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English village that inspired Agatha Christie for sale


The village of Bantham, in the English county Devon, is for sale. It’s here where Agatha Christie found inspiration for many of her stories. Those who can scoop up £10.000.000 can be the lucky new owner.

 

Village that inspired Agatha Christie for sale (image APEX)

The village has about 25 homes and a small shop only open on weekends. Most of the buildings are cottages with thatched roofs and the streets are lined with cobble stones. Off course there is a small local pub and a natural beach is just around the corner. It’s part of one of the largest private estates, Evans Estate, which is also for sale. £35.000.000 and it’s yours, and this includes the village. It’s not certain if the two can be bought separately.

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The smallest apartments in Amsterdam


A top three of teeny-tiny apartments in the Amsterdam real estate market.

1. 16m2 / 172 ft2, right on the canal

This very compact refurbished studio apartment on Amsterdam’s posh Prinsengracht offers all you need. A new kitchen with basic appliances, a small freshly retiled bathroom with shower, toilet and vanity. The roof is sloped,further limiting the available floor space. But it has its charm, and I can imagine the view, once one sticks their head out of the window, is quite nice. The studio is in the front of the building, so canal side. It was on the market for €120.000 / $162.000. That’s €7500 per m2 / $942 per ft 2, which is quite steep even for Amsterdam standards. But it sold within 4 months.

A tiny studio right on an Amsterdam canal

A tiny studio right on an Amsterdam canal

Refurbished and move-in ready

Refurbished and move-in ready

2. 22 m2 / 237 ft 2, again on the same canal

Funny enough the second smallest apartment is not far from the previous one. Again, this tiny studio is in a very characteristic and typical Amsterdam building on the canal. However, this apartment is not as refurbished as the other one, and the kitchen leaves a lot more to desire. But it does have double doors opening to a French balcony and I guess it’s bigger. The apartment faces the garden in the back, so no canal view. A big bonus is a storage room on the ground floor and access to a communal garden. This one was on the market for €129.000 / $174.400 and sold in a bit over 4 months. The price per m2 / ft 2 of €5864 / $736 didn’t scare potential buyers.

Another studio on one of Amsterdam's famous canals

Another studio on one of Amsterdam’s famous canals

French doors leading to a French balcony facing the communal gardens

French doors leading to a French balcony facing the communal gardens

View to the gardens in the back. The owner of this studio has shared use of the garden

View to the gardens in the back. The owner of this studio has shared use of the garden

3. A 23 m2 / 248 ft 2 studio with balcony overlooking a canal in up and coming Amsterdam West

This building is a bit of a landmark. It’s right along a canal by a working drawbridge, so many of Amsterdam’s inhabitants have seen it while waiting for passing boats. It’s in a part of town that was not really desirable up until a few years back. Since then, many people have ventured that way for its cheap real estate, and its proximity to the more popular parts of the city. This brought in new shops, bars and restaurants and in turn caused a fast rise in prices and a shift in the area’s popularity. That makes the price of €89.000 / $120.000 surprising.  Only since the crunch have prices dropped slightly below €100.000 for the smallest of places in lesser areas. The owner must have been going for a quick sale. Like the other, this one sold in a little over 4 months. Surprising because flats in this building tend to sell faster. Especially considering this is one of the few with a balcony. Only the first and top floor units have these. The apartment consists of a small living/bedroom, a separate kitchen, nice when you only have one room, and a small bathroom. There are a few built-in closets. The view is quite spectacular. And there’s a shared garden, laundry facilities, private storage and a communal bike storage. The building itself is an architectural gem so all in all a very good deal for €3870 per m2 / $484 ft 2.

The 'Geuzenflat' overlooks a working drawbridge in one of Amsterdam's newer canals.

The nicknamed ‘Geuzenflat’ overlooks a working drawbridge in one of Amsterdam’s newer canals.

The building's official name is Oranjehof, and is listed as a monument

The building’s official name is Oranjehof, and is listed as a monument

The door leads to a balcony overlooking the canal

The door leads to a balcony overlooking the canal

 

What $2.950.000 buys you in New York.. and in Amsterdam


A recent post on one of my favourite blogs, The Real Estalker, featured a modest two bedroom apartment in NYC. I am no newbie to international real estate so know that prices tend to be, well, insane there, but this surprised me. The 1,486 square feet apartment is listed for $2,950.000….

Don’t get me wrong.. it’s a nice place, but $2.950.000? really??

Granted; the views are amazing, and having windows in both the bathroom and kitchen are rare in this city, but still…. $2,950.000???????

Let’s stop and have a closer look. First, let’s get this in metrics; $2,950.000 equals about €2.225.000 and 1486 square feet is about 138 square meters. I am actually wondering if, based on the floor plan, that figure is not a bit of a fib, but let’s say that square footage is a hard fact. Now come join me and find out what that price tag gets you in my home town Amsterdam, shall we?

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I give you, the floor plan of just one floor of our soon to be revealed mystery home

I wish I could get a sharper image, but I am confident that you can see that this home (yes home, not apartment) is a tad bit bigger than the NYC listing. It is situated on one of Amsterdam’s famous canals; Leliegracht. It’s listed for exactly €2.225.000 and for that you get 13 rooms spread over a total of 500 square meters (5382 square feet). But the real treat is the garden! The back of the house is double width so the garden is huge with a lot of privacy. It borders the neighbouring gardens so the city seems far, far away.

The House is situated on a lovely, treelined canal

The House is situated on a lovely, treelined canal

The home would not be fully available for use though. The second floor consists of two self-contained studio apartments that are rented out. But this, in turn, gives you a bit of cash each month, lowering the monthly payments. And the current tenant is willing t discuss a move. That’ll cost you a so called ‘oprotpremie’ (severance pay). Mind you, there is still more than enough private space, and the studio’s make use of their own separate entrance. The one downfall really is parking, or rather, the lack there-off. No private parking means you are subjected to the bureaucratic hell that is parking laws in Amsterdam. If you did not leave behind a house in the same area, you might be looking at a waiting list for one spot. But then again, the building fees of the apartment in NYC are a staggering $2668 a MONTH, which is more than enough to rent two parking spots somewhere nearby.

The main floor boasts a wonderful formal living room and eat-in kitchen with doors leading to the garden

The main floor boasts a wonderful formal living room and eat-in kitchen with doors leading to the garden

Lush gardens, with several spots to follow the course of the sun

Lush gardens, with several spots to follow the course of the sun

The house is old, built in 1900. Which is actually relatively young for its location as most homes on Amsterdam canals are from the 18th, sometimes even 17th Centuries. It’s a monument, which does mean that you are limited in what you can change or do with the home. But anything you do, you can do subsidised! Ahhh, the joy of living in a socialist state 😉

The house actually looks older than it's 114 years.

The house actually looks older than it’s 114 years.

So, I guess it’s safe to assume living in NYC comes with a price. A high price. And here we are, Dutch ‘disgruntleds’, complaining about the price of real estate in our capitol…… I dare not compare the other way around; checking to see what a private residence with garden on Manhattan would cost. I guess it’s more though.

Styling for a sale: Family home in Haarzuilens


As a kid growing up in the small town of Haarzuilens, some of my fondest memories are of sleep-overs at friends who lived in this house. They lived right on the edge of the wooded park that was home to a French baron’s folie castle and even though we had a big garden too, their’s was bigger and bordered the derelict green house and nursery complex of the estate. It was like growing up in a children’s book.

Haarzuilens house

The house

Recently, long after my friends and I all went to college, moved out and set up camp as far as Northern America in the case of one of us. my friends inherited the house and put it up for sale. In a tough market, in a credit crunched society where banks don’t like to extend loans for renovations. And it’s just that what this house needs. Their dad didn’t take very good care of it, but through the damaged gutter, the stained exposed brick and the worn-out kitchen and bathroom, I still see that wonderful home I know from my youth. It needs some good old TLC and it will make a great family home.

Haarzuilens house

The gardens

After the house was on the market for over a year and only one person came to view it, I offered one of my friends to help with sprucing the place up a bit. A house with a bit of decorating lures people in more than an empty one. So one particularly sunny afternoon we set off to a local thrift store where the people were kind enough to lend us whatever furniture we wanted and went to work. I am quite pleased with the result!

Before: The split-level living room towards the front. Not the view of the monumental farm

Before: The split-level living room towards the front. Note the view of the monumental farm

Before: The kitchen towards the bar area and the living room

Before: The kitchen towards the bar area and the living room

Before: The living room towards the back of the house.

Before: The living room towards the back of the house.

As there was no budget, and timings are tight, we had to make do with what we could find. If time nor money were a restriction I probably would have suggested to paint the exposed brick and kitchen cabinets, but understandably, my friend wanted to avoid spending a lot of money and time. So we were limited to furniture and accessories. Remember, this all came from one place, and was selected and put in, in a matter of a few hours.

After: the living room with simple and minimalistic art complimenting the style of the house. The exposed brick actually works again!

After: the living room with simple and minimalistic art complimenting the style of the house. The exposed brick actually works again!

After: the kitchen. The floor and dark wood gave it a bit of a French country feel already so I went with that when sourcing accessories. A simple checkered tea cloth works wonders!

After: the kitchen. The floor and dark wood gave it a bit of a French country feel already so I went with that when sourcing accessories. A simple checkered tea cloth works wonders!

After: the eat-in kitchen in its full glory. This is where we would have the best Sunday Steak breakfasts ever! My seat was on the bench by the window.

After: the eat-in kitchen in its full glory. This is where we would have the best Sunday Steak breakfasts ever! My seat was on the bench by the window.

The town is wonderful with two decent restaurants, one doubling as a community pub. Both Amsterdam and Utrecht are easy to commute to with both Vleuten and Breukelen connected to train links and the highway at 5 minutes driving. I can highly recommend checking it out. And do me favour. Restore the house to its former glory when you buy it and cook me a steak breakfast there one sunday…

Check out the listing here.

Magnificent home in Laren, the Netherlands, for sale


Like Nate Berkus, Ineke, aka the Huizenfee, is a regular here on Homevoyeurs. I wrote about her work for the Wisseloord Studio’s not too long ago, and about the house she restyled in Laren. That sold last year, so the new owners will be calling it home soon. Her own home is now for sale too. It’s in the picturesque village of Laren in ‘het Gooi’. The Netherlands’ answer to Connecticut.  She bought the house a few years back and revamped it to its current glory.

The house looks old, but was built in 1980

The house looks old, but was built in 1980

The vaulted ceiling were created after a mezzanine was taken out.

The vaulted ceiling was created by taking out an oddly placed mezzanine

I love the dining chairs and massive table.

I love the dining chairs and massive table

The house is built in a horse shoe shape so features a secluded patio with a veranda.

The house is built in a horse-shoe shape so features a secluded patio with a veranda

The wooden doors are antiques Ineke picked up at an antique store.

The wooden doors are antiques Ineke picked up at an antique materials store. They’re from an old school. They can be folded entirely to allow an open flow from the kitchen to the patio

The kitchen is great! It’s big enough for a small breakfast table but also has an adjacent smaller dining room

My favourite part of the house. The view from the living room with fireplace to the veranda and patio

My favourite part of the house. The view from the living room with fireplace to the veranda and patio

Green Goblin’s Penthouse from Spiderman for sale


I haven’t seen the movie, but sure like this place! The penthouse in NYC’s Windsor Tower served as the home for Willem Dafoe in his role as the Green Goblin in the Spiderman movies. It just hit the market this week with a moderate $1.595 million price tag. It sounds like a lot, but keep in mind this is NYC and a pretty decent location to boot. The ceilings are gorgeous too at 18-feet and floor-to-ceiling dramatic windows. The house further features a fire-place, wooden floors and a private terrace. And off course the legitimate right to brag. “Guess where I live…”

Green Goblin’s penthouse in NYC

 

I love the mezzanine!

I quite like the decor too with the bright fuchsia pink pillows on those Biedermeier-esque chairs. I once brought home pillow covers in the same hue but my significant other was less thrilled with them then I was. Maybe after seeing this he’ll agree to give them another chance. They match really well with antiques!

Great lay-out too. Stairs to the roof terrace conveniently located by the kitchen. I’d prefer one extra bedroom through. But hey, can’t have it all!

Green Goblin’s penthouse

Images courtesy of ny.curbed.com and nydailynews.com

 

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s house on the market


Sarah Jessica Parker and her lovely husband Matthew Broderick (or Ferris for friends) have done quite the house flip. They put down $18.995 million for a Greenwich Village Redstone townhouse and now put it back on the market for $24.995 million. That is quite the increase and would make for a lovely profit to enhance their already comfortable means…. There’s some debate as to what exactly they did with the place as even the art in the pictures is the same from an original listing back in 2009, but it sure looks nice enough to me!

SJP’ townhouse Greenwich Village

 

Interior shots of Sarah Jessica parker’s house flip

More interior shots of Sarah Jessica Parker’s house flip

The floor plans show that there are 7 bedrooms, including one in the garden room right by the kitchen. Great for a maid or au-pair! 5 full, and 3 half baths make for enough to not to worry about standing in line in the morning. The kitchen looks great. But the two back bedrooms on the third floor look odd to say the least. The entire fourth floor is reserved for the master bed, bath and his-n-hers walk in wardrobes.