Grave reservAtions?

If you’re in the market for a project this four-bedroom house in Teddington, available for the first time since the 1940s, could be for you. But what about the wishes of the former owners?

The sales particulars reveal an unusual feature: ‘It is important to note that the previous owners’ last wishes were to be buried in this garden, which is where both currently rest.’

The burial is completely legal but for those too squeamish to live with it, or looking to extend the property, exhumation is possible. The question is could you live with the former owners still resident in the garden?

School House Lane, Teddington, £650,000 – Curchods 020 8977 3374

The great escape

If you’re in your late twenties or early thirties the chances are you’re thinking about moving out of London, but not far. New research from Hamptons International has pin-pointed 32 as the average age that Londoners up sticks and move out from the capital with those relocating moving, on average, just 26 miles.

The move out of town is hardly surprising; the latest figures from the Land Registry show that the gap between house prices in London and the rest of the country continues to widen. In November the average price for a property in London was £396,646 compared to £216,618 in the South East and £165,411 nationally.

For many people looking to trade up it makes sense to use equity built up in London against a larger property further afield. Marc Goldberg, Hamptons International, “As house prices increase at a faster rate in London than anywhere else, Londoners are increasingly waking up to the idea that they can get more value for money outside of the capital.”

Nationally the average distance that people move is only 2.5 miles, but a city like London has a different pattern, with young people drawn in (people aged 19 – 25 are most likely to move to the capital for study or postgraduate jobs) and older people moving out typically before children reach the age of five and start their formal schooling.

“It is part of the natural life cycle of the capital that households will move out as their priorities change,” says Johnny Morris, of Hamptons International. “Many of those leaving London are in their 30s and 40s, in search of more space and a different lifestyle. These London Leavers aren’t cutting ties with the capital though - the average leaver moves just 26 miles and many will maintain their links with the capital, commuting for work and staying close enough to access to the capital’s amenities and nightlife.”

Written by Deborah Churchill