Property

Why no one ever moves back to London

31 August 2019 9:00 am

In last week’s Spectator, Martin Vander Weyer replied to a couple with a baby who had sought his advice on…

Don’t hate housebuilders who profited from Help to Buy. It wasn’t their fault

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Was Help to Buy a timely market intervention with a valid social purpose or a political gimmick that unintentionally showered…

Who hires the most stretch limos?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Global warnings How much time do we have to save the world from catastrophic climate change? 5 years         (according to…

Markets are clever precisely because people are silly

29 September 2018 9:00 am

A month ago I wanted to travel to Bath for a 60th birthday party. From Kent, this either involves a…

How can I prevent my husband from burning all my post?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

If you don’t yet watch Gogglebox on Channel 4, start doing so now. Far from making you despise our couch-potato…

West Heslerton and other villages with one careful owner

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Squire power The village of West Heslerton in Yorkshire was put up for sale at £20 million after its owner,…

The legend of the honest estate agent

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Selling with honesty An Essex estate agent sold a flat in Westcliff-on-Sea for £22,500 over the £125,000 asking price after…

Buy-to-let investing just became a very, very bad idea

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Take a quick look at the UK buy-to-let market and you might find it tough to understand exactly what it…

George Osborne has made his own 'dangerous cocktail' of economic risk

9 January 2016 9:00 am

When David Cameron said this week that he is worried his children would not be able to afford to buy…

The plot to save Goldsmith’s Close Allotments

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Since turning 50 I have become a gardening enthusiast. It started with tomatoes, then spread to raspberries and last year…

Redecorate the restaurant, but you can’t redecorate the clientele

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Forty-five Jermyn St lives in the left-hand buttock of Fortnum & Mason (F&M), a shop whose acronym is slightly too…

How New York vulgarians live

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I have finally moved into my new flat, a jewel of a place in a pre-first world war Park Avenue…

Bring back the bungalow!

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Sheila Pugh is 91 and in good health. She lives on her own in Congleton, Cheshire, where she takes pleasure…

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is a battle for the soul of London

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Lant Street would be easy to miss, if you weren’t looking for it. Charles Dickens lodged on Lant Street as…

This is what every menu should look like

18 July 2015 9:00 am

The appallingly bad photograph below was taken on my mobile phone about 15 years ago. It shows the menu layout…

House-hunting in Cobham has driven me to the verge of insanity

4 July 2015 9:00 am

This much I know, I never want to live in an ‘executive home’, and neither do I want to live…

My eco-home nightmare

20 June 2015 9:00 am

I write this half-naked, sucking on ice cubes, breaking off sentences to stick my head in the fridge. In the…

Which behaved worse: callous Thomas Cook or cynical Barclays?

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Which is worse, morally and reputationally — to be Thomas Cook, shamed by its refusal to show proper human concern,…

Posh, educated and energetic: meet the servants of the super-rich

16 May 2015 9:00 am

‘Let me tell you about the very rich,’ said F. Scott Fitzgerald. ‘They are different from you and me.’ Indeed…

Why the internet hasn’t killed estate agents (and what might)

9 May 2015 9:00 am

I don’t like to make business predictions, but — barring some apocalypse — I suspect there will be plenty of…

I don’t want to be a mansion tax migrant

2 May 2015 9:00 am

This election will see me up all night until the last results are in. It will have me knocking on…

In praise of messy old kitchens

28 March 2015 9:00 am

‘I love my new kitchen heart of the home let’s fill it with friends happy.’ So says the thought bubble…

The perils of planespotting

7 March 2015 9:00 am

A dangerous hobby Three men from Greater Manchester were arrested and held in the UAE after being seen writing down…

The myth of the housing crisis

28 February 2015 9:00 am

There is no such thing as the English countryside. There is my countryside, your countryside and everyone else’s. Most people…

Want more diversity? Hire groups, not individuals

28 February 2015 9:00 am

If I were to give you a budget to choose your perfect house, you would quickly have a clear idea…