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From the top of the hill

From its elevated position, almost at the summit of Sleepers Hill, this fascinating property enjoys stunning, far reaching views over treetops towards the South Downs.

Formerly two houses, the flexible and extensive accommodation lends itself perfectly to extended family occupation with the two distinct parts of the property linked on the ground floor by way of a glazed passageway. More than five and a half thousand square feet are arranged in an endlessly versatile layout extending in one part to four floors where a balcony from this uppermost bedroom suite has possibly the best view in Winchester.

Currently arranged as five reception rooms with additional relaxing space in the conservatory, seven bedrooms all with their own bath or shower room, a well fitted kitchen/breakfast room, and a kitchenette, means that living arrangements can be as independent or integrated as suits the family dynamics.

All presented in tasteful and immaculate order, this is a very special home with unique features.

Garaging for several cars is provided in addition to off road parking behind secure gates which also enclose lovely gardens and grounds with different areas to enjoy in the sun or shade as the mood dictates.

Pearsons is instructed jointly with Savills and invites offers in excess of £2,000,000. Enquiries should be directed to the Winchester office on 01962 853344.…

Forget downsizing – it’s all about ‘my-sizing’

Traditional ‘downsizers’ are being eclipsed by a new trend in ‘my-sizers’; those moving to a house of similar value driven by a change in location, land, size or style of home.

Downsizing is traditionally defined by moving into a smaller and cheaper property, often motivated by reducing living expenses, retiring or becoming empty-nesters. But rightsizing, or my-sizing, is all about finding the house perfect for your needs, whether larger or smaller.

According to Strutt & Parker’s Housing Futures report, the main reasons for moving home are finances and lifestyle reasons.

“Our findings point towards a new trend in people wishing to right-size, or what we refer to as ‘My-sizing’,” said Stephanie McMahon, Head of Research at Strutt & Parker. “My-sizers are those who are moving home so that they can better suit their evolving needs, both in terms of space and finances. This might not be the usual move to a smaller house with less land – it might be to acquire more land and a smaller house, or less land and a bigger house. Or it could be moving to a similar house in a cheaper location to liquidate capital.”

Jake Civardi at Strutt & Parker’s Winchester office says: “In the Winchester area I have noticed a rise in sellers in an ‘in-between’ life stage, where the older offspring may have left home, and perhaps there has been a job change.

“They are not ready to give up the four bedrooms for the children quite yet, but they no longer need to be close to the top school. These ‘my-sizers’ are often giving up acreage and square footage to be situated closer to amenities.

“Over the last few weeks we have sold some good Winchester houses to buyers moving from the countryside whose aim is to move to a good sized house but with less garden.

“Some of our recent Alfred Homes sales are great examples and we still have a few available which are expected to go the same way.”

Stephanie concludes: “We refer to the current my-sizing phenomenon as the 4Ss: shrinking to share, save and spend.”…


Hurry don’t miss out, with 90% now Reserved / Sold Park Grange has a selection of homes on the last phase of development, which will be completed and ready to move for Christmas!

Crayfern Homes are renowned locally for its very high standard specification that includes: all floor coverings, Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles and carpets, landscaped and turfed gardens, contemporary kitchen with fitted kitchen appliances, Roca sanitryware. The list is endless!

We have a selection of 3 & 4 bedroom homes available. The Fir is a 3 bedroom semi-detached house with car parking for 2 cars at £269,950 Fir with a garage and parking from £275,000. The Cherry is a 3 bedroom detached house with garage and parking at £309,950.

Anyone looking to downsize would be well suited to the Spruce, with 3 double bedrooms and 3 en-suites, 1 bedroom located on the ground floor, fantastic kitchen/breakfast room, landscaped gardens at £399,950.

The Willow is very well suited to a growing family with 4 bedrooms and a 29ft x 11ft kitchen/breakfast room, and lounge and 4 diuble bedrooms and En-suite to Bedroom 1, landscaped gardens at £415,950.

We are now on the last phase and are scheduled to complete the development by the end of 2015.

To make your move even easier we can Part Exchange your home, saving you time and money, as Crayfern Homes will pay your estate agency fees! This process is very easy and takes the hassle out of your move (Subject to terms and conditions)

Take advantage of Help to Buy, Government backed scheme which help purchasers onto the property ladder. With only 5% deposit required, 75% mortgage, the 20% equity loan is interest free for 5 years! For more details please speak to our sales adviser.

Our Stunning Show Home is open 10am – 5 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, so come and visit us at Park Grange  and you could have a new home this Christmas!

For an appointment please call Lorraine Sparling on 07825 526 825, Pearsons Estate Agents 02392 486244 or Crayfern Homes 01489 773 577 or our Facebook page…

Southbrook Rise, Millbrook Help to Buy Launch Saturday 17th October. 2015

Following on from the hugely successful first launch, Southbrook Rise is now about to launch the 2nd floor of the popular South Block with an Exclusive First Time Buyer & Help to Buy event.

The event, which is happening on Saturday 17th October from 10am – 1pm, will allow buyers the opportunity to see the new show apartment, plus meet with a mortgage advisor to find out more about the governments Help to Buy scheme.

Helen Asteris of Fox & Sons New Homes team said “So many people don’t appreciate what a great scheme Help to Buy is and how many people could be owning their own home for less than they are paying in rental. This launch is a great chance for buyers to see what they could buy with only a 5% deposit and find out the answers to some of their home buying questions ”

Southbrook Rise houses 83 one and two bedroom apartments, all with parking and enjoying rapid access to the train station, Southampton city centre, West Quay and an easy route out of the city via the M271.

Helen Asteris, continued “We have already had an enormous amount of interest from investment buyers due to the huge rental demand in Southampton, but with the development benefitting from the government Help to buy scheme, it is also appealing massively to first time buyers as well.”

All of the flats come with a stylish kitchen of high gloss units with integrated appliances, contemporary bathrooms, security entry system, lifts to all floors and each apartment has parking too – a real bonus in City Centre living! With prices from £129,950 it’s no surprise that buyers have been snapping up properties at sensational Southbrook Rise.

For more information or to book your appointment to view – please contact Fox & Sons at 32 – 34 London Road, Southampton SO15 2AG on 02380 225155 or email…

Two new appointments at Savills in Southampton

Savills South Coast Development Team has expanded with the appointment of two graduates.

Ben Jones has joined the team as a graduate surveyor, having completed an MSc in Real Estate at the University of Reading.

Ben has always lived locally and he completed an internship with the South Coast Development Team last year.

He said: “I am excited to be joining a growing team and looking forward to working on some interesting projects on my way to qualifying as a chartered surveyor. South Coast Development is an exciting sector to be working in as positive sentiment continues to spread from London into the regions and lending returns.”

Charlotte Sythes has also joined as a graduate surveyor, from Savills in Wimborne, where she was a graduate town planner.

Charlotte grew up in Belfast and studied at Queen’s University Belfast, before working for the East Belfast Partnership.

She moved to Dorset in March last year and is now working towards her RICS APC (Planning and Development Pathway), which she is due to sit in spring 2016.

She said: “Having gained invaluable experience in the Wimborne planning team, I am excited to join the South Coast Development Team and combine my understanding of the planning system with my interest in the commercial market, in order to contribute towards the wide range of development, consultancy, valuation and agency work undertaken by the team.

“The current demand for development land is high, which makes it an exciting time to join the development team and assist with the delivery of development sites, including both immediate and strategic land.”…