Rat and Mouse
Borough of Haringay
Tue
20
May

Hackney’s Woodberry Down has been the subject of work since 2005, now Berkeley have had the green light for another seven phases, including the demolition of the remaining buildings, to be replaced by 3,242 new homes, plus parks, a community centre, school, library and shops. More here.

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Wed
30
Oct

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Repo-bargain hunters look away now… £29.5m, 48 The Bishops Avenue and - yes - on behalf of the receivers. But here’s the punchline. Current plans are for it to be knocked down, and replaced by a new property, plans submitted and approved. The new property would replace the 8,000 square foot home with a 46,000 sqaure foot mansion, with 21 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and 12 reception rooms. 

The property was bought be a former Pakistani cabinet minister, and was remortgaged for £50m at the peak of the market. Full particulars, photos and plans here.

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Thu
02
May

Including public spaces, homes, business and retail in a large-scale regeneration of the area between the stadium and the station. More here

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Mon
11
Mar

The lease is up on Muswell Hill's Connaught House, a development owned by the Met, and 21 families face eviction (with 11 already removed by bailiffs). According to this, residents learned that the Metropolitan Police's lease was going to expire as far back as 2006, but it's only now that the full urgency of the situation as become apparent. More here.

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Fri
09
Mar

The list - so far - who've lived or are living in Princess Park Manor, Friern Barnet.

One Direction
JLS
The Wanted
Girls Aloud
Ashley Cole

Fantastic stuff. Imagine the late night discussions... which is the best Proust translation, the classic Moncrieff or the more faithful Lydia Davis? Vicious Tractatarian debate... who has the best handle on early Wittgenstein... Cheryl Cole or Aston Merrygold?

There's a feature, here, about the former lunatic asylum's celebrity status. If you think you could keep up with the free-thinkers, there are a range of properties still available, from £400,000, here.

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Princess Park Manor and One Direction [January 6, 2012]

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Fri
06
Jan

There's a "thing" in the Daily Mail about One Direction and Princess Park Manor, in particular Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson who are said to be on the verge of buying the penthouse once owned by Ashley Cole. The development, next to New Southgate station, is the old Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, which - in turn - was once home to John Duffy, who was worse than Ashley Cole.

More interesting than the property story are the comments below the piece... a true Daily Mail-style menagerie of opinions. My favourites, the one from the former asylum employee who warns of the ghosts, and this:

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Fri
25
Nov

This time... a house that was being renovated, until the owner ran out of money, and a bunch of Polish squatters. The Telegraph takes exception with one squatter's comment that they couldn't afford the rent in Highgate, so just "moved in".

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Thu
27
Oct

When the home-owner came to see the house for himself he was berated for having turned off the water by a woman who said she wanted to install a washing machine.

Like... come on! They've been there, like, two weeks already.

Actually, they're disputing their status as squatters. They've shown the police a tenancy agreement and - in a shocking display of balls so big they blocked out the sun - accused the man whose name is on the deeds and whose estate agent stumbled across the new residents during a viewing of being an impostor. It will go to court.

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Thu
11
Aug

Nothing to do with a riot... Zoopla's newly updated heat maps are available, illustrating average property price hotspots. Informative and addictive.

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Mon
08
Aug

It's a blue plaque property -  former home to Coleridge and JB Priestley - and Kate Moss's plans for a satellite dish, security cameras, basement kitchen and gym/steam room aren't delighting her neighbours.

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The details plans are online here.

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