Privilege and responsibility


For those looking to purchase, or for those who already possess, a listed property, there are certain expectations and restrictions on the structure and look of the building, both inside and outside. The Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC) is a members’ club dedicated to helping and advising listed building owners. essence found out more.

Owning a beautiful listed building isn’t always the dream people think. It comes with responsibilities and restrictions that usually translate into more expense. England and Wales boast half a million listed buildings, each one with its own story to tell.

A recent survey, undertaken by Historic England, showed owners are committed to investing in their buildings, with 93% seeing their property as important to local character and enjoying owning a slice of history.
So, for owners of listed buildings, it helps to have a desire to preserve the past and a view that, as the owner, the property is being saved for future generations.

The Listed Property Show, taking place at Olympia London on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 February, has all the specialist information and expert help required for conserving, renovating or buying. Owning a listed property can present its fair share of problems. This LPOC-organised show, in association with Historic England, has the largest collection of listed property suppliers and specialists under one roof during one weekend.

Laws and regulations that limit what can be altered on a listed property may date back hundreds of years and can be a surprise. As the UK’s only advice service dedicated to helping listed property owners, LPOC is familiar with the rules and regulations with which owners have to comply.
The Listed Property Show was created to provide owners and those looking to buy with everything they need to know. Over 150 exhibitors and specialist suppliers, independent conservation officers and architects attend, and there are informative lectures on discovering a home’s history or how to make a listed building energy efficient.

The Listed Property Show 2016, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February 2016, Olympia, London. Tickets to the show are FREE and can be downloaded at

The Listed Property Owners Club, Lower Dane, Hartlip, Kent ME9 7TE
Telephone: 01795 844939

The Master's Tuscany home


Michelangelo’s work ranges from sculptures to paintings, poetry to engineering and architectural design through the High Renaissance and into the artistic age of Mannerism. He is considered by many to be the greatest artist ever and a major influence for western art. The Tuscany villa of the master is now for sale: essence finds out more.

In 1549, at the age of 72, thirty years after completing the frescos in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo bought and periodically lived in a villa in Tuscany, halfway between Florence and Siena, that stayed in the Buonarroti family for over 300 years.

Now for sale, the original deed held by Michelangelo, in which he was described as a ‘dear sculptor and Florentine citizen’, will be passed on to a new owner.

For those who feel a thrill in their connection to history, the experience of actually living and sleeping in the same rooms and walking the same grounds as the great man did over six centuries ago is priceless. Located on over six acres above rolling hills, the 12,915 square feet of living space is contained in three buildings, including an ancient tower, believed to date back to the eleventh century. The original architecture is accented throughout with large stone fireplaces, beamed and barrel ceilings.

With eight bedrooms, all rooms pay homage to the period, and modern conveniences blend in. The kitchen has all the rustic romance of early centuries, but now with high quality appliances that take nothing away from the original architecture.

Park-like grounds have lawns and mature plantings with a lemon orchard, olive grove and Chianti vineyards, as well as the original olive oil mill. A once in a lifetime opportunity to own the Tuscany villa of Michelangelo, preserved and restored by the current owner, the property is for sale at €7,500,000.

For more information on the property, contact

Eternal appeal
A recent online property survey showed Rome to be the most ‘searched-for’ location in the world. Overseas buyers are heading back to Italy and France.

Portal saw Rome remain the most searched-for location in the world in the final months of the year, the third consecutive quarter that the city has held top spot. Italy’s rebound in popularity increased throughout 2015, due to the country’s strong lifestyle appeal, and a weak euro.

Favourable exchange rates fuelled demand for all Europe’s traditional property hotspots, with Spain and Portugal in particular stealing the limelight. Now, though, the tide may be about to change. Portugal’s share of searches on the portal reduced for the first time in Q4 2015, accounting for 11 of the Top 50 locations in the Hotspots Index.

Cyprus and Greece, meanwhile, fell out of the Top 10 altogether, as buyers swapped their economically uncertain markets for old favourites. Buyers returned to France with the country entering the Top 10 for the first time in Q4 2015.

The weak euro has been the defining story of 2015, sending buyers from overseas – particularly the UK and the USA – flooding into Europe’s property markets to snap up available opportunities. While Portugal and Spain have dominated demand for the majority of the year, France and Italy are starting to steal the show, their relatively stable markets luring house-hunters away from the more uncertain bargain zones of Greece and Cyprus.

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