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  • Best rated schools in marylebone

    When it comes to judging which schools offer the best possible educational experience for children, the Ofsted ratings are the gold standard. Ofsted’s role in the education system is to inspect, rate, and grade a school into one of the following four categories:   ●     1 - Outstanding ●     2 - Good ●     3 - Requires Improvement ●...

  • What does your home say about you?

    Your home is, of course, an expression of yourself and your values. The longer you live there, the more of you it contains. It means you can tell a lot about a person from a quick look around their house. For example, according to psychologists, you can easily guess someone’s politics - Conservatives tend to live in neater and tidier homes with plenty of sports related paraphernalia. Those of a more left wing persuasion tend to live in m...

  • Selling in Summer

    ­­These days, most people are aware that the peak times for selling a home are spring and autumn. Summer is traditionally thought of as a quieter period, especially in an area like Marylebone where many of its residents go abroad at that of year.  However, you can’t always choose when to sell, but there are some serious advantages to selling in summer and, statistics show, it’s nowhere near as quiet as you might thin...

  • Marylebone Fayre

    One of the things that make Marylebone so special is that it manages to retain a village like atmosphere, despite being in the very heart of London. Part of that charm comes from community events such as the hugely popular Marylebone Summer Fayre. The festival, organised by the Henry de Walden Estate, takes place every year in June in Paddington Street Gardens and the surrounding roads and is a wonderful mix of music, food, dancing and enterta...

  • World's most expensive homes

    Have you ever wondered which were the world’s most expensive homes? Where are they? And how much do they cost? Well here you go… Antili If you are expecting them all to be in and around Beverley Hills, you’d be wrong. This spectacular tower block, built in 2006, is in fact a single dwelling and is worth an eye watering $2bn. It’s owned by Mukesh Ambani, reportedly the richest man in India, and is to be found in do...

  • What makes us move?

    Moving house may be a major upheaval, but 370,300 people decided to do it last year. So what is it that triggers this desire to move on? 1) More space/growing family That are not many who don't want a bit more space. The decision to upsize can sometimes be provoked by visits to friends’ and family’s more spacious homes, but the most common reason is a new baby. And it doesn’t just end there - as the kids get older, ...

  • What's in a survey?

    You’ve chosen your perfect house, your offer has been accepted and now you need a survey. The problem is which one? There are three different types of surveys and there are no hard and fast rules as to which is best for you, because everyone’s circumstances are different. Here’s a rough guide to what’s involved:   Valuation Survey: This is carried out on behalf of the lender to verify the value of the prop...

  • Water leaks from neighbours

    Water leaks from neighbours are a very common problem, but it’s not always easy to establish precisely where they are coming from and who is responsible for organising and paying for the resulting repair work. According to Direct Line Home insurance, it happens a massive 800,000 times a year! Even a simple leak can cause extensive damage to walls, carpets, tiles and even built-in furniture that can’t be moved out of the way, such a...

  • UK House Prices

    There were further signs that the property market was slowing last month. Although, many of the indices show prices continuing to rise, transaction levels were subdued. Home lenders Nationwide, for example, reported a 2.1% house price rise in March but, at the same time, there was a fall in sales volumes and, according to surveyors, a shortage of new instructions.   The slowdown has been blamed by many on the widening gap between wa...

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