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August 30, 2012

Schools on the mind of potential property buyers

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 4:42 pm

The latest GCSE results – combined with the recent A level figures – will play a major part in the decision to move house by parents with school-age children.

Certain locations across the country have increased in popularity because of their proximity to schools performing well in the school league tables, such as the small market town of Cranbrook in Kent where Cranbrook School, a co-educational grammar boarding and day school is located.

“We have had a lot of clients who have moved into the area from London and bought simply for Cranbrook School and the ability to get up into London quickly,” says Christopher Linton of Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Cranbrook office.

It is a similar story in Tavistock, Devon, where Charles Lawson, Director of Jackson-Stops & Staff Exeter office says:  “Housing in this area is buoyed up by the variety of schools and their reputation. It is always difficult to quantify impact of schooling on house prices, but we do know that numerous  buyers, particularly in the £750,000 – £2 million price range, are people moving into the area very often from London and the Home Counties for a better quality of life, and to for the excellent schooling in the area.”

The following properties for sale through Jackson-Stops & Staff are within the catchment areas of high performing schools:

Dower House Cottage, Flishinghurst, Cranbrook, Kent. (£475,000)

Dating back to the 17th century, Dower House Cottage is a delightful Grade II listed cottage providing versatile accommodation, nestled in leafy gardens and situated a mere five minutes from  Cranbrook School.  The property has four bedrooms and boasts a wealth of period features, making this an ideal family home full of character.

For more information, click here

 Milton Abbot, Tavistock, Devon. (£950,000)

Milton Abbot is a fine, early Victorian former vicarage that sits on the edge of a picturesque village and enjoys spectacular rural views. The property was built in 1837 and offers six bedrooms as well as large landscaped garden totalling around one acre. The nearby ancient stannery town of Tavistock possesses a full selection of local facilities including the renowned high flying schools, Kelly College and Mount House Preparatory School – which was described as ‘outstanding’ in the latest Ofsted report.

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Roman Hill House, Colchester, Essex. (£1,500,000)

A stunning Georgian House standing in formal gardens and grounds in the centre of a 14 acre parkland setting, the sale of which includes the title of Lordship of the Manor of East Donyland. The property offers spacious accommodation in an idyllic location, and  is situated within the catchment area of a range of good schools around Essex, including Colchester Grammar School, independent schools such as Felsted and New Hall and numerous prep schools. London is also a within commuting distance, making this an ideal property for those who work in the city.

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August 24, 2012

Enjoy a second home come rain or shine

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 11:34 am

As people start to return from their summer holidays over the next few weeks, many will have spent their break enjoying the coast, attractive villages and rural idylls, as the ‘staycation’ trend continues. For those keen to continue to enjoy the delights of the great British landscape, come rain or shine, purchasing a second home in one of these destinations could be the answer.

According to Dawn Carritt, Director at Jackson-Stops & Staff: “Providing the location of a second home is good, then the long term gain is hugely appealing. Second homes in the UK can be seen as both a financial and enjoyable lifestyle investment. The rent obtained from a second home can provide a good supplementary income.  Currently there are some classic holiday homes for sale at very attractive prices through our network of offices.”   

Some examples of properties that would make an ideal second home and offering great savings currently are:

The Old Coach House, Honiton, Devon. Guide Price: £495,000 (reduced from £535,000)

The Old Coach House is a charming 17th century attached property, neatly positioned within half an hour of the beautiful Dorset coastline. The property boasts a stunning mixture of contemporary and traditional styling, providing bright and airy accommodation, as well as a leafy walled garden that is both attractive and manageable in size.

For more details please see here.

Whitecote, Mayfield, East Sussex. Guide Price: £495,000 (reduced from £550,000)

This single storey country property sits in an idyllic position on the fringe of the popular village of Mayfield and offers spectacular southerly views from its garden towards the Ashdown Forest. Coming with just over an acre of land, the property offers peace and tranquillity, all within easy access from the capital. Bewl Water is nearby for sailing enthusiasts.

For more details please see here.

Beechfield House, Castle Cary, Somerset. Guide Price: £995,000 (reduced from £1,200,000)

Situated on the edge of rolling countryside in Castle Cary – an attractive town just south of Bath – Beechfield house is a striking Georgian property that provides the perfect West Country retreat. Described as “the most distinguished house in Castle Cary”, the property embodies everything about the style and elegance of the Georgian construction era, boasting a string of architectural traits.

For more details please see here.

August 7, 2012

Sussex Farm Transformed Into Grand Design

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 10:14 am

 A group of abandoned agricultural buildings would not be most people’s ideal starting point for a Grand Design, but Manor Farm in West Sussex, which is set in an enviable open hillside position on the edge of the South Downs National Park, has been transformed by its owners into one of the south east’s most shapely designer homes.

 Now on the market with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Midhurst, the house boasts over three and a half acres of its own  land and unspoilt views of the Downs. The location of the property alone was enough to tempt architects Tod Wakefield and Mary Collier away from their home in Battersea, London and transform it into a practical living space for their family.

 Wakefield comments: “People thought we were mad to buy a pig farm, but it was a fantastic site with wonderful views. We really liked the curved shape of the structures, so we decided to design a house following the same outline as the original pig-farm sheds.”

 Space and openness abound in this 3,100 sq ft house. The property’s courtyard gardens are as much part of the living space as its interior. The zinc barrel vaulted roofs feature large cut outs that form roof terraces and are fully glazed allowing light to pour into the centre of the east and west wings.

 Manor Farm is steel framed; the internal walls are not structural making the internal configuration easily adaptable. The property is currently set up for four bedrooms, but features versatile accommodation that can be modified to form an annexe, office or further bedrooms. At the heart of the property is sustainability, with all walls and ceilings benefitting from “super insulation”. As a result, the building is naturally heated and cooled.

 Nick Ferrier of Jackson-Stops & Staff, Midhurst, says “Manor Farm sits in one of the most desirable positions in the South Downs moments away from Pulborough, but also with great access to London.  It will appeal to a young family or an older couple with hobbies, who are looking for versatile space to perhaps turn into a studio or home office. Finding a property with this unique quality, in this position is not easy for under £2 million.”  

 For further information on Manor Farm – currently on sale for £1,650,000 – please see here.