As the days are getting shorter and the sun sets earlier in the evening, you might be looking for ways to make your home brighter and lighter. Here are some easy tips for filling your home with light and making your spaces look more sunny and spacious…

Lighten up on furniture

Dark furniture can suck the light out of the brightest rooms. Go for lighter wood tones, or white furniture to make a room feel so much lighter and more spacious. You don’t need to rush out and replace everything you own – why not just add a lick of white paint to your furniture? You’ll see an instant difference.

Give your windows space

Keep the space around your windows clear! Don’t clutter up windowsills with ornaments or put large plants in front of windows. Apart from the obvious (less light getting in through the window in the first place) cluttered windows can create a more cramped feeling in a room and make it look darker than it is.

Go mirror mad

Mirrors serve two great functions: they make a room look bigger by creating an optical illusion of space, and they bounce light around the room, making it look instantly brighter. Adding a large mirror opposite a window or door will really lift the mood of your room.

Get colourful with rugs

Colourful rugs, or even just colourful cushions, can really jazz up a room and make it look brighter. Rugs with bold patterns have the added benefit of hiding small stains and pet hairs too.

More matte

It might seem counter-intuitive, but matte paint on walls can actually make rooms look more light-filled. This is because too much glare from gloss paint will reflect light in odd directions, tricking the eye into thinking the room is more cramped and less bright. The same goes for furnishings and flooring.

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There are currently a number of exciting shared ownership resale opportunities across Kent. Shared ownership is a great option for first time buyers, offering a more affordable way to get onto the property ladder. With great convenient transport links into London, Kent is a great option for people working in London but looking to buy their first home.

Amherst Hill

This house has three spacious bedrooms, a living room with separate kitchen/dining area and a private garden and parking.

Located a 10 minute drive from Chatham station which offers convenient transport links into London (King’s Cross in 45 minutes and Victoria in just over an hour) this house is ideal for those looking to commute into the capital. Located close to local amenities and between the picturesque River Medway and the Great Lines Heritage Park.

– Full market value: £305,000
– Current share: 45% – £137,250
– Monthly rent: £427.90
– Service charge: £62.67

Eligibility criteria apply. Priority will be given to applicants who live or work in Gillingham.

For more information or to start your application process, please get in touch on 020 7704 5618 or read more about this property HERE

Tonbridge Road

This two bedroom top floor apartment is located a short walk from Maidstone town centre and station. Built in 2015, the apartment is well presented throughout and is part of a small attractive block. It also benefits from an off-road parking space.

Maidstone has excellent shops, restaurants and leisure facilities as well as great schools. There are frequent trains from Maidstone station to London Victoria and Blackfriars stations in under an hour.

Full market value: £180,000
Share: £63,000 for 35%
Rent : £263.00
Service Charge: £157.52

Priority will be given to applicants who live in Medway.

For more information, or to start your application, please get in touch on 020 7704 5618 or read more about this apartment HERE

The Fort

This bright and spacious two bedroom apartment has an open plan living room/kitchen with abundant natural light throughout and also benefits from allocated parking.

The property is located a few minutes walk from Jackson’s Field park, excellent local schools and a wide range of amenities nearby. Chatham station is a 13 minute walk, offering frequent trains into London in under an hour.

– Full market value: £210,000
– Minimum share: 50% – £105,000
– Rent: £171.49
– Service charge: £101.79

For more information or to start your shared ownership process, get in touch at 020 7704 5618 or see more about this property HERE

Mallet Avenue

This well-presented two bedroom apartment is taking viewings by appointment on 17 November. The property features a spacious open plan living room/kitchen, two well proportioned double bedrooms as well as a private garden and allocated parking. There is a park with a children’s play area opposite the property.

Maidstone East train station is a ten minute drive away, offering regular trains into London in under an hour and Ashford International in under half an hour.

– FMV: £255,000
– Share: 40% – £102,000
– Monthly Rent: £345.78
– Monthly Service Charge: £42.09

To find out more or to apply please get in touch on 020 7704 5618 or read more about this property HERE 

 

We currently have a large number of shared ownership properties available, both new build and resale. See more of our shared ownership opportunities HERE 

This week’s selected rentals include a great bright apartment in an iconic former factory and a huge two bedroom apartment in Hackney Wick…

Chatham Place, E9

This two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in Hackney is a former factory and still benefits from enormous factory windows allowing for abundant natural light. The property is finished to a very high standard with built in appliances, private balcony and under floor heating. Residents also benefit from a concierge.

Available 11 December, unfurnished. £495 per week

To arrange a viewing get in touch 020 3222 5555 or see more about this property HERE 

Rydon Street, N1

This great end of terrace period three bedroom property has wooden flooring and high ceilings throughout, a spacious living room/kitchen and a private patio garden.

Rydon Street is a quiet residential street just moments from the award winning bars, restaurants and boutiques of Islington.

£695 per week

To arrange a viewing get in touch 020 7288 9109 or see more about this property HERE

Wick Lane, E3

This large two bedroom apartment is located in the heart of creative hub Hackney Wick and within easy reach of the amenities at Stratford.

The property is over 1000 sq ft and benefits from floor to ceiling windows and dual aspect views in the open plan living room/kitchen. Both bedrooms are large doubles, one en-suite. The is also a good sized family bathroom.

Available from 26 November. £415 per week.

To arrange a viewing get in touch 020 3222 5555 or read more about this property HERE 

 

See more rental opportunities HERE and come back next week for more highlights.

In London, garden space can be hard to come by. But if you have a little bit of outdoor space, even a small patio, you can transform it using some of these simple tips and tricks…

Plant some small succulents

These hardy little plants are great all year round and are so easy to keep. You can even plant them in difficult to reach places (for example, basement gardens) since they require so little care. Most good plant shops and garden centres will sell mini succulents, as small as a few centimeters, as well as more mature plants… so no matter how much planting space you have, they’re a great choice. They also grow well in low quality and rocky soil, which city gardens often have.

Install a green wall

Make a garden out of the very smallest spaces by planting vertically. A living wall could transform even a small balcony into a garden oasis. You can do it yourself, buying a vertical wall planter, or you can buy pre-planted one-of-a-kind green walls from florists and garden centres. If you’re not green fingered enough for all that (green walls aren’t exactly for beginner gardeners) you can also get hyper realistic artificial green walls, like the one pictured. Usually sold by the meter, they are a flexible way to add some creative greenery.

Add some cosy outdoor lighting

Turn “small” into “cosy” by adding some outdoor lighting. Even if you don’t use your outside space a lot (and at this time of year you’ll probably be using it less than usual) adding some warm lighting, or fairy lights, makes your garden or balcony into an attractive focal point from inside your home.

Get creative with window planters

Create the feeling of a garden even if you don’t have one by planting some window boxes. Hanging window boxes are easily available online, meaning you don’t need to permanently fix the boxes. Use all year round plants like succulents or ever greens for low maintenance. Wild flowers are also very low maintenance and add a burst of colour. For foodies, you could make an edible herb garden. Or more adventurous gardeners could change up their window boxes in keeping with seasonal themes.

Focus on seating

Hammocks and benches are a great way to add seating in a way that makes the most of the space you have. Hammocks are also a great option for balconies. For small gardens, concrete planters with wide surrounds can double up as seating.

Think tropical for plants

Many tropical plants such as palms grow vertically in search of light (since they are from jungle environments and have to grow upwards to compete with larger plants). This makes them great for smaller gardens, or for shady spaces. Just remember to give them plenty of water.

Just by using a couple of these easy tips you’ll start to see a huge improvement to your garden or balcony!

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This week’s stand out properties include a unique and striking Victorian house in Hackney, a property in a gated mews community in De Beauvoir, and a stylish industrial-inspired apartment in Clerkenwell.

Horton Road, E8

This very spacious (1938 sq ft) has been lovingly refurbished, with striking interior design, by the current owners, making it a one-of-a-kind property. There is abundant natural light throughout from huge windows and skylights.

An impressive entertaining space, on the ground floor a large hallway leads to a spacious open plan kitchen/reception room and though into a large landscaped garden. There are two additional reception rooms, beautifully decorated and with parquet flooring. On the first floor there is an impressive master bedroom and four additional double rooms.

Horton Road is located a two minute walk from London Fields and the recently refurbished London Fields Lido, and a ten minute walk from vibrant Broadway Market and its award winning boutiques, restaurants, pubs and gallery spaces. Hackney Central overground station and numerous bus routes are within a five minute walk and the Central line can be reached at Bethnal Green a fifteen minute walk away.

Offers in excess of £1,900,000

To arrange a viewing get in touch at 020 7241 4111 or see more pictures, download floorplans, and read more HERE

Ardleigh Road, N1

This beautiful four bedroom house is located in a gated community of mews houses in De Beauvoir, meaning you can enjoy excellent restaurants and pubs on your doorstep without compromising on peace, privacy and security.

There is an open plan kitchen/reception with vaulted ceilings and front and rear facing balconies on the first floor, along with a second reception room which could be used as an ideal study or guest room.

The large master bedroom has a spacious en-suite and direct access to an attractive patio garden. The additional two bedrooms are very well proportioned.

£1,450,000

To arrange a viewing get in touch at 020 7241 4111 or see more about this property HERE

St John’s Street, EC1V

This fourth floor, spacious one bedroom apartment is located in the sought after Paramount Building, a real icon of Clerkenwell. Designed and built 1936-38, the building was converted into apartments in the 1990’s by Warner Lofts, who maintained the industrial and art-deco style of the spaces with exposed concrete, floor to ceiling windows and statement columns.

The apartment has great natural light, a spacious open plan kitchen/reception and a separate mezzanine that could be used as a study or guest room. The private westerly balcony is accessible from the reception and the main bedroom, ideal for watching the sun set over the city.

£950,000

To arrange a viewing please get in touch at 020 7253 2533 or find out more about this property HERE

Caledonian Road, N1

This unique four bedroom house had live/work status, making it ideal for a freelancer or small business owner. It is equally well suited for a family, with a generous open plan living space, four bedrooms and abundant built in storage throughout.

Excellent transport links are available very nearby via King’s Cross and Caledonian Road & Barnsbury

To arrange a viewing call 020 7226 4200 or learn more about this property HERE

This week’s selected lettings include a bright and spacious two bedroom apartment moments from Old Street and a live/work unit in one of Hackney Wick’s most sought-after warehouse conversions…

 

Tyssen Street, E8

This spacious one bedroom loft apartment, with a separate kitchen/reception features exposed brickwork, wooden floors throughout and large original factory windows allow for abundant natural light.

Located just off Dalston Lane and a short walk from Dalston Junction Station for great connectivity across London and numerous fantastic bars, restaurants and trendy boutiques nearby.

£450 per week

To arrange a viewing get in touch at 020 3889 6177 or read more about this property HERE

Ockendon Street, N1

This very spacious (1,488 sq ft) three bedroom house is spread over three floors. There is also a large private rear garden with a decked area. The property has abundant natural light throughout and ample built-in storage.

The house is located between Essex Road and Kingsland Road, with many cafes, bars, shops and galleries in easy reach. Essex Road and Canonbury Overground stations are both a short walk away.

£1000 per week

To arrange a viewing please call 020 3889 6177 or read more about this house HERE

Oslo House, E9

Located a five minute walk from Hackney Wick station, this spacious live/work unit has a separate sleeping area, a large working area, as well as an integrated kitchen and fully fitted bathroom.

Hackney Wick is one of East London’s major creative hubs, bustling with artists and creatives, independent businesses and great restaurants and bars. The facilities of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are also within easy reach – a fifteen minute walk or five minute cycle.

£300 per week

To arrange a viewing please call 020 3826 4888 or see more about this property HERE

Paton Street, EC1V

A spacious two bedroom apartment, also featuring a large private balcony, this property is located a few minutes walk from Old Street. This stylish property has modern features and fitting throughout and has a spacious open plan reception/kitchen and two well proportioned double bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room.

£750 per week

To arrange a viewing get in touch at 020 7253 2533 or read more about this apartment HERE

Haven’t seen anything you like here? Check out more lettings on our website HERE and check back next week for more selected rentals.

This week’s selected properties include a beautifully refurbished Victorian house and a 21st floor two bedroom apartment with unparalleled views…

Southborough Road, E9

This beautiful four bedroom Victorian house is set over four stories on a quiet residential street in Victoria Park Village. It features a dual aspect reception room, large sash windows with shutters, exposed floorboards and a marble fireplace. To the rear of the property is a 50ft south facing private garden.

£1,700,000

Please get in touch to find out more or to arrange a viewing 020 3222 5555 or read more about this property HERE

Matchmakers Wharf, E9

This contemporary two bedroom, two bathroom apartment overlooks the picturesque Lea River, with the protected Hackney Marshes a couple of minutes walk away on the other side.

Located close to the amenities of Homerton, there are also excellent transport links with frequent buses and regular Overground services from Homerton station for quick access to the City and central London.

£560,000

Arrange a viewing by getting in touch at 020 7226 6611 or learn more about this apartment HERE

Rawstorne Street, EC1V

This beautifully refurbished Grade II listed Georgian terrace is located just off St John Street in the heart of Clerkenwell.

Offering just over 1,300 square ft, the property features a dual aspect reception room, a well maintained walled rear garden with separate office, elegant fireplaces and cast iron radiators as well as stunning oak flooring.

£1,399,995

Arrange a viewing by getting in touch at 020 7253 2533 or read more about this property HERE

Eagle Point, EC1V

This stylish two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is located on the 21st floor of the imposing Eagle Point building, offering unparalleled views across the city.

Residents benefit from a 24 hour concierge, a gymnasium, spa and cinema on site.

Great bars, restaurants and boutique shops are a short walk away in Old Street, Shoreditch and Islington. There is great connectivity via Brabican tube and Farringdon Station, both a few minutes away and from December 2018, the property will also be within close reach of Crossrail.

Arrange a viewing by calling us on 020 7253 2533 or read more HERE

 

Check back next week when we’ll be sharing more amazing property listings.

In the past few weeks, the shared ownership department has been busier than ever with 106 units coming onto the market across four developments… Don’t miss out, learn more about our current shared ownership opportunities and get in touch to apply.

PRIME1

Located in historic Rochester (birthplace of Charles Dickens), PRIME1 is a collection of contemporary one and two bedroom apartments, all finished to a high standard and all featuring private winter gardens.

The development is located a one minute walk from Rochester station, which provides convenient transport links to London St Pancras (41 minutes) and London Victoria (46 minutes).

The picturesque high street, a five minute walk away, has many boutiques, bars and restaurants as well as Rochester Castle, art galleries and a monthly flea market.

Prices start from £71,000 for a 40% share and priority will be given to applicants who live or work in Medway, or have a family connection to the area.

To find out more, get in touch at 020 7704 5618

Kingsbridge Terraces

Kingsbridge Terraces is a new development of two and three bedroom maisonettes and three bedroom houses in Barking & Dagenham. All the houses will benefit from integrated appliances and a private rear garden.

Prices from £80,000 for a 25% share. Priority will be given to applicants who live or work in the borough of Barking & Dagenham.

Get in touch to find out more or apply 020 7704 5618

Leyside

Leyside, also in Barking & Dagenham, is a collection of two, three and four bedroom houses, all featuring integrated appliances and private rear gardens.

Prices from £82,500 for a 25% share. Priority will be given to applicants who live or work in the borough of Barking & Dagenham.

Hornbeam Court

With over 80% already reserved, the shared ownership homes at Hornbeam Court are going fast. Located in Ware, Hertfordshire, Hornbeam Court is a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments and thre and four bedroom houses.

Ware station offers easy access to London Liverpool Street in 45 minutes. Ware itself is a picturesque town close to the River Lea, where you’ll find fantastic pubs, restaurants and boutique shops.

At present, applicants must live or work in Ware.

Please get in touch to find out more about these shared ownership opportunities. Call 020 7704 5618 or email at sharedownership@currell.com

It’s the final of the Great British Bake Off tonight! We’re very excited (are you rooting for Rahul, Ruby or Kim Joy?) And so we’re getting into the spirit with this run down of our favourite bakeries across Hackney. The area has become synonymous with foodies over the past few years and is fast becoming the place to be for tasty treats. Especially when it comes to bakeries. It feels like you can’t turn a corner without walking into an amazing independent bakery – there’s sourdough and croissant’s as far as the eye can see. Cycle there down Regents Canal or walk from Bethnal Green station in ten minutes to work up an appetite then stop at one of these spots for a cake, pastry and a great coffee too.

Pavillion Bakery

With cafes in Victoria Park, Columbia Road, Broadway Market and even Newquay, it feels a bit like Pavillion are taking over. It’s easy to see why they’re so popular. Taking inspiration from Sri Lankan roots, you’ll find spiced variations on baked classics, such as turmeric and cardamon buns and a 100% vegetarian menu in their kitchen in Victoria Park. Amazing sourdough loaves fly off the shelves daily and when it’s gone it’s gone. What’s more, Pavillion pride themselves on staff satisfaction and are a Living Wage employer – so they’re sharing the dough in more ways than one.

Bread Station

The Bread Station, nestled in one of the railway arches along from London Fields station is inspired by traditional Danish baking techniques, including cold rising their bread dough – a slower proving technique which adds more flavour to the bread. They’re open for breakfast and lunch daily, serving great sandwiches, pastries and Caravan coffee – they also have an eat all you like toast bar with toast and spreads.

Victoria Yum

 

The creative bakers at Victoria Yum describe their bakery as “bedsit small”. Based out of a tiny venue in London Fields they still manage to produce amazing layer cakes, cupcakes, brownies and more 7 days a week. They also specialise in ‘free-from’ cakes including amazing vegan and gluten free creations. For special occasions (or not) you can order online too.

Yeast Bakery

Specialisation is often the mark of a great kitchen. Yeast started out with the aim of making the perfect croissant, and nothing else. They used only the best possible ingredients (including French butter from Normandy) to create their butter croissants, pain au chocolat and almond croissants out of their bakery near Broadway Market. And once they’d succeeded in their mission they expanded to lotsof other baked sweet treats and breads.

The Dusty Knuckle

Coming from humble beginnings in a shipping container in Hackney, Max and his childhood friend Rebecca have raised their brainchild the Dusty Knuckle through sheer hard work and determination. Just this year, they opened a permanent cafe in Dalston, serving breakfasts and lunches six days a week. Everything at the Dusty Knuckle is made in-house, including the bread for their incredible sandwiches. They also host baking classes in their little kitchen (and point out that their kitchen is a great place to learn the basics, because it’s probably smaller than your own).

Check out our properties in Hackney HERE 

This week’s lettings highlights include a beautiful family home from the 1930s, a wonderfully located garden flat in Islington and a stylish two bedroom apartment seconds from Farringdon station…

Meynell Gardens, E9

This stunning 1930s house is arranged over three storeys including a beautifully converted attic room. There is solid oak parquet flooring throughout and period features along with abundant natural light and a well maintained south facing patio garden.

The house is in a highly sought after location – on one of Victoria Park’s quiet residential streets only a short walk from the lovely shops, restaurants and pubs of Victoria Park Village.

£750 per week.

To arrange a viewing get in touch at 020 3222 5555 or see more about this letting HERE 

Cloudesley Road, N1

This split level garden flat is located a few moments walk from Angel station. The flat has been refurbished to a high standard throughout, offering a bright reception room and modern kitchen with fully integrated appliances. The two double bedrooms are both an excellent size and one is en-suite, there is an additional separate modern bathroom.

£635 per week

To arrange a viewing of this property please give us a call at 020 7288 9109, you can see more pictures and read more about this property HERE

Dalston Square, E8

This 8th floor two bedroom apartment is high above the hustle and bustle of Dalston, but you’ll find vibrant night life and award winning bars and restaurants on your doorstep.

The flat has an open plan kitchen/living area with all built in appliances, two bathrooms (including an en-suite shower room for the master bedroom) and access to a private balcony.

£525 per week

Arrange a viewing by giving us a call on 020 3889 6177 or learn more about this property HERE

Benjamin Street, EC1M

Located just seconds from Farringdon station, but tucked back on a quiet residential street, this large (950 sq ft) two bedroom apartment is a real gem. The open plan living area features a stylish breakfast bar and there is an en-suite master bedroom and a second large double bedroom.

Available early November, furnished. £750 per week.

Arrange a viewing by getting in touch at 020 7253 2533 or read more about this property HERE 

Come back next week for more selected rental opportunities. You can see more lettings on our website HERE