House prices in Slough rise twice as fast as the South East

It was once synonymous with David Brent in the hit TV series The Office and large industrial estates, but now Slough is gaining appealing with house hunters as prices rise ahead of a new rail opening.

If house prices drop just ten per cent, borrowers will be off the hook for as much as £359million of loans taken out through the government's Help to Buy scheme.

The high rises where the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis took up temporary residence in the summer of 2012 have a 95 per cent occupancy.

New research by insurer Aviva found that the average amounts given by those over 45 to their children and grandchildren differs significantly depending on where they live.

The Star Trek actor - who played capital Jean-Luc Picard - has owned the £535,000 property for 25 years. It is described as having been the 'ideal retreat' for the Hollywood star.

The most expensive home on the planet? French villa is valued at £250m

Villa Les Cedres is in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, a refuge between Nice and Monaco for some of the world's richest people. Built in 1830, the villa was sold in 1924 to Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, owner of the Grand Marnier liquor brand. It is now up for sale by its owner, drinks maker Campari and could fetch a believed world record £250m.

For those with variable mortgage deals or looking to remortgage, it is likely to translate into lower monthly mortgage payments.

The average price of a home in Margate risen an impressive 12.5 per cent in the past year to an average of £202,276 following a change in fortunes in recent years.

Homebuyer converts public toilet that's now a one bed semi-detached house

The public toilets were knocked down and replaced with two semi-detached homes, each costing almost £70,000 more than that average price of a home in Britain. The developer reportedly found needles, drug packages, vermin and asbestos on the site.

Would you swap your city flat for a B&B; in the countryside? Our list of options include a £575K guest house on the Isle of Skye and a 21 bedroom holiday letting business in Cornwall for £1.9million.

Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania tipped as property hotspots for those looking for cheaper overseas holiday homes amid the slide in the value of the pound.

Oxford has plenty to offer commuters. But expect to pay a price to live in this flourishing city as the average house price is more than double the national average of £209,054 at £482,000.

Grand Designs couple is selling farmhouse in Newbury after success with Two Cocks brewery

Phil Palmer and his partner Michael Butcher appeared on Grand Designs in October 2013 with a bold design for a contemporary farm home just outside of Newbury in Berkshire. They gave up their jobs in the capital to oversee the house build and start a new business, deciding on the new name of the Two Cocks Brewery and farmhouse.

When Britain is sweltering, our thoughts naturally turn from wood-burning stoves and plush sofas to light and sun. A conservatory is the best way to make the most of the rare sunshine.

If you've ever dreamt of owning a vineyard, here are some options that could make your vision become a reality, whether you have a budget of several hundred thousand or several million pounds.

All of the houses are detached and range from a relative bargain at £259,995 for a four bedroom home to an eye-watering £12.5million for an eight bedroom property

Some analysts claimed that foreign buyers would be put off buying in Britain due to Brexit, but the opposite seems to have happened thanks to the pound's fall.

Lloyds Bank lists top 20 places to live for young professionals

A town on the south coast has been named as the most desirable place to live in the UK for young professionals - and surprisingly it's not trendy Brighton but its near neighbour. Hove was given the accolade for the second year in a row after continuing to attract aspiring workers.

Off the back of a tax squeeze, landlords may be thinking of quitting life in buy-to-let altogether. But is selling up and cashing in any profits a wise move?

For Sale signs outside flats in York, UK

Halifax said it was too early to say which kind of impact Brexit will have on the housing market, but added there were signs the pace of growth is easing.

Analysis of 85 towns and cities across the country found that 59 would not be accessible to landlords if tighter lending criteria is applied as it would required them to have a deposit of at least 40 per cent.

How much would it cost you to Escape to the Chateau?

For those brave enough to take the plunge, or just curious as to what they could get for the cost of a semi in the South East, here is our pick of six chateaux each with a price of less than £500,000. They include (clockwise from top left) an eight bedroom 20th century chateau for £374,676, a seven bed chateau in Upper Normandy for £333,424, and a twelve bedroom chateau in Normandy for £455,684. A five bedroom chateau between Toulouse and Bordeaux also costs £455,684, where as a seven bedroom chateau north east of La Rcohelle costs £410,41, and a five bedroom chateau east of La Rochelle costs £309,284.

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Four million grown-up children are expected to be living with their parents by 2025 due to the lack of affordable housing, a new report has suggested. It is an extra million on top of current levels.

Rather than ask what type of property you can buy with £1million around the world, we've upped the anti and looked at what you could snap up with £5million instead.

The average cost of renting a property in the UK, excluding London, has increased to £764 a month, it has been revealed. But what does this actually buy a tenant?

Dive in: The Crofters in Midhurst, West Sussex, is on the market for £1.375m with knightfrank.co.uk

On the market... pool perfection

There can't be many of us who haven't wished for a pool at one time or other. But one big question mark hangs over owning a pool the running costs, so how do buyers feel?

Best places to live by the sea: We reveal hotspots from Salcombe to Peacehaven

Britain's most prized places to live by the sea have been named in our exclusive research by estate agents Savills - along with the up-and-coming coastal hotspots. They range from the most expensive locations - including top spot Salcombe, in Devon, pictured, - to more traditional seaside resorts full of nostalgic charm, such as Broadstairs, in Kent.

Ardent film buffs can get their hands on a piece of cinematic history as a two bedroom flat above the Blenheim Crescent bookshop has come on the market for sale for £1,495,000.

Wealthy buyers are searching for more than just home cinemas and gyms. This £14million FLAT in London's Kensington has a private pool, a yoga area and a drinks bar.

Forget trudging around furniture showrooms. You can revamp your home without leaving your living room. Just log on to one of these top interiors websites.

Grand Designs' homeowners make tidy profits from their TV-featured properties

Everyone loves a good Grand Design - something that has helped to make it one of the most popular property shows on TV. Yet after pouring everything into designing and building their perfect homes, some owners have decided to move on, with three Grand Designs currently on the market. The owners of a seven-bedroom castle in Yorkshire (left), left the owners 'exhausted and scarily remortgaged up to the hilt', according to the show's presenter Kevin McCloud (inset). The purchase and redesign cost around £900,000 and the house is on sale for £1,650,000. A four-bedroom 'doughnut-shaped' property in Milton Keynes (top right), which was built in a couple's back garden for £400,000, is currently on the market for £1million. The couple behind the build, Peter Berkin and his wife Chard, were at odds at the end of the project. 'Peter is going to be happy here,' said Mrs Berkin, before adding: 'It has been positive because I am still here with him.' Meanwhile a six-bedroom house in Newport (bottom right) is on sale for £1,795,000 with the owners refusing to be drawn on how much they had spent on the build.

These details would pique the attention of many a struggling renter in the capital - particularly given figures published today that showed tenants typically pay almost £1,600 a month.

The average price of a home in England will be more than £450,000 in 2030, new research mapping out what house prices could look like across the UK claims.

Buyers opt for practical rather period features when it comes to securing a new home, meaning they will prioritise a good broadband signal over highly-rated schools.

Families looking for an affordable three-bedroom house within a 40 minute commute of central London can still find some properties fitting the bill in some hotspots.

The parking spot is being sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds and yet measures just 19.5 ft by 8 ft, enough space to squeeze in a single car.

For those looking for a renovation, here's our pick of the best projects for sale. There's something for all budgets, whether it's a £15K property in Derbyshire or a £3m house in North London.

Ten castles for sale in UK now - and one thing that's not medieval is the price

We choose our top 10 medieval homes - and there's something for everyone whether your budget is £600,000 or £6million.

They say first impressions count, particularly for those looking to sell their home. With this in mind, we picked some properties for sale to see if you would be swayed as a buyer by the car on the drive.

The two bedroom flats do not have any windows. Instead they have light wells, which are vertical shafts roofed with glass to allow in natural light.

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A tranquil corner of Hampshire has been named as having the best quality of life in the UK for an impressive fifth year. Residents earn well above the average salary and are the healthiest in the UK.

YouTubers Jim Chapman and Tanya Burr splashed out £2m on London home

They've struck gold on advertising linked to their internet channels and now high-profile YouTubers are buying multi-million properties to match their enviable lifestyles. Jim Chapman and his wife Tanya Burr are the latest to have bought a luxury home - with a private garden for their beloved dog Martha.

The luxury home, which is in a gated development near Hyde Park, was The Italian Job actor's address in the 1960s. Today, it has the Hollywood touch with Sonos sound system and designer kitchen.

In true Grand Designs style, the owners of this luxury Huf Haus in Hampshire had the property built from scratch a decade ago. It is now on the market for sale for £2.99m.

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