Property October 2018
Keep your own little monsters entertained! Page 12
Inside this issue Prepare your garden for winter
2018 World Artistic Gymnastics
Welcome to the October issue of Reside! If you’re anything like us, then you may have already resorted to putting the heating on to warm up your home, which can only mean one thing: winter is on its way! Inside this issue we look at what you can do to winterproof your home to ensure that it’s ready for the colder spells set to come. From taking steps to protect your home from frozen pipes and draughts creeping in, to ensuring your garden is winter proofed, we have plenty of top tips and ideas inside. We also take a look at the latest fashion trends, with super cosy finds for all the family; perfect for venturing out at Halloween or to your local bonfire display. Oh, and there are some great articles inside about enjoying these annual events safely – with lots more ideas too for spending time with the family.
Preparing your property for the onset of winter
And if you just can’t get enough of Halloween, bring the spook-tacular feel into your home with our Halloween inspired accessories!
After a gloriously sunny and hot summer, it is nearly time to dig out the woolly jumpers and thick coats from the back of the wardrobe now that winter is approaching
Enjoy the Halloween and bonfire night celebrations; we’ll be back again next month with lots more articles and ideas for you and your home. Linda McKeown Editor
Before winter strikes, it is important to prepare yourself and your home before you are left with any nasty or stone-cold surprises. As the saying goes: “the time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining,” and whilst the summer has reached its end, we may still be able to squeeze in a few more sunny days before the cold weather really kicks in. Here is your checklist for your home winter MOT.
Check Your Heating The chances are you have had your heating off for a few months since the beginning of Spring. Even though the temperatures have dropped, some people are refusing to turn the knobs on the thermostat, still hoping that the summer may make another appearance. However, if you leave the heating until the temperatures drop to a mighty low, you might get a nasty surprise if they don’t work. Turn all radiators on, bleed them if necessary, and then turn them off, safe in the knowledge they will be ready to go when you need them.
About 25% of the heat in a house escapes through the loft and about 35% through the walls
Experts advise that a boiler should be serviced every year in order to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t had your boiler serviced recently, it would be a great idea to do this before the cold weather starts. Boiler technicians are usually well booked up over the winter, so it’s best to book an appointment now before it’s too late! Also, if your home is powered by oil central heating make sure you have plenty to see you through the coming months.
According to energy advice service, The Green Age, about 25% of the heat in a house escapes through the loft and about 35% through the walls. Proper insulation can significantly reduce this. Cavity wall insulation can help to stop heat escaping the house by filling the gap between the two walls. Newer homes should already have cavity wall insulation but if yours doesn’t, it’s worth getting it fitted.
Chimney Sweeping Sitting in front of a roaring fire with a hot chocolate at night time is one of the best things about winter. It is important, however, to sweep your chimney frequently before setting fire to any logs or coal. A used working fireplace left unswept can result in a build-up of soot – leading to a blockage in the chimney. A well-maintained fireplace can be a great source of heat throughout the colder months and can also add character to any room, air cleaning is beneficial.
Installing cavity wall insulation in your home will not only help to decrease your heating bills by saving energy lost through the walls, it will also help to reduce your carbon footprint by limiting the amount of CO² and other greenhouse gases emitted from your property.
Stock Up on Winter Supplies Last winter saw most of the country left stranded due to snow; not to mention the inevitable power cuts which occur during the harsh weather. Prepare yourself for these situations by filling your home with basic store cupboard ingredients and UHT milk. And fill your freezer – in
case you can’t get to the shops! Stocking up on candles, matches and board games will also be useful for entertaining family or guests during a power cut.
Check Your Roof While you’re sorting out the gutter, take the time to look at the state of the roof. If you have any loose tiles repair them now before a nasty storm or particularly strong winds, make the problem much bigger – and much more expensive – to remedy. Remember, your insurance policy is unlikely to pay out for storm damage if the roof was not in great shape to begin with.
Get the Right Cover Energy and gas fuel prices usually shoot up in the colder months, therefore it’s a good idea to switch tariffs before the winter to ensure you are getting a good deal. Price comparison sites make it easy for anyone looking to change energy and fuel providers. Talk to us now about our innovative range of products that will get your property noticed.
With one of the hottest summers ever on record now passing us by, your garden has been pretty busy over the last few months, undergoing very long and hot dry spells too. Soon it will be time for your garden to cool down, and with winter up-and-coming, here are our top tips on preparing your garden for the colder times ahead.
Help your garden cool off for the winter months As we are now grasping onto the last ounces of summer, your garden will need some attention if it’s to make it through the colder and wetter months
Put away garden furniture. Your outside furniture will have served you well during the summer, but now you need to make sure it doesn’t all become needlessly wet, rusty, and perhaps even frozen stiff in parts. Pack away any chairs and tables, as well as the barbecue if it’s a movable one, to prevent them all from becoming victims to the elements through the winter season. An ideal place to move them to would be the garage or a dedicated storage space such as a garden shed.
Bush trimming. You may not have had time during your fun-filled summer to trim the bushes and conifers, but leaving them to overgrow wildly can be problematic for the colder months, especially if it snows, as this will make them harder to cut. You also don’t want to be stuck outside in the cold weather for longer than necessary, so make sure you get them trimmed and tidied up before the chill comes.
Rotting and dying plants and other vegetation in your garden don’t only look untidy; they can also spread disease to other, healthier plants in the surrounding area. Pests and fungus are also a likelihood with older plants, and could incur further problems for your garden. Unwanted insects feeding on your crops throughout the summer may lay eggs on the stalks and leaves, so removing any finished plants helps prevent pests from getting a head start come springtime.
Prepare the soil.
It’s also useful to note that burying old plants in your garden adds organic matter to your soil, which improves soil tilth and overall health.
Plant cover crops.
Maintain your tools. For most gardeners it tends to be common sense to keep the gardening tools clean, well-oiled and sharp. You may have been too busy in the summer season using your tools, to remember to keep them in perfect condition. Autumn is, therefore, a great time to perfect all your tools by giving them some tender loving care.
Late summer or early autumn is usually an ideal time of the year to sow crops like rye, vetch and clover because, as well as adding nutrients, crops such as these help prevent soil erosion, break up compacted areas and increase levels of organic matter in garden beds. In addition, one way to increase the levels of available nitrogen for garden vegetables is to plant legumes in your garden, such as clover or field peas.
It’s become common practice to prepare the soil in the spring season, because that’s the time of the year for growth and new life. However, the soil needs time to break down these added nutrients to enrich the soil and become more biologically active. Therefore autumn is a great time to dig in new additions to the soil, such as manure, compost, bone meal, kelp, and rock phosphate. It’s often best to wait until your soil dries out before deciding to work it and add in extra nutrients, so doing so in autumn means you won’t need to do as much in spring following the damper months. Once you’ve dug in your additions to the soil, covering the bed of soil with sheets of plastic or other coverings will help prevent winter rains from washing the nutrients below the active root zone. The soil should be ready to be uncovered in dry spring, ready for the enhanced soil to work its magic.
Although some cover crops are hardier than others, it tends to be a general rule of thumb to plant cover crops around one month before your first killing frost.
Burying old plants in your garden adds organic matter to your soil, which improves soil tilth and overall health
Regenerate your compost. Your compost heap from over the summer should now be ready for use, and you can use this rich material to top up garden beds, add to deficient soils, and fertilize lawns. Page
If you just love Halloween and all that it brings, then why not introduce a spooky touch to your dining experience. We’ve found some great treats (no tricks) just for you…
Four Piece Black Halloween Plates In a handy pack of four, these plates come with a white Halloween inspired print to each, to help get the party started.
Zombie Buffet Table Accessory
Black and Cream Skull Bottle This spooky ornament depicts a bottle with the word ‘arsenic’ engraved into the front, and a skull topper. 17cm.
Hosting a Halloween party? Then this Zombie Food Court could be the perfect addition to any zombie themed event. Comes complete with a pair of skeleton hands. Individually boxed for easy storage between seasons as with some care it will be useable time and time again. 120cm.
IT’S HALLOWEEN It`s Halloween! It`s Halloween! The moon is full and bright And we shall see what can`t be seen on any other night: Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls, Grinning goblins fighting duels, Werewolves rising from their tombs, Witches on their magic brooms.
Rose Gold LED Pumpkin Light If you want your pumpkin to last longer then opt for this battery operated LED pumpkin light. It’s perfect for popping on mantelpieces, shelves or using as a seasonal table centrepiece. Requires 3 x AA batteries (not included).
Lace Spider Web, Halloween Party Tablecover Inspire your party with this lace spider web table cover! Approx. 152 x 213cm.
Ginger Ray Shaped Witches Hat Halloween Napkins
Witch’s Brew Hand Stamped Spoon
Add an eerie addition to your Halloween party table with these witches’ hat napkins. Each pack contains 12 napkins with each measuring 33cm when unfolded.
This hand stamped small spoon is perfect for those who like to stir some magic into their cuppa! Choose from different wording such as Witch’s Brew; Hubble Bubble; Eye of Newt or supply your own words. By DormouseandTheTeapot at Etsy
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Beamz Smoke Machine with Flame Effect Lighting Fluids Package Add another dimension to your spooky gathering with this smoke machine! This 700W smoke machine from Beamz has amber LED lights surrounding the nozzle of the unit where the smoke emits from. An added bonus is that it also illuminates the smoke as it billows out from the nozzle, in an orange-red blast. Ideal for use indoors. Comes complete the tank filled (500ml) with fluid and an extra two 250ml bottles to get you started!
* All prices correct at time of publishing ‘It’s Halloween’ copyright www.familyfun.ie/halloween-poems/
Forty-two medals up for grabs at championships The 2018 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships will be the 48th edition of the games and will be held between October 25th until November 3rd
The event will mark the first time that the Championships will be held in Qatar, and the middle east – who will also be hosting the next World Cup in 2022. This year’s venue The Aspire Zone, also known as Doha Sport City, is a 250 hectare (2.5 square kilometres) sporting complex, located in Doha, Qatar. Held two years after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2018 World Championships mark the halfway point in the Olympic quadrennium. Up for grabs will be 42 medals — six full sets for women and eight for men. For the first time in 44 years, the world championships two years before the Olympic Games will hand out Olympic berths; the gold, silver, and bronze-medal-winning teams in Doha will earn tickets to Tokyo for four gymnasts each. FIG President Morinari Watanbe said: “We look forward to the 2018 Worlds in Doha, where our Artistic gymnasts will set out on the road to Tokyo 2020. They will step into the world spotlight and make history, as Qatar joins the list of countries to have hosted this prestigious event. “We are convinced that the unique Aspire Dome will be a fitting stage for our stars and we look forward
to the wonderful hospitality of our hosts and experiencing the mixture of tradition and modernity for which the region is known.” The past few months have seen gymnasts battle it out for berths to the World Championships by proving themselves at major national and international competitions throughout the summer. Two-time Olympic All-around champion Kohei Uchimua (Japan) claimed his ticket to Worlds by winning his 10th consecutive NHK Cup title, as did NHK runner-up Kenzo Shirari, the reigning World Champion on Floor Exercise and Vault. The World Artistic Gymnastic Champions are the world championships for artistic gymnastics. The first edition of the championship was held in 1903, exclusively for male gymnasts. Since the tenth edition of the tournament, in 1934, women’s events are help together with men’s events. As of 2017, over sixty different editions of the championships have been staged, and over forty different countries have earned medals. The most successful nation, both in gold medal results and total number of medals, is the Soviet Union.
China is the second most successful country in total medals earned, and Japan is the third most successful. Russia, Romania and the United Stated are also usually among the most dominant nations, especially in women’s artistic gymnastics events. Representing Great Britain, Max Whitlock MBE is expected to be among the stars on parade, despite failing to reach the podium in Glasgow earlier this year. The 25-year-old, who ended Britain’s 120year wait for an Olympic gymnastics gold medal by winning the floor and pommel horse at 2016 Games, will be keen to regain form ahead of the Doha Worlds. For more information on the games, visit www.worldgymdoha18.com
The first edition of the championship was help in 1903, exclusively for male gymnasts
Warm up this winter
This Slimming World dish is perfect for warming up all the family on cold nights. Easy to make, itâ€™s just the recipe you need for Bonfire night!
Spicy, baked bean soup SERVES 4 | 30 MINS - VEGAN
Low calorie cooking spray 400g frozen mixed onions, carrots and celery (or 200g each frozen chopped onions and frozen sliced carrots) or can use fresh 2 tsp dried basil or mixed herbs 750ml boiling vegetable stock 2 x 415g cans baked beans in tomato sauce 1 tbsp Tabasco sauce (chipotle flavour if possible) or to taste Chopped fresh or frozen parsley, to serve Spray a large non-stick saucepan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a low heat. Add the frozen vegetables, dried herbs, 3 tbsp water and a little seasoning. Cover and cook for ten minutes, or until soft. Add the stock and baked beans and bring to a simmer, then cover again and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Ladle half of the soup into a food processor or liquidiser, blend until smooth and stir back into the pan. Bring back to a gently simmer, stir in the Tabasco and sprinkle with the parsley to serve. Mix the lemon juice, rocket, chilli, pine nuts and 1 tbsp oil. Scatter half over the tart and serve the rest on the side.
Top Tip Fancy adding meat to the dish? Cook 4-6 Slimming World Syn-free pork sausages according to the pack instructions, slice thinly and add them for the last five minutes of the cooking time. Image copyright: Slimming World
What will you be wearing this Autumn? When you think of Autumn, what springs to mind? Hot drinks, falling leaves, lots of colour and conkers? Well, Autumn is just around the corner which means it will be time to put our summer clothes away and get out our ‘in-between’ clothes before we need our winter woollies! Given the very hot summer we have had this year, Autumn may well feel cooler than usual. So, what are the must-have clothing items for this season? Autumn is the time of year for jumpers, hats and boots. These items of clothing are essential for the season to keep us warm! Other clothing items to look at are long sleeve dresses, long cardigans and leggings.
Autumn can see temperatures vary, so layering is a good way to go about keeping warmer during the day. Layer up with a t-shirt, jumper and jacket then take off and add layers when the temperature changes throughout the day. You may often find in the middle of the day, you won’t need a lot of layers, so you can stick with just a t-shirt and jumper.
There is a great range of boots available for adults and children right now; waterproof, stylish and great for comfort. Everything from wellies, to leather boots and waterproof trainers – all are great for this season. These wellies from www.hunterboots.com are priced at £115 and are in-keeping with the Autumn colours and the inevitable British weather that is set to come!
A big trend this year is ‘extreme layering’. Fashion moguls are layering their models up with six or seven big jackets, coats and blanket ponchos. This probably is a little extreme, so why not wear a thinner jacket in a contrasting colour underneath your coat?
We also need to think about keeping our feet warm and dry! Slouch boots are making a comeback this season, and there are lots out there in those must-have autumn shades. These boots from Next, priced at £66, are a great buy and come in a variety of shades www.next.co.uk.
Browns, golds and oranges This season, we can’t forget about all those gorgeous autumnal shades; golds, browns, burnt oranges. There is so much of the brown shades around, ready for this season, that you’ll be spoilt for choice. We love this men’s rust jumper from www.next.co.uk; it’s great for these up and coming autumn months and costs £22.
This season, we can’t forget about all those gorgeous autumnal shades; golds, browns, burnt oranges
Coats, jackets, hats and boots all look great in shades of brown and there are a large number of ranges in these colours in shops right now – perfect if you are wanting to update your autumn collections. Pair burnt orange or yellow shirts or jumpers with blue jeans and boots for extra comfort. The beauty of brown is that it pretty much goes with every colour! There are plenty of long coats, jackets and jumpers available ready for the season to start, just like this women’s long brown coat from www.newlook.co.uk priced at £34.99
Checked clothes are big this season, taking over the popular pinstripes and floral prints we have had during the summer months. Checks are adaptable to everyone; ladies, men, children – even our pets! With this in mind, checked jackets would be a great purchase. Choose one that’s not too thick, so that it will be perfect for the cooler days too. Wear it with your favourite pair of jeans and boots for that perfect outfit! This ladies’ jacket from www2.hm.com is £34.99 and is great for all occasions; work, days out, nights out and even special occasions! Checked shirts and jumpers are also a great buy. Long sleeves and a high neck will help keep the chills away and keep everyone warm! Pair them together for the right amount of warmth for the season. This children’s shirt from www.sainsburys.co.uk will keep your children warm for just £9.
When the autumn rain comes, we need to be prepared with some waterproof clothing and accessories! Animal prints are going to be a popular element this season, so keep yourself dry with animal print umbrellas, like this bubble one from www.hunterboots.com at £45, or waterproof coats. There are also a vast range of hats and gloves around ready for the season. The best accessories in the autumn are thinner, woolly beanie-style hats or berets to keep your head feeling warm, without overheating. Gloves are also a great accessory for autumn. Go for red or blue leather gloves to brighten up your wardrobe! Match your hats and gloves with a scarf so you can really wrap up warm on those colder nights when you’re out walking the dog, or just going for a leisurely evening stroll. Hoods are also a great accessory for the autumn season. Keep children warm with hooded jackets and sweatshirts. We found a girl’s ochre hooded coat, £28, and a boy’s brown coat, £18, both from www.matalan. co.uk which are perfect for this! If they won’t wear a hat or carry an umbrella, at least you can pop their hood up for them to keep them dry if you’re out and about when the showers come. Plus, a hood will save carrying those extra accessories around! Page Page11 11
Keep your own little monsters entertained!
It hardly seems possible, but summer is officially over and with both Halloween and Bonfire night fast approaching, here are a few ideas to keep everyone happy
Pumpkin carving Halloween wouldn’t be the same without getting creative and a little messy carving pumpkins! Instead of buying one from your local supermarket, why not make a day of it? There are loads of places up and down the country that will, for the price of your chosen pumpkin, allow you to choose and pick your own. So, put your wellies on and get into the fields! Then, all that’s left to do is to choose your scary face design and get carving. Once the pumpkins are carved, place outside with a flickering candle inside and wait to scare any visitors you may have.
Apple bobbing Enjoyed by all ages, apple bobbing has been a traditional Halloween game for centuries. It requires nothing more than a large tub of water and lots of apples. Oh, and not forgetting, a group of people who are brave enough to soak their faces in cold water! A game not for the faint hearted, but a great activity for your own Halloween party – or just a little fun with your family.
Apple bobbing has been a traditional Halloween game for centuries
A bonfire night party Bonfire night is the perfect excuse to get your family and friends together for a mug of hot chocolate, marshmallow toasting and, if possible, a bonfire. However, if you’re not keen on the idea of a bonfire in your back garden, an outdoor log burning stove or firepit are great alternatives. These mini bonfires will not only keep your guests warm but are also a great way to toast those marshmallows. Make sure your guests are kept cosy and warm by bringing out old blankets and cushions. Then watch the fireworks display or tell ghost stories around the fire.
Trick or treat
There wouldn’t be a Halloween list without of course mentioning the most important part of Halloween: trick or treating! Although originally an American tradition, in recent years it has been adopted by us Brits. We can’t think of a better excuse to get out the face paints, find the spookiest costumes and terrorise your neighbourhood for sweets! You could always create your own Halloween costume or even a spooky Halloween mask to scare your neighbours. A fantastic way to save some cash and to have some fun at the same time. If you’re stuck for ideas there are many helpful tips found online, such as https://www.diyncrafts.com/30637/ fashion/20-easy-creative-diy-halloweenmasks-kids-adults. If your children are a little too young for trick or treating this year, you can always decorate the house, dress up and have fun handing out sweets to the witches and zombies knocking on your door. Again, homemade decorations can be a fantastic way to keep the kids busy and to save on costs. Remember to stock up on sweets!
Another fun and creative way to entertain the kids this Halloween, is to don the apron and get baking. There are many imaginative recipes and ideas to be found online: such as scarily good cupcakes and how to make the perfect Halloween toffee apple. You can find these and other recipes on websites such as https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/ collection/halloween There’s no need to be frightened about putting your property on the market; we’ll be on hand to guide you through!
Remember, remember the 5th of November Bonfire night is approaching and although we all enjoy going to watch displays – and maybe even hosting our own – but there is one thing we all need to remember when attending these events; our safety.
Fireworks can be extremely dangerous when not handled properly: these tips will help you and your family stay safe
Bonfire safety There are some things that you need to be aware of if you are going to be building your own bonfire. Firstly, you need to ensure that it’s not too high, is away from fireworks and that it’s also stable. Don’t put fireworks, even if they appear to be faulty, or rubbish such as aerosols, on the bonfire. Also, make sure you are not building it underneath cables, trees and keep them well away from buildings and fencing. Secondly, immediately before you light it, you need to ensure that there are no animals or even children hiding in your bonfire. Never light it using flammable liquids either as this can result in an uncontrolled spread of fire or even an explosion. Thirdly, ensure that you put the bonfire out completely when the event is over. Double and triple check that everyone has left before putting it out.
Create fun with sparklers Sparklers are great; children can have lots of fun making shapes and writing with them and you can get some lovely photos of them doing so. Ensure you always wear gloves when holding a sparkler as it significantly reduces the chance of getting burned. Sparklers are very hot, even when they have gone out, so dispose of them safely by either placing them in a bucket of water or sand until they have cooled right down. You must also keep them held at arm’s length. However, children must always be supervised and ensure that an adult is lighting them. It’s recommended that children under five should not have a sparkler. In addition, they also shouldn’t be used inside, or near other fireworks.
Plan ahead with your fireworks If you decide to do a firework display at home, you need to plan. Check you have ample room for fireworks to be let off. Small fireworks need to be at least 5 to 8 metres away from your house while
larger ones that are used in displays, should be at least 25 metres away from spectators. Remember to read all instructions carefully if you are unsure. When lighting fireworks, always ensure that you do so at arm’s length. And if it doesn’t go off, stay away from it! However, if they still haven’t gone off after half an hour of being lit, drench them with water and call the fire service for advice. It is also best to keep pets indoors to avoid them getting scared or injured by fireworks and bonfires. But most of all, have fun – and stay safe!
Sparklers are very hot, even when they have gone out, so dispose of them safely We can help ignite interest in your home. Ask us for more details about how!
Why renting is a good option Renting is a great way for you to get your foot on the property ladder and offers flexibility; so, it’s no wonder it’s become such a popular choice
Time and money are just two of the major benefits of living in a rental property, and with maintenance costs being a landlords’ responsibility, it will certainly save you on both. In fact, property experts claim that the cost of upkeeping your home is around one percent of the value of the home per year. That means for a £150,000 house, you could be looking at £1,500 per year. Plus, some tenancies also include other costs such as council tax and bills – which means more potential savings. An added bonus of renting for those leading busy lifestyles, or who are living independently for the first time, is that time – as well as money – will be saved on the managing of a property. If a problem were to arise when living in a rental property, there is only one point of contact and no need to worry about the burden of ringing contractors. Perfect! In addition, in more cases than not, the monthly rental price
can in fact be less than a monthly mortgage payment in a similar sized property, in the same area. And if you’re open to sharing a property, this is an ideal way of reducing the cost of rent per person, allowing you to move to an area you may have thought was outside your budget. According to figures released by experts, the younger generation face a challenge buying their first home to get themselves on the highly regarded, and well sought after, housing ladder.
And for young people in particular, renting a property can actually prove to be a more convenient, rewarding and flexible choice. For example, renting a house can provide urban living at a cheaper price, not to mention that rented properties are often situated close to amenities or are located in the heart of town centres. It also provides a great chance to build up your credit score, helping you when you apply to get a mortgage.
The flexibility of renting makes it ideal for people who are looking for a short-term tenancy, as well as tenants who are likely to relocate. Especially as the notice period of leaving a tenancy agreement is usually shorter than the time it would normally take to sell a home.
Test the area
If you’re looking to move to a new area, renting provides an ideal temporary solution to getting to know the area and settling into your new surroundings.
A reputation built on trust Letting through a trusted estate agent, such as ourselves, and having a fixed rate tenancy agreement will mean your home and the monthly payments are secure, and you can relax and enjoy your tenancy in your perfect home.
Time and money are just two of the major benefits of living in a rental property
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ST EDEYRN’S VILLAGE OLD ST MELLONS
Showhome Now Open Prices starting from £359,995 A beautiful new Charles Church development consisting of an impressive collection of 4 and 5 bedroom detached homes, in the sought after location of Old St. Mellons, Cardiff. With easy access to M4 J30, the Pentwyn link road and the A48 Eastern Avenue, this is the perfect place to call home.
River Walk @ St. Edeyrn’s Village
Off Bridge Road, Old St. Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 6UZ Prices start from just £359,995 Open Thursday to Monday, 11am - 6pm 02920 104 015
Imagery is for illustration purposes only. External elevations including treatments, materials, window positions and sizes are subject to change at any time. *For full terms and conditions of all schemes featured visit www.charleschurch.com/offers. Offers are available for a limited period only, subject to status. This offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Only available on selected plots. This offer may not be available in conjunction with any other purchase assistance scheme, offer or promotion. Full details available on request. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR ANY DEBT SECURED ON IT. Internal photographs may show upgraded items which are available at an extra cost. Please ask for details. Additional items may be available at extra cost. Please ask for details. Details correct at time of going to press.
Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135
Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Ryder Street, Pontcanna
A terrace house nestled away in a corner of Pontcanna just a short stroll from the City Centre and Sophia Gardens. This chain free property includes three bedrooms, a bay fronted lounge, separate dining room, open plan kitchen/breakfast room and enclosed rear gardens. The house has been much improved with the addition of shutters to the front windows, double glazing and gas central heating. A classic Pontcanna property. EPC=E
Bloom Street, Pontcanna
A well presented home in a sought after and rarely available street in the affluent suburb of Pontcanna. The property comprises an entrance hallway with floor tiling, an open plan living/dining room, a farmhouse style kitchen, two double bedrooms and a bathroom. The property further benefits from double glazed sash windows, cental heating, an enclosed garden to the rear and an exceptional standard throughout. EPC=E
Park View, Cardiff City Centre
A beautifully presented fifth floor apartment with far reaching views of Cardiff and as far as Caerphilly Mountain. Park View is a luxury development, within a 10 minute walk of all Cardiff Centres attractions. Offering residents secure allocated parking, a friendly and helpful daily concierge service, next door to Laguna Health Spa and an exclusive food service from Park Plaza Hotel. EPC=C
Atlas Road, Canton
A three double bedroom house for sale in Canton, located less than one mile from the city centre and convenient for local transport being just a short walk from Ninian Park train station and link roads to the M4. The property boasts three double bedrooms, a first-floor bathroom, an open plan living room and a large open plan kitchen/dining room. No Chain. EPC=E
Welcome to the 2nd phase of this award winning development...
LivEcoâ€™s standard of eco housing is unique to the area and boasts a wide selection of features that provide residents with both a superior standard of living and most importantly lower fuel bills. These homes benefit from a private terrace or balcony and communal gardens which are managed by a gardener. BLP Allianz 10 year full structural warranty included Luxury Living - intelligently designed homes with health, space and wellbeing built in Lower Fuel Bills - Super-insulation, air source heat pumps and latest energy saving appliances Heath And Wellbeing - Each home has a private air filtration system giving a healthy living environment Landscape Design - Greens and gardens have been thoughtfully designed by a landscape architect Home Design - Considerations have been made without compromise for ceiling heights, room sizes and storage Internal Design - Bathrooms, kitchens, lighting and sun pipes are all of a luxury standard
Secure by Design - Designed with extra secure doors and windows, safe and secure at home Lifetime Homes - Intelligent planning with zero kerbs and wider doors giving thought to the future Electric Car Deal - An incentive to purchase a new electric car and charging points on site make it easier to travel cleaner and cheaper
If you would like to find out more or have any questions about this exciting new development please contact sole agent 02920 555198 1 Llandaff@hern-crabtree.co.uk
02920 228135 1 Pontcanna@hern-crabtree.co.uk
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Birchwood Gardens, Whitchurch
Beautifully presented modern property with easy access to Whitchurch Village and commuting links. Offering a light Lounge, modern kitchen/diner, two double bedrooms and a bathroom. The property benefits from driveway parking and a lovely garden. EPC= D
Heol Y Ffynnon, Efail Isaf
Larger than expected from the outside and bursting at the seems with character! This three double bedroom, family home is situated in a really quaint village location and yet conveniently placed for commuters to Cardiff, Pontypridd, Vale and Bridgend. EPC= D
Woodland Road, Whitchurch
A really lovely, traditional bay fronted semi detached property on a very sought after road in Whitchurch. Impressive throughout, with lots of character and yet has been updated to a superb standard. Driveway parking and a lovely enclosed garden. EPC= E
Tyn Y Parc Road, Whitchurch
Stunning, traditional family home located close to Whitchurch village and all of its amenities. This property is immaculate throughout and offers spacious and versatile accommodation. There is a garage for rear parking and a beautiful sunny garden. EPC= D
Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Glas Y Pant, Whitchurch
Offering a quiet cul de sac location with similar properties, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a very nice semi detached bungalow in Whitchurch. Two good size double bedrooms and a lounge with additional extended sun lounge. Ample driveway parking and garage. EPC= D
Queen Street, Tongwynlais
A beautiful ‘Chocolate Box’ Stone Cottage situated in the quaint village of Tonwgynlais. Rarely available to the market, this is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a well designed home which has been greatly improved throughout! We highly recommend a viewing of the property and early viewings are advised to avoid missing out! EPC= D
Lisnagarvey Court, Whitchurch
A perfectly presented first floor flat well placed for many local amenities and boasting excellent road links. Two bedrooms, open plan living/dining room, luxury bathroom and a fitted kitchen with balcony. Gas central heating, double glazing, excellent location and offered with no onward chain. EPC= C
College Road, Whitchurch
This Immaculate and traditional cottage is located in the village of Whitchurch and offers easy walking distance to a range of amenities. This truly is presented to a show home standard and offers both light and space, which can only be fully appreciated by an internal viewing. EPC D
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Pwllmelin Road, Llandaff
No Chain! An impressive four bedroom detached house has been well cared for and has generous front and rear gardens. The accommodation briefly comprises: porch, entrance hall, cloakroom, lounge, dining room, kitchen and utility to the ground floor. Upstairs are four bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property further benefits from double glazing, gas central heating and also off street parking for multiple vehicles. EPC=D
Rookwood Close, Llandaff
No Chain. A tastefully presented first floor flat offering a light and spacious accommodation, thanks to the long lease and low charges this property could prove an excellent investment returning a potential income of £650pcm or 5.38% yield. Offering: entrance hall, lounge/ dining room, kitchen, two double bedrooms and bathroom, garage, communal gardens, gas heating and upvc double glazing along with wood flooring. EPC=C
Waungron Road, Llandaff
A stunning extended four bedroom semi-detached situated in the desirable area of Llandaff. This elegant home has been transformed by the current owners to offer a contemporary living space with charming features. Briefly comprising: entrance hall, lounge, music room, kitchen open plan dining and family room with multiple doors opening to the rear garden. Upstairs offers three bedrooms and a bathroom. The second floor offers a master bedroom with en suite. EPC=D
Heol Fair, Llandaff
Set in the in the desirable Llandaff village is this tastefully presented character mid-terrace house. Boasting a light and spacious lounge/ dining room, modern kitchen and conservatory, an enclosed rear garden. Upstairs offers two bedrooms and a four piece bathroom with a roll top claw feet bath. Further benefiting from plenty of period features and is within a short stroll to Llandaff High Street. EPC=C
Llandaff - 029 2055 5198
Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Heol Las, Llantrisant
A detached residence split over four floors with envious countryside views to the rear. A unique property offering flexible and generous living space, briefly comprises: entrance hall, lounge, study and cloakroom. Upstairs is a dining room and a kitchen/diner with a utility area, second floor has two double bedrooms, the master with an en-suite and to the top floor are a further two double bedrooms and a bathroom, front and rear gardens and a double garage to the front. EPC=D
Windsor Road, Radyr
No Chain. A detached residence that has been transformed to offer a contemporary, light and spacious residence. Boasting underfloor heating, double electric gates, video intercom and Sonos system. Briefly comprising: entrance porch, hall, cloakroom, lounge, sitting room, open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room and utility room, four double bedrooms, the master with dressing room and en suite, an additional en-suite and family bathroom. The gardens have been landscaped, large patio and another split level garden. EPC=C
St Michaels Road, Llandaff
This beautiful semi detached home is light and spacious and comprises: entrance hall, cloakroom, lounge/dining room, sitting room, kitchen, utility room and breakfast room, the first floor offers four bedrooms, master with en-suite and dressing room, and a family bathroom. Outside offers generous landscaped south facing gardens, storage sheds and ample off street parking to the front. EPC=E
Staines Street, Canton
No Onward Chain. A beautiful and charming end terrace house placed in this pretty cul de sac in Canton. Just off Clive Road, Staines Street is close to Thompson Park and Victoria Park along with plenty of independent shops, cafés and eateries. This superb property offers: entrance hall, lounge/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room and a large utility room, three bedrooms and bathroom. Outside is an enclosed rear garden with gate for lane access. EPC=E
Lettings - 029 2078 0230 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Tintern Street, Canton
**LOVELY FOUR BEDROOM FURNISHED HOUSE** Hern & Crabtree are pleased to present this four bedroom end terrace house located in Canton. This property comes fully furnished and comprises open plan lounge and kitchen complete with white goods, plus a second reception room to the ground floor. On the first floor are three good size bedrooms and a family bathroom, while on the second floor there is a superb master bedroom with en suite bathroom. Externally there is a lovely garden to the rear, on street parking. Available from the 20th October. EPC Rating D.
Llanishen Court, Llanishen
**TWO BEDROOM FIRST FLOOR APARTMENT** Hern & Crabtree present this two bedroom apartment located in the heart of Llanishen. This property comes unfurnished and comprises lounge, double bedroom, second smaller bedroom, family bathroom and modern kitchen. Externally there is parking and close proximity to Llanishen Village and local amenities. Strictly Professionals Only, No Pets. EPC Rating D.
Whitchurch Road, Heath
**NEWLY REFURBISHED HOUSE** Hern & Crabtree present this four bedroom mid terrace house located in Heath. This property has been completely refurbished throughout and comprises lounge, bedroom/ second reception room, kitchen and bathroom to the ground floor. Upstairs are three good size bedrooms and a further family bathroom. Externally there is a courtyard garden to the rear, on street parking to the front and close prximity to local amenities. Strictly Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC Rating E.
Great House Rise, St Fagans
**UNIQUE BARN CONVERSION** Hern & Crabtree are delighted to present this unique unfurnished property located in a quiet residential location. The property comprises large kitchen with integrated white goods and dining area, double bedroom and family bathroom to the ground floor, while upstairs is a mezzanine level which can be used as a second bedroom or a lounge area. Externally there is a small patio area and off street parking for one vehicle. Available for occupation from the 31st October 2018. Professionals Only. EPC Rating C.
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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. Llandaff 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. Llandaff 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!
Ben Shorrocks | Branch Manager | Pontcanna 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 | Pontcanna 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.
Heath - 029 2062 0202 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Jan Street | Sales Progression Manager Jan has a sparkling personality, is extremely caring and hardworking. Jan looks after our clients post-sale, 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.
Jo Shears | Senior Sales Negotiator. Llandaff 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.
Owen Llewellyn | Senior Sales Negotiator. Llandaff 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.
Thomas Lloyd | Sales Negotiator | Pontcanna* Thomas is an incredibly likable, 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.
*If you are a seller that would prefer to speak in the Welsh language, please request this when booking your free market appraisal. hern-crabtree.co.uk
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Anna Oâ€™Mahoney | Branch Manager | Whitchurch 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.
Annamarie Winks | Negotiator | Whitchurch 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 hardworking with stacks of humour.
Anthony Poole | Branch Manager | Heath Anthony is a passionate and dedicated Estate Agent who doesnâ€™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.
Stephanie Byrne | Senior Sales Negotiator | Heath Stephanie is a competitive yet caring Estate Agent who excels in her role in the Heath Office. She is renowned for the number of appointments she generates and as a result of her tenacity and talent the reviews her clients give her are only ever five out of five!
Lance Robertson | Lettings Manager Lance is exceptionally knowledgeable in his field with over 10 years of experience in lettings. Heâ€™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.
Molly Fletcher | Lettings Negotiator | Lettings Molly relocated from West Wales to join Hern & Crabtree as a Lettings Negotiator. Molly carries out all the lettings viewings and provides regular feedback to all Landlords regarding the progress of letting their property through Hern & Crabtree.
Heath - 029 2062 0202 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Annie Munro | Senior Negotiator | Whitchurch 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 | Heath 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 Co-Ordinator | Lettings Marc has a vital role in supporting Tenants in our managed properties. Marc liaises with Tenants and Landlords regarding maintenance and tenancy matters, and is always on hand to provide assistance and advice. Marc provides a valuable service to all our Landlords in keeping them well informed on all aspects of their property and tenancy.
Jessica Payne | Property Co-Ordinator | Lettings Jessica, one of our longest serving employees at Hern & Crabtree, carries out all the routine property inspections at our managed properties, and provides detailed reports to all our Landlords to keep them informed on the condition of their property. Jessica also provides assistance to the Maintenance department, logging and resolving any issues when reported.
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