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Two-bed bungalow in North London looks like a shed and costs £500k

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From the outside, this North London detached home appears to be no bigger than a garden shed.

But looks can be deceptive as the bungalow has two bedrooms, a separate bathroom, and a living area that includes a kitchen. It extends across 472 sq ft, which is the equivalent of a fifth of a tennis court.

And it costs much more than your traditional extra addition building at the end of the garden… considerably more, with a price tag just shy of half-a-million pounds.

The bungalow in North London's Edgware is for sale for u00A3499,950, via estate agents Yopa

The bungalow in North London’s Edgware is for sale for £499,950, via estate agents Yopa

The bungalow has recently been refurbished, and now enjoys a brand new kitchen

The bungalow has recently been refurbished, and now enjoys a brand new kitchen

The detached property is in Edgware, in the North Londond suburbs, where the average price of a home is £495,218.

The price of this bungalow is even higher than that, and it currently boasts a price tag of £499,950. It is being sold via estate agents Yopa.

The bungalow’s price considerably above the typical value of a home in Britain today, which stands at a much lower £305,397.

The kitchen in the bungalow is adjacent to the entrance doorway and one of the windows

The kitchen in the bungalow is adjacent to the entrance doorway and one of the windows

The property has a paved area garden outside with a herringbone pattern

The property has a paved area garden outside with a herringbone pattern

There is a large skylight in the main living area , which helps to bring light into the property

There is a large skylight in the main living area , which helps to bring light into the property

The bungalow’s marketing literature points out that it has a gated driveway entrance, off-street parking and a large skylight.

This property offers buyers the unique opportunity to purchase a freehold house in this area for cheaper than the price of a flat 

Clive Truman, the Yopa agent for Harrow and Barnet, who lives round the corner from the property and has worked in the local market for 30 years, said: ‘There are two-bedroom flats on the market in this part of Edgware selling for up to £575,000. 

‘This property offers buyers the unique opportunity to purchase a freehold house in this area for cheaper than the price of a flat, with all the perks that comes with that.

‘There’s a private gated driveway, private outdoor garden space, you don’t need to worry about noise from neighbours either side of you (or above and beneath you), and there is no service charge or ground rent to factor into budget.’

Clive Truman, the Yopa agent for Harrow and Barnet, describes the bungalow as a 'unique opportunity to purchase a freehold house in this area for cheaper than the price of a flat'

Clive Truman, the Yopa agent for Harrow and Barnet, describes the bungalow as a ‘unique opportunity to purchase a freehold house in this area for cheaper than the price of a flat’

There are two separate bedrooms painted white to make them feel more spacious and light

There are two separate bedrooms painted white to make them feel more spacious and light

The modern bathroom has a white suite, some grey tiles and contemporary lighting

The modern bathroom has a white suite, some grey tiles and contemporary lighting

He explained that the two-bedroom property had recently been refurbished with a ‘brand new kitchen’.

The photographs show a doorway, which is on the ‘width’ of the property – which extends back to include the two bedrooms and bathroom. 

Mr Truman added: ‘This property is deceptively spacious and really has to be viewed to be appreciated.’

And he concluded: ‘A five minute walk from two underground stations and close to popular bars and restaurants, it’s the perfect unique London pad for when life returns to normal. This property is definitely a one-off, and is one of the most unique homes I have marketed in my thirty years working in the area.’

This property is deceptively spacious and really has to be viewed to be appreciated 

The property has good access to public transport being less than half a mile Edgware underground station. It is also less than a mile from Canons Park and Burnt Oak underground stations.

Separately, North London estate agent Jeremy Leaf said: ‘It looks like a shed. It would have been better suited to a home office. A self-contained, separate house, is really pushing it. You have to think about access, privacy for existing houses and whether it would be overlooked.

‘It’s not uncommon for homeowners in the area to do similar, building flats or houses in their gardens which they can let out as an Airbnb. That’s one thing, but selling it as a separate home is in my opinion, a step too far.

‘There’s not much of a view out of the window either but if it meets regulations, then I doubt there is much the planners can do about it.’



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Orange warning in place for five counties on west coast

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Violent storm force 11 winds are expected off the west coast as Storm Barra approaches on Tuesday morning.

Met Éireann has upgraded its marine weather warning to red, the highest category, on Irish coastal waters from Galway Bay to Bantry Bay from 3am on Tuesday morning to 11pm tomorrow night.

A status orange warning is in place on land for the counties of Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork from 6am on Tuesday morning until the same time on Wednesday morning.

Counties included in orange warning could see damaging gusts of up to 130km/h which will head to high waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surge.

The rest of the country will be under a status yellow warning for the same period with the possibility of localised flooding.

Met Éireann head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack told Newstalk Breakfast that the storm system is developing rapidly over the Atlantic at present and will hit Ireland’s western seaboard on Tuesday with strong gale force winds which will quickly extend across the country.

There will be heavy rain turning to sleet and snow on higher ground, she warned.

Met Éireann will meet with gardaí, local authorities and emergency services this morning to update the progress of the storm and provide advice on what precautionary measures should be taken.

“It will be a pretty horrid day,” added Ms Cusack who advised against cycling.

The high winds and heavy rain will continue throughout Wednesday but they will have moved on by Thursday.

On RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland, senior meteorologist Liz Walsh warned that trees could be knocked down during the high winds. She also advised that outdoor street furniture should be taken in or tied down and cautioned that Christmas decorations could be damaged.

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Coronavirus rules for driving tests spark complaints

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Claims of rude testers, of not being allowed to cough and having to drive with windows open due to Covid-19 were among the complaints received from people who failed driving tests recently.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), which oversees driving tests nationally, released a sample of the 1,505 complaints received since the start of last year under the Freedom of Information Act.

New figures show the driving test centre in Cork had the highest pass rate with 75 per cent of people passing, while the lowest was Charlestown in Dublin with a 42 per cent pass rate.

One person complained he had told his tester he had asthma and might need to cough because he had recently changed inhalers, causing irritation to his throat.

“I was advised that if I coughed at any stage, the test would be over immediately. This was difficult to control while under exam pressure and added a huge amount of unnecessary stress and pressure,” the individual complained.

Another individual complained their tester said if their face mask slipped “a little bit from my nose” while driving, the test would be ended.

“I’m in shock how he treated me that day,” said the complainant.

Another learner driver who failed said their car was hot and “very uncomfortable” because the tester said the hot air de-misters had to be kept on to prevent the windows fogging up because the back windows had to be kept open due to Covid-19.

One complainant said the tester seemed to have prejudged the test when they spotted a small stain on the driver’s seat as the car was supposed to be “spotless”.

‘Anxious’

“The tester was clearly taking it too far. I was complying with all Covid precautions as I had just Hoovered and sanitised the car and it was simply a mark on the seat.”

There were general complaints beyond Covid-19 issues. One person complained about feeling “anxious” because the tester was “sitting there shaking his head”.

Another said their tester repeatedly shook his head and sighed several times, and then made notes on the score sheet, which was “extremely off-putting and really unfair”.

Another driver said the tester was “extremely condescending and patronising” and mocked their answer to a signpost theory question about an “unguarded cliff edge”.

“We don’t drive along cliff edges in this country,” the tester was quoted as saying.

The RSA has been dealing with a backlog of driving tests due to the pandemic.

The centres with the next highest pass rates were Clifden (71 per cent), Killester in Dublin (70 per cent), Birr, Co Offaly (70 per cent) and Cavan (69 per cent).

The test centres with the next lowest pass rates were Dublin’s Churchtown, since closed (44 per cent), Nenagh, Co Tipperary (44 per cent) and Mulhuddart (45 per cent) and Raheny (46 per cent), both in Dublin.


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Former US presidential candidate Bob Dole dies aged 98

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Bob Dole, the long-time Kansas senator who was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, has died from lung cancer. In a statement, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, founded by Dole’s wife, said: “It is with heavy hearts we announced that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died earlier this morning in his sleep. At his death at age 98 he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

In late February, Dole announced that he had advanced lung cancer and would begin treatment. Visiting him, President Joe Biden called Dole his “close friend”.

On Sunday the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, like Biden a Democrat, ordered flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff.

Born in Russell, Kansas in 1923, Dole served in the US infantry in the second world war, suffering serious wounds in Italy and winning a medal for bravery.

His wounds cost him use of his right arm but he entered state politics and soon became a longtime Republican power-broker, representing Kansas in the US House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the Senate until 1996. He had spells as chairman of the Republican National Committee and as Senate minority and majority leader.

In 1976 he was the Republican nominee for vice-president to Gerald Ford, in an election the sitting president lost to Jimmy Carter. Two decades later, aged 73, Dole won the nod to take on Bill Clinton.

Against the backdrop of a booming economy, the Democrat won a second term with ease, by 379 – 159 in the electoral college and by nine points in the popular vote, the third-party candidate Ross Perot costing Dole support on the right.

Dole received both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian honours.

In the Trump years and after, Dole came widely to be seen as a figure from another time in Republican politics.

On Sunday, the political consultant Tara Setmeyer, a member of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, tweeted: “I cast my first ever vote for president for Bob Dole in 1996. A war hero with a sharp sense of humor ? another piece of a once respectable GOP gone.”

However, Dole remained a loyal Republican soldier, telling USA Today this summer that though Donald Trump “lost the election, and I regret that he did, but they did”, and though he himself was “sort of Trumped out”, he still considered himself “a Trumper”.

Dole called Biden “a great, kind, upstanding, decent person”, though he said he leaned too far left.

He also said: “I do believe [America has]lost something. I can’t get my hand on it, but we’re just not quite where we should be, as the greatest democracy in the world. And I don’t know how you correct it, but I keep hoping that there will be a change in my lifetime.”

On Sunday, Jaime Harrison, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, said: “Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Senator Bob Dole. We honor his service and dedication to the nation. May he Rest In Peace.”

– Guardian

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