10:57 AM, 16th May 2011, About 11 years ago
The candidates in this year’s The Apprentice series are living in a luxurious £4.67 million mansion in south-west London.
Mark Halliley, the narrator of the top rating BBC TV series tantalising dropped a clue that the house was near Richmond, Surrey, in the voice over – but the exact location was secret until now.
The cameras have panned around the state-of-the-art kitchen and classily appointed rooms – but the best clues came from shots of the glamourous facade as candidates were arriving at and leaving the house.
The clues let house detectives from web property portal Zoopla zero in on the property at 59, Christchurch Road, East Sheen, London.
Some diligent searching in street view on Google Maps and a quick drive around the area soon identified the house.
“We knew the property would be on Zoopla because we list every UK home in our home values section. So, we were hopeful we’d be able to unearth some juicy inside info on this year’s house for you. We weren’t disappointed,” said a Zoopla spokesman.
According to local estate agents and the Land Registry, average home prices in the plush postcode are around £667,200 – but houses on the leafy road easily sell for double the average (£1.25 million) and The Apprentice house is valued at £4.67 million.
Zoopla house data also discloses that the property is detached with seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and three receptions. The property experts figure one of the receptions has been turned over as an extra bedroom.
The house was last on the market in 2004, when the buyer negotiated an £85,000 discount off the £1.8 million asking price to pay £1.715 million.
The original house was demolished and rebuilt the current property on the plot.
catch the latest on the show from the BBC The Apprentice website
To see the house on Zoopla, click CLICK HERE
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