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#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.

 

Stunning sky garden the jewel in the crown for homeowner who swaps old for new at Park Heights, Stockwell

Matthew Lumb and Catherine Ross had been living together in Matthew’s Stockwell apartment for a number of years when they decided that it was time to buy their first home together.

So, the couple bought a two-bedroom apartment at Park Heights. Their apartment – purchased for £550,000 – is on the sixth floor and includes an en suite shower room to the master bedroom and a balcony.

“Buying this apartment makes practical sense in so many ways,” says Catherine, a copywriter for a large hotel chain. “I’ve now taken my first steps on the property ladder, and Matthew has upgraded to a smarter property and is now able to rent out his former apartment.”

Matthew’s previous apartment was in a block built over 70 years ago, so this time around he was drawn to the idea of moving into a newly built home.

“This apartment is much bigger and brighter than our old one as well as being much more economical to live in,” says Matthew, a freelance photographer. “We also don’t have to worry about repairs as everything is new.”

“It is very flash with all the latest mod cons – including touch screen ovens,” he continues. “Network has paid a lot of attention to detail and my apartment is finished to a really high standard.”

“We also love the fact that we are the first people to live in this apartment,” says Catherine.

The couple especially enjoy relaxing in the stunning residents’ sky garden on the 20th floor. “Since we moved in, we’ve been up there many times,” says Catherine. “It is tremendous – especially on a nice day or a warm evening when you can see for miles. It really is the cherry on the cake.”

Park Heights also has its own 24-hour concierge, which the couple find extremely useful. “The customer service is fantastic and it’s great to know that they will take care of deliveries,” says Matthew.

“Network Homes has obviously invested a lot in this regeneration and the area is really changing for the better as a result,” he adds. “Park Heights is a key part of that change: it is a very elegant building that’s totally transformed the look and feel of this part of Stockwell.”

A limited number of two-bedroom homes remain for sale at Park Heights, where prices now start at £675,000. For more information, contact selling agents Site Sales on 0344 809 2026.
Alternatively, visit: www.parkheightsSW9.co.uk

‘Check out’ these super homes benefiting from The Waitrose Effect

It’s not even been a year since Guildford’s very own Waitrose and Aldi opened but here at PHM the excitement has not waned, especially since we read the news this week which has revealed that living near a supermarket could boost the value of your home – on average by £22,000.

In light of this, we thought we’d pick out some homes currently on the market for you to ‘check out’, which benefit from not only the ‘Waitrose Effect’.

Bury Fields, a beautiful Arts & Crafts property by renowned architect Hugh Thackeray Turner, is situated just moments from Guildford High Street (within a 10-minutes’walk of a Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer) in a stunning Grade-ll listed communal courtyard garden. Bury Fields is priced at £675,000. For more information, call Chantries Independent Estate Agents on 01483 405222.

Prime Place, Godalming offers a centrally-located, stunning collection of contemporary townhouses and apartments, which are conveniently situated directly opposite Waitrose, Godalming. Prices for a one-bedroom apartment start from £277,995, available with Help to Buy. For more information, contact Hamptons International on 01483 351933.

Thames Valley Housing’s Woodbridge development in Frimley, comprises a mix of refurbished and new one and two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom houses, is situated opposite Waitrose and near Frimley train station. Prices for a two-bedroom flat apartment start at £299,995, and for a four-bedroom, end of terrace house at £495,000. For more information, please contact Thames Valley Housing on 01276 538991.

Hard work worth it as ‘Awards Season’ comes to a close

Pinch, punch first of the month! It’s August, which means the deadline for the What House? Awards has now closed, but luckily all the 23 entries we produced on behalf of our clients made it on time.

The What House? Awards, which are now in their 35th year, honour enterprising, customer-focused housebuilders. Last year our clients won a total of seven awards, including one gold and four silver winners, so we can’t wait for the glittering awards ceremony on Friday 18th November, at Grosvenor House Hotel in London, when this year’s winners will be revealed.

Although the What House? Awards deadline has passed, there is still plenty of opportunities all year round including the upcoming London Planning Awards, now in its 14th year, which is in partnership with the Mayor of London and London Councils to recognise and reward best practice in planning in the capital. The ceremony will take place at City Hall next February. The deadline is Friday 16th September, so it’s not too late to enter if you think you have a project worthy of recognition.

At PHM, we pride ourselves on our unparalleled awards writing and attention to detail. We produce reputation-enhancing entries for our clients in national competitions which applaud key aspects of a new development one-off property, an initiative or the company itself.

To find out more, get in touch with us today on 01483 561119.

Latest Glorious Guildford coverage ‘moosic’ to PHM’s ears

If you keep up with Property House Marketing ‘moos’, you may have noticed we’ve been ‘milking’ our CowParade PR campaign, which recently caught the attention of Rupert Bates, editorial director at Show House.

Writing in his Squirrel column, about our cow, Glorious Guildford, he said “Now when a leading property PR company sponsors a cow at a local show, it seems ‘udderly’ predictable to ‘milk’ the puns; something Squirrel would never do.”

However, our managing director, Nikki Ackerley refused to be drawn into the pun fight. “When PHM ‘herd’ that CowParade was coming to Surrey, it jumped ‘over the moon’ at the chance to sponsor a cow in aid of Challengers, the disabled children’s charity,” she said.

Glorious Guildford will be moved from Guildford Castle Grounds on Saturday morning and taken to Newlands Corner in time for the Prudential RideLondon cycle event on Sunday to cheer the cyclists on. If you’d like a bit of help finding her, download CowParade’s ‘on the moove’ app where it’ll show you where all the cows are in Surrey. Both cyclists and spectators can admire Glorious Guildford while she is enjoying the view out over the hills.

For more information on how to find all the CowParade cows around Surrey, their final appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival on Saturday 3rd September, or their final auction on the 20th October, visit: www.cowparadesurreyhills.com. If you’re interested in how Glorious Guildford was made, you can watch her come to life in this time-lapse video which documents Colette’s work from start to finish: https://vimeo.com/168337980.

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Haslams offers local artists a helping hand as part of Reading’s Year of Culture

Haslams swapped its estate agency skills for art dealership recently when a brightly-coloured piece of art by local artist Rukshi Brownlow that was hanging in the company’s window, caught the eye of passer-by and property investor Andrew Dugdale.

“I’ve just recently moved into a new apartment in Reading’s town centre,” says buyer Andrew. “I’ve been looking for a modern and stylish piece of art to liven up a blank wall in my living room. During one of my evening walks, I spotted Rukshi’s piece in Haslams’ office window and thought it had real impact so got in touch the very next day to find out if I could purchase it.”

Andrew paid £550 for the art, with the proceeds split between Ruskhi and the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

Rukshi, curator at the Art Scope Gallery at CircleReading Hospital, has been creating art for almost two decades, following a career as an NHS doctor. She is one of a collective of local artists who display their work at the hospital gallery, which raises money for charity.

Although the hospital gallery offers a great space in which to exhibit work, people tend not to make special visits there so the artwork is rarely seen by anyone other than patients and their visitors and those who work at this hospital.

As part of its involvement with Reading’s Year of Culture, Haslams has offered the windows of its offices in Friar Street as secondary platform for artists at the CircleReading Hospital gallery – and other emerging artists – to showcase their work in a prime town centre location.

Rukshi comments: “Haslams’ support is truly wonderful. There is no way I or the other artists would be able to afford any gallery space in such a central location; without Haslams’ help we simply wouldn’t have the great exposure to the public that we have now. It’s the most amazing experience when someone wants to buy a piece of my art, made even greater by the funds we’re raising for the hospice.”

As well as displaying local art, Haslams has also donated £1,000 to the artists to contribute towards the creation of a website and has assisted in the design of marketing leaflets.

Steve Woodford, managing director at Haslams, comments: “It’s not only an exciting year for Reading, it’s been an exciting year for Haslams having moved into our new offices almost a year ago, the space has revolutionised the services we can offer to our clients so we’ve been incredibly busy.

“Our open-plan reception area is perfect for off-plan launches of new developments and our large office windows are ideal to showcase homes on the market, as well as local artists’ work. We’re proud to be a part of the Reading community and to support not only the great work of the Art Scope Gallery in helping local families, but the artists too.”

For more information, call Haslams on 0118 960 1000 or visit http://haslams.net/

For more information about the Art Scope Gallery and its work with Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, visit http://www.artscopeatcircle.co.uk/.

Study the area you’re moving to: Properties close to popular schools

The summer holidays are a time for children to relax but for their parents, it’s a time to reflect on the years ahead and decide which school they’d like their children to attend in the future, perhaps even considering moving house to be near a well-regarded school.

Research by independent market research company Censuswide, found that 72% of parents feel a local school with an ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ Ofsted-rating was a necessity before moving to a new home. To help you find the perfect house near a good school, we’ve done some of the homework for you.

50 Tormead Road, located just one mile north east of Guildford town centre, is a four-bedroom detached property with a large back garden, currently on the market with Chantries estate agents. It is just down the road from Tormead School, a private school for girls which boasts an equal opportunities policy and excellent sports and music facilities. The property is currently on the market for £899,950. For more information, call Chantries on 01483 405222.

Prime Place, Sevenoaks is a stunning new collection of one and two-bedroom apartments, just over 10 miles from the first ‘new’ Grammar School in Sevenoaks for fifty years. Weald of Kent Grammar School has been an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ school since 2007. Prices for a two-bedroom apartment start from £299,995, available with Help to Buy. To find out more, call 01732 451000.

Highpoint is situated on Nightingale Road, right opposite the gates of Guildford High School for girls. The beautifully presented two-bedroom, first-floor apartment has a private balcony, a parking space and is within 350 yards of Guildford’s London Road station, which makes it great for commuters too. The property is currently on the market to rent for £2000 pcm. For more information call Chantries on 01483 405222.

Boleyn Cottage is a Grade II-Listed cottage situated on Whitchurch Hill in Reading, which is perfectly placed for families. The house is located just one mile from the well-regarded Queen Anne’s School, an independent boarding and day school for girls. Queen Anne’s ranks above the national average in both GCSE and A Level results and boasts an ‘excellent’ average point score per pupil. This delightful period cottage is just over a mile’s walk to Reading’s mainline station crossing the River Thames and enjoys the benefits of both Caversham and Reading town centres. The property is currently on the market for £485,000. For more information, call Haslams on 0118 443 9276.

National Parks Week: The home that could be your key to adventure

This week is National Parks Week, the annual celebration of everything unique and wonderful about Britain’s green, protected spaces. This year’s theme is all about adventure, and the land at your feet, ready to explore. In line with this, we thought we would bring you a blog focusing on the benefits for homeowners of even the smallest green space because, like adventures, they come in all shapes and sizes.

A survey by The Environmental Health Prospective 2016 found that people with access to a garden or living close to a park, were less likely to develop a serious illness.

For homebuyers looking for a new home near picturesque pocket parks or wonderful woodlands to spend this glorious summer, our clients have a range of properties and developments on the market.

Oakhill Park is a stunning collection of classically-inspired one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses – situated on a quiet residential road, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Putney High Street and just five-minutes’ walk from Wandsworth Park – a beautiful open space, which is also home to Putt in the Park. Prices at Oakhill Park start from £850,000. For more information call 020 3430 6920.

Abbotswood is situated just a mile from Guildford’s vibrant town centre and nearby to Stoke Park, Guildford’s largest and best-known park. Two homes are currently on the market with independent estate agent, Chantries, along this private, tree-lined road: Gate House, a seven-bedroom, Arts and Crafts’ house is on the market for £2,495,000 and Orchard Rise, another beautiful Arts and Crafts’ house is on the market with a guide price of £1,950,000. For more information about these homes, call Chantries on 01483 405222.

Aberfeldy Village by Prime Place is a flagship development by Prime Place, in partnership with Poplar HARCA that is transforming the former Aberfeldy estate into a vibrant new community with superb contemporary apartments and attractive landscaping – a new linear park formally opened in April this year, which provides residents with a lush, green space to relax in and unwind. Prices start from £315,000, for more information call 0207 515 1491.

Michael Buerk visits CowParade’s Glorious Guildford

Journalist and former newsreader Michael Buerk paid a visit to Guildford Castle recently to meet Glorious Guildford, the CowParade cow sponsored by local PR and marketing firm Property House Marketing in aid of Challengers.

As one of its patrons, Michael is a great supporter of Challengers, an independent children’s charity which delivers inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people across Surrey, Hampshire and surrounding areas.

In 2015, Challengers dedicated 132,235 hours to 1,400 disabled children and young people. These services are delivered at Challengers’ Guildford and Farnham Centres as well as schemes based at schools and community youth centres all through the year.

Michael Buerk said: “I am very proud to be able to lend my support to this fantastic charity. The difference Challengers makes throughout Surrey is hugely important and I always enjoy meeting the children and parents who benefit from these services.”

Property House Marketing is also running a selfie competition for visitors to Glorious Guildford. The person who takes the best photo with the cow will win a meal for two at CAU Guildford, up to the value of £100. Entrants need to upload their selfies to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn using #GloriousGuildford, before the deadline of 31st July.

Glorious Guildford will remain at the Guildford Castle Grounds until the end of August when the cows will be gathered together for their final public appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm on 3rd September, after which they will go to auction.

For more information about how to find all the CowParade cows around Surrey and the auction later this year, visit: www.cowparadesurreyhills.com and watch Glorious Guildford come to life in the time-lapse video:  https://vimeo.com/168337980.