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A quick trip through history Charles Street See inside for details...
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elcome to the new edition of our Sawyer & Co. Magazine.
In this issue we catch up with Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim in an exclusive interview, we travel back through time to learn about Charles Street, we have a handy guide on buying New Build Homes and also give you our regular property market update. We hope that the first few months of 2017 have treated you well, they’ve certainly been busy for us. We’re very proud to announce that already this year we’ve won the prestigious title of Best Estate Agency in the South East 2017 at The Guild Awards, which are the most important property industry accolades. If you read the property sections of the national newspapers you might also have noticed that our Sawyer & Co. properties have been getting plenty of editorial exposure. When The Sunday Times wanted to know all about Hove for their ‘20 Best Places to Live’ feature they simply came straight to us and asked. They also featured one of our properties in their list of the UK’s ‘Best Homes to Live In’. Features like these show that when we market our properties we don’t just put a sign up in the front garden and hope for the best. We make sure we reach the widest possible audience to achieve the best possible outcome.
It’s not only our successful local and national press marketing that sets us apart - exclusive interactive immersive tours, bespoke property descriptions and stunning professional photography are all part and parcel of our services available to everyone who trust us to sell their property for them. If you’d like us to come and value your property pop into the office and say hello or contact us now on 01273 685 111 to arrange a time that’s convenient for you. Chris sawyer Director
Contents This month we....................................................04–05 5 Reasons to buy a new build house...... 06 Property market.........................................................07 Charles Street......................................................................08 Property for sale and rent................................. 09 Fatboy Slim Q&A...................................................10–11
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For Sale £525,000
Beautiful Grade II Listed 2 Bedroom Apartment with Panoramic Sea Views and South-Facing Garden in Historic Seafront Terrace.
Located on the raised ground floor in one of Brighton’s most prestigious seafront areas, this elegant mid-19th century apartment is superbly positioned to enjoy commanding sea views and an abundance of late Regency charm. Offering a stylish contemporary interior within the grandeur of a Grade II listed period property, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a south-facing apartment. Sitting directly on the seafront, Marine Parade is ideally situated for the hubbub of Kemp Town village and for those working at the Royal Sussex Hospital. Share of Freehold.
Contact us now on 01273 685 111 and find out more about this property.
...we’re looking forward to
Showing off our football skills on the new 3G pitches at The Manor
Situated next to St Mark’s Primary School, The Manor is a fantastic community sports facility set up and run by a dedicated group of local residents. Aiming to build stronger communities through sports and leisure since 2005, The Manor has gone from strength to strength. While the multi-use games
area offers space for basketball, netball and volleyball, the introduction of the new 3G pitches means that The Manor is the perfect place for football training, matches and tournaments. Contact The Manor at www.TheManorBrighton.com and book a pitch by calling 01273 676 828.
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this month ...we’re enjoying A little something we like to call Irene’s Insalata. Our new professional in-house photographer hails from the beautiful Italian island of Sicily and moved to Brighton after falling in love with our vibrant city. With spring finally here it seems only fitting that we share her own take on a healthy Mediterranean salad. Roughly grate 8oz of carrots, 4oz beetroot and 4oz of Gala apples and mix together in a bowl. Thinly slice 4oz of fresh celery and add to the mix. Gently squeeze the juice of a lemon onto the mixture together with a generous drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and stir. Finally, add a handful of fresh mint leaves and opal! Buon Appetito
…we’re listening to Monday mornings can always feel like a chore after a long weekend. However, as the great Bob Marley once said “one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” and with that in mind here’s an eclectic sample of what we’re listening to on our way into work at the moment: Sweet Southern Comfort – Buddy Jewell Thick As Thieves – The Jam Ordinary People – John Legend Beautiful Thing – Stone Roses Darkness Rolling – Lo Fidelity Allstars Show You – Duelle
Listen to our Sawyer & Co playlists at find out more at: https://open.spotify. com/user/sawyerco
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Property Market Update One of the most important things that a good estate agent knows is that relationships with sellers and buyers need to be based on trust. That’s why at Sawyer & Co. we place a big value on our honesty and the fact that we will always tell it like it is.
means buyer interest is consistently high. The newspaper feature highlighted the fact that from up and down-sizers, commuters and investors to those looking for second homes or just wanting to relocate, we continue to be popular with a wide range of buyers.
There may have been plenty of talk of uncertain times for the property market however, we are now seeing the usual upturn in activity that we always expect to see at this time of year.
During these months when the sun starts to get higher in the sky and we venture out onto the beach and into our gardens, everything looks so much better here in our fair city. Never underestimate the way that people visiting our city walk along the seafront, around the lanes, up through Kemp Town or around Hove and then decide they want to move here from outside the area.
Money is still cheap to borrow, mortgages are a little easier to come by and a weak sterling is good news for overseas buyers. Sensibly priced properties have been selling swiftly already this year and the best weeks are ahead of us now. Of course, that’s where we think our accurate and realistic valuation skills really come into play, and our track record of a low percentage of price reductions on our properties compared to our main competitors backs this up. Consistent kudos for our area as seen in the recent Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Live’ feature
Our exclusive Matterport 360 degree viewing service has attracted interest from out of area and overseas buyers who then go on to view in person, making it a vital addition to our services and yet another aspect of the way we do things that sets us apart. Contact our property experts now on 01273 685 111 or pop into our branch at 113 St George’s Road and allow us to get things moving for you.
For Sale £450,000
Spacious Grade I Listed 2 Bedroom Apartment in Historic Kemp Town Crescent. Set inside a distinctive Grade I listed crescent, with its iconic white stuccoed exterior, a deceptively spacious interior offers a contemporary lifestyle within the elegance of a period property. Residents of Lewes Crescent have access to the private enclosed gardens with its secret tunnel that runs beneath Marine Parade to the seafront.
Lewes Crescent Available NOW Contact us now on 01273 685 111 for more details. Sawyer& Co_KEMPTOWN_Living Issue 2 2017.indd 7
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a quick trip through history
Kemp Town is full of streets and buildings that carry more history amongst them than many other parts of the city. A great example is the small, seemingly average Charles Street, which although today might simply seem like a through road to St James’s Street, once you delve into its back pages a very different story emerges.
Charles Street and, along with neighbouring Broad Street and Manchester Street, was built along the existing cliff top. The constructions followed a system already familiar to the Brighton of the time, namely bungaroosh (the local Sussex name for flint and lime wall) combined with brick, lime-plaster and timber.
In the late eighteenth century Charles Street was at the forefront of developments in Brighton and was one of the first streets to be built in the area. Its main function was to provide lodgings for visitors, so in many ways it helped build Brighton as the magnet for tourists that it is today.
Charles Street still has a distinct personality, albeit shared by other early streets in the area, due to the way that many buildings, some of them listed, have maintained their identity over the years. The majority of the houses still have double hung sash windows with Georgian pattern glazing, and 9-12 on the east side and 20-23 on the west side were listed in 1971 in recognition of their architectural value to both the area and Brighton as a whole.
The area between the seafront road to Rottingdean and north to the Upper Furlong (now called St James’s Street), was historically called Little Laine in Cliff Furlong. In the late 1700s it was developed by builder Stephen Wood who decided to take advantage of Brighton’s growing popularity with visitors and build one of the first new areas of the town. This East of Steine area expanded rapidly as
Today St James’s street attracts visitors in their thousands and simply by turning off the beaten track and walking along Charles Street and its neighbours a glimpse of the past is there for the taking. It’s a vital part of what makes this area of Brighton so enduringly popular.
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Beautifully Refurbished Victorian House in Central Brighton Location Arranged Over 3 Floors Conveniently located in the heart of Brighton, this incredibly central home is perfectly situated for commuters, whilst also offering an amazingly peaceful family environment. Refurbished to a high standard throughout, modern design features blend effortlessly with sash windows and high ceilings to provide a brilliant example of contemporary living in a deceptively spacious period property.
For Sale £800,000
Situated on an attractive road in the West Hill Conservation Area, a gentle white and grey colour scheme, period features and bay sash windows provide an elegant and consistent design theme to each of the three floors. Contact us now on 01273 685 111 for more details
Beautiful Grade II Listed 2 Bedroom Apartment with Panoramic Sea Views in Iconic Seafront Terrace.
To Let £1,700 pcm Available NOW
Located on the second floor in one of Brighton’s most prestigious seafront areas, this elegant mid-19th century apartment is superbly positioned to enjoy commanding sea views and an abundance of late Regency charm. Offering a contemporary lifestyle within the elegance of a period property, this is a rare opportunity to rent a south-facing apartment. Set in the grandeur of a Grade II listed building, Clarendon Terrace is ideally situated for those working at the
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FATBOY SLIM – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW From headlining this year’s Wildlife Festival to the Electric Daisy Carnival in Japan, Brighton & Hove’s favourite adopted son Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim looks set to have a busy 2017. Sawyer & Co. caught up with him to talk about all things Brighton & Hove…. Q. The old music industry cliché used to be about becoming successful and buying an old medieval mansion in the countryside. There’s plenty dotted around Sussex, why did you choose the beach front instead? A. Tee hee. I’m not a country boy and have always felt the lure of the sea. The beach has always drawn and inspired me. More importantly though, in my partying days and with a recording studio in my house it was important to have no near neighbours! Q. You must have travelled pretty much everywhere in the world by now. What’s so special about Brighton and Hove that keeps you calling it home? A. Well mainly because it is just that...home... I love the relaxed and tolerant atmosphere here, the slightly eccentric. I have lived here for 35 years now and all my hopes and dreams seem to come true here. Q. Was the legendary ‘House of Love’ the first property you owned, what made you choose it, whereabouts was it and do you still own it? A. My brother in law lives there now. It wasn’t a special house, a Victorian end of terrace backing on to the railway tracks, but it had very tolerant neighbours, a basement lounge that seemed to be perfectly soundproof and that was where our most infamous parties went on. When the party ended I would fall into the studio, watch the trains go by and record tunes for the next week’s party
“I would sign Neymar, we could do with more Brazilian flair...”
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Q. When you first moved to Brighton was Western Esplanade as famous as it is now and did you ever think that one day you’d live there? A. I didn’t know it even existed before an estate agent told me about it (after living here for a good ten years...). As I began the process of moving in I quickly learnt of its rich eccentric celebrity history, with tales of Frank Sinatra, Joe Orton etc. all staying here. It still remains kinda ‘Stella Street’. Q. The i360 still seems to be a Marmite moment for local residents, people either love it or hate it. What does it mean for you and how important do you think it is for the city? A. I love it. I think it reflects our forward thinking, slightly eccentric attitude and will become as iconic as the Pavilion or the piers whether you like it or not. It will attract many more visitors to the city (again some people think this is a negative but our economy relies on visitors, love them or hate them). I bet when the Pavilion first opened not everyone said, ‘my, what a tasteful piece of architecture that blends in with its surroundings’... Q. You’re famous for using different pseudonyms, one of which is of course the Brighton Port Authority (BPA). Are there any others using local names/ areas that we might not know about? A. I’ve always wanted to use the name Jesus Martinez. Nothing to do with Brighton, he was a character in Hill St Blues. By the way the Brighton Port Authority was supposed to be called Shoreham Port Authority but we didn’t want to upset the real one! Q. Are we going to see a Big Beach 6? A. Never say never.... Perhaps a party to celebrate the Albion finally reaching the Premiership??? Q. Speaking of which…What do you think of the Seagulls’ chance of promotion this season? Do you get to many matches these days and if you could sign any player in the world for them who would it be?
A. I go to every home match that I am in Brighton for, which is normally about half of them. I think every year we inch closer to the Prem, last season we were about as close as you can be so the only way is up! I would sign Neymar, we could do with more Brazilian flair... Q. With so many bands doing reunion tours at the moment are you ever tempted to pick up the bass again and play as the Housemartins? A. Not a rat’s chance in hell. We made a pact that we would only reform if the Smiths did... Q. You own The Big Beach Café and it has a great local reputation for its food. Are you a dab hand in the kitchen yourself and do you ever venture into the Café’s and do any cooking there? A. I do enjoy cooking but I don’t have the chops for a professional kitchen! I take my hat off to the two Danny’s who sweat their hearts out in there... Q. Other than the Big Beach Café, where’s your favourite place in Brighton and Hove to go for coffee, Sunday lunch, late breakfast? A. I love both Riddle and Finns, The Set, 64 degrees, Silo and any of the Gingers (pig, dog, man, fox...take your pick...) Q. When you moved to Brighton in the 80’s the club scene here was pretty legendary. What do you think of the local club scene these days? A. Sadly I don’t get out much these days. Bit of a busman’s holiday when my job is spent in clubs and festivals. When I relax I eat rather than dancing... Q. When can we expect to hear a new Fatboy Slim album, any time soon? A. Not in the immediate future but I do have a cheeky little single up my sleeve... Q. If you could change one thing what do you think would make Brighton and Hove an even better place to live? A. Obviously I would restructure the crazy road and parking system. It patently doesn’t work!
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WINNERS BEST ESTATE AGENT IN THE SOUTH EAST
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Exclusive interview with local resident Fatboy Slim