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Berkeley win Building Awards

Berkeley Group wins Housebuilder of the Year at the Building Awards 2017

It was a successful evening at the Building Awards on Thursday 7 November, as it saw our client Berkeley Group win the prestigious Housebuilder of the Year award, which we prepared earlier this year.

A highly anticipated date in the property calendar, The Building Awards are the industry’s longest running recognition of excellence, and allow companies across all aspects of building to have their achievements held up as an example to the sector. As always, it was a great night hosted by Building magazine.

We’re also looking forward to attending the WhatHouse? Awards later this month, where we’ll be excitedly awaiting the results for the 21 entries we prepared on behalf of our clients this year.

Awards are a brilliant tool for marketing and promotion, offering a respected third-party endorsement as well as the prestige of industry recognition. If you’re unsure about the effectiveness of a tailor-made award entry, take a look at our blog, ‘Three reasons why awards are a valuable addition to your marketing strategy’, to see just how valuable they can be for your business’ marketing strategy.

If you’ve worked on a project or development of which you are particularly proud, and would like to find out more about our awards writing and design service, call the PHM team now on 01483 561119.

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A home on the Downs

New on Property House Marketing’s books this month is this bespoke six-bedroom, four-storey house in Guildford, comprising over 6500 sq. ft., and benefitting from an enviable elevated position just a few yards from the North Downs in Surrey.

Alongside its picturesque views across the Downs and convenient location – just a 21-minute walk to Guildford train station – the sense of space at Northdowns Heights is what sets it apart from the rest. The home’s expansive living areas are designed not just for family living but for entertaining on a large scale too, with floor-to-ceiling glazing opening onto the rear terrace and extending this space in warmer weather.

The hub of the house is undoubtedly the sitting, dining and kitchen space, where each area is clearly defined and the dining and sitting rooms afford extensive views to the front and over the rear garden respectively. From the dining area, doors also open onto a large terrace from which the fabulous view over the Surrey Hills can be enjoyed over a morning coffee. There is also a formal dining room and study.

The leisure and entertaining space doesn’t stop there; on the lower ground floor there is a large gym and shower room as well as a media room that includes a fun bar area.

Externally, the expertise of award-winning landscape architect Kevin Murphy is clearly evident; his imaginative yet intuitive design of the rear garden uses a multi-layer approach, making the most of the space by creating distinctive, separate areas and providing a stunning backdrop for the home.

Northdowns Heights is on the market for £3.5m. For more information, or to arrange an appointment to view the property, please contact Hill Clements (01483 300300) or email info@hillclements.com.

Meet Louise, PHM’s newest team member!

We’re delighted to introduce our new Account Executive, Louise Jarvis, who joined the Property House Marketing team in October.
Louise graduated from the University of Surrey this year with a degree in English Literature. Having worked in marketing and events throughout her time at university, she is already experienced in promoting people and products.
Louise has a keen interest in property, and her passion for writing means she already shares PHM’s ethos – doesn’t hurt either that she knows where to put an apostrophe!
Louise describes her dream home as “an old barn conversion in the heart of Surrey’s countryside, with a mixture of modern and rustic furnishings. If it’s got bundles of character and a big garden with a comfy bench where I can drink a cup of tea and read my favourite book, I’m sold.”
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 we’ve been up to.

Glorious Guildford up for sale

Our CowParade cow Glorious Guildford is back in the UK ready to go to auction this Thursday with some of her bovine buddies after a busy month of globetrotting.

 

Over the last six weeks, Glorious Guildford has visited a host of wonderful countries including Egypt, Australia and Rome – where she met up with fellow Challengers cows, Roman Cow and Doctor Moo. Our Instagram competition was hugely popular and we are delighted to announce Sian Johns as the winner of the prize draw!

 

The fun isn’t over yet… we still have the auction to look forward to. It is hoped each cow will raise a beefy sum which will be split between her sponsors’ chosen charity – in our case, the disabled children’s charity Challengers – and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund.

 

By taking part in the bidding, Glorious Guildford’s new owner can not only take home a piece of art by renowned, award-winning artist, Colette Clegg, but also raise money for a vitally important local charity. If you’re interested in buying Glorious Guildford, or know anyone who might be, please register your bids online here ahead of the auction that takes place at Sandown Park Racecourse on Thursday 20th October at 8:00pm.

 

For more information about Challengers or Glorious Guildford, please visit our blog page to find out more about the auction and don’t forget to like and share our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn posts.

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.

Metro and Mail focus on Metis Homes

Journalist Andrea Dean zoomed in on Dorchester, the little-known setting for scenes recently shot for two top TV series, Broadchurch and Wolf Hall, for her weekly area focus in the Metro this week.

The spotlight feature highlighted new homes available in the area, including Eastgate, a collection of luxury townhouses by Metis Homes. You can read our blog about the development here.

Andrea notes that Dorchester is rightly revered for its “stunning scenery and great transport links”. Eastgate comfortably ticks these boxes as it is only 0.7 miles away from Dorchester’s two rail stations, Dorchester South and Dorchester West, which provide regular links to Bristol and London Waterloo. As for stunning scenery, the balconies at Eastgate provide striking views of Mill Stream and the surrounding countryside.

Back on home ground, Catherine’s Walk, a development in Guildford featuring lovely townhouses and modern apartments, also by Metis Homes, starred this week on the front page of The Location, a property supplement distributed with the Daily Mail, under the title The Ultimate Combination of Town and Country. The development, which is sure to have caught the eye of readers due to the advert’s prominent position, is soon to be released so those interested best get in touch with Metis Homes right away.

To find out more about Catherine’s Walk or Eastgate, call Metis Homes on 01962 893535.

PHM’s clients enjoyed diverse coverage in March’s edition of Showhouse magazine

Receiving press coverage always puts a spring in our step and to our delight, news of Pelican Media’s new property marketing app, which was recently showcased for the first time at an off-plan sales launch at Searcys at the top of the Gherkin, made it into this month’s Showhouse.

The piece focuses on the app itself, designed specifically for the iPad Pro, which provides users with an CGI plan of the apartments. It also give sales advisers all the information they need right at their fingertips, meaning the app is a great tool for both buyers and sales agents. Gary Patrick, regional sales director for Barratt London, the first developer to use the new technology, acknowledges that the app: “really does help the selling process as it engages interactively with the potential purchaser – we are delighted with the results”.

In addition, Pelican’s ‘Turning Heads’ advert featured in journalist Ginetta Vedrickas’ marketing column, Ad of the Month, for its simple, yet effective headline. A Q&A with director Tony Nicol, on how Pelican came up with the concept, accompanied the piece. For more information about Pelican visit pelican.gb.com.

Also featured in this month’s issue was journalist Michael Dineen’s one to one interview with Adam O’Brien, managing Director of Metis Homes. Organised by PHM, the interview covers Adam’s understated entrance into the field of housebuilding, and his rise to managing director at Metis Homes. Michael explains how Adam’s education in psychology has filtered into Metis Homes’ style of operation, which focuses on building both homes and success: “Listen to the neighbours; listen to the planning officials; listen to the customers”. To find out more about Metis Homes visit metishomes.co.uk.

Prime Place permeates the press!

Prime Place has recently celebrated a successful sales launch for three of its new developments – Prime Place, Kensal Rise, Prime Place, Maida Hill and Prime Place, Sevenoaks but the achievements don’t stop there as it’s also enjoyed a bumper crop of press coverage!

Horticulture Week featured Aberfeldy Village, a joint venture between Prime Place and Poplar HARCA, and highlighted the landscaping efforts at the scheme, including the linear park running through the development’s centre as an “integral part of the new neighbourhood”.

Plans by Prime Place to deliver 648 one to three-bedroom apartments and a new football stadium for Brentford FC caught the eye of Evening Standard journalist David Spittles, who suggested in an article called Property goes to the top of the league table that homes near football stadiums, like Prime Place, Kew Bridge, are more highly sought-after than ever before.

Evening Standard featured Prime Place, Maida Hill and Prime Place, Kensal Rise, located in W10, in its weekly On The Tube piece, which showcases the best new homes available near London underground stations.

WhatHouse? Magazine also featured both these developments, praising Prime Place, Kensal Rise for its setting on “the hippest street in Europe” and Prime Place, Maida Hill for its closeness to the 30-acre green space of Queen’s Park.

And to round off a great week of press coverage, Prime Place, Sevenoaks not only featured in Metro’s Launch Pad, it also featured in Ginetta Vedrickas’ article in the Evening Standard about new homes near new schools. The collection of one and two-bedroom apartments, which has now launched, is located near the first new Grammar School in 50 years.

For more information about these developments, visit the Prime Place website, or call 01892 313002.

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.

Our affordable housing clients prove there is a way out of the rent rut

In the same week that research by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) revealed that by the time UK residents buy their first home they would have spent, on average, £50,000 on rent, we secured some fantastic press coverage in March’s edition of First Time Buyer Magazine for three of our affordable housing clients.

The developments featured in the magazine – schemes by Affinity Sutton, Network Living and Thames Valley Housing – prove it is possible to get on the property ladder sooner and prevent years of renting with the help of shared ownership.

One buyer who has done just that is Bunmi Odubanjo, who initially purchased a 5% share in a two-bedroom flat through Thames Valley Housing at The Serpentine. Just two years after putting down her original deposit, she had saved up enough money to put down a deposit on the remainder of the apartment to own it outright – a process known as staircasing.

Bunmi told FTB magazine: “It’s funny to look back three years to when I started the process and to realise that I’ve actually done it.”

Another Thames Valley Housing development, Westfield House in Earlsfield, also featured in a separate article about affordable homes in Zones 1-3, because of its great location for commuters and reasonable pricing, thanks to shared ownership.

In this same article, Thomas Odlum and Olivia Tinker also featured as a couple who overcame another of the barriers which first time buyer’s sometimes face – self-employment. However, thanks to Network Living’s help and understanding, Thomas and Olivia were able to secure a two-bedroom shared ownership apartment at Warehouse, in Streatham. Read more about their story here.

Last but by no means least, Affinity Sutton was not only mentioned as being on the shortlist for the 2016 First Time Buyer Awards’ Affordable Housing Provider of the Year (which you can vote for here), the magazine also featured a number of the housing association’s developments – The Meridian in Lewisham, Arun Place in Barnham and Oakgrove Village in Milton Keynes, thanks to their great commuter links and more importantly, their availability to purchase now!

To find out more about these fantastic shared ownership homes, call Affinity Sutton on 01252 320994, Thames Valley Housing on 020 8607 0550 and Network Living on 0300 373 3000.

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