Motorola launched the first ever mobile phone. Breakfast TV heralded the era of 24-hour television - and HPB acquired its first home: an apartment in Tenerife.
A year of firsts: from Band Aid to the Apple Mac - and HPB's inaugural UK property, a lodge overlooking the fairway at Barnham Broom Golf and Country Club in Norfolk.
Some products have real staying power. Others don't. While the Sinclair C5 failed to capture the public's imagination, HPB did: newly acquired Braithwaite Court, in the North Lakes, remains a firm favourite.
Shining stars Martina Navratilova and Boris Becker dominated Wimbledon (again); Comet Halley reached its closest point to Earth - and HPB touched down at El Tosalet Estate, near Javea on the Costa Blanca.
The world's best known family, The Simpsons, invaded our TV screens. And work began on the Channel Tunnel - in anticipation no doubt of HPB's forthcoming French home, the Manoir du Hilguy.
Steve Redgrave wins Olympic gold, pound notes ceased to be legal tender, salmonella in eggs grabbed the headlines - and HPB headed south: to Constant, in the Dordogne.
The Wall came down, George Bush Senior moved up (to the White House). And La Reserva de Biniorella, HPB's exclusive hill-top 'country club', opened for business.
Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister. Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years. And Bondholders voted for a third French location - close to Paris and Euro Disney.
The nineties marked the introduction of the web browser. Terrys Waite and Anderson were finally released, from their Middle Eastern incarceration. And HPB Stigliano welcomed its first holidaymakers.
1992 marked the start of the Clinton years, the opening of EuroDisney - and the first-ever HPB Theme Week. The dye was cast for the popular 'special interest' holiday programme to come.
Buckingham Palace was opened to the public. As was the new HPB home of Tigh Mor Trossachs - by the then Secretary of State for Scotland, the Right Honourable Ian Lang MP.
Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa. And Camelot turned Britain into a nation of gamblers. Fortunately, HPB left nothing to chance with its latest acquisition: an award-winning development in the North York Moors.
Barings collapsed. Steve Fossett crossed the Pacific in a hot air balloon. And HPB purchased actor David Niven's former boarding school - Langton House, at Langton Matravers in Dorset.
Ebay was launched. Dolly The Sheep was cloned. And IBM's Deep Blue beat chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov. But, 12 years on, HPB held fast to its traditional values - of comfort, service and quality.
Tony Blair moved in to Number 10 - and decided to stay. Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters. And HPB set about restoring its Peak District home: the former Great Hall of Blore.
Arguably more significant than HPB's 15 year anniversary, 1998 marked the signing of the Belfast Peace Agreement (not to mention the launch of Google). Bondholders celebrated anyway - by taking over 27,000 HPB holidays.
As the millennium drew to a close, the eponymous - not to say, ill-starred - Dome was finally completed. Fortunately, HPB's Askrigg home of Lodge Yard proved a little more enduring.
HPB entered the new millennium with over 750 properties at 25 locations.
This was the year of the iPod - without which, for many, no train journey would now be complete. It also marked the opening of the Eden Project. And of El Balcón de Santa Ana, on the Canarian Island of La Gomera.
The Queen marked her Golden Jubilee, Euro notes and coins were issued, WorldCom collapsed - and HPB's Devon home, a converted farm in the Ronscombe Valley, welcomed its first guests.
Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal secured World Cup glory for England. Concorde took its last commercial flight. And HPB acquired its second Welsh property: the former Franciscan Monastery of Henllys on the Isle of Anglesey.
Her Royal Highness christened the Queen Mary II. Athens hosted the Olympics (surprisingly, without a hitch). And HPB acquired a new home on Lanzarote: Santa Rosa.
Joseph Ratzinger became Pope. Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc in New Orleans. The Airbus 380 super jumbo took its maiden flight. And HPB purchased a villa complex and former Tenancy in Turunç, Turkey.
Prince of Monaco Albert II reached the North Pole. F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher retired. Italy won the World Cup - and HPB claimed a slice of Italian history: a trulli complex in Puglia.
Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary; a 2,100-year-old melon was discovered by archaeologists in Japan; and the HPB completed 22 new apartments at Physkos in Turkey, as well as upgrading the clubhouse and communal pool.
Boris Johnson succeeded Ken Livingstone as mayor of London; the Large Hadron Collider was successfully inaugurated; and Upper Norton, HPB's 29th development, was officially opened by Lord Rooker.
Barack Obama became the first black US president; a Texas woman survived a lightning strike while standing in her kitchen; and the HPB acquired Lucker Hall, close to Bamburgh Castle and the spectacular Northumbrian coast.
33 Chilean miners were successfully rescued after 69 days trapped underground; the ash cloud from Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull disrupted air traffic throughout Europe, and beyond; but did nothing to dent the celebrations as HPB's southern Spanish home, El Pueblito de Alfaix, welcomed its first guests.
Two royal weddings in as many months, as Prince William wed Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey; and, rather more modestly, Zara Phillips plighted her troth to England rugby skipper Mike Tindall. Meanwhile Merlewood, HPB's southern Lake District home, opened its doors; the first 9 of an eventual 54 properties there becoming available. And we welcomed our 40,000th Bondholders!
London - and the rest of the UK - did what it does best, staging Diamond Jubilee celebrations fit for a King (or Queen), and hosting arguably the greatest ever Olympic and Paralympic Games. At HPB, we carried on doing what we do best: developing and opening new properties at Upper Norton and Puglia; building a new swimming pool at Alfaix; and completing Merlewood, a 55-unit site in the beautiful southern Lake District.