Agatha Christie’s house for sale in Oxfordshire

The vast area covers about two hectares and descends to the Thames

What happened? The house on the banks of the Thames, where the famous writer Agatha Christie lived, appeared on the market for $ 3.8 million, according to Mansion Global. According to a press release from the real estate agency Savills, the detective novelist lived at Winterbrook’s home in Oxfordshire for over 40 years, from 1934 until her death in 1976.

Quote. According to Stephen Christie-Miller, head of sales for Savills Henley, the five-bedroom home offers an opportunity for someone to own a slice of literary history. Christie “wrote several of her bestsellers in this house, and Winterbrook himself is considered a model for Daynemead – the home of Miss Marple in the village of St. Mary Mead.”

Context. The sellers of the house, Gregor Kleinknecht and Karen Holterman, had owned it for 20 years and did not know who it belonged to before entering. The couple bought the house in 2002 for $ 1.7 million.

House. The three-storey mansion has retained many old elements that give it its specific character and charm. It has high ceilings and large sash windows. In addition to five bedrooms, the building has a study, a library and a living room, as well as a kitchen with a pantry and a breakfast room. The master bedroom has a dressing room and a shower room overlooking the garden. There is also a one-bedroom guest cottage adjacent to the main house.

Glasgow’s notorious Bellgrove Hotel on Gallowgate to close after sale to city council

Glasgow City Council have bought the notorious Bellgrove Hotel, a private hostel in the east end of the city.

In October of last year, we reported on the hotel having been put up for sale as a ‘development opportunity’.

The homeless hostel on the Gallowgate was previously likened to a ‘Soviet gulag’, prompting intervention from local politicians after shocking scenes of deprivation were uncovered.

A 2014 Daily Record investigation found occupants were being housed in tiny rooms looking out onto a rat-infested courtyard.

In 2016, MSP John Mason raised a motion signed by 21 members from across the political divide calling for better regulation of the hostel “as a matter of urgency”.

And the council have today announced they have bought the hotel for the site to be developed as part of the ongoing work of the Gallowgate Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA).

Over 50 vulnerable men are to be offered new Glasgow Housing Association homes in a partnership enabled Lowther Homes, a subsidiary of Wheatley Group

New homes have already been built at the eastern end of the area, as part of the Gallowgate Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) project.

The B-listed Bellgrove Hotel was originally built in the 1930s to provide accommodation for working men. In more recent years it became a hostel.

Announcing the move, the council say: “The acquisition was funded by Glasgow City Council (partly with funding from TMDF – Transfer of the Management of Development Funding – which the council manages on behalf of the Scottish Government, and Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC:G). Transforming Communities: Glasgow – a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association (a part of Wheatley Group) and the Scottish Government – is delivering community and housing-led regeneration at eight locations across the city.

“Staff from Wheatley Care – a Wheatley Group subsidiary – will work with Glasgow‘s Health and Social Care Partnership to help the residents move on from the hostel into modern homes with tailored care and support in place for those who need it. Alternative accommodation with care will be offered to those who need it.

“The site will then form part of the next phase of regeneration of the Gallowgate, driven by TC:G and by local people through a delivery group, with Lowther developing plans for mid-market rent homes as part of that.”

Patrick Flynn, Director of City Development at Glasgow City Council, commented: “The acquisition of the Bellgrove Hotel by the council and our Transforming Communities: Glasgow partners will both allow the regeneration of the Gallowgate and pave the way for the hostel’s residents to move to their own homes and receive the support they need. This is a major step forward in the transformation of an East End neighbourhood, and we can look forward to the local community continuing to play a key role of the development of the area in which they live.”

Bernadette Hewitt, GHA Chair and TC:G Board Member, said: “All of the residents at Bellgrove will be offered the chance of a GHA home or alternative accommodation to meet their needs with support in place to help them settle. At GHA and across Wheatley, we share the vision that everyone should be able, with support, to lead independent lives in their own home and this is very much part of that.

“Wheatley Care will now provide care and support to the residents while helping them move into a new home that fully meets their needs. We’ll work closely with the residents, Glasgow’s Health and Social Care Partnership, and other partners.

“GHA has already built over 200 fantastic new homes in Gallowgate and demolished the old Whitevale and Bluevale multi-storey blocks. The Bellgrove unlocks the potential for us not only to improve the lives of the people currently living in the hostel but also to continue the transformation of the community with a further phase of new affordable housing for local people.”

Pat Togher, Assistant Chief Officer, Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership, added: “We do not use the Bellgrove Hotel as a means of accommodating people who are homeless, however we welcome the opportunity to work closely with residents of the hotel and the Wheatley Group in seeking more permanent accommodation and providing the necessary support for those experiencing complex needs. Glasgow HSCP is familiar with decommissioning arrangements such as the one proposed and will deploy our skilled and experienced workforce ensuring that existing residents transition to more suitable, settled and where necessary supported accommodation ahead of the closure. This is an excellent opportunity to improve the lives of those residing in the Bellgrove and we look forward to working with everyone involved.”

Wheatley Group is working with the Scottish Government, local authority partners and other agencies in a bid to help tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. The Group has already provided 200 homes to Housing First, the multi-agency partnership set up with the aim of giving homeless people a tenancy and support to rebuild their lives.

Kelvin Properties hails ’signal of intent’ as Andrew Duncan joins from CALA Homes

Glasgow urban developer Kelvin Properties has laid the foundations for the next phase of its ambitious growth plans with the appointment of a high-profile director.

Andrew Duncan has been appointed land director, leaving the same role at CALA Homes where he cemented his reputation within the industry by delivering urban projects including the 101-flat Mansionhouse Road development in Shawlands, and the 203 unit Pacific Quay site by the River Clyde.

The appointment is central to Kelvin Properties founder Stephen McKechnie’s ambitious plans to cement the firm’s reputation as one of Scotland’s leading quality residential developers.

Mr McKechnie, managing director at Kelvin Properties, said: “Andrew brings a wealth of experience to Kelvin Properties and will play a key role in the next exciting chapter for the business.

“To attract a director with his talent, ability and proven track shows how far Kelvin Properties has come over the past 20 years. I am delighted he shares our vision for placing the firm at the forefront of upmarket urban development in Scotland.

“In the modern marketplace, it is vital to be in a position to act on potential development sites quickly, and the addition of Andrew strengthens our ability to do just that in a number of areas.

“As an agile and forward-thinking developer, we are able to provide clear points of contact and more direct lines of communication, meaning necessary changes can be made faster which provides more scope for the communities we work within to have genuine influence.”

Mr Duncan, who is responsible for all the firm’s land and planning activity in his new role, said: “It is a privilege to join such an exciting and ambitious business, and I look forward to making a real impact on future projects across Scotland.

“Kelvin Properties is an ambitious and entrepreneurial business that is well financed with lots of experience and a great track record.

“I am delighted to add my own experience to that mix and can’t wait to get started in this next chapter for myself and the business. I share Stephen’s ambitious vision for growing the business to become a major player within Scotland’s urban areas.”

West End-based Kelvin Properties has a proven track record of delivering major projects across the city and its surrounding areas, including the multi-million-pound transformation of the former Broomhill Public School into a 68-apartment development at The Atrium.

The firm is also responsible for two of Glasgow’s recent build-to-rent developments including the 36-apartment development at Candleriggs Court in the Merchant City, and the 20-unit development Mitchell Apartments at Finnieston.

10-bedroom west end property with bathtub in every room now on the market for £1.15m

The Alamo is a currently a stunning guest house – but if you happen to have plenty of cash to spare, it could be a spectacular family home.

One of Glasgow’s most spectacular properties has now officially got an asking price…but it’s still just the tiniest bit outside our budget.

Plenty of you are already familiar with the the 10-bedroom property, currently known as The Alamo guest house perched on the edge of Kelvingrove Park and trendy Finnieston.

But now, the opportunity has arisen to be the proud owner of the incredible property – with a standalone bathtub in every single one of its 10 bedrooms.

Of course you could always keep it as guest house…but it’s hard not to indulge those king-in-the-castle fantasies.

One of Glasgow’s most spectacular properties has now officially got an asking price…but it’s still just the tiniest bit outside our budget.

Plenty of you are already familiar with the the 10-bedroom property, currently known as The Alamo guest house perched on the edge of Kelvingrove Park and trendy Finnieston.

But now, the opportunity has arisen to be the proud owner of the incredible property – with a standalone bathtub in every single one of its 10 bedrooms.

Of course you could always keep it as guest house…but it’s hard not to indulge those king-in-the-castle fantasies.