Last chance to buy at Oakhill Park in Putney

Just five luxury apartments remain available at Oakhill Park, an exclusive development situated on a leafy, residential road in central Putney.

 

These mansion-style apartments are perfect for the eco-conscious downsizer; the development has recently achieved international recognition for its environmental contribution to the residential sector, while the traditionally-designed apartments boast style and space in equal measure. The development benefits from a range of green living features such as powerful ground source heat pumps that reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency, electric car charging points and gardens where the planting of new trees and thoughtful landscaping has encouraged natural habitats and biodiversity.

 

Located on a quiet tree-lined street and conveniently placed for the hustle and bustle of Putney High Street, Oakhill Park offers something very different from other developments being built in the area; traditionally-designed, spacious apartments and penthouses delivering exceptional residents’ facilities and fantastic eco-credentials are set among picturesque landscaping, providing a peaceful lifestyle in an enviable location.

 

As well as the residents’ gym, concierge service and secure underground parking, homebuyers at this exclusive gated development will enjoy the wealth of amenities Putney has to offer as well as short journey times into the city; East Putney underground station is just two minutes’ walk from Oakhill Park.

 

For more information or to book an appointment to view one of the show homes, contact Savills on 020 3430 6920 or visit www.oakhillpark.co.uk.

Shared ownership success stories!

It’s Shared Ownership Week –an event organised to raise awareness of this great initiative, which helps thousands of people a year to get on the housing ladder. We thought we would take a look back at some of the happy residents that our housing association clients have homed recently.

Shared ownership enables buyers to purchase a share of a property – ranging from 25 to 75 per cent – and pay a discounted rent to the housing provider on the remainder. Just a five per cent deposit of the share purchased is required with buyers raising a mortgage for the rest. Over time, shared owners can buy more shares – a process known as staircasing – until they own 100 per cent of the property.

When Bunmi Odubanjo, 28 had to move back into her mums, she was determined to save money for a deposit on a new home through shared ownership. After searching on the internet Bunmi found exactly what she was looking for at Thames Valley Housing’s iconic development, The Serpentine, named for its elongated, curved shape. She was able to buy a 50% share in a two-bedroom apartment at The Serpentine worth £145,000 with a 5% deposit of £3,625.

Just over two years later, through sheer determination and a lot of sacrifices, she had saved up enough money to put down a deposit of £12,000 in order to secure a mortgage for the remaining 100%. Bunmi is now over the moon that the money she used to have to put away for the deposit, she is now able to spend time traveling again, which she hasn’t be able to do in years.

Thames Valley Housing offers shared ownership on a selection of schemes across London and the South East. For more information please visit: www.tvhsales.co.uk

Trapped in the familiar renter’s nightmare and having dismissed the possibility of being able to afford to buy in London, Peter Cumming (32) was delighted to find he could buy a two-bedroom apartment in desirable Islington in Zone 1 of the London travel network, thanks to Affinity Sutton’s shared ownership scheme. Peter purchased 25% of a two-bedroom apartment at The Lexicon – a stunning, 36-storey tower– paying just £181,250 (full market value £725,000), with a 10% deposit of £18,125.

“Shared ownership has given me stability and I now have a home I can call my own!” says Peter.

Prices at the Nine Elms development start from £113,750 for a 25% share (full market value £455,000). For more information contact 0300 100 0303 or take a look at the website: www.affinitysutton.com.

Earlier this year Gurpritam Singh and Jasbir Kaur (both 37) were able to start their climb on the property ladder and have somewhere to call home for their two children through shared ownership at Lime Walk, Wembly. Using part of their savings of £40,000 to put down a 25% deposit, the family bought a 35% share (valued at £156,000) of a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment at Lime Walk, a landmark scheme of 81 apartments by Network Homes. The apartment’s full market value was £445,714.

“Shared ownership has made the world of difference to our family,” says Gurpritam. “It’s such a relief to be in our own place; it’s brought stability to our lives. Now that we’ve decorated and made it our own, it really feels like home. We are very happy.”

All the homes at Lime Walk have now all sold. However, Network Homes has many homes for sale through shared ownership available, please visit https://www.networkhomes.org.uk or call 0300 373 3000 for more information.

Businesswoman Lorraine Collis recognised as a ‘Champion of Change’ at Women in Business Awards

Our client, Lorraine Collis, CEO of the Aldershot-based Ethical Leasehold Management Group (ELM), was one of just five inspirational business leaders to be recognised as a ‘Champion of Change’ at the Women in Business Awards held on Thursday 15 September 2016.

 

The accolade rewards those who have implemented positive cultural change in their working environment. Held at Oakley Hall Hotel in Hampshire, the glittering awards ceremony was hosted by Baroness Mone of Mayfair OBE, Lady Michelle Mone, who also presented the awards.

 

“It was a pleasure to be surrounded by so many likeminded people who are all championing for change within their industries, and a fantastic feeling to be recognised,” said Lorraine. “I’m incredibly proud of the team at ELM who all share the same vision and enable us to provide the best service possible for our clients.”

 

Lorraine joined ELM, a leading leasehold estate management company, as CEO in 2011. Lorraine’s strong leadership has cemented ELM’s reputation as a business offering an ethical approach to leasehold management with full transparency for its clients.  Services and fees are tailored specifically to each estate that ELM manages, with a one-off management fee, no extra charges and no commissions accepted.

ELM also provides assistance with individual requirements, such as Right To Manage and Resident Management Companies.

 

The leadership team at ELM – made up of more than 70% women – has implemented a progressive business strategy, ‘The ELM Way’, during Lorraine’s tenure. This has delivered a 50% reduction in the number of customer complaints and disputes, and a reduction of staff turnover from 20% to 5% in just over two years.

 

The company is a member of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers (ARHM) and the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) and manages all residential leasehold buildings, from the traditional ‘block’ to listed manorial estate conversions.

 

For more information about ELM, call 01252 356000 or visit www.elmgroup.org.uk.

Homes for Hipsters

Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue, the documentary that was given unprecedented access inside the fur-filled fashion house for the first time in its history, aired last week on BBC2. The two part documentary, combined with Vogues 100-year birthday plus the upcoming London Fashion Week has had us thinking all things trendy. Fashion isn’t our forte, property is, so we’ve picked out a selection of affordable London homes in lively, trendy areas– perfect for hipsters and those who want style on a budget.

The Lexicon, by Affinity Sutton, is situated in City Road – just half a mile away from Islington’s trendy High Street with a host of independent boutiques and sought after high street brands. Over the past decade, around £1 billion has been invested in the area to create a ‘mini-Manhattan’. The apartment at The Lexicon comprises uninterrupted floor to ceiling views of London, a private spa and a 24-hour concierge service. It is easy to assume these new zone 1 apartments are something only Anna Wintour and Alexander Schulman could afford, but with shared ownership prices at this development start from as little as £113,750 for a 25% share (full market value £455,000).

For more information on The Lexicon, call Affinity Sutton on 0300 100 0303.

Stylist Magazine recently cited Brixton Village – near to Stockwell – as one of the coolest neighbourhoods around the world, due to its culinary renaissance; artisan coffee shops such as Federation Coffee and eateries like Honest Burger sit among the original Caribbean cookware stalls. The Junction in Stockwell, Network Homes’ new development, is in prime position to take advantage of all the area has to offer, including the on-trend weekly markets. The one and two-bedroom apartments available at The Junction each have their own patio, terrace or sunspace for residents, with the shared ownership scheme, these affordable new homes can be purchased with just a 5% deposit.

Prices start at £414,950 for more information, please call Network Homes on 0344 809 2026.

If you have a little more budget, Kensal Rise, is a new luxurious development from Prime Place. Packed with some of London’s best independent shops, restaurants and bars, it has a village-like atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that Vogue voted Chamberlayne Road as ‘the hippest street in Europe’. 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 including a 25m swimming pool, spa and health suite and an eight-court sports hall.

Prices of the apartments at Prime Place, Kensal Rise start from £526,000. For more information on apartments at Kensal Rise call Prime Place on 020 7758 8487.

Cause for celebration at the National Housing Awards

Last Thursday was a successful day for Property House Marketing and our clients, Network Homes and Affinity Sutton, who between them picked up a hat trick of gongs at the National Housing Awards.

Hosted by Pointless presenter, Alexander Armstrong, the glittering awards ceremony was held at the Lancaster Hotel in London. Hundreds of guests were in attendance, including some of the UK’s biggest and most well-known housing associations, all hoping to bag an award.

The atmosphere was electric as the results were announced, especially at our table as we celebrated the victories for our clients. Affinity Sutton scooped Best Customer Care, and Electric House by Network Homes won Best Small Development – they also came out on top with the Overall Winner prize!

At Property House Marketing, we pride ourselves on our unparalleled awards writing. Our attention to detail is second to none and we produce award-winning, reputation-enhancing entries for our clients, highlighting key aspects of a development or property, an initiative or the company itself.

Over the next couple of months, there are more awards in store including the British Home Awards ceremony on Friday 14th October, as well as the What House? Awards ceremony on Friday 18th November when we hope to celebrate more success with our clients.

If you’ve worked on a project for which you are particularly proud and would like to shout about it, please call us on 01483 561119.

Spots to spend your weekend, thanks to the Good Pubs Guide

Have you seen the Good Pubs Guide yet? It was launched yesterday, containing all the best spots to spend your weekend and leisure time. We love a good pub and so have listed a round up of our clients’ developments that are with easy reach of a tempting watering hole.

The Guide named The Horse Guards Inn in Tillington, Sussex as pub of the year for 2017. This charming 300-year-old pub is hidden away in the South Downs National Park, just 30 minutes south of Prime Places’ new development in Godalming. The development comprises apartments, which range from one to three bedrooms, and penthouses, which range from two to four bedrooms, they are perfect for modern town-centre living. Each has a contemporary open-plan layout and most of the homes have a balcony or terrace extending the space.

For more information, please call the marketing suite on 01483 351933 or email surreydi@hamptons-int.com.

One that is unlikely to appear on the Good Pubs Guide, because it’s in a league of its own, is The Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow. Did you know it’s the only UK pub to be awarded two stars in the Michelin guide? Residents of Taplow Riverside, the new development by Berkeley Oxford and Chiltern will be just a 20-minute drive to Tom Kerridge’s fabulous offerings including, Half Beer Road Chicken with Orange braised summer turnip, Oak Gravy and Mushroom Crunch. The new homes at Taplow Riverside provide quintessential waterside living with a collection of luxury houses, penthouses and apartments just a short walk from the centre of Maidenhead.

Please contact the Berkeley Homes (Oxford and Chiltern) sales teams to register your interest as soon as possible on 01753 784417 or visit berkeleygroup.co.uk.

Affinity Sutton helps Peter Cumming out of his ‘renting rut’!

Did you see the lovely Peter in Tuesday’s Metro? We got a full page for our client, Affinity Sutton, after he agreed to tell us his story.

Trapped in the familiar renter’s nightmare and having dismissed the possibility of being able to afford to buy in London, Peter Cumming (32) was delighted to find he could buy a two-bedroom apartment in desirable Islington in Zone 1 of the London travel network, thanks to Affinity Sutton’s shared ownership scheme.

Shared ownership enables buyers to purchase a share of the property (25% to 75%) and pay a reduced rent to Affinity Sutton on the remainder. Residents have the opportunity to buy more shares – a process known as staircasing – at a later stage, until they own 100 per cent of their home.

“Living in London it’s pretty hard to get on the property ladder so when my friend told me about The Fable Apartments at The Lexicon, I assumed I wouldn’t be able to afford it. However thanks to Affinity Sutton I realised it was achievable,” Peter says.

Peter purchased 25% of a two-bedroom apartment at The Lexicon – a stunning, 36-storey tower designed by world-renowned architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) – paying just £181,250 (full market value £725,000), with a 10% deposit of £18,125.

The move made perfect financial sense. Thanks to shared ownership and the rent Peter receives from his lodger, his monthly outgoings are now less than the monthly rent payments he made at his previous home – a three-bedroom apartment he shared with friends in Clapham.

“Shared ownership has given me stability and I now have a home I can call my own!” says Peter.

All of the homes at The Fable Apartments at The Lexicon are now sold, however Affinity Sutton offers a range of shared ownership developments throughout London and the South. For more information contact 0300 100 0303, email sales@affinitysutton.com or take a look at the website: www.affinitysutton.com.

Meet PHM’s newest recruit!

We’re very pleased to introduce our new Account Executive, Charlotte Bodilly, who joined the Property House Marketing team two weeks ago.

Lottie graduated from the University of the West of England in 2014 after achieving a degree in Business Management and Marketing. After university she spent a year travelling around the world, before returning to the UK and working for a family-run property development company.

Lottie brings a wealth of hands-on experience to Property House Marketing – she has gained many of the practical skills that come with working on a construction site and isn’t afraid to don a hard hat and get stuck in. Lottie also has strong social media knowledge and event management skills honed from her university days and working as a manager at Raymond Blanc’s restaurant chain; Brasserie Blanc.

To learn more about the rest of our team visit our bio page, and while you’re on our website check out our blogs to find out what else we’ve been up to.

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 berkeleygroup.co.uk.

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.

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.