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Runcorn Tel: 01928 574477 Widnes Tel: 0151 422 3020

Established 1885 SANDYMOOR

● Detached substantial dormer style bungalow with 5 reception rooms. ● Three double bedrooms all of which have their own designated en-suite EPC RATING C Widnes

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● A spacious 4 bed detached home in large gardens ● Highly sought after location close to Park land EPC RATING C Runcorn

GUIDE PRICE £275,000

● Deceptively spacious 3 storey town house built 2010 ● 4 double bedrooms,3 reception,3 bath/shower rooms EPC RATING B Runcorn




● A detached 3 bed dormer bungalow with no chain ● 2 bed downstairs & 1 upstairs,downstairs bathroom EPC RATING E Runcorn

GUIDE PRICE £180,000













● Extended 3 bed detached house with No Chain involved ● Optional 4th bed downstairs,large dining kitchen,en-suite EPC RATING E Runcorn

NOW ONLY £169,995

● Three bed traditional semi detached property, ● useful loft room,large south facing rear garden and off road parking. EPC RATING E Widnes

● A 3 bed semi detached family home in popular location ● Lounge, dining room, breakfast kitchen & garage EPC RATING - TBC Runcorn










● A well presented & extended 3 bed semi detached ● Lounge diner,orangery to rear,pleasant rear garden EPC RATING C Runcorn

● A 2 bed semi detached bungalow with no chain involved ● Lounge diner, spacious patio garden, detacged garage EPC RATING D Runcorn

● A semi detached 2 bed bungalow in cul-de-sac location ● Linked garage,conservatory to rear - No chain involved EPC RATING E Runcorn

● Garden fronted end of terraced house ● With 3 Bedrooms and Garage EPC RATING D Widnes





GUIDE PRICE £125,000



NE W ● No chain delay this 3 bed terraced house ● Ideal first home or potential investment property EPC RATING D Widnes





● Well presented 2 bed mid terrace with no chain involved ● 2 reception room,upstairs shower room,courtyard to rear EPC RATING D Runcorn

● A Two Bedroom Terraced house, ● Ideal for FTB and Investors. EPC RATING E Widnes

● Two bedroom mid terraced house, ● Ideal for FTB and investors. EPC RATING D Widnes












An end of row 3 bed spacious estate family home ● Large lounge,dining kitchen,pleasant garden to rear EPC RATING D Runcorn

Spacious bay fronted two bedroom end terrace ● Vacant possession and no ongoing chain. EPC RATING E Widnes




Second floor one bedroom apartment ● Modern purpose built development. EPC RATING C Widnes







● A 5 bed detached family home with driveway and double garage ● Spacious living areas,2 en-suites & lawned garden and patio to rear EPC RATING: D Lettings

● Well presented 3 bed terraced house ● Off road parking to the rear. EPC RATING D Widnes



£900 pcm

● We are delighted to offer for rent this three bed traditional semi detached property ● Added benefits of a useful loft room, large south facing rear garden EPC RATING E Widnes

£695 pcm

£650 pcm




● A well presented '3 BED' semi detached family home ● Driveway to side and pleasant enclosed garden to rear EPC RATING:TBC Lettings

£625 pcm





● An end terrace cottage set in a semi rural location ● 2 bedrooms,en-suite facilities,pleasant courtyard to rear EPC RATING: F Lettings

● A purpose built 1st floor two bedroom apartment ● with balcony on the popular Upton Rocks development EPC RATING TBC

£550 pcm

£550 pcm






● THREE bedroom town house, ● An early viewing is essential. EPC RATING C Widnes

● A quaint 2 bed 'FURNISHED' terrace ● 1/2 PRICE TENANT REFERENCE EPC RATING: D Lettings

● A well presented 2 bed mid terrace with street parking ● 1/2 PRICE TENANT REFERENCE APPLICATION EPC RATING: D Lettings

● 2 bed mid terrace house set in popular village location ● 1/2 PRICE TENANT REFERENCE APPLICATION EPC RATING: D Runcorn




£550 pcm





● '3 BED' end terrace with enclosed courtyard to rear ● 1/2 PRICE TENANT REFERENCE APPLICATION EPC RATING: G Lettings

138 Arley Drive,Widnes, Cheshire,WA8 4XX We are acting in the sale of the above property and have received an offer of £60,200 Any interested parties must submit any higher offers in writing to the selling agent before an exchange of contracts takes place EPC RATING D




● Refurbished 3 bed Unfurnished house in walking distance of town ● Tenants are urged to view to appreciate the size of the property EPC RATING E Widnes

£550 pcm

● 3 bed family home with communal parking & lawned garden ● 1/2 PRICE TENANT REFERENCE APPLICATION EPC RATING: F Lettings

£550 pcm

£525 pcm

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Cosy cottage has space for the family and more By Janet Tansley


OZING charm and character throughout, Hill Cottage is a stunning three bedroom property dating back to the 1800s. Set back from the road in Rocky Lane, Heswall, Wirral, the property, for sale with Karl Tatler at £355,000, is in a truly tranquil spot. Standing at the top of the pebbled path which leads to the cottage, the eye is drawn to the inviting red door framed by a black surround and set off by a whitewashed exterior. The ground floor is beautifully presented and boasts a cosy lounge with a cast iron open fire, complete with black and white chequered tiling. The box bay window overlooking the front lawns and the neutral tones of the walls ensures the lounge is also light and bright. A large dining room is this home’s second reception room, and the perfect place for a meal with family or friends. Again this room has the benefit of a box bay window at one end, as well as a feature fireplace and tasteful decoration, plus it has wood effect floor. But the heart of a home is often the kitchen, and Hill Cottage’s breakfast kitchen is no exception. This spacious room is finished off nicely with ample contemporary fitted units with a contrasting roll top surface. There is range-style cooker to bring out the ‘master chef’ in any homeowner, plus space for a family-sized dining table if you want to sit and eat in a slightly more informal setting. Leading from the kitchen is the adjoining conservatory, which is spacious enough for good sized comfy chairs to relax into. The outdoors really is brought indoors with this modern addition to the property, especially as the conservatory roof is also glass so

■ Hill Cottage has lovely living space plus modern touches and easily maintained gardens, left

you can gaze up at the trees. The slate tile flooring brings an element of ‘rustic cottage feel’ to the space. And, for when good weather is on your side, the outdoor patio area, enveloped by greenery, is perfect for a barbecue and eating al fresco. The current owners have made various improvements to the

property, such as an artist’s studio extension which offers the flexibility of an additional guest accommodation or further sitting room. Finally, the ground floor benefits from a shower room with a wc – perfect again for guests staying the night. Upstairs, the first floor has

three double bedrooms. The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, perfect for those with a passion for fashion. There is also a modern main bathroom and additional wc. The gardens are easily maintained having a deep lawned frontage, driveway and garage plus an enclosed patio garden

with decorative paving to the rear. To fully appreciate all Hill Cottage has to offer you really must see it and explore what is behind the red door. ■ For further information contact Karl Tatler on 0151 342 2300 or log onto the website


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Thai Buddha head statues elicit peace and serenity, so bring one home as the centrepiece for a tranquillityinspired room you can enjoy now… or Zen!

SCRIMP Buddha Head Figurine £19.50 from Marks & Spencer, www.marks This option has a black finish with a gentle antiqued gold rub to give it an authentic feel. The facial expression is one of serenity and joy – you can’t help but be enamoured by its appeal.

SPEND Thai Buddha Head £39 from Very, Made from polyresin and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, its large size is sure to make a quietly dominant statement. You could make this the centrepiece of a shrine of your own design.

SPLURGE Silver Buddha Head on Stand £55 from Dooley’s Furniture, www.dooleys This sits on a black block and stick stand, creating the illusion of floating. The ebony and chrome finish make this the ‘designer’ Buddha in the pack: It’s elegant and serene.

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Boost your balcony in time for summer

Even if you’ve only got a tiny bit of outdoor space, it doesn’t have to stop you enjoying the summer. Here are a few ways to ensure your small balcony or terrace makes a big statement, come rain or shine


HERE’S no better time than now to get into this season’s trend to turn bare balconies and patios into useful, beautiful spaces. Small space container gardening is fun and can be surprisingly successful as you can relocate plants from problem spots and move things around until you’re happy. Happy people, happy plants! Swap spare space for more space Dead space comes alive when you give it a reason, so make the most of every corner to make the most of life. Here, a bare balcony is transformed into a casual dining space, ideal for taking in the beautiful garden view. Think about what you need – an outdoor seating area, dining or both – and then create. Check out the extensive outdoor furniture range at Dobbies garden centres – Plastic can be drastic White plastic garden seating doesn’t really ooze style, so we did our clients a favour and swapped that lone chair for something with colour, punch and personality. A simple bistro table and chairs set the scene for dinner a deux. Get the look with the Rive Droite Bistro Table & Chairs Set, £125 from Amara, Show bare that you care The bare timber balcony fencing, left to the elements, had become bleached and boring. Treat outdoor timber to several coats of varnish to add richness of colour and protection. Not only will it look better, it’ll last

After longer. Find great advice and a full range of decking care and outdoor fence protection products at Ronseal, Pot luck With a compact balcony like this, you don’t have to over-stuff with plants and flowers, especially if you’re not much of a gardener. Instead, keep things simple

and add smaller potted items to provide a burst of colour. Use brightly coloured pots, watering cans and other outdoor ornamentation to add colour when flowers aren’t in bloom. Get the look with the watering can planter in blue, £6.99 at Frame the outside world We’re all familiar with the idea of

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bringing the outside in – here, we made more of the space by adding a natural floor rug and billowing white drapes either side of the door to act as an ‘introduction’ to the balcony. The natural rug echoes the outdoor timber while the drapery adds drama and picks up natural light to make the room feel brighter and more summery. If you can, try swapping darker curtains for lighter options when the longer days are here. The rug and curtains are from Ikea,

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Before ■ “I’m in the garden” sign £5 (, 0845 302 1234)

Six of the best rustic garden essentials

■ Varnished wood, bright, vibrant pots and a chic table set transform the space, left, from its dull look, above

Accessorise the outside Just as the perfect well-placed accessory can make all the difference to a room, so too can a few carefully chosen items spell out a successful outdoor design story. Here, a simple hostess tray, a colourful striped vase and a leaf print table cloth add style, setting the scene and spelling out a perfect vignette of summer days to come. All we need to complete the picture is a warm summer. Please. Check out the Rice garden dining range at Debenhams, – beakers, trays, cups, etc, are all colourful and useful.


■ Decal planter £3 (, 0845 330 3330)

■ Hanging cone basket £1 (www. poundland., 0800 731 5622)

■ Wooden birdhouse, £7 (www. cargohome, 0844 848 3300)

■ Handsoap and scrubbing brush £6.99 (www.urbaneden

■ Bulbs and seeds tin £15 (www. sainsburys., 0800 636262)



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GARDENS Blue-ming With Carol Klein of TV’s Gardeners’ World

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Show’s high standards

A TURN IN MALVERN I RECENTLY spent some time visiting the Malvern Show. Despite disappointing weather, it was marvellous. The gardens were great – with a much wider range of styles and planting than ever before. And as for the plant exhibits – both in the spacious marquee and on the outside stalls – the standard was phenomenally high. The fact the exhibitors had managed to pull all this off in the face of such adverse weather conditions was a testament to their sheer determination.

■ Carol hard at work planting pot grown foxgloves in the woodland garden, above SHINE ON BEFORE heading to Malvern I was really glad to be at home. There was wall-to-wall sunshine to enjoy, which was absolutely perfect gardening weather. I didn’t know where to start. But I eventually decided the beds at the foot of the garden had top priority as they’ve been patiently waiting for me. It’s a year-and-a-half since these beds were constructed out of railway sleepers from our old nursery and they’re now beginning to burgeon. But there is so much more I want to do with them all, such as extending the theme of lilting movements and planting flowing down in great waves. Apricot foxgloves and pale lemon aquilegias were also dying to be planted, and now they have been. The hellebores we grew from seed will be superb each winter and will have the shade they need in the summer by herbaceous plants that will have reached voluminous proportions by then. When the weather broke, it was a really welcome change. Everything was watered in and in weeks to come its benefits will be obvious when all these new plants settle in.

Opinions vary about every colour of flower except blue, which always offers peace and calm, and blends well with other hues


VERY year, our camassias kick-start the garden performance at Glebe Cottage with a display of brilliant blooms. Little known, they deserve to be more widely grown. They are North American bulbs, eaten by indigenous people. Strong opinions are often offered about most colours of flowers. But when it comes to blue, there is seldom a dissenting voice. Blue flowers in the background will lead the eye towards the horizon, soften edges and break down barriers. Blue always lends peace and calm. It blends with other colours too. Put it with orange, its opposite, and there is no clash – both are enhanced. Anchusa azurea ‘Loddon royalist’ is as blue as you get. When growing happily, it makes 60cm spires. In borage, individual flowers are typical of the family – simple chalices with five petals and a recessed centre. It’s an early flowerer, at its best now. Its first flowering is the most dramatic but when plants look shabby, cut back to their basal rosettes – they will produce secondary and sometimes tertiary spikes. PRECIOUS CARGO It’s lovely in combination with orange geums such as ‘Prinses Juliana’ or ‘Borisii’ – both have masses of “single rose” flowers. In our brick garden, anchusa grows beside simple yellow hemerocallis lilioasphodelus. Everything here is blue or yellow apart from the bricks. Two of the best blue self-seeders fling themselves about willy-nilly. First the aquilegias, mainly ‘Hensol Harebell’, with wide deep-blue flowers and huge presence. No matter where it puts itself, it is perfectly placed. It self-seeds satisfactorily, but we often collect seed from the best to produce more for other parts of the garden. These aquilegias cope well in full

■ The spring border at Glebe Cottage which includes camassias, carex elata ‘Aurea’, Euphorbia palustris, Narcissus jonquilla ‘Flore Pleno’, Elaeagnus and Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ in terracotta pot sun or in dappled shade on the wild side of our garden. Seed can be sown as soon as the long pods begin to yield their precious cargo. Sow them on the surface of compost in trays or pots covering with a layer of grit. Let them imbibe

their fill by placing the pots in shallow water, drain and stand in a shady place. Prick out into individual pots when true leaves begin to appear. There are several species with blue, or blue and white, flowers that



WHAT do I do with my hyacinth and amaryllis bulbs that I’ve had indoors this spring?


YOU can plant your hyacinths in the garden. They will grow again next year but will be smaller and may look a bit wilder. Your amaryllis can be

given a holiday outside but once its foliage fades and shrinks back into the bulb, bring it indoors. In November or December give its compost a top up, a thorough watering, and then wait for things to happen.


WHY have my daffodils stopped

flowering? We used to have lots of flowers but every year there seems to be less.


THEY’VE gone “blind”. The bulbs may have been damaged or they may be overcrowded or dry. Replant the bulbs in fresh compost when the leaves are shrinking. Water well and they may recover.


HAVE you got any tips for pruning callistemon, or Bottle Brush bush, which has buds at the end of the branches?


CUT the flowered spikes down by a third to encourage growth. Despite its Australian origins, it seems to be hardy across the UK.

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breed fairly true, such as ‘Blue Bird’ from the songbird series, which has the most elegant, longspurred flowers. The other self-seeder is native meadow cranesbill, Geranium pratense, which decorates grassy

■ Hyachinth bulbs, right

embankments with a soft blue haze. Pratense means “of the meadow” and these are conditions in which it thrives, mingling with perennials and grasses in an open site. One plant will seed itself all over the place and each will have its own character. It doesn’t pay to be too prescriptive about what sort of blue you want. Occasionally there will be rogue plants that dare to be white, lavender or pink. If you are restricting it to blue you can mark any plant that hasn’t read the script and move it in winter. Or go for a geranium that you know is blue – a hybrid that sets no seed and will be true blue! Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ is one of the most good natured, flowering early during June and occasionally July and rambling around, making neat ground cover. Geranium himalayense ‘Plenum’ has full rosettes of blue-lavender

flowers that last much longer than the singles. ‘Buxton’s Blue’ is a famous cranesbill named after a great plantsman, E.C. Buxton, who specialised in woodland gardening. It is especially useful for late summer and occasionally July. It will thrive in sun or dappled shade and is useful for carpeting banks or tumbling down walls. It has passed on this habit to relatively recent introduction G. ‘Rozanne’, one of the most versatile of all cranesbills, which deserves a round of applause on every level. It is neat, needs no maintenance, and is happy left to its own devices. We use it in the open garden and in pots. It makes a fine specimen on its own or in combination with blue penstemons from the heterophyllus group. They too give a long and rewarding display – particularly important in pots and containers.

■ A native meadow cranesbill, Geranium pratense

■ Saxifraga rosacea, right ■ Main picture by JONATHAN BUCKLEY


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A saxi new look for rock garden BEST OF THE BUNCH – Saxifraga THESE pint-sized flowering perennials look great in rock gardens and scree beds or, in the case of several varieties, planted en masse in the front of borders to add colour in late spring and early summer, acting as valuable ground cover. They produce densely packed rosettes of spoon-shaped leaves and flower freely in shades ranging from pink and red to white, cream and yellow. Among the most popular specimens for the rockery are S. paniculata ‘Rosea’, a pink form whose star-shaped flowers appear in May or June, S. ‘Elizabethae’, which produces yellow flowers and S. ‘Jenkinsae’, which bears large pink blooms. Types suitable for the front of a border include S. x urbium ‘London Pride’, which is more vigorous than other saxifraga species and can cope with full shade or full sun and any type of soil. Cut off the flower stems after flowering and you will be left with neat, green rosettes. All rockery types need well drained soil in a moist spot with some shade from the midday sun. Another variety, S. fortunei, has deciduous foliage that is green with red on the undersides, with white flowers that bloom from October to November.

pests such as cabbage root fly and cabbage white butterflies. The best way to prevent such insects is to cover newly transplanted plants with garden fleece or fine netting. Cabbage caterpillars can be a real nuisance as they burrow inside the developing curds (heads) and ruin them. If your netting is securely anchored and held clear of the plants on wires or hoops, the adult butterflies will not be able to lay their eggs on the cauliflowers. Cauliflowers can also be prone to clubroot disease, a fungal infection which attacks the plant through the soil via its root hairs. In a short period of time this will lead to massive swelling, distortion and severely hampered growth. Clubroot can infect whenever the soil is moist and warm. Resistant varieties such as ‘Clapton’ and ‘Clarify’ are available, and a combination of crop rotation and liming should help to prevent the disease.

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT – Prevent cauliflower problems THEY are known to be tricky to grow, largely because they suffer from the same problems as cabbage, including insect


THREE WAYS TO... Protect strawberries LAY a bed of straw underneath emerging fruits on a dry, fine day to stop them getting wet and rotting.



Put netting over the plants, using short sturdy stakes to support the netting and keep the birds at bay. Keep an eye on your crops for signs of botrytis (grey mould) and if you see any grey, fluffy mould on the berries cut them off and bin them, checking over the rest of the crop.

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CROSBY, OO £300,000

AIGBURTH, £238,000

MAGHULL, £172,500

WEST DERBY, £289,950

THIS modern, four bedroom semidetached house has been extended and renovated to an extremely high standard by the present owners. On the ground floor an entrance hall with wood flooring gives access to an attractive lounge with a bay window and electric fire. The sitting room opens to a conservatory, and there is a contemporary kitchen/breakfast room and utility room. Upstairs are four bedrooms, one with an en-suite, plus a family bathroom with a modern suite. Outside there are gardens to the front and rear, as well as a driveway and an integrated garage. ■ Abode, 0151 909 3003

THIS traditional Edwardian, mid terrace house is located within a desirable residential area. Inside, the property offers bright and spacious accommodation which is well presented throughout, and has an abundance of charm and character. Downstairs is a reception hall, lounge, dining room, dining kitchen with granite worktops and integrated appliances, and a store room. On the first floor are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside there are town gardens to the front and rear. The property, which has an EPC rating of D, is available with no chain. ■ Sutton Kersh, 0151 734 0666

ENJOYING a semi-rural location and boasting lovely farmland views, yet situated within easy reach of amenities, is this charming, two bedroom semidetached cottage. Inside is a lounge with living flame gas fire, a sitting/dining room and a fitted kitchen incorporating a range of wall and base units, hob and oven. Upstairs are two bedrooms and a family bathroom which comprises a white suite with roll top bath. Outside, the property has off-road parking, and a rear garden with lawn, decking area and storage. The property, which has an EPC rating of E, is available with no chain. ■ Loc8, 0151 526 0021

THIS superior, three bedroom semidetached home is well presented and boasts a detached garage. Inside is a hall, wc, lounge with gas fire and French doors that lead to a rear patio, as well as a sitting room with a stained glass bay window. The sitting room also has a feature fireplace, and there is a dining kitchen, porch and utility room. Upstairs are three good sized bedrooms, all with fitted wardrobes, plus a four piece bathroom suite. Outside are gardens to both the front and rear, as well as a flagged driveway that provides off-road parking and leads to a garage. ■ Sutton Kersh, 0151 256 7837


BROADGREEN, £174,999

MOSSLEY HILL, £209,950

BOOTLE, £99,995

THIS two bedroom apartment is in a recently constructed development in the historic Rope Walks area. Inside, a communal entrance hall leads to the fifth floor apartment, which has been well presented. Inside is a private hallway, an openplan living area with floor-to-ceiling patio doors that lead onto a balcony with stunning views across the city skyline, plus a fully fitted kitchen area. There are also two bedrooms and a family bathroom with a modern suite. Residents have one allocated, underground parking space. The property, which has an EPC rating of C, is well located. ■ Good Moves, 0151 909 3747

THIS three bedroom, modern detached house benefits from off-road parking and an integral garage. On the ground floor an entrance hall gives access to a lounge with laminate flooring, living flame gas fire in a surround and sliding doors that open to a conservatory. The dining room also has laminate flooring, and there is a fitted kitchen with built-in oven and hob. A wc completes downstairs. To the first floor are three bedrooms and a bathroom. Outside is a driveway, garage and rear garden. The property has an EPC rating of D, and boasts double glazing and gas central heating. ■ Farrell Heyworth, 0151 220 5020

THIS grade-two listed, converted detached bungalow boasts a good sized garden and delightful views overlooking a golf course. Inside, a hall gives access to a lounge with a fireplace and windows to the front and side. The kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and base units, and there is a dining room. There are two bedrooms with sash windows, plus a bathroom with a free-standing bath, walk-in shower cubicle, wash hand basin and wc. Outside, the property, which has an EPC rating of F, enjoys a rear garden with a raised decked area. There is also an enclosed rear courtyard. ■ Venmore, 0151 733 9000

THIS delightful, three bedroom terrace house is located in a popular residential area. Inside, the property has been presented to an excellent standard, and briefly comprises an entrance hallway, spacious lounge and modern fitted kitchen with inset appliances. To the first floor are three good sized bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate wc. The property further benefits from double glazing and gas central heating. Outside is off-road parking to the front, and a well maintained garden to the rear. The property is well suited for a first time buyer. No chain. ■ James Kristian, 0151 933 2313


No sale - no fees, no up-front fees and no tie in periods. Just a few reasons to choose Venmore in Liverpool. See more properties at

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Ellerman Road, Liverpool £119,950 ● Second floor apartment ● Two double bedrooms ● Balcony overlooking Lake ● Stylish Bathroom ● Gas central heating system ● UPVC double glazed windows ● Allocated parking ● Easy access to City Centre ● EPC Rating: B

Argyle Street, Liverpool Reduced to £114,995 ● Duplex apartment ● One double bedroom ●Substantial Terrace overlooking Campbell Square ● Superb location for access to restaurants and city centre ● Spacious lounge/diner/fitted kitchen ● Double glazed windows ● Electric heating system ●Available with NO CHAIN! ● EPC Rating: D

Haigh Street, Liverpool Reduced to £99,950 Or nearest offer ● Purpose built first floor apartment ● Two double bedrooms ● Bathroom and en-suite Shower room ● UPVC double glazing ● Allocated parking via electric gates ● Convenient for Universities and Hospitals ● Available with NO CHAIN!

Pall Mall, Liverpool £95,000 ● Ground floor apartment ● One double bedroom ● Walkin store room ● Fitted kitchen with appliances ● Stylish bathroom ● Access onto communal terrace ● Available with no chain! ● EPC Current Rating: EER: 61, EIR: 64

Gilmartin Grove, Liverpool Reduced to £94,999 ● Superb two bedroom apartment ● Stylish Kitchen and Bathroom ● Convenient location for Hospitals and Universities ● UPVC double glazing and electric heating ● Allocated and Visitor parking bays ● EPC Current Rating: EER: 77, EIR: 78

Gloucester Place, Gilmartin Grove, Liverpool £94,500 ● First floor apartment ● Two double bedrooms ● "L" shaped Lounge/Diner/Kitchen ● Large double glazed windows ● Electric heating ● Allocated parking space ● EPC Rating C

Capricorn Crescent, Liverpool Reduced to £84,950 or nearest offer ● Modern mid town house ● Two double bedrooms ● Attractive rear garden ● Paved driveway to front ● Gas central heating system ● Double glazed windows ● EPC Rating: C

Calder Road, Liverpool £69,950 ● Ideal buy to let investment opportunity ● 4 bedroom end of terrace ● Rear garden ● UPVC double glazing ● Electric heating ● Cul-de-sac location

Dovey Street, Liverpool £65,000 ● Traditional mid terrace house ● Two bedrooms ● Modern kitchen and bathroom ● UPVC double glazing ● Partial gas central heating ● Available with NO CHAIN! ● EPC Current Rating: EER: 54, EIR: 50

Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool Reduced to £64,950 ● Third floor apartment ● One double bedroom ● Lounge to front ● Seperate fitted kitchen ● Ensuite Shower room ● Ideal buy to let investment ● Presently tenanted via A.S.T. ●EPC Rating D

Feltwell Road, Anfield £64,950 ● Rental income of £5720 p.a. ● Potential gross yield over 10% ● 3 bedroom mid terrace house ● Through Lounge/dining room ● Gas central heating system ● UPVC double glazed windows

Church Road West, Walton £64,950 ● End terrace house ● Four bedrooms ● UPVC double glazed windows ● Gas central heating system ● Downstairs w.c. ● Ideal for family occupancy ● AVAILABLE WITH NO CHAIN! ● EPC Rating D

74 Acorn Court, Liverpool £56,950 ● Second floor flat ● Two double bedrooms ● Through Lounge ● Separate Kitchen ● Double glazing ● Allocated parking ● Available with NO CHAIN!

Snowdrop Street, Liverpool Reduced to £47,995 ● RMid-terrace house ● Three bedrooms ● Lounge ● Modern fitted Kitchen ● Ground floor modern Bathroom ● Ideal for the first time buyer ● EPC Current Rating: EER: 63, EIR: 58

City Branch Sales 0151 236 4400

Imperial Buildings, 9 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2SH




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● Detached House ● Two Reception Rooms ● Breakfast Kitchen ● Four Bedroom/Bathroom ● Ground Floor Shower Room ● ORP/Driveway/Gardens/Garages






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● Extended Semi Detached House ● Four Bedrooms, Hall, G/F W.C. ● Lounge, Dining Room ● Fitted Kitchen, Rear Morning Room ● Family Bathroom ● Gardens Front and Rear

NO CHAIN £232,000

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● Three Bedroom Semi Detached House ● Lounge / Dining Room ● Fitted Kitchen ● GCH & D/G ● Bathroom ● No Chain Involved


● Three Bed Extended Semi ● Lounge, Dining Room ● Kitchen, Bathroom ● Loft Room fully boarded ● South facing Rear Garden ● Front garden and Driveway


● Semi Detached House ● Three Bedrooms ● Lounge, Dining Room ● Kitchen, Utility ● Bathroom, En Suite, Ground WC ● Garden, GCH, DG, NO CHAIN




● Mid Terrace House ● Two Bedrooms ● Lounge, Modern Bathroom ● Modern Dining Kitchen ● Driveway, Garden ● GCH and DG





● Terraced House ● Two Bedrooms ● Lounge ● Fitted Kitchen ● Ground Floor Bathroom ● Rear Yard






● Extended Three Bedroom Townhouse ● Lounge ● Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room ● Bathroom,D/G C/H ● Bloc Paved Driveway and Rear Garden




£1,500 pcm



● DETACHED OFFICE BUILDING ● 113.39 sq m (1,220 sq ft) ● New Business 50% Discounted Rates, £600


● Adjacent to Aintree Railway Station ● Parking for 6 Cars ● GCH and DG

£1,100 pcm


● Three Bedroom Mews Style Property ● Set in a cul de sac ● GCH and D/G Windows. ● Hallway, Cloakroom, Kitchen and Lounge/Diner. ● Two Double Bedrooms and Bathroom. ● Master Bedroom, Dressing Area, En Suite Shower Room. ● Front and Enclosed Rear Gardens. Driveway


● Modern Semi Detached ● Three Bedrooms ● Lounge, Dining Room ● Kitchen, Bathroom ● Driveway, Gardens ● GCh and DG

£625 pcm

Sales: 0151-526-0021 Lettings: 0151-531-1089


● Mid Terrace House ● Attractive Rear Garden ● Three Bedrooms ● Front and Rear Lounge ● Kitchen, Bathroom ● GCH and DG, No Chain

NO CHAIN £99,950




● Semi Detached Dormer Bungalow ● Three Bedrooms ● Two Reception Rooms, Dining Kitchen ● Ground Floor and First Floor Bathrooms ● Gardens Front and Rear ● Driveway, Car Port, GCH and DG







● Extended Detached House ● Three First Floor Bedrooms ● Rear Reception Room/Bedroom 4 ● Kitchen Diner, Open Plan Lounge/Dining


● Utility, WC, Bathroom and En Suite ● Gardens, Driveway, Garage, GCH and DG

£995 pcm



● End Terrace House ● GCH / Entrance Hall ● 2 Reception Rooms ● Kitchen ● 3 Beds & Family Bathroom ● Rear courtyard

£395 pcm


● Four Bedrooms ● Mid Terrace House ● Lounge, Dining Room ● Kitchen, Bathroom ● Enclosed Front and Rear ● GCH and DG, NO CHAIN

NO CHAIN £89,995




● Terraced House ● Two Bedroom ● Lounge ● Fitted Kitchen ● Bathroom ● Gardens and Conservatory




● Detached Bungalow ● Three Bedrooms ● Lounge, Conservatory ● Kitchen Diner ● Bathroom, En Suite, WC ● Gardens, Driveway

£850 pcm



● Three bed mid terrace. ● Available immediately. ● Double glazed. ● Gas central heated. ● Rear courtyard. ● Fitted Kitchen.

£475 pcm

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● Executive Four Bed Detached ● Open Plan Kitchen Diner Reception Area ● Two Bathrooms, Hot Tub, Sauna ● Entertaining Room, Professionally Fitted Bar ● Private Gated Access ● Expansive Gardens, Rural Location

£650 pcm

NO CHAIN £105,000

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● Semi Detached House ● Off Kirkby Row ● Four Bedrooms ● Two Reception Rooms ● Dining Kitchen, Bathroom, Ground WC ● Landscaped Garden, GCH, DG, NO CHAIN

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● Extended Detached House ● Four Bedrooms, Ensuite, Bathroom ● Lounge, Dining Room, Morning Room ● Fitted Kitchen, Ground Floor Wc ● Double Glazing, Gas Central Heating ● Driveway, Integral Garage, Garadens

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● Four Bedroom Detached House ● Hallway, Cloakroom, Lounge, Dining Area, ● Conservatory, Kitchen and Utility Room. ● Bathroom, En Suite Shower Room. ● Front and Enclosed Rear Gardens. ● Driveway, Detached Garage.

£795 pcm



● Two Bedroom 2nd Floor Flat ● Lounge, Kitchen ● Bathroom ● Fully GCH, DG ● View Immediatley

£425 pcm


● Newly Refurbished ● Three Bedrooms ● Two Reception Rooms ● Dining Kitchen ● Modern Bathroom ● No Chain, GCH, DG




● Extended Semi Detached House ● Three First Floor Bedrooms ● Open Plan Lounge/Dining Room ● Rear Lounge, Additional Room/Bed 4 ● Kitchen/Utility, Ground WC, Side


● Modern Jacuzzi Bathroom, Driveway, Garden

£750 pcm



● One Bedroom Flat. ● Hallway, Lounge, ● Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom. ● Rear Access. ● Call Loc8 on 0151 531 1089.

£300 pcm

12 Central Square, Maghull. L31 0AE 25

City centre 0151 236 2332




ANGLICAN COURT | L8 £109,950

ADLER WAY | L3 £210,000

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Second floor Apartment Two bedrooms Open Plan Living area Modern Kitchen Ideal First Home No Chain

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Second Floor Apartment two bedrooms Open Plan Living Area Modern Kitchen Loft Space Allocated Parking Visitor Parking No Chain

THE TEA FACTORY | L1 £139,950

HAWKSHEAD ST | PR9 £139,950

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Fourth Floor Apartment Two bedrooms Spacious Living Area En-suite Shower Room Timber Decked Courtyard Balcony with City Views No Chain

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Mid Town House Three Bedrooms Through Lounge Diner Kitchen Double Glazing Garage No Chain

TUNNEL ROAD | L7 OIRO £120,000

MERTON ROAD | L20 £249,950

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Semi Detatched House Three Bedrooms Living Room Cloakroom Rear Garden with Driveway Front Garden No Chain

Lettings 0151 207 5923

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Grade II Listed Semi Detached Cottage Six Bedrooms Two Reception Rooms Dining Kitchen Utility Room Many Original Features Gardens & Outhouses

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Penthouse Apartment Two Bedrooms Open Plan Living Area En-suite Shower Room Balcony Water Feature and River Views Secure Undercroft Parking Space




Two bed Apt

1st Floor

Retirement apr

For over 60's

Communal Lounge

Terraced House

Two bedrooms

Gas Central Heating

Open lounge / dining room

Modern Kitchen

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One Bed Apt


Over 60's


Electric Heating


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Loft Style Apartments 2/3 Bedrooms Approximately 3000 squ ft A Choice of Floor Plans Secure Car Spaces included Balcony Superb City Centre Location Reservation Deposit Taken

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Ground Floor Apt Lounge Kitchen Two Bedrooms Bathroom Parking

QUEBEC QUAY | L3 £700 PCM ● ● ● ● ● ●

2 Bedroom Apartment Furnished parking CH/DG Lovely Location

BOLD PLACE | L1 £430,000




Two Bedroom Apt

2 Bedrooms

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En Suite


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Secure Car parking space.

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BACK SANDON ST | L8 £350,000



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Georgian End Town House Three Bedrooms Open Plan Living Area Study/Playroom En-Suite Shower Room Cloakroom Wine Cellar Two Car Driveway

EARLE ROAD | L7 £99,950


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Mid Terraced House Three Bedrooms Living Room Dining Room Gas Central Heating Double Glazing Rear Yard

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Stunning Ground Floor Apartment Four Double Bedrooms Well Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room Three Bathroom/shower Rooms Two Car Spaces Dockside Patio Internal Inspection essential

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Ground Floor Apartment Two Bedrooms Living/Dining Room Fitted Kitchen Allocated Parking Investment Opportunity No Chain

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Detached Bungalow Three bedrooms Lounge Dining Kitchen Double Glazing Garage No Chain

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Modern 3 Bed Town House Part Furnished Living Room Dining Kitchen DG GCH Rear Garden



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Mid Terraced House Three Bedrooms Part Furnished Double Glazed Gas Central Heating Popular Location

ABBEYFIELD DRIVE | L12 £550 PCM ● ● ● ● ● ●

Town House Three Bedrooms Gas Central Heating Double Glazing Gardens Inspection Recommended

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MAKIN STREET | L4 £395 PCM ● ● ● ● ● ●

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LOWER HESWALL, £1,000pcm


GATEACRE, £650pcm


OCCUPYING an elevated position at the head of a close is this two bedroom, unfurnished detached dormer bungalow. Inside is a porch, hallway, spacious lounge through to a dining room with garden access, and a recently installed fitted kitchen. There are also two double bedrooms with fitted furniture, and a bathroom with shower. To the first floor is a further double bedroom and a boarded loft room. Outside are gardens with views over the estuary, plus driveway parking, a garage, utility and car port. Enquire on children and pets; no smokers. ■ Clive Watkin Partnership, 0151 342 4422

LOCATED just off Duke Street is this fabulous two bedroom apartment. In brief, the accommodation comprises a spacious lounge, separate fully integrated modern kitchen, dining area and two bedrooms, as well as a bathroom which includes a bath and shower. The property has been fully furnished to a high standard, and boasts electric heating and double glazing. Additional benefits include secure gated access, and one secure parking space. The property is close to amenities and transport links. ■ Sutton Kersh, 0151 207 5923

AVAILABLE to let is this two bedroom, first floor retirement apartment in a popular location on Woolton Road. The facilities of Allerton Road and Woolton Village are easily accessible, and the property is suitable for either individuals or a couple. In brief, the accommodation comprises a lounge, kitchen and two bedrooms, as well as a bathroom. Further benefits include electric heating, double glazing, parking and a communal lounge and function areas. The property, with an EPC rating of B, also has a house manager and 24-hour monitoring and is flexible in terms of furnishing. ■ Sutton Kersh, 0151 207 5923

THIS sprawling, five bedroom property is an ideal family home. Inside has been cleverly designed to make use of every space and offers plenty of room with ample storage. On the ground floor, a large openplan living space leads through to a kitchen and stunning, traditional bathroom. The five bedrooms are all good sizes, with one having a wc and another boasting a contemporary Jack and Jill shower room, plus there is a secret den accessible only through a hidden crawl space on the top floor. Outside, the property, which is unfurnished, has a low maintenance patio-garden. ■ Karl Tatler, 0151 342 5777

LIVERPOOL, £650pcm

WATERLOO, £495pcm

MELLING, £650pcm

SEFTON PARK, £700pcm

THIS fantastic, two bedroom apartment is located in the popular Armstrong Quay development and boasts stunning river views from its private balcony. Currently being redecorated and re-carpeted throughout, the property would be ideal for professionals looking to share or a couple in search of a quiet location but easy access to the city centre. In brief, the accommodation comprises a lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom. The property, which is being offered on a furnished basis, also boasts an allocated parking space. ■ Venmore, 0151 236 4400

THIS two bedroom, fully-furnished apartment is located in a popular area. Inside, the property has been well presented and an internal viewing is strongly recommended. In brief, the accommodation includes a lounge which has space for a dining table, as well as a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Additional benefits include double glazing, gas central heating and an intercom. Outside, the property benefits from private parking and gardens. The apartment is ideally located close to a range of amenities including shops, schools, parks and transport. ■ Abode, 0151 909 3003

AVAILABLE to let is this attractive, three bedroom end terrace house which boasts a garage. The property is well maintained and offers spacious accommodation. On the ground floor, the accommodation briefly comprises an entrance hall, wc, lounge, dining area and kitchen. On the first floor is a master bedroom with en-suite facilities, plus two further bedrooms and a main bathroom. Outside, the property boasts a driveway with space for off-road parking, as well as a garage and gardens. An early viewing is highly recommended. ■ Loc8, 0151 531 1089

AVAILABLE to let is this beautifully presented, one bedroom apartment with landscaped communal gardens. A large, former merchant house, the property has been refurbished to a high standard and boasts secure, gated parking, entry phone system, and wellmaintained communal areas. In brief, inside is a lounge, modern kitchen with integrated appliances, a bedroom, study and bathroom. Additional benefits include wooden floors, a modern bathroom suite comprising roll top bath and separate shower unit, plus ample natural light with open, spacious hallways and high ceilings. The property is unfurnished. ■ Venmore, 0151 734 6890


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LOT 1 – VACANT RESIDENTIAL 27 St Domingo Grove, Liverpool, L5 6RP Guide price £10,000+

LOT 7 – VACANT RESIDENTIAL 7b Larkhill Close, Liverpool, L13 9DR Guide price £40,000+

LOT 11 – VACANT RESIDENTIAL 208 Mackets Lane, Liverpool, L25 9NH Guide price £70,000+

LOT 42 – VACANT RESIDENTIAL 29 Mariners Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 6SX Guide price £275,000–£300,000

LOT 45 – VACANT RESIDENTIAL 482 Southport Road, Scarisbrick, Ormskirk, L40 9RF Guide price £95,000+

LOT 48 – VACANT RESIDENTIAL 8 Ronald Road, Liverpool, L22 3XU Guide price £175,000+

LOTS 60 & 72 – VACANT RESIDENTIAL 53 & 55 Cambria Street, Liverpool, L6 6AP Guide price £15,000–£20,000 each

LOT 68 – VACANT COMMERCIAL 59 & 65–71 Hill Street, Liverpool, L8 5SA Guide price £135,000+

LOT 69 – LAND Land at Brassey/Beaumont Street, Liverpool, L8 5RL Guide price £50,000+

LOT 79 – VACANT RESIDENTIAL 29 Larkhill, Skelmersdale, Lancashire WN8 6TE Guide price £75,000+

LOT 80 – VACANT RESIDENTIAL 22 Lilley Road, Liverpool, L7 OLR Guide price £100,000+

LOT 108 – VACANT RESIDENTIAL 21 Greenbank Road, Liverpool L18 1HG Guide price £90,000+

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NEW HOMES Help to buy for all By Katie McLoughlin


REAMS of a brand new home could become a reality for many more homebuyers thanks to Redrow and the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. Since April 1, homebuyers in Widnes have been able to purchase a brand new Redrow home at neighbouring developments Barrow’s Green and Lancaster Place with just a 5% deposit – and enjoy lower monthly mortgage repayments. It enables those who have saved at least a 5% deposit to take out an equity loan from the Government for up to 20% of the purchase price. This means they only need a 75% mortgage from their chosen lender, and should be able to access much more competitive interest rates, which would make their mortgage repayments more affordable. Unlike the Government’s FirstBuy scheme, all types of purchasers can apply for an equity loan through Help to Buy, not just first time buyers. It is available exclusively on new homes. Anita Williams, sales director for Redrow Homes, (North West), said: “We very much welcome the Help to Buy initiative, as it will improve the outlook for many who want to move to a new home but do not have the large deposit required by many lenders. “It will open the door for those

who have saved hard for a 5% deposit, while allowing them access to better interest rates usually reserved for people with much larger savings.” A range of traditionally styled Redrow homes at Barrow’s Green and Lancaster Place will be available to purchase using the Help to Buy scheme. Lancaster Place and Barrow’s

Green both offer a selection of high specification homes, each designed with families in mind. Featuring designs from Redrow’s New Heritage Collection, the homes combine traditional Arts and Craftsinspired architecture with bright, modern interiors. Barrow’s Green offers a superb choice of four bedroom homes

from £222,995 to £265,995, while nearby Lancaster Place boasts an impressive collection of three and four bedroom homes from £204,995 to £449,500. ■ For details of the latest availability and pricing, call 0151 378 8839 for Lancaster Place or Barrow’s Green on 0151 345 0820 or visit the website

■ The Richmond home is available from Redrow

Lovell’s 95 means you can move for less

■ Lovell’s Oakwood home is one of the property styles available at Church Fields in Garston

HOUSEBUILDER Lovell has launched its Lovell 95 mortgage offer, making moving home easier than ever before. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a homeowner seeking to move up the property ladder, Lovell 95 means you can buy a new Lovell home with a 95% mortgage and a deposit of 5%. For example, using Lovell 95, a homebuyer can buy a brand new house with an asking price of £160,000 with a deposit of £8,000 rather than the usual 20% deposit of £32,000. Clare Noakes, regional sales manager for Lovell, said: “Buying a brand new home can now be a reality rather than a dream thanks to the introduction of the new scheme.” Lovell 95 is a mortgage indemnity high loan to value (LTV) scheme available through a

selected panel of building societies to Lovell purchasers throughout England and Wales. Lovell’s panel of building societies agree to increase their loan to values in return for a “loan by loan” mortgage insurance paid for by Lovell which protects the high loan to value proportion of the loan up to 95% at no extra cost to the purchaser. Rates are offered at 95% LTV, 90% LTV and 85% LTV, therefore homebuyers can own their Lovell new home from as little as a 5% deposit. Lovell is building new homes across the North West including Church Fields in Garston, Sevenoaks in Birkenhead and Fountain Court in Tranmere. ■ For more details visit home or call 0161 905 8652.



Home fit for TV show By Katie McLoughlin


F you’re looking for a contemporary, one-ofa-kind home worthy of being on TV programme Grand Designs, this south Liverpool house could be for you. Built in 2004, the palatial detached property occupies three-quarters of an acre of land and boasts a cinema room, gym, sauna and a stunning open-plan kitchen/lounge. The property, which has an EPC rating of F, also has a high tech system which controls the cinema as well as the blinds, lights and music in almost every room. Set in a private gated development which runs between Hillfoot Avenue and Mather Avenue, the property has easy access to amenities in Woolton Village, Hunts Cross and Allerton Road. On the ground floor there is a 37ft lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding patio doors to the garden and oak wood flooring with underfloor heating. The lounge is open-plan to the stylish kitchen. Fitted with contemporary units, the kitchen has sliding patio doors to an al fresco dining area at the side, a granite tiled

floor and integrated appliances. The ground floor also boasts a 24ft cinema room with a home cinema with concealed speakers. An inner hall leads to a downstairs wc, study, sumptuous bathroom with roll top bath,

gym/bedroom five with sauna, bedroom four and an en-suite. The first floor has a landing and three bedrooms, of which the master has fitted wardrobes, a dressing room and an en-suite. Outside, there’s an integrated

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■ The property has plenty of luxurious touches

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#This represents a 95% mortgage of an 80% share with a total borrowing of £92,250.00 over a 30 year term on a capital and interest repayment mortgage. 3.15% fixed until 31/05/2015. 4.0% APR. The total of all fees payable in arranging this mortgage would be £389.50. The monthly payment after 31/05/2015 would revert to £437.93. The total cost of the mortgage assuming the current interest rates do not alter and the mortgage runs the full course of 30 years would be £157,048.30. There is an early repayment charge if the mortgage is repaid within 2 years after the mortgage completes. The maximum repayment charge would be £2,767.50 plus fees. Offer price based on a Government backed equity percentage of 20%. Full purchase price £123,000. Shared equity percentage may be subject to change due to lenders’ criteria. Countryside Properties terms and conditions apply. Prices correct at time of going to press. Please note that this product may not be available to all applicants and is subject to status. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up payments on a mortgage or any other debt secured on it. Check that this mortgage will meet your needs if you want to move or sell your home or you want your family to inherit it. If you are in doubt, seek independent advice. Images are indicative.

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DEAR DONNY your questions on DIY answered


THERE was a damp patch on our property on the main bedroom wall. We had the chimney repointed and the wall replastered but after some time the damp has returned. We are told that the lead flashing is cracked somewhere. What can we do?


DON’T worry, you don’t need to touch the chimney. Lead flashing is easy to replace if you know what you’re doing. You just need a lead worker or a roofer who is skilled in fitting lead.

If you want to build your own home, you’ll need to get the finance in place and decide on the building method and materials, says JULIA GRAY


MY house is 10 years old. I have noticed a white dusty deposit appearing on the yellow brickwork on the outside walls. It looks like chalk spanning a large area. What is it and how can I get rid of it?


INANCING a self-build last around 200 years. isn’t necessarily easy, Frames made of softwoods, such especially in this as Douglas fir, are cheaper than economic climate, but hardwoods, such as oak, but oak is it’s certainly possible. commonly used and can be Selling your home, or releasing the expensive. equity in it, is one option (and ideal Another disadvantage is that the for buying the building plot), but timber frame can restrict what you many self-builders need a loan for do with the design of the house, the project, and a self-build because the structure has its mortgage is a popular choice. limitations. With this kind of mortgage, the An alternative to a timber frame money is released in stages as the is a steel one. Steel frames allow building work progresses. To qualify more flexibility with the design and for a self-build mortgage, you’ll are strong, resistant to the weather have to provide more information and quick to put up. than for a standard residential While steel or timber-frame mortgage, including the plans for houses are good choices, there are the new house, many other the projected building build costs, and methods to proof of planning consider. permission. Alternatives If you haven’t include brick sold your home and block, where and want to houses have continue living internal there during the blockwork walls build, you can and external have a self-build brick or stone ■ Timber frame houses are popular mortgage ones; straw bale, alongside your where the bales existing mortgage, as long as the are usually covered in render; figures stack up. permanent insulated formwork And as with any big building systems, such as Beco Wallform’s, project, it’s important to have a which are a quick and practical way sizeable contingency fund in case of building insulated walls; cob, anything goes wrong with your where a straw, earth/clay, sand and finances or the build. water mixture is used to form walls; The good news for self-builders is adobe, where a similar mixture is that they can claim back the VAT on the building materials used, which is one of the reasons why self-building can work out cheaper than buying a house. THE Defender Rechargeable LED The building method and Hand Lamp (£35.99, Screwfix) is a materials you choose will have a big good way to see when DIYing in impact on the cost of the project, poor light conditions. although there are, of course, It’s great value compared to practical and aesthetic many similar work lights, where considerations as well as financial you have to buy the light, charger ones. and battery separately, and has 26 Timber-frame houses are popular bright, energy-efficient LED bulbs with self-builders because they can (you can have all or just 14 on, be erected quickly. Wood is also giving six or three hours of natural, environmentally friendly continuous use) and a and aesthetically appealing. shatterproof body. And it’s more durable than you might think – softwood frames can


THE white chalky deposit is efflorescence. When soluble salts are found in sand and mixed with cement, they get locked into the mortar and migrate to a wall surface or anywhere that uses sand in the mix. Don’t wash it off as this pushes it back into the brickwork only to surface again as the wall dries out. Over time it will disappear. In the meantime, brush it off with a dry stiff bristle brush.

■ Make sure the figures add up when considering a self-build shaped into bricks; and rammed earth, where walls, floors and foundations are formed by compacting an earth mixture. You may know which building method you want to use, or you may be happy to be guided by your architect, but the method and design have to be compatible. One of the great things about self-building is that it’s easy to

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I HAVE a thin hairline crack in a wall that’s been plastered and painted using emulsion. Can I paint over it using the same paint?


YOU need to paint the make your new home full wall as new paint environmentally friendly. stands out. Paint the whole Period houses and flats tend to be wall that had the crack. Cut in difficult and costly to make energy the paint down the sides of the efficient because they were built wall with the crack – you may long before energy efficiency was a get away without painting the consideration, but building methods whole room. and materials have become a lot greener in recent years. ■ For more tips and As well as obvious things such as step-by-step guides go to insulating as much as possible and choosing energy-efficient windows and glazing, self-builders can incorporate big eco home improvements, such as solar panels, heat pumps, grey-water recycling systems, and biomass boilers, in a more cost-effective way than homeowners who have to CAVITY wall insulation retrofit them. (insulation injected in the Combine this with gap between your home’s environmentally friendly external and internal walls) building materials and saves money by keeping you can create a green the cold out and heat in. self-build, which is good Generally properties for your bank balance, from the 1920s onwards because it keeps your have cavity walls, but look energy bills down, and at your home’s brickwork good for the planet. to be sure. If the bricks are a mix of long and short, it doesn’t have cavity walls, but if they are all long, it does.


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Property extra packed with homes for sale. Featuring properties in Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, West Lancs and the North West