THE WEEKLY ROUND UP
Selected snippets from the world of property
WOULD YOU LIVE IN THE MOST-VIEWED HOME IN THE COUNTRY? The top five most-viewed homes so far this year on the property portal Rightmove are an eclectic bunch, but they have one big thing in common: serious mod cons. The top spot is held by a five-bedroom house in Shropshire that features a Jacuzzi bath and a private cinema room. A modernist mansion on Hampstead Heath comes in third with a home gym, a billiards room and a garage for four supercars. A bowling alley with disco lighting is only enough to earn a £30million Surrey estate fifth place. But it doesn’t come with star power. Perhaps the secret to the second mostviewed home’s success is its neighbours: the five-bedroom house in Sandbanks is near Harry Redknapp’s home. FOR SALE: FRIENDS STAR MATTHEW PERRY’S $35M LA HOME Chandler Bing (or Miss Chanandler Bong, as the address reads on his TV guide deliveries) brought world class entertainment to millions in the American sitcom Friends. The character also brought in millions for its actor, Matthew Perry. In 2017, he spent $20million (£17million) on a 9,290 sq ft penthouse on the 40th floor of The Century, a 42-storey tower in Los Angeles. He then oversaw a two-year renovation project with the architect Scott Joyce and the interior designer LM Pagano and, just three years on, the apartment’s new listing price is $35 million, potentially making him a $15 million profit. It has a screening room and four terraces. In the words of Bing himself: could it BE any more out of my league? DATING APPS TAKE ON NEW ROLE IN INTERIOR DECORATION Self-isolation poses a serious challenge to the world of dating. Singletons using dating apps are resorting to video calls in lieu of real life interaction. And that means the state of their homes matters in new ways. A survey by MyJobQuote finds that 69 per cent of daters would ditch a match if they didn’t like the state of their bedroom. Meanwhile, 73 per cent admitted to squirrelling away incriminating items to make their rooms look better on camera.