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26 October 2017 Jewish News


Borehamwood’s booming

Edgware’s got the edge

The ‘gateway to Hertfordshire’ is the gateway to happiness, say industry experts. With Yavneh College students rubbing shoulders with A-listers on their way to Elstree Studios, what’s not to like? Our spotlight highlights the town and its appealing properties.

We speak to the estate agents who bravely set up shop in Edgware almost 30 years ago, during one of the worst recessions in recent history. They recall how a two-bed property (now worth more than £300,000) became their first sale... for a mere £51,000!





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Engel Jacobs are delighted to offer this fantastic large family home on an extremely popular Crescent in Elstree. It has been extended but there is great potential for further extension STPP. It comprises of 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge, kitchen, dining room, TV room, study, garage, and an extensive garden. It is just a few minutes walk to the local High Street and Elstree & Borehamwood train station. EPC D

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Engel Jacobs are delighted to bring to the market this luxurious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom top floor flat, situated on the much sought after Wall Hall Estate in Aldenham. It benefits from a fitted kitchen, reception/dining room, master bedroom with ensuite, second bedroom and family bathroom, with underfloor heating throughout. The Estate was built 11 years ago and is surrounded by 55 acres of parkland. The property comes with secure underground parking for 2 vehicles, a basement store room, lift, as well as communal landscaped gardens, gymnasium, tennis court, playground and Italian gardens. EPC C


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Engel Jacobs are pleased to bring to the market this three bedroom, mid terrace, family home situated on the North side of Borehamwood. It comprises of a large kitchen/breakfast room, lounge, conservatory, family bathroom and garden. It also benefits from a driveway and no onward chain. This property is located within just a short walk to local amenities and with good transport links. *The kitchen is brand new but requires installation. Photo reflects how it will look once installed.* EPC D


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CHAIN FREE! Engel Jacobs are pleased to bring to the Engel Jacobs are delighted to bring to market To Let, this Engel Jacobs are delighted to bring to market this extremely market this spacious and very well presented 2 bedroom townhouse arranged over three floors, situated in a popular spacious two bedroom, two bathroom luxurious apartment, ground floor maisonette in a prime location just off Stanmore cul-de-sac off Hendon Lane. It comprises of four bedrooms, located on Hale Lane. It comprises of a fantastic reception Broadway. It comprises of a fully fitted kitchen, modern bathtwo bathrooms, two receptions, study, garage and a south facroom, kitchen/breakfast room. huge master bedroom with room, large reception/dining room with access to a balcony ing balcony. Additional benefits include a private rear garden en-suite, a very generous second bedroom and separate and communal gardens. It is just a moment’s walk to the high and front driveway with parking for one to two cars. It is located bathroom. There is an underground parking space and store /engeljacobs | WWW.ENGELJACOBS.CO.UK | INFO@ENGELJACOBS.CO.UK street and less than 0.5 miles to Stanmore Underground sta0.5 miles from the many shops, cafes, restaurants, bus routes room, and is within easy reach of the local shops and transport tion (Jubilee line). EPC C and Finchley Central Station on the Northern Line. EPC D links. EPC C

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Local property experts Morris & Joel reveal the key reasons why Borehamwood has become such a magnet for homebuyers

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orehamwood is an up-andcoming area for families, city professionals and people reaching retirement alike. Being only 25 minutes by train from Kings Cross St Pancras, this idyllic south Hertfordshire town has a fast-growing reputation as previously labelled ‘the gateway to Hertfordshire’. More and more people are coming to Borehamwood to live as it becomes a very accessible residential hotspot, and plans are in place to build more homes in the area as its reputation spreads. There is also a huge diversity of property in Borehamwood, appealing to many sectors of the market, from sizeable family houses with large gardens to modest homes ideal for first-time buyers and retired couples trading down after the family has left the nest. Looking at prices in surrounding north-west London areas, value for money and affordability are the new priority. Borehamwood has so much to offer as a fast-growing community and there are a number of excellent primary and secondary schools, including Yavneh Primary and Yavneh College. There are also plenty of parks and open spaces for families


KENILWORTH DRIVE, BOREHAMWOOD: £399,950 As sole agent, Morris & Joel is delighted to offer for sale this well-maintained and exceptionally spacious two double-bedroom extended end of terrace house. Features include a large living room, fitted kitchen, downstairs WC and off-street parking.

Dream Home to enjoy, and the high street is a changing landscape filled with numerous restaurants and bars along with the well-known and popular retail park, The Boulevard at one end of the high street and at the other end there is a Tesco Superstore on part of the Elstree Studios site. In addition to the shopping area, there is a popular outdoor street market every Tuesday and Saturday on Shenley Road. Elstree and Borehamwood are very accessible via excellent road links to the A1, M1 and M25.  Call Morris & Joel on 020 3621 8080 or visit morrisandjoel.com

00 5,0 9 ,1 £1 WOODSIDE CLOSE, ELSTREE: £1,195,000 A beautiful detached 3/4 bedroom home in the heart of Elstree. Features include a large open-plan lounge and dining room, a German fitted kitchen/breakfast room, a family room, a separate utility room and guest cloakroom.



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Selling properties in Edgware for 50 years Taylor Hawkins was established in 1968 in the current office prominently located on the corner of Mowbray Parade and Broadfields Avenue, and grew rapidly to become one of the top performing independent estate agencies in Edgware. We are active in all sectors of the residential housing market and pride ourselves on repeat business and recommendations from satisfied clients year after year. At Taylor Hawkins, we believe our continued success is built around the vastly experienced team of people we have. That our unrivalled local knowledge of our market place since the mid 1960’s, combined with an approach to marketing and customer service based on honesty and integrity are the ingredients sought by sellers looking for the reassurance that local knowledge leads to better results. 58 Edgware Way Edgware HA8 8DJ

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How to protect yourself from Property Fraud Earlier this year saw the longest criminal trial in the UK’s history which resulted in fraudster Edwin McLaren jailed for eleven years for property fraud. Property owners are increasingly at risk from fraudsters who are constantly finding more inventive ways to commit crimes. Simon Nosworthy, Head of Residential Property at Osbornes Law looks at what property fraud is, who is considered vulnerable to property fraud and what home owners can do to protect themselves. What is property fraud? Property fraud can happen in many ways, however common types of property fraud include frauders selling properties they do not own to innocent third parties, or obtaining mortgages and stealing the money. More sophisticated types

of fraud involve persuading people to pay into non-existent investment funds. Simon Nosworthy describes property fraud as when ‘someone steals your identity and sells or mortgages your property by pretending to be you’. Who is especially vulnerable to property fraud? Anyone is a potential victim of property fraud, however, especially vulnerable include properties that are either vacant, tenanted, being refurbished or mortgage free. The elderly are also considered more at risk of property fraud. In the case of McLaren he took advantage of older people by offering his services as a financial adviser, and over time encouraged them to hand over the title deeds of their properties. Why does property fraud occur? Homeowners may be unaware that information held with the Land Registry is available to view by anyone through the Land Registry website. This unfortunately includes fraudsters, who can find out who owns a property and if there are any mortgages over it. Fraudsters can also find out lender details and sample signatures. In 2003 the Land Registry also did away with traditional paper certificates, which had to be presented to the Land Registry on any dealings relating to the property.

How you can protect your property One of the best ways to protect your property is by registering for property alerts at the Land Registry website. Once registered if anyone applies to change the register of your property you will receive an email alert. Although the service will not stop any changes from being made it will alert you to any fraudulent intentions on your property. Homeowners can also place a restriction on your title, which prevents the Land Registry from registering a sale or mortgage on your property unless a solicitor certifies the application was made by you. It is also important to ensure that your property solicitor has a rigorous anti-money laundering and identity check process to reduce the risk of property fraud. Osbornes Law are accredited by the Law Society under the ‘Conveyancing Quality Scheme’ which is a kitemark awarded by the Law Society only to law firms who adhere to strict requirements of the Law Society to prevent fraud. Simon Nosworthy, Partner simon.nosworthy@osborneslaw.com Mark Freedman, Partner mark.freedman@osborneslaw.com

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Understanding Edgware Last week estate agents Bladon Sears celebrated its 27th anniversary in Edgware. Being based in the area for so many years not only makes the firm experts in HA8, but affords a unique perspective on the way the place has changed. Nigel Sears agreed to elaborate on Edgware What was Edgware like when you first set up shop in 1990? As a young enthusiastic estate agent, we foolishly (or not) opened in the middle of a huge recession. At that time, the majority of our clientele who were selling had been in the area for a good number of years, but decided that it was time to move out of the area, with many relocating to Elstree and Radlett. We found the majority of our buyers were very mixed from all ethnic minorities. There was always a friendly family feel to the area and the Broadwalk Shopping Centre had not been open that long, so that was a definite plus.

What was the housing market like in Edgware then? As I said we opened in a recession, which had gripped the country for about two years. Prices were somewhat in a downward spiral. A typical threebedroom detached house in a good road would be in the region of £130,000 and a three-bedroom semi started at £85,000 in a reasonable road on the Broadfields side of Edgware. Our very first sale was a large two-bedroom flat in Springwood Crescent for £51,000. Did you have a favourite road? I’ve always have been great lover of Canons Drive and the roads off it. In particular, I’ve always loved the houses on the road that have retained the character from when they were first built. The pond is pretty and the lake is gorgeous! Also, Canons Park is at the top of the road, which is marvellous and also very sociable, especially for dog lovers. I used to walk my beautiful golden retriever in Canons Park

every morning, prior to bringing him into work with me, where his reputation preceded him! How much has Canons Drive changed? Actually very little except several houses have been extended and, only on a few occasions, houses have been pulled down and a much larger house built on the plot. By Canons Park, at the top of Canons Drive is North London Collegiate School, which has become even more popular. We find many families moving into these roads once their daughter has been able to secure a place at this very prestigious girls’ school.

Glendale Avenue, Edgware What are the best things about Edgware that you highlight to a potential buyer? £699,950  Underground Station (Northern Line) Situated on this highly sought after quiet  Family orientated area with many places road, we are delighted to offer this spacious and of worship. bright 3 bedroom semi detached home is  For the growing observant Jewish which also benefits from further potential community there are many small synagogues for all spectrums of the religion. to extend subject to planning.  The area is seen to be very safe in certain


West Way, Edgware Offers In Excess Of £700,000 We are delighted to offer this well presented four bedroom, two bathroom, semi-detached family home, which is only a 10 minute walk away, along with local shops and the Broadwalk shopping centre.

Priory Field Drive, Edgware £355,000 Situated on this sought after location on Priory Field Drive, within easy reach of places of worship, we are delighted to offer this two bedroom, two bathroom second floor apartment

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How much has the profile of the typical buyer changed? So much. We still have vendors and purchasers from many ethnic minorities and, having been here for 27 years, many of the vendors bought through us and some houses we have sold three or four times. The Broadfields side of Edgware has become very popular with the observant Jewish community, with many purchasers moving from Hendon, Stamford Hill and Golders Green. The infrastructure is very strong, with many kosher shops opening up on Glengall Parade and at the bottom of Edgwarebury Lane going onto Hale Lane. The community feeling is very strong and because of not driving on Sabbath, we find that we move a family with their young children into a house and then, within a few months, we are selling to the parents as they need to be in walking distance from their family. Has the demand to be in a school catchment area impacted on your business? Rosh Pinah Primary School has always been

a huge pull to the area and it continues to do so. Rosh Pinah gives preference to those living within close proximity, making the Broadfields side of Edgware even more popular. How much is a family home in Edgware now? Going back to the properties mentioned from 27 years ago:  A three-bedroom detached house would now start from £700,000.  A three-bedroom semi on the Broadfields side of Edgware starts from £525,000.  And that two-bedroom flat would now have a value of just under £300,000. We now have had a number of sales reaching more than £1million, but a home needs to be big and very beautiful to achieve that price.

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