Canonbury Square, where a five-bedroom home is on sale for £5.5m
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Is this the peak of Islington, London?

Canonbury and Barnsbury are among the borough’s most desirable areas — but agents warn price rises could be slowing

UK property law

Can I open my garden to the public?

It could be a great way to get to know your neighbours, but there are issues surrounding insurance and health and safety

Willy Lott’s House in Flatford
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Picture-perfect homes in Constable Country

Time appears to stand still in the Stour Valley but homes in this part of Essex and Suffolk come at a premium

Illustration depicting UK property doom
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Brexit: doom or boom for UK property?

Two estate agents give contrasting views on what leaving the EU could mean for house prices and international investment

Bounceback for London’s Bayswater?

It is hoped new developments north of London’s Hyde Park will revive the area’s faltering property market

A view of Loch Shiel from Glenfinnan in the Scottish Highlands
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Scottish Highlands in buyers’ sights

The country is world-renowned for its hunting, shooting and fishing — but is now a good time to bag a trophy home there?

Eight-bedroom house on Champion Hill, £8.75m

London’s Camberwell: a bohemian backwater

Despite having no Tube station, creative Londoners are drawn to the district for its lively arts scene and diverse community

FBNG3C Panoramic photograph of Hebden Bridge, a small market town in West Yorkshire, England.
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Hebden Bridge: not a run-of-the-mill place

The textiles town in northern England is popular with artists and writers, and is known as the ‘lesbian capital of the UK’

EU buyers withdraw from London property

Sales drop in prime areas as buyers await outcome of Brexit vote

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Hay-on-Wye: Wales’s answer to Notting Hill

The small rural town has allure beyond its book festival, as rising home values demonstrate

Changing fortunes on Sloane Street

Despite its cachet and lofty prices, residential sales in the area have suffered over the past year

Flood Re provides lifeboat for victims

New scheme hopes to make itself obsolete within 25 years

Highly rated Edinburgh feels the pinch

The new 3 per cent tax surcharge on second homes seems to be cooling the high-end market — but only in some areas of the city

London’s Kentish Town has growing appeal

It may once have been described as an ‘odious swamp’ but prices are rising in the well-loved area — and developers are moving in

Cheltenham: a picture of health

Once a popular destination for its curative waters, the historic spa town is enjoying a revival, as is its property market

London’s Bond Street: designer to Dickensian

Shoppers are spoilt for choice but the pickings are not so rich for buyers of prime property in an area where homes tend to be small

How to stop a drone flying over your home

Anyone operating such a drone for recreational use is required to follow guidelines published by the Civil Aviation Authority

Homebuying with the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’

What are the factors (and dangers) for parents to consider before they contribute towards a property for their offspring

Manchester: excellence within reach

The prestigious Manchester Grammar School is well positioned for homebuyers in the city’s affluent southern suburbs

The woes of renting in London

Like many young people in the capital, Sebastian Payne has struggled to find decent digs he can afford to rent, let alone buy

New Forest property: where to branch out

Prices in southern England’s national park are rising fast — but it is the lesser-known villages that are luring buyers

Square living in London’s Ladbroke Grove

Homes in the area’s plush squares are highly sought after by families seeking easy access to private communal gardens

Can I knock down a dividing wall?

Check the terms of your lease. You may require consent from your landlord, as well as planning permission to merge two flats

Brexit worries hit London office market

Deals fall to lowest level in 4 years as investors pull back ahead of vote

Watchdog deals fresh blow for OnTheMarket

Agents that collude to join site face penalties, says CMA

Is it my land or my neighbour’s?

Your neighbour will need to show the Land Registry that he has controlled this area for at least 10 years — but you can object

Country living in London?

The areas around the two St Paul’s schools in Barnes and Brook Green offer buyers a taste of country life

Property law: stamp duty abroad

Unfortunately, it is payable where the purchaser owns another residential property anywhere in the world

Glasgow ramped up for growth

Prices in the Scottish city are recovering as political stability returns and investors renovate old buildings

Harrow on the Hill: village-style London

The area around Harrow School is becoming increasingly irresistible to foreign buyers

Winchester College: where to buy nearby

England’s first private school has been attracting people to the city for six centuries

Property law: neighbours with noisy dogs

If the owners are in breach of their leasehold contract, you will probably need to get your landlord involved

St John’s Wood keeps low-profile in London

It may lack high-rise views and a fashionable buzz but the area can offer buyers big plots in a quiet enclave near the West End

Why buy near Heathfield School, Ascot

The girls’ school has a strong focus on pupil welfare, and the surrounding area also has pastoral appeal

Property law: dismissing resident staff

It depends what it says in their contract, and if their jobs fall within rules that protect employment

The pull of Putney for London buyers

A prime view of the Boat Race is just one attraction luring homebuyers to an area that is outperforming nearby Fulham

Property law: can I cut down my tree?

If it is subject to a tree preservation order in England and Wales, you could be fined if you deliberately damage it

Buyers seek Victorian values in Berkshire

The area around the famous fee-paying school is well appointed but surprisingly affordable

London’s Chester Square: a premier address

Once home to Margaret Thatcher, the grand square in Belgravia continues to attract buyers, notable and otherwise

High Wycombe stands out in its class

Wycombe Abbey has a top-notch academic record but other schools (and towns) in the area are also a draw


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