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Home is where the hart is!

Councillor Tim Harries, the Mayor of Dorchester, has unveiled an iconic statue of a white hart at Eastgate, a collection of new townhouses by Metis Homes on High East Street.

The 2.6 metre-high statue is part of Dorchester’s rich history. It once stood above the entrance to the landmark White Hart inn, which dated back to 18th century and features in a short story by Thomas Hardy. The original inn was rebuilt following a fire in 1926, before closing in 2006.

Metis Homes has meticulously restored the statue to its original glory and incorporated it in pride of place on its original site, now occupied by the new homes. Councillors from Dorchester Town Council, together with members of the Dorchester Civic Society and Thomas Hardy Society, joined with other guests to celebrate the white hart’s homecoming. Dorchester’s Town Crier, Councillor Alistair Chisholm, marked the occasion with a traditional cry.

Eastgate is a collection of nine luxury three and four-bedroom townhouses and one two-bedroom coach house at the far end of High East Street, a short stroll from the town centre.

The homes are traditionally designed using local materials, including natural Portland stone and Marnhull rubble stone, and are arranged around a central courtyard behind a secure gated entrance, with private parking provided.

Built to a very high specification, the homes have recently been finished and buyers can move in immediately. Prices start from £320,000 and Help to Buy is available on every home, allowing people to buy with a 5 per cent deposit and 20 per cent government loan.

For more information or to view the show home, please contact selling agents Connells on 01305 266755 or Mayfair Town and Country on 01305 269200. Or visit www.metishomes.co.uk.

Oakhill Park chosen to showcase benefits of new builds

Oakhill Park, a luxury collection of flats, in Putney, was chosen as an example of why new builds are just as good as buying 2nd hand properties, in the Property Supplement of last weekend’s Daily Telegraph.

Fiona Brandhorst’s piece, titled Buy new: you have to see it to believe it, starts by declaring that out of those questioned, 46% said they were unlikely to buy a new build, according to a recent survey by Home Builders Federation.

The article then moves on to testimony from Pip Beasley, a buyer at Oakhill Park who we recently spoke to. Pip, in her 50s, was originally looking for a traditional mansion-style apartment with period features – the sort of house she has always dreamed of. However, after visiting Oakhill Park, which was thoughtfully built in keeping with the period properties in Putney, Pip realised that a new build could offer her everything she wanted, and more.

Pip says: “Despite initially turning my nose up at new developments, when I visited Oakhill Park I fell in love with the idea of having a modern property, knowing that everything is easy to maintain and that I would be able to move in quickly. The rooms are well proportioned with high ceilings and there is a high-quality specification of fixtures and fittings.”

Prices at Oakhill Park start from £860,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. For more information or to book an appointment to book one of the showhomes, contact Savills on 020 3430 6920 or visit http://www.oakhillpark.co.uk.

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 parkheightssw9.co.uk.

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 berkeleygroup.co.uk.

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

First time buyer success story seen in the Metro

With Great Britain storming up the medal charts at the Rio Olympics, it seems as if the whole of England is celebrating. This is particularly true for Alex Garguilo, 20, and Hannah Sanders, 21, who must have felt like they have won gold; getting engaged and securing their first home.

Not only did they get engaged in January but, with support from the Help to Buy scheme and Hannah’s parents, they’ve also bought a fabulous new one-bedroom apartment at Prime Place, Godalming, in the heart of the town.

Here at PHM we’re also celebrating as our write-up on their lovely story featured in this week’s Metro’s Property supplement. Journalist Andrea Dean featured the story in the ‘First-time Buyer’ section, where Alex and Hannah spoke about how fantastic Prime Place was in helping them secure their new home.

Alex and Hannah both studied at Godalming College so know the town well and already enjoy its great facilities and semi-rural setting. After driving past Prime Place, Godalming, a number of times and seeing that the show apartment had opened, they decided to stop in and find out more. Keen to settle down in their own home before they marry next year, to them it seemed the perfect choice.

Alex said: “This was the first and only development we looked at – it’s exactly what we needed. We love the central location and the specification of the apartments is great.

“When Help to Buy was explained to us, it quickly became obvious that this was our best route. Without Help to Buy we would have struggled to buy our first home. Our apartment is brilliant – we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

For more information, contact Hamptons International on 01483 351933. Help to Buy is available on all the apartments and on townhouses priced less than £600,000; and is not limited to first-time buyers. Part Exchange is also available for second buyers.

Currently available at Prime Place, Godalming are one, two and three-bedroom apartments starting from £277,995 and three and four-bedroom townhouses starting from £574,995.

‘You won’t miss it when you give it’ *

#Missingtype is the latest campaign to take over twitter this week, trending worldwide in one morning, in order to raise awareness of giving blood. Companies have been dropping the letters; A B and O from their logos to encourage people to sign up because shockingly the number of blood donators in the UK has dropped enormously in recent years. As a result the NHS is currently hoping to recruit 204,000 new donors this year alone to meet with demand, according to blood.co.uk.

This cause is particularly close to our hearts here at Property House Marketing as we strongly support the ‘Smile from Hatti’ campaign originally started by our friend and colleague Hatti Sandall who tragically lost her life to cancer last year and knew all too well how important blood donations were.

Many people would not be alive today without the generosity of blood donors, and so Hatti started a “give blood” campaign in August 2014, to help save the lives of others. Her initial target was 100 people, which she impressively doubled! We would love to increase her target to 500+ people. Just remember: each blood donation can help as many as 3 people (and you get a free chocolate biscuit). If you decide to help with this cause, please take a photo of yourself with #igavebloodhats and post it on social media, preferably instagram if you have an account.

You can read more about Hatti’s story on her web page http://www.smilefromhatti.com/smile-for-hatti.html.

Help fill in the gaps and save lives by donating blood!

*https://www.blood.co.uk/news-and-campaigns/campaigns/campaign-archive/missing-type/

I spy… familiar names in First Time Buyer Magazine

Despite prolonged uncertainty for the property market and mortgage approvals following the referendum result, the first-time buyer market seems to be buzzing with activity. More mortgages were handed out to first-time buyers in June than in any other month since 2007, according to research by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. So why not pick up a copy of First Time Buyer magazine to see what great properties are available? We were delighted to spot a few familiar names in this month’s edition.

The Bureau in Colindale by Network Homes is a new collection of 33 one, two and three-bedroom apartments showcased in an article about Shared Ownership. These beautiful new apartments, due to launch in September, are located just a one minute walk from Colindale tube station on the Northern line, equipping residents with easy access to all the capital has to offer. Prices start at £73,750 based on a 25% share with a full market value of £295,000. For more information, call Network Homes on 0208 782 4213.

Aberfeldy Village by Prime Place, was featured in the column House Hunter, where First Time Buyer went on the hunt with Liam and Nick, a computer programmer and software engineer from East London looking to buy their first home together. Their requirements include one or two bedrooms, proximity to local amenities, and a garden or balcony. The Poplar development encompasses all of these and more. Prices from £364,995, available with help to buy. For more information, call Prime Place on 0207 515 1491.

Thames Valley Housing’s Woodbridge in Frimley, was featured in an article explaining the benefits of Help to Buy schemes. The development comprises a mix of refurbished and new one and two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom houses, and is situated opposite Waitrose and near Frimley train station. Prices from £299,995 for a two-bedroom apartment, and £495,000 for a four-bedroom, end of terrace house with Help to Buy options available. For more information, please contact Thames Valley Housing on 01276 538 991.

Thomasons and Clear Structures rebrand reflects business growth

Civil and structural engineering firm Thomasons is one of our most established clients, having formed in 1947. After decades of success, it has recently undergone an exciting new rebrand to reflect its ongoing business growth and future direction.

Thomasons has been continuously expanding since its inception, and has refreshed not only its own brand and website, but that of its off-shoot glass engineering consultancy Clear Structures, showcasing the extensive range of services across all the sectors in which they boast expertise. Each company also has an exciting new logo, to coincide with the refreshing of the brands.

Nick Russell, Senior Director at Thomasons, who recently won an Expert Witness Award, says: “Our business has grown and matured significantly in recent years and it felt the right time to signal the changes in our practice with more dynamic and modern corporate identities. The new websites give an insight into the breadth of our work and the many high-profile projects in which we are involved.  We have exciting plans for the future and look forward to working with our many partners as we continue to develop our business and services, both in the UK and internationally.”

Thomasons isn’t the only company that has rebranded recently – you’re reading this on our dynamic new website, and our client Ecoled has also redesigned its website and logo too.

#GloriousGuildford winner, you’ve won a steak dinner!

In latest Glorious Guildford ‘moos’, you might have seen she was transported to Newlands Corner in time for the recent Prudential RideLondon cycle event. If you were in attendance, you might have spotted her chewing the cud in prime (rib) position as the speedy cyclists flew ‘pasteurise’.

The event also coincided with the end of our #GloriousGuildford selfie competition, and after careful ru-moo-nation, we’re delighted to announce Lydia Frew (above centre) as the winner of the £100 CAU voucher! We thought she was very brave going head-to-horns with Glorious Guildford, which made a fantastic picture.

We’ve loved seeing all the funny, silly and crazy selfies on our Twitter and Facebook feeds, so if you find yourself in Guildford’s Castle Grounds over the summer holidays please feel free to keep sending them in!

The next event booked in Glorious Guildford’s dairy is the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival on Saturday 3rd September, where she will be judged alongside her bovine buddies. The pick of the herd will then go on to auction where it is hoped they will raise a heff-ty sum for the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and each sponsors’ chosen charity; in our case, Challengers.

For more information on CowParade visit www.cowparadesurreyhills.com or visit our Challengers blog page to see what else Glorious Guildford’s been up to.

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.