26 Wednesday, 23 September 2009 London Lite Market moves... Property&interiors THIS Thursday, Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger will cut the red ribbon to launch Highbury Square, the redevelopment of the old Arsenal stadium into swanky flats. There are 724 apartments in total, and around 60 left to buy. The cheapest flats are the one-beds, which start at 250,000 and the most expensive is a 1.5m three- bed penthouse. The last football match played here was May 2006 -- now, instead of a pitch there are landscaped gardens with the flats built in the former stands. THE latest area in London to be redeveloped is Vauxhall, courtesy of US taxpayers. Last week, planning permission was granted for the new US embassy just off Nine Elms Lane, which, when built, will replace the embassy on Grosvenor Square. As part of the planning agreement, the American government will fund a new park, pedestrian and cycle link and either a stop linked with Crossrail or -- the councils preferred alternative -- a Tube stop, which will join the Northern line extension from Kennington. Cue some excited developers and new housing projects in the area. HOW far would you go to afford your first home? All the way, it seems. According to recent research, first-time buyers are gambling, postponing weddings, contemplating medical trials and even selling major organs -- all to gather together the necessary dosh. Housing association Circle Anglia surveyed 2,000 people, and a quarter of respondents had turned to gambling to squirrel together a deposit. A further one in four people would be prepared to undergo clinical trials to save money, and seven per cent would even sell a major organ. WANT to live close to Nigella Lawson, right? A Grade II- listed Regency home overlooking Eaton Square, which is home to the Domestic Goddess and hubby Charles Saatchi, has come on the market. The seller is South African tycoon Vivian Imerman, who used to own a large chunk of Del Monte. Hes selling for a cool 30m and has already attracted serious interest from Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau. Jessie Hewitson Old-world charmfor under500k BY Jessie Hewitson LILLY NEWELL, 35, who works as a business assistant, is selling her one-bed mews house in Clapham Common for 349,950 through Cluttons. The house was originally a coach house built in 1865, but was fully renovated 12 years ago. I bought it in 2002, and one of the main reasons was because of the security. The mews is gated and it has a parking space right outside the front door, so I knew I didnt have to worry about walking back to my home from the car late at night. Living in a mews is also incredibly friendly. Everyone knows everyone else and its more intimate than living on a street. There are eight houses in my mews -- its so small you cant help but get to know your neighbours. I found out recently that the lady opposite me pruned my front garden when it needed it, which is so good of her. There is a real community feeling -- we all take deliveries and look out for each other. I also like the fact that it is an affordable house in London. Its lovely to have an old, original Victorian house. I could never afford a large house in London, but I could afford a mews house. Peace of mind: Lilly Newell likes the security of living in a mews home Mark PaToN, 45, lives in a two-bed mews house in Ladbroke Grove. Nearly everyone who comes to the house remarks on how quaint the street is and people say the home has a cottage feel to it. The mews were the stables and servants quarters for the homes in Chepstow Villas, which is in the neighbouring street. The mews itself is a proper, genuine, old-school mews. Weve got a cobbled street and it feels really old. all the homes are on the first floor -- below us is an art gallery. The homes are in a conservation area, so everything is very well-preserved. Every so often you get people knocking on the door asking your permission to use the mews in adverts -- mine was recently in a Barclays advert, for example. Were just off Ledbury road. Considering where it is its amazing how quiet it is. Mark is selling his house through Hamptons International for 745,000. W hatkindof personowns a mews home in central London? a person who values peace and quiet, a feeling of community away from the hustle and bustle, and someone who, you might assume, is loaded. Keira Knightleys character and her husband in Richard Curtiss film Love actually, for example. and while this type of property can set you back several million pounds, not all mews homes are completely out of your grasp. If you look beyond the centre -- to areas such as hackney, herne hill and Balham -- you can find these highly desirable pieds--terre along cobbled streets that wont cost a fortune. according to propertyfinder.com, there are 202 mews properties cur- rently up for sale for 500,000 or less, and a total of 280 on the market for under 750,000. Halfapercent.com is selling a one-bed mews house in Dalston for 275,000 and Winkworth is selling a one-bed mews home with a patio in herne hill for 225,000. People often assume they cant afford mews homes, but it isnt always true, says Nick Leeming, director of prop- ertyfinder.com. You can find these types of homes through- out London and they are not all owned by the super-wealthy. Places such as hackney, Greenwich and Balham, for example, can offer good value on period mews homes. Modern mews homes, in the style of traditional mews houses, can also make a much more affordable option. Famous mews-dwellers in central London include Noel Gallagher and Barbara Windsor, while Guy Ritchies Mayfair pub the Punch Bowl is located within one. this kind of property is popular with the rich and famous because of its Dickensian charm -- the textbook mews home is on a cobbled street and will have two rows of terraced cottages facing each other. another bonus is that they have no through traffic and offer more privacy than a regular street. Mews were originally designed to service the equestrian needs of Londons gentry. horses would be housed in stables on the ground floor, while grooms and servants would occupy the living quarters above. their employers would reside in grand townhouses close by, and this is the reason large numbers of mews homes are most commonly found in Notting hill, Kensington, hyde Park, Regents Park and holland Park. they are charming with an old- fashioned London feel, says Peter Rollings, managing director of Marsh & Parsons agency. a mews property is totally self-contained, you have your own front door, and its freehold, so theres no service charge. theres nobody living above or below you. the downside, he adds, is that room sizes can be small, and there isnt always a great deal of light. another drawback is the lack of a garden. It is rare to find a mews house with a good-sized garden, says Peggy Lurot of Lurot Brand agency -- mews home specialists -- but many do come with roof terraces. 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