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Top 10 areas for hunting home buyers revealed with Didsbury top

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A posh and leafy Manchester suburb has been named as the most popular place for buyers actively looking for their new home.

Didsbury, on the north bank of the River Mersey, is 4.5 miles south of Manchester’s city centre. It is an attractive suburb with plenty of pubs and executive homes.

It has been identified by Rightmove as the most popular local neighbourhood for buyers signing up to the property website to find out about properties for sale.

This five-bed house in Catterick Road, Didsbury, is for sal

This five-bedroom house in Catterick Road, Didsbury, is for sale for £800,000 via Julian Wadden estate agents

Rightmove identified the most popular local neighbourhood for buyers signing up to the property website to find out about properties for sale

Rightmove identified the most popular local neighbourhood for buyers signing up to the property website to find out about properties for sale

The property portal analysed the selection of 2.7million house hunters who are signed up to receive new home alerts.

Top of the list of local neighbourhoods is Didsbury in Greater Manchester, which is one of the most expensive areas within the county.

The average asking price in Didsbury currently stands at £367,429, more than £130,000 higher than the Greater Manchester average of £237,380.

Half of the top 10 on the list are based in and around Manchester, suggesting the city has become hot property in recent months.  

Second on the list is Walthamstow in East London, where average asking prices have risen by 116 per cent in the past decade, from £230,888 to £499,534 and are up by 4 per cent in the past year.

The other London location in the top 10 is Chiswick. It is the only place on the list where asking prices are lower than this time last year, down 1 per cent to £969,350, and down 9 per cent when compared with five years ago when they were above £1million.

This four-bedroom house in Belgrave Road, Walthamstow, is on the market for £825,000 via Estates17

This four-bedroom house in Belgrave Road, Walthamstow, is on the market for £825,000 via Estates17 

THE MOST POPULAR PLACE FOR BUYERS ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME
Average asking price Average asking price Average asking price Average asking price
Apr-21 Apr-20 Apr-16 Apr-11
Didsbury, Greater Manchester £367,429 £349,826 £321,907 £252,585
Walthamstow, London £499,534 £480,333 £464,260 £230,888
Wirral, Merseyside £287,243 £260,879 £237,162 £220,012
Prestwich, Greater Manchester £277,643 £250,241 £216,579 £186,708
Horsforth, West Yorkshire £312,460 £290,173 £272,229 £238,665
Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Greater Manchester £359,377 £319,694 £293,613 £219,118
West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire £365,370 £339,985 £304,285 £243,752
Heaton Moor, Greater Manchester £307,040 £292,903 £237,490 £204,248
Bramhall, Greater Manchester £482,311 £469,118 £429,583 £361,322
Chiswick, London £969,350 £982,464 £1,062,076 £934,551
Source: Rightmove         
This three-bedroom house in Woodvale Terrace, Horsforth, is for sale for £400,000 via Hardisty estate agents

This three-bedroom house in Woodvale Terrace, Horsforth, is for sale for £400,000 via Hardisty estate agents

Rightmove said the number of properties coming on the market is still not meeting demand from buyers, but the level of new listings has improved.

When comparing March and April with January and February of this year, there was a rise of 51 per cent in the number of properties coming onto the market, with more than 260,000 new homes coming up for sale in the past two months. 

Tim Bannister, of Rightmove, said: ‘Our new analysis gives sellers in these local hotspots a clear indication of just how popular their area is.’

This four-bed house in Wordsworth Road, West Bridgford, is for sale for £375,000 via fhp Living estate agents

This four-bed house in Wordsworth Road, West Bridgford, is for sale for £375,000 via fhp Living estate agents

PROPERTY ALERTS

When people are searching on Rightmove they can register to receive emails about areas of their choice.

If they sign up to receive them instantly they will be sent emails as soon as something matches their criteria is added to Rightmove.

So for example I can sign up to receive properties in Didsbury for sale within a budget of say up to £400,000. As soon as agents add properties like this to Rightmove I will receive an email to tell me a new property has been added.

 

Rob Kennedy, managing director of Philip James Kennedy estate agents in Didsbury Village, said: ‘The marketplace during 2021 has seen a surge in the Didsbury property market with record levels of sales and many properties generating multiple bids.

‘House prices have increased as a result and properties are selling and completing faster.’

He explained that during the pandemic, the importance of ‘home’ has increased with many buyers wanting more space working from home, more space to relax and exercise, and more outside space, with easy access to a local park or larger garden.

He said: ‘Built within the backdrop of wealthy merchant mansion homes and exclusive conservation areas, Didsbury offers a wide variety of exclusive properties with early Victorian cottages, late Victorian terraces and traditional semi’s through to “Arts and Crafts” detached family homes and futuristic apartment and townhouse developments.

‘Fashionable West Didsbury village consists of predominantly late Victorian terrace properties arranged around irrepressible Burton Road with family sized villas, mansion terraces, and sought after modern and converted luxury apartment developments.

‘Both villages are geographically small but have beautiful parks, outstanding educational establishments, specialist food shops, a well-established café culture, upmarket bars and award winning restaurants.’

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British ex-pat, 67, is forced to DESTROY his Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer

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A British ex-pat has been forced to knock down his £130,000 Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer.

But the situation for 67-year-old Gurney Davey, from Suffolk, could get worse because he is facing six months in prison after a mayor illegally gave him planning permission for the house.

‘I was distraught at first, my blood pressure was sky high and then I lost my wife,’ Mr Davey said this week as he was demolishing his home near Tolox, Malaga.

Gurney Davey, 67, has been forced to knock down his £130,000 Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer

Gurney Davey, 67, has been forced to knock down his £130,000 Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer

Despite Friday’s demolition also costing him €1,600, he added that it had actually come as ‘some sort of relief’ having fought the legal battle since 2004, over the house he built in 2003. 

It was then that legal firm, Manzanares, informed him he would be getting a licence for an ‘almacen’ (or storeroom), which would allow him to build the house.

‘We thought we had done everything right. We got legal advice and went through a lawyer in order to get permission to build the home,’ Davey explained. 

But he was later told that his house was one of around 350 that were illegally given planning permission by the former mayor, Juan Vera, who was eventually handed a prison sentence of his own.

Mr Davey was told his house had to be demolished for himself to avoid a six-month prison sentence, with the news coming just after his wife, Diana, died from bowel cancer at the age of 71.

‘Diana fought breast cancer for six years before bowel cancer – I am sure the stress brought it on.’ 

‘But thankfully it is now over,’ he explained. ‘It has been going on for so long now, I’ve finally come to terms with what needs to be done. 

‘Having it demolished was actually a relief,’ he added.

As he still owns the land, he can still live on it – just not in a house.

Despite Friday's demolition also costing him €1,600, he added that it had actually come as 'some sort of relief' having fought the legal battle since 2004, over the house be built in 2003. Pictured: Mr Davey's home in Spain before it was demolished on Friday

Despite Friday’s demolition also costing him €1,600, he added that it had actually come as ‘some sort of relief’ having fought the legal battle since 2004, over the house be built in 2003. Pictured: Mr Davey’s home in Spain before it was demolished on Friday

Mr Davey was told that his house was one of around 350 that were illegally given planning permission by the former mayor, Juan Vera, who was eventually handed a prison sentence. Pictured: Mr Davey's home in Spain after it was demolished on Friday

Mr Davey was told that his house was one of around 350 that were illegally given planning permission by the former mayor, Juan Vera, who was eventually handed a prison sentence. Pictured: Mr Davey’s home in Spain after it was demolished on Friday

Now, the father-of-three is planning a minimalist life staying in a converted van, so that his five dogs still have the space to roam.

‘This land is my home, it is my life and these dogs are all I have left.’

Whether or not he still faces a prison sentence, is yet to be confirmed.

The ex-pat only found out about the potential six-month sentence when a court document was delivered to a neighbour’s house.

‘I went straight to Tolox town hall with it. They told me I shouldn’t have received it yet,’ he recalled. ‘They said they were going to be sending the notification to me once they had stamped it.’

He had never been told about the court case that followed on from a Guardia Civil denuncia for an ‘illegal build’, but Davey’s two-bed home should never have been built according to the Malaga court.

Now, the father-of-three is planning a minimalist life staying in a converted van, so that his five dogs (pictured) still have the space to roam

Now, the father-of-three is planning a minimalist life staying in a converted van, so that his five dogs (pictured) still have the space to roam

In 2016, and then again in 2017, Davey was ordered to knock down his house, but, in common with a neighbour, he waited for more details.

While his Spanish neighbour, Irene Millan, 29, did eventually hear from the court again, she was given six months to ‘legalise’ her property – an option Davey was never given.

However, his neighbour’s apparent good luck turned into a poisoned chalice.

Having spent €20,000 with the town hall to legalise the dwelling, the court finally refused to accept the new paperwork provided by the council.

Instead, demolition was ordered – which went ahead last week.

To add insult to injury Irene’s 54-year-old father, Manuel Millan, whose name was on the deeds, was also sentenced to six months jail and handed a fine of €6 a day for a year.

Whether or not he still faces a prison sentence, is yet to be confirmed. The ex-pat only found out about the potential six-month sentence when a court document was delivered to a neighbour's house

Whether or not he still faces a prison sentence, is yet to be confirmed. The ex-pat only found out about the potential six-month sentence when a court document was delivered to a neighbour’s house

As he still owns the land, he can still live on it - just not in a house. Pictured: Mr Davey, a former builder, uses a JCB digger to demolish his own home

As he still owns the land, he can still live on it – just not in a house. Pictured: Mr Davey, a former builder, uses a JCB digger to demolish his own home

The couple, originally from Suffolk in the UK, spent £130,000 building their property.

‘It came as a package – a plot with a new home on it.’

Davey admits he and his wife were perhaps naive to follow the advice of their lawyer.

The lawyer, from legal firm Manzanares, told them that planning permission would be applied for as an almacen – or ‘warehouse’.

Mr Davey (pictured) was told his house had to be demolished for himself to avoid a six-month prison sentence, with the news coming just after his wife, Diana, died from bowel cancer at the age of 71

Mr Davey (pictured) was told his house had to be demolished for himself to avoid a six-month prison sentence, with the news coming just after his wife, Diana, died from bowel cancer at the age of 71

This way it would come under the remit of Tolox town hall, which would give permission and later they could ‘legalise’ the property.

The language of one legal letter suggests this would be a mere formality, but the property never got legalised.

In fact, the Tolox mayor of the time, Juan Vera, has since been jailed and fined for his part in a scheme.

In most cases the mayor used the very same ‘lax’ procedure of applying to build an ‘almacen’ to try to keep the prying eyes of the Junta authorities away.

‘We thought that was the way things worked in Spain,’ said Davey, a retired builder. ‘We went to see a lawyer and got advice. It turns out that was not the smart thing to do.

‘Why would we deliberately try to build illegally? It makes no sense that we would sell up everything in the UK and risk it all.’

Mr Davey had earlier said that he was forced to ask the town hall for permission to knock his own property down.

‘I will do it myself. I will borrow a JCB from someone and flatten my home of the past 17 years. I will not let the town hall do it and charge me more money.’

It is not the first time British expats have had their homes demolished in Andalucia, with the Priors, in Almeria, the most famous victims.

They still live in the garage of their house today, over 10 years since the house was knocked down in Vera. 

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Two teenagers died after separate incidents in Dublin and Waterford

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Two teenagers have died after separate incidents in Dublin and Waterford on Wednesday.

Gardaí in Ballyfermot responded to a call at an equestrian centre at Tay Lane, Co Dublin, at about 2pm.

Dublin Fire Brigade and the National Ambulance Service attended the scene and provided medical assistance to a 15-year-old girl who was injured during an exercise event.

She was removed to Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin, where she later died.

Gardaí said the coroner has been notified. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has also been notified and will carry out an examination on Thursday.

Gardaí said investigations are ongoing. A file will be prepared for the Coroner’s Court.

Separately, gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a workplace accident in Dungarvan, Co Waterford on Wednesday afternoon.

A boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The HSA has been notified and will carry out an investigation. A file will be prepared for the coroner.

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Tritax EuroBox acquires Swedish logistics property for €47m

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Tritax EuroBox continues to expand its presence in the Swedish market with a €47m acquisition. The asset held freehold has a total gross internal area of approximately 28,900m² and comprises two purpose-built logistics facilities (one of 16,200m² and the other 12,700m²), located in the heart of the prime logistics location in the Port of Gothenburg. 

 

The Port of Gothenburg has been ranked as the most attractive logistics location in the Nordics for 20 years by Intelligent Logistik, the leading Nordic logistics media platform. There are currently no vacant logistics buildings in the port area. The Port is home to Scandinavia’s largest container terminal, which is forecast to grow over the coming years. The buildings are fully let to Agility AB, Nordicon AB and Vink Essaplast Group AB, generating a total annual rent of €1.79m on leases with a weighted average unexpired lease term of six years.  The rent reflects a rate of €62.50psm per annum.  All leases are annually indexed to 100% of Swedish CPI.

 

Nick Preston, Fund Manager of Tritax EuroBox, commented: “We are delighted to acquire our first asset in the Nordics which aligns with our disciplined investment approach and our long term strategic goals. The asset held freehold is located in the region’s strongest logistics market and offers asset management upside through working closely with the occupiers to achieve their business plans and increase rents to market levels. We expect to see continued strong market rental growth in the Port of Gothenburg, due to the natural constraint of land supply in the port area, and the increasing demand from occupiers. The Port of Gothenburg has a clear plan for growth, with significant infrastructure investment committed, further strengthening this location.”

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