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Heidi Range Puts Her £5.3M Converted Laundry Factory Home In Fulham For Sale

Heidi Range has revealed she is selling her unique £5.3 million home in Fulham to move out to the countryside in Surrey with her young family.

The former Sugababe, 40, who showcased her home on Abbey Clancy: Celebrity Homes, has decided it’s time to move out of the city for a slower pace of life.

Heidi shocked viewers when she revealed that her husband Alex Partakis as his red Ferrari in pride of place an displays it in their living room.

Heidi told The Sunday Times magazine her plans to relocate after first moving into the converted laundry factory in 2015 with property developer Alex.

The couple, who married in 2016 and have since welcomed their daughters two daughters, Aurelia, six, and Athena, two, wanted a family home.

Heidi Range has revealed she is selling her very unique home in Fulham to move to out to the countryside in Surrey with her young familyHeidi Range has revealed she is selling her very unique home in Fulham to move to out to the countryside in Surrey with her young family
Heidi shocked viewers when she revealed that her husband Alex Partakis as his red Ferrari in pride of place an displays it in their living room (pictured)Heidi shocked viewers when she revealed that her husband Alex Partakis as his red Ferrari in pride of place an displays it in their living room (pictured)

Revealing that it wasn’t love at first sight with the property, she told the publication: ‘It was a concrete shell. The agent’s CGIs made it look like a bachelor’s loft, and I couldn’t see past that.’

Alex revealed how it managed to swing the deal, saying: ‘Heidi said, I’ll consider it but the things I’d really like are a fireplace, a roll top bath and a chandelier.’

After signing for the house, it underwent a two-year renovation and the couple hired interior designer, Robert Young, to help turn it into a home.

These plans included dropping the ceilings by 25cm to give it a cosier feel and dividing the open-plan floor into zones; a kitchen, dining room and a playroom.

During her appearance on Celebrity Homes, Heidi revealed she turned the property from an abandoned laundrette – The Sunlight Laundry which opened in the 1900s – into a luxurious living space.

She said: ‘When we bought it, it was an empty warehouse. It was just three empty floors, no rooms, no walls and no stairs. A blank canvas.’

The entrance of the house welcomes with a huge chandelier all the way to the lounge area – as Heidi revealed the fitting ‘frustrated the movers’ because they wouldn’t fit it through the main entrance.

Heidi pictured with her husband of six years AlexHeidi pictured with her husband of six years Alex
The former Sugababe, 40, who showcased her home on Abbey Clancy : Celebrity Homes, has decided it's time to move out of the city for a slower pace of lifeThe former Sugababe, 40, who showcased her home on Abbey Clancy : Celebrity Homes, has decided it’s time to move out of the city for a slower pace of life
The entrance of the house welcomes with a huge chandelier all the way to the lounge area - as Heidi revealed the fitting ' frustrated the movers' because they wouldn't fit it through the main entranceThe entrance of the house welcomes with a huge chandelier all the way to the lounge area – as Heidi revealed the fitting ‘ frustrated the movers’ because they wouldn’t fit it through the main entrance
The former pop star revealed she wasn't keen to buy the building but her husband Alex changed her mind as he presented a sketch of how the open-plan home could lookThe former pop star revealed she wasn’t keen to buy the building but her husband Alex changed her mind as he presented a sketch of how the open-plan home could look

The living room area is decked out with three modern sofas in blue, grey and pink; each one with stylish lamps on the side table beside them.

‘Because it’s an open plan room we wanted to make different zones,’ said Heidi.

They didn’t spare any lavish decoration, as the singer introduced Abbey to a sacred shrine to the pop star’s past – including the Brit Award she won with the Sugababes back in 2003.

Heidi continued showing an angel ornament on top of the cabinet, which she took from her late grandmother’s garden.

The star explained she placed the figurine up high as she believes her beloved grammy watches over the home.

One of the most peculiar features of the swanky property is a red vintage Ferrari, placed inside a glass case below the bookcase – as Heidi joked she never drives it as she ‘doesn’t want to be responsible’ should anything happen to it.

Another area is reserved as a play den for her two kids, including a collection of colourful toys and a rail of dressing up clothes.

Elsewhere the bathroom displays black and white tones, as Heidi revealed was chosen in tribute to the Savoy Hotel - where the couple spend their wedding anniversariesElsewhere the bathroom displays black and white tones, as Heidi revealed was chosen in tribute to the Savoy Hotel – where the couple spend their wedding anniversaries
There's also a shrine dedicated to her former life as a pop star - a whole wall honouring to the girlband's glorious days, including plaques and postersThere’s also a shrine dedicated to her former life as a pop star – a whole wall honouring to the girlband’s glorious days, including plaques and posters
The quirkiness continues as daughter Aurelia has a fairy-themed bedroom which Heidi reveals is the room she 'dreamed of' while growing upThe quirkiness continues as daughter Aurelia has a fairy-themed bedroom which Heidi reveals is the room she ‘dreamed of’ while growing up

She added that the open space facilitates to keep an eye on her kids when they’re playing, she says.

She described her interior style choice as ‘fun’ and said she enjoyed bold colours and prints.

Meanwhile the kitchen, is decked out with a long row of dark grey cabinets with glass doors and internal lighting.

The unique triangular island in the centre is another distinctive feature – as it proved a nightmare to source.

‘We struggled to get that made because what we wanted to do was regulate the space of the living room and what we were left with was a triangle for the kitchen,’ she explained.

‘We went to quite a few places that did not want to make the island in that shape. They said it wouldn’t work.’

The pop sensation revealed she had the help of an interior designer to make her vision become reality.

‘They obviously know things you would never ever think of,’ said Heidi.

The couple, who married in 2016 and have since welcomed their daughters two daughters, Aurelia, six, and Athena, two, wanted a family homeThe couple, who married in 2016 and have since welcomed their daughters two daughters, Aurelia, six, and Athena, two, wanted a family home
Heidi told The Sunday Times magazine her plans to relocate after first moving into the converted laundry factory in 2015 with AlexHeidi told The Sunday Times magazine her plans to relocate after first moving into the converted laundry factory in 2015 with Alex
Their renovation plans included dropping the ceilings by 25cm to give it a cosier feel and dividing the open-plan floor into zones; a kitchen, dining room and a playroomTheir renovation plans included dropping the ceilings by 25cm to give it a cosier feel and dividing the open-plan floor into zones; a kitchen, dining room and a playroom

‘Like this is a really angular-shaped building so they said, ‘You’d want to get many rounded objects into the house to soften it.’

‘Which is why we’ve got all rounded lamps, and we’ve got a lot of round mirrors and it really does have that effect, which is something I would never know.’

The stylish design extends to the dining area, where the table is made of two wooden doors.

Heidi also revealed she bought the furniture from a warehouse in Spain, where her parents-in-law live.

There’s also a shrine dedicated to her former life as a pop star – a whole wall honouring to the girlband’s glorious days, including plaques and posters.

Moving to the couple’s bedroom, Heidi told Abbey she opted for a more minimalist design as there are already so many ‘trinkets’ around the house.

The room features a huge floor-to-ceiling headboard and a pink chaise sofa sits in one corner.

Elsewhere the bathroom displays black and white tones, as Heidi revealed was chosen in tribute to the Savoy Hotel – where the couple spend their wedding anniversaries.

Next to the bathroom, the singer shows a dressing room – where Heidi keeps the dashing wedding gown she wore for her wedding with Alex in Florence, Italy in 2016.

The quirkiness continues as daughter Aurelia has a fairy-themed bedroom which Heidi reveals is the room she ‘dreamed of’ while growing up.

The third floor presents the what Heidi describes as the ‘adult space’ – including a bar and a comfy sofa.

‘Alex and I love coming up here to watch a film. We would bring a pizza and a bottle of wine,’ she said.

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Britain’s most expensive and cheapest places to buy or rent a home revealed

The most expensive and cheapest places to buy or to rent in Britain have been revealed.

Aberdeen tops the list of the cheapest cities for first-time buyers, while the most expensive is perhaps no surprise, London, where average prices tend to be higher than the rest of the country.

It is a similar picture for the most expensive places to rent, with the capital ranked top of that list too.

On the flipside, tenants are also required to head north if they want to live in the cheapest city to rent, Carlisle, in Cumbria.

The cheapest cities for first-time buyers and tenants have been identified by Rightmove

The cheapest cities for first-time buyers and tenants have been identified by Rightmove

The figures were based on monthly mortgage and rent costs.

Home purchase figures calculated by Rightmove assumed that first-time buyers in Scotland and Wales have a 20 per cent deposit, and first-time buyers in England have a 25 per cent deposit.

The size of deposit was based on averages from UK Finance, which revealed that more first-time buyers are choosing longer repayment terms to improve their affordability.

As such, the repayment term used in the Rightmove calculations was 35 years. Rightmove also assumed that the typical first-time buyer property had two bedrooms or less.

Aberdeen tops the list compiled by Rightmove of the cheapest cities for first-time buyers

Aberdeen tops the list compiled by Rightmove of the cheapest cities for first-time buyers

THE CHEAPEST CITIES TO BUY A TYPICAL FIRST-TIME BUYER PROPERTY
Cities Average asking price for a first-time buyer type property (2 bedrooms and fewer) Average monthly mortgage payment (per month)* Average monthly rental payment (per month) Mortgage versus Rent
Aberdeen £102,601 £406 £775 -£369
Bradford £107,929 £400 £714 -£314
Sunderland £111,263 £413 £648 -£235
Carlisle £111,268 £413 £607 -£194
Preston £112,273 £416 £787 -£371
Hull £113,920 £423 £638 -£215
Dundee £116,191 £460 £821 -£361
Stoke-On-Trent £117,113 £434 £701 -£266
Durham £125,957 £467 £796 -£328
Doncaster £128,062 £475 £707 -£232
Source: Rightmove       
THE MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES TO BUY A TYPICAL FIRST-TIME BUYER PROPERTY
Cities Average asking price for a first-time buyer type property (2 bedrooms and fewer) Average monthly mortgage payment (per month) Average monthly rental payment (per month) Mortgage versus Rent
London £501,934 £1,862 £2,264 -£402
St. Albans £391,964 £1,454 £1,509 -£55
Cambridge £361,429 £1,341 £1,533 -£193
Winchester £344,638 £1,278 £1,332 -£53
Oxford £338,085 £1,254 £1,561 -£307
Brighton £335,402 £1,244 £1,468 -£224
Bristol £280,112 £1,039 £1,336 -£297
Chelmsford £262,522 £974 £1,300 -£326
York £244,834 £908 £1,145 -£237
Edinburgh £239,028 £946 £1,310 -£365
Source: Rightmove       

The average asking price in Aberdeen is £102,601, with the average monthly mortgage payment at £406 a month.

The most expensive city is followed by Bradford with an average asking price of £107,929 and Sunderland, which is ranked third with an asking price of £111,263.

For those in the rental market, the most expensive place to rent outside of London is Oxford, where an average two-bedroom or small home costs £1,561 a month.

At the other end of the scale, the cheapest city for a tenant who is looking for a two-bedroom or smaller property is Carlisle where such rents are £607 a month.

Mortgage rates are slightly higher than a year ago, but have stabilised since the peak in July 2023.

Rightmove explained that this has helped those looking to move at the start of this year.

The average mortgage payment for a typical first-time buyer looking at a property with two bedrooms or less is £53 more than a year ago, compared to £81 for tenants.

It means that those who can afford to save a good sized deposit of at least 20 per cent, it is cheaper to pay a monthly mortgage than rent in each of the largest cities in Britain.

Winchester is among the most expensive cities for first-time buyers looking for a property with two bedrooms or fewer

Winchester is among the most expensive cities for first-time buyers looking for a property with two bedrooms or fewer

Mark Harris, of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, said: ‘We remain a nation of aspirational homeowners, despite higher mortgage rates and the difficulty in raising a deposit. 

‘Renting may give more flexibility but also less security and crucially ends up costing more than buying your own place.

‘However, the high cost of home ownership, particularly in London and the south east means that it’s practically impossible to get on the housing ladder without financial assistance from family members. 

‘Longer mortgage terms are inevitable as borrowers try to make the monthly costs more affordable but of course they will end up making many more payments over an extended period of time. 

‘It is worth opting for a longer term to help with the affordability calculations and then trying to overpay to reduce the term and interest, as and when you can afford to do so.’

Carlisle in the country of Cumbria is the cheapest city for those looking to rent

Carlisle in the country of Cumbria is the cheapest city for those looking to rent

THE CHEAPEST CITIES FOR TENANTS
Cities Average monthly rental payment (per month) Average asking price for a first-time buyer type property (2 bedrooms and fewer) Average monthly mortgage payment (per month)* Rent versus mortgage
Carlisle £607 £111,268 £413 £194
Hull £638 £113,920 £423 £215
Sunderland £648 £111,263 £413 £235
Stoke-On-Trent £701 £117,113 £434 £266
Doncaster £707 £128,062 £475 £232
Bradford £714 £107,929 £400 £314
Wrexham £754 £129,649 £513 £241
Lancaster £764 £152,062 £564 £200
Aberdeen £775 £102,601 £406 £369
Preston £787 £112,273 £416 £371
Source: Rightmove       
THE MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES FOR TENANTS
Cities Average monthly rental payment (per month) Average asking price for a first-time buyer type property (2 bedrooms and fewer) Average monthly mortgage payment (per month)* Rent versus mortgage
London £2,264 £501,934 £1,862 £402
Oxford £1,561 £338,085 £1,254 £307
Cambridge £1,533 £361,429 £1,341 £193
St. Albans £1,509 £391,964 £1,454 £55
Brighton £1,468 £335,402 £1,244 £224
Bristol £1,336 £280,112 £1,039 £297
Winchester £1,332 £344,638 £1,278 £53
Edinburgh £1,310 £239,028 £946 £365
Chelmsford £1,300 £262,522 £974 £326
Milton Keynes £1,239 £233,320 £865 £373
Source: Rightmove       

Meanwhile, soaring rents across Britain mean that the cost of renting a two-bedroom or small home has increased by 39 per cent in the last five years.

This compares to a jump of 19 per cent in the cost of buying a similar type of property.

Rightmove claimed that even if a first-time buyer had a smaller deposit of 15 per cent and sought to repay their mortgage over a shorter mortgage term of 25 years, it would still be cheaper to pay a mortgage than rent in 39 out of Britain’s 50 largest cities outside of London.

Rightmove’s Tim Bannister said: ‘These latest figures highlight why so many people remain determined to get onto the ladder, as the soaring costs of renting has meant buying has remained attractive even with higher mortgage rates.

‘Longer mortgage-terms are becoming more common as a way to improve overall affordability and reduce monthly payments, though first-time buyers should be aware of what they are paying in interest compared with their actual mortgage.

‘Without improvements to the supply of good quality, affordable rental homes in Great Britain, owning your own home is likely to continue to be the end-goal for those that can get their deposit together, and borrow what they need to from a mortgage lender.’

Best mortgage rates and how to find them

Mortgage rates have risen substantially after the Bank of England’s raised base rate rapidly.

The Bank is now holding rates and expected to cut – leading to mortgage costs coming down – but deals remain far more expensive than two or five years ago. 

If you are looking to buy your first home, move or remortgage, or are a buy-to-let landlord, it’s important to get good independent mortgage advice from a broker who can help you find the best deal. 

To help our readers find the best mortgage, This is Money has partnered with independent fee-free broker L&C.

Our mortgage calculator powered by L&C can let you filter deals to see which ones suit your home’s value and level of deposit.

You can also compare different mortgage fixed rate lengths, from two-year fixes, to five-year fixes and ten-year fixes, with monthly and total costs shown.

Use the tool at the link below to compare the best deals, factoring in both fees and rates. You can also start an application online in your own time and save it as you go along.

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Aviation and Telecom Industries Reach Compromise on 5G Deployment

The Voice Of EU | In a significant development, AT&T and Verizon, the two largest mobile network operators in the United States, have agreed to delay the deployment of 5G services following requests from the aviation industry and the Biden administration. This decision marks a crucial compromise in the long-standing dispute between the two industries, which had raised concerns over the potential interference of 5G with flight signals.
The aviation industry, led by United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, had been vocal about the risks of 5G deployment, citing concerns over the safety of flight operations. Kirby had urged AT&T and Verizon to delay their plans, warning that proceeding with the deployment would be a “catastrophic failure of government.” The US Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the issue further highlighted the need for a solution.
In response, US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) head Steve Dickson sent a letter to the mobile networks, requesting a two-week delay to reassess the potential risks. Initially, AT&T and Verizon were hesitant, citing the aviation industry’s two-year preparation window. However, they eventually agreed to the short delay, pushing the deployment to January 19.
The crux of the issue lies in the potential interference between 5G signals and flight equipment, particularly radar altimeters. The C-Band spectrum used by 5G networks is close to the frequencies employed by these critical safety devices. The FAA requires accurate and reliable radar altimeters to ensure safe flight operations.

Airlines in the US have been at loggerheads with mobile networks over the deployment of 5G and its potential impact on flight safety.

Despite the concerns, both the FAA and the telecoms industry agree that 5G mobile networks and airline travel can coexist safely. In fact, they already do in nearly 40 countries where US airlines operate regularly. The key lies in reducing power levels around airports and fostering cross-industry collaboration prior to deployment.
The FAA has been working to find a solution in the United States, and the additional two-week delay will allow for further assessment and preparation. AT&T and Verizon have also agreed to not operate 5G base stations along runways for six months, similar to restrictions imposed in France.
President Joe Biden hailed the decision to delay as “a significant step in the right direction.” The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and South Korea have also reported no unsafe interference with radio waves since the deployment of 5G in their regions.
As the aviation and telecom industries continue to work together, it is clear that safe coexistence is possible. The delay in 5G deployment is a crucial step towards finding a solution that prioritizes both safety and innovation. With ongoing collaboration and technical assessments, the United States can join the growing list of countries where 5G and airlines coexist without issue.

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How Much Have House Prices Changed In Your Area?

UK Home Prices

UK homeowners saw the value of their homes rise for the third month in a row, according to analysis by online estate agent Purplebricks.

The North East and North West of England were the biggest winners in average value rises in the UK, the latest figures show.

And now a new online calculator can show how much house prices have changed in your area in the last year.

The interactive tool below has been updated to include the latest House Price Index data, released by the Office for National Statistics today.

To use the Purplebricks calculator, simply search for YOUR local area and find out how house prices have changed over the last 12 months:

UK homeowners saw the value of their homes rise for the third month in a row, according to analysis by online estate agent Purplebricks

UK homeowners saw the value of their homes rise for the third month in a row, according to analysis by online estate agent Purplebricks

This three-bedroom semi flat in Stroud, where prices rose 9.8%, is on the market for £360,000

This three-bedroom semi flat in Stroud, where prices rose 9.8%, is on the market for £360,000

Average UK house prices increased by 0.4% or £1,000 from January to February, making the average property now valued at £281,000, according to today’s House Price Index (HPI).

Over the 12-month period to February, average prices fell just 0.2%, which is an improvement from the 1.3% decline in the 12 months to January this year.

In England, house prices were also on the increase, with a 0.6% monthly rise, making average property now valued at £298,000 – despite a 1.1% fall over the last year.

The North East of England saw the biggest monthly increase, with property prices soaring 3.2%, and 2.9% over the year. Average homes there are now worth £160,000.

And, homeowners in the North West saw the greatest annual price rise, up by 1%, meaning the average property there is now worth £214,000.

London is once again the hardest-hit UK region, with 4.8% annual decline, but a fall of just 0.7% from January to February – pricing the average home in the capital at £503,000 today.

Homeowners in The City of London were the surprise property-price winners, after a six-figure decline last month.

Homes in the capital’s famous banking district rose more than £73,000 or 9.1% – more than anywhere else in the UK – meaning the average property is now worth around £808,000.

But that was far from the picture across the rest of London, which saw six-figure price plunges in four areas and declines in a total of 29 areas.

The City of Westminster was hardest hit by the price drop, with properties shedding an eye-watering £190,000 over the last year.

This three-bed semi in South Hams, where prices rose 7.9%, is on the market for £490,000

This three-bed semi in South Hams, where prices rose 7.9%, is on the market for £490,000

Average UK house prices increased by 0.4% or £1,000 from January to February, making the average property now valued at £281,000

Average UK house prices increased by 0.4% or £1,000 from January to February, making the average property now valued at £281,000

Elsewhere in the capital, the exclusive borough of Kensington and Chelsea saw prices sink by more than £160,000 in a year, with Camden homes losing nearly £130,000 and Hammersmith and Fulham homes losing just over £100,000.

Outside London, the commuter town of St Albans saw nearly a £25,000 year-on-year price rise, making the average home now worth £589,270.

And, the picturesque North East district of Ribble Valley saw house prices increase by just over £20,000 in the last year, making the average property now worth £284,355.

House prices in Wales increased by 0.4% over the last month, despite an annual 1.2% fall – making the average property worth £211,000.

And, property prices continue to climb in Scotland, with the average home now priced at £188,000 after a 5.6% increase over the last year.

And, prices in Northern Ireland increased by 1.4% to £178,000 in the year to Quarter 4 of 2023.

Purplebricks CEO Sam Mitchell said: ‘Britain has now seen its third consecutive month-on-month increase in property prices – fantastic news for homeowners.

‘This three-month increase is evidence of a reinvigorated property market that will continue to go from strength to strength.’

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