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September 2019

PROPERTY 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

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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’s 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 receives 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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Thornbury

£310,000

This splendid three-bedroom detached family home is nestled away on a popular cul-de-sac in Thornbury, close to excellent schools and the modern shopping centre. There is a cosy lounge with a feature fireplace which opens onto the dining area. Completing the ground floor is a light and airy garden room, while upstairs there are three perfectly-sized bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. A well-maintained rear garden offers access to the integrated garage and a driveway completes the front of this lovely home.

Rudgeway

£395,000

Wow! You’re in for a treat when you enter this three-bedroom, extended period property in Rudgeway which offers easy access to Bristol and the M4 and M5. The contemporary kitchen has a fashionable central island and is open plan into the family room which boasts bifold doors leading to the fully enclosed rear garden. A spacious bay fronted lounge completes the ground floor, while upstairs there are three generous bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and rural views. The four-piece family bathroom is the cherry on the cake!

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Thornbury

£160,000

Attention investors and first-time buyers! This two-bedroom, first-floor flat with its own private entrance and rear patio garden is seldom available and is the perfect opportunity to ‘get your foot on the ladder’. Located on Avon Way, Thornbury this flat is in a great location, close to the St Mary’s Centre and offers easy access for commuters. There is a bright and spacious lounge, while the modern kitchen has some built-in appliances. Two light and airy double bedrooms and a generous three-piece bathroom complete the flat.

Thornbury

£415,000

This immaculate, three-bedroom bungalow sits on a corner plot on one of Thornbury’s favoured roads. The living room enjoys a feature fireplace and dual-aspect views, while the kitchen has been refitted with quality cabinets and integrated appliances. Two double bedrooms and a further reception room (which could be used as the third bedroom) offers versatile accommodation and the family bathroom has been refitted with a four-piece suite. The landscaped rear garden is perfect for summer days with its southerly aspect.

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Heathend

ÂŁ675,000

This spacious family home offers flexible accommodation arranged over two floors. A cosy sitting room with a feature wood burning stove offers access to the dining room, while the kitchen/breakfast room is perfect for family gatherings. A third reception room is currently used as a games room. The master bedroom enjoys a Juliette balcony, a dressing room and an en-suite while four further bedrooms share a family bathroom. Extensive gardens are enclosed by an attractive stone wall and offers access to the detached garage.

Thornbury

ÂŁ535,000

This stylish, detached period property is in a hard-to-beat location boasting rural views and a detached annexe. Arranged over two floors the layout, whilst mainly open plan does have an additional snug to escape for some quiet time. Perfect for entertaining this home is built with family gatherings in mind. The master bedroom enjoys an en-suite while three further good size bedrooms share a family bathroom. Enclosed, pretty gardens surround the property with lush lawns, side and rear gate access and evergreen trees and shrubs.

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Thornbury

£335,000

As neat as a new pin… this fabulous, three-bedroom bungalow is presented in immaculate condition throughout. A lovely, modern re-fitted kitchen offers plenty of storage space, while the generous, lounge dining room has sliding patio doors leading to the rear garden. Two of the bedrooms are to the front of the property, with one to the rear and a modern three-piece bathroom completes the inside of the bungalow. The rear garden enjoys a secluded seating area under a pergola and established trees and shrubs create a beautiful haven to relax.

Thornbury

£349,950

Tucked away at the end of a cul de sac, this well-cared for home offers flexible living space with a series of upgrades from the current owners. The spacious lounge/dining room is the perfect place for relaxing with sliding patio doors to the rear, while the well-thought-out kitchen has some integrated appliances. A choice of three bedrooms (or two and a separate reception room) and a modern family bathroom completes the inside. The pretty gardens have been lovingly tended and a paved patio in the rear garden offers a superb spot to watch the sunset.

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Thornbury

ÂŁ235,000

A fantastic opportunity to buy a rarely-available, two-bedroom bungalow on the Castle side of the town. Victoria Close is a bright and clean home with pleasant open views and an enclosed rear garden with a driveway. The property boasts double-glazing throughout and night storage central heating making this a cosy place to live. The kitchen is well fitted with a range of re-fitted units while the generous lounge-dining room is a great place to relax. The garden is full of established trees and shrubs. A lovely bungalow, available with no onward chain.

Alveston

ÂŁ285,000

Potential to extend! This neat and tidy, semi-detached home is on a popular Alveston road within walking distance to well-regarded schools and local amenities. A spacious bay fronted lounge offers access through to the kitchen/breakfast room which has a range of wall and base units. A sunroom offers further living space with patio doors leading to the rear garden, while a family bathroom completes the ground floor. The master bedroom comes complete with an en-suite shower room. And, the generous rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with a patio area.

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Thornbury�Musical�Theatre�Group�Presents

SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

By Richard Prior

20TH - 23RD of February 2019 Armstrong Hall, Thornbury

“Our club is currently thriving and that is due to Lisa Costa’s support” JAKE, OLVESTON FOOTBALL CLUB

Book�online�at�www.tmtg.org.uk Shows at 7:30pm daily. Matinee at 2:30pm on Fri & Sat Armstrong Hall, Chapel St, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 2BJ Box Office: Lisa Costa Residential Sales & Lettings 53 High St, Thornbury. Phone 07516 270140 Box office opens on 14th of January Thornbury Musical Theatre Group Ltd. is a registered charity (1124233)

“What I love about Lisa Costa as a business is that it’s very family orientated” SARAH, CASTLE & MARLWOOD SCHOOL

OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS OF: Thornbury Carnival | Friends of Thornbury Carnival | Thornbury Town Football Club | Thornbury Arts Festival | Olveston & District Bowling Club | The Parish Players Theatre Group | Thornbury Musical Theatre Group | Olveston United Football Club | Thornbury Rugby Football Club | Castle School & Marlwood School (PREMIUM PARTNERSHIP) | Tytherington Rocks Football Club | Thornbury In Bloom

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Severn Beach

£525,000

If you’re looking for an individual, executive-style property then look no further! Tucked away at the end of a no-through road, this handsome home is well-presented throughout. The spacious sitting room features French doors to the garden, while the kitchen/dining room comes with some integrated appliances and is a great place to entertain. Upstairs, the master bedroom enjoys en-suite facilities, while the further three bedrooms share a family bathroom. The property benefits from gardens to all four sides and an integral garage.

Winterbourne

£395,000

This well-thought-out family home is tastefully appointed and presented in tip-top condition. Sitting on a corner plot, the extended, semi-detached property is arranged over two floors with a sitting room with views over the gardens, a separate dining room, a modern kitchen with some integrated appliances and a conservatory. Upstairs, four double bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes, share a fresh, modern family bathroom. With enclosed gardens to three sides and a detached garage, this property has serious ‘kerbside appeal’.

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Stone

ÂŁ425,000

No onward chain! This well-presented modern home is situated in the popular village of Stone. The modern kitchen has some integrated appliances and access to a separate utility, while the cosy sitting room opens to the dining room and a wonderful conservatory. The master bedroom enjoys en-suite facilities and the three further bedrooms share a family bathroom. The enclosed rear garden boasts a neat lawn and fully stocked borders. Ready to move into, with a south-facing garden and a good community spirit, this property won’t be around for long!

Alveston

OIEO ÂŁ650,000

Approached by a sweeping gated driveway, this distinctive executive-style home is stylish and impressive and just a short stroll from popular schools. Three reception rooms including a sitting room, a study and a dining room as well as a modern kitchen/breakfast room and a dazzling conservatory completes the ground floor. A galleried landing offers access to four bedrooms with two of them enjoying en-suite facilities, while lawn gardens surround the property with ample parking space and a detached double garage with a games room above.

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Tockington

£750,000

If your property ‘wish list’ starts with rural views, individuality, flexibility and spacious rooms then ‘Greenside’ should be top of your viewing list. A superb family home arranged over two floors, entrance is into a welcoming entrance hall with stairs leading to the first floor. A cosy sitting room with feature stone wall and wood burning stove. A large third reception room completes the ground floor. From the first floor landing, the master bedroom features velux windows and a ‘Juliette’ balcony with rural views, plus dressing room and en suite. There are four further double bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Olveston

£750,000

This stylish, tastefully appointed home is sure to get your heart racing! Situated at the head of a cul-de-sac on a superior plot, this executivestyle home won’t be available for long! Upgraded and well-maintained by the current owners, the sitting room has French doors to the rear, while the kitchen/breakfast room has granite worktops and opens to a gorgeous garden room. Five bedrooms including a master with an en-suite and a family bathroom complete the first floor. The enclosed, and not overlooked, rear garden is a great place to relax.

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Thornbury

ÂŁ270,000

This first-floor, one-bedroom apartment must be viewed to truly appreciate the quality and finish of the property. In the ever-popular Grace Lodge retirement development, boasting well-established communal gardens, a residents’ lounge and a 24-hour careline this delightful apartment is the perfect retirement paradise. The lounge/dining room is blessed with views of the gardens from its Juliette balcony, while the super kitchen offers a range of fitted units and an integrated oven and hob. Available Chain Free!

Rudgeway

ÂŁ550,000

Nestled away on a corner plot at the end of a cul-de-sac is this unique property. Originally a bungalow, the current owners have transformed this property into something truly special. A modern, open-plan kitchen/dining room/family room is the hub of the home, seamlessly opening onto the gardens, while there is a separate sitting room and a ground floor cloakroom completing the ground floor. The master bedroom enjoys en-suite facilities and two further bedrooms and a bathroom complete the first floor.

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Whether you’re looking to sell or put your property up for rental, when you choose to market your property with Lisa Costa, you can be confident that we’ll ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Selling your property A leading independent agent covering all of Thornbury, the name Lisa Costa is synonymous with trust, excellence and integrity. With decades of experience, specialising in all aspects of residential property, our friendly, enthusiastic and professional service ensures that our clients continually return to sell and buy through us. We also recognise the importance of marketing, so your property will be advertised on the major online property portals, our website and social media sites, as well as traditional placement in our window display. Exclusively to us in our area, your property will receive its very own FREE microsite showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and a property brochure. Sharing

your personalised website across the social networks widens the audience for your property, to find the right buyer and increasing the chances of a quicker sale. Our qualified database of home buyers will be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. Quite simply we endeavour to sell your home for the best price, in the shortest possible time, providing you an outstanding service, with a personal and friendly approach.

Letting your property When it comes to letting, as Lisa Costa are members of certified accreditations, you can have peace of mind that your property is in safe hands as we ensure you are fully compliant with your landlord duties. We offer a comprehensive range of services for you to choose from including areas such as Tenant Introduction, Rent Collection, Gas Safety Checks, in-depth Inventory reports, Deposit registration, insurance-based Rent Guarantee and Legal cover policies. As with selling, when you choose to let through us, your property will be advertised

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The power of social media Your property will also receive its very own FREE property website showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and property brochures; something that we are proud to say is exclusive to Lisa Costa in our area. In addition, our qualified database of tenants and buyers will also be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. We will make sure the the highest of standards are met to find the right tenant and buyer for you. By sharing your personalised websites with family and friends across the social networks you will be widening the audience to find the right buyer or tenant for your property, increasing the chances of a quicker sale or rental.

When you choose to market your property with Lisa Costa, you can be confident that we’ll ensure that everything goes smoothly

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Meet the Team

Lisa Costa Residential Sales & Lettings is a friendly and independently run family business with over 20 years’ experience in the property market covering Thornbury, the villages of South Gloucestershire, Clifton in Bristol and Portishead. We are proud to offer a fresh, energetic and passionate approach to selling property. Here’s your chance to learn more about the team!

LISA COSTA

Tall, tenacious + creative How long have you lived in the area? 17 years What do you love most about your job? Working with people I love Tell us something unique about you. I was a croupier in a previous life What makes you happy? My woodburner, garden and my dogs What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Honesty is the best policy

EMILY COSTA

Sassy, smiley + exuberant How long have you lived in the area? 17 years What do you love most about your job? It’s something different every day Tell us something unique about you. I can touch my nose with my tongue What makes you happy? Wine, Harry Potter + burgers What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Never leave the house without your make-up on

SOPHIE COSTA

Conscientious, loyal + stubborn

LISA COOK

How long have you lived in the area? 17 years What do you love most about your job? Helping people find their first home Tell us something unique about you. I taught myself how to play the guitar What makes you happy? Food, food and food What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Treat others how you want to be treated

Competitive, worrier + caring How long have you lived in the area? All my life What do you love most about your job? All of it Tell us something unique about you. I am a keen Bristol City supporter What makes you happy? My three children What’s the best advice you’ve been given? If you want something - go get it!

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CAROLYNE KNIBBS

Positive, determined and nurturing How long have you lived in the area? Last 30 years. What do you love most about your job? Every day is different and I work with a great, supportive team. Tell us something unique about you? I trained as a classical ballet dancer. What makes you happy? Family and friends, prosecco and dancing. What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Look after number 1 – everything else falls into place when you’re happy.

LISA PEARCE

Positive, smiley + motivated How long have you lived in the area? All my life What do you love most about your job? I love the excitement of helping people purchase their first home Tell us something unique about you. I danced on stage at the hippodrome What makes you happy? My children, food and prosecco What’s the best advice you’ve been given? A negative mind will never give you a positive life!

VICKI LAMBERT

Diligent, sarcastic + competitive How long have you lived in the area? All my life What do you love most about your job? Every day is different Tell us something unique about you. I reached Grade 5 in piano What makes you happy? My daughter Daisy What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!

ASHLEIGH WHEELER Bubbly, chatty + confident

How long have you lived in the area? 16 years What do you love most about your job? I love meeting new people and helping them find their dream home Tell us something unique about you. I don’t think I’ll ever buy a finished house What makes you happy? My family especially my son Jack What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Smile, it doesn’t cost a thing

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MIKE, seller

I think the level of service we received from Lisa Costa was second to none! We were very impressed with the level of expertise. She was always there on the end of the phone or if you went into the office, she always available to answer any queries as were her girls. She knows the area, she knows the properties and she does tend to price the properties realistically. Not like some of the agencies that go way over the top and then hang around for months and months. Lisa prices to sell! There’s only one person we would go to and that’s Lisa Costa.

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“personal service” They give you the personal service, the personal touch which gives you the confidence to go through with the buying and selling process.

SUE, buyer

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We believe Lisa Costa differs from other estate agents and lettings agents particularly in their approach to things. They are confident, they are friendly and they are extremely helpful. We found the whole team at Lisa Costa very knowledgeable and very cooperative. It felt absolutely natural for us to go straight back to Lisa Costa and ask them to manage the second property for us and to date that has been very, very sucessful. We wanted simplicity and no other problems and our experience as such has been first class.

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JILL, seller/landlady

We liked Lisa’s - not only her positive approach - but her engagement with the whole process. My husband and I would be very happy to recommend Lisa Costa agency to anybody we knew that was trying to sell their property. We’d tell them about the extra side of the service as many agents can give a good basic service but to feel really supported through the whole process, it’s a very good idea to come to Lisa Costa.

“Lisa Costa differs from other estate agents and lettings agents particularly in their approach to things”

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When we came to sell our property, we were so sure Lisa was the right person to do this. We felt she was very realistic and very helpful.

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Share in our success of selling homes Spending time with loved ones. Creating special memories. Or just cosying up by the fire. It’s the little things that matter. And when it comes to marketing your property, we promise to concentrate on even the little things that help make a big difference to your move.

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