Property features

Doors to success

By Billie Josephs, April 22, 2009

The entrance to your house is as important to creating a positive image as is the state of your carpet or your kitchen. In centuries past, front doors were made from solid timber and were largely a means of keeping unwelcome guests at a distance.

In the late Georgian period, these timbers were painted a forbidding black or dark green. Today, however, while security remains a priority, the best front doors also set the tone for the entire house and those who live in it.


Gavel changes hands

By Charlie Jacoby, April 17, 2009

Strettons’ head of auctions Graham Slyper is to retire after 34 years at the firm. Mr Slyper came to the Walthamstow-based company in the 1970s as a qualified surveyor dealing with landlord, tenant and professional work Strettons had by then grown to be a medium-sized independent firm of chartered surveyors and auctioneers following its establishment in 1931 by Jack and Sidney Tobin.

Sidney Tobin was the auctioneer and, at a sale at the end of the 1970s, he asked Mr Slyper to step in and run the day.


Stanmore firm joins the elite

By Charlie Jacoby, March 20, 2009

Stanmore estate agent Breslauer has become a member of the Guild of Professional Estate Agents. The Guild is a nationwide network of more than 500 estate agents, all of which are dedicated to maintaining exceptionally high standards of professionalism and customer service.

Membership of the Guild is granted to only one estate agent in each given area.

Breslauer has passed the Guild’s membership criteria and has now been selected as its sole representative in Stanmore, Middx for the coming year.


Fine place for families

By Charlie Jacoby, March 20, 2009

A new development in Pinner, Middx has been launched.

Cassander Place, in Holly Grove, is a scheme by Cosway Homes. New homes specialist Preston Bennett is holding viewings. Set in a private estate, Cassander Place consists of five and six-bedroom detached houses in three styles. The six-bedroom Alexander style has been selected by Preston Bennett as the show home, but the five-bedroom Olympias and Corinth are also accessible. All offer accommodation across three floors.


Air-conditioners are cool

By Elisa Cowen, February 20, 2009

Not long ago, air conditioning was considered a luxury item. Nowadays, however, the use of air conditioners has grown and they are seen as a basic necessity by many households - even in the rainy old UK.

Adam Woolf, of Airwoolf, in Mill Hill, North-West London, attributes this change to the number of loft conversions, extensions and conservatories being added to homes. He says that "current building regulations regarding the type of materials used along with insulation is a major factor".


New landmarks for London

February 20, 2009

Grafton Court in Temple Fortune consists of two one-bedroom apartments, one two-bedroom apartment and six three-bedroom apartments. Some have balconies and terraces. Two are on the garden level and have access to the garden, as do two of the first floor flats. They have a lift, underground parking and a security system. Prices start from £425,000. "It’s walking distance to everything," says Karen Morris of agent Glentree New Homes.


Fresh service for home-owners

January 20, 2009

If you can’t move house at the moment, maybe you can give your old home a fresh look. As the dining table is an important focal point, make use of the huge range of tableware and table decoration in stores at the moment, to dress your table up or down beautifully. It will be almost like living in a whole series of houses.


Part exchange is a good move

By Charlie Jacoby, October 17, 2008

Dave and Juliana Morford moved to Elstree, Herts, a couple years ago. Earlier this year, they realised they would like a bigger home - but they wanted to stay in the area. Because Elstree’s property prices are traditionally high, though, the couple thought they would have to look further afield. Then they discovered Banner Homes’ Kennedy Place, on Watford Road. It had everything they wanted - and within their price range.


Preston Bennett sets gold standard

By Charlie Jacoby, September 5, 2008

It was 50 years ago today that the firm which was to become Preston Bennett set up shop. Since opening his first office in 1958, Ronald Preston, one of the founders of Stanmore-based property group, has remained as passionate about the business as he was 50 years ago.

Ronald had joined an Edgware-based estate agency in 1952, at the age of 20, after his National Service. The firm was “looking for a lad’”.

“I started on a three-day-a-week basis and immediately fell in love with the business,” he says.


No stress, just a new address

By Charlie Jacoby, September 5, 2008

Incentives are the key to selling property, say many developers. But perhaps those incentives should be as much emotional as financial. From the moment you put your house on the market, to the minute you put the key in the lock of your new home — moving house can be a time of terrible anxiety. Statistics published by Channel Four show that up to 44 per cent of people see moving house as the most stressful situation they are likely to experience.