Property&interiors 20 Wednesday, 1 July 2009 London Lite Dippingatoeinto poolsideproperty FLATS IN BLOCKS WITH COMMUNAL SWIMMING POOLS AREMarket moves...LONDONS military servicemen and women are being offered incentives to put them on the property ladder. Anyone employed by the defence forces, and anyone who has served in Afghanistan or Iraq, will qualify for Barratts Armed Forces Discount Scheme, which gives them a 500 discount for every 25,000 they spend. So on a home costing 250,000 they would get a 5,000 reduction. A STUNNING architect-designed Victorian Hampstead Village house has dropped from 4.25m to 2.95m in less than a year. It has five bedrooms, three reception rooms, a south facing garden and a self-contained flat. In spite of its wow factor, it seems that unusual properties are harder to sell in a downturn. U2 SINGER and environmentalist Bono, right, has applied for permission to install an underground room to house an eco- friendly engine for the heating system of his mansion in Dalkey, a suburb of Dublin. Bono, 46, has reportedly had endless problems with local planning authorities. Continued from Page 19 your wish list. Michael Woda, senior lettings negotiator at Knight Franks Canary Wharf office, says: Weve seen a recent increase in applicants requiring a swimming pool. Tenants are grabbing the chance to upgrade and potentially save on pool or gym membership. Properties in blocks with pools can be a good buy. Angela Smith of Lawlor Property manages Westminsters County Hall apartments with their indoor pool and gym. She says flats there are worth about five per cent extra because of the facilities. Even with pool servicing costs, these facilities are a great bonus that save you paying for gym membership, she says. John Kennedy of Knight Frank, Canary Wharf, agrees. Having a swimming pool is seen as a luxury, he says. It is reflected in service charges, but a gym and pool at home means you neednt travel to exercise, so youre more likely to do it. Thats certainly the case for Sasa Pulevic, 45, and his wife Hanne, who live in a two-bedroom flat in St Davids Square, Canary Wharf. They use the blocks indoor pool all year round and their son Leonard, seven, is the envy of all his friends who love coming round with their swimming gear. People love it in summer, says Sasa. And even when its cold outside youre in warm water. He says the 3,000-plus annual service charge is worth it. Shaun Drummond, Knightsbridge sales manager at Harrods Estates, believes pools make developments more saleable. Blocks with health clubs, 24-hour concierge and security are favoured by buyers who feel they give good value, he says. So, find your flat with a pool and youll just need your friends to join you for a dip. Plus, of course, some seriously snazzy swimwear... Splash the cash Prices start at 2.85m for a flat in this gated development in The Bishops Avenue near Kenwood. The residents indoor pool is finished in natural stone. Knight Frank (020 7173 4999, knightfrank.co.uk) Ripple effect In Wandsworth, this two-bedroom apartment has access to a communal gym and swimming pool. Its for sale at 699,000 through Savills (020 8877 4810, savills.co.uk) Dive in A one- bedroom flat in Alder Lodge, Fulham is on the market at 325,000. There are communal gardens, a gym and swimming pool, above right. Available through Foxtons (020 7565 4000, foxtons.co.uk) Have a paddle A two-bedroom flat in the Nebraska Building in Deptford is on the market for 215,000 and boasts a swimming pool, left. Life Residential (020 7093 8380, liferesidential.com) HOMES MAKING WAVES ON THE MARKET index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html