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February 2, 2017

The Renovation Boom?

Filed under: Blog — Instinctif Partners @ 5:46 pm

Crispin Harris, Director at Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Wilmslow branch, on the renovation boom:

The market for home improvements and renovations is booming and it’s evident that many people are looking at either improving or extending their homes. The Office of National Statistics found that we spent nearly £30 billion a year on home improvements in the UK during 2016 – that’s £43 million a week! In the same year, a report from Nationwide Building Society found that home extensions or loft conversions can add 20% to a house’s value, or more than £42,000 to the value of an average property. It’s no wonder that we are seeing a renovation boom.

The work undertaken could vary from renovating a tumbledown cottage into a classic chocolate box home, that wouldn’t be out of place on your favourite tin of biscuits, to adding a conservatory extension to a modern property. Whatever it is, the whole project will inevitably be a confusing concoction of satisfying, stressful, time-consuming and plain good fun. Needless to say undertaking these projects can be both a significant emotional and monetary investment, so there are a number of pitfalls to be aware of before pursuing these opportunities.

This lovely Grade II listed manor house, reportedly lodged in by King William IV, offers fantastic living and external areas, including a private island. The house would benefit from renovations that are sympathetic with the character, age and heritage of the building. It is on the market for £1,400,000 – please get in touch with our Weybridge branch if interested to find out more (01932 821160)

This lovely Grade II listed manor house, reportedly lodged in by King William IV, offers fantastic living and external areas, including a private island. The house would benefit from renovations that are sympathetic with the character, age and heritage of the building. It is on the market for £1,400,000 – please get in touch with our Weybridge branch if interested to find out more (01932 821160)

Given the stakes involved we recommend talking over planned home improvements with a trusted local agent. This is absolutely crucial if the work is being done with the intention of adding value or selling on – some works make no difference to value. Others, such as increasing square footage or conservatories, can often add a lot of value. We recently sold a large Victorian semi-detached in Wilmslow on a road where most properties sell for around a million pounds. This house had an exceptional glass extension added to the kitchen and living room, creating a lovely open plan environment. Alongside beautiful renovated bathrooms, the quality of the extension elevated the property to a price around £1.2m – successful extensions and renovations can really increase the value of your home. In addition, some refurbishments will make a property more saleable but not necessarily more valuable. Bathrooms and kitchens can be costly to renovate but sometimes don’t change price point in any significant way. Therefore, taking good advice before you dive into a project, and considering your aims and objectives, is crucial.

Another pitfall is that renovators forget to consult their insurance policies before undertaking the work. If you don’t keep your insurance provider updated on major works you are undertaking, the policy could be invalidated, as it may not take into account the risks associated with a renovation or extension. If uninsured damage, or even a burglary, happens during the period of construction, the renovator could potentially be left exposed. A good broker is essential in this case, providing reassurance of a stable insurance policy and one that is not in breach of the property’s mortgage conditions.

 This lovely Grade II listed country house offers considerable character and architectural merit. The property is believed to date from about 1600 and has been beautifully maintained and restored over the years. It is on the market for £995,000 – please get in touch with our Country Houses branch if interested to find out more (020 7664 6646)


This lovely Grade II listed country house offers considerable character and architectural merit. The property is believed to date from about 1600 and has been beautifully maintained and restored over the years. It is on the market for £995,000 – please get in touch with our Country Houses branch if interested to find out more (020 7664 6646)

Finally, are you sure that your property is insured for the right value? Although policies tend to be on the generous side in terms of an upper claims limit, when undertaking renovations and extensions, it is often easier than you might think to exceed this value. It is also vitally important that insured values are not confused with open market values. Insurance value is the cost of rebuilding the home, not the price of the property.

The right renovation can add both personal and financial value to your property. It is thus vital that you consult the right estate agents / brokers before undertaking work, confident in both the insurance policies and how your changes or improvements will increase value or saleability.

January 12, 2017

The locations that could end your daily train tribulations

Filed under: Blog — Instinctif Partners @ 3:31 pm

It’s a new year, and with season ticket prices up 2.3 per cent, many people will be thinking about getting the best value for money from their daily journey into London. If you’re looking for relative reliability, frequency and that highly-prized seat in the morning, there is light at the end of the train tunnel as a move to one of our top commuter hotspots could grind your troubles to a halt.

Located on the second floor of this development is a luxury two bedroom apartment. Available for £695,000, it is just a six minute cycle ride away from Weybridge station. For more information, call the branch on 01932 821160.

Located on the second floor of this development is a luxury two bedroom apartment. Available for £695,000, it is just a six minute cycle ride away from Weybridge station. For more information, call the branch on 01932 821160.

Home to secret billionaires, young professionals and families, Weybridge is prime commuter belt territory. With trains as fast as 29 minutes direct to London Waterloo it is the ideal location for those looking to live just outside central London but with easy access to the hustle and bustle of city life.

Tim Firth, Director of our Weybridge branch, comments: “One of the little known secrets about living here is that Weybridge station is first on the line in to Waterloo where one can almost always guarantee a seat during rush hour. Thereafter, commuters usually need to stand! The punctuality of trains is another key reason many choose to live here over other commuter hotspots.”

The cost of an annual ticket to London including a travel card is £3,692, with an average 11 minute interval between trains during rush hour.

Seats are also almost guaranteed for those getting on a train into London from Dorking. At its quickest

Situated on Harrow Road West, this characterful five bedroom home is an eleven minute cycle from Dorking station. To arrange a viewing, call our Dorking branch on 01306 887560.

Situated on Harrow Road West, this characterful five bedroom home is an eleven minute cycle from Dorking station. To arrange a viewing, call our Dorking branch on 01306 887560.

during peak hours the journey to London Waterloo takes 51 minutes, meaning many commuters can be seen with their laptops and tablets out, delving into emails and their to-do list ahead of the day. Alan King, Partner at Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Dorking branch, notes that “many local people I have spoken to relish this ‘down time’ before the hustle and bustle of the day ahead”, with the journey into the city providing the right amount of time to get work done. Alan goes on to say that “the journey back to Dorking in the evening is a real treat as the train passes right by Denbies vineyard, one of the largest producers of wine in the UK – it’s absolutely stunning”.

The cost of an annual ticket including a travel card is £3,416, which can be used from Dorking main, Dorking West or Deepdene.

This immaculate Regency-style house is available through our Winchester branch for a guide price of £1,750,000. Located on Christchurch Road it is a seven minute cycle ride from the station. For more information call 01962 844299.

This immaculate Regency-style house is available through our Winchester branch for a guide price of £1,750,000. Located on Christchurch Road it is a seven minute cycle ride from the station. For more information call 01962 844299.

With season ticket costs reaching £5,800 Winchester may seem like a slightly expensive option, but in terms of work/life balance it has become a firm favourite. Recently revealed by Halifax as the UK’s best place to live, it is a peaceful city with some wonderfully pretty historic areas and is not bisected by a major road, so is less busy than other UK cities. Equally, there is very good access to transport routes including the M3, A3, M25 and trains to London Waterloo take just 58 minutes. Philip Blanchard, director of our Winchester branch, comments: “Families moving out from London target the area due to the mix of city amenities, easy access to the capital and to the coast and countryside.”

December 16, 2016

Jackson-Stops & Staff does Christmas Jumper Day

Filed under: Blog — Instinctif Partners @ 5:32 pm

Patryk SOUTHAMPTON ROWTo raise money for Save the Children, we donned our favourite Christmas jumpers on Friday 16th December – and succeeded in spreading festive cheer and getting ‘silly for a serious cause’.

From snowman sweaters to reindeer antlers to a tea drinking Santa, our branches made a fantastic effort for Christmas Jumper Day – although one branch did have a few issues getting everyone to say ‘cheese’ at the same time – follow @JSSChichester to see why!

One of our favourite pictures taken from this year comes from the Weybridge branch, who sported a fantastic assortment of festive wear. The star of the show was undoubtedly Mazel Tov the dog who, as you can see, rocked a fantastic red and white number!

 

 

Natalie, Tim, Lesley, Camilla, Lucy, Sean, Penny WEYBRIDGEIt isn’t just a day of fun however, the pullover has power and the money raised helps to prevent millions of children across the world from missing out on essentials such as healthcare, education, protection and food.

So far the charity has raised over £398,000 and there is still of course time to donate. It is extremely easy – just follow the instructions online: www.christmasjumperday.org.

 

December 12, 2016

Our pick of the top eco homes for keeping warm during winter

Filed under: Blog — Instinctif Partners @ 5:14 pm

As the weather gets colder and the layers get heavier, what’s better than coming home to a warm house? The answer: one that is also energy efficient! New build homes are often full of the latest technology that keeps the home extra toasty in the winter and cool in the summer but we are increasingly seeing such features being added to much older homes – providing buyers with the best of both worlds.

JSS - WoolleyHouseWoolley House for example dates back to the late 18th century, yet renovations have taken full advantage of energy saving devices such as solar panels, an air source heat pump and a night storage aga – all of which provide free energy for underfloor heating, electricity and hot water throughout the day. Not only does this help to reduce the carbon footprint but also significantly lowers energy bills. This three bedroom home also benefits from spectacular views of the wooded valley in Uplyme, East Devon, and is available through our Bridport branch for £925,000. To arrange a viewing, please call our team on 01308 423133.

Little WoodsDesigned by its current owners, Little Woods in Northamptonshire is located in a breath-taking position in the village of Yardley Hastings. Despite being built only recently it blends modern with traditional features in the way of underfloor heating combined with gas fires. A rain water harvesting facility is also available, which not only significantly reduces water bills but it is very easy to maintain. This six bedroom home is available for £1,150,000. To arrange a viewing please call our Northampton branch on 01604 632991.

 

PurdeyIf you’re looking for a truly modern eco home, Purdey House in Gloucestershire has been designed with energy efficiency and the environment in mind. Clad in Larch wood, with its own green roof, it blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. Underfloor heating can be found throughout the five bedroom home, which also includes a living and media room, a kitchen and breakfast room and ultra-fast broadband. Available for £1,195,000, please contact the Cirencester branch for more information.

December 8, 2016

Our favourite homes near Michelin starred restaurants

Filed under: Blog — Instinctif Partners @ 2:12 pm

The latest series of MasterChef: The Professionals, now in the semi-final stages, has got us craving gourmet cooking. Thankfully, we’re lucky to have some of the best chefs in the world working in kitchens across Britain. If you love fine dining, but your own culinary skills aren’t quite up to scratch, take a look at some of our favourite homes near the UK’s finest restaurants.

If you’re looking to escape to the rural peace of the countryside, but don’t want your dining options to

Ford Park, Chagford, Devon

Ford Park, Chagford, Devon

suffer, this home may be for you. Ford Park is a beautiful Victorian, purpose-built artist’s residence set within the Dartmoor national park. The property was built by Robert Stark, the father of Freya Stark, the celebrated traveller and author. Dame Freya Stark spent her childhood at this home and it features in several descriptive passages of her autobiography. Having recently been renovated, the six-bedroom property offers an impressive studio, once used by the sculptor John Skeaping to create his statue of Lord Derby’s great racehorse, Hyperion, which now stands at Newmarket. For those seeking gastronomic artistry, the property is only a couple of miles away from Gidleigh Park hotel, winner of two Michelin stars, where Executive Chef, Michael Wignall provides exquisite tasting and a la carte menus. Please call our Exeter branch on 01392 214222 if you would like to arrange a viewing.

 

Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London

Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London

With many of the country’s finest Michelin starred restaurants situated in Mayfair, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this property on Half Moon Street. The gorgeous, two-bedroom penthouse with its private terrace is conveniently located within a 10 minute walk of Alain Ducasse’s three Michelin starred restaurant at The Dorchester. However, if that seems like too much effort, the property is actually in the same building as the Michelin star winning Ormer restaurant, famous for its art-deco style. The property is available through our Mayfair lettings branch. Please call 020 7664 6644 if you would like to see the property for yourself.

 

Outside the Capital, Bray in Berkshire has to be the centre of British cuisine. Despite its village proportions, it is home to two of the four best restaurants in the country with Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Alain Roux Waterside Inn both holding three Michelin stars. Heston’s Michelin starred pub, The Hind’s Head, is also in the village. If you’re eager to be based near the excellent eateries

The Old Manor House, Shepperton, Surrey

The Old Manor House, Shepperton, Surrey

here, then you should consider this incredible home, only half an hour’s drive away. The Old Manor House is a Grade II* listed detached home, dating back to the 15th century with exceptional history. King William IV is said to have stayed here on a number of occasions when friendly with Lady Caroline Wood at Littleton Park. Furthermore, the house is linked to Lady Catherine Grey (sister of Lady Jane Grey) and her husband Lord Hertford, with panels in the window on the main staircase displaying their coats of arms. The property boasts a dining room with 16th and 17th Century oak panelling, ideal for sampling your own recipes, along with seven large bedrooms and five bathrooms. If you would like to view this gorgeous manor, please call our Weybridge branch on: 01932 821160.

 

November 11, 2016

Our top medieval homes – with a modern touch!

Filed under: Blog — Instinctif Partners @ 4:18 pm

From peasant huts to castles, farmhouses to manor houses, medieval homes are rich in history. Although many rightly associate this period with rebellion and conflict, as one of the most turbulent and transformative times in history, there was also a strong appreciation of colour and opulence in the choice of design. This resulted in iconic period features including grand fireplaces, decorative windows, turrets and impressive hallways. The only downfall is that there are few medieval homes on the market, so we have showcased three of our top medieval homes before they get snapped up!jt67523

Dating back to the sixteenth century, this Grade II* listed medieval farmhouse is said to be one of the most historic and important farmhouses in Axminster. Set within a tranquil East Devon Valley the home is full of ch
aracter and charm thanks to its flagstone floors, beamed ceilings and plank and muntin screens. Beautifully restored, it also includes a games room, gym area and media room, with planning permission for an indoor swimming pool, sitting room and bedroom. Luggs Farm is currently available for £1,400,000 through our Taunton branch. For more information or to arrange a viewing, call the team on 01823 325144

jz67346 Dating back to the medieval times with later Tudor, Georgian and gothic revival influences, the Farthings has been designed in an L-shape and benefits from a beautiful weatherboard exterior. Arranged over three floors, the home has six bedrooms, a snug, a sitting room and two kitchens, while outside the outbuilding retains the original carriage entry, stable with historic mangers and a hay-loft. To arrange a viewing of this beautiful Grade II* listed home, call our Cranbrook branch on 01580 720000.

rental medieval If you’re simply looking to dip your toe into medieval life, this five bedroom property to rent, situated a short distance outside the medieval town of Faversham, may be for you! Complete with a wood burning stove, a large farmhouse kitchen and a beautiful spiral staircase guiding residents from the master bedroom to their dressing area, it also benefits from beautiful walled gardens. With a monthly rent of £2,995, this property is available through our Canterbury branch from mid-November. To arrange a viewing call the team on 01227 781600.

 

October 17, 2016

Now an endangered species: London homes under £200,000

Filed under: Latest News — Instinctif Partners @ 12:41 pm

Robert Butterworth, Head of Research at Jackson-Stops & Staff, provides an overview of our latest research report, which plots the extinction of lower priced properties in the Capital.

Our latest research shows that the Capital’s lower price brackets for homes are facing extinction. Homes priced below £100,000 disappeared from the market back in 2008, but in 1995 nearly 75% of London properties sold were less than £100,000. Since then, the average house price has risen by a mammoth 566% in nominal terms.

Two decades ago, few people would have predicted the extent of this change. In 1995, 87% of properties sold in London were for less than £150,000. Since then, the market has undergone a complete reversal with only 2% of homes sold today now fetching below this price.

We anticipate that homes sold below £120,000 will go the way of the black rhino this year. Homes sold at less than £200,000 should also be put on the endangered list, set to vanish completely by 2025.

Even with current uncertainty in the market, we still expect London house prices to remain robust over the next 12 months, with any weakness at the very top end of the market compensated by activity and price increases at the mid to lower end of the market. However, 27% of properties sold last year, amounting to some 290,000 sales, were completed at under £300,000.

For home buyers seeking to acquire lower priced properties in London, the choices are reducing sharply. The table below looks back 20 years and traces the year house prices below a certain value all but disappeared.

Rapid property price growth has a transformative effect on an area. While average prices of lower value properties are currently rising at a faster pace than more expensive ones, good investment opportunities are still out there which carry the attraction of living in the more central regions. London’s past and recent performance still drives consumer sentiment. The figures say it all – a house bought for £198,000 in 2002 is now worth more than £550,000.

 

The London House Price Extinction Table

Price (000’s) Date of Extinction Price (000’s) Date of Extinction
≤ £10 1995 ≤ £80 2004
≤ £20 1998 ≤ £90 2006
≤ £30 1999 ≤ £100 2008
≤ £40 2002 ≤ £120 2016 estimate
≤ £50 2002 ≤ £150 2020 forecast
≤ £60 2003 ≤ £200 2025 forecast
≤ £70 2003 ≤ £300 2040 + forecast

 

October 13, 2016

Long live Victorian properties

Filed under: Blog — Instinctif Partners @ 11:39 am

Victorian homes have shaped the British perception of the typical features and structural quality an ideal home should have. A large number of homes were constructed during Queen Victoria’s reign as a response to significant levels of population growth and increased industrialisation. Their appeal and popularity is yet to fade, with buyers looking for properties that are built to last but offer charm and character throughout.

Romanoff Lodge in Kent is a beautiful home that oozes history, from its grand fireplaces and beautiful Romanoff Lodge drawing room JSSdecorative ceilings to its elaborately designed steep roofs. Built in 1852 by a Russophile and later bought by a trained architect, of Russian descent, to house his celebrated opera collection, the property has since been restored and renovated to include a conservatory, bedrooms and beautiful new kitchen and breakfast room. Many of the rooms retain beautiful period features – offering residents the best of both worlds. A key draw of Victorian homes is that they are easier to renovate than most period properties due to their sturdiness, so if the time comes for a change you can rest easy knowing it is possible. This five bedroom home is available through our Tunbridge Wells branch for a guide price of £1,750,000. For more information, please call our team on 01892 521700.

Old Tiles, Dorking 1With its patterned brick work and distinctive Gothic arch windows Old Tiles is a beautiful example of a Victorian property. It’s ideal for those looking for a home with great character and perfect for buyers looking to become part of their own fairy-tale, thanks to its tower-like structure. Inside, the home has six bedrooms, two kitchens, a drawing room, and a conservatory, which makes it a great location for entertaining. The Nower, which is an area of protected countryside, is just a short distance away if you want to get out of the house for a weekend stroll.

Old Tiles is available for £1,395,000 through our Dorking branch. To arrange a viewing, you can call the team on 01306 887560.

 

 

Areas such as Richmond are extremely popular with families looking to settle down as there are a great victorian terracenumber of three and four bedroom. Victorian homes available. But if you’re looking for something a little smaller to rent while you decide whether homes from this era are for you, this two bedroom Victorian cottage on Princes Road in Richmond may hit the mark. With a quaint yellow front door and bay windows, this home is available to rent for £1,900 per month through our Richmond branch, who are contactable on 020 8940 0066.

 

 

 

September 16, 2016

Terrific Tudor Homes

Filed under: Blog — Instinctif Partners @ 4:26 pm

Our Chairman, Nick Leeming, looks at the enduring appeal of Tudor homes, including some gorgeous examples on the market with Jackson-Stops & Staff branches. 

Tudor homes are some of the most striking and charming in our history. Their classic black half-timber frames with white wattle and daub walls ensure these properties are easily recognisable. Unfortunately due to their construction methods, Tudor houses are relative rare – often destroyed through disasters like Great Fire of London or the Luftwaffe’s Blitz. However, some beautiful examples have survived, so we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you.

Hills Green, Kirdford, Near Petworth, West Sussex

Hills Green, Kirdford, Near Petworth, West Sussex

Hills Green in Kirdford, West Sussex, is an elegant three-bedroom Tudor country home currently for sale through our Midhurst branch.  The property has retained its historic features through the centuries, with a few later additions, including a dormer window designed by distinguished architect, Sir Herbert Baker. A particular highlight of the home is the cosy study, with original wooden beams which will inspire your own Shakespearian sonnets. Outside, the gardens surrounding this home boast vibrant flower beds and offer splendid views of the open countryside. If you’d like to see the property for yourself, please call the branch on 01730 812357.

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Kentwater House, Cowden, Kent

Dating back to the 16th Century, but with later renovations, Kentwater House is an outstanding five-bedroom home in the village of Cowden, Kent. While the exterior of the home offers the classic monochromatic appearance, the inside of the property boasts state-of-the-art features including a home cinema and 200Mbps broadband – ideal for streaming  Wolf Hall. The property is currently on the market with our Tunbridge Wells branch. If you’d like to arrange a viewing, please call 01892 521700.

Brereton Hall, Brereton, Near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire

Brereton Hall, Brereton, Near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire

Of course, not all Tudor homes were made out of timber. The nobility and clergy often preferred to use brick for their palaces and country estates. A magnificent example of this is Brereton Hall.  This Grade I listed home was constructed in 1586 by William Brereton as one of the first brick mansions in Cheshire and his portrait currently hangs in the Detroit Institute of Arts. The interior of the home presents wonderful features at every turn, with splendid halls and staircases, and stunning reception rooms which will leave you feeling like Henry VIII in no time. The property also boasts a billiards room, 12 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms all set in grounds of about 113 acres. If you would like to view this splendid estate, please call our Wilmslow branch on 01625 540340.

 

September 2, 2016

Our top homes for the most vibrant celebrations

Filed under: Blog — Instinctif Partners @ 11:20 am

With memories of the Bank Holiday weekend fun and festivities still firmly on our minds, we’re determined to continue the celebrations into September, and what better place to play host than in one of our beautiful homes? From listed country houses, to stylish city apartments, to homes with breath-taking views, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

moreby hallIf you hope to impress friends and family with a touch of grandeur, this Grade II listed Jacobean style country house will certainly help you on your way. Built in the 1800s, its great hall, high ceilings, oak staircases and magnificent dining room make it the perfect place to host your next soirée. With 15 bedrooms spread across the first and second floors, the celebrations can even carry on throughout the weekend. Moreby Hall is currently available through our York branch for £2,500,000. To arrange a viewing, call our team on 01904 625033.

 

ty byrn

Those who prefer to celebrate in a more tranquil setting, Ty Bryn is located at the top of the White Cliffs in Kent, benefitting from spectacular coastal views. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there’s no better spot to relax and enjoy a glass of wine with friends than on the home’s decked balcony. If you want to know more about this beautiful six bedroom home, currently available for £1,450,000, please contact our Canterbury branch on 01227 781600.

 

peel placeShould the allure of the Capital take your fancy however, this sleek four bedroom apartment on Lillie Road in Earl’s Court comes complete with stylish and spacious interiors. Its private balcony and large reception room make it an ideal location for entertaining friends before exploring the whole host of bars and restaurants the area has to offer. This home in Peel Place is available to rent for £1,350 per week through our Pimlico branch. To arrange a viewing, please call 020 7828 4050.

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