Headington house for rent complete with en-suite bathrooms and a massive shark

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ALMOST 30 years after he installed the now iconic shark to his Headington house, Oxford Mail columnist and radio presenter Bill Heine still gets chills down his spine when he sees it.

Now the house in New High Street is back on the rental market and Mr Heine has given the paper a tour around the property.

The house features three en-suite bathrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room and — the radio presenter’s favourite room — a conservatory full of plants.

It is on the market for £2,300 a month and is perfect for a small family, as long as they don’t mind people taking pictures of the sculpture on the roof.

Mr Heine bought the house on April 15, 1986, but said the happy occasion was marred by news that US planes had bombed Tripoli in Libya.

He said: “It was a time when I should have felt like celebrating because I had bought a house, but I didn’t.”

Mr Heine said instead he sat opposite the house drinking with his friend, sculptor John Buckley, as the sun set.

The BBC Radio Oxford presenter said: “We were sitting there and the sun was going down and we were using the footpath as a table and John said it is a very ordinary house.

“I said yes it may be but it is my ordinary house, and he said maybe we could do something to it.”

He added: “When I walk down the street and there is this little robin sitting on the dorsal fin and singing its heart out, I still get a chill down my spine after all these years.”

Mr Heine said the reason he no longer lives at the house is because he received a death threat after writing an article about a paedophile who had started a child model agency.

He said the last tenants, the Bennett family, had embraced the shark — and the publicity that came with it — but had decided to move on to buy a house of their own, leaving him needing to find a new family.

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7:58am Sat 28 Dec 13

Whitto says...

£2300 a month shows all that is wrong about the rental market in Oxford...
£2300 a month shows all that is wrong about the rental market in Oxford... Whitto

9:50am Sat 28 Dec 13

Sarah Lasenby says...

I appreciate that this is a very special house but is the rent reasonable just because the market can stand it ?
I believe we need to show the way and never raise rents while the interest rates are so low AND possibly even lower rents and house prices before we get another real economically disabling bubble.
I appreciate that this is a very special house but is the rent reasonable just because the market can stand it ? I believe we need to show the way and never raise rents while the interest rates are so low AND possibly even lower rents and house prices before we get another real economically disabling bubble. Sarah Lasenby

9:55am Sat 28 Dec 13

Niko Bellic says...

This comes up in the Oxford Mail every time Bill is looking for new tenants... I seem to remember that last year he was charging less than 2k and that was still more than double the going rate for equivalent property...

Dear Oxford Mail. When I come to sell my property please write a story about how there is half a mouse somewhere in my garage and give me a page of free advertising
This comes up in the Oxford Mail every time Bill is looking for new tenants... I seem to remember that last year he was charging less than 2k and that was still more than double the going rate for equivalent property... Dear Oxford Mail. When I come to sell my property please write a story about how there is half a mouse somewhere in my garage and give me a page of free advertising Niko Bellic

12:51pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Bladder says...

£2,300 a month to rent !
He is a bigger shark than the one on the roof.
£2,300 a month to rent ! He is a bigger shark than the one on the roof. Bladder

4:01pm Sat 28 Dec 13

GTS kiddy says...

OMG! £2300 a month. My mortgage is less than that!! Ridiculous!
OMG! £2300 a month. My mortgage is less than that!! Ridiculous! GTS kiddy

7:43am Sun 29 Dec 13

Sugarandcandy says...

£2300 rent is disgusting! It's people like this that mean no one can afford to live anywhere decent unless they spend their entire months wages on rent alone!
There should be guidelines for rent prices based on house size and facilities to stop greedy little people like this! To be honest anyone who can afford to rent it at that price has more money than sense anyway! Ridiculous!
£2300 rent is disgusting! It's people like this that mean no one can afford to live anywhere decent unless they spend their entire months wages on rent alone! There should be guidelines for rent prices based on house size and facilities to stop greedy little people like this! To be honest anyone who can afford to rent it at that price has more money than sense anyway! Ridiculous! Sugarandcandy

3:23pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Sarah Lasenby says...

I can see that quite a lot of people are realizing that our Government should bite the bullet and go for registered rents so as to stop places like Oxford from being impossible to live in. This is what most of Europe has.
Oh! some of you say 'that would not be fair' or 'it would upset market forces etc'. Surely in Oxford we can see that a free for all only benefits the greedy and makes others lives wretched.
I can see that quite a lot of people are realizing that our Government should bite the bullet and go for registered rents so as to stop places like Oxford from being impossible to live in. This is what most of Europe has. Oh! some of you say 'that would not be fair' or 'it would upset market forces etc'. Surely in Oxford we can see that a free for all only benefits the greedy and makes others lives wretched. Sarah Lasenby

10:30pm Sun 29 Dec 13

GTS kiddy says...

Sugarandcandy wrote:
£2300 rent is disgusting! It's people like this that mean no one can afford to live anywhere decent unless they spend their entire months wages on rent alone!
There should be guidelines for rent prices based on house size and facilities to stop greedy little people like this! To be honest anyone who can afford to rent it at that price has more money than sense anyway! Ridiculous!
Well i would love to be in the category that get £2300 per month wages. I dont know many people that do, even with a joint salary and then you wouldnt have anything money left to live on. I think its ridiculous and should never be allowed!
[quote][p][bold]Sugarandcandy[/bold] wrote: £2300 rent is disgusting! It's people like this that mean no one can afford to live anywhere decent unless they spend their entire months wages on rent alone! There should be guidelines for rent prices based on house size and facilities to stop greedy little people like this! To be honest anyone who can afford to rent it at that price has more money than sense anyway! Ridiculous![/p][/quote]Well i would love to be in the category that get £2300 per month wages. I dont know many people that do, even with a joint salary and then you wouldnt have anything money left to live on. I think its ridiculous and should never be allowed! GTS kiddy

8:28am Mon 30 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Sarah Lasenby wrote:
I can see that quite a lot of people are realizing that our Government should bite the bullet and go for registered rents so as to stop places like Oxford from being impossible to live in. This is what most of Europe has.
Oh! some of you say 'that would not be fair' or 'it would upset market forces etc'. Surely in Oxford we can see that a free for all only benefits the greedy and makes others lives wretched.
Oxford isn't impossible to live in. You just have to work *very* hard to live here.

If you are promoting "unfair" - then why not suggest legislation to force people over 65 years of age to move out of large family homes and move into small apartments?

Or force the unemployable to move out of Oxford to allow the employed to move in?

Personally, I'm in favour of charging business rates on private rental properties (but not council tax). With revaluations every 2 years.
[quote][p][bold]Sarah Lasenby[/bold] wrote: I can see that quite a lot of people are realizing that our Government should bite the bullet and go for registered rents so as to stop places like Oxford from being impossible to live in. This is what most of Europe has. Oh! some of you say 'that would not be fair' or 'it would upset market forces etc'. Surely in Oxford we can see that a free for all only benefits the greedy and makes others lives wretched.[/p][/quote]Oxford isn't impossible to live in. You just have to work *very* hard to live here. If you are promoting "unfair" - then why not suggest legislation to force people over 65 years of age to move out of large family homes and move into small apartments? Or force the unemployable to move out of Oxford to allow the employed to move in? Personally, I'm in favour of charging business rates on private rental properties (but not council tax). With revaluations every 2 years. Andrew:Oxford

11:21am Mon 30 Dec 13

dant40 says...

More like a loan shark. Paying way over
More like a loan shark. Paying way over dant40

12:24pm Mon 30 Dec 13

oxchris says...

Thankfully this is not typical of the rents in Oxford but shame on the Oxford Mail to helping line this greedy bloke's pockets.
Thankfully this is not typical of the rents in Oxford but shame on the Oxford Mail to helping line this greedy bloke's pockets. oxchris

6:53pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Whitto says...

When is he next on the radio? Maybe someone should call in and ask him to justify it?
When is he next on the radio? Maybe someone should call in and ask him to justify it? Whitto

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