Land Registry data out; £1m+ volumes up and some monster deals in West London
All the latest juicy data from the Land Registry is out, showing the number of properties sold in England and Wales for over £1m in August 2012 was up 12% to 843 from 753 in the same month last year.
There’s more offshore: The Guardian names “secret” property owners
The Guardian has named a batch of "secret" property barons who it claims own UK properties through offshore firms based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Blog standards: nominations open for property blog awards
Nominations for the fourth annual PrimeLocation.com Property Blog Awards have just opened, celebrating wordsmithery across the property blogosphere
Recipe for an offer
In news that will send shockwaves through living rooms across the country, Hamptons International has found the kitchen to be the most important part of the house for potential buyers
Oakvest submits “responsible” Grosvenor Gardens plans; spending £7m on facade alone
Reputedly where the Queen Mother was born, Grosvenor Gardens House in Belgravia is set to undergo a right royal restoration, with comprehensive plans currently being submitted by prime developer Oakvest
Made in Chelsea: Aylesford International flogs £40m in a month
Flurry of heavyweight deals
A Taste For Luxury: The million pound kitchen
Master craftsman Claudio Celiberti and celeb' cook Aldo Zilli unveiled "the world’s most expensive kitchen ever created" last night at One Mayfair. It costs £1 million.
Oracle makes Eastern European HNWs feel at home in Hampstead
One of prime property's newest names, Oracle Capital Group, launched its flagship luxury development in London in partnership with Harrison Varma last night
“We’re responsible for over a quarter of all £2m-£6m house sales in Notting Hill and Holland Park” – Crayson
It sounds as though it's been a carnival of a first year for new kid on the block, Crayson
Strutt and Parker forecasts country pursuit
Strutt and Parker has joined the ranks of property agents predicting a rush to the country next year, as London sellers take advantage of "one of the widest price gaps in history
Lettings sector is property industry’s Wild West – RICS
RICS' latest survey of the lettings industry paints a picture of a windswept and lawless land with a complete lack of effective regulation, deeming it "the property industry's Wild West
K&C approves Capco’s Earls Court Masterplan
Uber-developer Capital & Counties' ambitious plans for the Earls Court & West Kensington Opportunity Area were approved by The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea last night.