Homes with the X Factor!

It’s that time of year again when we start to favour Saturday nights in front of the TV over pub gardens thanks to the latest bunch of contestants belting their hearts out in front of four terrifying judges. This series of the X Factor brings back the originals; Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and of course Simon Cowell to spice it up, as well as Nicole Scherzinger returning for another year.

At PHM, our favourite part of the show is always seeing the very lavish and luxurious judge’s houses. As a result we’ve put together a few houses that possess the X factor in our eyes, and unlike the unattainable judges’ houses, these properties are currently on the market.


Abell & Cleland, by Berkeley Homes Central London, is situated in the elite inner London borough of Westminster. Residents of these one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses benefit from a private lavish leisure complex comprising a swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre. To pull out all the stops Berkeley has teamed up with Double Tree Hilton to offer residents a 24-hour exclusive in-room dining service by expert chefs, proving dirty dishes are a thing of the past. Among these many services, the development boasts a full valet service in the underground car park as well as an immaculately landscaped garden.

For further information or to book an appointment please call 0203 813 5884 or visit

A development by one of our award clients, One Tower Bridge by Berkeley Homes South East is made with the primary intention to maximise the view of Tower Bridge and City Hall with floor to ceiling windows, which alone provides an ‘X factor’. The pièce de résistance, however, is the Alegna timber bath in walnut; made by yacht building specialists, these baths are handmade in Switzerland and are famed for their beauty and ergonomic designs. Further benefits of the development include: a lavish white gold tiled swimming pool, virtual golf, a two-levelled gym and a spacious dance studio.

Enjoy the last of the summer sun

Run out of ideas to keep the kids entertained this summer holiday? Inspired by the Guildford Lido open air cinema event that took place at the weekend, we’ve picked out a selection of homes close to brilliant outdoor attractions to enjoy before the summer holidays come to an end.

Battersea Park – in association with the Luna Cinema – is showing three popular films this summer. These are Mad Max Fury Road on Tuesday 30th August, Mean Girls on Wednesday 31st August and Romeo and Juliet on Friday 1st September. Overlooking Battersea Park is Berkeley Homes’ new Vista development; a collection of luxurious one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Prices for a one-bedroom apartment start at £895,000. For more information, call Berkeley on 020 3053 6900.

Or let your little monkeys blow off a bit of steam and take them for a swing at Wild Wood Adventure, situated on Lido Road in Guildford. With courses designed for both kids and adults, it’s a fun challenge for all the family. Highpoint, situated less than a mile away on Nightingale Road, is a beautifully-presented first floor, two-bedroom apartment available to rent for £2,000 pcm through Chantries. On the 27th and 28th August (bank holiday weekend) there will also be the annual Street Food Picnic taking place at Allen House Grounds, just half a mile from Highpoint, from 12pm until 8pm. For more information about Highpoint or other properties available in Guildford, call Chantries on 01483 405222.

There really is nothing like listening to live music in the sunshine. Taking place during the Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday 28th August is Music in the Park at Godalming Bandstand, free for all to enjoy. There will be food and drinks available to purchase on site. While you’re there, why not pop along to the show home at Prime Place, Godalming which offers a centrally-located collection of contemporary townhouses and apartments, conveniently situated directly opposite Waitrose. Prices for a one-bedroom apartment at Prime Place, Godalming start from £277,995, available with Help to Buy. For more information, contact Prime Place on 01483 351933.

No more nightmare journeys home

According to TFL, demand for the underground in the evening and at night has increased by a whopping 70% since 2000, with an incredible half a million people using the service after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s a good job then that London’s 24-hour tube service launched at the weekend, allowing commuters and night owls to use the underground throughout the night on selected lines.

The Victoria and Central lines are the first to offer a round-the-clock service, good news for existing residents and a draw for those looking to buy a London home with great transport links.

Ideally located to make the most of the new service, the homes at Park Heights, by Network Homes, are just a ten-minute walk from Stockwell station on the Victoria Line. The development comprises stylish one and two-bedroom apartments, all with balconies to enjoy extensive views of London; ideal for professionals working and socialising in the city centre. For further information on Park Heights call 0344 809 2026 or visit

Similarly, Berkeley Homes’ Vista development on Queenstown Road is just over a mile from the tube services at Vauxhall on the Victoria Line. Vista also offers access to the adjacent Battersea Park and its green acres as well as sitting directly across the river from bustling Chelsea. For information on the one and two-bedroom apartments at Vista, call 0203 811 2012 or visit

The Northern, Piccadilly and Jubilee Lines are set to follow suit in the autumn so check back for properties close by to those stops.

Let the games begin!

The 2016 Olympics begins in Rio tomorrow – one of the most exciting, widely-celebrated sporting events in history – has it really been four years already?

The athletics extravaganza will be sure to inspire the less active among us, so we thought we’d show off a handful of our clients’ properties near some fantastic sporting facilities.

The following are not in podium order, they all get a gold medal from us!

Prime Place, Kensal Rise is a collection of beautifully-designed one and two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom townhouses built around a new multi-million pound sports centre, on Chamberlayne Road, ‘the hippest street in Europe’ according to Vogue. Prices at Prime Place, Kensal Rise start from £526,000. Call selling agents Hamptons international on 020 7758 8487 for more information.

Oakhill Park is an exclusive gated development of mansion-style apartments and penthouses in Putney – the place famous for being the start point of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, but rowing here is popular all-year round. Thames Rowing Club, just over a mile away is one of the oldest rowing clubs in London and caters for a variety of standards from novice to international.

Prices start from £860,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. Call Savills on 020 3430 6920 to find out more.

Vista – a collection of luxurious one, two, and three-bedroom apartments – marries iconic architecture and a top specification with unparalleled views over Battersea Park, which is home to the Millennium Arena; a 400m running track and athletics venue. Any fitness fanatic will enjoy living so close to these facilities, as track and field is the heart of the historic competition.

The final phase of Vista has now launched, so call Berkeley on 020 3053 6900 to book an appointment now – prices from £895,000.


Seeing Queenshurst in the Metro, City AM and MoveTo makes us happy!

Queenshurst, a stylish collection of homes in Kingston by Berkeley West London, is already catching the eye of property journalists despite the new show home only opening recently.

Today’s Metro featured the “striking new development” of Queenshurst in Launch Pad, which covers the best new homes which have just launched.

Furthermore, City AM’s Melissa York featured Queenshurst in her weekly round-up of the best new developments on the market in and around London, while Deborah Churchill at MoveTo magazine included Queenshurst in her New Homes Round-up: Commuter Special.

We’re so pleased that this dynamic development has got such great coverage already, which is very fitting as Kingston is one of London’s happiest boroughs, according to research by The Office of National Statistics.

Residents at Queenshurst, which comprises Manhattan suites, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and duplexes, will definitely be happy thanks to the development’s close proximity to:

  • Kingston rail and bus station, which provides fast transport links into Central London
  • Excellent shopping in the town centre, including the Bentall Centre – home to over 75 shops
  • An ancient market square selling fresh flowers, organic groceries and international food
  • A wide selection of restaurants, bars and pubs along the Thames riverfront
  • Historic Hampton Court, just across the river
  • Two of London’s largest Royal Parks – Richmond Park and Bushy Park

For further information about Queenshurst, or to book an appointment to view the new show apartment, call the sales and marketing suite on 0203 393 9886. Prices start from £420,000.

Regal round-up of properties fit for a queen

Happy 90th Birthday to our longest-reigning monarch! We thought we’d celebrate in our own PHM way by presenting a regal round-up of our clients’ properties. We don’t anticipate Buckingham Palace coming on the market anytime soon, but in the meantime, check out the following luxury lifestyle lodgings.

Oakhill Park in Putney offers mansion-style apartments with an abundance of space and beautifully-landscaped gardens. The new homes have been finished to an immaculate specification, with an elegant and stylish interior design, giving the homes a palatial feel. Prices start from £850,000 for a two-bedroom apartment – call London Realty on 020 3430 6920 to find out more.

For a home that has that ‘royal seal of approval’, May Tree House in Berkshire, on the market with Haslams, has landscaped gardens meticulously designed by award-winning Chelsea Flower Show medallist Matt Keightley. Matt won the prestigious and highly-coveted People’s Choice Award in 2015 for his design of Prince Harry’s garden for his charity, Sentebale, named ‘Hope in Vulnerability’. Call Haslams on 0118 960 1000 to find out more about this beautiful five-bedroom house, on the market for £1,500,000.

Fan of the annual Boat Race? Imagine being within walking distance next year…

On Easter Sunday, thousands of people gathered on the banks of the River Thames, and many thousands more gathered around their TV sets, to watch the narrow victory for Cambridge in the annual Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race.

Each year the historical event shines a light on the areas surrounding the Boat Race route and this year was no exception. If you want to get caught up in the excitement of the starting gun, or join in the wild celebrations at the finish line for next year’s race, than look no further than these two perfectly-poised properties.

Oakhill Park, in Putney, is an exclusive gated development of mansion-style apartments and penthouses, situated on a leafy residential road. It’s thoughtfully designed to blend in with the Victorian and Edwardian houses which line the streets. As the starting point of the Boat Race, Putney is a popular area for rowers and is home to a handful of rowing clubs. You can even walk to the river in just 10 minutes, where you can commute into the city by boat. Prices start from £850,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. Call Savills on 020 3430 6920 or visit

Parliamentary prestige project peeked in the press

As the mainstream media focuses on Westminster to cover Britain’s potential exit from the EU, the property pages have honed in on the area for a completely different reason.

With the final phase of apartments at Berkeley Homes’ Abell & Cleland now launched, the development, in John Islip Street, is rightly being recognised as one of the most desirable collection of apartments now available in London.

In addition to The London Economic coverage Berkeley Homes’ Abell & Cleland achieved last month, it also featured in the Homes and Property Supplement of The Evening Standard, and MoveTo London Magazine.

In the Evening Standard article, Will apartments near Parliament get your vote?, Abell & Cleland was highlighted for its setting in a “remarkably quiet corner” of the “Parliamentary Quarter”.

MoveTo London Magazine chose Abell & Cleland to feature in its New Homes Round-up and also celebrated the location, close to Tate Britain, saying that “apartments at this new development are well placed, whether it’s fine art or political intrigues that set your heart racing”.

Prices at Abell & Cleland start from £1.15 million, and for further information or to book an appointment please call 0203 813 5884 or visit Berkeley’s website.

Love your neighbours? Then you’ll love these properties!

With the recent Friends reunion exciting fans across the globe, we felt inspired to promote neighbourliness – something which Rachel, Ross and the gang have in abundance! So here’s a few of our clients’ developments that will appeal to the neighbourly among you.

Graylingwell Park, a partnership between Linden Homes, Affinity Sutton and the Homes and Communities Agency in Chichester, is set within 85 acres of parkland and is a fantastic example of a beautifully-integrated community. The on-site community cabin, The Lodge, hosts a range of activities for residents, such as yoga classes and coffee mornings, and there’s even a shared allotment for green-fingered residents! Graylingwell Park is also a great affordable option for those looking to raise a family in a friendly atmosphere – with Help to Buy and Shared Ownership properties available, potential buyers can start living here with only a 5% deposit.

There’s nothing that quite brings together tight-knit communities like local sports clubs. As part of Prime Place’s vision to build something beyond bricks and mortar, it’s developing Prime Place, Kew Bridge, which will be home to 648 new homes and a range of new community facilities and amenities – and Brentford Football Club’s new stadium! These apartments are sure to catch the attention of football fans, with the magical match day atmosphere creating a unique community atmosphere.

To find out more about Graylingwell Park, call Linden Homes on 01243 717028 or Affinity Sutton on 0300 100 0303. For more information on Prime Place, Kew Bridge, by Prime Place, call 0845 600 7230.

All these bridges – and we still can’t get over Vista’s wonderful views

The buzz surrounding the construction of the new Garden Bridge in London, beginning very soon, has inspired one property journalist to talk about the demand of riverside properties and those overlooking some of London’s most famous bridges.

In the article “The price of a view to sigh for”, in The Daily Telegraph on the 20th February, journalist Zoe Dare Hall explains that “developers are competing to build new homes overlooking London’s bridges”.

Featuring Berkeley’s Vista as a great example of this, thanks to its prime position on Queenstown Road, opposite Battersea Park and just along from Chelsea Bridge, the article talks about how bridges not only provide an anchor to the city’s past but are also helping to shape its future.

With a further 12 new river crossings planned for London by 2050, the demand for riverside properties is set to increase even further, thanks to the improved views and better cross-river transport links.

The final phase of Vista has now launched, and there are still one and two-bedroom apartments available. Call 020 3053 6900 to book an appointment, or visit Berkeley’s website here for more information.