here is our pick of the necessities for a Hampstead or Highgate childhood.

The cast of the Australian soap opera Neighbours

London is the second friendliest place to live in the UK according to a survey, despite its unwelcoming reputation.

Nibs Lakhani, Goldschmidt & Howland

Family man Nibs Lakhani loves walks on the Heath with his daughter and serving the generations of Hampstead families that sell with their agency

The Mount, Hampstead Village, NW3, £5,950,000, Goldschmidt & Howland, 020 7435 4404

Off street parking is a coveted resource when it comes to buying property in north London, but nothing says peace of mind (and extra storage) quite like a garage

Despite looking very contemporary, the art of ikebana has been practiced for centuries

Try ikebana at the London branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana’s seventh annual exhibition in Hampstead next weekend

The house on Belsize lane has fantastic dual aspect windows that flood the property with natural light

With an impressive architectural pedigree, drool-worthy windows and plenty of room for parties, this Modernist home in Belsize Park is suited to a buyer who enjoys la dolce vita.

Wildwood Road, Hampstead Garden Suburb, NW11

This stunning detached double fronted family home is presented to an exemplary standard throughout and has been meticulously designed by the current owners, the woodwork and finishes were designed and fitted by award-winning Staffan Tollgard Design Group.

5 tips for avoiding subsidence

Sunday, May 22, 2016
A crack caused by subsidence in the wall of a home

Subsidence is the shrinking and movement of the earth your home is built on, which results in the foundations moving and cracks appearing in the building.

The Mary Berry rose. PA Photo/Harkness

The countdown is on – and if you haven’t managed to grab a ticket you can watch all that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has to offer from your armchair, even before it starts. So, what can we expect from this year’s horticultural extravaganza?

Wooden Chopping Boards, from £18.5, Nkuku

Bestow a moment of elegance on kitchen suppers and casual lunches with kitchen and dining accessories in stripped back tones and natural materials.

Polly Leonard founder of Selvedge Magazine in her Highgate kitchen, complete with vintage French linen towels

Polly Leonard is the founder and editor of Selvedge magazine and opened the sister textiles shop on Archway Road seven years ago. She lives in Highgate with her husband, two teenage children, dog and two cats.

Noel Gallagher has asked for an oligarch to buy his Little Venice home

As Noel Gallagher says he’s struggling to sell his Little Venice home, and Jamie Oliver and Ricky Gervais cut the prices of their north London pads, we find if there’s a price premium on properties with all star residents.

Pond Square

Longstanding locally run cultural institutions are one of Highgate’s most unique features, but locals are also devoted to the excellent schools, attractive houses and strong village community.

Dulux created their ‘Space’ bedroom with Rich Black emulsion, using splatters of a range of shades, including Purple Pout, Striking Cyan and Lost Lake, and White Cotton for the stars, all from the Dulux Endurance+ range, from £20.99 for 2.5L. For the stars, 250ml samples can be purchased in stores, from £6. PA Photo/Handout

No pressure parents, but your children secretly have big dreams when it comes to their bedrooms. If they could wave a magic wand, they’d be kitted out with tree houses, Narnia-style wardrobes, a slide, swing and a stage – and that’s just for starters.

A new app promises to match buyers and sellers, much like an old-fashioned match-making agency

Moving home, whether as a buyer, seller, tenant or landlord, can be an arduous process. Two new sites aim to harness the power of tech to ease your property pain.

House prices in Hampstead have fallen almost 10 per cent

Hampstead homeowners are seeing their house prices slashed by almost 10 per cent since last year, according to new figures.

Hornsey Lane, Highgate, N6, £2,650,000, Goldshmidt and Howland, 020 8347 2600

Survey your kingdom from on high with these brilliant properties that feature sweeping views of London’s skyline

Chris Fairclough, Martyn Gerrard

This estate agent has a passion for restoration and dreams of a home in the sun - complete with an infinity pool and a ‘man den’. Just don’t try to cheat at monopoly when he’s around

How to find a reliable contractor online. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

Word of mouth is all very well, but what if your friends can’t help. Here’s how to find a good contractor online.

Hurst Avenue, Highgate, N6

An architect-designed detached house in Highgate with floating levels and extensive use of glass blending inside and out.

B&Q’s Tropical Floral Wallpaper, £12 a roll, would ramp up the temperature and be bang on trend as interiors go hot and steamy this summer. PA Photo/Handout

Some floral fans might be guilty of letting petal prints spread through their home like weeds, but there is another, more subtle way, to approach green-fingered decor.

Luxury London new build prices cut as number of new homes on the rise

A developer advertising price reductions on a luxury development in Maida Vale? No you haven’t entered a parallel universe, just the north London property market in 2016.

Artist Ben Wilson creates trails of miniature paintings on discarded chewing gum throughout Muswell Hill and beyond

A new study suggests a link between the amount of street art in and area and rising house prices. We go on the trail of the Muswell Hill chewing gum artist who’s turning ‘urgh’ into ‘hmm’

Camden house prices have rised 23.8 per cent compared to this time last year

Sadiq Khan is facing a “serious challenge” as rising property prices across Camden and beyond lead to increased concerns over London’s affordable housing crisis

Park Hall Road, N2, £1,595,000

Property in East Finchley is mostly found in detached or semi-detached inter-War houses on quiet and leafy residential streets.

Eric Aumonier's Archer statue at East Finchley tube station

Beloved by locals as a breath of fresh air, East Finchley is a leafy, residential, community-spirited enclave only half an hour’s tube journey from central London

There are no rules when it comes to buying studio pottery beyond choosing what you love

With The Great Pottery Throwdown captivating viewers across the nation, pottery courses at capacity, and hipsters snapping up vintage studio pieces to display their succulents in and post on Instagram, studio pottery and ceramics are definitely having a moment.

Dine out in style

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Outside dining range from Debenhams

Make the most of the great out doors and take your meals out on to your garden, patio or balcony.

Belsize Avenue, Belsize Park, NW3, £1,000,000, Greene & Co, 020 7483 2551

Make the most of your garden or terrace by bringing the outdoors in with a set of bi-folding doors. Here are three of the best homes with bi-fold doors currently on the market.

Chris Cooper, Associate Director, Benham & Reeves

Chris Cooper of Benham and Reeves has been an estate for 29 years, and he really has seen it all when it comes to viewings

Choose a contractor wisely. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

Choose badly and your selection of contractor could cost you thousands, so make sure to follow these tips.

The Mount, NW3

A Grade II-listed 18th century property, currently home to a quirky collection alongside a wealth of original features.

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