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Monday, 30 January 2017 00:00

Apartment puts life at fingertips

A two bedroom apartment situated in the heart of Shrewsbury’s historic town centre, with a balcony overlooking the River Severn, is on the market.

39 Lower Blackfriars is ideal for anyone who wishes to have life at their fingertips – be it in the town centre or further afield. It has a garage and a dedicated parking space within the courtyard; plus excellent road and rail links to the UKs major cities and International airports at Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and East Midlands.

Apartment 39 is on the second and third floors with communal stairs leading to the front door. The property consists of an entrance hallway, a generous sitting room, dining room, and kitchen. One bedroom is en-suite, while the other has a separate bathroom.

Alistair Hilton, town sales manager, says: “The balcony, off the sitting room, has fabulous views not just to the Severn, but over Shrewsbury’s Abbey, the English Bridge, the Wrekin and Haughmond Hill. A perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine or such.

Shrewsbury is highly regarded for its extensive range of independent shops as well as cultural and educational facilities. Riverside walks, museums, fine dining and nationally recognised schools are all a short distance from the property.

Built in 1998, Lower Blackfriars is a twin block of apartments in Shrewsbury Town Centre, based around a courtyard carpark. Residents enjoy exclusive access to the adjacent Blackfriars Meadow where raised beds are available by separate arrangement.
Apartment 39 is marketed with a guide price of £285,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Apt 39 livingroom

Apt 39 kitchen


Friday, 27 January 2017 00:00

Former farmhouse near county town

Arscott House has deep roots and many of them. This picturesque former farmhouse which could tell many a tale of bygone days is now seeking a new incumbent for a new adventure.

Its roots are just five and a half miles of the county town, Shrewsbury; and little more than five minutes to the bypasses which link Shrewsbury with the Midlands and North. The villages of Longden and Hanwood are each less than two miles from the hamlet of Arscott and both have primary schools.

This farmhouse kitchen was ahead of contemporary fashion with a natural open division between the breakfast room with wonderful character timbers, open enough to be sociable, but screened enough to hide the pots and pans when necessary. An additional asset is the north facing pantry.

The main focus in the sitting room is a feature oak panelled inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove, which is complimented by the old polished tiled floor. There are two more reception rooms, the dining room and the study. A boot-room and store room complete ground floor facilities.

A popular asset of many farmhouses, Arscott has two staircases to the five bedrooms of pleasing proportions and diverse dimensions, one of which is en-suite. A family bathroom and an additional wc service the remaining four bedrooms. Below ground floor are substantial cellars, affording some 34 square feet of additional space.

Marketed by Balfours head of sales, Tim Main comments: “This is a charming property with lots of character to be enjoyed. Plus a garden with potential situated in a pretty hamlet enjoying a beautiful rural backdrop. Arscott House is marketed with a guide price of £600,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Arscott Hse garden

Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:00

Corner plot in quiet cul-du-sac

A rare corner plot within a cul-du-sac in Shrewsbury’s popular residential area of Radbrook, intensifies the appeal of 41 Torrin Drive.

This well presented four bedroom family home is located just a third of a mile from the local shops and two and a half miles from Shrewsbury’s town centre and train station. A number of highly regarded private and state schools are within close proximity, as are the trunk roads to the national motorway network.

Number 41 is well configured with the sitting room found off the entrance hall. Alistair Hilton, town sales manager for Balfours comments: “The sitting room is a spacious room with lots of natural light and a feature gas fireplace and there is a dedicated study area found adjacent to the sitting room.

“A suite of three rooms run across the rear of the house, offering access to the garden from the garden room and the utility room, with the kitchen located between the two. This makes a fabulous space for entertaining, spilling out to the west facing garden. A utility and cloakroom complete ground floor accommodation. On the first floor the master-room is spacious with en-suite, fitted wardrobes, plus large walk-in cupboard. The family bathroom serves three additional bedrooms, each overlooking the rear of the property.

41 Torrin Drive comes with a double garage and is marketed with a guide price of £485,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Shropshire’s rural enterprises are among the biggest losers in the most radical reform of business rates for a generation.

Vineyards to livery yards, stud farms and riding schools will be the worst hit by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA’s) revaluation exercise.The warning comes from Balfours Michael Watney, who specialises in business rates and says other rural businesses may be facing similar problems too.

He explains: “Anyone hit by a big increase needs to look carefully into how the increase has arisen and whether the VOA either has its information right, or can justify its figures. These rates are usually reset every five years, but a delay means that the government is adjusting rates to reflect seven years of changes in the property market. However it is significant that the basis of assessing rates has not changed, namely it is the rental value of the property.” 

Says Michael we need to ask: How much have rental values for such facilities increased since 2008 to 2015? The answer is that in many cases in the West Midlands rental values have not increased on like for like properties between the two dates.

“The last revaluation in 2008 was the end of the last property boom when rental values were quite high. Since then most properties have seen a drop and rental values are only now strengthening back-up. So on the face of the figures, increases should be modest.”

As part of the revaluation of business rates, the government has doubled the threshold at which rates are payable from £6,000 to £12,000 with a sliding scale of relief up to £18,000 which takes many small businesses out of rates. “As a result the VOA is under more pressure to find additional revenue sources, hence having a closer look at soft target rural business properties,” says Michael, who warns that most of the VOA officers are more used to dealing with urban properties with rural specialists thin on the ground. 

He says the revaluation will have been a desktop exercise based on the limited information the VOA has from the rates returns. “Office blocks and shops are relatively easy to value; equestrian yards and other rural businesses are much harder due to their complex nature.

“The scope for an incorrect valuation is high, often because they are based on the wrong information. In March businesses will be receiving business rates invoices for 2017/18. If you consider your rateable value to be incorrect and unjustifiable then seek professional advice,” Michael adds.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 00:00

Land launched to the market

Two parcels of land at Craven Arms have been launched to the market by Balfours.

Twenty two acres, currently down to grass but of arable potential at Burwood, is found adjacent to public highway, within gentle undulation of the valley.

The second parcel is found at Aston Munslow, and comprises of one 12 acre field. The land is level with shared mains water and access directly of the public highway.  Head of sales at Balfours comments: “This fields sits adjacent to residential area and could be of interest to those seeking land for equestrian use.”

These are two very useful parcels of land; both are registered for BPS (Basic Payment Scheme) and are for sale with entitlements. Each is marketed with a guide price of £150,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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A stunning grade II listed town house, The Great House, Knighton, has been launched to the market with a guide price of £350,000 by Balfours.

Dating back to around 1604, The Great House is a Jacobean timber framed house, boasting many original features, including timber beams and panelling. Within the spacious accommodation are four reception rooms, five bedrooms and two bathrooms, a boot room and a cellar below stairs.

Agent Scott Kemsley says: “The Great House has so much going for it. Not only its period features, but the well-proportioned rooms which have been carefully renovated and maintained throughout.” The reception hall has a wood burning stove within its huge inglenook and the gracious oak staircase leads to the first floor. Ground floor accommodation also provides sitting room, dining room, study, kitchen and boot room.

The first floor boasts an oak panelled drawing room, plus five bedrooms and two bathrooms, with accommodation accessed from two staircases. Situated just 100 metres from Knighton’s town centre The Great House enjoys a south facing garden and terrace. “This is a opportunity for residential use, or a home business, including a boutique hotel or eatery/cafe, subject to planning,” Scott adds.

Further afield the lively and creative hub of Ludlow is 18 miles away, while the county town of Shrewsbury is some 37 miles. Over the Welsh border, Newtown is 14 miles. There is an excellent choice of state and independent schools, including Bedstone College which is nearby.

For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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A recent interest rate war in the short-term funding world of bridging loans is increasing their viability.

Head of sales at Balfours says that whilst mortgage rates have stayed pretty much at same level for a considerable time, this has not been the case for short-term funding; where competition has stepped up.

He explains: “Short term “bridging finance” is now available from 0.49% per calendar month, with no early repayment charges or exit fees. We believe these are now at a level, where to secure the right house, bridging finance can be considered and is viable in certain circumstances.”

Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

Terraced period house, perfect proximity

A period, terraced three bedroom house, on the sought after Copthorne Road, is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £219,950.

191 Copthorne Road has been sympathetically modernised and is well presented to provide an entrance hall with access to the ground floor reception rooms, kitchen, cloakroom and stairs to the first floor. The dining room and living room provide open plan double reception rooms, with two character fireplaces and glazing to two aspects.

Balfours town sales manager, Alistair Hilton says:  “This is a charming and well-presented period three bedroom home. It benefits from easy access to Shrewsbury centre - being less than one mile from the Quarry Park - make this terraced house a highly attractive proposition.”

The master bedroom has a well-designed en-suite shower room and two bedrooms have built in wardrobes. There is a family bathroom and a downstairs wc. The kitchen benefits from natural light from two aspects and is equipped with cupboards and worktops.

Outside, the south facing gardens have been landscaped to include a timber garden room. Alistair adds: “I thoroughly recommend viewing, its’ proximity to Shrewsbury centre is excellent.” For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

Manorfields - horse happiness starts here

A stunning and well-appointed equestrian facility with a four bedroom house has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Manorfields Farm is located at Great Lyth, five miles from Shropshire’s county town, Shrewsbury, it comes with 19 loose boxes and 6 wooden stables, two all weather arenas and 11 acres of paddocks within its £775,000 guide price. There is also the option to purchase a further 13 acres.

Agent, Scott Kemsley, comments: “This is a wonderful find for someone seeking to enjoy their horses and or run an equestrian business. It would suit a variety of disciplines, including competition yard, stud or livery. The location is an excellent fit too, with a wonderful network of hacking on quiet country lanes, plus good links to the major road network, being central to the UK.”

Manorfields house provides a spacious hall, three reception rooms, large kitchen breakfast room, utility and wc. First floor accommodation offers the master room with en-suite facilities and a spacious landing with access to three double bedrooms and family bathroom.

The text book designed and purpose built stables are of brick under a tiled room, set in a U shaped yard and incorporating dedicated tack and fodder rooms. The 11 acres of picturesque pasture are well fenced with mature trees for shade.

Scott adds: “This is a fabulous opportunity to pick up the reins of a very well appointed yard with all facilities to hand, including potential planning for a one bedroom groom’s apartment.”

For more information call Scott Kemsley at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

Harmonising period roots with 21st century

This two bedroom terraced house positively sings happiness harmonising its period roots with the 21st century.

Located in the popular Belle Vue area, in the quiet residential Bynner Street, number 17 is within easy walking distance of Shrewsbury town centre and with local primary school close by too.

The dining room leads off the entrance hall and boasts and open fireplace; as with all rooms the dining room is well proportioned with heigh ceilings. An open fireplace provides a focal point for cosy evenings, while the room is bathed in light from the large window.

Also accessed from the hallway is the well-proportioned living room, also with open fireplace. French doors offer access to the south facing garden. The kitchen is accessed off the living room through a character archway, providing semi open plan and offering an excellent space for entertaining.

On the first floor, there are two bedrooms and a bathroom, with bath and shower. Accommodation does not stop there almost untouched there is a cellar currently used for storage and the attic spans the whole of the upstairs footprint, subject to planning would make an excellent additional room.

Balfours town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, comments: “This really is a very well presented house, which has further potential too. The garden is south facing and is an open canvas for the next resident of Number 17 Bynner Street to enjoy.”

17 Bynner Street is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £195,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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