Home » News » Ivy-smothered wreck sells for £100k over asking price at Savills auction previous nextIvy-smothered wreck sells for £100k over asking price at Savills auctionBidding war at auction last week for house almost invisible from street.Nigel Lewis9th May 201701,973 Views A property in London entirely engulfed by ivy for at least eight years has been sold at a Savills auction for £100,000 over its asking price.Lot 14 of the Savills sale, which was offered at a guide price of £450,000, was described in the catalogue somewhat tongue-in-cheek as being “in need of complete renovation”.Bidding warThe auction took place on Tuesday last week at the Marriott Hotel in central London and despite its green problems, prompted a bidding war between three buyers. Savills says a ‘professional buyer’ won the bidding.The three-bedroom property at No.2 Ruthin Road in Blackheath is known locally as The Tree House and has been smothered in ivy, small trees and other vegetation since at least 2009.It has also been sold as a vacant possession, although local reports say there was someone living there until relatively recently.On the day of the auction (pictured, left) there was mild hilarity at the sale when, says Savills, auctioneer Chris Coleman Smith told the 350 people within the room that “underneath all that, there is a house” before bidding began.The high final price, and £200,000 that Savills estimates will be needed to make the property habitable again, mean profits for the investor may be slim in the short term. Zoopla figures for the road show an average price for three-bedroom houses on Ruthin Road of £716,667.Savills auctions May 9, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Trey Anastasio has added nine new solo acoustic dates to his 2019 touring schedule, set for the second half of October primarily throughout the Midwest.Trey will open up the run of shows with a performance at Geneva, NY’s Smith Opera House on October 15th followed by stops at Dayton, OH’s Victoria Theatre (10/16); Milwaukee, WI’s Riverside Theater (10/18); Minneapolis, MN’s State Theatre (10/19); Eau Claire, WI’s Pablo Center at the Confluence (10/21); Canton, OH’s Palace Theatre (10/23); Ann Arbor, MI’s Michigan Theater (10/25); Indianapolis, IN’s Murat Theatre at Old National Centre (10/26); and Nashville, TN’s Ryman Auditorium on October 27th.Following the newly announced shows, Trey will head to New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall for a pair of previously announced performances on October 29th and 30th.Tickets will be available through a real-time presale beginning on Wednesday, June 5th at 12 p.m. (EST) and ending on Thursday, June 6th at 5 p.m. (EST) here. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 7th. For show specific on-sale times, visit Trey’s tour page.Trey is gearing up to turn his attention back to his main project for Phish‘s 2019 summer tour, beginning with a two-night run at St. Louis, MO’s Chaifetz Arena on June 11th and 12th. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.
Trevor Sochocki | Daily TrojanHeads up · Junior guard Jordan McLaughlin looks to captain the Trojans to victory against Washington on Saturday to wrap up the regular season.Two weeks ago, the men’s basketball team may have looked forward to Saturday’s matchup against Washington, hoping to use the game to build momentum heading into the postseason. With the Trojans stumbling to the finish line, however, their date with the Huskies is no longer an opportunity, but a mandatory assignment.Once a foregone conclusion, USC’s spot in the NCAA tournament is now in jeopardy. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi released his latest projections on Thursday, listing the Trojans as one of the last four teams into March Madness. The tipping point came last weekend, when USC squandered a double-digit lead to lose at Arizona State. The Trojans may need the victory over Washington — possibly more at the Pac-12 tournament next week — to secure a berth in the Big Dance.Shelby Mast, who runs the website Bracket W.A.G. and works as USA Today’s bracketologist, weighed in on the Trojans postseason prospects.“[The loss] affected them quite a bit,” she said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “They better not lose [to the Huskies].”Missing out on March Madness would spell disaster for head coach Andy Enfield and his squad. The program has made impressive strides since his arrival in 2013, making it into the tourney for the first time in his tenure last year. USC came into this season hoping to build on its first-round exit versus Providence in 2016, but it may not get the opportunity to do so if it fails to execute against Washington.But amid the noise surrounding the team’s postseason prospects, the Trojans are keeping their heads down.“We’ve all been playing basketball for a little while. We know the ins and outs, the politics behind everything,” junior guard Elijah Stewart told the Los Angeles Times. “We just know if you have a certain amount of wins, you don’t have to be concerned about the bubble. If we keep going and make strong strides in the Pac-12 tournament, I feel like we should be fine.”USC may have caught a break, too, as the Huskies’ projected first-round NBA draft pick, freshman guard Markelle Fultz, is expected to miss Saturday’s game with a knee injury. Fultz led his team with 20 points and six assists against the Trojans when they visited Seattle last month, and Washington (2-15 in Pac-12 play) faces a tall challenge without its star. The team is already in the midst of an ugly 11-game losing streak, which USC will look to extend this weekend.With the Trojans on the bubble for the NCAA tournament (and unlikely to earn an automatic bid by winning the Pac-12 championship), their postseason fate will ultimately be determined by the selection committee, and Enfield appealed to USC’s strength of schedule heading into the regular season’s final weekend.“That decision is not up to us or me,” Enfield said. “I really have no idea. I think a lot depends on teams around the country. We have a good RPI: UCLA’s ranked third [in the AP top 25], and we beat them. SMU’s ranked 14th, and we beat them. So we have some really good wins.”A strong victory over Washington would further strengthen the Trojans’ resume — and Enfield hopes his team can also add a few more wins next week in Las Vegas.