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    It's a family affair! How parents, kids and grandparents are choosing to all live together to beat high house prices

    Across the country, families are calling in the builders to transform their basements, attics, spaces above the garage or slices of garden into self-contained homes. Why? Because in our challenging housing market, multi-generational ­living is becoming increasingly popular. House prices are an estimated 7.6 times the average annual salary — more than double what they were 20 years ago — so would-be first-time buyers are being forced to rent, with no prospect of being able to afford a place of their own any time soon.  There is an estimated demand for some 125,000 multi-generational homes per year in BritainDeclining sales (currently at ...

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    PROPERTY CLINIC: How do we work out the size of our house in square feet - and can we include the attic and garage?

    We are marketing our property ourselves online and we need to get a measurement of its square footage. I was going to just measure each room, hallway and landing, and add it all together. But then my wife pointed out that that doesn't include lots of used space like built-in storage, stairwells, etc.  She thinks we just measure the length and width of the house (which is rectangular) and multiply to get the square footage of one storey, then double it to add on the second – but I am worried that is cheating. Also we have an attic that is usable as ...

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    Dreaming of a three-bed stone cottage for less than £300k? Sarah Beeny heads to Lancashire to find her bargain property of the month

    A stone cottage in Lancashire has been picked by TV property star Sarah Benny as her October bargain property of the month.The three-bedroom terrace property in the village of Whittington can be found between the pretty Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District.It means that there are miles of idyllic trails and beautiful countryside on the doorstep, making it a popular area for walkers and cyclists. This pretty three-bedroom terrace house in Lancashire's Whittington has been picked by Sarah Beeny as her property bargain of the month The railway station in the nearby town of Carnforth is famous in ...

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    Don't kill off your Victorian features and replace them with modern styles - celebrate their charm instead!

    The country has been having a long-term fling with glassy extensions. It’s half the reason Grand Designs is still going strong after 18 years.These light-drenched expansions might be expensive and the building work chaotic, but they tend to provide a solid return on investment and awaken under-used areas, converting dark corners to warm social hubs.  Tasteful: An interior by designer Anouska Tamony, which is in keeping with the architectureBut I’ve fallen out of love with these glass boxes. Everyone seems to have them — and they all look identical.The same could be said of other restoration fashions. Which is a shame, ...

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    French fancy! How the Macron Effect is luring British buyers back to France - but would you be tempted?

    Maybe it’s because we’re frustrated by Brexit, fed-up with Westminster infighting, or bored of the unpredictable British weather, but the tide has turned. Britons are buying abroad again.After years of economic uncertainty and with the demise of the pound, which saw a widespread collapse of the market for British buyers abroad, there is now a return to classic locations which are easy to reach, offer good weather, and are family-friendly.Many estate agents say the 3 per cent Stamp Duty surcharge, introduced on holiday homes in this country last year, balances out unfavourable shifts in the exchange rate and makes the ...

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    The 50 best places to live in the UK if you have a family: Research finds Scottish islands and highlands offer top quality of life for children

    The Scottish highlands and islands have come out top in a study that has ranked the 50 best places in the UK to live if you have a family.The Orkney Islands, Shetland and the Western Isles were among the top places in a quality of life index drawn up by the Halifax.The Orkney Islands and Shetland retain the two top spots they occupied in last year's study, while the Western Isles have been bumped down to fourth place by new entrant Craven, which is in Yorkshire and Humber. Map shows the top 10 best places to live if you have ...

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    Truly tasteful homes! House buyers tempted with swish on-site restaurants like this Buckinghamshire venture of top chef Michel Roux

    When legendary French chef, Michel Roux, 76, announced he and his son, Alain, were opening a new restaurant, it caused a ripple of excitement among foodies.But Roux at Skindles, as it will be known, will be very different from the family’s signature three-Michelin-starred establishment, The Waterside Inn, at Bray in Berkshire.For a start, the restaurant is within the site of a new residential development, Taplow Riverside, being built by Berkeley. Top chefs: Alain, left, and Michel RouxThe scheme on the bank of the Thames near the village of Taplow in Buckinghamshire, will mark the first time Michel Roux has been ...

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    Fallen in love with your holiday destination this summer? Here's how to go about buying an overseas property - and the pitfalls to avoid

    It seems that some people simply aren't prepared to accept that their summer holiday is over. No sooner have they stepped off the airplane and they're looking at property websites to turn their holiday home dreams into a reality.The claim is supported by figures from property website Zoopla, where visits to its overseas homes for sale section have increased 17 per cent during the past five weeks.It found that European hotspots close to Britain are the most popular holiday home destinations, with the most searched for location being Spain, followed by Portugal and France.  The most searched for overseas locations ...

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    A convenient house price rise: Converted public toilet goes back on the market after a year with seller asking for 16% more

    Half of a former converted public toilet in Surrey has gone back on the market with an asking price that's a significant 45,000 higher than a year ago.The semi-detached house in well-to-do Ewell Village was sold last year after being marketed for sale with an asking price of 285,000.Mark Anthony Estate Agents said the buyer has now put it back on the market with an increased asking price of 330,000. This semi-detached house in posh Surrey's Ewell Village is half of a former converted public toilet The interior has been given a total overhaul, with an open-plan living area that ...

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    The glamorous hotels that have been converted into flats and offer grand ballrooms and basement pools

    Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Leonard Cohen all, famously, lived in New York s bohemian Chelsea Hotel. It s now undergoing refurbishment and set to re-open to guests next year.But these days you can check into hotels, even those with an illustrious past, full-time as an owner because many are being turned into houses.In Hertfordshire, Harpenden s last hotel is set to become 37 homes, while a scheme of new apartments called 51 Degrees Latitude is being carved from a former hotel overlooking Tenby s South Beach. Art Deco masterpiece: The Grand Ocean Hotel at Saltdean, near BrightonIn Sheffield, the ...

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    Would you get a swimming pond in your garden? As the Beckhams plan to build one we look at how much they cost and what they do to the value of your home

    It will come as no surprise that the Beckhams are planning a swimming pool for their new 6million home in the Cotswolds. But what might be unexpected is that it is unlikely to have a drop of chlorine - and may well include newts and dragonflies as well. Natural swimming pools have become all the rage among those who can afford the six-figure price tag, and Victoria and David are set to join this exclusive anti-chlorine club.But can these freshwater ponds really provide a clean swimming experience without breaking the bank, or are they just the latest must-have home accessory ...

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    Yours for the price of a London studio flat! The sprawling Scottish six-bedroom country house that's gone on the market for 200k

    If you've ever thought that owning a sprawling country house is out of your price range, it's time to look again.A stunning six-bedroom country property called Chesterhill House has gone on the market for a mere 200,000.The asking price of the listed house in Scotland's Fife, which comes with three acres of land, is the same as a one-bedroom studio flat for sale in North London. Chesterhill House has gone on the market for a mere 200,000 - the same price as a studio flat in some parts of London The sprawling Scottish property boasts architectural features including castellated parapets ...

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    Could you buy a family holiday home and attract tax benefits? This trick could bring dreams of owning a second home within reach

    During this holiday season many of us will wish we could call our rented cottages by the sea home. But Mark Fielden, tax partner at chartered accountants and business advisers Kingston Smith LLP, suggests there may be a way to make a nostalgic dream a tax efficient reality. Here he explains how. Furnished Holiday LetsFor many years it has been possible to own a residential property primarily used for short term lettings, and benefit from an attractive tax regime under the rules applying to Furnished Holiday Lets (FHL). Within reach? A Furnished Holiday Let is not subject to the same ...

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    A large family home in North London for less than a million? Sarah Beeny finds a four-bed Edwardian house in Winchmore Hill as her bargain of the month

    An Edwardian house costing 900,000 in Enfield's Winchmore Hill in North London has been chosen by TV property star Sarah Beeny as her bargain home of the month. For some, the 900,000 price tag isn't synonymous with the word 'bargain'. However, Sarah defends her decision by describing the property as a 'rarity', claiming it is unusual to find such a four-bedroom character property in London for less than 1million.The spacious family home comes with a generously-sized living room, a garden, two bathrooms and four bedrooms. And there are plenty of original features, including picture rails and sash windows. A four-bedroom ...

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    Can you guess the prices of these bungalows? Take our quiz to see if you can - and spot the one that costs 15 TIMES the average home

    The humble bungalow seems to be experiencing a dramatic turnaround in fortunes if some of their prices are anything to go by.Those in the most sought-after locations have values exceeding 1million, with one of the bungalows in our quiz below costing 3million.With builders reluctant to build new stock - as it's a less economic use of land -, the one-storey homes that remain are in high demand and have high prices to match.Buying agent Henry Pryor said: 'Bungalows are a practical and desirable next step for many silver sellers, but finding them is hard.' Take our house price quiz to ...

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