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July 21, 2017

How the tide turned in Teddington

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Detached House for sale Pharaohs Island, Shepperton, TW17

This weekend sees the general release of eagerly-anticipated epic war film, Dunkirk, in which acclaimed singer, Harry Styles,  of One Direction fame makes his film acting debut; the reviews are in and so far they have been overwhelmingly positive.

The film focuses on how the actions of how a number of ordinary civilians during 1940, who were owners of boats of all shapes and sizes and were instrumental in evacuating Allied troops stranded in France and surrounded by German enemy forces.

At the time of this monumental event in history, serving Prime Minister Winston Churchill stated he would be happy if 38,000 people were rescued; in fact, the figure ran to an incredible 338,000.

Hundreds of these small-sized boats set out from Tough Shipyard, situated next to the Tides End Pub at Teddington Lock.

Flat to rent Fairmile House, 30 Twickenham Road, TW11

Without the selfless actions of these civilians, many more Allied troops would certainly have lost their lives during this stage of the war.

Fast forward to the current day, and Jackson-Stops & Staff is currently marketing a luxury apartment situated adjacent to the site of the old boat yard, which features uninterrupted views across the location from which these boats set out on their epic voyage.

If you are the owner of a small boat, we are also marketing for sale a beautiful house on Pharaohs Island, which can only be accessed by a small boat.

If any of these opportunities would be of interest, please do get in touch with our Jackson-Stops & Staff team on Teddington High Street, they would be delighted to help.

July 14, 2017

Fit for a King…or Queen

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House for sale King Street, Richmond, TW9

This weekend, aspiring Knights of the Realm from all corners of the country will congregate nearby to our Teddington office and take part in a medieval jousting competition at the Royal Palace of Hampton Court, re-enacting grand tournaments from bygone days which were performed for the entertainment of the Kings and Queens of the realm.

You, too, can act like royalty by purchasing a wonderful home we are proud to be marketing at the

Semi-Detached House for sale Victoria Road, Teddington, TW11

moment; a Grade II, listed Georgian Regency property with a plethora of beautiful period features, situated on King Street in Richmond and overlooking historic Richmond Green. Do get in touch with our friendly team to find out more, or to arrange to take a turn of the grounds.

If, instead, you would prefer to live like a Queen, why not arrange a viewing of the wonderful four bedroom family house we are marketing for sale on Victoria Road, just moments from Royal Bushy Park.

At Jackson-Stops & Staff, we understand that an Englishman’s home is his castle, so whatever your personal property requirements might be, rest assured that you will be treated like royalty by our experienced, friendly staff. Do get in touch to discuss buying, selling, letting or renting your very own castle this summer.

July 10, 2017

Time for Tennis…

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This year we are celebrating 140 years of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and they will take place on 3rd July to 16th July.

Wimbledon Village is always a great place to live and work but perhaps one of the best times is during the Championships fortnight.

The first Wimbledon took place in 1877 solely as an amateur competition and a few hundred spectators were in attendance.  Around 490,000 spectators will visit the championships this year and many of those visitors will descend upon Wimbledon Village to soak up the atmosphere in the many pubs, café bars and restaurants.  Many of the local pubs put on barbeques and offer jugs of ice cold Pimms to entice in the passing trade.  In fact, there has been a pub located on the site of The Dog & Fox since the reign of Henry VIII and it was also a terminus for the London to Brighton stagecoach in the 1800s.

330,000 cups of tea and coffee will be drunk during the tournament along with 110,000 pints of beer and 29,000 bottles of Champagne and the top selling items in the gift shop are usually the Gentlemen’s Championship towels.  It’s also worth mentioning that 2,100 kilos of bananas are brought in for the players alone!

A Harris Hawk named Rufus visits the club most weeks throughout the year to maintain a “pigeon free” zone and on most mornings of the championships he can be seen flying around the grounds at 9am before the gates open.  The grass courts are meticulously maintained throughout the year and the grass is cut to precisely 8mm during the event.

The prize money for the men’s and women’s singles winners was £2 million in 2016.  Compare this to 1968, the year of the first “open” championships, when the prize money was just £2,000 for the male champion and £750 for the female champion.

A wooden racket was last used 30 years ago in 1987 and the record time for stringing a racket at the championships is 14 minutes.  A team of stringers work 24/7 during the tournament stringing over 2,000 rackets and using approximately 40 miles of string!

Around 6,000 staff are employed for the championships including 250 ball boys and girls, 2,200 catering staff, 700 security guards and 305 cleaners working day and night around the clock to keep the venue shipshape and in tip top condition.

Flat for sale Burghley House, Somerset Road, SW19

Around 28,000 kilos of strawberries are consumed throughout the fortnight and are usually the highest quality Grade 1 Kent strawberries.  They are picked the day before to ensure freshness and arrive at the grounds at 5.30am where they are meticulously inspected before being sold to the public. And don’t forget the accompanying 10,000 litres of cream!

According to the Wimbledon Championships website, the last championships being recorded without rain interruptions was in 2010, hardly surprising with our typically British Summers.

Renting out your Wimbledon house or flat during the tournament fortnight could earn you some extra money!  Jackson-Stops & Staff provide annual “tennis lets” to customers from all over the world ranging from £1,500 per week up to £6,500 per week depending on the property.

We have this stunning, spacious two bedroom apartment located on the private Oakfield Estate, on the same road as the All England Lawn Tennis Club, could be just the ticket!

July 7, 2017

Mary, Mary, quite contrary…

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

This well-known rhyme appeared in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book,  which was first published back in c.1744. However, some historians believe the original version dates back as far as 1542, just a few years after one of the country’s best known architectural and horticultural gems had been brought to life by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Hampton Court Palace and its grounds were established between 1515 and 1530; just like the rhyme, the Palace is associated strongly with horticultural themes, which weave through its rich history and continue to the present day. The annual Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is taking place at the moment, providing wonderful inspiration to seasoned, green-fingered visitors and those who are new to the joys of gardening, alike.

House to rent Atbara Road, Teddington, TW11

House for sale The Grove, 24 Lower Teddington Road, KT1

House for sale Oaks Road, Stanwell, TW19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If all this talk of horticultural delights has whetted your appetite, our nearby Jackson-Stops & Staff Teddington branch is marketing a wonderful array of properties to buy and to rent which all feature fantastic gardens. If you are looking to buy something that little bit special, why not arrange a viewing of this beautiful four to five bedroom, Grade II listed property with gardens leading down to the River Thames; in nearby Stanwell we have a beautiful Grade II listed cottage available to buy in a central location but with a lovely west facing garden. If you are looking to rent a centrally located family home in Teddington which features a fantastic south facing garden, please get in touch with your friendly and knowledgeable lettings team, they would be delighted to provide you with more details.

July 5, 2017

Anyone for tennis?

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Tennis tension is mounting once again in Wimbledon Village. However, the tension is not emanating from the players themselves, but instead from the shopkeepers and business owners in the area, as they eagerly await the outcome of this year’s Wimbledon Village Events’ window competition. Once again, a large number of shops, boutiques, bars and cafes in the area have gone to town on their tennis-themed window displays, and we at Jackson-Stops & Staff are no exception! Our very own Tom Everett’s talented father-in-law took to work on our window in the Village earlier last month, and has created a beautiful scene that celebrates the 140th year anniversary of this world-renowned tournament taking place in Wimbledon.

We would love to be crowned this year’s window winners and would invite you to vote for our display by visiting the WV Events’ Facebook page, either by searching ‘WV Events’ on your phone, or by clicking here to access the page on your computer.

In the meantime, we hope you get a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy this year’s tennis tournament, which started this week and runs until 16th July. And if all this talk of Wimbledon has inspired you to live in this beautiful area, please do get in touch with our team in the Village, we would be delighted to help with all your sales and lettings’ requirements.

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June 30, 2017

A Word from Stephen Pamnani, Associate Director, Holland Park and Chelsea

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Stephen Pamnani Associate Director, Holland Park & Chelsea

We asked Stephen Pamnani, our Holland Park Lettings Associate Director, to take some time out of his busy day and tell us a bit about himself and the beautiful area he works in:

Q&A:

  1. How long have you worked in London agency?

I have over 14 years’ experience of working in the Prime Central London and Surrey rental markets. Working in both of these areas for so long has given me a fantastic insight into what people are really looking for when they are renting properties; often there is a shift from central London further out into leafy Surrey as people search for more green space, a larger garden and fantastic schooling for growing families. That said, I deal with plenty of tenants who would never dream of living outside of Zone 1, with everything that it has to offer!

  1. How is the Holland Park Lettings’ market performing at the moment?

The family market has been performing really well in recent months. We have seen strong levels of interest from tenants searching for larger, four to five bedroom houses in and around the Holland Park area; the good news for our Landlords is that we have also received some great offer terms to match the quality of the properties. We continue to receive many requests for contemporary, well-finished apartments for our young professional tenants.

  1. Is there a ‘typical’ tenant in the area you cover?

I tend to work predominantly with young families, in search of something family-friendly and close to beautiful Holland Park; the area caters so well for professionals looking for quick commute times into the City and also those with young children.

  1. What are the most requested features of a property that tenants look for?

I have had a lot of tenants looking for homes offering some outside space, often to enable the much-loved family pet to spend time outside safely. Period features – high ceilings, fireplaces, beautiful cornicing – are also high on the wish list and never seem to go out of fashion!

  1. How can a Landlord keep on top of all the latest lettings’ legislation coming into play?

During these times of unprecedented change within the lettings’ industry, with so much new and legally-binding legislation coming into play, more and more of our Landlords are choosing to instruct Jackson-Stops to manage their properties and portfolios fully, which means they can be confident of receiving excellent, stress-free service from us. Our experienced team of friendly property management professionals are well known for always keeping abreast of any such changes in legislation and going the extra mile to assist.

  1. What do you love most about your job?

After all these years, there’s no better feeling than introducing a wonderful new renter to a client and knowing that both Landlord and Tenant are going to be really happy with their new arrangement.

  1. What’s a little known fact about Holland Park?

I was stunned the first time I saw a peacock strutting freely around Holland Park, it really was a beautiful sight to behold and certainly a feature of the Park that I had never heard about before.

  1. …and finally, where’s best for a perfect summery supper in the area?

For me that’s easy – The Belvedere, Holland Park …it’s a must!

 

June 29, 2017

No Hyde-ing from these views

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North Row, London, W1K

We are delighted to be marketing this superb three bedroom apartment to rent, which offers wonderful views across Hyde Park. The property is located on the sixth floor and provides an opportunity to live centrally, whilst making the most of all of the facilities available in this wonderful Royal Park, which is one of eight across the capital. Whether you love to swim in open water, play tennis or ride horses, Hyde Park, with its 350 acres of open space, provides a phlethora of activities for you to enjoy with family and friends – the perfect antedote to busy city living.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, or would like to arrange a viewing, please get in touch with camillafoulger@jackson-stops.com or blairefletcher@jackson-stops.com in our Mayfair Lettings’ team, or call them on 020 7664 6644, they would be delighted to be of assistance.

June 27, 2017

What home means to me

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Seaside, Hastings

In the next of our series of what home means to us, Amelia Redington, who heads up our Residential Corporate Services department, describes her childhood home and how it has inspired her family’s way of living to this day:

I was fortunate enough to spend most of my childhood in East Sussex, where I grew up with my two brothers. I have very happy memories of the flat we lived in, which was above a bakery in the old town of Hastings…mainly because it allowed me to spend pretty much every day on the beach, which was within close walking distance.

In my first year after university I worked hard to buy a one bedroom flat in Raynes Park with my boyfriend. The property had a south facing garden and we stayed there for six happy years until we traded up to a house with three bedrooms in the same area; we also decided to keep our flat as an investment during that time. After my boyfriend and I were married with our two young children we loved the area for its family-friendly facilities, which include a great library, coffee shops and the all-important Waitrose.

Recently we moved to New Malden for a particularly well-regarded primary school and we are all really enjoying the area, with all that it has to offer. However, I have always missed the sea, which was such an important aspect of my childhood, and water has always been a continual theme in all of the outdoor spaces I have lived in since leaving Hastings. Everywhere we have lived, we have spent a lot of time creating a garden environment which can be used as much as any other room in the house. We have also put artificial grass down outside our current house so we can use the area all year round, and we have a large pond in the garden, which takes me back to living near to the sea.

My husband and I hope to retire to the seaside later on in life, but for now we are happily settled where we are and are thoroughly enjoying family life in our current home.

June 15, 2017

All About Adam

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Adam Lockett, Associate Director

We are delighted that Adam Lockett has joined our Jackson-Stops & Staff Wimbledon team and will be heading up our established Lettings department in the Village.
Adam brings over thirteen years of experience to the role and has worked extensively within the west and south west London lettings market; he loves the wide range of architectural styles that Wimbledon provides, as well as the village feel of the area, with its easy access to beautiful green spaces. During his spare time, Adam is kept busy by his two year old daughter, but he also enjoys reading, country walks, and a game of golf when time allows. In his own words, ‘I’m loving being here in Wimbledon and I’m starting to realise just how much this wonderful part of the world has to offer to people looking to live here. I’m fortunate to be heading up a fantastic team who have been making me feel at home already. I can’t wait to get stuck into the role and am looking forward to speaking to as many of our landlords as possible within the next few weeks.’

Antoinette Wise, Bethany Archer, Adam Lockett, Sophie Metcalfe

 

Jackson-Stops & Staff aims to provide a seamless, professional service to you at all times. We work to ensure that you are kept fully updated on the numerous legislative changes within the industry, keeping you fully informed and keeping both you and your property protected.
Our  dedicated Property Management department prides itself on the personal, tailored service it provides to landlords, taking the stress out of all day-to-day tenancy matters.
Do get in touch if you would like to discuss this for your own property or portfolio.

Adam can be contacted on 020 8947 7351 or adamlockett@jackson-stops.com. Alternatively, please do pop into the office for a coffee next time you are passing.

June 13, 2017

A Word From Tim Firth, Weybridge Sales

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Tim Firth, Director of Sales

Tim Firth, Director of our Weybridge office, takes a look the local property market and explains how wider events can affect decisions, but how there are certain things that never change:

With the general election now out of the way, Tim Firth, Director of Sales at our Weybridge office, explains why some fundamental rules of the housing market never change, whatever the political climate:

  • Firstly the residential housing market is fuelled by confidence and political instability such as an election or a referendum takes the confidence out of the market and we all become much more cautious about spending money.
  • Reducing your price to encourage a sale during the build up to the election will likely dampen the effect and you might be better advised waiting until confidence returns after the election.
  • Making sure your property is presented by your agent in the best possible light from the day after the election result. Seasonal photography, social media, premium listings on the web portals etc.
  • The housing statistics that appear in the National Press are often out of date and the real way to understand what is happening on the property coalface is talk to your agent, they can see what is happening that day and that week and advise accordingly
  • It does not matter how many properties your agent has For Sale it matters how many they have Under Offer, there is a big difference!

We are here to help, we want to help, we have experience aplenty and lots of local knowledge, we work for our sellers and are candid and open in our feedback. We have many testimonials and we work for a Nationally respected Brand. If you are thinking of selling or would like some advice we are here to help.

June 12, 2017

For an agent you can trust, look for the ARLA Propertymark logo

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Are you somebody looking to rent a property? Perhaps you are a Landlord looking to let out your valuable asset? If so, then you will want to work with an agency with membership to ARLA Propertymark.

Renting or letting a property can seem like a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time and you are unsure of the process and all that it involves, so it’s vital you work with an agent you can trust. Large sums of money, as well as a fair amount of time and paperwork are involved. It’s important, therefore, that you feel you are in safe hands with somebody who can steer you through the maze of ongoing legislation and legalities surrounding the industry.

 

If you look at the Jackson-Stops & Staff window displays across our London network of branches you will see this sign displayed:

This differentiates us from other agents who are not members, because we are:

  • Backed by the Propertymark Client Money Protection scheme
  • Experienced and trained professionals required to undertake regular training
  • Kept up-to-date with complex legislative changes and best practice
  • Adhering to a nationally recognised Code of Practice
  • Submitting independently audited accounts to Propertymark annually
  • Members of an independent redress scheme
  • Fully compliant with Professional indemnity insurance

 

So, you can walk into our offices and be confident in the knowledge that we will guide and advise you in the most professional direction, which not only benefits you and the property, but also protects you and your money. Do get in touch to find out more, or to discuss your own property requirements, we would be delighted to help.

June 9, 2017

Horse Traffic!

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Georgina Clarke, who heads up our Pimlico Lettings team, was delighted to take in this spectacular sight yesterday, whilst out and about near Eaton Square. The horses were probably being exercised from nearby Wellington Barracks and made a wonderful break from the normal flow of traffic within the area.

 

Flower Power in TW11

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Semi-Detached House for sale Victoria Road, Teddington, TW11

Has all the recent coverage of Chelsea Flower Show left you feeling inspired and determined to put your green fingers to good use in your very own garden space this year? 

If you’re looking for an event a little more low key and local to Teddington, why not visit the eleven finalist gardens being opened to the public on Sunday 11th June, as part of the annual Teddington in Flower community event. The gardens are situated in a range of locations in and around

Terraced House to rent Cambridge Road, Teddington, TW11

Teddington, including Somerset Road and Victoria Road. If your visit to Victoria Road leaves you feeling you would like to spend more time in your own garden in that location, we at Jackson-Stops & Staff have the perfect property for you. We are currently marketing a beautiful family house to let, which features the perfect garden for families and those who enjoy entertaining alike.  We also have a characterful cottage available to let on Cambridge Road, which provides the perfect garden for children to play in, and for those lovely evening BBQs throughout the summer months.

Whilst focusing on all things green, we are just a short while away from the start of this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show, which runs from 4-9th July. The event is hugely popular with both local residents and those from further afield and promises to showcase the finest in all the latest gardening and horticultural trends.

Do get in touch with our Jackson-Stops & Staff Lettings team to discuss all of your property requirements, we would be delighted to help.

 

June 2, 2017

Another tough day at the office…

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Office with a view…

Well, it was a particularly tough few days in the office last week for Annabel Smith, who heads up our Jackson-Stops & Staff International department. Annabel was given the arduous task of visiting some of our agents in Ibiza and had to ‘endure’ these views from her desk during the time she was there! In all seriousness, Annabel’s week was packed with appointments, as she met with a number of agents we work with to secure a range of stunning properties for our clients who are looking for their dream home abroad.

 

Property for sale Saline Point, Cap Estate, St. Lucia

Annabel works on behalf of a large number of clients, each of whom has their own special ‘wish list’ of what they are looking for. Their search might have started after they fell in love with a particular country after visiting on holiday, or it could be that a young, growing family is looking for the perfect bolthole during the holidays. The latter scenario is most often the case for those clients looking for a home in easily accessible places such as Spain and the Algarve; for those searching in Italy, our International department is the most prolific agent in the country, with representatives across 17 of the 20 regions. It’s this level of local, ‘on the ground’ knowledge that is crucial when people are making such an important decision and Annabel is always happy to accompany clients to places to conduct a thorough search of the area they are interested in. We also help clients who are looking for property further afield, such as the Caribbean and the USA.

Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss your own requirements with Annabel, who would be delighted to help you to find your dream property in the sunshine.

 

May 31, 2017

London’s oldest bridge…

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Built around 1175, and thought to be named because of the noise of horse’s hooves as they walked across it, little known Clattern Bridge crosses the River Hogsmill, which is a tributary of the Thames, in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon-Thames.  It’s one of the oldest intact bridges in England and is a scheduled Ancient Monument.

Detached House for sale Cotswold Close, Kingston upon Thames, KT2

Interestingly, the stream in John Millais’s famous painting of Hamlet’s Ophelia is actually the Hogsmill, and the history books tell us that ‘Scolds’ (troublesome and angry women who broke the public peace by habitually arguing and quarrelling with their neighbours) were ducked at the bridge using a cucking stool.  This was still happening as late as 1745 when the landlady of The Queen’s Head was ducked before a large crowd!

Located just 2 miles away from this impressive bridge and 0.2 miles from Richmond Park is this large, six bedroom detached house, perfect for an extended or growing family.

Do contact Jackson-Stops & Staff in Wimbledon Village and we’d be delighted to arrange a viewing for you.

 

May 25, 2017

Playing at Playwam

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We are delighted to be sponsoring Playwam Preschool’s Summer Fair once again this year, which is taking place from 11am – 1.00pm on June 17th.

The Fair is being held at Colville Court Gardens on Park Road, Teddington, and guarantees plenty of fun for all the family…there will be pony rides for the children, Little Kickers, a selection of traditional games, and a bouncy castle.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite from all of the activities, you can enjoy coffee and cake, as well as a selection of food cooked on the BBQ.

Do pop along and support this fantastic local event in Teddington, we hope to see you there!

 

May 17, 2017

Proud Sponsors of Cleves School PTA Fete in the Field Event

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After some concerns about rain clouds and the possibility of showers, the Cleves School PTA needn’t have worried; instead, their hard work was rewarded with clear skies and smiling faces at their annual Fete in the Field event, which took place yesterday afternoon. Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Weybridge office is proud sponsor of this fantastic PTA and all of the fundraising events that they run. Yesterday was a chance for the school children, parents, teachers, and members of the local community to congregate together and enjoy the numerous stalls, the bouncy castle, live music, steel pans, the BBQ, and delicious home-baked cakes produced by pupils of the school. We leant our support at the drinks bar and are looking forward to hearing how much that stall, and all the others, managed to raise for the PTA during the event. Preparations are already well underway for the biggest event in the PTA’s calendar, their annual Ball, which will follow the theme of James Bond and is taking place in June at Mercedes Benz World in Brooklands, Weybridge. Members of our team are looking forward to attending on the evening and running some fun games to entertain parents and raise further funds for the PTA.

May 15, 2017

Cake in (Christian) Aid of a good cause

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Emma’s Brownies!

Our very own domestic goddess, aka Emma Biddle, of our associated commercial services’ company, JSS Egerton, was busy whipping up a feast of delicious Brownies and coffee cake in her kitchen over the weekend, ahead of Christian Aid Week, which began yesterday, 14th May 2017 and runs through until 20th May 2017.

Our Well in Mozambique

Christian Aid is a charity which is close to our heart at Jackson-Stops & Staff; we have long been associated with their good works by providing AquAid water coolers for our staff and clients in our offices; AquAid, which raises money to provide clean and safe drinking water to remote communities in Africa, is Christian Aid’s biggest corporate partner and has raised over £2 million for Christian Aid’s water projects around the world, to date.

Emma is raising funds for Christian Aid Week by asking colleagues to donate money for a delicious sugary treat; do pop in to donate and grab a delicious bite if you are passing by our Mayfair office on Curzon Street, we would be delighted to see you…though you had better be quick, they are going like hot cakes!

 

May 10, 2017

The sky’s the limit in Pimlico!

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Our Pimlico Lettings Director, Georgina Clarke, took to the skies at the weekend with her partner, Steve, and got a wonderful bird’s eye view of Pimlico and Westminster. Georgina and Steve went up in a helicopter and flew down the line of the Thames from Elstree, which gave Georgina a whole new perspective of the area in which she has worked for twelve years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A highlight for Steve was taking a turn at the controls, which he found to be an incredible experience. We hope you enjoy the photos, which show Pimlico and Westminster in all their glory. If the beauty of the architecture, influenced predominantly by Thomas Cubitt, has whetted your appetite and you would like to find a perfect property to rent, please do get in touch with our Lettings team at our newly refurbished Pimlico office on Sussex Street, we would be delighted to be of service.

 

 

May 8, 2017

What home means to me

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Emma’s Family Home

In the next blog in our series, Emma Biddle, a surveyor with our associated company, JSS Egerton, tells us what her childhood home means to her…

In December of last year, my parents moved out of my childhood home, so writing about ‘what home means to me’ has taken on a particular poignancy in recent months. They had lived there for thirty six years and I had called it home for thirty two of those years. I have so many happy memories of the house…too many to list…and, as you can imagine, I was very sad to say goodbye. However, the new owners are a young family with two little boys who I know will have the best time growing up there and will enjoy plenty of adventures. My happy memories will be with me for life; playing rounders in the garden, building camps in the wood, collecting honey from our bees whilst wearing my PJs…the list goes on!

I was very fortunate to be able to buy a flat in London in 2012. This became known as “London Home” rather than my parents’ house, which was “Kent Home”. I suppose that I call home somewhere I love to be and treat it as if it is my own… I have been known to say to family members “shall we go home?” when I actually mean their house, not mine!

I remember completing on the purchase of my flat, running out of work to collect the keys, looking around the flat and then rushing back to work with a big grin on my face. As you can imagine I did not have a very productive afternoon! I moved in the very next day (feeling a little delicate after a celebratory tipple the previous evening, which was a bit of a struggle) and this mainly involved loading and unloading multiple Ikea bags of clothes; I had been staying with a friend nearby and it was not worth putting things in my car to drive 100 metres, so I walked it all round there. I even got stuck in the lift at one point.

By the time I moved in, all my grandparents had passed away and Mum and Dad’s garage had been storing lots of gems from their houses which they had set aside for the time I would move out of home. I also did the mandatory trip to Ikea to buy anything I was missing – a sofa, a kitchen table and some kitchen bits. It was so nice to have all my things around me and to begin creating a home of my own. My family helped me paint the flat and I would come home from work to do a bit more DIY for about six weeks after I moved in. I finally put the paintbrush down when the Olympics started and instead used my step ladder to see over the crowds as the cycle road race went down the road!

When I started looking to buy I had two criteria; two bedrooms and a garden. I looked at lots of flats but none of them felt quite right. One weekend I went to stay with my sister and on Saturday night after a glass of wine or two we settled down on the sofa to trawl Rightmove once again. Helen spotted my flat and persuaded me to look at it when I returned to London. It did not have a garden, though, which did not fit my criteria and so I was not particularly keen! However, the flat had two bedrooms of decent sizes, rather than one of them being a large cupboard, and there was plenty of living space. Although it did not have a garden it did have a green view over allotments. I walked in, looked out of the sitting room window and knew this was the flat for me.

My own experience of buying a property has shown how it can be well worth looking outside a set list of ‘must haves’ and being open to other opportunities. I love owning my own property at this stage of my life and have been creating many happy memories there with friends and family since I moved in.

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