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Report - The Towers, Hampstead Heath - June 2019


Chloe Explores

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History:
There are 16 or so unoccupied and dilapidated mansions on The Bishops Avenue, worth as much as £350 million. The super-rich who own them, mainly from Saudi Arabia are confident that even if they leave the properties to rot they will still get a tremendous return on their investment when they sell up, because of increasing land values.

Since they have houses all over the world, these wealthy men need not set foot in these ruins. And because they can afford to leave them empty, they benefit from tax concessions most of us who actually live in our homes can only dream of.

Renovation costs on houses left empty for more than two years are eligible for a reduced VAT rate of just five per cent compared to the normal 20 per cent. In addition, if these gargantuan, wrecked properties are demolished, and a new home constructed on the site, building costs are not subject to VAT.



Explore:
I am no stranger to Bishops Avenue however I would just like to point out how easy yet stressful this explore was. All I hear about is really stressful experiences people have had at bishops.... My first time was back in February of this year and it was all fun and games so ever since I’ve been obsessed with this area to explore. The road used to be more occupied by Seca vans and German Shepherds however I noticed there was not one in sight today. However when we was in the house we did hear German Shepard’s barking when we went out on the balcony. It also sounded like somebody came into the mansion by the stairs too..... I showed my boyfriend this road as he had never been before,he was stunned by it all.

The house itself is a hard one to describe. Half of the mansion is fully decayed whereas the other half hasn’t got any. You can see a clear divider on the grand staircase of what side has the decay and what side doesn’t. It’s basically just a decaying empty building. The house is pretty much a building site. The upper floors are deteriorating badly.

My three favourite features to the house is of course the gorgeous grand staircase, The swimming pools and the exterior! The grand staircase is stunning with or without decay! The banister design is so pretty! I do like the green plants growing off the wall on the stairs - A real sense of abandonment right there! It was nice to see some decay as the place is a building site now... as for the pool I’ve never seen anything like it! Swimming pools are my favourite to explore... so when I saw this I just kind of lost my mind.. it’s always amazing to see an interesting swimming pool in an abandoned mansion... It’s like the cherry on top for the explore! The exterior is just so grand I love the huge pillars by the front door! The massive window as well above the front door is really nice! The only downside to this explore is all of the rooms are empty and have been ripped out... none the less a really fun explore ticked off the list! :thumb

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