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Kate Winslet ‘sells chic New York City penthouse after putting it on the market for $5.69 million’ 

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Kate Winslet has offloaded her chic New York City penthouse less than six months after putting it on the market for $5.69 million.

The actress, 45, previously had the property, a four bedroom duplex located in Chelsea, listed as a rental for $30,000 a month, according to the New York Post.

Now the Titanic star is in contract to sell the stunning piece of Manhattan real estate, which boasts 13-foot tall ceilings, plenty of natural sunshine and an outdoor deck with incredible views of the city.

Sold! Kate Winslet has offloaded her chic New York City penthouse less than six months after putting it on the market for $5.69 million

Sold! Kate Winslet has offloaded her chic New York City penthouse less than six months after putting it on the market for $5.69 million

The 3,018 square foot loft also comes with three and a half bathrooms, built-in storage and an open chef’s kitchen.

The modern yet minimal kitchen features a sleek metallic stove, matching fridge, wooden cabinetry and coordinating island counter.

Guests can take in the stunning city views from inside the living room, which houses a fireplace and arty gold chandelier.

The next homeowner will also have plenty of storage space with a wall full of built-in cabinetry located right in the living room. 

New York, New York: Winslet previously had the stunning property listed as a $30,000 a month rental

New York, New York: Winslet previously had the stunning property listed as a $30,000 a month rental 

Kick back: The sophisticated loft boasts plenty of space, built-in cabinetry and tons of natural lighting

Kick back: The sophisticated loft boasts plenty of space, built-in cabinetry and tons of natural lighting 

Rubbing elbows: The incredible deck makes the apartment the perfect place for relaxation and entertainment

Rubbing elbows: The incredible deck makes the apartment the perfect place for relaxation and entertainment 

A rarity in some New York apartments, all of the bedrooms come with large windows allowing for tons of natural sunshine to pour inside.

Chic hardwood floors add a modern and clean touch all throughout the loft.

Contrasting the overall sleek vibe of the duplex is the elegant bathroom. 

The next homeowner will be able to soak inside a luxurious clawfoot bathtub, rinse off inside a chic shower, all beneath a translucent hanging chandelier. 

Chic: Hardwood floors and matching cabinetry and countertop compliment the unit's simple design

Chic: Hardwood floors and matching cabinetry and countertop compliment the unit’s simple design 

What's cooking? A sleek metallic stove and fridge add a modern touch to the kitchen

What’s cooking? A sleek metallic stove and fridge add a modern touch to the kitchen 

Perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping features of the property is the incredible deck.

Guests can take in the incredible views whilst relaxing upon the spacious outdoor area.

Nowadays, Kate has been living much of her life across the pond at her historic estate outside of London with her husband Edward Abel Smith, according to the NY Post. 

Her current accommodations are certainly a far cry from the world she was recently inhabiting as part of her role in the new HBO series, Mare Of Easttown. 

Sophisticated: The next homeowner will be able to relax beside a roaring fireplace with stunning views of the city

Sophisticated: The next homeowner will be able to relax beside a roaring fireplace with stunning views of the city

Ray of sunshine: Unlike some New York apartments, Kate's has plenty of windows allowing for plenty of sunshine to bathe the place

Ray of sunshine: Unlike some New York apartments, Kate’s has plenty of windows allowing for plenty of sunshine to bathe the place

In an interview with the Radio Times, she admitted playing the eponymous lead character took a toll on her emotional wellbeing and forced her to ‘invent trauma’ to properly portray her.

Kate confessed that she struggled to shake off Mare’s inner turmoil and fraught home life, even after she wrapped up filming in the States and returned to her home in Sussex.

‘It’s a process I’m going through. It’ll be gone soon. I’ve been her for a year and a half, right? You can’t just switch it off.

Zzzz: The loft boasts four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms

Zzzz: The loft boasts four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms 

Sweet dreams: The loft is perfect for a growing family

Sweet dreams: The loft is perfect for a growing family 

‘I had to invent more trauma for myself to play this part than any character I’ve ever played. 

‘I mean, look at me. It’s utterly, utterly stupid,’ Kate said to the publication with tears trickling down her cheeks.

According to the award-winning actress, it was not the brooding mystery and crime underpinning the drama which affected her, but rather Mare’s strained relationship with her troubled son who is absent from the home.

She continued: ‘There’s clearly something in me that’s bound up in the guilt.

‘As a mother, one feels for certain things. And you know, not that I have huge things as a mother to particularly feel guilty about myself, but we can always do better as mums.

Big Apple sophistication: Chic hardwood floors add a modern and clean touch all throughout the loft

Big Apple sophistication: Chic hardwood floors add a modern and clean touch all throughout the loft

Rub a dub dub: The next homeowner will be able to soak inside a luxurious clawfoot bathtub, rinse off inside a chic class-encased shower, all beneath a translucent hanging chandelier

Rub a dub dub: The next homeowner will be able to soak inside a luxurious clawfoot bathtub, rinse off inside a chic class-encased shower, all beneath a translucent hanging chandelier

‘We all have something where we wish we’d said it differently or perhaps made a different choice.’

Kate has daughter Mia, 20, with her first husband Jim Threapleton, son Joe, 17, from her second marriage to Sam Mendes, and Bear, seven, who is the son of her husband Edward.  

Kate confirmed there were many negative underlying themes affecting her character, Mare, which she identified with, even if they weren’t present among her own family.

She continued: ‘When I think about kids today – I mean, luckily, luckily, I don’t have this with my children – but the number of kids who are self-harming, the number of kids who have mental health issues, how hard it is even to track what’s happening to young people when so much of their life is spent online…

‘I was very struck by how relevant a lot of the underlying themes in Mare truly felt to me.’

Perfect place to hang out: Perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping features of the property is the incredible deck

Perfect place to hang out: Perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping features of the property is the incredible deck

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Sirius Real Estate sells London business park for €18.8m (GB)

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Sirius Real Estate has agreed to the sale of an asset in Camberwell, London, for €18.8m (£16m), representing a NIY of circa 2%. The property formed part of the portfolio Sirius acquired in November 2021 with its purchase of BizSpace, the leading provider of regional light industrial, workshop, studio and out of town office units across the UK. The sale price represents a 94% premium to the valuation at the time of Sirius’ acquisition of BizSpace.

 

The multi-tenanted business park, which comprises approximately 34,700ft² of industrial and office space is 91% occupied following a series of asset management measures delivered through the BizSpace platform. The sale is expected to complete in July 2022.

 

Commenting on the transaction, Andrew Coombs, Chief Executive Officer of Sirius Real Estate, said: “This disposal is further proof of the latent value in the BizSpace portfolio we acquired late last year, the price being significantly ahead of last September’s valuation on which our purchase was based, and the attractive sale follows our recent announcement that we had since improved like-for-like rental income across the portfolio by 7.5%. The sale will allow us to invest in new opportunities for BizSpace in the UK as we continue to build our acquisition pipeline. Bringing together the Sirius and BizSpace platforms, with a strengthened management team at BizSpace, is already delivering strong results and operational synergies that will enhance our UK portfolio.”

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Southwold beach hut which is 10ft wide with no running water or electricity up for sale for £250,000

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A beach hut in an upmarket seaside town which is famed for its celebrity visitors has gone on the market for a record £250,000.

The price is believed to be the highest ever to be asked in the UK for a hut which people are not allowed to sleep in – and is double the cost of a three bedroom terraced house just 10 miles away.

The hut, numbered 149 and called ‘Here’s Hoping’, measures 10ft 6ins wide and is in a prime position on the promenade in the Edwardian town of Southwold, Suffolk.

The resort has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis.

Beach huts on the south coast can be more expensive with selling prices for some in Dorset exceeding £500,000.

But the huts in Southwold, which have no electricity or running water, are subject to strict local by-laws which ban anyone from sleeping overnight.

A beach hut called 'Here's Hoping', pictured, which sits on the promenade of the upmarket seaside town Southwold in Suffolk, Doset, famed for its celebrity visitors, has gone on the market for a record £250,000

A beach hut called ‘Here’s Hoping’, pictured, which sits on the promenade of the upmarket seaside town Southwold in Suffolk, Doset, famed for its celebrity visitors, has gone on the market for a record £250,000

The price is believed to be the highest ever to be asked in the UK for a hut which people are not allowed to sleep in. The hut, called 'Here's Hoping' and numbered 149, measures 10ft 6ins wide and is in a prime position on the promenade in the Edwardian town

The price is believed to be the highest ever to be asked in the UK for a hut which people are not allowed to sleep in. The hut, called ‘Here’s Hoping’ and numbered 149, measures 10ft 6ins wide and is in a prime position on the promenade in the Edwardian town

The resort has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. Beach huts on the south coast can be more expensive with selling prices for some in Dorset exceeding £500,000

The resort has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. Beach huts on the south coast can be more expensive with selling prices for some in Dorset exceeding £500,000

The buyer will still have to pay annual ground rent of £998 and will only have 18 years left of a 30 year lease, although there will be an option to renew.

They will be able to enjoy spectacular views from a veranda overlooking the beach and the North Sea, while being just a short walk from pubs, restaurants and shops.

But just 10 miles away in Lowestoft, Suffolk, there are several homes up for sale, priced between £120,000 and £140,000.

But the huts in Southwold (pictured), which have no electricity or running water, are subject to strict local by-laws which ban anyone from sleeping overnight

But the huts in Southwold (pictured), which have no electricity or running water, are subject to strict local by-laws which ban anyone from sleeping overnight

Southwold beach (pictured) has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis

Southwold beach (pictured) has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis

Huts in the best locations within Southwold, which is famed for its Adnams brewery, pier and lighthouse, are rarely on the market and some have been in the same family or generations

Huts in the best locations within Southwold, which is famed for its Adnams brewery, pier and lighthouse, are rarely on the market and some have been in the same family or generations

Several semi-detached homes in the area offer three bedrooms, one bathroom and two reception rooms, and is located 0.1 miles away from Lowestoft railway station.

Another property on the market is a £90,000, three-bed semi-detached bungalow at Broadlands Park and Marina in Lowestoft which has a garden, one bathroom and one living room.

The listing for the beach hut boasts that it has ‘glazed double folding doors’ and ‘a number of storage cupboards’.

The previous highest price asked for one of Southwold’s 300 beach huts was £150,000 in September 2018.

Prices have soared since then as property prices have continued to increase and the demand for staycation breaks following the Covid epidemic has boomed.

Huts in the best locations within Southwold, which is famed for its Adnams brewery, pier and lighthouse, are rarely on the market and some have been in the same family or generations.

Several semi-detached homes in the area offer three bedrooms, one bathroom and two reception rooms, and is located 0.1 miles away from Lowestoft railway station

Several semi-detached homes in the area offer three bedrooms, one bathroom and two reception rooms, and is located 0.1 miles away from Lowestoft railway station

Many are rented out for around £600 a week to visitors who flock to the town.

The latest asking price is more than double the price of a three bedroom terrace house on the market for £110,000 around ten miles away in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

More than half the properties in Southwold are second homes and the full-time population is now below 1,000, putting extra strain on local services.

Earlier this year, councillors unveiled plans to try and stem the number of second homes in the town and make more affordable housing possible for local people.

A spokesperson for estate agent Flick & Son, which is selling the hut, said: ‘I am sure it will go very quickly.

‘There is a high demand for huts and we expect there will be a bidding war in the end.’

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EU will retaliate to any unilateral action on NI protocol, Coveney warns

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British prime minister Boris Johnson has been warned of the consequences of unilateral action on the Northern Ireland protocol, including the prospect of “retaliatory” action from Europe.

On the eve of Mr Johnson’s visit to Belfast, the Government and Sinn Féin said moves to disapply parts of the protocol risked damaging east-west relations.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney spoke of a “landing zone” for negotiations and indicated that the European Union was willing to make adjustments through “partnership and dialogue” due to what he said were “legitimate concerns” within unionism about the operation of the protocol.

However, he also said that if London moved unilaterally it would make matters “significantly worse” and that “then the EU will be forced to respond to that with some form of retaliatory action”.

Mr Coveney said it was not “helpful” to expand on what form that might take, but that a response “would be very negative”.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said “there is a real and urgent obligation now” for Britain to engage with the European Commission “in a real and professional way to resolve issues that have been raised”.

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Ahead of talks between Mr Johnson and Northern Irish political leaders aimed at restoring powersharing at Stormont, Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill said unilateral action would “represent an appalling attack on the international rule of law”.

“Only through joint agreement with the EU can solutions to problems or concerns be resolved,” she said.

“I will be telling Boris Johnson that unilateral action deepens political instability and economic uncertainty and must not happen.”

Ms O’Neill is to meet Mr Martin in at Government Buildings Dublin on Monday morning ahead of her meeting with Mr Johnson.

Mr Coveney travels today to Brussels for a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council and will later speak with EU negotiator Maros Sefcovic and British foreign secretary Liz Truss, who is expected to announce legislation on Tuesday that will unilaterally override central elements of the protocol.

Speaking to The Irish Times, Mr Coveney said Mr Sefcovic is open to making “significant progress” on the protocol.

“I believe there are solutions we could pursue and we can agree relatively quickly if there was an attitude to do so on both sides,” he said. “But we need a partner in London to do that, not a partner that is making threats of unilateral action.”

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The Minister also said he believes it is “likely” that US president Joe Biden will appoint an envoy to the North, saying the US administration is “extremely interested” in marking 25 years since the Belfast Agreement next year with “its institutions intact and functioning as they need to be”.

Mr Johnson is expected to affirm his commitment to the agreement and assert that he is not seeking to scrap the protocol. But Downing Street said ahead of his meetings with the North’s party leaders that he will not drop his government’s threat to unilaterally disapply parts of the protocol, which Mr Johnson agreed with the EU in 2019.

Downing Street said in a statement that Mr Johnson will tell party leaders that the door will always be open to “genuine dialogue” but that “there will be a necessity to act” and protect the Belfast Agreement if the EU does not change its position.

Writing in Monday’s Belfast Telegraph, Mr Johnson outlined that the protocol “has not been adapted to reflect the realities of the [Trade and Co-operation Agreement]”. He will signal that there is “without question a sensible landing spot in which everyone’s interests are protected”. However, he said that if the EU’s position does not change, “there will be a necessity to act”.


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