Comment: A look back at a local year in property

PUBLISHED: 07:30 27 December 2017

Cheryl's former home in Radlett

Cheryl's former home in Radlett

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2018 is almost here, but before we start obsessing about being booze, sugar and fun-free for the foreseeable, there’s time for a quick look back at this last year in property.

Wick House, Marshal's Drive, St Albans Wick House, Marshal's Drive, St Albans

So what sorts of Herts home-related stories do we really like reading? If the list of our most popular online articles from 2017 is anything to go by, those that involve controversial developments, quizzes and/or Cheryl Tweedy all score highest.

Two Marshalswick mansions with multi-million pound price-tags really captured our imagination earlier this year and we haven’t stopped talking about them since.

53 The Park, St Albans 53 The Park, St Albans

Wick House and 53 The Park, with their polar opposite appeal - history and imposing elegance for the former and all the mod cons you could ever dream of in a new-build shell for the latter - proved the source of much debate on social media.

My look around 53 The Park was our most-read story of the year and the clicks were rolling in over on Zoopla, too, where it was one of the 10 most-viewed properties during August.

A view from the roof terrace at the Gabriel Square showhome [Danny Loo] A view from the roof terrace at the Gabriel Square showhome [Danny Loo]

Love it or loathe it – and some people do seem quite angry about its mere existence – we can’t seem to stop talking about it.

Gabriel Square has also grabbed headlines – some of us can’t stand the sight of it, while others adore its modernist style.

Liam and Cheryl: Apparently Surrey is better than Herts (Instagram -  fakeliampayne) Liam and Cheryl: Apparently Surrey is better than Herts (Instagram - fakeliampayne)

We’re all dying to see the much-hyped garden square in its completed glory however, and its unveiling is sure to be one of the property highlights of 2018.

The news that Cheryl was ditching Radlett for a new life in Surrey with boyfriend Liam Payne was another of our most-read stories of the year, as was our peek inside the ex-Girls Aloud star’s £5m pad.

Unfortunately for Cheryl, her posh pad is still on the market nearly a year later - reduced to a much more bargainous £3,999,999 if anyone’s looking?

So what will 2018 have in store? More OTT dream homes, controversial new developments and celeb moves, with any luck.

Happy New Year!

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