AOL UK: 'Flat belonged to killer Dennis Nilsen' reveals honest estate agent
Thu 12 Nov 2015
Would you live in a home with such a grisly past? A flat that was once home to notorious serial killer, DenisNilsen, has gone on the market. The flat on Melrose Avenue in Willesden Green, looks like a lovely property ingreat condition, and in a popular area. However, when a buyer got in touch to arrange a viewing, she discoveredthe property's horrible past.
The property is on the market with a number of agents. It has much to offer, as there are 900 square feet ofbeautiful period rooms, a conservatory, and a south facing garden.
However, the Telegraph reported that when one buyer contacted an agent she received an email saying: "Just tomake you aware, this property used to be lived in by the notorious serial killer, Dennis Nilsen. He did commitmurders in the flat. I feel morally obligated to let you know that."
In fact, the two-bedroom flat was home to Dennis Nilsen in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was where he killedmost of the men he was convicted of murdering, and stored them under the floorboards. The bodies were thenburned behind the house. Property The newspaper reported that the flat had been on the market for around ayear, and one offer had been made of 490,000. It suggested that if the property didn't have such a terrible past,it would be worth closer to 600,000.
While Nilsen was carrying out his horrific crimes, he moved house to a flat in Muswell Hill. This property had noaccess to the garden, and it was his attempts to flush away his evidence that led to his arrest. The Muswell Hillproperty has also changed hands a number of times, and has not been easy to sell.
The first time it was on the market for 18 months before going to auction and selling for just 250,000. At thatpoint the agent advised potential buyers to read up on the history of the property before buying. The buyer thenrenovated the property, and put it back on the market, but it took two years to sell, and fetched just 300,000earlier this year.
House you live there?
It's perfectly understandable that some people cannot a the house's past behind them, and couldn't imagine livingsomewhere that something terrible had happened.
However, for those who feel differently, choosing to live in a home like this can mean a huge price reduction, thatcan have a profound effect on your quality of life right now. Arguably, by the time a home has been around forthe best part of 100 years, it will always have seen some things you don't necessarily want to dwell on, thesehomes are just an extreme example. And while there were some terrible things that happened in the house, therehave also been decades of positive life-affirming things that have gone on in every home too.
Carol Schuller Miller bought a property in Colorado, which many people wouldn't have. The home gainednotoriety after JonBent Ramsey, a 6-year-old beauty queen, was found murdered in the basement on BoxingDay in 1996.
Miller moved in in 2004, and although her family moved on less then ten years later, she told Westword she
always felt there had been more good things happen in the home than bad ones. She added: "Some people aremaking this a dark monument as opposed to thinking about the restoration that can occur after a tragedy. And Ibelieve that in our darkest tragedies, God doesn't run. He comes."
But what do you think? Would you live in a home with a dark past? Let us know in the comments.
10 things that add value to homes in an area A view out over the park isnt just a nice bonus, its a valuable asset.A study by Marsh & Parsons has found that a park view can add up to 10% to a property's asking price.
It carried out its research in London, where it found that a view over Warwick Square in Pimlico added 75,000 tothe asking price of a one-bedroom apartment.
Source: /OJO Images RF 9. A station Understandably, this is largely a London phenomenon, where the vastmajority of train-based commuting takes place in the UK.
The Nationwide Building Society found that being 500m from a station would add 10.5% to the value of aproperty in London. In Manchester it fetched a 4.6% premium and in Glasgow 6%.
The researchers found that the closer the property was, the higher the premium would be - until the proximity ofthe station started having an impact on the area itself.
Source: shutterstock 8. Waitrose Having a Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer or the Co-operativewithin striking difference, will add value to your property. In fact, a survey by Lloyds claimed that it would add 7%- or just over 15,000.
However, apparently what we all really want is a Waitrose, because the same study found that having a branchnearby added almost 39,000 - or 12% to the value of the property.
The way the survey was carried out, however, doesn't make it clear whether this is a reflection of the attraction ofthe supermarket itself, or whether the supermarkets tend to target affluent areas with expensive houses.
Source: shutterstock 7. Market town
People will pay 12% more to live in a market town than they will for the same property in the surroundingcountryside. The findings come from Lloyds Bank, which claimed the towns offered a balance between countrylife and community spirit that proved irresistible to buyers.
It added that in some market towns the mark-up was even larger, with Beaconsfield in the South East attracting a156% premium over the surrounding area.
Source: A study by the London School of Economics found that living in a conservation area adds 23% to thevalue of your home. Given that this was an academic study, the researchers went even further and adjusted theresults based on the kinds of properties in the area, and other aspects of the location (which none of the otherstudies took into consideration), and it still found an uplift of 9%.Source: DHSphoto Being near a good school willadd 28% to the value of your home - according to Savills - with parents calculating that its cheaper to move into
the catchment area of a good school and pay anything up to 100,000 more for their property than fork out foryears of extortionate private education.Source: Shutterstock / Pressmaster A study a few years ago by Zoopladiscovered that living on a road with Hill or Lane in its name meant your property was likely to be 50% morevaluable than the national average.
Those with Mews, Park and 'Green in their names were also more valuable.
Its unlikely that theres any element of cause and effect here: instead they are by-products of the same thing.Expensive houses have always been built in the more exclusive parts of town, including the hills and the quietlanes around those hills.
Source: Shutterstock / djgis 3. Golf course
A survey by Primelocation claimed that being near a top golf course would add 56% to the value of your property.It added that prices were also rising faster near golf courses than elsewhere in the country.
Of course, theres a chance that the results were impacted by the fact that many of the courses are in leafy andexclusive areas, where people pay a premium to live regardless of the course.
Source: 2. The sea Youd have thought the threat of flooding would make people take to the hills, but it appearswere still happy to pay a premium to be beside the sea.
The Knight Frank Waterfront Index found that overlooking an estuary adds an average of 85% to the price of aproperty, a harbour adds 83%, while the coastline in general adds 56% to the value of the property. If you have amooring, thats even better, as it adds 104% to the value of your home.
Source: shutterstock 1. A river Despite all the bad press surrounding flood plains and rivers breaking their banks,being near a river is actually more valuable than being by the sea.
The Knight Frank Waterside Index claims it adds 57% to the value of your property - making it the most valuableasset to have in the neighbourhood.