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Flat in mansion block once home to TS Eliot for sale for £995,000

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Poet’s corner: One-bedroom flat in the Kensington mansion block once home to TS Eliot is for sale for £1million

  • The flat is part of an impressive red-brick mansion block in London’s affluent Kensington
  • The one-bedroom flat in Kensington Court Gardens is for sale for £995,000 via estate agents Marsh & Parsons
  • The average value of a home in Kensington is £1.97million compared to £329,735 nationally, says Zoopla

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A one-bedroom flat in the building that includes the former home of TS Eliot has gone on the market for just shy of £1million.

The flat for sale in London‘s affluent Kensington is part of a red brick mansion block where the poet once lived.

It is called Kensington Court Gardens and has a blue plaque on the exterior highlighting its famous literary former resident.

While TS Eliot lived in the same building, he did not live in this specific flat for sale which has a price tag of £995,000, reflecting its location in one of London’s most expensive areas.

The flat for sale is part of a red-brick mansion block in London's affluent Kensington and comes with a price tag of £995,000

The flat for sale is part of a red-brick mansion block in London’s affluent Kensington and comes with a price tag of £995,000

Modern interiors: The Kensington flat for sale has a good-sized living room with tall ceilings and cornicing

Modern interiors: The Kensington flat for sale has a good-sized living room with tall ceilings and cornicing

The mansion block was originally built between 1887 and 1889 and is a stone’s throw from Kensington High Street.

It has good access to public transport, including to Kensington High Street underground station.

The open green spaces of Kensington Gardens, Holland Park and Hyde Park are also within easy reach.

Thomas Stearns Eliot is shown to have lived and died at the property via one of London’s blue plaques, which link the people of the past with the buildings of the present. 

The large reception room at the flat is ideal for entertaining with space for a dining table and separate seating area

The large reception room at the flat is ideal for entertaining with space for a dining table and separate seating area

The building has a blue plaque on the exterior highlighting its famous former resident who lived and died at the property

The building has a blue plaque on the exterior highlighting its famous former resident who lived and died at the property

TS Eliot was born in 1887 on September 20 and was best known as a poet and playwright.

He was born in Missouri, but moved to England in 1914 and become a British citizen in 1927.

TS Eliot first attracted widespread attention for his poem, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock in 1915.

It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday and Four Quartets.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 for his outstanding contribution to poetry.

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1887 on September 20 and was best known as a poet and playwright

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1887 on September 20 and was best known as a poet and playwright

The spacious and light one-bedroom flat is being sold via estate agents Marsh & Parsons in Kensington

The spacious and light one-bedroom flat is being sold via estate agents Marsh & Parsons in Kensington

The Kensington flat for sale has a large living room with tall ceilings and cornicing, along with a separate kitchen.

There is also a walk-in shower room and a double bedroom with some built-in storage.

Barney Goss, of estate agents Marsh & Parsons in Kensington, which is handling the sale, said: ‘Kensington Court Gardens has a fantastic literary connection – the building used to be home to TS Eliot – and is in an amazing position just south of Kensington High Street and a short walk away from Kensington Gardens.

‘With high ceilings and period features throughout, the property presents an excellent opportunity for a buyer looking to live in a historic, prestigious address in a prime London location.’

The flat has a separate kitchen with white base and wall units, alongside a dark worktop and space for appliances

The flat has a separate kitchen with white base and wall units, alongside a dark worktop and space for appliances

Making an entrance: The main hallway in the impressive mansion block helps to make a good first impression

Making an entrance: The main hallway in the impressive mansion block helps to make a good first impression

The average price of a property in Kensington is £1,970,090, compared to the national average of £329,735, according to property website Zoopla.

Tom Parker, of Zoopla, said: ‘This property would make the perfect home for a buyer looking for city living that provides easy access to green spaces.

‘Located moments from bustling Kensington High Street with its many shops and restaurants, the apartment is also within walking distance from Kensington Gardens, Holland Park and Hyde Park.

‘Even better, it’s located in a building steeped in literary history as the place where famed poet T.S. Eliot lived and died.’

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Homes near Elizabeth Line see asking prices double in a decade

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Asking prices for properties for sale near stations on London‘s new Elizabeth Line have more than doubled in a decade, new research has revealed.

Many areas near stations on the capital’s new high-speed line were previously less well connected to key commuter hubs, such as Liverpool Street or Paddington stations.

But they have seen a surge in property asking prices amid new interest from homebuyers and tenants due to the better transport links that the Elizabeth Line provides.

REVEALED: The asking price hotspots around the new Elizabeth Line stations

REVEALED: The asking price hotspots around the new Elizabeth Line stations

Elizabeth Line hotspots: This two-bed flat in London's Windmill lane is o.2 miles from Maryland station and is for sale for £395,000 via Filtons estate agents

Elizabeth Line hotspots: This two-bed flat in London’s Windmill lane is o.2 miles from Maryland station and is for sale for £395,000 via Filtons estate agents

The new figures from Rightmove revealed the extent to which asking prices have risen in local areas around Maryland, Abbey Wood and Stratford stations.

Maryland Station in Newham, which provides an additional option for those commuting near well-connected Stratford, has seen the biggest jump in asking prices.

They have more than doubled compared to ten years ago, rising 108 per cent from £233,480 to £486,235.

This compares to the London average increase over the past ten years of 55 per cent.

About half a mile from Abbey Wood station is this two-bed flat for sale for £235,000 via Your Move estate agents

About half a mile from Abbey Wood station is this two-bed flat for sale for £235,000 via Your Move estate agents

Rightmove has identified the asking price hotspots around the new Elizabeth Line stations

Rightmove has identified the asking price hotspots around the new Elizabeth Line stations

Meanwhile, Rightmove revealed that total buyer demand has risen the most in western areas, while prices and competition has risen most in eastern areas.

Twyford, at the end of the western section of the line and the next stop along from Reading, has seen the biggest jump in the number of buyers contracting estate agents.

Numbers have more than tripled compared to 10 years ago, up 245 per cent.

Those looking to buy near Abbey Wood station, at the end of the South East section of the line, face the stiffest competition from other buyers.

Competition in that area has soared more than nine times and is up 869 per cent.

Rightmove has identified buyer demand hotspots around the new Elizabeth Line stations

Rightmove has identified buyer demand hotspots around the new Elizabeth Line stations

The increase in buyer competition compared to ten years ago around the new Elizabeth Line has been revealed

The increase in buyer competition compared to ten years ago around the new Elizabeth Line has been revealed

Near Custom House station: This two-bed house is for rent for £1,700 a month via Outlook lettings agents

Near Custom House station: This two-bed house is for rent for £1,700 a month via Outlook lettings agents

The rental hotspots along the new Elizabeth Line station have been revealed

The rental hotspots along the new Elizabeth Line station have been revealed

It is a similar story along the Elizabeth line for tenants as many look to balance their commute into London with where they can afford to rent.

Average rents in London have reached a new record of £2,195 a month, up 14 per cent compared to this time last year.

Southall has seen the biggest increase in the number of tenants contacting letting agents compared to ten years ago, more than quadrupling, up 372 per cent.

However, asking rents near Southall station are lower than nearby Hanwell or Ealing.

Asking rents have increased the most in western stations Slough, up 44 per cent, and Burnham, up 43 per cent, while those looking to rent near Custom House station face the most competition from other tenants.

Slough is among the asking rent hotspots along the new Elizabeth Line stations, with the average asking rent up 44 per cent during the past ten years

Slough is among the asking rent hotspots along the new Elizabeth Line stations, with the average asking rent up 44 per cent during the past ten years

One of the new stations built for the Elizabeth Line - Custom House - has seen competition increase 3270 per cent compared to ten years ago

One of the new stations built for the Elizabeth Line – Custom House – has seen competition increase 3270 per cent compared to ten years ago

Custom House, one of the new stations built for the Elizabeth Line and benefitting from significantly lower travel times into Central London, has seen competition increase by a staggering 33 times, up 3270 per cent compared to ten years ago.

Tim Bannister, of Rightmove, said: ‘As the Elizabeth Line opens, it does so with a backdrop of record rents in London, a rising cost of living and a shortage of available homes.

‘Areas further out from central London that have lower asking prices or rents, but are now more easily commutable will be attractive to new buyers and tenants in search of somewhere affordable to live near the capital.

‘Not only this, but new working from home patterns since the pandemic started two years ago will have many people weighing up whether they are prepared to commute from further away if they need to do so less often.’

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National Maternity Hospital decision is a welcome sign of the Government’s backbone

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The Government’s decision to proceed with the building of the new National Maternity Hospital is a welcome sign that the Taoiseach and his Ministers are willing to face up to the Opposition, the social media mob and assorted objectors on an issue of major national importance.

One of the weaknesses of the Coalition since it took office in June 2020 has been a tendency to run scared in the face of contrived outrage, usually fomented by a combination of Opposition politicians and vested interests, often mistakenly portrayed as representing public opinion.

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URW rolls out Westfield brand to three new destinations

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Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) unveiled plans to rebrand three flagship centres, rolling out the Westfield brand to Parquesur in Madrid, Taby Centrum in Stockholm, and Galeria Mokotow in Warsaw this fall. The rebranding continues the expansion of the Westfield brand in Europe as the company drives new revenues through media advertising and brand experiences, turning its huge footfall of 550 million visits across its European assets into a qualified audience, while also leveraging the Westfield brand’s significant value to retailers, who see over 20%2 higher sales at URW’s centres even when compared to other A-category malls.

 

The flagship destinations share a number of characteristics in addition to being among the most important retail centres in their respective markets: they are set in excellent locations with unrivalled transport options, have distinctive architectural and design features and a best-in-class approach in terms of customer experience, community engagement, and sustainability practices. To celebrate the launch of the Westfield brand at these assets, each destination will host festive consumer events which will be announced later this year.

 

Caroline Puechoultres, Chief Customer Officer of URW, said: “The rebranding of these centres continues our strategy to expand Westfield to Flagship European destinations in the wealthiest cities and catchment areas. The significant opportunity afforded to both retailers and brands by this increasingly digitally linked network of destinations is unparalleled – through Westfield our partners can reach tens of millions of European consumers, driving new possibilities in advertising, brand marketing and retail.”

 

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