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Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:00

Pretty market town with superfast broadband

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Imagine a home with 80mb fibre broadband speed; it’s a treat many of us can only hope for. However for 15 year old, five bedroom, Barrow House, a relatively new kid on the block at Hunter’s Gate, Much Wenlock, 80mb broadband is a reality.

On the market with Balfours, this traditionally designed home is young enough to be fresh and contemporary, while enhanced by features including a traditional fireplace – with gas flame – cosy, clean and instant.

The spacious entrance hall provides access to each of the reception rooms. A study and dining room are found at the front of the house, while the kitchen and sitting room, with conservatory overlooking the private garden. Off from the fitted kitchen is a utility which also has external access.

The first and second floor provides a master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite; an en-suite guest bedroom and three additional bedrooms, plus a family bathroom.

Barrow House includes a double garage set back on the driveway which can accommodate several cars. The garden to the front is framed by a pretty local stone wall, while the rear garden is enclosed by a substantial brick wall.

Says Balfours’ agent, Duncan Scobie, “Not only is this a delightful and well-presented property, but it is situated in the popular pretty market town of Much Wenlock, with an excellent community infrastructure, including primary and secondary schools, renowned butcher and much more.

“It is also perfectly situated to serve the major towns of Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Telford all being within a very easy commute. And of course, to whether the family are streaming, or you don’t want to commute to the office, you can rely on a superfast broadband connection.”

Barrow House is marketed with a guide price of £500,000, for more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 00:00

Signs of spring 2017 property market forging ahead

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February 2017 has seen the supply of prospective rural properties to the market suddenly switch on.

However, there remains a significant in-balance between the numbers of good houses in rural and semi-rural locations coming to the market, compared to the number of prospective buyers, says Duncan Scobie of Balfours. He says: “The number of registered cash buyers and those in rented accommodation currently house hunting and able to proceed outweighs rural properties on the market.

“We are starting to see home buyers and vendors with an appetite to both view properties and to have their properties valued; their objective is to launch to the market as soon as possible. Since the calendar turned from January to February it has been as if a tap has been switched on,” he adds.

He observes a big difference compared to the town property market where the phones began ringing from the beginning of January. “This month the floodgates have opened with the diary full of valuations for rural and semi-rural properties, which is very positive. “

As a result of this certain properties on Balfours books are now receiving multiple offers on them. “There is a trend that buyers want to buy a property ready to move into and that they are draft free and well-presented which perhaps was not the case a few years ago.  Those buyers, who do want a project, are in a mind-set that the price must reflect work to be done – and certainly this is more of a buyers’ market.”

He concludes: “Prospective vendors are pleasantly surprised; the supply and demand of good rural and semi-rural properties is promising a very favourable early spring market.”

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 00:00

Balfours Apprenticeship Success Story - Nathan Baker

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Today leaving school at 16 is a brave and some might say short-sighted move. However Nathan Baker, now 20 years old, has proved a career path that not only offers great prospects, but also a positive bank balance, with no University debts.

Nathan was offered a job with land agents Balfours, in its accounts department linked to an apprenticeship with Herefordshire and Ludlow Colleges. Four years on the job studying came to fruition last autumn in a double graduation ceremony at Hereford Cathedral where he achieved an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and Business Skills, level four.

Now taking a gap period from four years studying, Nathan continues to enjoy the challenges within Balfours accounts team. “It is really rewarding when we are working on big projects and year end is always full of interesting challenges,” he reflects.

While enjoying a period of consolidation, he is already researching the prospect of embarking on his ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accounts) which is practice audit/tax accounting. He says: “It has been a new challenge, moving from Balfours Craven Arms office, to the Shrewsbury office at Oxon Business Park. There are a number of us all undertaking part-time studies alongside our work, which is motivating and means there is always someone to help with accounting conundrums.”

Nathan modestly omits to mention that not only has he graduated, but he has received promotion within Balfours’ growing business.

Monday, 06 February 2017 00:00

Residential property market on the move

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Sales have completed and exchanged on a variety of residential properties raising the bar on the bleak month of January at Balfours.

Among the transactions is The Mount, a three bedroom Edwardian home located in the popular village of Minsterley, ten miles west of Shrewsbury and marketed with a guide price of £320,000.

Agent, Tim Main says: “The property had many period features, with the jewel in the crown being the very generously sized kitchen breakfast room.”

Also recently completed is Laburnum Cottage, a two bedroom property just over the border at Eccleshall, Staffordshire. This pretty retreat is in the rural hamlet of Offley Hay, which is neither isolated nor overly busy. Balfours were marketing Laburnum Cottage with a guide price of £240,000.

Two properties in Wales, Lodge Park, a five bedroom house dating back to the 17th century, and 16th century, Upper Tregodfa have completed and exchanged respectively.

Lodge Park, situated between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth, comprised of the main house, together with three cottages set in six acres, with a guide price of £850,000. Upper Tregodfa, a stone farmhouse with significant character, five bedrooms and 2.5 acres was offered with a guide of £400,000.

Tim Main comments: “The market is stirring quite significantly; while people have been unsure of the political climate property prices have remained sustainable and positive. As a result residential vendors and buyers alike now want to progress with their own game plan and make the most of favourable conditions in the property market.”

Friday, 03 February 2017 00:00

Highly desirable cloistered convenience

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A well-presented four bedroom dormer bungalow situated in a quiet and private cul-de-sac, west of Shrewsbury is on the market with Balfours

Two Aspen Grove is situated some two miles from Shrewsbury town centre and one mile away from Radbrook Green’s comprehensive amenities. Shropshire’s county town not only offers fine dining, theatre, but also shops and an excellent selection of state and private schools.

Accommodation comprises a large reception hall, a living room which is bathed in light, with glazing to three aspects, including patio doors to the rear garden. The kitchen is well designed offering excellent space; adjacent are the dining room and conservatory. Also from the kitchen there is access to the garage and utility room.

The master bedroom with en-suite and a second bedroom are to be found off the reception hall, where stairs lead to the second floor with two further bedrooms a family bathroom and study.

Balfours town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, comments: “Two Aspen Grove boasts a cloistered setting with a wraparound garden. The accommodation is well presented and very flexible, perhaps most important is its convenience to Shrewsbury and local facilities, which makes it a very desirable location.”

Two Aspen Grove, Shrewsbury is marketed with a guide price of £495,000, for more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 03 February 2017 00:00

Traditional cottage tucked away

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A pretty three bedroom semi-detached cottage, in Craven Arms is marketed with a guide price of £200,000 by Balfours.

Number Six, Brook Road, is a traditional cottage found in a tucked away location, yet within walking distance of local amenities, including school, shops and vibrant community facilities. Craven Arms is six miles from Ludlow and five miles from Church Stretton and Shewsbury is an easy commute at 22 miles.

The entrance hall leads into the sitting room which has a wood burner nestled in a stone and brick inglenook. The dining room leads through to the side hall off which the kitchen breakfast room can be found. Also from the inner hall are the stairs, downstairs cloakroom and storage cupboard. The first floor is well laid out with three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Agent, Scott Kemsley of Balfours says: “This is a wonderful property, well laid out yet with a traditional feel. It has a good sized garden and a single good sized garage. There is also a very useful outside storage for logs, bikes and an outside wc.

For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:00

Balfours Report Record Number of Property Valuations

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A record number of valuations on behalf of prospective Shrewsbury town vendors have been achieved by one of Shropshire’s leading agents.

Balfours report more market appraisals in January 2017 than in any month of the previous year. Town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, says: “On January 3 the phone started and it hasn’t really stopped – and that is translating through from appraisals to instructions.

Without doubt there continues to be a supply and demand in-balance, with more buyers than sellers and some vendors are trying to capitalise on the good level of prospective purchasers to capture a good price.”

He says that last year it was February before the phone really began to get busy and attributes the upsurge to several factors. “As a company Balfours has adopted a strategy to achieve more market share in town – our hard work, combined with our fabulous office in the prime location of The Square is certainly paying dividends.

“The UK’s property market is also proving to be robust through the political upheaval of Brexit and world affairs. Last year we had stamp duty on second homes to deal with, which did present a positive spike to the market in the spring months.

He adds: “The take home message for Shrewsbury’s residential property market is very positive, quality homes in sought after areas are in strong demand.” Should you wish to discuss your property with Alistair Hilton then call 01743 353511 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Monday, 30 January 2017 00:00

Apartment puts life at fingertips

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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.
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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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Friday, 27 January 2017 00:00

Former farmhouse near county town

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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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Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:00

Corner plot in quiet cul-du-sac

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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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