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County town attracts residential buyers


Residential buyers from outside Shropshire are a strong influence in the county town market this autumn, according to town centre agents, Balfours.

Two Shrewsbury properties to exchange this month with Balfours are five bedroom, Hillgrove, Porthill, marketed with a guide price of £875,000 and 120 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, was marketed with a guide price of £550,000.

Alistair Hilton, Balfours town sales manager comments:  Both properties have sold to purchasers moving in from outside of the county. County towns are a popular choice amongst residential buyers, especially those with children who are looking for larger family homes which represent seriously good value for money.”

Last year Shrewsbury was recognised to be among the top ten county towns in the UK by premier property service, Property Wire. Shrewsbury is increasingly recognised as a popular residential location, providing a quality lifestyle offering high-end amenities, from restaurants, theatre and shopping to its excellent choice of private and state schools plus good road and rail links.

Alistair adds: “We have a continuous flow of new applicants, searching for properties in Shrewsbury and indeed throughout the county. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your property, should you be considering a sale.”

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Heritage retreat for every mood


The perfect blend of heritage and contemporary design are on offer within walking distance, just north, of Shrewsbury town centre.

Portland Villa is a fine example of an Edwardian town house, located in the popular area of Mountfields, near Frankwell. It provides four bedrooms over two floors, with the master room being en-suite plus there is a luxurious family bathroom.

On the ground floor there are two reception rooms, each accessed from the entrance hall. The living room is a well-balanced room with bay window to the front. The dining room opens through to a charming garden style room, linking to the kitchen and through French doors to the garden. The kitchen itself is fitted with integrated fridges, dishwasher and SMEG oven.

Balfours town sales agent, Alistair Hilton, enthuses: “The current owners have been successful in combining heritage with contemporary. The house has many period architectural features, yet space and natural light are both maximised, while creating a variety of moods.”

The walled garden area is designed for maximum relaxation and effect with minimal gardening so that full use can be made of a built in outdoor day bed and hidden storage. A downstairs cloak, single garage and on street parking area are also part of the package. Portland Villa is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £387,500. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Portland Dining Area

Portland Master Bedroom

Portland Kitchen

Portland Bathroom

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Casting out for convenience on the river bank


One of the top items on residential property wish lists - to overlook water - is on offer at Three Sabrina Terrace.

The infinite moods of the River Severn and its wildlife come with this four bedroom period house and its’ river frontage; situated just north of Shrewsbury centre, in Darwin Street, Mountfields.

Spread over four floors an entrance hall with period tiled floor, leads through to the large reception room which provides open plan living and dining space incorporating bay window and character high ceiling. Beyond is the kitchen with outlooks to the river and a utility room.

On the first floor there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. An additional bedroom is to be found on the second floor. Below stairs is a very useful cellar – offering additional hobby or home office space. Number three comes with courtyard garden, perfect for those who want the pleasure of a garden without the pressure.

Marketed by Balfours, town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, he comments: “Sabrina Terrace is highly accessible to Shrewsbury town centre which has a vibrancy of shops, business and restaurants. The property also has a good selection of easily accessed schools and colleges.

“Most of all this property will capture somebody who wants to enjoy nature and the seasons, from the river bank, in conjunction with a convenient, cosmopolitan lifestyle in the county town.” Number Three Sabrina Terrace is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of 325,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Sabrina view

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Character cottage - Condover


A charming cottage, in the heart of the highly sought after village of Condover, south of Shrewsbury, has been launched to the market.

Three Butcher Row is a quintessential English cottage providing two bedrooms. The living room has been sympathetically finished to include feature beams and inglenook with wood burning stove.  The dining room backs onto the same chimney breast, while the kitchen, breakfast room has access to the courtyard garden.

There are two staircases providing access to two bedrooms and the bathroom. Each of the bedrooms has built in wardrobe space. A third room on the first floor would be ideal as a dressing room, nursery or study.

Says agent, Tim Main of Balfours: “Butcher Row is a very peaceful private driveway, yet is less than three miles from the county’s main trunk roads. The cottage comes with its own pretty traditional brick garage and courtyard garden for unwinding.”

Three Butcher Row is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £220,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Dedication drives agent’s career

Estate agent manager, Duncan Scobie, who was awarded the Sunday Times silver award, for best single office in the West Midlands, has joined Balfours residential sales office.
Duncan, who put down roots in Shropshire more than 30 years ago, has returned to the county following working abroad.
Today he is delighted to join the growing residential team, working within Balfours prestigious office in Shrewsbury’s town centre. Duncan acknowledges: “To be working in the heart of the county town with one of the county’s longest established and highly regarded agencies is excellent.
“The Square is a fabulous location with some wonderful historic architecture, in short, an excellent working environment. Furthermore, Balfours residential portfolio has significantly increased over the last 12 months, attracting a fascinating array of properties together with great clients. 
Ironically, Duncan’s introduction into estate agency was as a virtual apprentice, having spent one term at college after school, he realised college was not for him. Together with a fellow pupil they both landed jobs with an estate agency and he has never looked back.
Progression took Duncan through the ranks in Shropshire and the Midlands from humble beginnings to branch manager, before he was approached to start a new estate agent office, in Newport, Shropshire. “I had to set up the office from scratch, less than two years later we were the number one estate agent in town – and awarded the Sunday Times Silver Award for a single office in the West Midlands, in 2008.
Since then Duncan has spent four years in Thailand’s second city, Chang Mai, teaching at the University. Head of sales at Balfours Tim Main, comments: “Duncan is proving to be a real asset to the team as we continue to grow the business; his dedication and passion are quite evident, both now and through his career path.”
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Full steam ahead - rare new build in Oldbury


A building plot in one of the county’s most sought after villages, Oldbury, situated one mile south of Bridgnorth, and is on the market with Balfours.

Longthorpe plot is an open canvas to live the dream and apply a personal vision to a plot with full planning permission to build a five bedroom detached house.

Balfours, Duncan Scobie says: “This is an absolute one off. The opportunity to build in Oldbury’s most sought after leafy locations is exceptionally rare. Not only is the plot studded with mature specimen trees including Wellingtonia, Blue Cedar and Oaks, but there is prospect to acquire additional land with views across to the Severn Valley Railway line.”

Longthorpe is designed to provide more than 3,600 square feet of space over two floors, incorporating a magnificent entrance hall, four reception rooms a large kitchen breakfast room with French doors to the terrace. On the first floor there are four en-suite bedrooms and a fifth bedroom, with family bathroom.

The plot which extends to 0.82 acres also has planning for a four bay garage with a room above. Duncan Scobie adds: “Oldbury is renowned as an idyllic village location with excellent links to Wolverhampton and Midlands.

Longthorpe is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £695,000; with an option to acquire an additional 0.54 acres by separate negotiation. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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