Rat and Mouse
Borough of Southwark
Mon
18
Apr

Two Forest Hill estate agents have been jailed for running cannabis farms in properties they were claiming to let. Police found cannabis plants capable of producing £2m of drugs a way in seven properties “let” by Home to Home estate agents. 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.

Thu
05
Nov

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Actually, £950,000; but an astonishing auction result for what was described in the listing as “a dilapidated pre-fabricated bungalow” with a guide price of £590,000. It was all about the location, apparently.

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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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Tue
08
Jul

It’s a three-bedroom property in Peckham that’s made the Americans wonder whether the capital has lost its collective sanity, and more specifically its “$1.1m” (£650,000) price tag, given the state in which it’s been left by squatters.

This, from the particulars:

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Tue
11
Feb

How about this for a loft conversion?

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The property is an 11-bedroom detached house in Church Road, Upper Norwood. It’s adventurous Gothic design is mirrored, 20th Century-style, in the loft, where this Space Shuttle-replica was apparently built “for the kids”. Guide price: £3.25m. Particulars here

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Fri
24
Jan

They’re, understandably, sick of seeing this:

 

Especially given that Channel 4 apparently deliberately Benefit Street-ed up the estate in order to film a gritty ident.

Here’s a new version, featuring the actual residents, by film-maker Nick Street. (No “4” logo, though, unless I missed it.)

Full story here.

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Thu
14
Nov

They’d been in less than a fortnight, squatting the ex-council property near Borough Market that controversially sold at auction for £3m. But they left behind a message:

Expect more action and projects in Lambeth and Southwark as well as London-wide co-ordinated actions.

The property had been empty for more than a year, and Southwark Council claimed its upkeep compared to its potential market value made it unviable. Its sale would pay for 20 new council homes. I’m sure we won’t be the only ones watching closely to see whether that actually happens. In the meantime, eyes peeled for the next direct action as rising house prices combined with poverty-stricken councils further widens the divide between rich and poor in this city. 

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Fri
19
Apr

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Series 9, Episode 5...

Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce want to convert and extend a landmark 150-year-old water tower in central London. Grade II listed, but utterly derelict, with six-foot-thick walls and crowned with a huge steel tank, it's an almighty task.

As if this isn't challenging enough, Graham and Leigh also plan to build two additional contemporary structures at the base: a new lift shaft connected to the tower by a series of glass tunnels, and a modern living space nicknamed the 'Cube'.

Altogether this cluster of buildings will create a four-bedroom luxury home, over nine floors, crowned with a spectacular viewing room offering 360-degree views across London.

But a tight schedule and soaring budget make this a stress-laden build.

Now they're hoping that £6.5m might just compensate for the stress.

The property's on the market with Knight Frank, just six months after the show was aired. There's certainly nothing else quite like it, and the glass-heavy design certainly makes for 360 degree views. But, looking at the photos in the particulars, you've got to wonder about the ratio of eyes looking out to eyes looking in. 

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