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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.

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.

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.

 

‘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.

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.

Wonderful ‘wunderlust’ show home opens at Prime Place, Sevenoaks

A superb two-bedroom show home has opened at Prime Place, Sevenoaks, a new luxury development of apartments close to Sevenoaks station.

Following the opening of the sales and marketing suite last month, the show home is the latest milestone in this outstanding development, which is totally transforming the former office building, Tubs Hill House.

Mark Ottley, senior sales manager at Prime Place, comments: “We are pleased to have a show apartment now open to showcase the exceptional quality of these apartments. They are already proving very popular locally, particularly with commuters who appreciate the proximity of Sevenoaks station and quick journey time into London, and more than a third of the homes have already been reserved.”

Prime Place, Sevenoaks offers a style of living more usually found in London, with a hotel-style foyer, dedicated concierge service, business suite, courtyard gardens and private parking.

The beautifully-designed show home is inspired by the concept of ‘wunderlust’ as Paul Dawson, design director at Honky, explains: “Wunderlust means ‘a strong desire to travel’ and our design echoes the dream of travelling the world. We’ve used an eclectic mix of furnishings, fabrics and furniture, some sourced from Scandinavia and Morocco, to create a sophisticated style that will appeal to a wide range of potential buyers.”

The homes at Prime Place, Sevenoaks are finished to the high specification synonymous with Prime Place, including its trademark ceiling heights, which are higher than usual, and fully-tiled bathrooms. Many of the apartments have Juliette balconies, and some on the upper levels enjoy far-reaching views over the North Downs.

Sevenoaks station is just 200 metres away and regular services take less than 30 minutes to London Bridge. An added benefit is the extension of the Oyster system to Sevenoaks from 2018, which will cut the cost of travelling into London.

Prices start from £399,995 for a two-bedroom apartment. The homes will be ready for occupation early next year.

For more information, contact sales agent Hamptons International on 01732 451000 or visit www.primeplace.co.uk.

New milestone at Aberfeldy Village, Poplar as Mayor of Tower Hamlets officially opens the linear park

Aberfeldy Village in Poplar, E14 achieved another important milestone this week when John Biggs, Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets, officially opened the new linear park that runs through the heart of the development.

Prime Place and Poplar HARCA, the joint venture partners who are developing Aberfeldy Village, hosted a reception to mark the occasion. The large number of guests included Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse; senior executives from the partners and Tower Hamlets Council; representatives of the residents and other stakeholders in this £250m regeneration project.

Aberfeldy Village is transforming the Aberfeldy area into a vibrant new neighbourhood with a wide range of homes and community facilities. It is the largest regeneration in this part of London and will, when complete, provide more than 1,100 homes.

Cutting a symbolic ribbon and unveiling a plaque on a park bench to mark the occasion, the Mayor said: “It is very good to see the continuing regeneration of the Aberfeldy area and the excellent work being carried out by the partners Poplar HARCA and Prime Place, with the support of Tower Hamlets Council.”

Brian Brady, managing director of developer Prime Place, commented: “This is another important step forward for Aberfeldy Village. As well as delivering high-quality affordable and private homes, we recognise that attractive landscaping is an integral part of creating a thriving new neighbourhood. I hope that the linear park will give pleasure to residents and the wider community for many years to come.”

Steve Stride, chief executive of Poplar HARCA, added: “It’s fantastic to see our regeneration plans for Aberfeldy take shape and to celebrate our progress with our partners involved.  We’d like to thank our community whose ideas have helped us to develop the park and look forward to them enjoying this new open space.”

The linear park, designed by award-winning architects Levitt Bernstein, forms a green spine throughout the development. It is lined by vibrant liquidamber trees and carefully-selected planting provides a splash of colour year round. There are open expanses of grass and park benches, where residents can relax and socialise, and a children’s play area. To protect and encourage wildlife, a diversity strategy is being developed with the Wildlife Trust and will create new habitats.

More than 300 homes at Aberfeldy Village are now occupied. Phase two is well underway and will deliver 219 new private and affordable homes. The majority of homes are studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with some family-sized accommodation for affordable housing – 40 per cent of these homes will be completed by the end of 2016.

In November 2015, Tower Hamlets Borough Council granted detailed planning consent for a further 344 homes, including 82 homes for social rent and shared ownership, together with a health centre, community centre, retail space and a new public square. Work is expected to start on phase three in autumn 2016.

For more information on Aberfeldy Village, visit www.primeplace.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.

Prime Place launches two collections of apartments in hip W10 London villages

Prime Place has recently released for sale two fantastic collections of apartments, just half a mile apart, in sought-after areas of W10: Prime Place, Kensal Rise and Prime Place, Maida Hill.

Sue Gresswell, Sales & Marketing Director at Prime Place, comments: “We always choose prime locations for our homes, but these are outstanding. The homes are in true London villages, superbly designed, and benefit from fantastic facilities and great transport links across London – the ultimate package for young professionals.”

Prime Place, Kensal Rise, is set on the highly-coveted Chamberlayne Road – ‘the hippest street in Europe’, according to Vogue. Offering the very best in modern city living, the one and two-bedroom apartments are just steps away from an eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants; what’s more, they’re arranged above a fantastic £multi-million new sports centre, putting state-of-the-art facilities literally on the doorstep.

The exterior architecture sets the tone with its striking light and dark brickwork, aluminium cladding and extensive glazing. Exteriors are complemented by sleek interiors. The one and two-bedroom homes are designed with great care to maximise light and space and the excellent specification includes Porcelanosa flooring, carpeted bedrooms and fitted wardrobes to the master bedroom. Kitchens feature a full range of integrated appliances and high-quality composite stone work surfaces. Pure white bathrooms feature full-height Porcelanosa tiling and mirrored vanity units. The two-bedroom apartments include an en suite shower room to the master bedroom, in addition to the main bathroom, perfect for friends sharing.

Many of the homes have a large balcony or private terrace and some of the apartments are dual aspect. Adding to the outside space, the homes are arranged around a beautifully landscaped communal garden.

The new sports centre next to Prime Place, Kensal Rise is an outstanding draw for anyone who likes to keep in shape. It includes a 25m swimming pool, large health and fitness facility, spa and health suite, three exercise and dance studios, eight-court sports hall and café.

Prime Place, Maida Hill, is a smaller collection of one and two-bedroom apartments, set around a tranquil courtyard garden, with a similar high specification to Prime Place, Kensal Rise. The homes are surrounded by some of London’s most coveted villages – Kensal Rise, Queen’s Park, Maida Vale and Westbourne Grove – and are close to Jubilee Sports Centre and minutes away from the 30-acre oasis of Queen’s Park.

Transport links are excellent; Prime Place, Kensal Rise is a short walk from Kensal Green and Kensal Rise stations, while Prime Place, Maida Hill is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Queen’s Park and Westbourne Park, giving easy journeys to the West End and City.

The arrival of Crossrail in 2018 at Paddington station, a short tube ride away, will revolutionise travel with journey times of 3 minutes to Bond Street and 17 minutes to Canary Wharf. From Paddington, there’s quick access to Heathrow via the Heathrow Express in as little as 25 minutes.

Prices of the apartments at Prime Place, Kensal Rise start from £510,000 and at Prime Place, Maida Hill from £525,000.

For further information, please contact selling agents Hamptons International on 020 7758 8487 or email primeplace@hamptons-int.com.

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