GROW YOUR OWN!
HARVEST YOUR OWN CROPS - IN YOUR GARDEN IMPROVE YOUR INTERIOR ADD STYLE AND COLOUR TO YOUR HOME
MOVING FOR A NEW JOB? FOLLOW OUR ADVICE FOR A SUCCESSFUL MOVE
TIME TO SPA! TREAT YOUR BODY AND MIND
BE FASHION READY FASHION ESSENTIALS FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY
CONTENTS COVER STORY
Grow your own Time to dig up the lawn and grow your own vegetables
Improve your home’s interior Add new life to your home by adding style and colour
Moving for a new job? Top tips when moving for a job
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Your role as a landlord Understand just what your tenant expects from you as its landlord Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market About us Get to know us a little better and see why we are your agent of choice
Spring is in the air Featuring a luscious lamb dish for the family to enjoy
Bond is back! Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 arrives in April Be fashion ready Don’t be caught out and about without your fashion essentials!
Time to spa There’s nothing like a day of pampering to put you in the right frame of mind to face the world. But where to go?
The US Masters A preview of the 84th US Masters which tees off this April
WELCOME TO THE MARCH ISSUE!
he days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter; a good sign that we are moving towards thoughts of warmer weather and longer, balmy nights. OK, we may be getting a little carried away but the warmer weather will be very much welcomed by all. When it comes to property, years ago it was highly unusual for homeowners not to have a vegetable patch. Post-war austerity and a limited amount of produce in the shops meant it was the only way to get fresh veg and vitamins into the daily diet. The arrival of the supermarket changed that but now the wheel
has turned full circle and ‘homegrown’ is fast becoming the norm again. But how do you grow your own? Find out inside. But if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life or just want to treat someone special, then take a peek at our spa feature. The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being, so we look at what you can expect on a spa visit. As ever, there is plenty of support and advice on property inside this issue which is sure to keep you reading. So, enjoy and we’ll see you next time. Linda McKeown Editor
The words DIY – or doing it yourself – can often instill fear into any homeowner, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A lick of paint and new finishing touches can make a property go from oh to wow.
EMPHASISE THE FOCAL POINT IN THE ROOM Find the room’s focal point and look to emphasise this feature. This could be a fireplace, feature wall or a bay window. Don’t have a feature? Then create one! Doing this is much easier than you may think; paint a wall a different colour and accessorise with artwork or shelving.
ADD A LICK OF COLOUR
Perhaps the easiest – and most affordable – way to bring a room to life is to add a coat of paint. However, don’t rush it! Focus instead on working on small and manageable sections to avoid the feeling of biting off more than you can chew. It’s important to feel that you are making progress, rather than being left with the feeling that your decorating is never ending. To kick-start the painting in any room, remember to focus on all edges first, including windows, door frames, light switches and other nooks and crannies, before applying the main section of paint. Also, don’t forget to put down old sheets or blankets to help protect surfaces from paint splashes; it’ll save you time and potential heartache as you won’t have to spend time cleaning the carpet if you have any mishaps.
Before you start any work, it’s vital that you set a budget and prepare a list of things you need to complete the job
ADD NEW LIFE TO YOUR HOME
Update your interior by adding style and colour; it’s one of the easiest ways to freshen up the look and feel of your home
ensure that you measure all the spaces you have, so that you can be confident that there won’t be any sizing issues once you get your new goods through the door!
SHOULD YOU DIY OR GET A PROFESSIONAL IN?
Whether you do it yourself or enlist the help of a professional depends on several different factors; your budget, experience and available time!
Top tip: Buy testers in the paint that you like and paint small samples on the walls to see which fits best with the plans that you have for the room
HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS Using the best – and the right – tools, such as brushes, paint and rollers are key to getting the finish just right. Now that doesn’t mean expensive is always best; we recommend for going midrange – so not the cheapest and not the most expensive.
THE FINISHING TOUCHES Once you have finished all your painting and decorating of walls, ceiling and woodwork, then it’s time to focus on the final touches. Adding vases, scatter cushions and throws to a living room will encourage more warmth. However, remember not to go the other way and add so much that the area looks cluttered. Keep your eyes peeled for inspiration from things you see day to day – whether that be in magazines, on TV or in homes you’ve been viewing online!
Perhaps the easiest – and most affordable – way to bring a room to life is to add a coat of paint
Before you start any work, it’s vital that you set a budget and prepare a list of things you need to complete the job. It’s easy to become over excited and spend money on things that you don’t need. Shop around for the best deals and
The positive factors of hiring a professional interior designer and/or decorator is that it can save you time (and stress), as they will be qualified in knowing the latest trends and what designs will work well for certain spaces. Search for decorators in your area and keep an eye out for those with positive reviews; word of mouth can be a godsend so ask for recommendations via your social media channels.
Even changing simple things like door handles on your interior doors can really change the feel of a property. It can be quite pricey to refurnish a home, so to help keep costs down look to update any of your old furniture with a re-varnish or a coat of paint too.
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With plant-based diets on the increase, now might be the time to dig up the lawn and grow your own vegetables
ears ago, it was highly unusual for homeowners not to have a vegetable patch. Whether it was just a strip running alongside the lawn or turning the whole garden into a backyard allotment, post-war austerity and a limited amount of produce in the shops meant it was the only way to get fresh veg and vitamins into the daily diet. However, the arrival of the supermarket changed that, and now we can buy what was once termed ‘seasonal’ produce year-round, thanks to advanced farming methods, high-speed global transportation and rapid refrigeration. But now the wheel has turned full circle and ‘home-grown’ is fast becoming the norm again, either out of necessity or because, in this health-conscious world, there is a hunger to know the food on our plates is free from any artificial interference.
CAN YOU DIG IT?
Well, if you’re staring at a blank canvas, congratulations, you’ve avoided the back-straining bit. If, however, you want to convert part, or all, of your garden then the best time to start the groundwork is autumn, allowing nature to take its course over the colder months. But if you want to start off with light produce, spring is as good a time as any to start. And start small. Don’t dig it all up and discover you’ve taken on more than you can chew. If you are lifting lawn, cut it into squares, stack it and it will decompose, producing loamy soil and this can be added to the top. Alternatively, you can bury the turf a spade’s depth down and it will feed the soil.
If you are looking to plant in a vacant patch of ground, consider covering the area with a black weed-suppressing membrane and, even after weeds have died, do not turn the soil over for at least a couple of weeks and then let the winter weather break down the clods. By spring, the soil will hopefully be fine and powdery – unless it is clay-based, meaning it will be colder and wetter. Therefore, planting needs greater patience although, on the flip side, clay soil can hold on to nutrients better.
Lighting is crucial. Don’t plant in full shade – some veg can cope with dappled shade, but most like the sun. Also pick a spot sheltered from the wind if you can.
WHEN AND WHAT TO PLANT
The key to vegetable growing is timing. Wait for spring, making sure the grass is growing and birds are nesting before you start to get busy. It may be best to start with plants that go in and out of the ground within weeks – carrots or salads are best. Many experts feel it’s best to start with potatoes, which condition the soil as they break it down. And the early months of the new year are the best time to buy the first and second early varieties so they can be placed somewhere cool and light to ‘chit’ (produce small shoots). Then they can be planted mid-April for lifting before potato blight becomes an issue in late July and August. A good variety to start with is Foremost, an old favourite introduced more than 50 years ago. The round, white-fleshed tubers are firm and waxy when young and retain their fine taste. Carrots can also be sown in April, and if you put the seeds in four-inch drills, this will negate the need to thin the seedlings. Amsterdam Forcing are recommended as they are smooth, colourful and bulk up early.
START PLANNING Converting an area populated with mature shrubs is best done over late summer to let the soil start the recovery process in the autumn, and its round about October that weeds should be tackled – but not with quick-fix weed killer!
Home-grown is fast becoming the norm again
It’s best to divide your vegetable patch into areas, reason being they become easier to manage and you won’t trample through the patch when you harvest. Raised beds are popular – particularly with chalk or heavy clay soils – but try to keep the sides low so you don’t put off any slug-munching beetles and amphibians. Building raised beds also preserves soil structure and, if you have room for more than one bed, it will make crop rotation easier and deter diseases and soil-borne pests.
Start small. Don’t dig it all up and discover you’ve taken on more than you can chew
You’ll only get out what you put in. So, give your veg the best start by making sure the soil is right. A pH test kit will help you get the right balance – neutral soil is best so add lime to acid soil or sulphur to alkaline.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN
MOVING FOR A NEW JOB
Whether it be a career change or a promotion, one day you may be required to up-sticks and leave your comfortable surroundings…
ith high-speed internet the world has gotten smaller; however, it may still lead to big changes when it comes to your career. One of these may be a move to a new city or town. This could mean uprooting your family or, if you are single, making new friends. It will also mean you need to find somewhere permanent to call home, with little knowledge of the local area. This is what makes high street estate agents such as us so great compared to online only agents. You can speak to real people, with real knowledge of the local area, including the best schools, shops and transport links. With this in mind, here are some tips when moving for a job…
WHEN TO MOVE?
Who knows the local area better than the people who already live there? Why not check out social media for any groups to make friends with like-minded people, or sports clubs etc, for the children. These can always be great ways to get to know more information about the local area as well as making some new friends.
FINDING THE RIGHT PROPERTY
After you have spent some time in the local area and you know it is a good match, then it’s time to get out looking at properties. Hopefully, loaded with useful information from your local estate agent and your new friends, you will have an idea of If you are moving to whereabouts you our area and would want to buy! like any advice or just
a friendly chat, please simply ask one of our helpful and friendly sales team
Once you have found the perfect property in your new city or town, you will need to decide when to move. There may be a few factors involved in your decision such as start date for your new job, the commute from where you currently live, and the time it takes for the sale/purchase to go through.
BELONGINGS You will need to decide what to do with your belongings. Will you bring a full house load with you straight away, or will you put them into storage? You will also need to check the costs involved in a hire van compared to the costs of putting belongings into storage. Would it be more effective to sell your furniture and start afresh in your new home?
CHECK OUT THE COMMUTE
Before looking for the perfect property, spend some time getting to know the local area
Before looking for the perfect property, spend some time getting to know the local area. Find the best routes to work and schools by using Google Maps or tapping into the local knowledge of your new colleagues. The last thing you need is to move somewhere where the commute doesn’t end up being much shorter than if you hadn’t moved – which is more than possible in some big cities.
PRICE OF PROPERTY
Remember prices fluctuate massively throughout the UK, so before getting your heart set on a property, it will be worthwhile investigating the market to see what you can afford in your new area. You can find sold house prices easily enough on Rightmove and this will give you a good idea of what you can afford.
ENJOY THE PROCESS It will always be daunting moving to a new town or city. However, if you are organised and know what you are looking for, there are ways to make it relatively stress-free. Getting to know your surroundings is only the first step; finding a new local pub full of likeminded people or a favourite restaurant early in the process will give you a nice base to move forward.
If you are moving to our area and would like any advice or just a friendly chat, please simply ask one of our helpful and friendly sales team who are more than happy to help.
NO TIME TO DIE: DANIEL CRAIG’S FINAL MISSION AS 007 Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 arrives in April, fourteen years after rebooting the series In 2006 there was outrage when a blonde-haired, blueeyed Daniel Craig stepped onto our screens as the iconic 00 agent James Bond. With No Time to Die confirmed as his fifth and final film, it’s time to look back at the best – and worse bits – of Craig’s time as 007.
BEST: CASINO ROYALE With his debut, Casino Royale, Craig made the role his own expelling the memory of the cheese-laden disaster, Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan. A grittier, darker version of Bond with a stellar supporting cast including Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Judi Dench, Casino Royale was everything a new audience was hoping for and left us wanting more.
WORST: QUANTUM OF SOLACE What could have been a fantastic sequel to Casino Royale fell flat with a forgettable villain, (no, really, try and remember the villain without having to Google it) and a generally uninspiring storyline. Luckily Craig made Bond his own, because other than that, this movie with the confusing title fell flat.
BEST: SKYFALL Luckily Quantum of Solace proved to be a one-off with Bond back to his best in 2012’s
Skyfall. Sam Mendes took over directing duties and an all-star supporting cast including Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney backed up the wonderful chemistry between Craig’s Bond and Dench’s M. Audiences loved it and it was the first Bond film to hit $1 billion dollars worldwide.
WORST BOND GIRLS If anyone thought it couldn’t get much worse than Denise Richards as the ridiculously named Dr. Christmas Jones in Brosnan’s final Bond film, then they were wrong. It wasn’t that Olga Kurylenko wasn’t pretty in Quantum of Solace, it was that – much like the villain – she was utterly forgettable, and Lea Seydoux in Spectre has so little personality and chemistry with Craig, that she simple looks bored on screen.
BEST VILLAINS Mads Mikkelsen, Javier Bardem and Christopher Waltz; three A-list actors with some serious bad guy chops. Mikkelsen was terrifying as Hannibal Lecter on the small screen, Bardem was scary in No Country for Old Men and Waltz’s horrid Colonel Landa in Inglourious Basterds is one of the greatest bad guys ever put onto the silver screen. They were perfect villains for the more grown up Bond movies.
WHO WILL BE THE NEW BOND? Craig’s Bond may have had his ups and downs, but generally he should be pleased with how he has helped to reboot an ailing franchise. Now with a new reboot looming, let’s check out the favourites to take his place… • • • • •
Michael Fassbender Richard Madden Tom Hardy Idris Elba Tom Hiddleston
No Time to Die is released on 3rd April 2020.
DID YOU KNOW? American popstar Billie Eilish has recorded the title song for No Time To Die – making her, at just 18 years old, the youngest artist in history to write and record a Bond theme!
LUSCIOUS ROASTED LAMB
If time is in short supply, make the most of seasonal lamb with this ever-so-easy, lazy roast
GREEK ROAST LAMB Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes Serves: 8 Nutrition: 685kcal per serving
INGREDIENTS 1 large leg of lamb, 3kg/6lb 8oz 6 garlic cloves 1 bunch oregano zest and juice 1 lemon 6 tbsp olive oil 1Â˝ kg new potatoes 400g can chopped tomato large handful pitted baby kalamata olives
METHOD 1. Heat your oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9. Pound the garlic, half the oregano, lemon zest and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar, then add the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Stab the lamb all over with a sharp knife, then push as much of the herb paste as you can into the holes. 2. Tip the potatoes into a large roasting tin, then toss in the remaining olive oil and any remaining herb paste. Nestle the lamb amongst the potatoes, roast for 20 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roast for 1 hr 15 mins for medium-rare, adding another 15 mins if you prefer your lamb medium. Ensure to baste the lamb once or twice with the juices during cooking and toss the potatoes. 3. When the lamb is cooked to your liking, remove from the tin and leave to rest. Throw the rest of the oregano in with the potatoes, scoop from the tin and keep warm. 4. Place the roasting tin over a medium flame, add the canned tomatoes and olives to the pan juices, then simmer for a few mins. Serve the lamb with the potatoes and sauce plus a simple salad.
This recipe, and more, can be found at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/greek-roast-lamb Image for illustrative purposes only
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BY SPA Luxury or a modern-day necessity? Spa breaks are becoming the norm to treat mind, body… and your mum!
f your vision of a spa session acceptable – and we can carry that involves a face pack and a slice of feeling of being taken cared for with cucumber over each eye, then we’re us for a period of time. And very often raising a carefully-trimmed eyebrow that can help us cope better in despair. with stress.” Similarly, if it involves waddling Obviously, breaks can No 1 on most spa around in a fluffy come with a bit of a price visitor’s wish-list is a white towelling tag when set against day massage and most robe clutching a sessions, but they are experts agree glass of prosecco, totally different beasts. massages reduce then you’ve been A one-day experience will stress and alleviates watching too normally offer only a muscle tension many reality single treatment whereas docu-soaps on TV. breaks provide the chance to step off life’s Although these are the images that treadmill with a number of carefullyhelp scientists pour scorn on exoticselected elements, giving breathing sounding treatments they offer, there space to totally unwind, relieve aches is one inescapable fact: there’s and pain, improve general physical nothing like a day of pampering to condition through diet and exercise… put you in the right frame of mind to and probably help you get a decent face the world. night’s sleep. The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being. Shackled by responsibilities and day-to-day pressures, the first thing that’s sacrificed is ‘me time’, partly because you think it’s self-indulgent but largely because of the cost. But is good physical and mental health really a luxury? Can you put a price on feeling good? As Virginia Sadock, a professor of psychiatry at New York University says: “Going to a spa is a way of being taken care of that is psychologically and culturally
BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL & SPA, NEWMARKET Bedford Lodge offers a Mum & Me Spa Day as well as a Mum & Me weekend break where you can let your cares wash away in the sumptuous hydrotherapy facilities with five different water experiences. Includes manicure or pedicure and afternoon tea. bedfordlodgehotelspa.co. uk/special-offers
The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being
All of this means that No 1 on most spa visitor’s wish-list is a massage and most experts agree massages reduce stress and alleviates muscle tension, and the benefits are more than skin deep. As Prof Sadock says: “Physical contact is necessary to our well-being, and even if the touching is from a professional there to pamper you, that touch will have a beneficial effect.” Although it is widely believed sitting in a sauna is a great way to cleanse the impurities in the body, what actually pours from the pores is just sweat, not toxins such as alcohol or mercury which are filtered by your liver and kidneys. But they are good for you, increasing circulation as a result of the elevated heart rate and widened blood vessels
that accompany exposure to intense heat. Which brings us to the other staple of the health spa: the face mask. Many charge a premium to slather exotic ingredients on your face. However, dermatologists say the most important thing to remember about a mask is that as long as it actually contains ingredients that would nourish the skin if they were in a moisturiser or balm, they’ll probably have some benefit. So if all that gives you an idea how to treat mum and ensure the person who has given you a lifetime of TLC is pampered herself – or if you feel the need for two or three days of R and R – here are a few suggestions.
BLUE HARBOUR HEALTH CLUB AND SPA, LONDON Their special Ladies’ Day package includes a choice of one 30 minute treatment from a full range of massages or a facial, a Travel Through Time afternoon tea, and full use of the spa facilities. spabreaks.com/venues/blueharbour-health-club-and-spa-at-the-chelseaharbour-hotel
RINGWOOD HALL HOTEL & SPA, CHESTERFIELD Soothe body and mind at The Garden Secret Spa, Derbyshire’s first 5 bubble rated spa. Set in a former 19th Century manor house, you’ll have full access of the facilities in packages ranging from the Vintage Hideway to the Ultimate Odyssey. ringwoodhallhotel.com/gardensecret-spa/
THE GAINSBOROUGH BATH SPA, BATH One of the most popular spas in the country and the only UK hotel with access to naturally heated thermal waters. Just yards from the worldfamous Roman baths, the Gainsborough has a range of spa days with 20 per cent discount for online bookings thegainsboroughbathspa.co. uk/pages/spa-day
THE US MASTERS 2020 PREVIEW
The 84th US Masters tees off this April with golf superstar Tiger Woods aiming for a record-equalling sixth win
he US Masters is the first of the four major golf tournaments in pro-golf. First played 86 years ago in 1934, unlike other tournaments The Masters is always played at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia. The tournament is by invitation only and the winner is automatically invited to the other three majors.
Traditions unique to the US masters include the opening tee shot and the Champions Dinner
The Augusta Golf Course was previously a plant nursery and each hole is named after a certain tree or shrub including Tea Olive, Pink Dogwood, Yellow Jasmine, Redbud, Azalea and Chinese Fir amongst others. The idea for the course came from Bobby Jones, a well-known amateur golfer, and was originally designed by Alister Mackenzie, who designed over 50 courses across four continents.
GOLF LINGO Albatross: A score of three less than par Birdie: A score of one less than par Eagle: A score of two under par Bogey: A score of one over par
Jack Nicklaus has the most Masters’ wins with six, followed by Tiger Woods with five and Arnold Palmer with four. The estimated prize fund is $11.5 million with nearly $2 million going to the winner, as well as the distinctive and iconic Green Jacket – which by tradition is presented to the current winner by the previous winner. The Masters consists of four rounds of 18 holes each, with the competitors playing in groups of three for the first two rounds. After 36 holes of play, a cut-off score is calculated to reduce the size of the field. To ‘make the cut’, a player must be in either the top 50 places or within 10 strokes of the leader’s score. Over the final two days, a further 36 holes are played; and should there be no winner after the fourth round, all tied players enter a sudden-death playoff beginning on the 18th hole, followed by the 10th and repeating until one player remains. The most recent sudden-death playoff was in 2017 between Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.
Traditions unique to the US masters include the opening tee shot and the Champions Dinner. A custom since 1963, the tournament is officially started when one or more legendary players tees off from the first hole, and the Champions Dinner is held each year before the tournament starts. The dinner is hosted by the current champion who picks his own menu for the company only of previous champions. Three players are joint favourites moving towards the start of the tournament; World No. 1 Rory Mcllroy, World No. 2 Brooks Koepka and the back-in-form Tiger Woods. If Woods wins, he will match Jack Nicklaus’s record of six US Masters.
AS A LANDLORD If you’re looking at letting out a property, it’s important to understand just what your tenant expects from you as its landlord
The gas, electricity and water companies should be advised whenever the property is empty so that meters can be read and accounts prepared. During ‘void’ periods, the utility services must be transferred back into your name, by you. Of course, the tenant is responsible for the gas, electricity and water/sewerage bills generated by their usage during the tenancy, and for changing the gas and electric accounts into their name when they move in. They’re also responsible for the standing charges. However, their liabilities in this respect clearly finish on the date they vacate the property.
As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all electrics and electrical appliances supplied in the property are safe for use
TELEPHONE & COUNCIL TAX
Generally speaking, telephone companies will only deal with the account holder named on the account. You must tell the telephone company that you are leaving the property and advise them what you want to do with your existing number. The tenants are then responsible for arranging any line reconnections and meeting any costs associated with this. When it comes to council tax, this is not your responsibility while the entire property is let. However, if you still reside at the property while acting as a landlord, then you will remain responsible for the Council Tax charge.
PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING
As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all electrics and electrical appliances supplied in the property are safe for use. If any portable appliances are going to be left in the property, a portable appliance test should be carried out by a qualified electrician on an annual basis.
GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATE
It’s your duty as landlord to ensure that all gas supplied appliances are maintained in a safe condition and are inspected at least every 12 months by a GAS SAFE engineer. A Gas Safety certificate should only be issued by a GAS SAFE engineer.
The law requires landlords to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. This includes smoke alarms being fitted in all hallway, stairway, and circulation areas that form escape routes from the property. They should be located every 7.5 metres of hallway, and within at least three metres of all bedroom doors. Properties where HMO licenses apply, a higher specification of smoke alarm installation may be required which is generally mains powered. Landlords are directly responsible for determining whether their properties are eligible for HMO status, and failure to adhere to the regulations may result in a civil penalty and render your insurance invalid.
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The property has been lovingly kept by the current owners offering a modern and comfortable family living space. Set in approximately 180 acres of land and built circa 2011, Netherne on the Hill is a thriving community surrounded by open fields, woodland areas and offers a delightful combination of countryside living and modern convenience. The history of Netherne lives on with the renovation of the original Water Tower and hospital buildings into luxury apartments along with the village hall and conversion of St Lukes Church into an exclusive resident’s only gym complex with swimming pool.
High above Coulsdon village lies this beautiful 3 bedroom highly efficient family semi set amongst beautifully retained trees in an exciting parkland setting. Enjoy far reaching views from your new Surrey home, yet still be able to reach the City in less than 30 minutes. This home is offered with No forward chain! Call now to View!.
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Daniel Adams Estate Agents are delighted to present to the market this beautiful and charming period 3 bedroom semi-detached family home located in one of West Coulsdon’s prime and favoured tree lined Cul-De-Sac’s. Built circa 1910, the property has been generously and thoughtfully updated and restored by the current owner throughout. Features including Edwardian multi-coloured tiled flooring, modern cast iron open fireplaces and stripped pine panelled doors with spun brass handles, to name but a few, bring together the stunning mix of retained original and modern living this lovely home has to offer.
A superb 3 bedroom family home nestled in the ever popular village of Netherne on the Hill. This lovely property has been well cared for by it’s current owners and offers light, easy and spacious family living throughout. The property comprises; Entrance Hallway, Living Room, Kitchen/Dining Room, Downstairs W/C. Upstairs; Master Bedroom, En-Suite Shower Room, 2 Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom. Outside; Garden with Lawn and Patio area to rear, Garage and Parking Space to front.
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Netherne Lane, Coulsdon, Surrey Guide price ÂŁ415,000
A chance to acquire a one bedroom conversion apartment forming part of this amazing historical Estate. One of Eight apartments with far reaching views, set in an idyllic location surrounded by fields and well maintained grounds. Not to far away from Chipstead railway station, and a real communicative spirit amongst residence makes for a peaceful existence. Whilst requiring a degree of modernisation now this home is ready to sell with no forward chain.
A lovely three bedroom cottage style property situated on the outskirts of Netherne Village. This well presented property is offered to the market in generally good decorative order throughout. With open style living in the kitchen-dining room, three bedrooms, upstairs bathroom, and additional downstairs shower room, an internal viewing is highly recommended.
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Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon, Surrey Price guide ÂŁ375,000
Deepfield Way, Coulsdon, Surrey Guide price ÂŁ330,000
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A truly stunning 3 bedroomed older style cottage in Coulsdon with extensive rear garden. Charming with traditional features throughout and considered an absolute must see! Commute from Coulsdon South Railway, Shop in the bustling town of Coulsdon Town Centre. A choice of primary and high schools are within easy reach. Exceptional house, Call now for viewing.
This property offers great potential for any DIY enthusiasts. although in need of some updating, it is offered to the market offering great accommodation size, a larger than average garden being an end plot, and with no onward chain an internal viewing is essential. Deepfield Way is within a 10 minute walk of Coulsdon Town Centre with its shopping and transport facilities.
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Clifton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey £294,000
Brighton Road, Hooley, Coulsdon, Surrey £249,950
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Daniel Adams Estate Agents are pleased to offer to the market this fantastically sized 2 double bedroom first floor maisonette located along a popular road on the west side of Coulsdon Town. The added benefit of Share of Freehold! This lovely property is set in an elevated position on the corner of Clifton Road and Richmond Road with great views across Coulsdon. Having been thoughtfully updated throughout by the current owners the property provides plenty of light and space along with ample built in storage areas inside and outside the property.
Daniel Adams are delighted to offer to the market this conveniently located and superbly kept 2 double bedroom ground floor apartment. This lovely property has been well cared for by it’s current owner and offers spacious living accommodation throughout including welcoming entrance hallway with secure entry phone system, open plan living/kitchen area, 2 double bedrooms, 4 piece bathroom suite, secure large communal garden area to rear and residents parking to front.
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Coulsdon Road, Coulsdon, Surrey Open to offers £129,950
Waddington Avenue, Coulsdon, Surrey Guide price £450,000
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Are you over 55 years old and looking for a retirement apartment to buy? If the answer is yes then read on !! This delightful top floor apartment is offered to the market in good decorative order throughout, and with spectacular views overlooking recreation grounds, and internal viewing is highly recommended. The property benefits from Lift, Communal Lounge area, Communal Laundry Room, Communal Rear Garden with Patio Area and Parking. Close to pharmacies and doctors all within walking distance Locally you have local shops, bowling green, day centre, pub, and bus routes right on your door step.
PRICE GUIDE £450,000-£475,000 A well presented and Incredibly spacious 4 bedroom family house with 2 bathrooms, occupying an elevated position in highly favoured Old Coulsdon location. Professionally extended to provide vast family living space. The property in situated within easy reach of Old Coulsdon Village parade shops, which offer a variety of needs, Eateries and Village green. A doctors surgery and well performing schools including Oasis Academy are all close by. Coulsdon South and Coulsdon Town operate a regular service to London and coast.
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Whether youâ€™re looking to sell or put your property up for rental, when you choose to market your property with Daniel Adams, you can be confident that weâ€™ll ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Selling your property A leading independent agent covering all East London and West Essex, the name Daniel Adams is synonymous with trust, excellence and integrity. With decades of experience, specialising in all aspects of residential property, our friendly, enthusiastic and professional service ensures that our clients continually return to sell and buy through us. We also recognise the importance of marketing, so your property will be advertised on the major online property portals, our website and social media sites, as well as traditional placement in our window display. Exclusively to us in our area, your property will receive its very own FREE microsite showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and a property brochure. Sharing your personalised website across the social networks widens
the audience for your property, to find the right buyer and increasing the chances of a quicker sale. Our qualified database of home buyers will be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. Quite simply we endeavour to sell your home for the best price, in the shortest possible time, providing you an outstanding service, with a personal and friendly approach.
Letting your property When it comes to letting, as Daniel Adams are members of certified accreditations, you can have peace of mind that your property is in safe hands as we ensure you are fully compliant with your landlord duties. We offer a comprehensive range of services for you to choose from including areas such as Tenant Introduction, Rent Collection, Gas Safety Checks, in-depth Inventory reports, Deposit registration, insurance-based Rent Guarantee and Legal cover policies. As with selling, when you choose to let through us, your property will be advertised
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The power of social media Your property will also receive its very own FREE property website showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and property brochures; something that we are proud to say is exclusive to Daniel Adams in our area. In addition, our qualified database of tenants will also be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. All our tenants are fully referenced and vetted, making sure the highest of standards are met to find the right tenant for you. By sharing your personalised websites with family and friends across the social networks you will be widening the audience to find the right buyer or tenant for your property, increasing the chances of a quicker sale or rental.
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Meet The Team.... Neal Lacy
Director - FNAEA CPEA I started estate agency in the early 1990’s where I became a negotiator of the year three years running. I quickly progressed through the ranks becoming a branch manager, and from 2003 worked as an area manager in Surrey for the same independent estate agent. During this time I joined the National Association of estate agents and passed the CPEA in estate agency becoming a fellow member in this organisation. I felt the real personal service was fading out of agency so became a Director in Daniel Adams Estate Agents. Here we pride ourselves in high levels of customer service, attract the most suitable buyer and achieve the highest possible price. We are not looking for the first buyer, we are looking for the best buyer. We listen to people’s timescales and needs before matching then to your property. With bags of energy and enthusiasm I look forward to delivering our promise “experts in helping your move”
Lorraine Byles Director - MNAEA
Hello, my name is Lorraine Byles. I have been in estate agency since 1986 and worked at all levels of estate agency with one well known estate agent. My roles included; Branch Secretary, Branch Co-Ordinator, Sales Negotiator, Assistant Branch Manager and Branch Manager where I enjoyed a number of successful years. I have worked the Coulsdon market for the past 12 years and have gained a wealth of experience in the local area. I am a director in Daniel Adams and a full member of the National Association of Estate Agents and proud to be accredited with the Ombudsman and OFT. I now run a very successful Lettings business within the corporation and strive for new business daily. I personally oversee all aspects of the Lettings business and we continue to grow. I maintain professionalism and will continue to develop in order to be able to ensure you as a seller benefit from my experience. With over 20 years experience in sales, marketing and co-ordinating I hope to be able to make your move as stress free as possible.
I am employed at Daniel Adams as the Assistant Branch Manager and have gained a wealth of knowledge within the property market during my time here. I am here to make sure your experience selling, buying, or letting a property is as smooth, simple and stress free as possible and to cover all basis of your requirements throughout your experience with Daniel Adams. I believe my professional, spirited and personal approach ensures that you, as our client, will leave happy and satisfied that you have received an above beyond service from myself and the team. Being Lorraine’s daughter I also know that I work alongside a fantastic team of enthusiastic hardworking passionate people who all strive to make sure that we provide the best possible service we can for you.
Hi I’m Sarah, Daniel Adams Property Manager, recruited to help with the lettings business; a thriving and exciting facet of Daniel Adams Estate Agents. With my background of working in the Civil Service, I possess all of the administrational requirements needed to be on point for the lettings business. I also have experience in counselling roles, which I believe makes for a great mix of skills, ensuring both a highly professional and personable experience for our clients. I encountered Daniel Adams approximately ten years ago, when I bought a property in Coulsdon and continued to use them; later selling and now renting my home, which is testament to the excellent service they provide. I have a wealth of knowledge of the area and, as a tenant myself, I have a thorough understanding of the rental process. I appreciate what an exciting opportunity my role is working in such a professional, knowledgeable team that I am proud being part of a business that is at the heart of the community I love.
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Louise Beckwith Sales Negotiator
I recently joined Daniel Adams as a Sales Negotiator. From my first interview it was clear to see what a professional and strong team they were. They work together to make sure that they find the right home for each person, making it as stress free and smooth as possible. They also make sure that the person selling or letting is kept informed at all times regarding their property. I have always worked in Sales, so feel that my bubbly and friendly personality fits in perfectly with the existing team. I’m a professional individual who will always go out of their way to make sure that the client is happy. Having grown up here, I have an in-depth knowledge of the local area. I have also gone through the process of purchasing properties, so I really do understand what an emotional time this can be. I’m excited to be starting my career with Daniel Adams and look forward to meeting you and finding you your perfect home.
Sales Negotiator My name is Alan Moore, I have been in the sales industry for over 17 years and my aim is to match our Properties to the most suitable tenant or buyer. I am here to listen to individuals needs and to offer a professional and enthusiastic approach. I truly believe I have joined a team that go the extra mile and offer excellent customer service unrivalled by other agents. Please feel free to put me to the test.
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