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Property September 2019

NEWS

Plan ahead

for some winter sun Page 12

Inside this issue Create the perfect home office

Social media – Keeping children safe

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Light up your home with these top picks

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Editor’s Letter Welcome to the September issue!

Decorating your home on a budget

If you’re like us, you may be wondering just where the summer has gone! The kids are back at school, the nights are already drawing in, and we’re already well on our way towards the backend of 2019. But fear not! There’s plenty inside this issue to help take your mind off the pending arrival of autumn; from decorating your home on a budget (so you can save those pennies for, dare we say, Christmas), to creating the perfect home office, and top tips on keeping the kids safe on social media. Inside we also give inspiration on lighting up your home – whether it be with quirky lampshades or practical lights. But if you’re not quite ready to resign yourself to the fact that summer is all but a distant memory, then grab yourself a last-minute getaway! We give a run-down of the best places to visit. As ever, we hope you enjoy reading and we look forward to sharing more articles with you next time. Linda McKeown Editor

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Freecycle sites If you really feel that upcycling is not for you, but want to keep your budget to a minimum, scour online sites which offer a range of items, such as storage, tables and chairs, for free! Sites such as www.freecycle.org/browse/UK are great and work on the premise that having taken advantage of your freebie, that you do the same for something that you no longer require. Membership is free, and everything posted must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages. The Freecycle Network® is made up of 5,000+ groups with over 9 million members across the globe. It’s a nonprofit movement of people who give – and get – items for free in their own towns, which helps keep good stuff out of landfills. And if you do have a creative streak, freecycle sites are ideal if you’re on the hunt for something to transform and give a new lease of life to!

Upcycle If you’re on a budget or just can’t quite get rid of furniture, simply because you want to create a new look – upcycling could be the answer. You can find so much inspiration on the likes of Pinterest, which show how easy it can be to change a tired and dated piece of furniture into something new. For example, sanding down a pine chest of drawers and then painting it to your new colour scheme is relatively easy and cheap to do. Add some new handles, and they will be transformed. There is so much information out there on the internet to guide you through, step by step. So, get searching and release your creativity!


Freecycle sites are ideal if you’re on the hunt for something to transform and give a new lease of life to

Do it yourself Commonly known as DIY! If you want to help keep costs down further and you’re handy with a hammer, then carrying out home improvements yourself could be the answer.

Charity shop Second hand doesn’t have to mean settling for second best. Sometimes the best finds can be discovered in a charity shop! Hunt out where to find charity shops in your area that have household items on offer, such as British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research. Not only could you find the perfect item for your home, you’ll be supporting a great cause along the way!

Remember though: always consult the professionals when it comes to knocking down walls, installing plumbing or new electrics. Statistics compiled by NHS Digital show that during 12 months from March 2017, 4,831 admissions to NHS hospitals in England were made as a result of injuries from drills and other power tools, while from the same period, 6,489 admissions were made from falls from a ladder!

Auctions Always consult the professionals when it comes to knocking down walls, installing plumbing or new electrics

Online auctions, like eBay, have become increasingly popular for grabbing a bargain. Search for items available in your area to avoid large postage charges for heavier items. Alternatively, why not attend a locally held auction to help give you inspiration? Be aware of any commission that you may need to pay to the auction house on any winning bids. Some great bargains are to be had if you’re willing to look and wait for the right pieces to come along – and at the right price!

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With growing numbers of people regularly working from home, it’s important to get the environment just right for doing so

Choose the right space With 40% of Brits now working from home each week, it’s clear to see why: with the benefits from doing so ranging from saving money on the commute, to being in for deliveries and the school run.

perfect environment so that your productivity isn’t impacted. An uncomfortable and incorrectly positioned chair can lead to repeated shuffling to get comfortable, leading to distraction and a lack of desire to lock yourself away in your office and get the job done!

But what should you consider when converting a room into a home office? Choosing the right space is the first important decision to make. It’s not just about fitting into any space; you will, after all be spending most of your working day in there!

The same ethos applies to your desk. Work out how much space you need. Is it just a laptop you need the space for, or will you be using it to organise paperwork? Whatever your needs, ensure you have a desk that is up for the job.

If you’re able, choose a room that has some natural light coming in and that will be big enough to accommodate a desk, chair and storage – depending on your needs, of course.

Kit it out

Create the perfect environment As you will be spending a good deal of time working in your chosen room, it’s vital that you create the

OK, so you know what you need: now time to kit out your office. With the boom of internet shopping, you no longer need to rely on a trip to Ikea to get the office furniture you need. It’s always a good starting point but why not try the likes of www.wayfair.co.uk, www.officefurnitureonline.co.uk or www.ryman.co.uk to name but a few.

Again, work out what you need before you buy so you don’t end up buying more than needed (or you can actually fit in the room!).

Get connected If your broadband speed isn’t up to scratch it can be frustrating. Employers are likely to call you back into the office if your speed can’t handle the work you need to do. Alternatively, if you use Skype for business, a poor broadband speed could seriously hinder any meetings you have planned, with your call falling out and poor quality pictures for meetings. Slow broadband speed is a big turn off. Luckily rural countryside areas are finally catching up with inner-city speeds. Comparison websites such as Uswitch and Compare the Market will show you the best deals and estimated speeds in your area in minutes.

40% of Brits now work from home each week with the benefits from doing so ranging from saving money on the commute, to being in for deliveries and the school run”


It’s vital that you create the perfect environment so that your productivity isn’t impacted

Not only do you need a fast broadband speed, but you also want one that is consistently good from morning to evening.

Storage delights Keep it tidy and keep it simple! There are plenty of storage solutions out there for your home office space. And if floor space is limited, utilise wall space instead with bookcases or wall storage.

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top picks! Rutland Wooden Large Wall Mounted Shelving Unit In White Ideal for any home office – and available in oak too. £69.95 // www.furnitureinfashion.net Arran Fabric Swivel Chair - Grey A modern take on the classic tub chair combining both style and versatility £133.20 // www.officefurnitureonline.co.uk Corona Grey 5 Tier Narrow Shelving Unit Offering a combination of quality and style for your home office. Approx. Dimensions Barker Desk (mm) H 1670 W 470 A quirky desk D 350 with inbuilt £119.99 // storage cubes! www.ryman.co.uk £166.99 // www.wayfair. 5 co.uk


Keep your kids

Our children are growing up with technology as the norm and not just a treat, but how can you keep them safe online? 6

online

With Smartphones being as powerful as some laptops, everything you can do on a tablet is now accessible on a smartphone


If your child has a smartphone, set up parental controls so they cannot order any apps you don’t want them to have

In this technological age, where kids are surrounded by tablets, smartphones and YouTube, it is hard to know what is safe and what isn’t for your children. Most children already have a favourite YouTuber, play Fortnite or ROBLOX online with their friends and can surf through the web faster than most of their parents.

Smartphones

Here are some top tips for staying savvy and keeping your kids’ safe online.

If your child has a smartphone, set up parental controls so they cannot order any apps you don’t want them to have, and to stop them accidentally ordering from any in-game pop-ups.

Social media and YouTube

Social media is full of scare stories such as MOMO, (which turned out to be an elaborate hoax) which spread like wildfire through school playgrounds. This doesn’t make it any less scary for your children as their wild imaginations push things to the limit. The problem with social media is that fake news stories, like MOMO, get shared and go viral. Even if your child isn’t on social media, they will then find out about something viral through YouTubers and YouTube. There is a YouTube kids app with parental controls which can help limit what your child is watching. However, if you let your child watch YouTube, you can turn off the search settings, so they only watch videos pre-approved by you. Alternatively, remove YouTube altogether and set up a child’s profile for Netflix.

Computer consoles

With the release of Fortnite, the gaming world changed overnight. Suddenly, regardless of what console your child has, they can play online against their friends and strangers in a huge openworld environment. This brings up its own problems; strangers talking to your kids during the game, excessive time spent playing games etc. However, with Nintendo Switch’s capability to set parental controls and the ability to set play time limits, this is no longer a problem. Both the Xbox One and PS4 also have child safety settings. These range from content settings for YouTube and other apps, to a password to power-up the console. The beauty of this is that your child can’t get up in the middle of the night and turn on their console without a password.

The age you give your child a smartphone is up to you as the parent. Some parents give them out at an early age because their child gets the bus to school, others because they’re tired of getting theirs taken off them every evening! With Smartphones being as powerful as some laptops, everything you can do on a tablet is now accessible on a smartphone.

With technology constantly changing, it is time to accept that not giving your children technology could hold them back in their school, and later in their careers. However, as with everything, there are some simple fixes to help keep your child safe while online.

Strangers online

As children, and long before technology, we were warned about the dangers of talking to strangers when we were out playing. The same applies to your children online now. As parents it’s good to talk to your child at an early age about what to do if a stranger tries to talk to them online. You want your child to have the confidence to come to you if someone does try talking to them: • Tell your child not to respond: If your child responds to the stranger then that person has the chance to manipulate or talk to your child and convince them not to tell you about them. • Explain that they haven’t done anything wrong: If your child is worried about getting disciplined, they are more likely NOT to tell you if a stranger does try to talk to them; so, make sure they know that you won’t be angry. • Try to get a username: If your child understands the reasons for your concern, they may be able to get the username of the stranger. Using this username, you can then report the stranger to authorities. • Remove the specific game or app: Unfortunately, some games and apps are more accessible for people trying to contact your child. Simply remove these games and apps from your child’s console, tablet or smartphone. And tell your child the truth: don’t make up a story that the app or game no longer works as this will more than likely make them want to play it without your knowledge.

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KEEPING AN EYE ON YO U R C H I L D ’ S EYESIGHT

In the modern age of technology, caring for your child’s eyesight has never been so pertinent With kids and teens age 8 to 18 spending an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens, it’s recommended that parents should limit screen time for kids to a maximum of just two hours per day. For younger children, age 3 and 4, the World Health Organization says that this should fall to just one hour a day. In fact, a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 8 to 18-year-old children devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to entertainment media – every day. That equates to more than 53 hours per week! With children constantly growing, their eyes are prone to long-term damage, which is why it’s key that their eyesight is taken care of from an early age.

School time

Children can have an eyesight test at any age. However, most will have their eyes examined when they first start school. The great thing is, that they don’t need to be able to read. There are many ways in which your child’s eyes can be tested when they can’t yet read or understand letters of the alphabet – mainly by using images. If your child's vision is not checked at school, simply take them to your local opticians for an eye examination – it’s free!

Screen time

A potentially harmful light source for children is BlueViolet light, which comes from a plethora of sources such as sunlight, fluorescent and LED lights and screens, flat screen TVS, computers and smartphones. And just why isn’t it good for our eyes? Quite simply, our eyes are not equipped to filter out this light – and a child’s eyes are even more vulnerable. Too much screen time can result in eyestrain – symptoms can include burning, itchy, or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue and blurred vision.

Children may not always realise they have a problem with their vision, so it’s important that they have regular checks

Spotting a problem

Children may not always realise they have a problem with their vision, so it’s important that they have regular checks so that any potential issues can be flagged up and treated accordingly. Signs to look out for include: • eyes not pointing in the same direction • complaining of headaches or eye strain • problems reading i.e. holding books close to their face to read • problems with hand-eye co-ordination • being unusually clumsy • regularly rubbing their eyes • sitting too close to the TV If you have any concerns about your child's vision, visit your GP or go to an optician.

Did you know? Free NHS sight tests are available for children under 16 and for young people under 19 in full-time education. Just pop to your local optician to make an appointment.


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Light up

YOUR HOME Whether you’re after a modern, cosy or quirky feel to a room, choosing the right light source is vital for achieving the desired look you want

Monkey Table Lamp This quirky table lamp base features a monkey holding a light bulb. Ideal for adding a retro style to any room in your home. £57.99 www.wayfair.co.uk

Pluto Floor Lamp The Pluto floor lamp by Swoon has a minimalistic yet mesmerising design that brings a hint of geometric charm to your room. £129 www.very.co.uk

Lucide Oris 4 Light Bar Ceiling Pendant We think that this hanging light would be ideal for any dining room. Robust and sturdy, it’s also adjustable in height, so you can choose at what height it hangs below the ceiling. £205.99 www.lighting-direct.co.uk

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Next Isla Ombre Easy Fit Pendant 100% glass, this smoke-plated crackle-effect pendant is ideal for those wanting to make a quick replacement of an existing pendant light. £25 www.next.co.uk

Chicago Floor Lamp Bring vintage Hollywood to your home with this studio set inspired floor lamp. The diffuser reflects the light back into the shade, creating a warm, illuminating effect. Perfect!

Mini Gaston in Brass Meet the pint-sized version of Loaf’s everpopular Gaston lamp. With a vintage brass finish and pewter details, we think this ‘mini’ light might be one of our favourites!

£199 www.made.com

£75 https://loaf.com

Mirrored Glass Pentagon Ceiling Light Made from mirrored glass, light shines through the distressed accents in the glass to create a warm, glowing effect when switched on, while it appears as a multi-faceted mirror when switched off. £195 www.johnlewis.com

Elements Harley Ochre Table Lamp This Elements table lamp is presented with a stylish tripod base and completed with an Ochre interlocking shade design – perfect for adding a focal point to any room. £32 www.dunelm.com

Antique Silver Palm Leaf Table Lamp Simply stunning! Made from iron with an antiqued silver leaf finish, this fabulous Palm Leaf Table Lamp is very on trend and casts amazing shadows when lit! £195 www.oliveandsage.co.uk

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Catch some sun

this winter! With the summer holidays already a distant memory, it’s time to get excited about some winter sun. We look at the best places to go

Fly a little further to get the sunshine you crave in the winter months, and you won’t be disappointed. There are some great destinations to pick from – whether you are looking for a classic beach-style holiday or something a bit more luxurious; there is something to suit all budgets.

The Canary Islands The number one winter sun destination! This group of seven islands has something for everyone, and with temperatures around 20c throughout the winter months and a flight time of under five hours, it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. The most well-known islands are Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife. If you want a large resort with masses to keep the family busy, then look no further than Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria. It is a resort which has something for everyone, whether you are looking for lavish meals out, family fun at a theme park, buggy racing on the dunes, a day at the beach or dolphin and whale spotting on the sea, plus much more. The beach stretches for miles and there is a wide range of accommodation on offer from simple self-catering apartments through to an allinclusive 5* boutique hotel. Try the Papas Arrugadas, the local dish of wrinkly salted potatoes with Mojo sauce.

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Check before you travel Some of our suggested destinations are further afield than you may usually travel during the summer holidays. Always check if a VISA is required. You can check on the gov.uk website for all travel requirements for certain countries. It will also include up-to-date information regarding weather warnings and extra travel advice.

Madeira

Mexico

Florida

Madeira is an archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean to the southwest of Portugal. 400 miles north of the Canary Islands, this stunning island is where the Portuguese global football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was born.

A longer flight than the Canary Islands or Madeira, but well worth it. At around 12 hours flight time, Mexico is a great choice for couples and families with older children. It is well known and loved for its hospitable people, love of spicy foods and its cultural history.

No winter sunshine holiday list would be complete without the US state of Florida. Famous for its amusement parks including the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, the state of Florida is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the world! With so much to see and do, you will need longer than a week here. The Walt Disney World Resort alone has four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses and thirty-six hotels to choose from!

The capital, Funchal, is located on the south coast of the island and is a haven for culture seekers. With an average high temperature of 21c in December, this beautiful island is a great place to soak up some sunshine and culture over the winter. Madeira is a mountainous island with stunning flora and fauna with high volcanic peaks, making it perfect for hiking and walking. On the northern slopes of Madeira Island, the valleys contain native forests which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fancy something relaxing after exploring? Why not sunbathe on one of the stunning beaches and take in the culture and local food in the evening. Explore the North of the island with its natural parks, waterfalls and wild horses.

Whether you are looking to go on an adventure in the southern jungles or want to explore the snow-capped volcanoes in its northern deserts, Mexico won’t leave you disappointed. With its long coastline and crystalclear sea, take some time out soaking up the rays on one of Mexico’s many beaches. Explore some of its history and culture with a visit to Chichen Itza, the famous Mayan site that is now one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The capital, Mexico City, is known for its ancient canals, art and culture as much as for the sumptuous smells and tastes of its street food. Avoid travelling in September as this is Mexico’s hurricane season.

Florida is also home to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center where the Apollo flights were launched. The Florida Reef is also the only living coral barrier reef in the United States and has a plethora of stunning marine life which you can visit at one of the National Parks. For sport, Florida offers a great chance to see one of the USA’s main sports firsthand: Florida has three NFL teams, two NBA teams and two MLB teams. Pre-book your tickets online to avoid queues during the busy season.

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Champions Preview League 2019/20

The usual heavyweights from across the continent such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and PSG will hope to stop the resurgence of English teams this year

Can Europe’s heavyweight’s stop the dominance of English teams in the Champions League? Last season, English teams ruled with the first all-English final for over a decade ending with Liverpool winning their sixth Champions League title. Let's have a look at five clubs we believe could go the whole way this year:

Manchester City

Juventus

Quite possibly one of the greatest teams ever created, Pep Guardiola’s Citizens will hope to claim the elusive trophy they crave so much. The addition of Rodri from Atletico Madrid and an upgrade in full back in Cancelo could be the final pieces of the puzzle. A settled team full of world-class talent, with a substitutes bench that would make the first-eleven at most other clubs, will this be the year Guardiola gets his tactics right in Europe?

The Bianconeri haven't lifted the Champions League since the 1995/96 season, when a trio of Gianluca Vialli, Del Piero and Fabrizio Ravanelli shot them to glory. With Ronaldo defying his years and an influx of genuinely world-class players in Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Matthijs de Ligt arriving this summer, will Maurizio Sarri be able to rebuild his reputation after his troubled time at Stamford Bridge last season?

Paris Saint-Germain

Atletico Madrid

Atletico may have lost three of their most well-loved players in Griezmann, Rodri and Godin, however, they have spent the money wisely; securing the talent of Joao Felix, in attack, from Benfica for £113,000,000 and Kieran Trippier, in defence, for £20,000,000 plus five other players who will join the likes of Saul, Morata, Diego Costa and last year's big signing, Thomas Lemar, in Madrid. With Barcelona and Real Madrid rebuilding their squads, this could be the year Diego Simeone's men take advantage in Europe and at home.

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Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund may have only won the Champions League once in their history, however, last year they were only two points from winning the Bundesliga and have spent more wisely over the summer than their biggest rivals, Bayern Munich. Snapping up two of the hottest players in Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt, securing the services of their old captain, Hummels, and keeping hold of Jadon Sancho, shows a manager with a plan. With perfectionist Lucien Favre at the helm, this could be the year they add a second Champions League title to their shelf.

After a quiet summer compared to their usual spending sprees, is PSG turning into a settled team? Arguably one of the most talented teams in Europe on paper, Thomas Tuchel has struggled to get the consistency required to turn PSG into genuine Champions League contenders. With Neymar angling for a move back to Spain, it falls on the young shoulders of Kylian Mbappe and the ageing Edinson Cavani to lead them to glory. Backed up by an old-school, no-nonsense, central midfielder in Ander Herrera, this could be their year


B e n e f i t s of using a letting agent to look after your rental property

If you have a buy-to-let property or are looking to invest in one, you will want a letting agent to do all the hard work for you when it comes to letting it! A buy-to-let property is a great way to invest your hard-earned money. Property investment has never been more popular and with a rise in people renting and the actual cost of renting going up, creating a property portfolio is a great stream of passive income. But, once you have exchanged and completed on the property and invested money and time in the standard of the accommodation, where and how do you find a suitable tenant who will look after your property?

A buy-to-let property is a great way to invest your hard-earned money

Looking after your property throughout a tenancy. Once a tenant is in the property, do you want them calling you for any maintenance issues? Throughout the tenancy, we can be the port-of-call for any maintenance problems that may arise and we will take care of property inspections and report back with our findings. We can also take care of the end-oftenancy inspection and report back the condition of the property. We will always make sure that you, as the landlord, and the tenant receive the highest possible service. There can be a murky area in private renting without a letting agent, however, if you use a reputable letting agent such as us, we aim to make the process clear and simple – creating a win-win for you and the tenant, just the way it should be! Owning a buy-to-let property and managing it yourself can be time-consuming, however with an established and trusted letting agent, like us, on your side we can do all the hard work (for a small fee) while you simply collect on your investment.

We will find you the right tenant for your property. Some tenants feel uneasy about renting with no estate agent involved: an estate agent gives the tenant that extra security they feel they need when renting a property, especially if they have a family and children in the property. A reliable and professional letting agent, like us, can take a lot of the hassle out of finding suitable tenants and marketing your property. We will offer you professional photos, marketing on property portals and a ready-made database of prospective tenants for your property. As an established letting agent, we will take care of everything for you from the EPC, through to viewings, gathering feedback and taking care of the referencing process. We will also make sure you are keeping within the law, especially after recent changes. Our lettings team will also ensure that the deposit is securely and legally kept in an official government-backed tenancy deposit scheme and that all the paperwork is safe and secure covering both you as the landlord and the tenant.

For more information about buying a rental property, through to managing it and everything in-between, please talk to one of our friendly team in the office today

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CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Fford Ty Unnos, Llanishen

Guide £225,000

Gower House, LLanishen

Guide £230,000

A modern end of terrace three bedroom home conveniently located at the end of a close, ideally placed for access to all local amenities and transport links. Presented to a show home standard throughout. Offered to the market with no onward chain the property also benefits from an enclosed rear garden and two allocated of road parking spaces. EPC - C

A beautifully appointed ground floor maisonette well-placed for access to Llanishen Village. Luxury living accommodation includes two bedrooms, luxury en-suite shower room and bathroom and an open plan kitchen/ dining/ living room. Benefits include gas central heating, double glazing, a high specification kitchen and beautiful decor. EPC-B

Guide £290,000

Pen-Y-Groes Avenue, Rhiwbina Guide £320,000

A beautifully presented period house well placed for the many eateries and coffee shops on Whitchurch Road. Situated within a short distance of both the University Hospital Of Wales and City Centre and offering easy access to the A470 and M4. This three bedroom character home has a welcoming period features and an enclosed rear garden. EPC - D

This three bedroom, semi detached, original Bath stone bay fronted property is located in a convenient cul-de-sac location, close to local amenities and great transport links with access to the M4 and A470. Situated within an easy commute to both Heath hospital and the City Centre with bus and train links nearby. EPC - D

Newfoundland Road, Heath

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Ullswater Avenue, Roath Park

Guide £400,000

A traditional four bedroom bay fronted, extended and loft converted terraced property, situated at the head of this quiet cul-de-sac, just off the prestigious Lake Road West and within a few hundred yards walk of the picturesque Roath Park lake. The property further benefits from being within the Rhydypenau Primary and Cardiff High School catchments. EPC – E

Heathwood Road, Heath

Guide £500,000

Situated in a highly desirable area of the Heath this beautifully presented bay fronted semi-detached property has been generously extended to both the rear, side and loft areas, this five bedroom family home boasts a fantastic mix of modern living whilst maintaining the character and charm in keeping of a traditional property in the area. The property offers good access to local amenities and transport links, plus further advantage of links to the A48 and M4 also close by. EPC - D

St. Brioc Road, Heath

Guide £430,000

Generously extended and modernised semi-detached family home. Benefiting from a single storey rear extension plus loft conversion, there every inch of this home that has benefitted from the current owner’s attention to detail. Located on a sought after road in Heath in ever desirable ‘Saints’ area and within walking distance of all local amenities and transport links plus only a short distance from the University Hospital of Wales. EPC-C

Mill Road, Lisvane

Guide £865,000

An impressive and sizable family home full of grandeur and character, well positioned on the highly-sought-after Mill Road, this highly-desirable property offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire a substantial and individually designed five bedroom detached residence between both Lisvane & Llanishen villages benefitting from access to local pubs, shops and amenities. EPC-E

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CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Amity Court, Cardiff Bay

£169,500

A sought after first floor flat with two double bedrooms located in Atlantic Wharf, a popular suburb of mainly modern homes just a short walk from Cardiff City Centre and Mermaid Quay. The flat itself is situated on the first floor and has accommodation comprising an entrance hallway, living room with Juliet balcony, a fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms, an ensuite and a bathroom. Allocated Parking – EPC D

Arlington Road, Sully

£195,000

A desirable and ideally located two bedroom semi-detached home offering brilliant views of the Bristol Channel and Somerset Coastline. Benefits include a large driveway, a garage, oak flooring throughout the first floor bedrooms and landing and finally the property is offered with no chain. In brief the accommodation comprises an entrance porch, generous living room, dining room, kitchen and conservatory. The first floor offers two double bedrooms and a bathroom. EPC C

The Tramshed, Grangetown

£205,000

A luxury warehouse style loft apartment located just a few minutes from Cardiff City Centre and Central Train Station. This characterful loft apartment has many unique features, including the large half moon window, exposed brick wall, exposed steels and mezzanine bedroom. No Chain. EPC – D

Altolusso, City Centre

£275,000

A three bedroom 18th floor flat with panoramic city centre and sea views, located in Altolusso, a popular development of residential flats offering a concierge service, parking and storage facilities. No Chain. EPC - C

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Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115

Lettings - 029 2078 0230

The Mews House, Pontcanna

£299,950

A mews style house located at the rear of this exceptional Victorian Villa, which offers secure allocated parking and a garden. The property itself is an independent dwelling with accommodation comprising an entrance hallway, cloakroom and an open plan kitchen and living room with dining space and access to the garden. To the first floor there are two double bedrooms and two ensuite shower rooms. Externally there is a garden and secure allocated parking. EPC D

Severn Grove, Pontcanna

£375,000

This pretty mid-terrace house is placed on the ever popular Severn Grove in Pontcanna. Briefly comprising: Three Double Bedrooms, Two Reception Rooms, Modern Kitchen, Four Piece Bathroom and loft room. There is a good-size garden, laid in part to recently fitted wooden decking and artificial lawn with outbuilding and a front forecourt too. The property is placed within a stones throw of local shops, cafes and amenities. EPC E

Romilly Crescent, Pontcanna

£299,950

An exceptional three double bedroom duplex flat in the heart of bustling Pontcanna, offering very generous living accommodation over three floors and there is a private roof garden, which gives a generous outside living area accessed from the living room. EPC E

St Cyres Close, Pontcanna

£450,000

Deceptively spacious four double bedroom family home situated on a private residential lane tucked off Redlands Road in Penarth. This semi detached home offers versatile living accommodation, boasts a games room, conservatory, large kitchen, two good size reception rooms( one with log burner), cloakroom garage with electric door, secured gated parking for approximately seven cars to front, generous enclosed rear garden, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms to first floor. EPC E

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St Lythans Park St Lythans Road, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff CF5 6XN

Last chance to buy at St Lythans Park

St Lythans Park is a stunning development situated just a 20 minutes’ drive from Cardiff City Centre offering the convenience of being close to the capital whilst also offering a community atmosphere with plenty of green open space. The final plots have now been released, come down and speak to our Sales Advisors about how Bellway can get you moving.

Help to Buy * ...how it works You pay a 5% deposit 20% interest free equity loan is provided by the Government You only need to secure a 75% mortgage

Call: 02920 592 855

Email: stlythanspark@bellway.co.uk

Sales Centre Open Daily 10am - 5pm Thursday 10am - 7pm Interior photography is indicative only. Travel times are approximate only as taken from Google maps. * Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.bellway.co.uk/Special-offers.

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SAVINGS EXTENDED

Save up to £10,000

on selected properties at River Walk, St. Edeyrn’s Village

a charming selection of 4 and 5 bed executive homes River Walk is our new collection of impressive four and five bedroom homes at St. Edeyrn’s Village in Old St Mellons. Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, it’s ideally placed to enjoy the city as well as nearby bustling towns and beautiful surrounding countryside. • • • • •

Choice of spacious 4 and 5 bedroom homes Sought-after semi-rural location Convenient leisure facilities and shopping close by Excellent transport links via the M4 and A48 Brand new primary school within the village

River Walk offers a range of spacious family homes, so whether you’re looking to take your next step up the ladder, or need more space for a growing family, this development is bound to have what you’re after.

Reserve before 24th March 2019 with this advert and get free flooring.*

River Walk

St. Edeyrn’s Village, Old St Mellons Cardiff, CF3 6YA Call our on-site sales executive on: 02920 104 015 Showhome open Thursday to Monday 11am-6pm www.charleschurch.com

CHARLES CHURCH

*Schemes and offers mentioned are available on selected plots, subject to status, specific terms and conditions will apply. Please see www.charleschurch.com/offers or contact the development for more information. A professional legal adviser is required to carry out the legal formalities of buying the home and to represent your interests. Charles Church can provide you with a list of recommended solicitors and/or financial advisers as necessary. Charles Church cannot advise you on a mortgage. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE, YOUR EQUITY LOAN OR OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. Imagery is for illustration purposes only. External elevations including treatments, materials, window positions and sizes are subject to change at any time. Details correct at time of going to press.


CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Douglas Close, Danescourt

£270,000

Larger style three bedroom semi-detached property set in this quiet cul-desac. Modernised and improved by the current owners the accommodation briefly comprises: Entrance Hall, Lounge, Dining Room and a fitted Kitchen to the ground floor. To the first floor are three bedrooms a Family Bathroom with a separate W.C. off street parking for multiple vehicles, a single garage and a good size rear garden. The property is sure to be popular with families thanks to the reputable schools within catchment. Internal viewings are a must! EPC=C

Chapel Road, Morganstown

£325,000

Extended six bedroom semi-detached townhouse with beautiful views over Castle Coch. Offering versatile living over three floors, briefly comprises: Entrance Hallway, Open Plan Lounge, Dining Room and Kitchen plus lobby leading to Utility Room and Cloakroom. To the lower ground floor there are Two Double Bedrooms with its own external entrance. To the first floor are Four Bedrooms, family Bathroom and separate Shower Room, off street parking for multiple vehicles along with a generous size rear garden EPC=D

Burne Jones Close, Danescourt

£275,000

No Chain! Well positioned in this quiet cul de sac is this extended four bedroom semi-detached home. Located opposite Danescourt Park and Primary School and within walking distance to the train station, the accommodation briefly comprises: Entrance Hall, Lounge, Dining Room, Kitchen and Conservatory to the ground floor. Three Bedrooms/Study and a Family Bathroom. To the top floor is a Master Bedroom with an En-Suite. The property further benefits from off street parking for multiple vehicles and front and rear gardens EPC=C

Waungron Road, Llandaff

£350,000

This generously proportioned flat has a versatile accommodation that is highly adaptable to suit different lifestyles. The property offers Share of The Freehold and Low Annual Charges*.The property is currently configured to offer: entrance hall, two lounges, two bedrooms, two kitchens, two shower rooms and a conservatory. However, it could be easily laid out as a three bedroom property with two lounges if one of the kitchens were to be removed. In addition there is a converted garage that now serves as a home office with shower. EPC=D

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Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202

Lettings - 029 2078 0230

Drope Road, St Georges

£395,000

A traditional and generous period home with beautiful countryside views sounding this lovely property. There are good bus transport links into the city centre along with a bus stop on Drope RoadThe property briefly comprises: Entrance Hall, Lounge, Dining Room, Conservatory, Inner Lobby, WC, Kitchen/Breakfast Room. Four Bedrooms (master with potential for en suite in dressing room) and Family Bathroom. integral garage and front and rear gardens. EPC=F

River View Court, Llandaff

£650,000

An impressive detached residence placed towards the end of this select location in the historic village of St. Fagans set within approximately 1/4 acre of grounds this home has been presented to a high standard. Is approached via a gated entrance. The hall is light and spacious, contemporary kitchen, lounge with wood stove and two further reception rooms, utility room and a large games room, four double bedrooms, en suite shower and family bathroom, the gardens have been meticulously landscaped. There is scope for further bedrooms (subject to planning) if desired. The property offers approximately 2,800 square feet. EPC=C

Village Farm, Bonvilston

£535,000

Well placed in an development of exclusive properties, this impressive detached house offers spacious and stylish family living. The entrance hall has a contemporary glass balustrade staircase leading to the first floor that allows the light to flow throughout. There is a good size lounge with oak flooring a wood burning stove. Continuing off the hall is a home office/music room, downstairs cloakroom and door leading to the superb open-plan kitchen/dining room and utility along with door access to the double integral garage. EPC=E

Heol Isaf, Radyr

£850,000

The Victorian Ty Mynydd Lodge is a handsome and imposing detached property. Ty Mynydd Lodge forms part of the original Roald Dahl estate which lends itself for those looking for a property with history, a great location and family home. The M4 is easily accessible, along with the Taff Trail.The main house offers Two Reception Rooms, Office, Kitchen, Utility Room, Cloakroom, Five Bedrooms and Three En Suites and a Jack & Jill En Suite/Family Bathroom. There is a detached one bedroom/ studio annex with kitchen and bathroom. Outside are generous gardens and ample parking driveway. EPC=E

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COMING SOON

Welcome to the 3rd phase of this award winning development...

Hern & Crabtree are please to offer a range of two to four bedroom Eco homes in the 3rd phase of this award winning development. If you would like to find out more or have any questions about this exciting new development please contact us today: Llandaff Office

02920 555198

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Pontcanna Office

02920 228135

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Lettings - 029 2078 0230 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Brecon Street, Canton

£900pcm

**THREE BEDROOM MID TERRACE HOUSE** Hern & Crabtree present this three bedroom mid terrace house located in the heart of Canton which as recently been redecorated throughout. This property comes unfurnished and comprises two reception rooms and kitchen complete with white goods to the ground floor. Upstairs are two double bedrooms, one single bedroom and a family bathroom while externally there is a lovely garden with decking to the rear, on street parking to the front, and close proximity to local amenities and the City Centre. Available at £900pcm from 1st September 2019. Strictly Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC D.

Heol Dewi Sant, Heath

£920pcm

**THREE BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE** Hern & Crabtree present this three bedroom three bathroom townhouse situated in the St. James Park development. This property comes furnished and comprises utility room, shower room and bedroom 3 to the ground floor, lounge and kitchen to the first floor and two further double bedrooms (both ensuite) to the second floor. Externally the property has a small courtyard garden, garage and off road parking for 2 cars. Available at £920pcm from the 27th September 2019 . Strictly Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC Rating C.

Romilly Crescent, Canton

£750pcm

**TWO BEDROOM REFURBISHED APARTMENT** Hern & Crabtree present this refurbished two bedroom first floor apartment located in Canton. This property has recently been upgraded throughout and comprises two good size bedrooms, modern kitchen and bathroom, and a bright spacious lounge. Externally the property is close to the local amenities, shops, restaurants and cafes of Canton and Pontcanna. Available from the 8th August 2019 at £750pcm. Couple or Single Only. No Pets. EPC Rating C.

Fields Park Road, Pontcanna

£750pcm

**PONTCANNA APARTMENT** Hern& Crabtree present this two bedroom unfurnished first floor apartment located in the heart of Pontcanna close to all local amenities and transport links. This property has recently been upgraded to include new gas central heating and redecoration. The property comprises large lounge and dining area, kitchen complete with white goods, two bedrooms and a family bathroom. Externally there is off road parking for one vehicle and easy access to local shops cafés and restaurants. Available for occupation from the 1st October 2019 at £750pcm. Professionals Only, No Pets. EPC Rating D.

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Nigel John | Managing Director, MARLA & NAEA Nigel took ownership of Hern & Crabtree many years ago from Ann Dawe. Nigel re-branded and revitalised this historic estate agency helping it become one of the most recognised and established agents in Cardiff.

Rhodri Humphreys | Area Manager Rhodri is a knowledgeable and hardworking estate agent who oversees the Hern & Crabtree network. Rhodri has worked in the Cardiff and Vale area for his entire career and also specialises in land and new homes.

Michael Baillie | Director & Branch Manager Mike is an enthusiastic, positive and experienced Estate Agent that has a real passion for property. Mike’s close focus on customer service has been a key to his and his team’s success over the years.

Denise Dobson | Administrator and Sales Negotiator Denise is upbeat, and cheery with a wealth of experience behind her, highly organised and keeps her cool even at the busiest of times. Denise is mainly office based and is often the voice at the end of the phone, so much that one of our clients is convinced she never leaves!

Jan Street | Sales Progression Manager Jan has a sparkling personality, is extremely caring and hardworking. Jan looks after our clients postsale, her wealth of experience combined with her superb communication between all parties ensures a smooth transaction. Jan’s efforts don’t go unnoticed and receives glowing reviews.

Jane Staffer | Sales Negotiator Jane Is a dynamic and experienced negotiator with a twelve-year background in both lettings and sales. Always ready to give advice with a smile she is a favourite with the team and clients alike. When not selling houses, she enjoys attending local events with her two children.

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Lance Robertson | Lettings Manager Lance is exceptionally knowledgeable in his field with over 10 years of experience in lettings. He’s friendly, approachable, a pleasure for landlords and tenants alike should they need any help. Whether it be professional advice on letting your property, or legal compliance, Lance is on hand to give clear and concise guidance.

Owen Llewellyn | Senior Sales Negotiator Owen is an exuberant and attentive estate agent who is a big character at Hern & Crabtree. Owen is an accomplished and highly talented negotiator and valuer with 7 years agency experience.

Jo Shears | Senior Sales Negotiator Jo is a passionate and caring estate agent and can light up any room with her warmth, humour and positivity. Jo is another big character in the company and a firm favourite with our clients.

Ben Shorrocks | Branch Manager Ben is a very honest and trustworthy Estate Agent who takes pride in delivering a high quality service to be proud of. Ben is highly experienced, knowledgeable and reliable and works hard to ensure that he will be your estate agent for life.

Harry Watson-James | Sales Negotiator Harry is the life and soul of the office in Pontcanna, forever with a grin on his face, you can’t help but be happy when in his company. He’s a motivated and very determined individual who relishes helping others search for their next home.

Anna O’Mahoney | Branch Manager Anna is a talented and caring Estate Agent who was born to sell property. Anna started her career in estate agency in 2001 as a Saturday worker whilst still in college and has vast experience. She is patient, dedicated and very hard working.

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Anthony Poole | Branch Manager Anthony is a passionate and dedicated Estate Agent who doesn’t know when to go home! He works long hours and his hard work and dedication to his clients is matched with a skill set and approach that gives customers the peace of mind that they are in caring and trusted hands.

Annamarie Winks | Negotiator Annamarie has over 27 years experience and recently joined the Whitchurch branch. Having worked all over Cardiff, Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan, she is a familiar face and an expert in property. Annamarie brings passion and dedication and is very kind and hard-working with stacks of humour.

Thomas Lloyd | Senior Negotiator* Thomas is an incredibly likeable, professional negotiator who is always in high spirits and eager to help. Thomas’ first language is Welsh and is able to provide a Welsh Language Service to our customers. This has proved to be so popular that we are now trialling a Welsh Language Service that is available to our vendors, subject to availability. Thomas is a real asset to Hern & Crabtree and we are very excited to grow our Language Service around him.

Cymraeg

*If you are a seller that would prefer to speak in the Welsh language, please request this when booking your free market appraisal.

Annie Munro | Senior Negotiator Annie is a genuine and caring estate agents and a favourite with her clients who come back to her time after time. Annie has been an estate agent for over 19 years and is always smiling.

Amy McDonough | Sales Negotiator Amy has been an Estate Agent for over 17 years and brings a wealth of experience in all property matters. Her enthusiasm and passion for the industry is second to none and she is very popular with both clients and staff alike.

Marc Rees | Senior Property Coordinator For our tenants in our Managed properties, Marc is the face of Hern & Crabtree. Handling all the maintenance enquiries, Marc is an exceptionally hard working member of the team, who you can trust will get things done for you.

Amberley Haynes | Sales Negotiator Amberley is an enthusiastic and forward-thinking member of the team with a background in sales and rentals. With a degree in advertising she has a keen eye for marketing and always impresses with customised advertising to hit the right market for the properties she sells.

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