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Sajid Javid denies floating idea of stamp duty for sellers

Monday, August 19, 2019

Chancellor had suggested he could look at various options, saying he was ‘a low-tax guy’

Sajid Javid has quashed speculation that he could shift stamp duty on to sellers rather than buyers, just two days after suggesting he could look at the idea.

The chancellor had appeared to float the idea in an interview with the Times, as he prepares for his first spending review.

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It’s high time fuchsias were back in fashion | James Wong

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Genetically diverse fuchsias are hardy, versatile and beautiful – and well worth rediscovering

When it comes to horticultural fashion, it would be hard to pick a group of plants quite so resolutely in the style doldrums as fuchsias. Yet, while the pastel-coloured frills of the Barbara Cartland types we remember from 1980s pub hanging baskets might have a definite whiff of the doily about them, the huge genetic diversity of the genus means there is a fuchsia for almost any situation. From towering, hardy garden shrubs to tender houseplants, and even exotic candidates for the fruit and veg patch, here are some of the best reasons to ignore garden trends and rediscover these hard-working, versatile and beautiful plants.

Fuchsia magellanica from the southernmost tip of South America, in the cloud forests of Chile and Argentina, is the hardiest of them all. It can be grown outdoors almost anywhere in our analogous climate here in Britain. Although often cut back to ground level by gardeners to create a loose, suckering hedge, given a sheltered spot away from harsh winds, it will form a large shrub or even small tree. This can be encouraged by snipping off small suckers so the plant concentrates its energies on one or two central stems, and then “lifting” the canopy, by removing lower branches coming off this central stem(s) to encourage upward growth. This means its masses of slender purple and pink pendant blooms are above eye level and cascading dramatically down, and highlights its curious peeling bark. There is a beautiful pure white-flowered form, too, that might just rival it in terms of elegance called ‘Hawkshead’.

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Homes That Sold for Around $600,000

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

Nettle tea works wonders for plants – but hold your nose | Allan Jenkins

Sunday, August 18, 2019

It’s strong smelling, but nettles left in water for a few weeks make a great fertiliser

This week’s column is not for the fainthearted, or if you are super sensitive to smell. But if you are looking for a chemical- or manure-free fertiliser then, please, read on.

We start with a hazard warning. It really will smell. A lot. Your garden neighbours will notice. They may disapprove.

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Old school Kiwi bach in Tasman district demolished

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A 120-year-old bach on a council reserve near Kaiteriteri has been pulled down. It will be replaced by a public toilet.

Dramatic spaces: raising the curtain on Dominic Cooper’s bolthole

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The actor’s penthouse provides a welcome escape from the ‘chaos and madness’ of life on screen

Bringing your work home with you takes on a whole new meaning in Dominic Cooper’s Victorian terraced property in north London. One bedroom is furnished entirely with pieces from the New York hotel room set seen in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in which he reprises his character Sky. “I really needed to do the room up quickly and so I bought all of the furniture from that set after the film was finished. I call it the Mamma Mia! floor.”

Occupying the second and third floors of a three-storey terrace, the property comprised a two-bedroom flat on the third floor and a one-bedroom on the second floor when Cooper bought it. Seeing the potential to extend into the eves of the roof, he enlisted E2 architects to create an upper floor open-plan loft-style kitchen-living space, adding reclaimed rustic timber joists in the ceiling and an exposed brick wall to contrast with the grey brick tiles in the sleek, modern white kitchen. A skylight punctuates the wood joists, flooding the room with natural light. “I’ve been slowly working my way down the building,” says Cooper, “buying different bits of it and turning it into a home.”

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Auctions drive landmark sales

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bayleys says its commercial and industrial listings magazine Total Property has helped drive some of the country's landmark real estate sales.As the publication turns 20, True Commercial looks back at some of those defining sales.One...

Our £595k family home won't sell for love nor money

Saturday, August 17, 2019

We have dropped the price to £595,000 and are working our way through every agent in the county. Viewings remain plentiful; offers do not.

Gardening tips: plant a beach aster for a slice of the seaside

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Then prepare potted plants for your own holiday, and visit Arundel Castle

Plant this Get the seaside look with the drought-tolerant daisy flowers of the beach aster, Erigeron glaucus ‘Sea Breeze’. Perfect for gravel gardens, crevice gardens and romping along a drystone wall. It needs full sun, and there are two forms, pink and mauve – both a ground-hugging 30cm x 40cm.

Try this Trips away can leave pots and hanging baskets parched. If you can’t get a friend to water, gather containers together in a shady corner to reduce evaporation, water before you go, and buy watering spikes to keep plants moist. Terracotta pots will dry out much quicker than plastic ones.

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Hot Property: John Stamos joins the growing celebrity crowd in gated Hidden Hills

Sunday, August 18, 2019

"Full House" star John Stamos has found a new spot in Hidden Hills. Also: Brie Larsen sells her Hollywood Hills home at a loss, and former Dodger Milton Bradley steps up to the real estate plate in Encino.

'Westworld' actor Jonathan Tucker's artful connection | My Favorite Room

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Pieces that reflect Africa, India and New England also highlight discovered family ties.

Home of the Week: Sunset Strip pad steps up its game

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A contemporary-style home in Hollywood Hills West designed for indoor-outdoor living and play. Asking price: $11,599,999.

Home of the Week | Sunset Strip pad steps up its game

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A contemporary-style home in Hollywood Hills West designed for indoor-outdoor living and play. Asking price: $11,599,999.

Are you in full bloom? Cheerful floral wallpaper is bac in fashion

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lorna MacPhee, furnishing accessories buyer at John Lewis & Partners, says: 'Once viewed as dated, classic chintz is being reimagined.

£6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike too | Patrick Collinson

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Rents paid by university students have been rising by about double the rate of inflation for years

When did it become acceptable to treat university students as a cash cow, milked for absurd rents that bear little relation to the underlying cost of the accommodation?

Rents charged to first-year students have risen at around double the rate of inflation year after year. The hundreds of thousands of fresh undergraduates heading into halls this September can expect to pay well over £6,000 for even basic single rooms. At the start of this decade, the typical student rent was equal to just over half the maximum available cash they could obtain in loans and grants. Today that has soared to 73%, and it continues to rise.

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How to build a climate-proof home that never floods

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Netherlands has found an ingenious way to combat rising water – build housing that does the same

Could climate change-resistant homes help solve the housing crisis? The Met Office’s conclusion was unequivocal. There is “no doubt” climate change played a role in the record-breaking temperatures that fried the UK and northern Europe last month.

But there was an irony in this year’s latest heatwave too. The scorching heat that sparked fears of buckled train tracks and made many of us yearn for rain was a symptom of a gradual shift that isn’t just raising temperatures but is making flooding more likely too.

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Syndication uptake signals ongoing investor demand

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The rapid uptake of Silverfin Capital's largest-ever property syndication scheme shows there is still plenty of investor demand for blueprints with good projected returns, says the company's CEO. The Inghams portfolio scheme, marketed...

Wairau Valley units with a blank canvas for upside

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Four warehouse units on a freehold site in the Wairau Valley industrial precinct are for sale as a tenanted investment with the opportunity for immediate rental upside.The 2024sq m property, at 78 Diana Dr, on Auckland's North Shore,...

Retail and industrial property portfolio

Saturday, August 17, 2019

A commercial and industrial property portfolio in Masterton - featuring a block of high street shops, a vehicle testing station, and an industrial hub - is on the market for sale.The three properties are based at various locations...

Investors set to dive into scuba centre

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Land and buildings housing an underwater diving centre and a laundromat in Whitianga are on the market for sale.The premises, at 10-12 Campbell St, in Whitianga's central business district, sits at the intersection with Owen St...

Packhouse and cool store for sale

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The land, buildings, and business sustaining one of the biggest privately-owned horticultural packing and distribution centres in the Western Bay of Plenty are on the market for sale.The complex, at Trig Rd, Waihi, features more...

Soon to be vacant medical centre for sale

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Land and buildings once housing a full-service medical centre in Paeroa are on the market for sale or lease.The purpose-built premises, at 15 Princes St, had six tenants all of which have either relocated to new premises in Paeroa,...

Hot Property Newsletter: Links in a chain of famous owners

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Actor John Stamos and talk-show host Leeza Gibbons are among the celebrities making recent real estate purchases in the Los Angeles area.

Sajid Javid refuses to rule out stamp duty reversal so seller pays

Saturday, August 17, 2019

‘I’m a low-tax guy’ says chancellor as he reveals he is considering policy changes

The chancellor has refused to rule out reversing stamp duty so it is paid by the seller, rather than the buyer.

In an interview with the Times, Sajid Javid indicated he was willing to consider the policy, which was said to have been favoured by Boris Johnson during the Tory leadership campaign, among others.

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Musician Frank Simes lists charming Sierra Madre home for sale

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Musician Frank Simes, who has toured with Stevie Nicks and the Who, has listed his charming home in Sierra Madre for sale at $1.15 million.

Frank Simes' Sierra Madre home | Hot Property

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The charming three-level home in Sierra Madre features steeply vaulted ceilings, wood beams and expansive views.

Rudolph Schindler's Lechner House in Studio City sells for over the asking price

Saturday, August 17, 2019

In Studio City, the Rudolph Schindler-designed Lechner house has sold for more than the $4.8-million asking price.

Actor Breckin Meyer cuts loose from Hollywood Hills Midcentury

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Actor Breckin Meyer has unloaded his chic 1960s Midcentury home in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Nichols Canyon Colony for $1.725 million.

Breckin Meyer's Hollywood Hills Midcentury

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Built in 1964, the single-story dwelling is anchored by a dual-sided white-painted brick fireplace bookended by custom built-in shelves.

Four Hours: Exploring Hollywood Boulevard, like a local

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Along the easternmost stretch of the iconic Hollywood Boulevard thoroughfare — past the tourists and the tourist attractions — sits a diverse neighborhood that's a must-visit for those looking to explore a less-heralded part of Los Angeles.