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DRESS TO IMPRESS

For Featherston Studio to create this wonderful space, they were given a brief that called for occupant-orientated design, radical openness, flexibility, risk, and experimentation. They delivered on every front.

First impressions count and, if you’re in the rental business, so do second and third impressions. Whether your property is brand new or a period piece, some simple changes can make all the difference when you put it on the market.

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32 SELLER’S GUIDE

The latest outdoor furniture picks for that idyllic summer garden.

When it comes to choosing the right agent to get you the best results it's about finding that balance of friendly and professional.

34 SHOWCASE Highlighting recent renovations and refurbishments carried out by London's finest developers and designers.

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16 A NEW LANGUAGE Rowena offers her insight into how to tell a good rug, from a great one.

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A closer look at two of the most popular types of property in Fulham and the surrounding area.

The very latest home and lifestyle gadgetry to assure your summer garden parties are the best in the neighbourhood.

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Like a ship at sea the London property market stoically forges forth, through everything thrown at it, and everything else that lurks in the depths below. Where is it headed, and what port can it call home?

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JOSH WOODFIN Property Journalist

MARC DA SILVA Property Journalist

JAMES MUNCASTER Capricorn Financial

Josh Woodfin is a writer and editor with nearly 10 years' experience including credits with the Guardian, House, Esquire, and numerous other high-profile magazines and websites. His interests include antique maps, cooking with fish, and post-apocalyptic thrillers. He once beat Usain Bolt in a race... with an 80-metre head start.

Property journalist, Marc Da Silva, has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things property having written for a range of publications, including the Daily Mail, Daily Express, Sunday Business Post and A Place in the Sun, amongst others.

James is a Senior Mortgage Broker for Capricorn Financial. Having been in the industry for 15 years, with 10 of those with Capricorn, James has met a wide range of client types and come up with solutions for a vast array of circumstances.

KATE THORNTON Magenta Pink Interiors

VERONICA LUCEY Magenta Pink Interiors

ROWENA VAUGHAN RJV Designs

Kate Thornton is a partner at Magenta Pink Interiors. She formerly worked in a Barristers’ Chambers but having renovated several houses of her own decided to re-train and set up Magenta Pink Interiors in 2010 with friend and business partner Veronica Lucey.

Veronica Lucey is a partner at Magenta Pink Interiors, a Fulham based interior design studio. She previously worked in advertising but decided to follow her passion for interiors and changed careers in 2010 setting up Magenta Pink Interiors with friend and business partner Kate Thornton.

Rowena studied interior design at London’s prestigious Chelsea School of Art (UAL). She has over 20 years' experience refurbishing everything from a simple residential bathroom to the Crockfords Casino Mayfair.


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PROPERTY MARKET

STAY THE COURSE The UK property market - what does the future hold?

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In fact, despite ongoing challenges, there have been pockets of resilience, particularly in northern regions, the Midlands, Wales and Scotland, while the number of firsttime buyers is rising, and it appears that following two years of price falls, the market in London is starting to bottom-out.

The fact that lenders have continued to tune their pricing and offer mortgages at ultra-competitive rates is helping the overall market stimulus. However, the number of new properties being put up for sale has plummeted. This dramatic supplydemand imbalance is starting to fuel modest price increases in areas like Putney and Fulham as competition ramps up, and this could be an indication of things to come. With buyer momentum improving, transaction numbers are also increasing. The latest HMRC

statistics show there were 101,170 residential transactions in January, up 1.3% year-on-year, thanks partly to a surge in the number of low-rate mortgage deals available.

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he UK economy has had a turbulent 12 months or so, amid Brexit-related uncertainty, and this, along with stretched affordability, has stifled housing market activity in some parts of the country. But while it looks unlikely that the next few months will be plain sailing, today’s property market is well-insulated against any macro-financial situations that may occur.

Property values in the capital, especially in prime locations, have dropped to a level that is now more attractive for prospective buyers.

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“The fact that lenders have continued to tune their pricing and offer mortgages at ultra-competitive rates is helping the overall market stimulus.” said Brian Murphy at the Mortgage Advice Bureau. Property prices have increased since the start of this year, up 1.8% in the three months to February to sit at £236,800, according to the latest Halifax data.


THALASSOPHOBIA The fear of the sea. Or perhaps in the case of the property market, the irrational fear of potential market crash lurking below the surface. In reality though, when looking at historic prices, it seems most scare stories in the press do little more than sell papers.

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WEATHER THE STORM Like the great oceans, storms also rage across the political and economic geography. Many have seen it all before. Exceptionally rare it is that a rogue wave will sink the ship. Hold tight and try not to get sick in the process.

CLEAR SKIES Few buyers of property are intending on selling within a year of purchase. The reality is, that getting on board with a purchase now could put you in pole position for a deck chair when the sun starts shining. Pass me the PiĂąa Colada.


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“The shortage of houses for sale will certainly be playing a role in supporting prices,” said Halifax’s Russell Galley. Property values look set to rise further, unless there is a sudden surge in new housing supply, which is improbable, given that the government’s target of building 300,000 new homes a year is unrealistic, with net additional housing in 2017/18 increasing by just 2% to 222,190. The housing supply shortage is also causing rents to rise across the country.

Data from HMRC shows that total rental income has increased by

But rents are also rising in response to all of the extra costs landlords now face. Several tax and regulatory changes over the past couple of years, including the introduction of higher stamp duty purchasing costs and phasing out of mortgage interest tax relief, has inevitably led to a significant decline in the number of buy-to-let acquisitions. Landlord investors took out just 5,100 new buy-to-let mortgages to buy property in December, down 5.6% year-on-year, while the total value of buy-to-let loans dropped by 12.5% to £700 million, the latest figures from UK Finance show.

having sold their buy-to-lets than purchased new properties since April 2016, reducing the supply of much needed rental homes, which is placing upward pressure on rents. Some 78% of ARLA Propertymark members think the number of private landlords will fall further next year, driven out by rising costs. The alternative, analysts fear, will be that landlords pass additional costs on to tenants in the form of higher rents. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors estimates that rents are likely to increase by 15% over the next five years. Making accurate and precise future predictions is currently a tricky task, given the political circumstances, but the market looks to be heading in an upward direction, with plenty of room for growth.

To add, some buy-to-let landlords are actively reducing the size of their property portfolios or exiting the buy-to-let market altogether, with 120,000 more landlords

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RENTAL MARKET With more people opting to rent, at a time when the supply of new private rental stock is dwindling, rents are seeing strong growth. The cost of renting a home in the UK is currently rising quicker than the rate of inflation, with the average monthly cost up 3.8% in the 12 months to February to reach £940 a month, according to the latest HomeLet Index.

55% in the last five tax years to an average of £18.7 billion today, making buy-to-let property one of the highest yielding mainstream investments in Britain.

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BRIKOLAGE FOOD MARKET ARCHITECTURE

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MVRDV has broken ground on a wholesale market for fruit and vegetables in Tainan, Taiwan. Defined by a terraced, accessible green roof, the open-air market serves as both an important hub in Taiwan’s supply chain, and a destination for meeting, socialising, and taking in views of the surrounding landscape. Named the “Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market,” the MVRDV scheme transforms an often-common aspect of the food industry into a public experience of food and nature.

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The property market sure isn't plain sailing. Things can get rough in the market, the further we head into the unknown the more uncertain it can become. Not only has the last sight of land disappeared over the horizon but a yawning abyss opens up below. It can be a worrying prospect for those not au fait with sea travel. Like the property market though, most fears are unfounded, and should you hold course a safe harbour inevitably awaits.

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Rose White has Rett Syndrome, a rare condition that needs specialist health care and therapy 24/7. On May 2nd, Rosie's friends & family Joe White, David Snowball and Harry Hepple will be running the aptly named: 'The White Rose Way' to raise money for the Ring O' Rosie fund. This trail is 104 miles over hills and fields. They will be attempting to do this in 3 days; that's the equivalent of 4 marathons in 72 hours. Sponsors much appreciated!

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Skagen has a solid reputation as a maker of minimally-styled watches. Sleek, elegant, effortless. The milestone that they’ve managed to achieve this time is integrating all their usual visual charms into a smartwatch; a function you may not immediately notice due to its incredibly thin design. The Skagen has three buttons on the side with the larger middle crown-button rotating to open up the apps menu, as well as scroll through options offering superb functionality for the user. You can also expect Google Pay and Google Fit to make an appearance, offering up the added convenience of fast payments and daily fitness tracking goals. This is more than a watch; it’s a companion.


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FEATHERSTON STUDIO TWO FEATHERS

For Two Feathers to create this wonderful space, they were given a brief that called for occupant-orientated design, radical openness, flexibility, risk, and experimentation. What they’ve delivered is an emotional space - a blend of subtlety and immediacy, connecting discreet functionality in a singular plot. The living experience here is enhanced by an immediate, generous and uninterrupted view of the natural environment constantly

animated by changing light and sound experienced as part of every activity. Every area of this home is naturally and beautifully lit with the ability to be as exposed or as hidden as the inhabitants desires thanks to full-length blinds that cover the expansive glass fronts. This project presents a profound level of freedom and flow all within a cleverly balanced and deeply-considered living space.

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DRESS TO IMPRESS Increase your property value with these finishing touches

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irst impressions count and, if you’re in the rental business, so do second and third impressions. When your target demographic has time and money to shop around for the perfect place, marketing your property is crucial if you want to get your investment filled and start it making money. No one likes an empty rental property. The good news is that it’s not as hard (or as expensive) as you think. Whether your property is brand new or a period piece, some simple changes can make all the difference when you put it on the market. UNDERSTAND YOUR MARKET One of the first things to do is to choose your audience. Having a good understanding of who you would like to rent your property to means you can be hyper-local in your marketing and dressing. Who you would like to rent the property will dictate everything from the price, to the length of the contract and on to whether or not you offer the property furnished or unfurnished. Do you want

professionals? Are you happy with families? Pets… These rules don’t have to be hard and fast, but having a guide, even if it never leaves your head, will help you when it comes to decision time. CREATE A BLANK CANVAS While potential tenants may not see themselves living in your property forever, they still want to create a warm and comfortable place to call home, and they want it to feel like it’s their own, for however long they’re there. Which means it’s a good idea to create a neutral environment so they can project their own personality when they come to view the property. So avoid things like feature walls, over the top furniture and certain artwork. Instead, invest in a fresh coat of off-white paint, simple curtains and, if furnished, choose classic, comfortable furniture in complementary colours. SELL THE LIFESTYLE While it’s important to give potential tenants space to imagine their own lives in your property, you can still sell in an aspirational lifestyle with some simple touches. Got a tasteful local lifestyle magazine? Leave a copy out. Same goes for any local treats that are nearby, why not

have some cake from that artisanal bakery around the corner on hand? Anything to help potential tenants to picture their lives there. BE PICKY Don’t ever forget that you’re in charge. You don’t have to rent to anyone you don’t want to rent to. So if you have a bad feeling or the references don’t check out, wait. Because once you sign the contract, righting the ship will be a much more arduous process.


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and when requested and settle for a lower monthly rent in the hope to let quickly? If you look at the graph above, you’ll see a trend begin to form that largely favours better finished properties at a higher price. Of course, the size of a property is almost always the biggest dictator of value but if you’ve got a large, tired flat that isn’t renting, you may know the reason why.

In a test, a furnished home with pro photos had six times more viewings

In my experience, it’s important to keep flexible in order to achieve the best price with the best tenant in a good market. The general rule of thumb is that one and two bedroom properties generally come furnished and 3-plus would be best offered unfurnished. Nick Hume Brik Lettings Manager

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Does condition influence value? An important question to consider as a landlord and the answer to which isn't quite so simple. It’s important when letting your flat, as previously mentioned, to essentially sell a lifestyle. This is particularly dominant in Fulham. The quality of a property speaks volumes and in more affluent areas where rental prices are typically higher, people expect a finish that represents the cost. So, what are your options? Do you invest in modern fittings, appliances and furnishing throughout at an initial upfront cost with the potential to increase monthly rent or do you opt for a cheaper, lower-maintenance approach where you leave the property unfurnished, decorate as

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A NEW LANGUAGE Discerning the difference between rugs can be challenging without a trained eye. Rowena offers her insight into how to tell a good rug, from a great one.

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hoosing a rug for your home can be a surprisingly difficult endeavour. When you first start it feels like there’s a whole new language you have to learn in just qualities and materials alone. It’s almost impossible to tell apart high-quality from low-quality rugs by eye - not only that but prices can vary hugely, and few people understand what they’re paying for. For example, handmade doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better, it’s just the form of construction used for the rug. Take advantage of our list below to learn what to look for and how to get the most for your money. HAND KNOTTED These rugs are at the premium end of the rug making. They are made using the traditional method, dating back hundreds of years, by

skilled artisans working on wooden looms. A hand knotted rug of 3 by 2.5 meters can take over 6 months to complete. Hand-knotting produces a robust outcome, which can last a lifetime. They are easily cleaned, and areas can be rewoven if required. There are examples of these types in museums around the world, some dating back further than 200 years. When looking at a hand knotted rug from the reverseside you can see the knots which will slightly vary in size and shape, there shouldn’t be any signs of glue and the edges will be bound by hand. HAND TUFTED These are made by the use of a hand-held tufting gun, which injects the fibres into a fabric backing which, in turn is then sealed with a type of glue or latex. The back of the rug is then lined with a heavy-duty fabric such as jute. This process usually takes around 2 to 3 months. This rug doesn’t have quite the same quality, character or longevity as a hand knotted rug.

HAND LOOMED These often look very similar to a hand knotted rug but have far more issues regarding wear and quality. They’re made on a manual loom, pushing the fibres together. Unlike a hand tufted rug they’re not secured on the rear but held in place by the pressure of the other fibres. Due to its construction it’s easily damaged by hoovers. If fibres can easily be pulled out by hand, then there’s a high chance that the rug is loomed. MACHINE MADE Similar to the previous, but a computerised machine injects the fibre into a backing. The whole process only takes a few hours and will make a uniform rug. This is the type of rug you will find in most high street stores. If you look at the rear of the rug you will find a grid of white thread. These rugs are only expected to last around the 10 year mark. Wool is the most usual fibre for the luxury rug. It’s durable, strong, soft and warm. The pile springs back into shape when walked on or


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weighed down by furniture. Many rugs are a mix of wool and silk, with the wool giving durability and the silk the colour and sheen. A few of these rugs can be up to 100% silk and as a result, completely beautiful, however should only be used in lowtraffic areas and kept out of the sun. Synthetics (wool alternatives) are common in inexpensive machinemade rugs. They’re easy to care for and the fibre is strong, but the pile is susceptible to crushing. Artificial silk or viscose, is created from the cellulose of plants, processed using chemicals. There are various forms of viscose, Bamboo Silk and

Banana Silk from the dried cellulose of the bamboo and banana plants. Although lovely and silky to touch it doesn’t wear well and it can be susceptible to staining.

untidy. Choose a rug like you would choose a piece of art, look for one that speaks to you – something that you love. Don’t be afraid of colour, design or pattern.

Pointers to choosing a rug: If you are renting a property, a rug is an easy way to inject your own personality into a room, plus it’s portable, making it easy to take with you when you move. Some rug shops allow you to try out a rug; make use of this excellent service. Rugs are great for defining areas in large open-plan spaces. A good design tip – big rugs in small spaces, small rugs can look

There are a few organisations now in place which ensure that the skilled artisans in countries like Turkey, Nepal, India and Afghanistan have better working conditions, education and no child labour. Look for the ‘GoodWeave’ or ‘STEP' label on the rear of the rug for confirmation that the rug has been made according to these conditions.


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et’s take a closer look at two of the most popular types of property in Fulham and the surrounding area. These are the types of homes that are most commonly sought after. They include three to four-bed terraces, and two bed flats. The flats are mostly four bed Victorian terraces that have been split into a two bed garden flat, and a two (sometimes three) bed top floor flat. Although a chosen few are purpose built by the Victorians complete with their own front doors, and are more desirable. The former are extremely popular with growing families. The latter is a favourite for first-time buyers, families buying for children and landlords looking to rent to young professionals who themselves may be looking to move to the area on a permanent basis. Between the two of them these two types of property make up the vast majority of Fulham stock and are to be found right across SW6. This makes it difficult to know where to start if you're in the market for one.

THE HOUSE If you're an estate agent there are a few roads that will jump out straight away when asked where the best of these are to be found (see infographic opposite). These period houses will have three to five bedrooms, depending if they are extended fully or not. The majority coming to the market will have been extended into the loft, the ground floor with a side and rear extension to create a large open plan kitchen/ living area, and the 'pod room', a small second floor extension over the ground extension. This is used as either a bathroom, additional bedroom or somtimes study. At the upper end they'll set you back almost £2m but you can still pick up un-extended ones for around £1.3m. The key to buying is location and quality of the build used in the extension as often buyers will rip out outdated kitchens and bathrooms installing their own. Many of these properties are in the catchment areas of fine schools including Lady Margaret and Kensington Prep. They are highly appealing properties, and are unlikely to drop significantly in value making them a solid investment.

THE FLAT These are for the first-time buyers and historic landlords looking to rent out properties to young professionals in the area. The choice between the ground floor garden flat or the top floor flat is not as straight forward as it seems. Sometimes top floor flats have access to shared gardens, are larger generally (with the loft space extended), and are on the first floor. Although you can't beat the open plan nature of a fully extended flat that runs out seamlessly to the garden, especially in the summer. Location is enormously important for these properties. Buyers want to be on a sought-after residential street, in close proximity to Parsons Green and Fulham Broadway. They want to be in the heart of things, close to the bars and restaurants, but also transport links. With busy lives they don’t want to waste more time than they have to on dreary commutes. When buying one of these flats ensure you get Share of Freehold, or a good long lease, as a short lease (under 83 years) makes any future move more difficult.

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No ERC mortgages have made a return to the product ranges of a few lenders. Most of these are variable or tracker rate mortgages but there are couple of mortgage lenders that have fixed rate mortgages with no early repayment charge. This tends to suit those clients that may have a more uncertain plan for the property and see a potential to carry out work with their own funds and remortgage on a new rate, with the higher property value, after the work has been done. The benefit of not being tied in to your mortgage, is that the client can look at all lending options when they have a clearer picture of what they will be doing.

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Each lender has a distinct affordability model and how they work out what they can lend to a client. In income multiple terms, this can mean anything from 4 times income to 5.5 times income. If clients' want the security of a longer

Offset Mortgages are a useful option to ensure the client has the liquidity they require for future plans. An offset mortgage works by having funds in a linked account to the mortgage. Whatever funds you have in the offset account can reduce the interest amount charged or the term of the mortgage. Most clients tend to reduce the interest cost if they know they are likely to use the funds at some point. When looking at an offset mortgage for a new purchase or current property, you can apply for more than you may need at application, in the knowledge that the unused funds will still be working for you while you have

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term fixed rate (say 5yrs or 10yrs) but know they want to raise further funds, before that, then being careful with the choice of lender is important. By applying to a lender that has a better income multiple, this can leave room for the clients' future plans. The lender would assess any lending for further funds on the total debt secured against the property. By leaving ample room on with a lender on income multiple would mean a better chance of securing the necessary funds. For the further advance it is likely that the rate will then be on the lenders current rates at that time.


INTERIOR & DESIGN

GARDEN FURNITURE

COMPILED BY

VERONICA LUCEY Magenta Pink Interiors

MILANO CHAISE LONGUE

ON-THE-MOVE TABLE

LOLA WALL LAMP

£920.00 | uber-interiors.com

£295 | cane-line.co.uk

£92 | climpings.com

Very stylish chaise longue in matt grey weave – many cushion colours available.

A very stylish and lightweight aluminium outdoor table – elegant and practical with a removable tray.

Wall lamps in oxidized brass with base in powder coated steel available in square or round shapes.

TROUGH PLANTER

AGOLADO WALL SCONCE

HARVARD WALL LIGHT

£70 | primrose.co.uk

£56 | wayfair.com

£290 | castlegatelights.co.uk

This contemporary planter has a stunning copper finish, highly resistant to the outdoor elements.

Classic black galvanised steel wall lights with 2 Led bulbs giving double directional light.

A contemporary design single light in natural brass finish with clear glass panels This offers a minimalist look to any modern outdoor space.

LOIS CHAIRS

CONVERSION LOUNGER

DIVINE FOOTSTOOL

£119 | marksandspencer.com

£149.00 | ambientelounge.co.uk

£ 355 | cane-line.co.uk

Perfect garden chairs with a light airy feel ideal for small gardens. Available in 4 beautiful coloursshown in teal.

A very versatile piece covered in a revolutionary soft weatherproof material shown in sky blue with many other colours available.

A handmade crocheted product covered in a polypropylene outdoor fabric. Comes in several colours to match your scheme.

TEAL FAN CHAIR

FOREST ARMCHAIR

FABRIC CHAISE LONGUE

£20 | dunelm.com

£410 | gomodern.co.uk

£2560 | b&bitalia.com

Finished in vibrant and bold teal blue, this outdoor chair is made with a durable polypropylene resin construction. This chair features a stackable design and is easy to wipe clean and maintain.

Designed by Robby & Fracesca Cantarutti, it takes its inspiration from nature echoing the shape of a tree. There are optional seat pads available.

Stunning piece available in many colours - ranging from turquoise to blue, from acid to tortora and bright Bordeaux. There are modular sofas to match.

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World First TV with sound personalisation.

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The world‘s first TV with sound personalisation

With Mimi Defined™ technology inside, the sound on a Loewe TV can adapt to your unique hearing abilities. Every detail can now be heard and experienced, bringing back the full variety and complex detail of the audio. Clearer, warmer and more balanced sound without having to turn up the volume. Loewe televisions. Technology for people. Made in Germany.

Find out more from: Loewe Galerie, Harrods. Tel. 0207 730 1234 x3392 www.loewe.tv


GADGETS

HOUSE 2.0 Spring has sprung, so it’s time to start getting your garden ready for summer with this new tech

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GARDEN PROJECTOR Do you dream of turning your garden into your very own outdoor cinema? Family and friends, sitting on blankets, eating BBQ and watching home movies or something for the kids. It’s a nice image, but

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The Optoma UHD60, for example, gives you 4k resolution and stereo speakers, but it comes at a price. www.optoma.co.uk £1,900

WIFI BOOSTER Not very cool, perhaps, but then neither is a bad stream of music when you’re trying to hold a once-in a-generation garden party. The Devolo dLAN 1200+ WiFi booster will solve this problem by mirroring the strength of your router wherever you plug it in. Seamless streaming of music, films and all the Smart technology your house can hold. www.devolo.co.uk £110


GADGETS

ARTIFICIAL GRASS Previously the preserve of butcher’s shop windows and school sports fields, artificial grass is now a more and more common sight in home gardens. Far from being an admittance of defeat in the face of lawn maintenance, it’s more that the quality of artificial grass has progressed to the point where it just makes sense. It’s easier to maintain, easier to clean, always looks great and, increasingly, feels like the real stuff too. Tuda grass offers some of the best on the market, according to reviews.

SMART COOKING A perfectly cooked steak with some cold drinks, enjoyed in your own garden with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. The Anovo Precision Cooker 4.0 will ensure that this dream is a reality. Using WiFi

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professional while you get the rest of the food ready. Then, when it’s time, all you have to do is finish the meat on the BBQ. www.anovaculinary.com

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SMART SPRINKLER No one wants to spend the summer in a garden that looks like the set of a Mad Max film. That’s where the wonders of smart sprinklers come in. Heatwave at home while you’re on holiday? No problem, fire up the sprinklers from your smartphone and give the garden a drink. Rachio 3 is one of the best, letting you control timings, water levels, while also monitoring weather and humidity. www.rachio.com £175


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August D E STI NATI O N

Antwerp, Belgium O RI GI NAL

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“ I’m trying to rejuvenate a love for Flemish culture. That’s why I chose Vincent Van Duysen as the architect for August. He’s passionate about Antwerp, so I knew that he’d make sure the hotel has an organic dialogue, both architecturally and aesthetically, with the city.” The bold hospitality philosophy of Mouche Van Hool, the Original behind August, perfectly captures the cultural depth and imaginative spirit of Antwerp. At Design Hotels ™ we believe in the power of creative expression. That’s why each of our 320-plus handpicked independent hotels reflects the ideas of a visionary who is raising the bar on design.


SELLER’S GUIDE

CHOOSING THE RIGHT AGENT Some impartial advice on how to find the right agent for you.

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hether it’s personal or professional, building a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with someone is an art. And when you come to sell a property, you’ll find that choosing the right agent to get you the best results is a weird combination of personal AND professional. Sure this is a transaction; money will change hands, but it’s also a highly emotional experience. It’s your life on the line and, this being property, there are countless curve balls that can, and often do, head your way. A good agent will nullify some of these problems, ideally before you’re aware of them. And remember, good agents are not unicorns, they do exist. Here’s some impartial advice about how to find the right one for you. GET RECOMMENDATIONS Sounds simple, right? Well, it’s true. Doesn’t matter if you’re choosing a restaurant, a new lawnmower, or the people who are going to sell your

house for you, you really can’t beat a good testimonial. Ask your friends, ask your colleagues, read online reviews and just do some research. In the new age of transparency, it's very hard for a business to hide a shady reputation, but even so, it’s worth doing your due diligence.

ONLINE VS HIGH STREET Like almost every other area of life in 2019, the world of estate agency has been disrupted by the internet and online upstarts. The convenience, fixed prices and hands-off approach of the online agents is obviously appealing to many. The idea of taking some pictures, listing them on the site, then sitting back and waiting for the viewings - then offers - to come flooding in is highly appealing, but the reality can sometimes be different. The Advisory, which offers independent expert advice to house sellers, carried out a recent

study comparing online and high street. The findings showed that local knowledge and literal human touch often still has the edge over online counterparts. The study found that using the right high street estate agent can increase viewing numbers by 48%, increase offer numbers by 64%, generate a more secure buyer (or buyer willing to pay a better price) 73% of the time and secure a 5% higher sale price (compared to using a Rightmove only listing service). RIGHT PERSON, RIGHT PRICE Once you’ve asked around, found a shortlist of agents, checked their credentials (Guild of Professional Estate Agents (GPEA), National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are the trade bodies and good things for an agent to be part of) it’s time to start engaging them. Make sure you get valuations from at least three agents but don’t just plump for the biggest number. Ideally, the valuations should come around the same level, if one is significantly higher than the others, they’re probably trying to woo you with tempting numbers.


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"How much do you charge for sole agency and what is the tie-in period?" 'Sole Agency' means one agent has the exclusive right to sell your property for a set time period. It's the cheapest way to sell your property with an estate agency, and has some major advantages, including: no double listings online, one communication channel, and the price. Be careful though to ensure there isn't a lengthy tie in period that prevents you switching agents if they don't perform, as this is often the case.

"Where and how will your property be marketed?" Find out all the channels your agent will use. At the least they should be marketing your property across both the two biggest U.K. property portals Rightmove and Zoopla. If not, avoid. Also take a good look at their marketing materials. Selling anything at a premium requires perfect presentation across all channels.

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"Should I go with the agent that values my property the highest?" Maybe. As a seller you need to be extremely mindful of estate agencies saying they'll sell your property for big prices. No matter your Zen like qualities you'll find this approach intoxicatingly difficult to resist - and often at your peril. Unscrupulous agents will know that they stand a better chance of winning your business if they say they can get you a higher price. Listing your property at a puncy price will do it no favours, and bizarrely often leads to a lower sale price after the listing has gone stale and marked as 'reduced'. That said if your agent is legitimate and genuinely knows their stuff they may have the price down pat.

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"Who exactly will be selling your property?" Often the experienced agent that comes over to value your house (and pitch their business to you) isn't the actual agent who will be selling your property! Make sure it is, or if not meet the relevant agent and assess their personal experience before signing anything.

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SHOWCASE

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PETERBOROUGH ROAD, SW6 Full House Refurbishment | Full Basement | Multiple Extentions | External Stairs This project in the highly sought after SW6 location, involved the conversion of a 2-storey Victorian terraced house into two high spec luxurious properties. Meticulously designed and built to maximise space and light, with a large landscaped rear garden and enviable roof terrace at second-floor level.

ELEMENT CONSTRUCTION

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OLD BLUE SCHOOL HOUSE Basement Specialist / Full Refurbishments / Loft Extensions / Side Extensions Buildguru is a project consultancy specialising in residential projects. With over 27 years of experience, their knowledge extends to a range of projects and construction services taken from initial concept to final completion swiftly and efficiently. Buildguru are currently carrying out full refurbishments on Winchendon and Basuto roads in SW6.

BUILDGURU

buildguru.co.uk


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BOVINGDON ROAD Located on a quiet street in the Peterborough Estate, Fulham. This exceptional Lion House has been fully extended and renovated to the highest of standards. Arranged over four floors, this three/four-bedroom house is over 2,650 sq ft, offering great reception and entertaining space.

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Designed by a London-based architect from Brazil, this house has unique features running throughout, including a beautiful bespoke staircase. It mixes South American contemporary style with both rustic and modern custom finishes to create a warm and functional home. Accommodation comprises open-plan layout across the ground floor, the front; reception leads onto a contemporary kitchen which provides direct access onto a landscaped south-facing garden.

3 Bed

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SETTRINGTON ROAD The ground floor has a double reception room at the front of the house, cloakroom/shower room and an extended kitchen breakfast room with doors leading out onto a south-west-facing rear garden. The first floor has three double bedrooms and a family bathroom.

4 Bed

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WINCHENDON ROAD Currently extending to almost 2,250 sq ft (209 sq m) and arranged over four floors, this impressive property retains many of its original features. The ground floor offers excellent entertaining space with a double reception room and an extended kitchen/ breakfast room, leading onto a attractive 26ft south-west-facing private garden.

5 Bed

2,248

ÂŁ1,950,000

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DANEHURST ROAD The house is arranged over four floors and extends to 1,940 sq ft. The ground floor features a bright open-plan reception space, leading through to a stylish kitchen dining area, with an island and bi-folding doors opening onto a south-facing 32 ft private garden. From the kitchen there are stairs down to a cellar/utility with useful space for storage.

4 Bed

1,940

ÂŁ1,650,000

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SQ FT

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PARSONS GREEN

2 Bed FLAT

An outstanding and newly refurbished garden flat, superbly located with direct views over Parsons Green. This architecturally designed, split level property has 1,527 sq ft ( 142 sq m) of internal living space and benefits from high ceilings and plenty of light throughout.

1,527 SQ FT

ÂŁ1,425,000 UNDER OFFER


At Element Fix we appreciate the frustrations when things go wrong in your home. We are on hand to react promptly and efficiently to all maintenance issues and aim to get the job done quickly and expertly. From general household repairs to full refurbishments, we’ve got it covered.

0207 736 9492 info@elementfix.co.uk www.elementfix.co.uk

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MABLETHORPE ROAD

4 Bed HOUSE

An outstanding four double bedroom Victorian family house located on a quiet residential road in Fulham. The property extends to 1,792 sq ft and is arranged over three floors. On the ground floor there is a double reception room, a separate WC and a large kitchen breakfast room with doors leading on to a south-facing garden.

1,792 SQ FT

ÂŁ1,400,000 FOR SALE


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HAZELWOOD MANSIONS

2 Bed APARTMENT

A stylish two bedroom apartment, situated in a sought-after mansion block in a popular location close to Parsons Green. This outstanding flat offers almost 970 sq ft of living space, is located on the raised ground floor and has the added benefit of being set back from the street.

969 SQ FT

£895,000 UNDER OFFER


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EPPLE ROAD A stunning garden flat moments from Parsons Green. This two bedroom garden flat forms part of an attractive and well maintained Victorian terrace house in a highly sought after residential street and extends to 764 sq ft (71 sq m). The flat features a spacious bay fronted reception room with original period features and a working fireplace.

2 Bed

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ÂŁ850,000

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RIGAULT ROAD

2 Bed HOUSE

A unique double-fronted two bedroom house, located on a quiet residential street between Fulham Road and New Kings Road. This stylish house is arranged over two floors, with the ground floor comprising reception, dining room and a separate modern kitchen with integrated appliances.

883 SQ FT

ÂŁ860,000 FOR SALE


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FULHAM PALACE ROAD

2 Bed FLAT

This stylish two bedroom garden flat offers excellent entertaining space and is only a short walk to Bishops Park and the Thames Path. The flat has been extended at the rear to create an superb open-plan reception room, with a bespoke kitchen and plenty of space for dining. There are also bi-folding doors leading out onto a private garden.

860 SQ FT

ÂŁ750,000 FOR SALE


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GOWAN AVENUE

5 Bed HOUSE

This outstanding Victorian family home has been fully extended and finished to the highest specification throughout and would make an ideal rental for a family. Arranged over four floors, the bedrooms and living space have been well implemented and balanced to maximise the space within this period property. The basement level has a family room, separate shower room, utility room and a gym.

2,962 SQ FT

ÂŁ1,800 ÂŁ7,800 PCM


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STEVENAGE ROAD

3 Bed FLAT

A well-presented and recently refurbished four bedroom Victorian family home located in the heart of Parsons Green on Ackmar Road. The ground floor has a double reception room to the front and a large kitchen/dining room to the rear which leads onto a small garden area which is low maintenance. In addition, there is a really good-sized cellar which contains the washing machine/dryer along with further storage and WC.

1,110 SQ FT

ÂŁ725 ÂŁ3,142 PCM


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WARDO AVENUE A beautiful and bright five bedroom Victorian family home on one of the most popular roads in ‘Munster Village’. On the ground floor there is a sizeable reception room, with wooden flooring and space for a large dining table, which leads through to a larger than average kitchen with excellent storage (including a pantry) and further space for another dining area.

5 Bed

2,056

£1,250/wk

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SQ FT

£5,417 PCM


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VERA ROAD A well-presented four bedroom house in this quiet residential street in the heart of 'Munster Village' and within easy walking distance of Parsons Green underground and the local shops, bars and restaurants of Fulham Road. The property comprises a reception room, a large kitchen/ dining/family room with folding doors leading out to a south-facing garden.

4 Bed

1,373

ÂŁ900/wk

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SQ FT

ÂŁ3,900 PCM


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WARDO AVENUE

4 Bed HOUSE

A good-sized four double bedroom family home located on Wardo Avenue, a very popular road in ‘Munster Village’. On the ground floor there is a large double reception room and a spacious kitchen/breakfast room with doors out on to a private garden. There’s also a ground floor WC and access to a very useful cellar that can be used for additional storage.

1,638 SQ FT

£875/wk £3,792 PCM


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DANEHURST STREET

2/3 Bed FLAT

An outstanding purpose-built Victorian maisonette, which could be used as a two or three bedroom property with separate living room. Located in the heart of the desirable ‘Munster Village’, this larger than average maisonette extends to 1,249 sq. ft. The flat has a superb eat-in kitchen which has been recently refurbished, equipped with a modern appliances. There is one main bathroom to the front of the property with a separate WC to the rear.

1,249 SQ FT

£625/wk £2,708 PCM


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CHURCHFIELD MANSIONS

2 Bed FLAT

A newly refurbished two double bedroom top floor apartment located in this desirable mansion block on the New Kings Road. This property comprises a large open plan kitchen with modern appliances and living room to the front of the building. To the rear of the property there is a family bathroom with shower, then two further double bedrooms.

835 SQ FT

LET APRIL 2019


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JERSEY COURT

1 Bed FLAT

A fantastic one bedroom flat in a very popular block in a superb location right in the heart of Parsons Green. There is a double bedroom, with plenty of storage, a separate modern bathroom and a new modern kitchen. The living room is bright and beautifully presented with new hardwood flooring throughout, leading out on to a large private balcony.

508 SQ FT

ÂŁ425/wk ÂŁ1,842 PCM


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SHERBROOKE ROAD

2 Bed FLAT

A newly refurbished two bedroom, one bathroom first floor flat located just off Dawes Road. Finished to the highest standards the property boasts wooden floors throughout, bright open-plan living space, ample storage and large balcony. Sherbrooke Road is ideally located only a short walk from both Parson Green and Fulham Broadway tube stations (District line, Zone 2) with easy access to a variety of shops, bars and restaurants.

565 SQ FT

ÂŁ438/wk ÂŁ1,898 PCM


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RADIPOLE ROAD

1 Bed FLAT

A newly refurbished one bedroom top floor flat located just off Fulham Road in the heart of Fulham. This well presented flat consists of an open-plan kitchen/living room (new kitchen with white goods recently put in) and then off the hallway is a bathroom and a good-sized bedroom with lots of built in storage.

500 SQ FT

LET MAY 2019


DIRECTORY Looking for something? Look no further with our recommended suppliers directory, just mention where you found them.

ARCHITECTS DBLO dblo.co.uk 020 7610 9333 227a Stephendale Road London SW6 2PR Emergent Design Studios ed-studios.com 020 7713 0056 51 Calthorpe Street London WC1X 0HH Hogarth hogartharchitects.co.uk 020 7381 3409 186 Dawes Road London SW6 7RQ

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Icon icon-architects.com 020 7731 0400 The Glass House 11 Lettice Street London SW6 4EH Simon Gill simongillarchitects.co.uk 020 7610 9344 Riverbank House 1 Putney Bridge Approach London SW6 3JD

BUILDERS Blaze & Co. blazeandco.co.uk 020 7373 2214 Flat 2 111 Drayton Gardens London SW10 9QU Design 2 FInish design2finish.co.uk 07968 821 1667 54 Chipstead Street London SW6 3SS

Element Construction elementconstruction.co.uk 07717 155 716 NU Builds nubuilds.com 0207 7316841 10 Fulham High Street London SW6 4LZ Nuspace I-want-nuspace.co.uk 0203 405 3480 965 Fulham Road London SW6 5JJ Pascal Huser huser.co.uk 020 7381 0707 600 Fulham Road London SW6 5PA Paterson Wood patersonwood.co.uk 0207 371 7327 Roxburgh Construction roxburghconstruction.co.uk 020 7731 7480 74 The Arches Ranelagh Gardens London SW6 3UB Uber Contracts ubercontracts.co.uk 020 3151 5034

INTERIOR DESIGN Magenta Pink magentapinkinteriors.co.uk 07956 884 437 RJV Designs rjvdesigns.co.uk 020 7385 6009 126 Harbord St London SW6 6PH

SURVEYORS

SOLICITORS

Capital Chartered capitalchartered.co.uk 020 8875 0035 Argyll House All Saints Passage London SW18 1EP

Child & Child (Mo Hakim) childandchild.co.uk 020 7235 8000 4 Grosvenor Place London SW1X 7HJ

Mactaggart Speir & Watson Surveyors mswsurveyors.co.uk 020 7183 3415 Centenary House The Queen’s Club Palliser Road West Kensington London W14 9EQ

Healys Solicitors (Jane Baker) healys.com 020 7822 4000 Atrium Court 15-17 Jockey’s Fields London WC1R 4QR

LEASEHOLD ADVICE Capital Leasehold capitalchartered.co.uk 020 7112 5169 64 Knightsbridge London SW1X 7JF

MORTGAGE BROKERS Alistair Hargreaves johncharcol.co.uk 0207 933 9651 5th Floor Cutlers Exchange 123 Houndsditch London EC3A 7BU James Muncaster capricornfinancial.co.uk 020 3111 0913 1 Queen Caroline Sreet Hammersmith, London W6 9YN

The Partnership Ltd (Danielle Guettier) theparnershiplimited.com 020 7046 6558 1 Westminster Bridge Road London, SW1 7XW Judge Sykes Frixou (Belinda Frixou) jsf-law.co.uk 020 7395 3355 23 Kingsway London WC2B 6YF Morrisons Solicitors (Kulbir Conner) morrlaw.com 01483 215 019 2nd Floor, Cleary Court 169 Church Street East Woking, GU21 6HJ

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