This week sees the arrival of the Night Overground – with 24hr services running all night between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate. Here’s our pick of our top properties close to Haggerston Overground station:

1. Old Ivy House

Old Ivy House Apartments are open plan

Just a five minute walk from Haggerston Overground station on Hertford Road is Old Ivy House, a boutique development of just three apartments on the first, second, and third floors of a former pub. All apartments have a generous open-plan kitchen/reception room, and the third floor apartment also has a balcony.

2. Kings Wharf

Kings Warf Apartments boast impressive double-height windows and a large balcony

Set within a modern, loft-style development is this beautifully refurbished split-level live/work apartment. As well as overlooking the Kingsland Basin through impressive double-height windows and a large balcony, the property is also just a two minute walk from Haggerston Overground station.

3. Scriven Street

Just a four minute walk from Haggerston Overground is Scriven Street, and this contemporary collection of luxury apartments. This raised ground floor apartment offers modern living in an amazing location, close to both buzzing Dalston and leafy London Fields.

4. Malvern House

Available to purchase through Help to Buy is Malvern House, a collection of brand new apartments in London Fields. Each flat has been finished to an exceptionally high standard with bespoke Asselle kitchens with soft close doors & drawers and integrated Bosch appliances throughout. It’s also a ten minute walk from Haggerston Overground.

5. Kingsland Road

This split level one bedroom apartment is set within a period building on Kingsland Road, and has been refurbished with underfloor heating, wooden floors, built in speakers and CCTV intercom systems. It’s also just a five minute walk from Haggerston Overground and right in the heart of the shops, bars and restaurants of Kingsland Road.

6. Reliance Wharf

This three bedroom apartment is part of a gated community in the Haggerston Basin – and just a five minute walk from Haggerston Overground. Reliance Wharf is one of the more recent installation’s to Haggerston and is excellently placed among some of east London’s most popular bars, restaurants and creative spaces.

7. Haggerston Studios

Just round the corner from Haggerston Overground is this unique and spacious open plan apartment, providing easy access to Shoreditch, Hoxton, Dalston and the City.

Now December’s here, it can only mean one thing: Christmas is coming. To get your home into the festive feel and prepare it for house guests over the holiday period, we’ve put together some top tips to get your home looking merry and bright…

1. Clear out the bookshelves

A minimalist design with touches of gold and silver ornaments will add an understated yet festive atmosphere to any room. Wrap books in leftover wrapping paper to give them a bit of sparkle and then stack horizontally for full effect.

2. Don’t pin your stockings

Instead of trying to stick a drawing pin into the mantelpiece to hang your stockings, use some festive hooks to both save your furniture and create a Christmas feeling in your living room.

3. Get the greenery out

Adding touches of green and gold to your home brings a level of festive style that’s still sophisticated. Wrap lights around wreaths to get the Christmassey colour combination, as well as adding some warmth to the room.

4. Fill the air with Christmas

Scented candles can add a more cosy and inviting atmosphere if you opt for a cinnamon or gingerbread based scent, and at Christmas time they can also double as a centrepiece if adorned with a mini wreath.

5. Get crafty with your cards

Instead of just sticking your cards on the fridge, get crafty and find an interesting way to hang them. Even just pegging them to a piece of string can create a festive bunting effect that will spruce up the room and show your friends and family you appreciate their well wishes.

6. Crack out the cocoa

Everybody loves a mug of something warm around Christmas time, and a hot chocolate station is a great way to invite guests to get creative and make themselves the perfect winter treat. Add jars of mini marshmallows, cream, and powdered chocolate to offer your guests all the trimmings. Similarly, a bar cart is crucial at Christmas time to display a section of festive tipples.

7. Fill the room

In a piece for House Beautiful, Bryan Rafanelli (The White House’s Christmas Designer) advised readers to “use objects with different heights to build a sense of adventure on the tabletop. Bringing the ceiling down with snowflakes and the table up with towering candlesticks isn’t just pretty, it also supplies a feeling of intimacy, which is crucial to a successful party.” Simple designs like these oversized stars and snowflakes (which you can buy on Amazon) adds something extra to the room without being too over the top.

8. Give a warm welcome

Make a festive first impression by decorating your front door/porch. Wreaths are an obvious must, but if you have any greenery by your front door, adding lights gives an instant Christmas glow. Lanterns, tea lights, and seasonal doormats are also a great way to get your guests in the Christmas spirit before they’ve even entered your house.

9. No fire? No problem

If you don’t have a working fireplace, you can still achieve a warm Christmas glow with gold glass terrariums and tealights.

10. Dress up the sofa

Christmas is definitely the time for snuggling up on the sofa for games, Christmas films, and opening presents – so make sure your sofa is spruced up with cushions and blankets. Inject red and white tones with greys to contrast for a cosy yet understated vibe.

We are delighted to have been appointed by Barking & Dagenham Reside Regeneration LLP (Reside) as sole agent for 140 shared ownership units across four developments in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

This is the first instruction of shared ownership properties for Reside, a company set up by Barking & Dagenham Council to provide good quality affordable housing for local people. To date it has delivered 690 units for affordable rent within the borough, and has a further 700+ either under construction or in the pipeline. Its remit is being extended to shared ownership homes in order to improve housing choices across the borough.

The 140 homes, which are a mix of one, two and three bedroom units, will be delivered in 2018-19 and available for shared ownership purchase by local people who either live or work in the borough, have a family or work connection with the area, or who are in a priority group as identified by the GLA. Purchasers will also need to meet the Help to Buy: Share Ownership programme and scheme-specific financial criteria.

Martin Fillery, Currell Director and Head of Shared Ownership said:

‘It is fantastic for Currell to have won the first major instruction for shared ownership homes from Reside. Barking and Dagenham is a key growth area for us, and we are looking forward to our office opening next year. The borough is also a key growth area for London, with more than 50,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs planned for the next 20 years’.

by Head of Research, Nicola Almond

The new draft London Plan published today sees increasing house building in the suburbs as a key factor in solving the capital’s housing crisis. Sadiq Khan announced plans to build more than 250,000 homes in the 13 Outer London boroughs by 2029; almost 40% of the total target of 650,000 across London.

Conservative housing spokesman and London Assembly member Andrew Boff accused Khan of ‘declaring war on the suburbs’, with plans to relax rules on protecting gardens, parking provision and density limits. Density limits are being removed in order to boost the number of homes near town centres and transport hubs.

According to the plan, a third of all new homes will be built on small sites, where barriers to development are to be removed to encourage small developers back into the market. These sites will be a combination of infill and end of terrace sites, back gardens, and upwards extensions to existing buildings. In an unprecedented move, all boroughs are to be given targets for homes on small sites. This is aimed at increasing provision in the outer boroughs, many of which have a poor housebuilding record.

East London remains a focus for growth, with the boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets having the highest overall housing targets – at 38,500 and 35,110 homes respectively. The Outer London boroughs of Barnet and Croydon each have targets of 30,000.

The previously announced objective for half of all new homes to be ‘affordable’ (ie. not for outright private sale or private rent) was confirmed. At least 50% of homes built on public land and 35% on private land will have to be ‘affordable’.

Overall we support the measures announced in the draft plan, and welcome the increased focus on the outer London boroughs. In March this year Anne Currell gave a presentation which proposed that we should look to the suburbs to help solve the housing crisis, both in terms of available building land and property sale/rental price levels which are genuinely ‘affordable’ for ordinary Londoners.

New Homes director Matt Cobb says:

“There is great potential for the provision of new homes in the suburbs, especially in East London. We hope to play a part in this, with the opening of our Currell office in Barking next year. It’s interesting to see that Sadiq Khan chose Barking Riverside – one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe – as the place to announce the new draft London Plan today”.

 

Last Thursday saw the VIP launch of our new Hackney Wick Fish Island office.

We had a fantastic time celebrating the new office with a lot of our clients, drinking craft beers from local Beavertown brewery and viewing a selection of artwork from the Currell Collection. 

The office is part of Currell’s expansion eastwards, to tap into a thriving area that presents lots of opportunities for growth and development. Located on Wallis Road, it’s less than a two minute walk from Hackney Wick Overground station, and is now open for business – from 9am-6pm during the week, and 10am-4pm on Saturdays.

By Head of Research, Nicola Almond

300,000 is the headline number for measures aimed at solving the housing crisis in yesterday’s budget – this is both the target annual house building figure and the new stamp duty threshold.

The government aims to leach this level of supply by the middle of the next decade through a combination of carrot and stick policies, including £44bn to fund loans, guarantees and skill supply, and ‘use it or lose it’ measures to address ‘land banking’ by developers. On the demand side, stamp duty is to be abolished for first time buyers on purchases up to £300,000, and cut to 5% from £300,000 to £500,000 (a maximum saving of £5,000).

Although these measures are to be welcomed, it is questionable whether they will be enough to improve the situation in London, where the issue of housing delivery and affordability is most acute. With the average property price in the capital fast approaching £500,000, the main problem for first time buyers is not stamp duty but the deposit. The average deposit in London is about £100,000, so whilst a stamp duty saving of £5,000 is helpful, it is not a ‘make or break’ saving. And with the OBR already forecasting that the stamp duty cuts will boost prices by 0.3%, this will erode £1,500 of the tax saving on a £500,000 purchase.

As all hopes fade for a Buy to Let tax reprieve, the continued exodus of these landlords will mean higher rents as the supply of properties to rent is squeezed. This unintended consequence may well be compounded by plans to make landlords offer longer contracts. A good pool of rental properties is essential to a healthy property market, and the government needs to consider how this supply can be boosted, not only in terms of institutional landlords (who had hoped for relief from the additional levy) but also small landlords who play a crucial role in the housing market, especially in London. Planned measures such as forcing landlords to offer longer contracts may well be counterproductive, as has been the 3% stamp duty surcharge.

Rising rents make it harder for Generation Rent to save for a deposit. Help to Buy has helped bridge this gap for those who can’t resort to the bank of mum and dad, but more help is needed. We would have liked to see bolder measures to address affordability by increasing the supply of homes which young Londoners can afford to buy. This means delivering many more properties, especially in the Outer London boroughs, where relatively low price levels mean they are genuinely affordable.

On the demand side, the increasingly popular Help to Buy shared ownership and equity loan schemes should be further expanded. Whilst the previously announced £10bn additional funding for the Help to Buy / Equity Loan scheme is expected to help around 135,000 more people to buy homes by 2021, in our view this is not enough. More funds should be found for both the equity loan and shared ownership schemes, accompanied by a major public information programme, as they offer the only viable routes to purchase for many, and are generally not well understood.

Overall however, the budget measures are likely to boost sentiment and prices in the short term, which is good news for property owners, if not for those waiting in the wings. In the longer term, we need to see the delivery of promises such as planning reform and the release of public land for development to help address the structural supply problem.

Group CEO Anne Currell said:

“Whilst we welcome all the measures announced yesterday, the government continues to tinker at the edges, and has failed to address the real issue which is affordability, especially in London. It really needs to pay attention to the bigger picture, particularly the rental market – retaining the punitive 3% stamp duty surcharge on landlords whilst simultaneously expecting them to deliver more rental properties with longer contracts smacks of trying to have your cake and eat it.”

If your family is growing and you’re looking for a house that meets your needs – look no further. Here are our top picks of homes for families in Hackney, Islington, and Clerkenwell:

College Cross, N1

This early Grade II listed four bedroom Victorian house has been modernised to a high standard whilst still keeping some of its original period features. Set over five storeys, the house includes a light and airy loft room and a landscaped garden. College Cross is also a convenient location for transport links, just an eight minute walk from Highbury and Islington station.

Greenwood Road, E8

This four bedroom end of terrace house on Greenwood Road is in the popular London Fields area. All the bedrooms are of a good size, with a large open plan kitchen and dining area. Just over the other side of the fields is Broadway Market, with its many shops, bars and restaurants – perfect for eating out as a family.

Heaven Tree Close, N5

A modern thee bedroom terraced house set within a private development next to Canonbury station. The property also has a large full-width extension to the rear. Canonbury station allows easy access to Stratford and Highbury & Islington stations with great connections into the City and Canary Wharf.

Rocliffe Street, N1

This three bedroom Victorian property is in the highly sought after Duncan Terrace/Colebrook Row conservation area. Set over four storeys, the house has been modernised to a high standard and has great access for the City and Old Street.

Hemingford Road, N1

This four storey home is also a Grade II listed Victorian property, in immaculate decorative condition. The house has been renovated to a high standard over the years, and is now an ideal family home, with plenty of entertaining space. Hemingford Road is in the highly sought after Barnsbury area, and is just a five minute walk from Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station.

Elfort Road, N5

This impressive double fronted Victorian property is set on a quiet street in Highbury, with five bedrooms, two reception rooms, and a private walled garden.  Elfort Road is conveniently positioned for either Highbury & Islington or Arsenal tube stations.

Baltic Street East, EC1Y 

This striking home is located on a quiet no-through road just moments from an array of restaurants, bars and boutique shops found in Barbican, Farringdon & Old Street. It was formerly a woodwork warehouse dating back to the Victorian period but has since been beautifully refurbished to provide a stunning three bedroom home.

This weekend saw the successful launch of the final phase of the M Collection development in Langley Park, Maidstone. The M Collection is a stunning collection of twenty 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, houses, and coach houses available to buy through shared ownership.

This is the second phase of the M Collection, featuring six 2 bedroom apartments.

These well-presented homes are built to an excellent standard with modern fitted kitchens, en-suites and bathrooms. All properties benefit from allocated parking.

Langley Park forms part of a new neighbourhood in Maidstone, offering a wide selection of homes, shops and a new school. Langley Park is close to the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is a short drive from the M20 and Maidstone East Station, with great links to central London and Kent.

All available homes were reserved at the launch. Head of Shared Ownership Martin Fillery said:

“16 people attended the launch of the latest phase at Langley Park, with 16 reservations taken on the day against the 12 properties available. This demonstrates the huge demand for shared ownership properties in the area.”

To find out more about shared ownership properties available, take a look at our website.

Last Thursday, Group Chairman Chris Currell, along with Director of New Homes Matt Cobb, attended the BOLD magazine event to celebrate their 9th issue.

BOLD magazine is an annual publication that highlights the work of regeneration organisations within the London borough of Barking and Dagenham, as well as celebrating its culture and history.

The event brought together a diverse mix of attendees from various housing developers and local organisations. Special guest speakers included photographer David Bailey CBE, Robert Wilkinson from Countryside Properties, Max Farrell of Farrells, and captain of West Ham United FC, Mark Noble.

“At the moment we are seeing an exciting time in the history of Barking and Dagenham, with an ambitious target to provide housing of all tenures throughout the borough,” said Chris Currell. “The event was a great opportunity to meet and engage with major stakeholders as well as other members of the wider community.”

The latest issue of the magazine includes a feature on Eastbury Manor House, the rich feminist history of Barking and Dagenham, the borough’s film heritage, sporting heroes and more.

To get a free copy of the magazine, click here.

 

As part of the company’s expansion into East London, Currell are pleased to announce that we will be opening a new Hackney Wick Fish Island office on Wallis Road. The office is in a perfect location just down the road from Hackney Wick Overground station.

As well as selling and letting properties within Hackney Wick and Fish Island, we will also be working in the surrounding areas of Leyton and Stratford.

Anne Currell, CEO, said:

“HWFI is a natural extension of our already very strong positioning in East London.

In the nineties Hackney Wick had the largest number of artists’ studios in Europe. They sat alongside the industrial buildings which replaced the Victorian housing lost in the blitz. I have lived in Hackney for over 30 years and I have a passion for art, so it’s not surprising we wanted to be part of the story of Hackney Wick; to see new homes created whilst retaining the artistic fabric of the area.”