Currell Chartered Surveyors have been instructed on the sale of The Surrey Stadium in Whyteleafe, Surrey.

The stadium is currently home to Whyteleafe FC, who have a range of different football teams for all ages, including an U23 development squad. The club will not be affected by the sale.

The site also has potential for further development, subject to planning. Permission has already been granted for a new stand, incorporating new office space, a conference room, and medical centre. There is also potential for student accommodation subject to planning.

Simon Garfinkel, Director, said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase more than 5 acres of land within the M25 adjoining a built up area and with  good transport connections. We are expecting interest from sporting organisations as well as developers looking to land bank.”

Find out more and download a brochure here. 

The kitchen is probably one of the most used parts of any property – especially if it’s open plan and also includes a living or dining area. This is the central energy of the home, where families and friends come together, so make sure you’re entertaining in one of our fantastic kitchens…

Brewery Square, EC1V

Built on the site of a former brewery, this incredible four bedroom period property has been modernised to a high standard whilst still retaining all of its rustic charm. This is especially visible in the kitchen and dining area, with its wooden floors and exposed brickwork, giving it a light industrial feel that’s becoming increasingly popular in the City.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Tyndale Terrace, N1

This four bedroom family home in Islington has undergone extensive renovation, and is now built to a high specification – especially in the kitchen, which incorporates innovative ‘Wavin’ technology to provide underfloor heating throughout.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

The Tapestry Building, EC2M

Built in the 18th century by the East India Company, The Tapestry Building has now been converted into 14 contemporary warehouse apartments with an unrivaled specification – including comfort cooling, intelligent lighting and entertainment systems, Gaggenau kitchen appliances and bespoke joinery throughout. The sleek and contemporary kitchen blends in seamlessly with the rest of the stunning apartment, with a central island and breakfast bar space.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Mildmay Road, N1

Another property that’s perfect for families is this five bedroom home nestled between Canonbury and Dalston. The open plan kitchen/dining room caters perfectly for family living and busy mornings, with a breakfast bar as well as a separate dining/living area.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Copper Lane, N16

This unique semi-detached property is set within a private eco co-housing mews development in Stoke Newington. Copper Lane was shortlisted for a RIBA Regional award in 2015 and has featured many times in national and international press, radio and TV.  The top floor provides a fabulous open space with ultra-modern fitted kitchen and ‘Richlite’ kitchen work top.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Buckingham Road, N1

This attractive semi-detached Victorian property has been lovingly transformed into a fantastic modern family home with fabulous and impressive social space.The sleek kitchen is bespoke fitted with Italian ultra-modern units and a central island with stone worktops and sides. The kitchen also has integrated appliances, including a ‘Barazza’ hob and steam oven.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Sandbrook Road, N16

This four bedroom house in Stoke Newington has a spacious kitchen with ample room for a large dining table and direct access to the garden, which makes for an excellent entertaining space. The skylights also give the room additional light and atmosphere.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Kingsland Road, E8

A classic Victorian warehouse conversion offering versatile space, an abundance of natural light and situated on the Kingsland basin. Alongside the contemporary and stylish kitchen, there is also a wonderful industrial feel throughout with wooden floors, spectacular vaulted ceilings, exposed brickwork, and steel beams.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

 

Hackney has fast become one of London’s trendiest boroughs in recent years, with the likes of Shoreditch, Dalston, and London Fields becoming cultural and culinary hotspots. It’s no wonder that people are flocking to the area to rent, especially with its excellent transport links making it perfect for commuters working in the City. Here’s our top pick of rental homes we’ve currently got on our books in Hackney:

Cheering Lane, E20

Available from 1st April is this fantastic three bedroom apartment in the newly built Olympic East Village development. Finished to a very high standard, the property comprises a large open plan kitchen/ living area, three double bedrooms (one with an en-suite), a winter garden and a family bathroom. It also benefits from excellent storage and underfloor heating throughout.

Cheering Lane is within a five minute walk of Stratford International and Stratford Underground Stations, so offers a wide variety of routes into and out of London. Westfield Stratford City, one of the largest urban shopping centres in Europe, is also on its doorstep. Find out more here.

Kingsland Road, E8

Available from 14th March is this split level, two bedroom apartment is in one of Kingsland Road’s most sought after developments. Benyon Wharf offers peaceful canal side living as well as convenient access to the city. The apartment is arranged over the fourth & fifth floors and comprises an open plan fully fitted kitchen/reception room, two contemporary bathrooms, two double bedrooms, a further reception/study, and two west-facing balconies. With large windows and high ceilings the property enjoys plentiful light and space. It also boasts wooden floors & stylish modern décor.

Furniture is negotiable, and there is also the option of a secure underground parking space. Haggerston Overground is moments away and the buses of Kingsland Road offer routes all across London. Find out more here.

The Shoe Factory, E9

The Shoe Factory is a collection of newly converted warehouse lofts in a former factory on Tudor Road, E9. The one bedroom loft comprises of a large open-plan reception room/kitchen and has been finished to the highest of specifications throughout. The loft interiors have been designed and specified to a criteria of architectural innovation – combining retained warehouse detailing, such as the wall to wall Crittall windows, exposed brickwork and Burlington bathroom fittings with high end technology, such as the Manhattan-esque electrostatic glass sections in each bedroom area.

Tudor Road is a small one-way street near the popular Broadway Market and the gastro pubs, cafes and delis in the area. It is also well placed for Bethnal Green Underground Station (within 1/4 mile) and the many bus routes direct to Waterloo, London Bridge, Liverpool Street and the West End. Find out more here.

Northwold Road, E5

Available from the 5th of May on a part-furnished basis is this large three bedroom apartment in the heart of Clapton. The property consists of open plan/kitchen reception, three double bedrooms (one en-suite) and main bathroom. The nearest station is Clapton Overground, just a four minute walk away, with direct Overground services to Liverpool Street in under half an hour. Find out more here.

Richmond Road, E8

Available from 14th March on a furnished basis is this one bedroom apartment. Part of a high-specification development, the property is close to London Fields and Broadway Market. The flat consists of a bright, spacious living area, fully fitted kitchen, double bedroom and main bathroom. As well as being well proportioned with good storage throughout, the property also boasts a private balcony.

Dalston Junction is the closest station, less than a 10 minute walk away, and the buses of Kingsland Road offer a quick, direct route into the City. Find out more here.

Anton Street, E8 

This stunning mews house is right in the heart of Hackney Downs, and available immediately, furnished or unfurnished. The property boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open plan kitchen/reception, and garden – all with fabulously modern interior design. It’s ideally located for transport too, with Hackney Downs station just a five minute walk away. From here, you can be at London Liverpool Street in just 11 minutes. Find out more here.

 

What is shared ownership?

Shared ownership is a type of Help to Buy scheme, that allows you to purchase a share in a property. You then pay a subsidised rent to the Housing Association on the remaining share, along with a monthly service charge.

Shared ownership properties are purchased on a leasehold basis and the lease is normally 125 years. This means you will own an equity share in the property – anything from 25% to 75%, dependent on what is being offered by the vendor, and what you’re able to afford.

Financial ability is assessed free of charge by an independent financial advisor (IFA). You’re required to buy up to your maximum affordability, and additional shares in the property can be purchased at any time – this is called staircasing. The price is always taken from the market value, which is determined at the time by a RICS accredited surveyor.

Once you’ve bought your property, you can sell it at any time. The housing association will normally have a 12 week period to find another person to purchase the property under the shared ownership scheme, however if they can’t find a buyer in that time period, the property can then be sold on the open market (again, the value is determined by a RICS accredited surveyor).

So how do I know if I’m eligible?

In order to qualify for shared ownership, you’ll need to…

  • Earn less than £90,000 a year if you’re looking to buy in London, and £80,000 outside of London. Every property will have a minimum income level too, determined by its value, rent and service charge costs
  • Have access to a minimum deposit of 5% of the share being purchased
  • Be employed on a permanent contract and have passed any probation or be able to provide three years audited accounts if self-employed
  • Have British, EU or EEA Citizenship or have indefinite leave to remain
  • £5,000 towards legal fees, mortgage arrangement fees and stamp duty

Each development will have an eligibility criteria of its own and this can be based on the area in which applicants currently live or work and the type of accommodation currently occupied.

What now?

Take a look at our selection of fabulous properties available to purchase through shared ownership here.

To find out more about shared ownership, head to Twitter to take part in #SOChatHour where you can join the conversation and ask questions about all things Shared Ownership, every Wednesday at 8pm.

You can also get in touch with our team on 020 7704 5618. 

 

Period homes will always be a strong contender in the property market, with Victorian houses among the most popular. Period homes are a timeless classic that never go out of fashion, so if you’re considering a move in 2018, take a look at some of our historical houses for sale:

Alwyne Road, N1

This five bedroom Victorian home is in a highly sought after area of Canonbury, with the New River to the back of the property. The house offers fabulous social space with a magnificent reception room and a large garden, landscaped by the award winning Butter Wakefield (Chelsea Flower show exhibitor, Gold Medal and People’s Choice at RHS Chatsworth). Click here for more info.

The Clock House, EC1V

The Clock House on Brewery Square is an excellent example of mid 19th century architecture. This unique four bedroom detached house, once the offices of the Cannon Brewery, is the oldest remaining building on the site, dating back to 1874. The property is stunning internally, with a perfect combination of original period features and contemporary high specification design. Click here for more info.

Cassland Road, E9 

Close to Victoria Park village (and the park itself) is this stunning five bedroom Victorian house on Cassland Road. The property has still retained a lot of its original features; such as wooden window shutters, wood floors, marble open-fireplaces and high ceilings, as well as a wealth of entertaining space – including a conservatory and a fabulous garden to the rear. Click here for more info.

Hemingford Road, N1

This charming four bedroom, Victorian Grade II listed house has been modernised to a very high standard, and now serves as a perfect family home with great entertaining space. Hemingford Road is within the highly sought after Barnsbury location within Islington. Upper Street is a short walk away, as well as Angel, Highbury & Islington and Caledonian Road stations, offering fast access to the rest of the city. Click here for more info.

De Beauvoir Square, N1

This impressive Grade II listed detached property overlooks a large and beautiful garden square. The house is presented in immaculate decorative condition and offers flexible living space, with up to five bedrooms and a wonderful double reception room on the raised ground floor, enjoying great light through the original Jacobean style windows. The two storey extension offers a slight detachment from the main house for work, music, play, or bedrooms. There is also a well tended mature South facing garden, with established fruit trees. Click here for more info.

Gerrard Road, N1

This spacious Grade II listed family home is set within a highly sought after conservation area of Islington, and provides flexible accommodation over five storeys, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. The top floor modern addition provides a master bedroom with doors out to a private south facing roof terrace. Click here for more info.

Northchurch Road, N1

This impressive five bedroom, three bathroom end of terrace family home is complete with original period features, utility room, conservatory, and a substantial private garden with side access. Northchurch Road is in close proximity to Angel and the shops, bars, and restaurants of Essex street and central Islington. Click here for more info.

Now that 2018 is upon us, it’s time for a fresh start. Our new homes department has been instructed on some stunning new developments – so if you fancy a change this year, these properties might just do the trick. Take a look at our pick of some of our top developments for 2018:

Blaker Island, E15

This fabulous development comprises a mixture of two and three bedroom apartments and three bedroom houses with private waterside gardens. The properties are all designed to the rigorous Passivhaus Certification scheme and will have exceedingly low annual energy bills.

Blaker Island is located on the old City Mills Lock in Stratford, just off the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and is conveniently located for public transport with Stratford, Bromley-by-Bow and Pudding Mill Lane DLR stations all less than a ten minute walk away. Find out more here. 

The Stack, E9

The Stack is an intelligently designed collection of twenty four 1, 2 and 3 bed contemporary apartments, each one built to a high specification and with a private balcony. There is also a communal roof terrace plus an on-site café for residents to enjoy.

Just a three minute walk from Homerton Station, the development is ideally located for commuting to London and is close to the independent shops, bars, and popular Sunday market on Chatsworth Road. Find out more here. 

Arklow Road, SE14

Originally a 1920’s brick industrial building, Arklow Road has been redeveloped to provide a mixture of one and two bedroom homes across six storeys. Each apartment is built to Pocket Livings award-winning design specification, and is available to purchase with Help to Buy.

The development is also just a ten minute walk from both New Cross and Deptford stations, offering great transport links into central London. Find out more here.

The Claremont, N1

The Claremont is a boutique development in central Islington comprising a mixture of one, two and three bed apartments build with designer interiors that feature cutting edge technology.

With Angel tube station just a five minute walk away, and the major transport hub of King’s Cross only ten minutes’, The Claremont is effortlessly connected to every part of the city and beyond. Find out more here. 

London Lane, E8

This stunning new development on London Lane, a sought-after road adjacent to London Fields in Hackney, offers a stylish collection of just 14 one, two, three and four bedroom homes.

All apartments at London Lane feature high-end interior specification throughout and boast ample private outside space, ideal for enjoying an alfresco drink as the sun goes down on London Fields.

Professionals working in the City can be in Liverpool Street in just 10 minutes, while the tech hub of Old Street can be reached in under 25. Find out more here.

The Fisheries, E8

Another beautifully modern development in the heart of London Fields is The Fisheries. This stylish collection of 31 one, two and three bedroom apartments is finished to a high specification with a stunning contemporary design from award winning Guy Holloway architects, and is built on the former site of fish wholesalers R. Green Fisheries.

The ground and basement floors of the development will house a cafe and vibrant co-working community of small, entrepreneurial and creative industries. Find out more here.

To register your interest in any of these properties, please contact Currell New Homes on 020 3826 4888 or email newhomes@currell.com. 

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.

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”.

 

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.