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Underground car park space listed for £350k in Knightsbridge

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Now that’s premium parking: Underground space with room for a SINGLE car is listed for £350,000 in London’s posh Knightsbridge

  • Parking space is in the affluent area of Knightsbridge in central London
  • It measures just 3.18 by 6.30 metres, or 10 ft 4 inches by 20 ft by 6 inches
  • The leasehold parking space is underground and part of a larger car park  

Forget the cost-of-living crisis – a parking spot in one of the most expensive parts of the country is for sale with a price tag of £350,000.

The area measures just 3.18 by 6.30 metres, or 10 ft 4 inches by 20 ft by 6 inches.

It is pictured for sale with a large Mercedes occupying the space, with a wire fencing wrapped around the boundary.

The parking spot is for sale with a large price tag of £350,000, which is more than the average price of a home in Britain

The parking spot is for sale with a large price tag of £350,000, which is more than the average price of a home in Britain

The parking spot is part of a large underground car park and sits alongside several other vehicles

The parking spot is part of a large underground car park and sits alongside several other vehicles

It is perhaps of no surprise that the parking spot is in London. Indeed, it is on one of the most expensive areas of the capital, in affluent Knightsbridge, where properties sell for thousands of pounds per square foot.

Garages in prime central London are often sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds, especially if they have the potential to be converted into a home and then sold on for a hefty profit, although there is no chance of that with this purchase.

They can also be in high demand among car owners with valuable vehicles that need protecting from theft. 

This particular parking spot for sale doesn’t occupy its own garage. Instead, it is part of a large underground car park housing many vehicles.

The parking space is part of the Kingston House South estate, which is in the heart of affluent Knightsbridge

The parking space is part of the Kingston House South estate, which is in the heart of affluent Knightsbridge

The entrance to the car park is on ground level and slops down underground to the parking space

The entrance to the car park is on ground level and slops down underground to the parking space

There is some security in place on site, which includes a daily garage porter and CCTV

There is some security in place on site, which includes a daily garage porter and CCTV

The property listed for sale is pictured with a large Mercedes occupying the space, and a wire fencing wrapped around the boundary

The property listed for sale is pictured with a large Mercedes occupying the space, and a wire fencing wrapped around the boundary

The parking space is leasehold and has a long lease. It also has some security in place with a daily garage porter and CCTV.

The parking space is on the Kingston House South estate, close to Regent’s Park to the north, with Harrods to the east. 

A flat in the block pictured above the underground car park is not included in the sale. The only thing included in the price is the leasehold parking space.

And if central traffic congestion becomes too much, there is good access to public transport nearby, with South Kensington and Knightsbridge Underground stations around half a mile away.

It isn't just flats that can be leasehold: The parking space for sale is also leasehold and has a long lease

It isn’t just flats that can be leasehold: The parking space for sale is also leasehold and has a long lease

The expensive property provides a lock up and leave facility for a vehicle in the heart of the capital

The expensive property provides a lock up and leave facility for a vehicle in the heart of the capital

The parking space is for sale via estate agents Nicolas Van Patrick

The parking space is for sale via estate agents Nicolas Van Patrick

The asking price of the parking space is more than the average value of a home sold in Britain during the past 12 months, which currently stands at £329,407, according to property website Zoopla.

However, property prices in Knightsbridge are considerably more, with the average price of a sold home in the past year at £3,100,000.

The parking space is for sale via estate agents Nicolas Van Patrick.  

David Johnson, of independent property consultants INHOUS, said: ‘There is a premium to be paid for peace of mind, which you get if you have a private, secure, parking space.

‘Sadly, the rate of car theft in the capital is high, so it’s worth paying for somewhere safe to keep your car. This is particularly the case if it has a high value, making it a potential target for thieves.

‘These car spaces tend to hold their value, if not go up over time, depending on their location. Our clients often request them.’

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Bluewater grows its entertainment offer (GB)

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Landsec has announced the opening of a third ‘UK first’ attraction at Bluewater, Kent as the destination expands its partnership with Hangloose Adventures. Skydive, a free-fall experience not found anywhere else in Europe, and the UK’s only outdoor skydive machine has opened at the centre. It follows on from Europe’s biggest purpose-built giant swing, standing at 46-metre tall, which opened at Bluewater earlier this month.  

 

The announcement builds on a successful first year for Hangloose’s initial attraction Skywire, the longest zip wire in England, which has welcomed 30,000 guests since launching at Bluewater last June. Landsec will continue to work with Hangloose to expand its offering, with up to five more experiences set to open at the centre by 2024: a bungee tower, giant slide, clip and climb, waterdrop boulding wall, and Via Ferrata, a route-marked climb using metal rails and rungs embedded in Bluewater’s cliff walls.

 

Mark Warne, Brand Account Director F&B and Leisure at Landsec commented: “Delivering new experiences which are unique to Bluewater is central to our overall offer for guests. Hangloose’s innovative concept raises the bar when it comes to leisure attractions and draws guests from across the UK to Kent. By partnering with Hangloose to grow their business and create shared value, we’ll be able to give guests even more exciting experiences every time they visit.”

 

Brian Phelps, MD of Hangloose Adventure, said: “Since the beginning, we’ve worked closely with Landsec to grow our leisure concept and drive performance, putting us in a unique position where we’re able to expand our offer after only a year. We’ve enjoyed great success at Bluewater so far and are already thinking about how we can provide even bigger and better experiences in the future.”

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Author with immaculate house offers ten tips for a clean home

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Is this the secret to NEVER having to clean? Houseproud author claims she saves hours by sticking to a ten-step mantra – including banning chairs in bedrooms, wiping as you cook and only ironing shirts and dresses

  • UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she’s cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules – and making sure family members comply
  • She shared top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers
  • Among them are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom, not having a chair in the bedroom and cleaning  the kitchen while you cook

A houseproud author has revealed her ten essential tips for keeping a house spotless – saying simple ground rules for family members and cleaning as you go means never wasting time on dull chores. 

Writer Natali Juste Simmonds, who was born in the UK but now lives in the Netherlands, penned her top ways to keep on top of cleaning on Twitter, saying she has time to focus on her writing because she follows her own advice about dodging ‘thankless’ cleaning tasks. 

The author of a series of paranormal romance novels told her 20,000 followers on Twitter: ‘I know so many people who spend hours cleaning up after their family every day, but I refuse to. 

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UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she's cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules - and making sure family members comply

UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she’s cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules – and making sure family members comply

‘It’s boring and thankless. I prefer to write. Yet my house is spotless. Here are 10 ways to keep on top of s*** so you don’t have to clean for hours.’ 

Sharing her ‘tough love’ mantra, she said that the key to keeping a home clean is making sure every family member is engaged, saying learning how to tidy is a lifeskill that everyone needs – and no-one should get away with not doing it. 

Natali wrote: ‘Train everyone in the house to do the following (cats are the exception). After a while these habits will become routine, but you MUST stick to them and make sure no one is let off the hook.’ 

Among the tips are filling a bag with things that are in the wrong place at the end of every day and placing them back where they belong. 

Tidy home, tidy mind: The Netherlands-based writer shared her top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers on Twitter - saying that making sure everyone in the house pulls their weight is key (Pictured: An office area in Simmonds' home)

Tidy home, tidy mind: The Netherlands-based writer shared her top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers on Twitter – saying that making sure everyone in the house pulls their weight is key (Pictured: An office area in Simmonds’ home)

The writer also claims having a toilet brush doesn’t help keep a loo clean and dousing it with bleach instead is a more reliable way to ensure it’s sparkling. 

And getting used to wiping down mirrors after using a sink also helps, she claims, writing: ‘Keep a dry cloth next to the bathroom sink. Every time someone uses the taps or brushes their teeth, wipe down the counter and mirror. Takes literally 2 seconds. No cleaning toothpaste stains off counters.’

Teaching kids to pull their weight around the house is key to success, and equality reigns supreme in the Simmonds house. 

Among her top tips are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom - using just bleach instead; not having a chair in the bedroom - to prevent people leaving clothes on them - and cleaning the kitchen while you cook (Pictured: Simmonds' very tidy office)

Among her top tips are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom – using just bleach instead; not having a chair in the bedroom – to prevent people leaving clothes on them – and cleaning the kitchen while you cook (Pictured: Simmonds’ very tidy office)

‘If one kid lays the table, the other clears. If one hangs out the washing, the other collects. I don’t say “I need help with dinner” I say “who will chop the veg and who will wash up?” Its called a presumed close. I have no option, why should others in my house?’

The author, who has written books including the Indigo Chronicles trilogy and the Blood Web series, admits that having a cleaner is still useful…because they can help keep on top of areas where grime quickly builds, including fridges and ovens – but she suggests ditching a takeaway a week to cover the cost. 

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DIA Group closes 25 Minipreco stores in Portugal

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DIA Group has closed 25 Minipreco stores in Portugal, resulting in the loss of approximately 159 jobs. The retailer said the closures are the result of ‘the effort to adapt, modernise and balance the operations of DIA Portugal, with the aim of better preparing the company for current and future challenges arising from the current economic situation in the country,’ according to media reports. In the last two years, the multinational company operating in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina, accumulated losses of over €620m.

 

In Portugal, net sales reached €283.1m in the first half, 4.5% below the €296.3m generated in the same period last year, due to the reduction of stores and mobility restrictions. DIA Group confirmed its intention to continue to invest in Portugal. The company hopes to adjust its operation to the current reality in order to ensure the future success of the company.

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