August 29, 2014
Next weekend is the annual Teddington’s Dog Olympics, being held in Udney Hall Gardens entrance from 11.00am for all local dog owners.
We at Jackson-Stops & Staff understand how pets really are an integral and much loved part of the family but it can prove difficult to find suitable properties willing to accept furry friends.
We are pleased to offer this dog friendly, three bedroom family house on Alpha Road to the market
If dogs aren’t your thing, we also have a ground floor, cat friendly luxury apartment in the prestigious Langdon Park development…positively purrrfect for you beloved feline.
As every London parent knows, the summer holidays can pass by in a blur of carefully scheduled activities, noisy play dates and slightly chaotic mealtimes; in amongst this, many of us manage to squeeze in a week or two away before the daily reality of the school and work routine begins again in September. Whilst many of us dream of living a less hectic lifestyle (and up to 75% of us have considered an alternative way of life after returning from holiday), research just published shows that buying a home within the catchment of highly rated state schools in the south east can prove an excellent financial investment. The research, just published by Lloyds Bank, has found that living close to a highly-rated state secondary school adds an average of 21,000 to house prices, with the average priced home selling for 268,000, compared to the average national house price of 247,000*. However, these figures increase considerably when looking at the south-east specifically, where competition for school places within certain catchment areas remains fierce; in this region, houses within these areas sell at an average price of 27% above the national average house price achieved in the rest of the county. At Jackson-Stops & Staff, our teams are well-versed in the importance of schools for parents when registering families looking to buy or rent a home; the areas we cover across London and Surrey are often pinpointed by families specifically because of the excellent quality of state and private schooling they provide. Whilst we would always recommend discussing catchment areas with the schools themselves, we are happy to offer advice and help in any way we can. With just a few days remaining to sew in the name badges and break in the new shoes before the new term begins, it is perhaps good to remember that buying a home in these areas can prove both a valuable start to your child’s education and also an astute property investment.
August 26, 2014
Jackson-Stops & Staff Pimlico & Westminster have recently taken on a lovely two bedroom flat to rent in the Central Buildings, Matthew Parker Street. The flat is just off Parliament Square and Bird Cage Walk, close to the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre and Central Hall Westminster – the perfect corporate location. Close to the flat on the end of Victoria Street, we stumbled across one of our rare golden post boxes, which reads ‘This post box has been painted gold by Royal Mail to celebrate London as the host city of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was unveiled by Jo Swinton MP, Under Secretary of State, Department of Business Innovation and Skills.’
A truly golden location indeed.
August 22, 2014
Elmbridge residents, young and old, can look forward to some culinary indulgence when the Elmbridge Food Festival comes to Painshill, an 18th century landscape garden situated in Cobham, Surrey, from 27-28th September 2014. For more information, please click here.
The weekend will provide a perfect setting for foodies to enjoy a wide array of locally produced food and drink. The event is free to attend and will be a perfect opportunity to feast on beautiful food before taking a stroll around the 158 acres of fabulous landscaped gardens. Enjoy!
August 21, 2014
Tonight, the enduringly popular Great British Bake Off shows the contestants trying their hand at baking bread…as the competition continues, the pressure is rising and the personalities of the bakers are really coming to the fore. For all those interested in great TV and food it makes for unmissable viewing entertainment.
This weekend, John Torode and Greg Wallace, presenters of the other unmissable cooking programme, Master Chef, will be at the BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace. Adjacent to Hampton Court Palace is the sublime Bushy Park, which is showing a number films in the outdoor cinema both this weekend and next; click here for further details. Why not pick up a TV dinner at the food festival and take in a classic movie in the park on your way back home to Teddington?
July 28, 2014
It won’t surprise anyone who has noticed the high number of property shows on TV, but a new survey by furniture retailer Made.com reveals that our obsession with other people’s homes shows no sign of abating. One in every ten of us admits to having viewed a property with no intention of buying it…and surprise, surprise, the practice is most common in the London market.
Some 19% of Londoners have posed as a ‘potential buyer’ in the capital, in order to take a peek around a property; one in 20 of us has even used binoculars or a camera to see inside a neighbour’s house, the survey has found. Many admit they have walked the ‘long way home’ just so they can look through a window, whilst others have snooped around a neighbour’s home or garden without their knowledge. For those aged between 16 and 24, however, there are other opportunities to look around a neighbour’s home without them knowing: some 35% of that age group take unofficial tours during a party or when they are meant to be looking after a pet. The survey polled 1,000 people age 16-24. (Source: Metro London July 2014).
July 18, 2014
We’re delighted that the BBQ we sponsored at this year’s Manby Lodge Infant School Summer Fair was such a success. As you can see from the photos, Mums and Dads had great fun flipping burgers on the stall, which raised a fantastic amount of money for the school’s PTA. Our Weybridge office is located just further along the Queens Road and we enjoyed seeing plenty of parents walking to the fair with their children to support their school.
July 14, 2014
Sue Hobson presents David Parris with the ICS membership plaque.
Our London offices of Jackson-Stops & Staff are delighted to have become the only current firm of Estate Agents to take up membership with the Institute of Customer Service (ICS).
David Parris, our Group Operations Director, says of the membership: ‘We have always placed the delivery of excellent customer service at the top of our agenda. In addition to our values, I believe it is our commitment to this area of our business that is a principal reason for our enduring success. By taking up membership of the Institute, alongside the likes of Waitrose , Marks & Spencer and Unilever, we have pledged to undertake the necessary internal audits and staff training to attain accreditation from this highly regarded organisation.’
David met with Sue Hobson, our ICS Account Director, last week, along with David Williams, our Group Head of Sales, and Tracey Cumming, our Group Head of Lettings; the meeting provided a chance to gain further insight into the organisation, as well as an opportunity to be presented with our membership plaques, which will feature in all of our London offices. Membership of the Institute provides the opportunity to benchmark against other organisations in a range of sectors; opportunities to share with and learn from other members within the extensive network; access to our research and insight; and the opportunity to drive service professionalism, through customer service qualifications programmes. We are looking forward to getting started.
Sue Hobson of the ICS with Tracey Cumming and David Williams.
We are delighted that Issue 3 of our homepage magazine is out this week, featuring research news and a selection of beautiful properties from our Mayfair, Chelsea, Holland Park, Pimlico and Wimbledon offices.
Do take a look through and if you would like your own copy please do not hesitate to contact your local office, where our staff will be delighted to post one out to you.
July 8, 2014
We were delighted that Marcus Green’s Hampton Court Flower Show garden that we sponsored, entitled, ‘Envy – The Grass is Always Greener’, went on to win a silver medal at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show earlier this month.
Our Chief Executive, Nick Butterworth, congratulates Marcus Green on receiving a silver medal for his ‘Envy – The Grass Is Always Greener’ garden.
July 7, 2014
We are delighted that the garden we are sponsoring at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, Marcus Green’s ‘The Grass Is Always Greener’, is now complete and awaiting judgment! Naturally we will keep you informed of progress.
This beautiful annual event begins with a preview evening today, Monday 7th July; members of staff from across our network of offices will be positioned by the garden throughout the duration of the show, please do come and say hello if you are attending this week.
July 4, 2014
Our Weybridge office is delighted to be sponsoring the BBQ once again at this year’s Manby Lodge Infant School Fair, which is being held on July 12th from 12 noon until 2pm.
The burgers will be supplied by fantastic local Oatlands Village butcher, Maurice Jones, and members of the PTA will be on hand to flip them on the day.
Do pop along to support this fantastic primary school and grab yourself a burger from our sponsored stall!
July 1, 2014
We are delighted to announce that the London offices of Jackson-Stops & Staff have joined the Institute of Customer Service, with our membership of the organisation commencing from today, Tuesday 1st July 2014.
David Parris, our Group Operations Director, says of the membership: ‘We have always placed the delivery of excellent customer service at the top of our agenda. In addition to our values, I believe it is our commitment to this area of our business that is a principal reason for our enduring success. By taking up membership of the Institute, alongside the likes of Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Unilever, we have pledged to undertake the necessary internal audits and staff training to attain accreditation from this highly regarded organisation.’
Membership of the Institute provides the opportunity to benchmark against other organisations in a range of sectors; opportunities to share with and learn from other members within the extensive network; access to our research and insight; and the opportunity to drive service professionalism, through customer service qualifications programmes.
We are looking forward to getting started!
June 30, 2014
We were delighted to receive a copy of this wonderfully evocative photograph from a local resident, who has kindly provided us with a truly fascinating insight into the history of our Chelsea office on Cadogan Street. The image is of our neighbour’s father-in-law and his grandparents standing outside their shop; it reminds us of one of our Jackson-Stops & Staff advertising campaigns: ‘Times change, standards endure.’
June 24, 2014
Jackson-Stops & Staff was extremely proud to sponsor one of the seven concept gardens at the 2014 Hampton Court Flower Show, which opened with a preview evening on the 7th July, ahead of the main show opening to the public on 8th July.
The theme for the concept gardens this year was the seven deadly sins and Jackson-Stops & Staff were sponsoring Marcus Green’s garden, representing envy, which was entitled The Grass Is Always Greener.
The garden depicted a beautiful unmown meadow with wild flowers and grasses. At its centre was the perfect lawn so many gardens envy, but perfection comes as a price and the perfect neatly clipped lawn protected by a Perspex box was in fact made of artificial grass. The artificial lawn demonstrated how true perfection can never be achieved; many visitors who saw the garden told our staff who were manning our stand that they considered true beauty to be in the natural meadow planting, as opposed to the idea of a perfect lawn.
We were absolutely delighted when Marcus Green achieved a silver medal for his design.
June 16, 2014
Last night saw the start of the greatly anticipated World Cup, with the host nation Brazil beating Croatia
To celebrate this momentous occasion, Teddington High Street is lined with the flags of all the nations taking part…we have the flag of Iraq above the office odds on 2500/1 to win.
Our local Teddington Arms pub will be showing all the matches if you are looking for somewhere atmospheric to watch the games
If you want to be totally on top of the action we at Jackson-Stops & Staff are pleased to present to the market a spacious two bedroom apartment above the Teddington Arms, giving you the excuse to watch every match! For more information, please contact our Teddington Lettings Department, on 020 8943 9955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10, 2014
Tim Firth, our Associate Director of Sales in the Weybridge office, was delighted to receive an email from one of his happy clients this morning, with this beautiful photo attached. The cake was commissioned for a party to celebrate completion of our clients’ new home; we wish them every happiness!
June 9, 2014
Nicholas Austin and Camilla Molyneux from our Mayfair office were happy to take up the kind invitation from Mayfair Magazine to attend Polo in the Park this weekend, which was held at the Hurlingham Club. As you can see from the photo, ‘Pudding’ the JSS mascot also enjoyed the day hugely.
May 15, 2014
On the way to a valuation in St James’s this morning, our Lettings Manager, Camilla Molyneux, stumbled upon an entrance passage called ‘Pickering Place’ which leads to one of London’s smallest squares, where the original gaslights, unspoilt Georgian architecture and quiet seclusion take you straight back to Georgian times. In the 18th Century this seclusion was one of the reasons that Pickering Place was notorious for its gambling dens, bear baiting and duels! Today is it one of the few places in London still lit by gaslight. A hidden gem indeed!