Monthly Archives: November 2015

Young property professional qualifies as Chartered Surveyor

Jenny Hyland of the Savills South Coast Development team has attained the “gold standard” of professionalism in land, property and construction by qualifying as Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Jenny (23) grew up locally on the Isle of Wight and attained a First Class Honours Degree in BSc Environmental Planning at Queens University, Belfast. Following this she joined the Savills South Coast Development Team, based in Southampton, on their Summer Placement Scheme and then progressed onto the Graduate Scheme, where she gained relevant experience in Planning and Development to become Chartered. Gaining Chartered status requires two years of professional experience and successful completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

“I would recommend anyone considering a professional career in land, property or construction take a degree accredited by the RICS, and I highly recommend the opportunities offered by Savills for work experience, Summer Placements and the Graduate Scheme for undertaking the APC,” says Jenny. “It is an exciting time to be involved with property. I am looking forward to providing quality planning and development consultancy advice to assist with the delivery of new development and regeneration on the South Coast, as a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor.”

The Savills South Coast Development Team comprises twelve local Chartered Surveyors, and recruits new members each year on to the Savills Graduate Scheme, while also offering opportunities for work experience on the Summer Placements scheme. The dedicated team provides a comprehensive range of development services to meet the needs of a wide range of clients, advising both the Private and Public Sectors, Plc’s, Charities and Trusts. Their four key work streams are namely; Development Consultancy, Agency, Valuation and Recoveries.

For more information about the Savills Graduate Scheme, visit graduate.savills.co.uk

Stunning city centre apartment

Forming part of a beautifully refurbished Grade II listed building in St Peter Street, the occupiers of this spacious apartment will be able to enjoy the café culture just around the corner together with the eclectic array of shops, boutiques, galleries, theatres, cinema and other leisure amenities that historic Winchester has to offer.

However, although this is a city centre home, the position is remarkably quiet and there are lovely walks to be enjoyed beside the river, through the water meadows and the countryside beyond. The apartment is also offered on the rental market with the benefit of a parking space, behind gated access, and there are good communications to the motorway network from here.

Internally many original features have been retained including the original staircase in the communal hallway, high ceilings, and a fireplace in the living room. Quality fittings set the scene with lovely kitchen units with granite work surfaces and fitted appliances, and a smart bathroom.

The living room is generously proportioned and the bedroom is a good size double room with fitted wardrobes.

Available for immediate occupation, a monthly rent of £1,150 is sought on an unfurnished basis.  Viewings may be arranged by calling Savills in Winchester on 01962 834022

Don’t miss out on Mayflower Mews – your last chance to snap up a home at exceptional Southampton development

Homebuyers are being urged to act quickly to avoid missing out on one of the final two homes available at Lovell Homes’ exceptional Mayflower Mews development in Southampton.

“Offering a stylish collection of contemporary homes in an established residential neighbourhood, it’s not surprising that Mayflower Mews has been such successful development for us,” says Lovell field sales manager Melanie Richards.

“We now have just Ely house styles available, a beautiful three-bedroom property ideal for anyone looking for a home which is both functional and stylish and offers plenty of well-designed space. Get in touch now on 0808 274 8246 for your chance to secure one of these final two homes.”

Each property is priced at £259,950 (£207,960 after a Help to Buy Equity Loan*), including carpets. Both homes are available to move in now and feature spacious accommodation, designed and built with Lovell’s trademark attention to detail. On the ground floor, the Ely’s open-plan kitchen and dining room, with French door leading on to the garden, is an impressive space for entertaining and relaxing. The kitchen itself is fitted with high-quality Bosch appliances including gas hob, built-in oven and cooker hood. On the first floor is a generous-sized living room, double bedroom and the family bathroom while on the second floor you’ll find the master bedroom with fitted wardrobe, the third bedroom (perfect if you have a young child and want them sleeping next-door to you) and a convenient modern shower room. The Ely benefits from an integral garage, with electric up and over door.

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First-time buyer delighted with new home at Mayflower Mews

First-time buyer Joseph Llewellyn-Jones, who moved into an Ely house style at Mayflower Mews earlier this year, is a fan of both the design features of his home and the location. “I liked the nice big windows, solar panels and modern technology built into the house,” he explains. “The development is fairly small so it’s generally quiet and it’s well located for all the various amenities and travelling.” Mr Llewellyn-Jones would definitely recommend Lovell to anyone looking for a similar home. “The sales staff were very friendly and helpful and always available to get back to me quickly on any queries. Kevin, the site manager, has always gone out of his way to be helpful, prompt and resolve any defects quickly.

“They say buying a home is the most stressful time, but my experience has not been stressful. The whole process went smoothly and easily and I’m happy with the standard and the quality.”

Mayflower Mews is just under four miles from Southampton central train station and only three miles from the M27.  As well as excellent transport links, the neighbourhood has green spaces too, including Mayfield Park and the Miller’s Pond nature reserve while Southampton city centre with its wealth of nightlife, restaurants and outstanding shops is only a short drive – just take the A3025 across the River Itchen.

To find out more, call the Lovell team on 0808 274 8246 to arrange a viewing. Alternatively, visit lovellnewhomes.co.uk or download the Lovell Homes app – just search the App Store for ‘Lovell Homes’.

Modern interior for character home

This wonderful home has been restyled by the current owner to embrace a combination of the original character and ultra-modern features. Two very spacious reception rooms, separated by a sleek kitchen, together create a superb family living space which is also ideal for entertaining. The sitting room sits within the original building but the dining room is a modern addition boasting a glazed roof and bi folding doors to the garden, yet with a beautiful flint wall with an arched doorway connecting with the sitting room.

The dining room has plenty of space for sofas as well as a large dining table and is open plan to the kitchen where a sun tube provides additional light. Also on the ground floor is a good size bedroom with an adjacent bathroom which combines a period style with a Japanese soaking tub and another sun tube for natural light.

On the first floor are two further bedrooms and a shower room.

Parking is provided for two cars on the driveway and the enclosed garden has a westerly aspect and a good degree of privacy to enjoy paved seating areas and low maintenance gravel beds ideal for seasonal planting in pots.

The house is located within Colden Common which is a popular village and well positioned for access to Winchester, Eastleigh Parkway station and the airport. Locally there is a good primary school which feeds into the excellent Kings Secondary School in Winchester, making this very appealing to families.

Chris Pickard, branch manager for Goadsby in Winchester, says: “This property offers an excellent blend of character features and a sleek modern finish. Located in Colden Common, with excellent local facilities, commuter access and great schooling, this house is an excellent opportunity for a new owner to move in, unpack and relax!”

Contact Chris and his team for more details on 01962 620444. A price of £389,950 is quoted.

Incentives for the rest of the year

Penyards Property Management has been based in Winchester for over 25 years and provides a pro-active and dynamic service to landlords and tenants alike.

Mike Turner, Associate Director with the company, confirms: “At Penyards Property Management, we haven’t forgotten that the reason we have become Winchester’s largest and most proficient lettings agent is by giving the very best customer service to all who come into contact with us, and by finding the very best tenants for our landlords’ properties.”

Mike continues: “If you are a landlord and have a property currently available to let, odds are that your current letting agent is telling you the market is slowing down and that new applicants are few and far between.

“However, whilst many letting agents are looking forward to Christmas, the team at Penyards Property Management are fully focused on working relentlessly all the way through November and December to agree lets on our clients’ investment properties. 

“Just last week, we successfully let two properties for our landlords that had been with a competitor for several weeks. This excellent result comes down to a positive and professional attitude from the team based in Southgate Street. Couple this with the exciting landlord incentives we are offering new landlords moving to Penyards Property Management for the months of November and December and you could say the future looks very exciting!”

To find out more, Penyards Property Management can be contacted on 01962 860303 or email mike.turner@penyards.co.uk

Super outlook from village house

The open aspect over fields and countryside at the rear of this extended family house is a delight at all times of year but particularly through the warmer months when the wide terrace and barbecue area draw the occupiers outside. The garden has been professionally designed and so is the perfect vantage point to enjoy the view.

The house has been extended from the original layout and now offers a choice of relaxing areas, all with oak flooring, including the original sitting room, and a new family room leading through to a garden room with south facing French doors to the terrace. There is also a study at the front of the house with fitted furniture and the kitchen is open plan to the dining room; a great place for all the family to gather at the end of the day. A utility room and cloakroom complete the layout on the ground floor.

Stairs from the hall rise to the first floor where there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

A driveway at the front of the property provides parking and although most of the garage has been converted to accommodation, there is access to useful storage. Shrub borders with box hedging line a path to the front door and the planting has matured well to provide an attractive backdrop.

Rowan Close sits on the eastern boundary of South Wonston which is an easy drive from Winchester and also has good local amenities including a primary school and shop.

Viewings may be arranged by calling Belgarum Estate Agents on 01962 844460. A price guide of £575,000 is quoted.