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The Office in The Square Is Open for Business

15/07/2020

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Shropshire to Benefit From Slashing Red Tape

13/07/2020

Opportunity to convert and rebuild redundant commercial and residential buildings to new homes has been welcomed by one of the county’s leading estate agents.

 

A Breath of Fresh Air

According to Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s announcement last week (June 30) is a breath of fresh air amid these hugely difficult times. “Cutting red tape and giving greater freedom for buildings and land in town centres to change use without planning permission and create new homes from the regeneration of vacant and redundant buildings is a meaningful prescription to aid the economic recovery,” Alistair acknowledges.

“It could be argued that the government’s new regulations dubbed ‘project speed’ and due to take effect from September, is targeted at the big cities but without doubt it will have a significant effect on the market towns of Shropshire too. We all know that even before the pandemic there were shops and other commercial properties boarded up, a situation with its origins in bureaucratic red tape, consumers making more purchases online and the uncertainty of Brexit: A situation which was likely to get worse as a result of Covid 19.”

Alistair adds: “This is certainly an ambitious plan targeted at re-booting our pandemic struck economy. Over and above the massive spend in ‘shovel’ ready funding; at the heart of Boris’ announcement is the simplification of the planning process. From September this really will begin to ease pressures caused on the supply of homes and ensure the property market drives the UK’s economic recovery."

 

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Town’s Old Meadow – Blue-Chip Home

09/07/2020

Amber Rise, a fine 21st century build end of terrace town house for sale in Shrewsbury, with exceptional views over the River Severn and quality craftmanship throughout.

 

Flexible Three / Four Bedroom Home

Situated at the Old Meadow, Shrewsbury, accessibility to the town centre and train station are each within easy walking distance. This flexible three, four bedroom home benefits from an entrance hall with access to the integral garage. The ground floor drawing room is a delight, with two pairs of French doors to the garden; this room could equally be utilised as a fourth bedroom, having a kitchenette off and access to cloakroom.

The hall stairway ascends to the kitchen with good sized dining area which has glazing to two aspects and access to one of two balconies. The other balcony can be enjoyed beyond the French doors of the living room. The first floor benefits from the convenience of a cloakroom too. There are two en-suite bedrooms on the second floor with a third room having its own bathroom.

Agent, Alistair Hilton observes: “Amber Rise is blue-chip in so many ways: The exceptional views from balconies and bay windows, the quality of craftsmanship associated with David Wilson Homes, its proximity to the town centre and its security within this gated development.”

Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury are marketing Amber Rise, including two additional parking spaces with a guide price of £570,000, call 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Shropshire’s Assets Ramp Up Housing Demand

08/07/2020

Shropshire’s attraction as a good place to live in the new world of Covid is ramping up demand according to one of the county’s leading agents. New enquiries are partially driven by the county’s sparse population the absence of a city and the revelation of successful homeworking for many.

 

Increase in Rural Property Interest

“We have had an incredibly busy June, both completing sales that were under offer as lock-down began, but more significantly from  people who have formulated plans for new beginnings while under the “stay home” curfew,” explains Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours.

“Our figures reflect findings of Propertymark which reported that demand in May was 12 per cent up compared to the same month a year ago – and we found that trend strengthened exponentially in June, with both visits to our website, enquiries by phone and email all surging.

“We have always enjoyed additional demand driven by our London office. However last month saw a marked increase in buyers from the south and interest in rural properties. This reflects Shropshire’s attraction, not only as one of England’s most sparsely populated counties with a wonderfully diverse landscape and cultural hubs, but also its central position – ideal for homeworking punctuated with visits to cities, without having one itself!”

It is housing stocks which are now in need of replenishment for the Shropshire agent. Propertymark figures reflect that supply of housing was 15 per cent down compared to May last year. “At Balfours a significant number of sales exchanged and completed during June, our stocks would reflect that, so we are now busy rebooting housing stocks,” Alistair adds.

 

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Iconic Hereford Estate On The Market

07/07/2020

One of Herefordshire’s iconic Georgian country houses set in more than 400 acres has been launched to the market. 

 

Breath-taking Views

Newport House, near Kington, surrounded by fine gardens, is an idyllic country Estate with three farmhouses and associated farm buildings, three cottages, a Victorian quadrangle stable block, which comprises of 11 loose boxes and a selection of flats, walled garden, Clock Tower and Dovecote.

Agent, Balfours, Scott Kemsley says: “This is an exceptional opportunity, country houses of this calibre, sympathetically refurbished to 21st century living rarely come to the market. The setting of the house overlooking beautifully laid out fine gardens, against a backdrop of the lake, parkland, woodland and stunning views to the distance is breath-taking.”

On the market for £10,000,000 the main house comprises of reception hall and staircase hall, drawing room, dining room, library, music room, billiard room, an open plan kitchen breakfast room and a number of domestic service rooms. There are four principal bedroom suites a further five bedrooms and four bathrooms, a laundry room and two internal flats.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Newport House Kitchen

Newport House Dining Room

 

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Flexible and Extensive Steading

06/07/2020

A character stone built four bedroom house available for sale in Shropshire, set in 1.2 acres and with significant outbuildings and green credentials.

 

More Than Just a House

Much more than a house, The Grange at Hopton, Hodnet, has potential for a home businesses requiring a generous space, or for a family who thrive on the outdoors with an exceptionally large garden with orchard vegetable patch and poly tunnel. The package is on the market with Balfours with a guide price of £625,000.

The ground floor accommodation incorporates a large hall, generous kitchen, dining room and sitting room with French doors to two aspects, ideal for entertaining. The hall also provides access to a study, wc and utility and a ground floor en-suite bedroom. On the first floor master room is en-suite, plus two bedrooms which share the family bathroom.

Balfours associate partner, country house sales, Charlie Giffard, comments: “In addition to the main house an attraction for many will be the outbuildings which provides a magnificent summerhouse, plus workshop and double garage; there is also a large barn – the whole offers great scope, subject to planning. The Grange boasts green credentials with a four kilo-watt solar plant and pellet biomass boiler, both of which currently attract government payments.” Call Balfours Estate Agents Shrewsbury on 01743 353511.

For further details please visit our Property Details Page.

The Grange Main

The Grange Garden

The Grange Outbuilding

The Grange Summer Room

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