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Australia's most expensive home sells for $150m

Monday, October 21, 2019

An off the plan apartment has smashed the record for Australia's most expensive home.The top three floors of One Sydney Harbour tower in Sydney's exclusive Barangaroo South development precinct has been sold for A$140 million (NZ$150m).The...

Lowest October rise in UK house prices since 2008 financial crisis

Monday, October 21, 2019

Rightmove says sluggish market and Brexit uncertainty are putting potential sellers off

UK house prices have registered their lowest October rise since the 2008 financial crisis as Brexit uncertainty continues to take its toll, according to the property website Rightmove.

Its data also showed that some parts of London are continuing to see asking prices fall, in some cases by £15,000 or more in a month.

Related: Now is the time for the government to increase the supply of homes | Larry Elliott

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Foodie finds a new home and a new start

Monday, October 21, 2019

"I decided to buy a house for the life that I wanted, not the life that I had."

Out of retirement into full time gardening

Monday, October 21, 2019

A life of tinkering about was never going to work for Viv and Mike Beavon. Try as they might to slow down, they soon decided their retirement plan was as flawed as they were bored.

Wellington apartment reflects owner's life story

Monday, October 21, 2019

Brenda Young had a clear idea in mind when decorating her purpose-built Wellington apartment, filling it with colourful, interesting pieces.

A perfect second build means this family may never leave

Monday, October 21, 2019

A wee rural block with chickens, another dog and some cats to complete the picture – that's the Bedggood family dream.

Couple's love-hate relationship with their made-on-TV home

Monday, October 21, 2019

An Auckland couple proved that nothing impossible with this challenging 18-month hard build.

Homes That Sold for Around $750,000

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

Don’t bother with a living wall – plant some ivy

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Ivy is a far simpler and more cost-effective way of cloaking buildings in green

The concept of the living wall has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years. What was once a design novelty at fancy flower shows has gone mainstream, and most major urban developments now seem to have at least part of their surface coated in a matrix of panels filled with growing substrate, allowing plants to colonise their surface. But, much as I love these technological marvels, there’s a far simpler, more cost-effective way to clothe buildings in a living cloak of green: plant some ivy.

Every time I walk past an incredibly complex watering system being installed and scores of workers on cranes hauling huge panels, I think to myself: “None of this is necessary!” Ivy is a cheaper, easier and far less risky option, and provides many of the same environmental and economic benefits as newfangled substrate-filled panels.

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The rain has hammered the amaranth…

Sunday, October 20, 2019

A few dry days and winter sun may hold back the decline. I’ll leave it late to save precious seed

Summer’s been dismantled. Packed away. The plot is hunkering down nearer the ground. Kala’s garden, too, has been half-cleared, now sitting in jugs and drying on shelves. Huge heads of sunflowers, seeds to be shared with friends and family.

I have left the sweet pea structures on the plot, though the flowers are long gone. Two have been colonised by nasturtiums, tendrils reaching hungrily out as though to snare passers-by. The last wigwam is now webbed by an iridescent morning glory, its seed sent to me by a reader. New to me, I will grow them again every year, purple as Prince.

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Living on a farm, with your grown-up kids, and their kids

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Mary and Peter Kippenberger live on a Hawke's Bay farm with their 4 kids and 7 grandkids.

Lady Katie Percy and Australian businessman Mark Carnegie buy up $6m lifestyle block at Golden Bay

Sunday, October 20, 2019

British aristocrat and Australian business mogul couple have snapped up a slice of rural New Zealand land for about $6m.

How-to Dad: Dad dream complete, we're finally home owners

Sunday, October 20, 2019

OPINION: I Googled 'how to win an auction' and blow me down, we're moving to Tauranga.

Palazzo of dreams

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Living above Leonardo’s Milanese vineyard is a constant source of inspiration for fashion designer Massimo Alba

Not many people can say that they share an address with Leonardo da Vinci, but Massimo Alba can. The fashion designer’s Milan apartment is part of the Casa degli Atellani, an elegant palazzo and one of the city’s most celebrated museums. It is also home to the vineyard gifted to da Vinci by the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Maria Sforza, in 1498.

“Every time I come home, I feel privileged to be living in this terrific place, surrounded by good energy,” says Alba as he leads the way through the museum to the garden where the Renaissance artist tended to his vines.

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Tunnel of love: a wartime Nissen hut brought to life

Saturday, October 19, 2019

When a three-generation family moved to a smallholding in Wales, they reimagined an old military shelter as a stylish second space

A rusting wartime Nissen hut was not in the gameplan when architect Damon Webb moved from Brighton to mid-Wales with his daughter and her family four years ago. Tired of the fast pace and density of people where he lived, Webb, 52, was searching for an alternative. He wanted space to keep bees and chickens, and to pursue his interests in permaculture, self-sufficiency and the humane rearing of animals.

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Hot Property: Last laugh? Gwen Stefani sells L.A.-area home to stand-up comic

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Gwen Stefani has sold her L.A.-area home to stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco. Also: LeBron James' agent, Rich Paul, buys big in Beverly Hills, and "Jane the Virgin" star Gina Rodriguez has found a new spot in Westchester.

The internet's Kaplan Twins move out, find the glitter struggle is real | My Favorite Room

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The pop artists, social media influencers and MTV reality show personalities mix work and life in an open-living space. Light bulbs make a big difference.

Hot Property Newsletter: L.A.'s celebrity-forward neighborhoods see more realty action

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Actor Elijah Wood, "Shark Tank" judge Robert Herjavec and R&B singer Ne-Yo are among those in the ranks of real estate sellers.

Home of the Week: An elemental experience in Montecito

Sunday, October 20, 2019

In Montecito, a rustic retreat with adobe brickwork, elaborate sculptures and 360-degree views is for sale at $1.7 million.

Bunnings extends flat-pack home design range, 72 NZ houses now up, 21 builders approved

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Bunnings is expanding its range of flat-pack homes, 72 of the structures are now up throughout New Zealand and a list of 21 approved builders has been released.A Bunnings spokesperson said demand was growing for the products, starting...

Mortgage prisoners: domestic abuse survivors on how they got trapped

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Homeowners fleeing toxic relationships can get stuck with large mortgages they can’t escape

Four years ago, without a word of warning, Wendy’s estranged husband stopped paying his share of the mortgage, leaving the mother of one to pay the full £1,100 a month.

Despite this, Wendy*, 46, was still at the mercy of her abusive ex, who prevented the sale of the property and refused to sign the papers when she negotiated a new mortgage rate.

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Mortgages: 40-year terms are becoming the norm – but watch out

Saturday, October 19, 2019

First-time buyers could end up paying a lot more – and not be mortgage-free until their 70s

Mortgages with a maximum term of 40 years are now becoming the norm, according to new data this week. However, with the average age of a first-time buyer standing at 32, that raises the prospect of a generation of homeowners not achieving mortgage-free status until they are in their 70s.

Latest research from the data experts at Moneyfacts.co.uk shows that 57% of the residential mortgage products currently available have a standard maximum term of up to 40 years – up from just under 36% in March 2014.

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Mangere warehouse with vacant possession in low-vacancy market

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Auckland's low-vacancy industrial market is expected to drive strong buyer demand for a substantial warehouse for sale with vacant possession in the industrial hub of Mangere.Andrew Hooper, director of Colliers International's...

Japanese-inspired home in Gisborne voted supreme in architectural awards

Saturday, October 19, 2019

A touch of Japanese culture in a Kiwi setting is the winning recipe in this year's top architectural awards. A humble but unique family home in Gisborne has been named the supreme winner in the 2019 Resene Architectural Designers...

Six Must-Haves Needed to Seduce Buyers

Saturday, October 19, 2019

A look at the appliances and finishes that developers say will make their new high-style condos stand out from the high-style competition.

To Her, He Was More Than a Doorman

Saturday, October 19, 2019

A platonic connection with her doorman inspired Julie Margaret Hogben’s 2015 essay about navigating the rough seas of dating and motherhood. So how are she, her daughter and Guzim doing now?

Keith Haring Mural Cut Out of New York Stairwell Heads to Auction

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The artwork, at a former youth center owned by a church, faces an uncertain future.

Controversial housing scheme offers pointers to Nelson supply crisis

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Could a widely criticised housing scheme provide some of the answers to Nelson's housing crisis?

House Hunting in … Singapore

Saturday, October 19, 2019

On the sovereign island-nation, government measures have kept markets in check, but more luxury development means higher prices.

Former baseball all-star Milton Bradley sells Encino home

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Former Dodgers and Athletics outfielder Milton Bradley has sold his Encino home for $3.725 million.