Kristy Gray

Shaking it up: inside Taylor Swift's new £930-a-day rental home

Taylor Swift is moving on in more ways than one. After splitting up with her DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris, she is now reportedly dating The Night Manager star, Tom Hiddleston. The pop star is also changing it up at home, by moving into a new luxury pad with a private rooftop lounge and indoor pool while she renovates her luxury Tribeca penthouse.

Surge in number of homes for sale gives buyers more choice

The new year property market is giving the capital's home buyers the biggest choice of listings in over 12 months, but with the stamp duty increase looming, first-time buyers will be competing with investors in the rush to beat the April 1 deadline.

Grand Designs: Flint House scoops top prize

A flint-clad house designed for Lord Rothschild that resembles an Aztec temple has won this year's coveted Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) House of the Year award.

Revealed by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud as part of a special four-part TV series on Channel 4, Flint House was designed by architects Skene Catling De La Pena and is set in the flint-layered fields at the Rothschild estate in Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire. The property is inspired by the seam of flint it sits on and the surrounding ploughed chalk fields. 

McCloud was impressed with the boldness of the exterior design, and the flexibility of the modern interior frames which frames the view of the breathtaking local landscape

The full shortlist for the award also included several ingenious London homes, from a property tucked behind a 19th-century stable wall in Kew, to a family house built on the walled site of a former taxi garage that has six roofs joined to form vaults.

The RIBA House of the Year award (formerly the Manser Medal) is awarded every year to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK. It was created in 2001 to celebrate excellence in housing design.  Visit for more details.

Open House London: ballot now open

London's Open House Weekend is so popular you have to take part in a ballot to be granted access to the top sites — 10 Downing Street, BT Tower and the London Eye. But more than 700 other buildings are included in this year’s architecture-fest on the weekend of September 19 and 20.

While many people will head to City landmarks such as the Gherkin, and ballot winners will get a glimpse inside the PM’s official residence, some of the capital’s most fascinating private homes will also be on view. 

​They include a “gingerbread” house in Hackney and a super-eco family home in west London that promises to be a tight squeeze - The Gap House is only 8ft wide.

To see the key addresses taking part and to enter the ballot, visit For full event details, visit