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  • Foxtons closes six London branches in ‘challenging’ market
    Estate agent hit by slowing sales in capital amid high prices and Brexit uncertaintyFoxtons has closed six of its London branches as it struggles to sell homes in a “challenging” property market in the capital.The estate agency said it had recently closed its offices on Park Lane in central London, ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-13
  • Westminster council to ban ‘super-size’ new homes
    Limit of 150 sq metres in bid to encourage building of more affordable propertiesWestminster city council is to ban new “super-size properties” built for oligarchs and other members of the global ultra-rich elite in order to free up space for more affordable homes.The council, which includes Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-13
  • Should I give my daughter a loan to buy the home she rents from me?
    I won’t need the rental income once I start getting my state pension in six months’ timeQ I am 64 years old and a homeowner, but I also own a second property worth around £180,000, which I bought with an inheritance. I rent this house for a modest sum to ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-12
  • What future for Britain’s high streets? | Letters
    Readers respond to news that the number of UK shops, pubs and restaurants lying empty has soared by more than 4,400 in the first six months of this yearThe plight of retailers dominates debate about the high street (Decline of the high street gathers pace as thousands of stores close, ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-11
  • Cabin fever: the garden shed that became a stylish guesthouse
    Plans for a simple timber building grew into this Swedish-inspired Hackney hideawayThe exterior of writer and editor Alex Bagner’s new-build timber and glass family house, tucked behind a discreet gate at the end of a London Fields cul-de-sac, offers plenty of clues about the owner’s Swedish heritage: clean, simple lines, ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-11
  • How frost can make your veg even tastier | James Wong
    Plants that survive freezing conditions do so by making their own antifreeze out of sugary starchFrost is often the vegetable grower’s nemesis. It’s a constant cause of nervousness for me as I plant out tomatoes and peppers each spring, not to mention being the meteorological end-of-the-party for pretty much all ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-11
  • Finding beauty in fading plants | Allan Jenkins
    On Plot 29 plants are allowed a longer life – and their is much to appreciate as they succumb to winterPlanning for winter planting is an awkward thing for me. I am mostly not good at it, mostly for good reasons. It is to do with space, primarily. Plot 29, ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-11
  • How to grow narcissus paperwhite | Alys Fowler
    A delicate bowl of the thin white blooms is quite something to come home to in the darker days of winterThe scent of paperwhite narcissus surpasses heady into something almost narcotic. I’m not sure I’d want to be trapped in a room stuffed with them, but a delicate bowl of ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-10
  • Gardening tips: plant tangerine tulips
    Plus protect tender citrus trees and visit the UK’s largest winter gardenPlant this There’s no shame if you haven’t sunk a single tulip bulb into the ground yet. I don’t believe in subtlety when it comes to spring planting, so I am opting for the tangerine, multiflowered T. praestans ‘Shogun’ ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-10
  • Get your garden ready for winter | Alys Fowler
    Our gardening expert lists the crucial tasks, from cutting back to keeping birds happy – and you’re just in time to plant garlicTough stems that have dried standing upright will survive much of the cold season (their bleached seed heads are one of the joys of a winter garden), but ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-10
  • Let’s move to Colchester, Essex: it’s historic, but keeps up with the times
    This is a city worthy of an epic, like TroyWhat’s going for it? Been around a while, Colchester. Seen it all before. This is, after all, reputedly the oldest continually inhabited town in the land. It’s seen Romans (they went wild for its oysters), and more ancient tribes before them. ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-09
  • The 10 best rugs – in pictures
    Go graphic and give your home a splash of colour Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-09
  • Gothic-style homes for sale – in pictures
    From clock towers to castles, see five properties packed with character features Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-09
  • Let’s stop lining housebuilders’ pockets and tax them instead | Aditya Chakrabortty
    Jeff Fairburn’s £75m bonus has sharpened focus on the vast windfalls generated by help to buyWhen historians seek to understand just how blatantly warped British capitalism became in the early 21st century, they will turn to a recent edition of BBC Look North and a man called Jeff.Perhaps you know ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-09
  • Ministers pledge £2m to help English councils tackle rogue landlords
    New fund works out at less than £6,000 per councilThe government is to create a new £2m fund to help English councils tackle rogue landlords, after a Guardian and ITV News investigation revealed how convicted property owners are continuing to collect rents – often funded by the taxpayer – despite ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2018-11-08
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