Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Suburban Street Where Nosiest Neighbours Live

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Suburban Street Where Nosiest Neighbours Live

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Byline: Ellen Widdup and Miranda Bryant

RESIDENTS of a street in Barnet have been branded London's worst offenders for keeping a beady eye on the value of their neighbours' homes.

People living in Monkville Avenue were named the nosiest in the capital in a poll of people logging on to a website dedicated to the comparison of house prices.

But rather than defend themselves against the accusations, residents admitted they could not get enough of knowing how the ever-changing property market was affecting the cost of homes in the street, where a three-bedroom house costs [pounds sterling]600,000. The survey was compiled among users of website Zoopla, which helps people search for house prices by postcode.

It was also revealed that Londoners used the site more than any other people, with Richmond the nosiest borough.

Alex Chesterman, Zoopla's chief executive, said users had to enter their address before searching other postcodes -- making it easy to spot who was using the site to snoop.

"Homeowners in London have always been gripped by how much their own home is worth, but have become increasingly obsessed with their neighbours' house values too," he said.

Of the 3,732 people polled, 42 per cent admitted looking up the value of their neighbour's property on the website.

Others admitted snooping on the values of homes owned by colleagues and family.

"Homeowners are either looking for reassurance that their own property's value hasn't fallen by as much or taking some comfort in the knowledge that they are not alone," said Mr Chesterman.

Monkville Avenue residents said they were always keen to see what was happening on the local property ladder. Businessman Dav Shah, 35, has just moved into a [pounds sterling]695,000 threebedroom property. He said it did not surprise him that residents were curious about house prices. …

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