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World TV Day: 21st November

From airing live sporting events and entertainment to providing us with educational and cultural content like documentaries, TV is the cornerstone of democracy and a pillar of freedom of expression and cultural diversity. Believe it or not, it has its own day of celebration, World TV Day, which this year lands on 21st November.

Nothing beats coming home after a long day at work and putting your feet up on the sofa in front of the television and none more so than at Christmas* with the family.

*We can talk about Christmas since one of the most highly anticipated TV moments of the year has now officially graced our screens – the John Lewis Christmas advert!

When it comes to ‘family time’ in Britain, some may think dinner time is when families are most likely to bond but in actual fact it’s in front of the box where families are most likely to unwind. According to Mintel, over three in five (62%) parents say that watching TV together as a family is relaxing and almost half (47%) of mums say watching TV brings their whole family together.

Therefore, when choosing a new home, there can be a lot of pressure to find a property with the ideal living space with enough room for all the family to come together. Rather than open-plan living, the living room is making a comeback.

 

New Road, Milford, Godalming, Surrey on the market with Chantries
Guide price £900,000
Call 01483 405222

A stunning, detached period home close to good schools that has been extended and completely refurbished to an extremely high standard throughout. The property has well planned accommodation over three floors, with a particular feature on the ground floor being the superb kitchen/dining/family room which opens onto the garden at the rear.

 

Taplow Riverside by Berkeley Homes (Oxford and Chiltern) – Taplow village, Buckinghamshire
Prices from £1,110,000 at Jubilee Meadows
Call 01753 202131
The homes at Jubilee Meadows  offer expansive living space as well as impressive views for residents to wow their guests – formal drawing rooms on the first floors extend the open-plan living space of the ground floors, providing plenty of space for entertaining.

Game on in Guildford

Monopoly officially landed in Guildford last week when the towns board launched at G-Live. Guildfordians now have the chance to roll around and monopolise their favourite landmarks such as Guildford Cathedral, the University of Surrey and the Friary Centre.

We thought we would see how Guildford’s property market shapes up, take a look at some monopoly board-worthy properties on the market with Chantries Estate Agents.

Dapdune Road: Guildford’s answer to Vine Street

Dapdune Road is just a fifteen-minute walk to the heart of Guildford Town and this stunning townhouse is ideal if you are looking for a more affordable family home. http://www.chantries.net/properties/9872581/sales

Churchill Road: Guildford’s answer to Regent Street

The period homes located on Churchill Road, despite not being from the Regency era, emit an abundance of character and class. The properties are situated in a quiet backwater only minutes away from the buzz of the high street, meaning buyers truly do get the best of both worlds. Check out this three-bedroom home and its pretty garden. http://www.chantries.net/properties/8560606/sales

Abbotswood: Guildford’s answer to Pall Mall

With Guildford’s leafy Stoke Park within walking distance, there is an abundance of beautiful open green space surrounding Abbotswood, much like Pall Mall which has two Royal Parks – Green Park and St James’ Park – on its doorstep. Two luxurious homes are currently for sale here. Roll a one and get free parking; both of these properties have generously-sized private drives.

http://www.chantries.net/properties/9677267/sales

http://www.chantries.net/properties/9798381/sales
Thinking of selling up and want to know what the banker will give you for your property in Guildford or the surrounding area? Chantries offer free, no obligation, market appraisals to give you an accurate valuation of your property, as well as advice on what you should be doing to add value to your home. They’ll even come out and do another free valuation once you’ve completed the work.

For more info on the above homes or to book a free market appraisal, call 01483 405222.

 

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.

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.

Head-turning Highpoint coverage in The Sunday Times online

It’s easy to see at first-glance why The Sunday Times chose to include this stunning property as one of its ‘Houses of the Week’. As PHM itself is Guildford-based, it’s great to see one of our local properties in national publications.

The Sunday Times online is one of the most popular news apps, often having the most active views per week over the last couple of years. The popularity of newspaper apps means this coverage may have reached up to 400,000 subscribers to The Sunday Times online!

Six Highpoint is a beautifully presented two-bedroom apartment in an unusual building on the northern edge of Guildford town centre. The property is suitably modern, and offers an exciting opportunity to live somewhere that is truly unique, located in a traditional setting.

The vibrant and historic county town of Guildford provides everything you might expect of a town of its size. First-rate shopping, restaurants, and entertainment are all within easy walking distance. London transport links and top Surrey schools are also within reach.

For more information on Highpoint, or to book a viewing, visit http://www.chantries.net/properties/9036124/lettings or call Chantries on 01483 405222.

Happy New Year from the PHM team!

We hope you all had a restful Christmas break! The whole team here had a fantastic time with family and friends – some even managing to escape for some winter sun in warmer climates such as Australia and Borneo – the lucky things!

However, we are all very much looking forward to what the 2016 will bring, especially as we have a host of new clients; we start the year welcoming Lendlease, Fetcham Park, Drawing and Talking and Chantries.

Lendlease is a multinational property and infrastructure company delivering state the art buildings and infrastructure, alongside creating vibrant residential communities, workplaces and retail destinations and we are pleased to be assisting them with a host of awards for 2016, which includes both corporate and development specific entries.

We’re also very excited to be working with Fetcham Park, an award-winning wedding venue in Leatherhead, Surrey – as although not typical of our usual clientele it’s still very much property-related, especially with the PR work they’d like us to do to help promote the elegant and modern, refurbished offices in the Grade II* listed house.

Drawing and Talking, is a safe and therapeutic method of working with children who have underlying emotional difficulties and is an interesting and worthwhile project for us all to get stuck into and help promote.

Last but certainly not least, Chantries, an independent estate agent in Guildford is passionate about selling the finest properties in Guildford, Surrey and the surrounding area and we’re looking forward to helping this fantastic local team with our PR knowledge.

If that isn’t enough, we also can’t wait to show you our new website which is currently under construction!

We hope your first week back has been nice and busy too, but if it hasn’t and you’re looking to implement a new streamlined PR strategy than why not get in touch with us today on 01483 561119.