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A look back at five years with Orchards of London



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welcome SPRING 2014


Editor’s Letter Tempus Fugit (time flies) t the start of every year I revel in thoughts of what gems the previous year had to offer and how the year ahead will unfold. In our first issue, we explore the journey we have embarked upon since we first started in 2009 and will showcase a combination of luxe properties, seasonal trends and premium professional advice that we think you will not only find useful but enjoy taking some time out to indulge in. If you are coveting a new property this spring, why not see what advice our property professionals have for you to maximise your potential sale in 2014? I believe the new year represents a new chapter in life and that there is no better time to plan your future and assess what you want to take from the year. We do hope our first issue is the catalyst for many wonderful future plans.


Rudolph Diesel RUDOLPH DIESEL Editor



04 TIMELINE A look at Orchard’s of London’s unique journey



24 ACTON SALES & LETTINGS The pick of the bunch in Acton

08 EALING SALES & LETTINGS Take a tour of the best Ealing has to offer 13 SETTING SALE Joseph Murphy’s top tips on selling your home


29 A DAY IN THE LIFE Paul Alexander gives the inside scoop on the daily life of a mortgage broker


33 ARCHITECT ICON Sir Christopher Wren

16 CHISWICK SALES & LETTINGS Chiswick’s top properties

34 SHEPHERD’S BUSH A glimpse at the future Orchard’s of London

On Cover: Interior image of Birch Grove, photography by Sarah Metcalf.

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DIRECTOR’S MARKET COMMENT Paul Connolly Managing Director

Timeline A look back over all we’ve achieved in five short years, from our first let to the opening of our new flagship showroom

Welcome to the first edition of Couture, our new magazine that seeks to highlight the very best in lifestyle and property matters in and around West London. n the five years since Joseph Murphy and I set up Orchards of London, our commitment to generating great results and delivering fantastic service has enabled us to grow and expand our operations to a staffing level of around 50 and we will be opening our 4th branch and new head office in Shepherds Bush later this year. During this time we have won a national Sunday Times award for our corporate social responsibility and this magazine is a further example of how we look to engage with our local communities. In addition, we have won two Sunday Times awards for our training and as best small letting agent in London. Our philosophy is simple: we believe in putting our customers and clients at the heart of everything we do. The team at Orchards of London is committed to providing the very best service and results and our marketing supports the achievement of these aims. I hope that you enjoy reading this magazine and find the content interesting and informative. If you are planning to move home, invest or undertake any form of residential transaction, the team at Orchards of London are here to help you achieve your goals. Happy reading!



2009 despite being in the depths of recession, Paul Connolly and Joseph Murphy started the Orchards of London business from Paul’s front room in Acton. Our first transaction was letting a property in Drayton Gardens, Ealing.

2010 saw us open our first office in Ealing in the January. Our 25 liveried Fiat 500’s cars become part of the local street scene.

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2011 following the success of our Ealing office, we opened our second office in Chiswick in October.

2013 saw us win two Sunday Times Estate Agency silver awards for training and best small lettings agent in London, as well as launching our third office in Acton.

2012 saw us win the gold national Sunday Times Estate Agency award for corporate social responsibility as well as the complete rejuvenation of the Orchards of London brand.

2014 will see us celebrate our 5th anniversary by opening our 4th office, a new flagship showroom and head office in Shepherds Bush.

The journey continues...

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Ealing | 020 8992 4242

Quintessentially Ealing Liam Doherty Ealing Sales Manager

old discovered in West London Garden‌. Well metaphorically speaking that is. As the property market has grown in recent months, demand for land suitable for development has skyrocketed. Orchards of London have recently negotiated a number of land acquisitions for leading local home builders on sites that require planning, both of which have been approved. In this highly specialised field it can be quite difficult to accurately appraise the true value of a garden, garage or piece of land that may be suitable for re-development. Often the ordinary high street estate agent lacks the necessary experience in planning and development and therefore can overlook unique selling points that can help the vendor achieve more for their property. If you have a large garden, side plot or outbuilding that you feel may be suitable for re-development it is vital that you contact a professional agent with the specialist knowledge who will be able to correctly advise you. Please contact me if you would like a confidential and without obligation appraisal of your property or land.


Woodville Road A fabulous six bedroom double fronted detached home situated on a beautiful tree lined residential road in Ealing and boasting spacious living and entertaining space throughout and offered in good condition. The property comprises a light and airy entrance hall leading onto three generous reception rooms, sizable shower room and separate WC, a fantastic open plan kitchen with fantastic living and dining area and access out into a beautiful private garden. The first and second floors offer six double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a wonderful private balcony overlooking Ealing Cricket Ground. Woodville Gardens is located close to Haven Green which offers an array of shops, bars and restaurants along Ealing Broadway. Ealing Broadway and South Ealing (Piccadilly, District and Central lines) stations are within walking distance.


Ealing Office 7 Station Parade, Ealing Common London W5 3LD, 020 8992 4242


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Waldeck Road A truly exquisite five bedroom detached family home, boasting style and sophistication with spacious living and entertaining space, and South facing garden, located on a premier road in Ealing. The property comprises two bright and spacious reception rooms with stunning period features, guest cloakroom, an incredible open plan kitchen, dining and family room, with modern appliances and fantastic natural light, utility room and access to a large South facing garden with summer house. The first floor offers three double bedrooms, a further single bedroom and two stylish bathrooms. Meanwhile, a superb master bedroom with dressing room and open en-suite bathroom occupies the second floor. Waldeck Road is a popular residential area within walking distance of West Ealing Station (National Rail) and Ealing Broadway.


The Grove A superb four storey townhouse combining intimate and contemporary styling located on a premier road in Ealing Broadway. This modern four bedroom property is situated in a private mews and is offered to the market in exceptional condition throughout. The property comprises a fantastic living space, including separate fully fitted kitchen, large open plan lounge and a unique patio garden area located in the centre of the property. There are four double bedrooms over two floors and three bathrooms including one master en suite. The property benefits from a private off street parking space, garage and patio terrace. The Grove is situated moments from the shops, bars and restaurants along Ealing Broadway and all the transport links of the Uxbridge Road, Ealing Broadway Station (District and Central lines and National Rail) and Ealing Common (Piccadilly line) are nearby.


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Ealing | 020 8992 4242

Woodfield Road A truly spectacular five bedroom family home, beautifully presented in excellent condition, boasting character and charm, located in the ever popular Pitshanger area. This wonderful property comprises a fabulous modern kitchen diner, guest cloakroom and wet room, enormous double reception, a further second reception room and a beautiful large garden at the rear. The first floor offers a bright master bedroom with en suite bathroom and a further three double bedrooms and family bathroom. Meanwhile, is a further large double bedroom with en suite bathroom and generous storage in the loft. This stunning family home is ideally located in the school catchment areas of St Gregory’s, North Ealing and Montpelier. Pitshanger village and Ealing Broadway station (Central, District & National Rail Lines) are within a short stroll away.

£999 per week

Leopold Road Orchards of London are delighted to offer to the market for let this tremendous seven bedroom, six bathroom detached family home boasting an amazing private garden with swimming pool ideally located with beautiful views of Ealing Common. The property comprises a grand entrance hall leading onto guest cloakroom, three magnificent reception rooms, conservatory with access to a large private garden with swimming pool and pool house. There is also a stylish kitchen/diner, large storage room and home gym. The first and second floors consist of seven spacious bedrooms, six of which have en-suite shower rooms. Leopold Road is a sought after address overlooking Ealing Common and offers excellent access to Ealing Broadway and regular transport links with Ealing Common Station (District lines) only moments away.

£2,500 per week


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Gunnersbury Avenue This divine seven bedroom family home is set across three floors boasting an extensive private garden with swimming pool, private garage and off street parking in an ideal location close to Gunnersbury Park and local amenities. The property consists of a spacious hallway and guest cloakroom, a tremendous open plan living and dining room with feature fireplace and access to a large private garden which features a fantastic private swimming pool, modern kitchen with adjoining utility room, downstairs bedroom and en-suite shower room. On the first floor there is a wonderful master bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite shower room, a further three double bedrooms, family bathroom and storage room. There is a family room with extensive eaves storage on the second floor with two good size bedrooms and a stylish shower room.

ÂŁ1,442 per week

Nicholas Gardens A beautifully presented four bedroom, detached family home arranged over three floors offering generous living accommodation and offered to the market in excellent condition situated on a quiet cul-de-sac road. The property comprises two reception rooms, guest cloakroom, separate kitchen and utility room, a main third reception room with dining room and excellent natural light with skylights and bi-folding doors leading out onto a well maintained rear garden which includes side access into the garage. The first floor offers three double bedrooms including a large master with ensuite, a main family bathroom and a further large loft bedroom and shower room to the second floor. The property is located within a short walk from South Ealing Station (Piccadilly line), delightful open spaces of Walpole Park and Ealing Broadway shopping centre.

ÂŁ923 per week

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Ealing | 020 8992 4242

Creffield Road A truly stunning five double bedroom detached family home boasting luxurious living and stylish dĂŠcor throughout, presented in immaculate condition, located on a premier road in Ealing. This amazing home comprises a spacious hallway with grand fireplace and beautiful stained glass windows, this leads onto three stylish reception rooms, a very large, contemporary kitchen diner with a wealth of natural light and full height sliding doors opening onto an extensive rear garden. There is a breath-taking master bedroom with adjoining luxury en-suite bathroom, a further three double bedrooms, study, utility room, bathroom and separate WC. Meanwhile the second floor offers a fifth double bedroom with excellent storage and en-suite bathroom. Creffield Road is a sought after address in Ealing within easy reach of excellent transport links.



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SETTING SALE Joseph Murphy – Business Development Director at Orchards of London gives us the scoop on west London sales and lettings

in more than four years. It measured a 1.4% increase in the month of December alone - its best performance since August 2009 - leaving annual growth in the year to December at 8.4%. We can only see this continuing in 2014 but we still need to see more stock coming to the market, this has been boosted by a lack of supply in the market place

Q: Why buy in west London? A: I believe west London is a fantastic area to buy for many reasons, transport links, independant high streets, green open spaces, schools, the river Thames, direct routes into central London, the list goes on! It also has many different postcodes, each appealing to different demographic of people. Q: Best area to keep an eye on? A: Acton is one of the capital’s most connected areas, with its seven railway stations - four on the Tube network - and fast trains reaching Paddington in just under 10 minutes. With a new station in the pipeline as part of Crossrail’s high-speed network, poised to provide an additional eight trains an hour into the heart of the West End and the City. This west London suburb is one to watch and buy-to-let investors are paying attention. Q: Your opinion on 5% Help to Buy?

A: This is part of the government’s long-term economic plan which I believe to be a good idea. Hardworking people with sufficient earnings can go on to

Q: What are the most common questions asked on a valuation?

Orchards of London work proudly with Paul Alexander who have seen a surge in mortgage applications

fulfil their aspirations and enjoy the security of owning their own home. The arrival of the Help to Buy scheme is stimulating many first-time buyers and encouraging their parents to think this might be the time to help them get a foot on the housing ladder. Q: Have you seen an increase in mortgage applications?

A: Orchards of London work proudly with Paul Alexander who have seen a surge in mortgage applications. They say there are not enough hours in the day to deal with the amount of leads coming in from buyers keen to secure their home. Q: What do you think will happen in the first six months?

A: Last year house prices in the UK rose by the biggest amount

A: The most commonly asked question is, do you think there are any improvements we should make to our home before we put it on the market? This is a broad question but the same answer would apply to everyone: declutter your home wherever you can and try to present it as a show home, one that people can visualise as their own and can see the space that the property has to offer rather than busy cluttered rooms. Q: What are the benefits of Cross selling?

A: In the current market, vendors who uses an agent, with multiple offices in close proximity to each other really see the benefit as the current stock levels in the market means that buyers are now more driven by the right property as opposed to the area that they buy in. We have three (soon to be four) offices in surrounding postcodes which makes it easy for us to match buyers with properties that meets their requirements in alternative areas.

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SWEETS FOR THE SWEET Dazzle guests at tea-time with this fabulous heart themed meringue cake and if that doesn’t win them over, a sip of a masterfully mixed bramble cocktail will do the trick!

PASSION FRUIT MERINGUE CAKE with green tea cream gainst the high sweetness of meringue, the intriguing flavour of bitter green tea and exotic passion fruit flesh triumph in a romantically pretty cake. The meringue should be soft in the centre but some like theirs a little more crisp and caramelised. Bake for an extra 20 minutes if so.


EQUIPMENT 2 baking sheets lined with baking parchment Piping bag – or use a plastic bag with a hole snipped off the corner as a makeshift piping bag INGREDIENTS (Serves 4) 3 egg whites 90g/31/4oz caster sugar 90g/31/4oz sifted icing sugar FOR THE CREAM: 2 teaspoons green tea powder 2 tablespoons sugar 225ml/8fl oz double cream, whipped 2 passion fruit, split in half Edible rose petals or fresh mint leaves, to decorate (optional)

METHOD Preheat the oven to 100°C/200°F/less than Gas mark 1/4, and prepare the tin. Put the egg whites in a mixing bowl/ stand mixer and whisk until soft peaks of white foam form. Gradually sprinkle in the caster sugar, as you whisk, and then continue to whisk for a few minutes until the egg whites are firm and stiff. Add the sifted icing sugar and continue to whisk – the mixture should eventually become very shiny and stiff. Scoop the mixture into the piping bag and pipe a heart shape on to each of the baking sheets. Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the door open. When cool, remove the meringues from the oven. While the meringues becomes completely cold, combine the green tea, sugar and cream. Spread on the surface of one meringue, then scoop small amounts of the passion fruit in evenly spaced little blobs, on to the cream. Place the second meringue on top and then decorate with rose petals or mint leaves. Recipe from The Pocket Bakery by Rose Prince, published in hardback by Weidenfeld & Nicolson at £18.99

BRAMBLE INGREDIENTS 40 ml/11⁄3 oz. tanqueray gin 20 ml/ 2⁄3 oz. fresh lemon juice 10 ml/1⁄3 oz. sugar syrup (see below) 15 ml/1⁄2 oz. creme de mure blackberries (or raspberries), to garnish METHOD Build the first three ingredients over crushed ice in a chilled rocks glass, then pour the crème de mure over the top so that it ‘bleeds’ down through the ice. Garnish with two blackberries and a slice of lemon. Recipe from The Curious Bartender by Tristan Stephenson, published in hardback by Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd at £16.99 Spring 2014

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ChiswiCk | 020 8995 9797

Chic Chiswick Lewis Pugh Chiswick Sales Manager

his year looks set to be another strong one in the Chiswick Property market. Prices rose at an incredible rate last year and we have seen record prices on streets being set every week. There is still a huge shortage of stock available, which is continuing to drive the prices up due to the unprecedented demand for homes in the area. Other factors are overseas buyers looking for a safe investment for their money as well as low interest rates with lenders. The rising market in prime central London has also affected Chiswick prices due to people being forced to look further outside of these areas in order to get the kind of property that will match their requirements whilst living in a desirable location. The sales market traditionally picks up in Spring however, the January market has already seen a very busy start and we have had sealed bids on several properties since we reopened our doors. People holding off putting their properties on the market until Spring should strongly consider going on earlier to take advantage of the low stock levels and high demand right now.


Ellesmere Road A truly exquisite and unique four bedroom house presented to the market in exceptional standard throughout, ideally situated moments from the ever popular Chiswick High Road, benefitting from contemporary interiors and three bathrooms. The property comprises a guest WC, stylish kitchen, a fantastic reception/dining room leading to a central courtyard which further leads to a wonderfully bright and spacious office which doubles as the house’s main entrance room and accessed via a private mews road off Garth Road. On the first and second floors there is a fantastic en-suite bathroom and dressing room, second en-suite shower room, a further two double bedrooms and a shower room. This enviable property is conveniently located just moments from the many boutique, bars and restaurants on the Chiswick High Road. The nearest transport links are Turnham Green.


Chiswick Office 171 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick London W4 2DR 020 8995 9797



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Whellock Road A wonderful three double bedroom family home, offered to the market in fabulous condition throughout, ideally located on the borders of the desirable Bedford Park area, benefitting from an abundance of period features and two reception rooms. The property comprises a large double reception room with bay sash window and French doors leading to a pleasant patio garden, a fantastic fully integrated kitchen with space for dining and bi-folding doors opening out to the garden. On the first floor there is a large master bedroom, a further two double bedrooms and a large stylish bathroom. The property is beautifully presented and benefits from original wood flooring throughout. Whellock Road is a quiet tree lined street conveniently situated for the local amenities of the trendy Chiswick High Road while Turnham Green tube station (District and Piccadilly lines).


Meadow Place Orchards of London are delighted to offer to the market this stunning three bedroom modern town house presented in excellent condition throughout, benefitting from three bathrooms and off street parking ideally located in a peaceful residential area of Chiswick. The property comprises guest cloakroom, a large, modern eat-in-kitchen which leads to wonderful bright and spacious dining room with fabulous skylight which further leads to a private patio garden. On the first and second floors there is a well proportioned reception room, three double bedrooms with good storage, two with en suite shower rooms and a stylish family bathroom. Further benefits include a private garage/utility area. Meadow Place is a quiet residential area conveniently situated next to the fabulous Chiswick house grounds and moments from the river Thames. Motorists will benefit from easy access to the A4/M4 and M3.


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Hammersmith Grove This delightful six bedroom, semi-detached family home offers stylish and spacious accommodation throughout, with a large private garden and secure off street parking, in a superb Central Hammersmith location. The property has fabulous, modern entrance hall with a breath taking spiral staircase leading us up and throughout the property. There is an incredible kitchen/diner with ample living space and large glass doors leading out to a contemporary rear garden, utility room and guest cloakroom. There are a further three floors boasting an amazing reception room with gas fire and large bay window, a fantastic master suite with dressing room, study and very large en-suite bathroom, a further five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Ideally located within walking distance of Hammersmith Station (Hammersmith & City lines).

ÂŁ2,325 per week

Hartington Road Orchards of London are delighted to offer to the market for let this stunning five bedroom detached family home ideally situated in a riverside location, benefitting from spectacular river views and off street parking for at least five cars. This fantastic property comprises three reception areas with high ceilings and original features, five double bedrooms, three bathrooms and a stunning conservatory that leads to a 150’ landscaped garden and private patio with direct views of the River Thames. Hartington road is conveniently located in the desirable Grove Park area just moments from Chiswick over ground station (National Rail) while the wonderful green open spaces of Chiswick House and Grounds are nearby. Local amenities can be found close by with a further range available along Chiswick High Road with its many boutiques, bars and restaurants. Viewings highly recommended.

ÂŁ2,300 per week


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Priory Avenue A truly spectacular six bedroom family home, beautifully presented in excellent condition, boasting character and charm with stunning period features, located in the ever popular Bedford Park conservation area. This wonderful property comprises a fabulous reception room with working fireplace, a large separate dining room, a cosy sitting room and a rustic kitchen with separate utility room with WC, and a beautiful private rear garden. The first floor offers a bright and airy master bedroom with en-suite shower room, a further two large double bedrooms and family bathroom with separate WC. Meanwhile, a further three good size bedrooms and family bathroom occupy the second floor. This stunning family home is ideally located for an excellent range of shops and restaurants along the Chiswick High Road and Turnham Green tube station (District and Piccadilly lines).

ÂŁ1,600 per week

Prebend Gardens This exquisite four bedroom family home has been recently refurbished to the highest standard, benefitting from great entertaining space and two bathrooms. The property comprises a large double reception room with original wood strip flooring, two feature fireplaces and a bay sash window, a large cellar with utility area and storage space, an outstanding kitchen with dual aspect french doors leading to a lovely rear garden. Over the first and second floors there is a fantastic master bedroom with feature fireplace and bay sash window, a further there large double bedrooms, a modern bathroom and an outstanding wet room. Prebend Gardens is ideally located for all local bars, restaurants and shops on the trendy Chiswick High Road with the River Thames also nearby. Stamford Brook (District Line) is the nearest station and the A4/M4 will allow easy access in and out of London. Early viewings are highly recommended.

ÂŁ1500 per week

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ChiswiCk | 020 8995 9797

Cleveland Avenue This striking four bedroom family home boasts two reception rooms and excellent storage, which is beautifully presented in immaculate condition, in the sought after Chiswick Road. The property has a beautiful and spacious reception room, separate dining room which leads onto a fabulous contemporary kitchen with utility room and a wonderful decked garden. The first floor boasts a large master bedroom with generous built-in wardrobes, a further two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Meanwhile, the second floor offers a fourth double bedroom, dressing room/study, stylish bathroom and excellent storage. Cleveland Avenue is conveniently situated within easy reach of the amenities of Chiswick High Road. The nearest transport links include Turnham Green (District Line) and Stamford Brook (District Line).



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WHITE COLLAR BOXING 22 March, The Park Club

COMMUNITY NEWS Keep an eye out for our upcoming events we will be lending our support to:

ARK Conway Primary Academy Jumble Sale Saturday 15 March

Orchards of London are thrilled to be one of the main sponsors of The Park Club’s White Collar Boxing event. The occasion will include guest appearances, a resident DJ and a Sporting Star MC. The main purpose of the event is to raise money for a remarkable cause, Russell Dawkins’ Back on Track, which helps provide equipment for those affected by spinal injuries. aul Connolly, Managing Director at Orchards of London and Boxer, says: “I have been training for this event for approximately eight weeks now and it has been an incredible journey so far. The conditioning program I have been following has been very rigorous and intense, but on the whole has improved my overall fitness and wellbeing. I cannot wait to get into the ring and help raise money and awareness for the Russell Dawkins’ Back on Track Charity. On the night we’ll be tweeting from @OrchardsLondon with the hashtag, #FightForRuss; we are aiming to raise as much awareness as possible for this fantastic cause. With eighteen boxers participating, this event is unmissable!”


Tim Slater, Sales and Marketing Director at The Park Club states: “The Russ Dawkins’ Back on Track charity is a cause close to our heart. We are passionate about raising awareness and money to reintegrate people like Russ into society via the medium of sport and exercise. We’re proud to have Orchards of London on board.”

Ealing Eagles Running Club 10km Run Sunday 11 May Joseph Murphy’s Wing Walking: Flight of Fancy Saturday 24 May William Hogarth Primary School Summer Fete TBC - Summer 2014 Southfield Primary School Summer Fete TBC - Summer 2014

Tickets are available now and can be purchased from The Park Club for £25. All proceeds will go towards The Back on Track Charity. For more information on the event, contact Orchards of London’s marketing team on 020 3141 7979 or email To purchase your tickets online visit,

Little Ealing Primary School Summer Fete TBC - Summer 2014

To follow Paul Connolly’s journey leading up to the fight, make sure you are following Orchards of London on Twitter, @OrchardsLondon and Facebook and use the hashtag #FIGHTFORRUSS.

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School Summer Fete TBC - Summer 2014 Spring 2014

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Annabel, James Rabbit and Cabbage Pillow, £59.95;

SECRET GARDEN Keep it fresh with natural notes and garden themes designed to bring the outside in

Easter Wreath A time of renewal, birth and new begininnings, show your Easter appreciation with this gorgeous floral wreath adorned with speckled eggs and lilacs. £18;

Radley, Radley Doodle Dog Printed Wellies, £40;

Magpie, Beasties Mixed Ceramics, £8.50;


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John Lewis, Hayworth Grand Chesterfield Sofa, £3,200;

Alexander and Pearl, Grandmas Lounge Multi Shade Pendant, £325;

STRIKE IT RICH Make an impact with bold patterns and rich colours to add a note of granduer to your home this spring

Anna Wright Prints, Available from Aubergine Art;

Sofa Workshop Curl up with a cup of tea and a good book in this elegant Petite Reader Chair - the deep teal upholstery and classic design makes it a timeless piece. £999;

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Acton | 020 8997 0076

Alluring Acton Ronan McKenna Acton Sales Manager

he W3 Postcode has seen a strong performance across all types of residential homes in 2013 and we feel that this will continue to rise throughout 2014. Acton is no longer the poor relation of its neighbouring postcode and we are seeing many people selling in Chiswick and Shepherds Bush and moving to Acton for high quality period homes and good schools. There are many new developments happening with the cross rail project now only 4 years away and the redevelopment of the Oaks shopping centre is sure to add to the already much improved high street. The new Acton Baths development is going to provide fun and exciting new leisure facilities for local families and residents which include including a 50m swimming pool. Orchards of London is the leading agent in Acton for homes over 800,000. Having successfully completed on a number of high value sales since opening our third branch here just over 4 months ago. Our team has achieved over 96% of the asking price on all transactions across the board, and our highly motivated and trained team endeavour to provide a far superior level of service and take a proactive approach to selling property. We aim to bring our unique formula to the W3 market and continue to achieve record prices in every transaction.


Goldsmith Avenue A superb five double bedroom end of terrace family home, exceeding 2000 sq ft and boasting four bathrooms, located on the Acton/Ealing borders. This fantastic property comprises a spacious double reception and dining room, a separate eat-in kitchen with utility room and separate shower room, and a very large living room with doors leading out to a delightful private garden which offers excellent external storage. The first floor offers a generous master bedroom with balcony and en-suite shower room, a further three spacious double bedrooms and smart family bathroom. Meanwhile, a fifth double bedroom and stylish en-suite shower room occupy the second floor. Whitehall Gardens is a desirable location within easy reach of many local amenities along Uxbridge Road and Ealing Common Underground Station (District and Piccadilly lines).


Acton Office 82 High Street, Acton London W3 6QX 020 8997 0076


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King Edwards Gardens An incredible seven bedroom, detached family home, exceeding 6500 sq ft, offering generous living and entertaining space. Presented in good condition and located in a popular road on the Ealing/Acton borders. The property comprises an extensive ground floor offering five reception rooms, a good size kitchen with kitchenette, downstairs bedroom and bathroom, amazing storage, a bright and spacious workshop and private garage, as well as a beautiful landscaped garden. The first and second floors consist of an incredible master bedroom suite with dressing room, sitting room and en-suite bathroom, a further five bedrooms, four bathrooms and fabulous balcony and roof terrace. Further benefits include a substantial gated driveway. Located close to Ealing Common and Acton Town Stations (Piccadilly and District lines).


Shakespeare Road Orchards of London are delighted to offer to the market for sale this fantastic four bedroom family home boasting period features and a large private garden situated the popular Poet’s Corner area in Acton. The property comprises a spacious reception room, separate dining room, smart kitchen and a large conservatory leading out to a beautiful private garden. The first floor offers three double bedrooms and a smart family bathroom. Meanwhile a large double bedroom or study occupies the top floor. Shakespeare Road is a quiet residential street in the heart of Poet’s Corner and is well served by the shops and amenities of Churchfield Road and Acton High Street. The nearest underground station is Acton Town (District and Piccadilly lines) and for the motorist the A4/ M4 is easily accessible for a quick route in and out of London. Early viewings are recommended.


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Stuart Road An exquisite, newly renovated four bedroom family home boasting stunning modern features and stylish accommodation, ideally located on the borders of Poet’s Corner in Acton. The property has been refurbished to the highest standard throughout, comprising of a double reception room, a state-of-theart kitchen with high spec appliances and dining area with bi-fold doors leading to a delightful rear garden. The first floor offers a beautiful master bedroom with secret en-suite shower room, a further two bedrooms and stylish family bathroom. Meanwhile a unique double bedroom with mezzanine bed and en-suite shower room occupies to the top floor. Further benefits include guest cloakroom and utility room. Churchfield Road is nearby and offers a superb selection of independent shops and cafes, as well as Acton Central Station (Overground lines).

£807 per week

Coverdale Road We are delighted to offer to the market for let this truly superb five bedroom property benefitting from a fabulous living and entertaining space, presented in immaculate condition and boasting chic and modern design throughout. The property consists of a double reception and dining room with solid oak flooring and built-in storage, a stunning modern kitchen/diner leading out to a beautiful conservatory and private garden, there is a utility room and stylish downstairs bathroom. On the first floor there is a large master bedroom with luxurious en-suite shower room, a further two double bedrooms and separate WC, meanwhile on the top floor there is a captivating living and entertainment room, two double bedrooms and a smart shower room. Further benefits of this property include excellent cellar storage and a fantastic private roof terrace. Shepherds Bush Market (Hammersmith and City lines) is within walking distance and Westfields Shopping Centre is within easy reach of the property.

£1,250 per week


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Maldon Road Orchards of London are delighted to offer to the market this fabulous five double bedroom family home, finished to an excellent standard throughout, benefitting from two bathrooms and a roof terrace, located in the popular Poet’s Corner of Acton. The property comprises a large double reception room with wood floor, guest cloakroom and a stunning kitchen/breakfast room ideal for entertaining, leading to pleasant rear garden. On the first and second floors there are five well-proportioned double bedrooms one with en-suite shower room, and a family bathroom. Further benefits include a decked roof terrace. Maldon Road is ideally situated in heart of Poets corner just moments from the ever popular Churchfield Road and Acton Central station and Acton Mainline Stations. Early viewings recommended.

£830 per week

Bromyard Avenue This fantastic four bedroom, semi-detached house located on a desirable tree lined street, benefitting from a wonderful private garden and two bathrooms. The property comprises a Guest WC, a spacious kitchen/diner fully equipped with appliances, a large reception room with a fabulous bay window and fireplace, a good size dining room, a bright and airy conservatory which overlooks a beautiful 80ft rear garden. On the first and second floors there are four double bedrooms, a stylish family bathroom and shower room. Bromyard Avenue is located on a quiet residential street while being ideally located close to the wealth of shops and amenities on The Vale. The closest transport links are Acton Central Rail Station and East Acton Station (Central line).

£739 per week

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Acton | 020 8997 0076

Twyford Avenue A fabulous extended six bedroom family home laid out over three floors offered to the market in superb condition throughout, located on a desirable road in West London, benefitting from three bathrooms and off street parking. The property comprises a grand entrance hallway, a spacious light and airy reception room with bay window and feature fireplace, an open plan dining room with access to patio, a stylish modern fitted kitchen with access to garden, a cloakroom and utility room. On the first floor there is a large master bedroom with fitted wardrobes, two further double bedrooms and two bathrooms. On the second floor there is a double bedroom with en-suite and an additional two double bedrooms. This home is conveniently located for the amenities of Uxbridge Road and the open spaces of Ealing Common. Nearest transport links include Ealing Common (District and Piccadilly lines) and West Acton (Central line) Underground stations while the open spaces of Ealing Common are nearby.



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MORTGAGE BROKER offer accepted and calls to tell me the good news! It’s now time to submit the full mortgage application. Helping this client purchase their dream home is a hugely positive feeling.

Shoaib Arshad Mortage Consultant at Paul Alexander ith an increasing number of people looking to get on the property ladder in the current market, mortgage brokers are in high demand. Shoaib Arshad, experienced Mortgage Broker for Paul Alexander Mortgage Consultants Ltd, gives us an insight into the ups and downs of a typical working day…


6.45am I receive a phone call from a regular client of mine to tell me he has found a property he wants to make an offer on. Timing is crucial here and my own efficiency is paramount; the property market is so brisk at the moment that there could well be another offer on the table and it’s my job to secure a survey for my client first. Although I won’t be at my desk till 9am, no call is too early for a dedicated mortgage broker! 8am I arrive at the office. I was right about my timeframe – we are in a survey race with another buyer. I pull out all the stops, work my magic and my client’s survey is instructed by 9am. A great start to the day! 10am I’ve got a face to face appointment with a new client: he’s a first time buyer and has no idea what to expect. Meeting in person is a great way to assure my clients that their finances are in safe, trustworthy hands. At Paul Alexander we also help with insurance requirements it’s all very well getting a mortgage, but I want to ensure my clients will be able to continue to pay for it. 11am Time for me to find my first time buyer a mortgage in principle. This is a complimentary service we offer to all our clients. I thoroughly search my database

to source the best option for him and - drumroll - the lender has agreed a mortgage in principle! This will put him way ahead of the competition as well as speeding up the process when he comes to making an offer on a property. It is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. 1pm I work closely with Orchards of London estate agents throughout the day. When someone registers with Orchards of London, they are immediately given the option to speak to me. No information the client gives me will be compromised or relayed to the estate agents. It’s not mandatory for them to find their mortgage through me but if they do, it will put them in a strong position, along with the agents who will be able to liaise with me for updates until completion, therefore keeping their vendors assured and reduce the likelihood of the sale falling through. 3pm I receive a call from a client who has just been gazumped. Luckily the mortgage offer I found them is still valid, but unfortunately they have to look for a new property. I put them in touch with an estate agent. 5pm A client I got an agreement in principle for last month has had an

7pm One of my clients pops into the office. She had a survey on the property she is buying earlier in the week and everything was fine. The lender has issued her a full mortgage offer which means my work is complete, but I’ll still be available to guide her through to completion. She’s very grateful and appreciative, and it makes the job all the more worthwhile, although the box of chocolates she gives me doesn’t hurt either!!

UNJUMBLE THE JARGON MORTGAGE IN PRINCIPLE: A certificate from a chosen lender which based on the information provided states they are happy to lend you a certain amount of money, dependent upon a satisfactory survey of your chosen property. SURVEY: Whether or not the lender will offer you a mortgage is dependent on the survey. It is a detailed valuation of the property to see if it is worth the asking amount and to check there are no problems such as structural issues. GAZUMPED: Gazumping is when a homeowner accepts an offer from a buyer and then accepts a higher offer from someone else. This can happen until the parties exchange contracts, by which time the buyer could have incurred expenses such as instructing a survey and initial legal costs. FULL MORTGAGE OFFER: Once a lender has received a valuation report on the property, they will give a full mortgage offer which indicates a willingness to lend subject to the legal formalities being completed.

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ChiswiCk | 020 8995 9797

Luxury Property

Ramillies Road Orchards of London are delighted to offer to the market for let this beautifully presented four bedroom semi-detached family home boasting spacious living and entertaining space, located within easy reach of Chiswick High Road. This superb Chiswick property comprises a spacious reception room with period features and sash windows, guest cloakroom, separate dining room open to a modern kitchen with a bright breakfast room with dual aspect French doors leading to a


pleasant rear garden. The first floor offers three large double bedrooms all with generous built-in wardrobes, a fourth smaller bedroom, stylish family bathroom and shower room and separate WC. This stunning property is situated in the Bedford Park area of Chiswick within walking distance of Chiswick Park and Turnham Green Stations (District line).

ÂŁ1,800 per week

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Top tips for buying

VICTORIAN HOUSES BUILDING SURVEY Damien Finnegan Managing Director 020 3137 8078

ictorian houses come in a variety of architectural styles but one thing that they all share is a solid construction that has generally stood the test of time. However, there are a number of common defects to look out for when considering buying a Victorian property. Not all are immediately obvious, which is why a building survey is advisable.


ROOFS: Original slates are usually fastened with copper nails that are much less resilient to the weather. Eventually they will rust, splitting the slates causing the tiles to split. DAMP: Typically Victorian damp proof courses were made from slate. Unfortunately they were often too close to the ground and liable to be covered by earth and paving, making them ineffective. Victorian bricks can be fairly porous so, if rain is followed by a frost, the water absorbed by the bricks freezes and expands and can cause the brick face to break away.

ROTTING TIMBER: In cases where timber beams are part of the wall structure, there is a danger that the wood will rot, causing the wall to sag, or bow. Because the Victorians generally built floor joists into the walls, the ends of the timber are more likely to rot as the walls become damp. WIRING: Electrical wiring systems may not have been part of the original building but they will have been installed at any time in the past 90 years. Checking their age and condition is therefore essential. SERVICE PIPES: Lead was originally chosen for underground pipes because of its corrosive-resistant properties. However, it was later discovered that lead deposits in the water can damage health. Lead pipes also wear out and begin to leak. Any lead pipes should be replaced immediately. CRACKING AROUND BAY WINDOWS: Bay windows suffer from having weaker foundations to the rest of the house so that they settle at a different rate, causing them to drop. The problem can be made worse by nearby trees drawing water from the soil. DECORATIVE FEATURES: Where larger Victorian homes have been converted into flats, architectural details such as decorative bargeboards and mouldings are often poorly maintained. These are expensive to replicate or replace. DECORATIVE FLOOR TILES: These floor tiles were meant to be seen and, as they don’t have a damp proof membrane, they cannot be covered by carpet or underlay as any damp will be trapped, leading to problems.

Buying property without a survey is like playing Russian roulette. Says Finnegan Associate’s Managing Director Damien Finnegan MRICS or most people, buying a house is the biggest investment they will ever make. Yet so many potential home-owners fail to have a comprehensive Building Survey undertaken that would show them the true condition of the property before completing the deal. In many cases, and particularly with older properties, not having a survey can be a very costly mistake, leading to thousands of pounds in unexpected bills to repair structural defects and many unseen faults. It’s like playing Russian roulette with your most valuable asset. A survey among 1,000 homebuyers by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) paints a stark picture of the dangers. It revealed that, although 94% admitted that commissioning a building survey was important, nearly a third failed to do so. Crucially, a fifth of those who did not bother with a survey ended up with a house they regretted buying and which would cost an average of £5,750 to put right while 17% of new owners had to fork out more than £12,000 to make their homes fit to live in.


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Acton | 020 8997 0076

Luxury Property

Churchill Gardens This fabulous three bedroom semi-detached family home has been recently refurbished and is presented in immaculate condition, boasting open plan living and off street parking in a popular residential area in Acton. The property comprises a spacious reception room, open to a stunning kitchen/diner with modern features with Velux windows and bi-folding doors offering a wealth of natural light and access to a pleasant 40ft rear garden. There is also a downstairs bedroom and


modern shower room. Meanwhile, the first floor offers a master bedroom with built-in storage, a second double bedroom and a luxury bathroom. Churchill Gardens is a fantastic location within a short walk of West Acton Station (Central line). Early viewings are highly recommended for this amazing property.


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CHRISTOPHER WREN A brief history of the man who rebuilt London

ir Christopher Michael Wren, to give him his full name, was born in 1632 and grew up to be one of the most eminent English Architects in history. Most know him as the man responsible for St. Paul’s Cathedral, that point of London’s skyline so synonymous with the capital, but this was by no means his only contribution. As it stands, Wren is credited with rebuilding 52 churches in the City after the Great Fire of London in 1666 as well as the construction of the Royal Naval College in Greenwich and the south front of Hampton Court Palace. Wren’s skills were not limited to architecture alone, the Latineducated innovator was also a highly esteemed astronomer, geometer and mathematicianphysicist who founded the Royal Society and who counted Sir Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal amongst his admirers. Sir Christopher Wren’s tomb in St. Paul’s is an understated affair that seems to sum up the brilliance of a man who shaped London and bears the epitaph: “Si monumentum requires, circumspice.” Simply translated it reads: “If you seek his monument, look around.” An elegant and moving sentiment from one of England’s most honoured sons and worthy of the splendour of all he bequeathed us.


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SHEPHERD’S BUSH Orchards Of London’s New Home rchards of London are excited to announce the opening of a fourth office in West London. Facebook and Twitter followers were given the opportunity to guess where the new office would be located using the Twitter hashtag, #NewOffice. The location of the fourth office will be in Shepherd’s Bush and will be opening later in the year. Paul Connolly, Managing Director, says: “It is wonderful to see our company expanding and moving into other parts of West London. We were up against serious competitors for this site; we were overjoyed when the news came through that we had successfully obtained the location. Development has already started and we are keen to deliver



the Orchards of London difference to Shepherd’s Bush and beyond.” “It is wonderful to see our company expanding and moving closer to central London. Due to existing demand the next logical step was to open an office in Shepherd’s Bush. Paul Alexander Mortgage Consultants will also be joining us at the new office. We are aiming to celebrate our fifth birthday in our new office. Keep an eye out for an invite to the launch of our new office.” Rudolph Diesel, Marketing Director says: “I am looking forward to creating the look and feel of the new office as we have done with our previous offices. With two floors to design, this is a fantastic project to be working on. In addition to this, Corporate Social Responsibility

is something we pride ourselves on and we are looking forward to introducing ourselves to more schools within the Shepherd’s Bush area. We thrive on getting involved in summer and winter charitable events and look forward to our future involvement with the residents, families and schools of Shepherd’s Bush.” As the Orchards of London team grows, if you are interested in joining the team, email recruitment@orchardsoflondon. com for more information on available positions. Follow the journey of the new office as we share the progress and development photographs of the new office on Twitter @OrchardsLondon and Facebook, OrchardsofLondon.

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New Home LUXURY Birch Grove Is situated in a distinctive prime location, on a quiet tree lined street in the highly sought after Creffield Road conservation area. This traditional neighbourhood is highly regarded as a prime location within the borough of Ealing. Ealing Common is blessed with varied local amenities and transport links. Each new home is a short walk from Ealing Common and West Acton stations. In addition to this there is a great range of shops, cafĂŠs, bars and restaurants with the wide open spaces of Ealing Common nearby. Offers in excess of ÂŁ2,000,000

All enquiries to 020 8992 4242 or

Project co-ordinated by Finnegan Associates

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Orchards of London, as sole agents, are delighted to offer theswe two architect designed homes, finished to a truly exceptional standard, in the Creffied Road Conservation area, London Borough of Ealing

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