Areas such as Alderley Edge, Hale and Prestbury have had their Edwardian and Twenties suburban homes demolished in recent years to make way for modern mansions. During the boom years these homes were bought for their plot of land, flattened and replaced with open plan high tech houses all around Cheshire. Local cried out as they witnessed perfectly good homes being razed to the ground, they felt that the mansions were too big for the plot of land. Hale has a mixture of these homes along its fancy residential streets but one of the houses stands out from the crowd. A resident of Hale for twenty years, Rittu Kumar, has built a spectacular home which is not only furnished but fitted with the bed linen too. She feels that the boom years of developers buying a plot of land for ?1million, spending ?1million on the build and then selling for ?3million have now disappeared. These developers have now gone out of business; she has adopted a different approach with her turn-key homes. Any person interested in one of her properties only has to turn the key in the lock.
Her first project was a house in Carrwood in Hale Barns, the house was valued at ?5.5million. The house was over three levels and 9,200sqft in size. She bought the one acre plot in 2007 and demolished the sixties home that was on the land, she built a classic house making maximum use of the sloping site to create two storeys at the front and three storeys at the back of the house. Along with her business partner, an interior designer, she left her distinctive mark inside the house. She uses bold colours, hard woods and glass, something your average developer would not. She uses textured leather on the walls or purple and red fabrics and there is no cream and magnolia throughout in her homes. She hopes to bring the high end turn-key homes to Cheshire that the Candy brothers create in London. Her next project is two flats in Mayfair and a villa in Cannes. She makes sure that every room has at least one striking feature and the Cheshire house has a ?100,000 cinema room installed which comes equipped with twelve leather chairs.
The house has been on the open market since October but she expects it sell in the spring but she has already been offered rental of ?25,000 for the house. However she feels that a wealthy entrepreneur will buy the house and not the expected rich footballers of the region. The property market in Hale is doing well and so she might get her buyer in the end.