Last week, five members of the Currell team flew to the south of France during the week of MIPIM 2018. MIPIM is the largest property expo in Europe, bringing together some 26,000 delegates from the real estate, city and political industries, including 5,400 investors, from over 100 countries. Held in sunny Cannes, the event is a fantastic opportunity for networking.

Currell met key stakeholders and landowners who are active in the east of London, especially around Barking where we are opening a new office later this year. They also met footballer Sol Campbell!

Chris Currell, Group Chairman, said:

‘MIPIM is about maintaining existing relationships, sharing market information, and catching up with friends in the industry. Meetings and events are essential, but the spontaneous introductions are priceless and this year was no exception. Another great few days and a fantastic endorsement of our expansion into east London.’

To find out more, get in touch with a member of our team 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.

 

Now that the Beast from the East has cleared and the daffodils are blooming, this only means one thing – spring is on its way. OK, it’s not exactly warm yet, but soon it will be; which means it’s time to decorate accordingly. There are some fantastic new interior design trends emerging (or re-emerging) for spring, so here are our top picks to try out at home:

1. Gelato walls

Pastel pink, mint green, a light coffee – keep your wall colours soft and delicate this spring to add a fresher feel. If there’s a flavour of ice cream in the same colour, you’re probably on the right track.

2. Jungle fever

Tropical motifs and plants have been a popular trend for a while now, and spring is the time to follow this to the full. Pair larger potted plants and hanging succulents with brown leather furnishings to give your home the ultimate dose of jungle fever.

3. Shine on

Another trend that looks like it’s sticking around for a while is metallics, specifically copper and rose gold. Adding accessories with brassy tones gives your room an instant modern upgrade.

4. Wall plates

Do you have a set of plates that are too nice to use every day, but you still want to show off? This is the solution. According to Lucy Currell of interior design company Studio Iro in a piece for The Times, “the ceramics add depth, texture and pattern, either singularly or as a collection”… so put them on display immediately!

5. Shape up

Along with tropical motifs and metallics came a trend for geometric shapes and furniture. A great place to show this off quickly and easily is with light fittings – swap a lampshade for a geometric shell (bonus points if it’s in copper or rose gold). Geometric patterns are also a great design for tiles, so if you’re redecorating the kitchen or bathroom, this could be a style to consider.

6. Add pops of colour

Gone are the dark days of winter – it’s time to come alive and shake off the gloom and cold. What better way to do that than with colour (and lots of it)? Adding small pops of colour with cushions/throws can really boost the whole feel of the room – especially if interesting materials and designs are used; pom-poms and fringing are always a fun addition.

7. Back to basics

Spring is all about getting back to nature – with the weather cheering up, the daffodils coming back and blossom filling the trees. It’s therefore the best time to incorporate natural elements into your home; go for wooden utensils, sideboards, and decorations as well as animal prints and soft, earthy colours.

8. Go sustainable

With a fresh start comes a fresh outlook – if you’re looking to be more eco-friendly, Artisan Lifestyle have a fabulous range of 100% recycled glassware that looks amazing and also help you do your bit for the planet.

9. Get clever with storage

De-cluttering is one of the first things to do in a spring clean – and a great way to get your stuff in order is with clever storage. Think Scandinavian minimalism and opt for an interesting console. Clear your belongings out of the way whilst also adding an interesting new piece of statement furniture to the room.

10. Add some texture

Ceramic vases, pots, and bowls add an extra feeling of homeliness – especially if they’re handmade. Opt for a smooth white with a subtle pattern or interesting shape to bring some minimalist but cosy sophistication to your living room.

This morning we had the pleasure of attending Islington Giving‘s ‘100 Women for Islington Giving’ event in honour of International Women’s Day.

The event was truly inspiring, with talks from Islington Giving, The Parent House, the Middle Eastern Women Society and Organisation, and The Guardian Foundation. We were particularly moved by one of the parents from The Parent House, who left us with the words “behind every strong woman… is herself”, which was met by a huge cheer and applause! 

Even though we know Islington to be a fantastic borough with plenty of arts venues, independent shops and restaurants, and a wonderful community – there are still many people struggling who need support. The work that these charities do truly help those who are most in need, so do take a look at their websites to find out more about how you can donate or get involved.

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.

 

The property on Dereham Road, IG11

Acting for a Trustee in Bankruptcy, the Insolvency Department of Currell Chartered Surveyors has just sold a repossessed property in Barking for 26% over the guide price.

The four bedroom semi-detached property in Dereham Road was sold through auction at The Sheraton Grand Hotel in Piccadilly for £497,000 – a substantially larger amount than the £390,000 guide price.

The property is close to Barking town centre and represented a great opportunity for investment and modernisation.

Currell’s new Barking office, in the former police station, set to open this summer

The average property price in the borough of Barking and Dagenham is £296,892 – up 3.9% from 2016 (Land Reg, Dec 2017). Currell is opening a new office in Barking this summer, as part of the wider regeneration of the area.

There are plans for more than 35,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs in the borough over the next 20 years.

Selling your property can be a busy process, especially in the early stages. When you’ve got people coming to view your home, it’s important that they feel like they want to live there, too. Here are a few quick ways you can fix it up with minimal stress – and put your potential buyers at ease.

First impressions are key

Don’t put viewers off before they’ve even stepped in – make sure the front of the house is well presented so they start off on the right foot. Give the door a fresh lick of paint, and get a new door mat. Sweep the front path or driveway, and clear the front garden. Make sure your bins are tidy, and out of view if possible.

Declutter

Once inside, ensure the entrance hall is de cluttered – put any coats or jackets that you don’t wear often into storage boxes, or better still, have a clear out. The same goes for any boots and shoes stored near the door. Surfaces in the kitchens and bathrooms should be completely clear. Swap the bottle of washing up liquid on the counter for a vase of simple flowers (no need to go OTT though – it’s not a show home). And of course, absolutely no laundry or dishes left lying around!

Lighten up

Light is very important, yet often underestimated. Instead of having one large centre light, consider a few well-placed lamps, especially for evening viewings – it makes the space look so much more homely. Clean the windows, too as everyone is always drawn to a window in any room.

Don’t forget the garden, too

Tidy any outside space, especially if it is a proper sized garden, as this can be a big selling point. Depending on the time of year, get some flowers in pots to add a bit of instant colour. If you have a flat, window boxes are a perfect solution.

Make it scent-sational

Don’t cook anything smelly the night before. Cooking smells linger for longer than you think, and there’s nothing more off putting than walking into a room that still smells like last night’s curry. Add reed diffusers and scented candles so that potential buyers aren’t put off (it’s also a good idea to put these in the bathroom, too).

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. 

 

Fast becoming one of Hackney’s trendiest hotspots, London Fields is full of independent bars and restaurants, with Broadway Market offering a whole host of culinary gems. Here’s our top pick of places to go for a bite and a cocktail (or two).

Sans Pere

Sans Pere opened the doors to its second venue on Broadway Market in November. A French bistro with a twist, Sans Pere has created a menu perfect for those with a sweet tooth, offering up a unique and vibrant selection of cocktails, desserts and specialist coffees.

Innovative, French inspired cocktails are paired with each dessert. The cocktails incorporate homemade ingredients alongside classic French ingredients.

Find out more here.

Tuyo

Further down Broadway Market, overlooking the Regent’s canal, is Tuyo. Spanish for ‘yours’, Tuyo serves a range of Mediterranean inspired tapas, pinchos, and bigger sharing dishes. Tuyo’s tapas are not just Spanish, they are also influenced by Greek and Turkish recipes to bring a mixture of flavours from the Med.

Book a table here.

Okko

Okko’s colourful Japanese dishes are beautifully presented, delicious, and good for you. Inspired by modern Japanese cuisine, the food is perfectly prepared, with the wooden furnishings and minimalist decor bringing the atmosphere of a modern Tokyo cafe.

Book a table here.

Off Broadway

A favourite amongst locals, including a few celebrities (Kirsten Dunst, Michael Fassbender, and Keira Knightley have all been spotted there), Off Broadway serves a range of fun cocktails and bar snacks. Go for the buzzy atmosphere, stay for the resident cat.

Find out more here.

Twigs

Both a plant shop and a cafe, Twigs serves healthy lunches, brunches, and delicious macaron ice cream sandwiches. Pick up a new succulent for your living room and stop for a bite to eat, all under one roof.

Find out more here.

Insitute of Light

The Institute of Light is Hackney’s newest collaborative space under the railway arches of London Fields station. IOL is a cinema, record store, bookshop, cafe, and restaurant/bar. Their menu is based around a fusion of Anglo-French cuisine, and is dependent on seasonal and market produce.

Book a table here. 

Martello Hall

Perfectly positioned on the corner of Mare Street and Warburton Road (which heads down to the fields) is Martello Hall, a bar, restaurant, and workspace. Head there on a Sunday for a roast, during the week for bottomless coffee and fast wifi, or on a Saturday night for pizza from their wood fired oven and their delicious range of cocktails. You can also hold your own event here – or attend one of theirs, like supper club, late night DJs, and Sunday jazz.

Book a table here.

Climpson and Sons

Climpson and Sons roast their own coffee in-house, and are constantly on the lookout for the best flavours and techniques. They take their work seriously, with an ethos towards sustainability and ethical sourcing, and also run workshops and courses to help others brew their own perfect cup of joe.

Find out more here. 

 

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.