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Wimbledon homes for sale – including Simon Cowell’s second London home

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After a three-year absence, Wimbledon is back – and so is our look at properties for sale that are within a short stroll of Centre Court.

We have picked four multi-million pound detached homes fit for international tennis stars, celebrity guests and business moguls.

Several of the properties are in the affluent Wimbledon Village, which is just a few streets away from the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club and offers tennis fans plenty of boutiques and restaurants during breaks from the championships.

The list includes a Wimbledon Village property for sale that is owned by Simon Cowell and is for sale for £17million. 

We pick four luxury homes for sale near Centre Court, including this one in Wimbledon Village (scroll down for more details)

We pick four luxury homes for sale near Centre Court, including this one in Wimbledon Village (scroll down for more details)

Emma Raducanu takes shelter from the rain ahead of a training session on day one of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Emma Raducanu takes shelter from the rain ahead of a training session on day one of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

But why is Wimbledon such an in-demand area? Edward Foley, who has been selling property in the area for more than two decades, explained: ‘I bumped into a couple at an art exhibition in Wimbledon Village last week. They bought their house through me exactly 20 years ago for £3.65million within earshot of the tennis and a highly sought-after road. 

‘They moved over from Camden and didn’t know Wimbledon Village and that house would be worth considerably more now.

‘Another property on Parkside I sold around that time for £1.65million and has changed hands a few times since, is now being sold for £16million.

‘Many of the houses I’ve sold over that time in Wimbledon Village have the same families living in them, although with children finishing universities some may well be changing hands in the next few years.’

He added: ‘Wimbledon still has plenty to offer young families with excellent schools both independent and state and an easy commute into central London. 

‘The tennis is only two weeks a year but such an event makes it known throughout the world. You can be on holiday and say you live in Wimbledon and people will know it.’

Wimbledon Village (pictured) has plenty of high-end boutiques and restaurants for when there is a break in the championships

Wimbledon Village (pictured) has plenty of high-end boutiques and restaurants for when there is a break in the championships

The average price of a property sold in Wimbledon in the past year is £912,572, according to Zoopla.

It is almost twice as much in Wimbledon Village at £1,749,497 and significantly more than for the country as a whole at £327,712. 

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘Leafy Wimbledon has plenty of properties for sale that would be perfect for a tennis star who needs to be a stone’s throw from centre court, but wants to benefit from a calming and luxurious home to retreat to afterwards.’ 

Our pick of four luxury Wimbledon homes for sale…

1. Six-bed house, Wimbledon Common, £9.5m

This six-bed house on Wimbledon Common is on the market for £9.5million and is being sold by Fine & Country estate agents

This six-bed house on Wimbledon Common is on the market for £9.5million and is being sold by Fine & Country estate agents

The property's modern interior includes a large kitchen with a central island, robust tiled flooring and plenty of light

The property’s modern interior includes a large kitchen with a central island, robust tiled flooring and plenty of light

The property's current owner loves sports and he does some car racing and currently runs a marketing agency

The property’s current owner loves sports and he does some car racing and currently runs a marketing agency

This six-bedroom house on Wimbledon Common is just a few streets away from the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

Its current owner loves sports but it isn’t the racquet variety that has been his main focus as he does car racing. He currently runs a marketing agency.

Several car pictures and trophies can be seen in one of the detached property’s living rooms.

The property is just a short stroll from the many high-end boutiques and restaurants in Wimbledon village. It is on the market for £9.5million and is being sold by Fine & Country estate agents.

2. Six-bed house, Wimbledon Village, £17m

This six-bedroom property in Wimbledon Village is currently for sale for £17million via Fuller Gilbert estate agents

This six-bedroom property in Wimbledon Village is currently for sale for £17million via Fuller Gilbert estate agents

We have previously reported that music mogul Simon Cowell paid £15million for the house in 2019, and renovated it

We have previously reported that music mogul Simon Cowell paid £15million for the house in 2019, and renovated it

The modern interior includes a main bedroom suite that boasts sash windows and a separate seating area to relax in

The modern interior includes a main bedroom suite that boasts sash windows and a separate seating area to relax in

We reported at the end of last year how music mogul Simon Cowell put his second home on the market for £18million – without ever living in it.

After paying £15million for the six-bedroom property in Wimbledon Village in 2019, the Britain’s Got talent judge spent an estimate £1million on renovations that he could share with his now fiancee Lauren Silverman, her son Adam, and their son Eric.

But before moving in, the couple reportedly attempted ‘trial’ school runs of the 14-mile round trip from the house to Eric’s school and, on at least one occasion, it took more than two hours.

The controversial closure of Hammersmith Bridge made the problem worse, and with no plans for it to be reopened, the couple have now decided they will remain in their six-bedroom mansion in Holland Park.

The property has seen a reduction in price and is now for sale for £17million via Fuller Gilbert estate agents.

3. Six-bed house, Wimbledon, £6,495,000

This six-bedroom house in Wimbledon is on the market for £6,495,000 and is being sold by Robert Holmes estate agents

This six-bedroom house in Wimbledon is on the market for £6,495,000 and is being sold by Robert Holmes estate agents

The townhouse has a classical interior with the main living area featuring wood flooring, grey walls and a fireplace

The townhouse has a classical interior with the main living area featuring wood flooring, grey walls and a fireplace

In addition to a self-contained apartment, the property also features landscaped gardens with an outdoor heated swimming pool

In addition to a self-contained apartment, the property also features landscaped gardens with an outdoor heated swimming pool

It isn’t just Wimbledon Tennis that’s back, so is entertaining family and friends with plenty of good wine and champagne.

This six-bedroom house in Wimbledon boasts a self-contained apartment and landscaped gardens with an outdoor heated swimming pool. It is for sale for £6,495,000 via Robert Holmes estate agents.

4. Seven-bed house, Wimbledon Village, £6.95m

This detached property in Wimbledon Village sits in a third of an acre, has a gated driveway, and is for sale for £6.95million via Robert Holmes estate agents

This detached property in Wimbledon Village sits in a third of an acre, has a gated driveway, and is for sale for £6.95million via Robert Holmes estate agents

The property features a gym with floor to ceiling mirrors as well as some specialist Pilates and fitness equipment

The property features a gym with floor to ceiling mirrors as well as some specialist Pilates and fitness equipment

The large games and media room currently houses a large screen on one wall, some cinema seats and a relaxing egg chair

The large games and media room currently houses a large screen on one wall, some cinema seats and a relaxing egg chair

This detached property in Wimbledon Village  sits in a third of an acre and has a gated driveway.

It also boasts a gym, a cinema and games room, and seven bedrooms. It is for sale for £6.95million via Robert Holmes estate agents.

And if you have a smaller budget… 

If you are still looking for a home near Centre Court, but have a significant smaller budget, this one-bedroom flat on Wimbledon Common may fit the bill.

It is on the market with a price tag of £349,950, and is being sold by Tennison Property. It is leasehold and is on the lower ground floor, with just a five minute walk to Wimbledon Village. 

This one-bed flat on Wimbledon Common is for sale for £349,950 via Tennison Property estate agents

This one-bed flat on Wimbledon Common is for sale for £349,950 via Tennison Property estate agents

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Race against time to rescue ‘girl trapped inside’ house reduced to rubble in massive gas explosion

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Emergency services are searching for a four-year-old girl believed to be trapped after a terraced house collapsed following a huge gas explosion and fire in south London this morning.

Neighbours said it sounded ‘like a bomb had gone off’ on Galpin’s Road in Thornton Heath, near Croydon, just after 7am this morning, as 40 firefighters and six fire engines quickly rushed to the scene.

Three people have been hospitalised with potentially life-threatening injuries and the fire brigade confirmed their urban search and rescue crews are searching for one more missing person.

Merton Council has declared a major incident and confirmed it was a gas explosion.

Utility repair and maintenance works were being carried out on the road by Southern Gas Networks, who have been contacted by Mail Online for a comment.

Two neighbours, Kutoya Kukanda, 50, and Delroy Simms, 62, who have been called have been called ‘heroes’ for rescuing three children from the rubble at around 7am, said they feared a young girl was still trapped inside.

Mr Simms, dressed in his pyjamas by the cordon, said the explosion was like an earthquake and knew what it was because ‘that gas was smelling all week, really strong’.

He said that Mr Kukanda passed children out to him as bricks were still falling from the structure.

Videos and pictures shows the house completely reduced to rubble, planks of wood strewn about, and neighbours standing shocked outside in their dressing gowns.

Surrounding properties and vehicles are seriously damaged with tiles and bricks from the destroyed housing laying on top of them.

Around 40 properties have been evacuated as a precaution and a 50-metre cordon is in place. 

One man was treated for burn injuries at the scene and witnesses said other people including a child were stretchered away, Thornton Heath Chronicle reported.

A young girl was also seen stood outside with a blanket being treated for burns, as three people are currently in hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said four people have been rescued and are asking people to avoid the area.

The fire brigade are searching for one missing person after a house collapsed following a huge explosion this morning in Croydon, south London

The fire brigade are searching for one missing person after a house collapsed following a huge explosion this morning in Croydon, south London

The blast tore a huge hole in the wall of a neighbouring home, causing serious damage to what appears to be a child's bedroom

The blast tore a huge hole in the wall of a neighbouring home, causing serious damage to what appears to be a child’s bedroom

Following a fire and explosion, approximately 40 firefighters rushed to the scene of a house collapse in Thornton Heath

Following a fire and explosion, approximately 40 firefighters rushed to the scene of a house collapse in Thornton Heath

Residents thought a 'bomb had gone off' when the blast happened around 7am this morning

Residents thought a ‘bomb had gone off’ when the blast happened around 7am this morning

Neighbours on the road believe a girl aged around four or five is still trapped inside (pictured: Urban Search and Rescue team at the scene in Galpin's Road)

Neighbours on the road believe a girl aged around four or five is still trapped inside (pictured: Urban Search and Rescue team at the scene in Galpin’s Road)

Deputy Assistant Commissioner of London Fire Brigade confirmed one person was missing and being searched for

Deputy Assistant Commissioner of London Fire Brigade confirmed one person was missing and being searched for

Emergency services remain at the scene of the completely destroyed house in Croydon, so far London Fire Brigade say four people have been rescued

Emergency services remain at the scene of the completely destroyed house in Croydon, so far London Fire Brigade say four people have been rescued

The house was destroyed in the huge explosion which is believed to have been caused by a gas leak

The house was destroyed in the huge explosion which is believed to have been caused by a gas leak

The house explosion took place in Thornton Heath, Croydon around 7am this morning

The house explosion took place in Thornton Heath, Croydon around 7am this morning

Emergency services at the scene in Galpin's Road in Thornton Heath, south London, with the collapsed house in the background

Emergency services at the scene in Galpin’s Road in Thornton Heath, south London, with the collapsed house in the background

On the road where properties sell for around £430,000, the explosion launched a mass of rubble which seriously damaged houses either side of the blast and across the road.

Neighbours said they had reported a strong gas smell two weeks ago and others said they had been feeling dizzy and sick over the last two days.

One person said they were still able to smell gas after the blast which shattered windows and severely damaged neighbouring properties as other houses in the area were also evacuated.

Residents on the street told The Sun gasworks had been taking place for ‘four weeks’ there is no suggestion the works have any link to the blast at this stage.

A mother was crying in the street for her son as his bedroom was opposite the completely destroyed house, said one local.

The 25-year-old woman told MyLondon: ‘His mum was out on the street crying ‘My boy, my boy’.

‘They took him to hospital and we’ve heard since that he’s ok.’

She added that a ‘little girl’ and her dad escaped the destroyed house, and that the mum was rescued afterwards.

One resident, who lives on nearby Carisbrooke Road, said: ‘I heard the explosion at 7am, it was just the biggest bang you’ll ever hear.

‘So I went down the road to see what happened this morning and the whole house is gone, people living nearby said all their windows shook.

‘There was police, fire engines, a helicopter going around overhead. There’s not actually a fire from what I saw but you can still really smell gas, even two roads away where I am. They’re evacuating people from the houses nearby as they’re worried about another explosion.

‘There was a little girl of about 10 or 11 stood outside with a blanket bless her, god knows how she got out of that but she’s being treated for burns.

‘They were saying her older brother was still inside but he later got taken out OK I think.’

Dominic Francis, 41, and his partner heard a loud bang this morning, he said: ‘It is the third or fourth house explosion in the UK recently.

‘Something is wrong, I am worried it will happen to us.’

One Facebook user said: ‘I heard it whilst getting ready for work and thought it sounded like an explosion but was hoping I was wrong and that it was at a building site or something.’

Another added: ‘That was one loud bang thought a bomb had gone off’.

The house, pictured several years before the blast, was completely destroyed with neighbouring properties also badly damaged sparking the evacuation of 40 people

The house, pictured several years before the blast, was completely destroyed with neighbouring properties also badly damaged sparking the evacuation of 40 people

London Fire Brigade say four people have been rescued from the scene (pictured)

London Fire Brigade say four people have been rescued from the scene (pictured)

Around forty firefighters attended the scene and the surrounding area was evacuated after the explosion

Around forty firefighters attended the scene and the surrounding area was evacuated after the explosion

Nearby properties on Galpin's Road (pictured) have been damaged and four people have been rescued

Nearby properties on Galpin’s Road (pictured) have been damaged and four people have been rescued 

Police have evacuated and cordoned off the surrounding area following the explosion

Police have evacuated and cordoned off the surrounding area following the explosion

At this time, the cause of the fire and explosion is unknown, but a nearby resident said they could smell gas

At this time, the cause of the fire and explosion is unknown, but a nearby resident said they could smell gas

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We have treated four patients at an incident in Galpins Road, Thornton heath. One was discharged on scene and three others were taken to hospital.

‘We remain on scene with our emergency service colleagues.’ 

Merton council said in a statement: ‘We are working with London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police following a major incident at Galpins Road in Pollards Hill.

‘Emergency services are on site following a gas explosion at a residential property, at least one property has been destroyed. We are urging people to avoid the area.

‘Firefighters are currently carrying out systematic searches and working to make the scene safe.

‘An evacuation centre has been established at the New Horizons Centre.’

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said in a statement: ‘Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters have been called to a fire and explosion on Galpin’s Road in Thornton Heath.

‘A terraced house has collapsed following an explosion.

‘The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken 13 calls to the incident.

‘The Brigade was called at 0708. Fire crews from Norbury, Mitcham, West Norwood, Woodside and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.

‘The cause of the fire and explosion is not known at this time.’

The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers are at the scene. A statement on Twitter said: ‘Officers are at the scene in Galpin’s Road as part of the emergency services response to this incident. Please follow @LondonFire for updates.’

London Ambulance Service said it is also responding to the incident.

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Home REIT acquires €101m UK resi portfolio

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Home REIT plc has acquired 199 additional properties located across England for an aggregate purchase price of €101m (£85.1m). The properties have added a further 869 beds for those in need to the portfolio, bringing the portfolio total to 10,421 and further enhancing the company’s geographic diversification. The acquisitions adhered to the company’s strict investment criteria, providing much-needed accommodation for vulnerable homeless people across England. They are let on an average lease length of 25 years at low and sustainable rents, on new, unbroken, long-term, full repairing and insuring leases to specialist registered homeless charities and community interest companies (CICs), providing them with the sought-after long-term security of tenure. The leases are subject to annual upward-only rent reviews, index-linked to the Consumer Prices Index, with an annual collar and cap of 1% and 4% respectively. Each of the properties is immediately income producing and, following these transactions, the blended net initial yield of the company’s portfolio is ahead of expectations.

 

Charlotte Fletcher, Partner at Alvarium Home REIT Advisors Limited, said: “This latest tranche of acquisitions represents a significant expansion of our portfolio and allows us to scale up our support for homeless people across the UK. The expeditious deployment of the proceeds of our significantly oversubscribed Subsequent Placing in May demonstrates the Company’s impressive capacity to source attractive investment opportunities and the strength of our relationships with local stakeholders. We are excited to welcome Alex to the management team and are confident that his appointment will further bolster our ability to deliver strong returns to investors whilst also fulfilling a pressing social need.”

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Grade II listed East Sussex family home with a clock tower can be yours for £2.5million

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A striking property on the south coast with its own clock tower is currently up for grabs for £2.5million.

The Clock House is a Grade II listed building in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex.

It has an impressive clock tower that boasts has four clocks made by B L Vulliamy, the clockmaker to King George III.

The property has been in the same family for more than 30 years and is now being sold by M&W Sales and Lettings.

This unusual property is called the Clock House and it is a Grade II listed building in the East Sussex coastal town of St Leonards-on-Sea

This unusual property is called the Clock House and it is a Grade II listed building in the East Sussex coastal town of St Leonards-on-Sea

The Clock House has an opulent interior with arched doorways and windows framing the views of the surrounding garden

The Clock House has an opulent interior with arched doorways and windows framing the views of the surrounding garden

This living area has a large Tv sitting above a feature fireplace, colourful drape curtains and dark decorative wallpaper

This living area has a large Tv sitting above a feature fireplace, colourful drape curtains and dark decorative wallpaper 

The impressive property was constructed by the architect James Burton and his son Decimus Burton in 1827, who were behind many of the Georgian buildings in London

The impressive property was constructed by the architect James Burton and his son Decimus Burton in 1827, who were behind many of the Georgian buildings in London

The property was one of the first buildings constructed by the architect James Burton and his son Decimus Burton in 1827.

The pair were responsible for many of the historic homes along the South Coast, Tunbridge Wells and London. They were behind much of the building of Georgian London, including being responsible for large areas of Bloomsbury, as well as St John’s Wood and Clapham Common. James also collaborated with John Nash at Regent’s Park.

In 1828, he started building a new season town at St Leonards, based closely on his experiences at Regents Park.

There is a clock tower with four clocks, which were made by B L Vulliamy, the clockmaker to King George III

There is a clock tower with four clocks, which were made by B L Vulliamy, the clockmaker to King George III

There is a multi-coloured tiled floor in the entrance hallway

There are several feature windows at the Clock House

The property has plenty of interesting features, including arched windows and multi-coloured tiled floors in the hallway

This living room has some large dark sofas, a central chandelier, wooden floors and several candle holders

This living room has some large dark sofas, a central chandelier, wooden floors and several candle holders

This hallway has a colourful gold and red wallpaper with coordinating fabric on the sofa as well as dark wooden flooring

This hallway has a colourful gold and red wallpaper with coordinating fabric on the sofa as well as dark wooden flooring

This colourful bedroom has a patterned red wallpaper, red curtains, red window frames and a matching red ceiling

This colourful bedroom has a patterned red wallpaper, red curtains, red window frames and a matching red ceiling 

The Clock House retains many impressive features, including arched gothic doorways and a tiled entrance flooring.

There is an opulent interior, and a landscaped garden outside that includes a bar and dining areas.

It is spread across three floors and is on Maze Hill, overlooking St Leonards Gardens, with views to the sea.

The property has been in the same family for more than 30 years and M&W Sales and Lettings is handling the sale

The property has been in the same family for more than 30 years and M&W Sales and Lettings is handling the sale

The property has an asking price of £2.5million and is only a short walk from the centre of the town of St Leonards-on-Sea

The property has an asking price of £2.5million and is only a short walk from the centre of the town of St Leonards-on-Sea

The property has five bedrooms, with this one including a fireplace and an arched window that includes some stained glass

The property has five bedrooms, with this one including a fireplace and an arched window that includes some stained glass

The property has some ornate features including on the walls of this double bedroom that have been decorated with candles

The property has some ornate features including on the walls of this double bedroom that have been decorated with candles

This bathroom has green and gold wallpaper, white tiles on the floor, a life size statue and an appealing roll top bath

This bathroom has green and gold wallpaper, white tiles on the floor, a life size statue and an appealing roll top bath

The property is only a short walk away is St Leonards town centre, which boasts bars, restaurants, independent galleries and shops on Norman and Kings Road.

The towns’ gardens provide a tranquil setting with a range of plants, trees and wildlife, with the star of the show being a central ornamental pond.

The area has several schools including Battle Abbey School, Claremont, Vinehall and Buckswood.

Outside, there is plenty of space to entertain family and friends, including an outdoor dining area and a large lawn

Outside, there is plenty of space to entertain family and friends, including an outdoor dining area and a large lawn

The outdoor entertaining area includes a firepit and outdoor lights so that gatherings can continue into the evening

The outdoor entertaining area includes a firepit and outdoor lights so that gatherings can continue into the evening

The kitchen has cream wall and base units along with a central island that is tiled and it contains some useful storage

The kitchen has cream wall and base units along with a central island that is tiled and it contains some useful storage

This large double bedroom has monochrome wallpaper, a dark wooden flooring and some furnishings providing a pink accent

This large double bedroom has monochrome wallpaper, a dark wooden flooring and some furnishings providing a pink accent

The average price of a price sold in St Leonards during the past year is £291,265, which is just under the £312,201 average for the country as a whole, according to Zoopla.

Helen Whiteley, of property website OnTheMarket, said: ‘Properties like this don’t come to the market too often, so when they do it’s an opportunity to own something really special.

‘As well as a magnificent history dating back almost 200 years, with its original charm and unique interior, this clock house has a level of grandeur that remains as impressive today as it would have been when first constructed.’

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