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Terrific townhouses in Zone 4 available with London Help to Buy

Combining high-quality, contemporary design with an up-and-coming London location and exceptional value for money, The Townhouse Collection at Trinity Walk by Lovell Homes provides a rare opportunity for first-time buyers to purchase a new house in London. With prices starting from just £590,000 and the three and four-bedroom houses now available with London Help to Buy, even more buyers can call this exciting development home.

Using the London Help to Buy equity loan scheme, a deposit of just five per cent (£29,500 on a £590,000 home) is required. The government will lend up to 40 per cent of the purchase price (£236,000), interest-free for the first five years, meaning a mortgage of only the remaining 55 per cent (£324,500) needs to be arranged.

In addition to the houses, only a few one-bedroom apartments remain, which are also available to purchase through London Help to Buy with prices starting from just £335,000. Special incentives are now on offer, and both the houses and apartments will be ready to move into before the end of the year, if a homebuyer reserves before the end of October.

Each townhouse has a modern, flexible layout. The three-bedroom showhome incorporates a sleek open-plan kitchen/dining room on the ground floor; the kitchen cabinetry is by Symphony kitchens and appliances, which are included as standard, comprise a steel Bosch oven, an integrated fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

The living room on the first floor extends onto a private two-tiered terrace leading to a communal podium garden with mature planting. There is also a double bedroom, along with a family bathroom featuring Kohler fittings, full-height tiling and chrome mixer taps. The second floor comprises two further double bedrooms, and a ‘Jack ‘n’ Jill’ shower room.

As well as a designated parking space in the secure undercroft car park for each house, bicycle storage is also available.

The ongoing regeneration in Woolwich has already led to the delivery of new green areas and amenities. The arrival of Crossrail in 2019 will provide quicker journeys into the centre of London with 12 train services an hour; passengers from Woolwich will be able to reach Canary Wharf in eight minutes, Liverpool Street in 14 minutes and Bond Street in just 22 minutes. From Woolwich Arsenal station, London City Airport is only two stops away on the DLR; ideal for trips abroad.

For more information contact the Lovell Homes sales team on 0203 131 8511 or visit the website.

 

CGI of So Resi Twickenham. Call 0208 607 0550.

Shared ownership makes it possible to buy your new home at So Resi Twickenham

So Resi has launched a contemporary collection of one and two-bedroom, shared ownership apartments in Twickenham – with local residents and those working in the area being given the first opportunity to reserve a property. The shared ownership scheme means that homebuyers at So Resi Twickenham can buy a 25 per cent share (£101,250) of the full price of the home (£405,000), requiring just a 10 per cent deposit of £10,125 and paying a monthly So Resi payment on the share they don’t buy.

Originally built in the 1960s, So Resi has fully renovated the original building to create a collection of high-quality, modern homes.

Each home features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow an abundance of natural light to fill the main living areas, while integrated kitchen appliances and stylish fittings create a contemporary finish. Many residents on the higher floors will benefit from views towards Richmond Hill and Richmond Park as well as Twickenham Stadium, the River Thames and beyond. The development will also include a contemporary rooftop terrace, landscaped with plenty of seating for residents to relax outdoors.

The leafy town of Twickenham, the home of English rugby, has a range of shops, bars and restaurants. The high street is less than half a mile from So Resi Twickenham, while Twickenham Station is just five minutes’ walk away. From here, trains reach Richmond in five minutes, London Waterloo in 23 minutes and the City in 37 minutes.

To register your interest in So Resi Twickenham and to find out how So Resi can make it possible to buy your new home, call 0208 607 0550 or visit www.soresi.co.uk 

Interior of The Elm showhome at Wexham Green. Call 01753 46878

The best of town and country living as new homes go on sale at Wexham Green

Following the release of the first phase of homes, a new collection of two, three and four-bedroom houses is being released for sale at Wexham Green, a new housing development in an attractive semi-rural location close to Stoke Poges in Berkshire. Thirteen homes are now finished and the first residents have moved in, marking an exciting milestone for this flourishing neighbourhood.

A three-bedroom showhome and four-bedroom showhome are open for viewing and showcase the high quality of the homes, which start from just £385,000 for a two-bedroom house. Help to Buy makes these homes even more accessible to homebuyers who pay a five per cent deposit (£19,250) and benefit from a 20 per cent government loan, which is interest free for five years. For buyers with an existing property to sell, an Assisted Move scheme where liaison with estate agents and solicitors is handled on the homebuyers’ behalf is available and can be combined with the Help to Buy scheme.

Julie Crawford, field sales manager, comments: “Wexham Green is sited in a peaceful area with a village atmosphere, surrounded by beautiful countryside, but close to excellent amenities in nearby towns and with great transport links. All this, and the potential of this increasingly popular area, makes the homes a very attractive proposition for young professionals and families.”

The homes at Wexham Green are beautifully presented and blend traditional exterior features with comfortable high-quality interiors.

Inside, these high-specification homes are designed for comfortable, modern lifestyles with something for everyone including fully-fitted Symphony kitchens with smart integrated appliances that are practical and stylish. Each home has a rear garden and patio, and some have their own garage; typical of the attention to detail is the electric car charging point in each garage, an eco-friendly addition that is rarely found in new homes.

Day-to-day living at Wexham Green is very convenient. The homes are close to a wide choice of shops, restaurants and entertainment in Windsor, Gerrards Cross and Reading, and there are also very good facilities on the doorstep in nearby Slough centre, just a mile and a half away. For leisurely days out, there is plenty to do in the area. The historic Grade II-listed parkland of the Langley Park Estate is only 2.6 miles from Wexham Green and The Chilterns, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is just 20 miles away.

Families will appreciate the wide choice of excellent nursery, primary and secondary schools. Nearby schools rated Outstanding by Ofsted include Khalsa Primary School and Baylis Court School, for girls aged 11-18 years. St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School also achieves excellent results. Wexham School, a designated Sports College, continues to receive a Good rating and is part of Slough Borough Council’s ambitious school places programme – a multi-million pound investment in primary and secondary school buildings.

Getting around from Wexham Green is very easy. It is close to the M4 corridor, which leads directly to Reading, Heathrow and the wider motorway network. From Slough mainline station it is just 16 minutes to Paddington and in 2019, the arrival of Crossrail 2 – the new high-frequency, high-capacity railway for London and the South East – will provide more direct routes into the capital and cut travel times. Enhanced transport links and the wider ongoing investment in the area mean that Wexham is Green is an exciting potential investment for new homebuyers.

Wexham Green, a collection of 104 two, three and four-bedroom homes, is being delivered by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments. The partnership is investing in Slough to create, in addition to new housing developments, new schools, restaurants, hotels and leisure facilities.

For more information about Wexham Green, please call the marketing suite on 01753 468578.

social media

PHM’s 3 golden tips for managing social media this Christmas

-By Harriet Bolt, Account Manager

The upcoming holidays is a time of relaxation for many, however an extended period of time out of the workplace can cause a sense of unease for those managing their own or their clients’ social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc). However, this needn’t be the case as we at PHM believe it’s a great opportunity to schedule brand awareness campaigns, double check your customer care protocol and trust the technology available to you to manage social media on the go.

After all, ’tis the season to be jolly, said a famous Christmas carol, and so can be social media over the festive period if you follow these three golden rules for a well-planned digital strategy over the coming weeks.

1.Make a plan

It sounds simple, but without a well-organised content plan, your carefully created messaging will not know when or how it will be delivered to your audience. Help it along by creating a timetable of activity and remember to schedule the posts in using a social media scheduling tool such as Hootsuite or Sprout Social.

2. Be prepared

We promise we haven’t lifted this from a survival guide, but be aware that the holidays provides customers with more access to their social media accounts and potentially the chance to express any negative feedback. Ensure you have a communications protocol in place which can ensure messages are responded to quickly, and escalated to a customer care department swiftly if necessary. Nevertheless, it is also a chance to positively engage with your customers and potentially create an audience of which to target future content to on your return. Embrace the opportunity by introducing some easy but relevant competitions to encourage more interaction and brand loyalty.

3. Embrace change

If you always manage your social media channels using a desktop computer, then using the free tools available to you on the App Store of your smartphone for the first time might seem a little complicated. However, they are a valuable tool and there to help you quickly amend or edit your clients’ advert campaigns or engage/comment directly with customers over various channels. Get these set up before the Christmas break, and should you need to check any live campaigns or channels, you’ll be able to far more easily than opening up a laptop and signing in remotely to any emails or social media management accounts.

If you’d like a hand ensuring your social media strategies run smoothly over Christmas and indeed anytime of the year (the above rules apply to evenings and weekends too) then speak to a member of PHM on 01483 561119.

 

WhatHouse? Awards

PHM’s clients scoop 12 wins at the WhatHouse? Awards 2017

The WhatHouse? Awards is always a highlight in the property calendar, and for us it was a particularly brilliant way to round off the year, as 12 of the 21 entries we prepared on behalf of our clients scooped a prize at this year’s ceremony. A whopping six of those entries won gold, and Berkeley Group went on to take home Housebuilder of the Year 2017 – the overall prize of the night, picked from that year’s submitted entries.

Our clients won the following prizes at the ceremony:

Gold

Silver

Bronze

  • Clissold Quarter by Higgins Homes for Best Starter Homes Scheme
  • Vista by Berkeley Central London for Best Apartment Scheme

As always, it’s been a busy year for PHM writing and designing the WhatHouse? Award entries, and we were absolutely thrilled to celebrate our clients’ success at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 17 November.

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 considering entering awards next year for a development or project of which you’re particularly proud but not sure where to start, speak to the PHM team today on 01483 561119.

Awards

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.

Shere View House - Grantley - Property House Marketing

Autumnal homes for the season

As the nights are drawing in and the cold weather fast approaching, we have picked a couple of our favourite homes perfect for the season, complete with cosy living rooms and fireplaces to smart, energy-efficient features to save on those winter bills.

 

Shere View House, Shere

Currently on the market for £2,250,000 

Shere View House is a five-bedroom, three-bathroom family home set within a 0.9 acre plot with stunning views over the adjoining farmland and surrounding hills. Internally, the home comprises a vaulted entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, family room, study, pantry and boot room. The drawing room features a cosy energy-efficient wood burner, which releases heat slowly through its cast-iron shell. Detached ancillary accommodation is set in the beautifully-landscaped gardens, featuring a mezzanine level, kitchenette and bathroom as well as a detached heritage barn-style garage, car port and garden/machinery store.

 

Northdowns Heights, Guildford 

Currently on the market for £3,500,000

Northdowns Heights is a beautiful four-storey family home of approximately 6,000 sq ft with extensive and truly spectacular views. It is ideally situated on a very popular residential road within walking distance of Guildford’s high street and train station (journey times to London Waterloo from around35 mins) and just a few yards from stunning countryside walks in the Surrey Hills. There is underfloor heating throughout with many hidden energy-efficient features including copper-pipe work and a sophisticated heat-recovery system. The home incorporates impressive entertaining space including a fitness suite, media room and bar on the lower ground floor; a drawing room, large family sitting/dining/kitchen with large bi-fold doors which open onto a large balcony to the front, and garden terrace at the rear.

 

If you’re an estate agent looking to maximize coverage for your homes in press and on social media, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team, to discuss how we can help, on 01483 561119 or email info@housegroup.co.uk.

 

You’d better get moving if you want to buy at Alton Court in Ealing

Since the first homes at Alton Court in Ealing launched in July this year, less than 30 per cent remain available for sale; those still wishing to purchase at our client Broadway Living’s exciting development should contact the sales suite to avoid disappointment.

The homes at Alton Court provide the first opportunity for buyers to be a part of Copley Hanwell W7, the flagship regeneration and development by Broadway Living. Each home is designed to Broadway Living’s high-quality specification and premium finish, showcased in the two-bedroom show apartment which has recently opened for viewings by appointment.

Buyers at Alton Court have the opportunity to purchase using shared ownership or Help To Buy. These government schemes mean that buyers who might not have a chance of getting a foot on the housing ladder in the normal way, are able to purchase a home locally like the majority of those who have already bought a home at Alton Court.

The Help to Buy scheme means that the government will lend 40 per cent of the home’s value – interest free for the first five years – so a mortgage for only 55 per cent of the full amount will need to be arranged. Shared ownership enables a buyer to purchase a share of their new home, meaning that a deposit and mortgage is required only for that share – bringing costs down considerably.

Alton Court is just one of the eight phases of regeneration at the Copley development. To find out more about the homes at Alton Court, or to make an appointment to view the sales and marketing suite visit copleyhanwellw7.co.uk 

 

Kitchens that rise to the occasion

With the return of The Great British Bake Off this week and many people being inspired to get baking this weekend, we’ve collated an array of beautiful properties currently available through Grantley, all with stunning kitchens ideal for perfecting a Victoria Sponge or testing out someone’s spun sugar skills.

 

Warwick Heights

Currently on the market for £4,650,000

This home features a stunning Poggenpohl fitted kitchen finished in vanilla gloss and bookmark Walnut, topped with glacier white Corian work tops which not only provide ample preparation space but they also create an engaging entertainment space. Two large fridge/freezers by Miele, two convection ovens, steamer oven, combination oven and dishwasher will accommodate the largest of gatherings. Inset into the Corian work surface is a sculpted sink with a Blanco mixer/spray tap and separate Zip tap providing chilled or boiling filtered water. Set into the floor a lit and automated glass door leads to spiral wine cellar for holding up to 1,400 bottles. Connecting doors leading a 2nd prep kitchen and utility room.

 

High Barn, Effingham

Currently on the market for £3,950,000

High Barn is a six bedroom, five bathroom home offering spectacular panoramic views of the entire London skyline. The kitchen is part of the main residence, a converted oak framed period barn including character features such as stone flagged floors and exposed brick and flint walls.

 

The White House, Cranleigh

Currently on the market for £1,750,000

The White House is a superb double-fronted Regency house. Internally, the house is wonderfully elegant and light resulting from beautifully proportioned rooms with generous ceiling heights, and externally, the property features an orchard abundant with fruit trees and kitchen garden.

 

For more information on any of the above properties, please contact Grantley on 01483 407620 or visit sales@grantley.net

If you’re feeling inspired, check out this article by Top Reveal for more unique kitchen interior design ideas: http://topreveal.com/kitchen-decor-ideas  

Signal failure: the importance of being connected

-Nikki Ackerley, Managing Director at Property House Marketing

I’ve seen a lot said about the positive impact of Crossrail on the prices of homes. I’ve seen even more said about the ongoing failure of train companies to provide a service that isn’t hampered by signal failure. Transport connections have always had an enormous influence on house prices, but it seems that another kind of connection jostling for position of top priority is high speed internet.

The Berkeley Group has recently announced its plans to ensure all of its sizeable new housing developments – which is most of them – are connected with ‘full-fibre’ technology. Customers now expect high-speed broadband to be available from the day they move in, and Berkeley believes buyers are put off purchasing if this isn’t a part of the offer.

The issue goes further, especially in leafy Surrey. I’ve been witness to my daughter-in-law moving into her new home to find that, unless she stands at the end of the road waving her mobile aloft, she can’t send an old-fashioned text message, let alone make a phone call. What’s more, the height of the surrounding tees makes neither Virgin or Sky viable either. However, a decent broadband connection and the use of the right apps for communication and TV streaming now negates the need for a new pylon to remedy this.

It seems that the usual checklist for moving into a new home could do with a refresh. While we’re used to choosing carpets and kitchens, and checking the EPC rating on our new home, perhaps more developers need to follow Berkeley’s lead and consider what’s important to buyers in the digital age.

I had the pleasure of meeting Philip Hammond recently, who reinforced his belief that productivity lies at the root of many of the solutions to better fiscal security; our infrastructure, including broadband connection has a big part to play in this.

While high speed railways are a vital component in the house-buying decision, high speed broadband is becoming the top priority for buyers now.