The best Hampstead and Highgate property moments of 2016
PUBLISHED: 10:39 23 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:55 23 December 2016
It's been a rum old year for houses in Camden but it certainly hasn't been boring. From Bowie and The Beatles to Bieber and Harry Styles here are our favourite stories of 2016.
All the young dudes
News of David Bowie’s death in January was ever so slightly lightened by the discovery of a flat for sale in a Maida Vale block where the singer was Diana Rigg’s tenant in 1973 in his Ziggy Stardust era (until she had to evict him because of the noise). Sadly, only a fan with deep pockets stood a chance of emulating their hero. The four-bed was on the market for £2,395,000. Meanwhile, Pink Floyd’s old gaff in Highgate was put up for rent for a (slightly) more achievable £8,645/month.
A flat was on sale for more than £17million
Yup, a flat. For £17,777,750 (when the £1,827,750 stamp duty was factored in). Even to our jaded Hampstead property eyes that seemed like a lot. But this wasn’t just any old flat. It had nine bedrooms, two wings, two en suite bathrooms in the master bedroom, a porter, underground parking, some pretty extravagant décor and a very prestigious location near Regent’s Park. Still, though.
And in a world of contrasts… The cheapest property on the market cost £225,000
But was it the bargain it seemed? The Camden studio was so small that each square metre was valued at £14,861 and was available to cash buyers only because it’s close to impossible to secure a mortgage on a studio this small. Still, if you’ve got a lump sum and fancy making a cup of tea from your bed…
A mews house designed by world famous architects
Not too many people get to say their house has been designed by arguably the two best known living British architects but the new resident of the Murray Mews house designed by Richard Rogers and Norman Foster in 1964 can. Lucky them.
Not one, but two, houses for sale in north London had links to legendary war photographers. A blue plaque marks the house in Primrose Hill where Crimean War photographer Roger Fenton – a British pioneer in the genre – lived in the 19th century, which was on sale for £2.1m. Over in Highgate, Don McCullin – best known for his striking shots of the Vietnam war and Northern Irish Troubles – photographed The Beatles against a house which went on sale for £3.45m.
The art of selling
As we mentioned with increasing frequency, the north London property market was a bit sluggish in 2016. To help them shift their properties developers went to ever more inventive lengths. The people behind the Park Crescent in Regent’s Park filled the luxury flats with £100million worth of museum-quality art to coincide with Frieze Art Fair in order to show off the homes to their best advantage.
Boys toyed with our hearts
And then left again.
Renting got all sexy
We tried roommate speed dating and kinda liked it (although we didn’t find a roommate or a boyfriend, sigh). Meanwhile super-rich renters came over all Downton Abbey with their concierges – they’re the the new butlers don’t you know. Ultra high end tenants (we’re talking £45,000/month) on Frognal and the avenues (that’s Bishops, Ingram and Sheldon) and in central areas like Regent’s Park are calling on their concierge to sort out everything from school places to managing staff, booking holidays and overseeing security for the itinerant and uber-rich renters of multi-million pound property.
But Richard and Judy already know all this
Because everyone’s favourite daytime TV couple turn out to be avid readers of Ham & High Property. A year-defining moment, we’re sure you’ll agree. Top that 2017!