Rat and Mouse
Borough of Lambeth
Thu
17
Mar

The Battersea Power Station developer is seeking approval to reduce the number of top-end properties in the development and offer more smaller, less expensive homes… protecting the price per square foot… following a 19% slump in demand in the fourth quarter. More here.

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Thu
28
Jan

Property price inflation dropped from 18% in 2014 to 2% last years and - according to one agent - buyers looking for an arty London neighbourhood are now looking across the river at Bermondsey. More here.

Fri
21
Aug

Enabling residents to swim from one tower to the next, 10 storeys about Battersea. 

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The exclusivity might be disappointing, but the ambition’s laudable. More here.

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Wed
19
Aug

According to this in the Independent, Battersea’s lost 10% in a year and investors in the power station redevelopment are becoming increasingly jittery as currency volatility and domestic economic problems are having an affect on the Malaysian and Singaporean investors who have fuelled the fire in the region. In Nine Elms, there’s talk of “flat flipping” before Asian investors start to pull out en masse. Read the full story, it’s interesting.

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Thu
25
Jun

The move, by the Southwark Council, apparently comes following campaigning by the Walworth Society, and appears to be the final nail in the coffin for any plans to convert the old pub into a new branch. More here.

Friday morning linkage - anti-Foxtons squatters on the move [June 19, 2015]
Foxtons fixed on historic Elephant & Castle pub [June 3, 2015]

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Wed
03
Jun

Talking of Foxtons… an application on the Southwark Council website shows the agency’s plans to move into a 250-year-old pub called The Elephant & Castle. Pub-to-estate agency conversions have something of a history of controversy. In this instance, the place had been closed since a stabbing incident earlier in the year, and - before you form too clear an image of exposed beams and fireplaces - it looks like this. More here.

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Thu
12
Feb

Profits of up to £150,000 have been reported in the Telegraph, by investors selling flats in the upmarket and very long awaited development before they’ve been built. Properties appearing on the Chestertons website are priced at £865k after being reserved for £711k. There’s no suggestions of illegality - off-plan flipping has been an investment tactic for a very long time - but given pressures on London buyers and how long people have waited for this particular development to happen, any significant profiteering and price inflation at this stage will certainly be seen as unfortunate. More here.

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Tue
15
Jul

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After a a complex and, at times, frankly depressing saga, the first images of an actual apartment within the Battersea Power Station development have been published. It’s called “The Power House”, and it’s a glass structure, two-bedrooms with riverside balcony. The work, by Michaelis Boyd Architects, is said to purposefully reflect the building’s 1930s/40s heritage in its choice of warm colours. More information here.

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Tue
18
Mar

Trash it.

Seriously, has any 2-bedroom flat had as much exposure on the national press as this one? Which is featured in the Telegraph, the Mirror, the Standard and the Mail. And the main focus appears to be on the home-staging.

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Thu
20
Feb

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A £12.5m Battersea Mansion, a couple of enthusiastic fellas wearing Google Glass, and a template for what could be the online viewing of the future. There’s an immediacy about this that’s different to the highly-produced video particulars that were the last “big thing”, and a sense you’re poking into all the nooks and corners as you would on a real viewing. My impression? This less rehearsed, more haphazard approach does a better job of selling a property. (In fact, I’ve made an offer. Only joking.)

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