Living On A Liner

The liner has become the new fashionable place to be this year. It’s easy to see how the appeal of a holiday on a grand liner can translate into the desire for everyday liner luxury living. The ocean liner evokes images of grand design, luxury lifestyle and the exhilarating freshness of sea breezes. Indeed, the Queen was in Southampton only this month to name the rather magnificent new P&O cruise liner, The Britannia

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Tom Dixon has just masterminded the new interiors of the Mondrian Hotel London located within Sea Containers House and opening this summer. This former 1970s hotel has been given a new lease of life with decor and design conjuring up images of sailing on a gigantic 1920s cruise liner. Even the roof has been remodelled to echo the lines of a grand ship. The ocean liner was a defining influence on the 1920s and 1930s art deco and modernist architects of the period. 

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The ocean liner has also had a defining influence on the shape and architectural character of homes in coastal Poole, Dorset. A J Seal, the 1930s creator of the significant modernist buildings Harbour Court (below) nearby Conning Tower and FJB’s Harbour Heights Hotel is one of the area’s most celebrated local architects – these homes were also mentioned by Pevsner as ‘a brave and enterprising group of Early Modern buildings.’

Harbour Court echoes the shape of a grand 1920s liner with its flat roof, roof-top sun lounge and ‘stern deck-like’ balconies.

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Berkeleys has just let the second floor apartment in Harbour Court. With sea glimpses, an expansive terrace for alfresco summer dining and close proximity to Sandbanks beaches, this is an ideal home for those searching for a long summer rental and regular weekend escapes to the coast. Priced at £1,295 per month (fee apply) it is probably a more affordable way to live in the spirit of a luxury cruise liner, and it can last a lot longer too.

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10 Reasons To Visit Our Show Home Open Day This Saturday.

With the winter weather and cold winds of February, it’s difficult to get motivated to view a dream home this week. However, if you are planning a home move in time for the summer, then you need to act now in time for the summer holidays.

We have a fabulous house OPEN DAY on Saturday 7th February 11am-1pm.

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Here are 10 reasons why this dream home could be the one for you:

– All the family can fit in, with four bedrooms and two reception rooms.

– The large garden is perfect for kids, pets and outdoor dining.

– No work is needed on this contemporary new home, just move straight in.

– Wake up to sea views over Poole harbour, it’s a great way to start the day.

– Live in the catchment area of two great local state schools.

– Live beside the amazing harbour rim cycle paths of Whitecliff Park, it’s easy to keep fit every day.

– Walk to the Coast Surf Café for morning coffee and a cool surf vibe.

–  Keep the kids occupied in the school holidays, Team Theme runs a great kids football camp in the park next door 9am – 3pm daily. There’s a great playground too.

– Walk to Parkstone Yacht Marina nearby: be inspired to get a boat, moor a boat, or use a boat.

– Sip a glass of cool white wine on the Deep South Café veranda in nearby Turks Lane whilst contemplating whether this is the lifestyle for you – whilst avoiding the crocodiles of course…

Come and see this dream home on Saturday to see whether this house could be for you. You will be met with a warm and sunny welcome we promise. Tel. Berkeleys on 01202 708383 to find out more.

Contemporary Luxury Home For Sale In Branksome Park, Poole, Dorset.

Berkeleys, Canford Cliffs office is delighted to offer for sale a striking 1930s art deco inspired home in Branksome Park, Poole, Dorset. ‘Dunes,’ – so named for its close proximity to the beaches of Branksome Chine – exudes the popular design principles of early modernist architecture with its linear style, white fascias and top floor studio with sun terrace.

Art Deco House for Sale in Poole Dorset

This home very much embraces the best of a coastal lifestyle – feel the sand between your toes on the Blue Flag beaches, go fishing, go sailing, or for the more adventurous – try your hand at the many watersports on offer along the beautiful coast of Poole Bay and Poole Harbour.

Afterwards, head home to a hidden oasis of calm, relax with sundowners on the top floor terrace, looking across the treetops of Branksome Park towards the Purbecks.  Entertain family and friends in the generous open plan living area, and open the bifold doors and spill out onto the balcony overlooking the large south facing garden.  As the twilight appears, the garden lights illuminate the tropical planting, and the sea breeze whispers through the trees, echoed by the distant sound of the sea.

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The sumptuous master bedroom suite offers comfort and space, and there is ample space for family or visiting guests to stay – there are 4 further bedrooms all with en-suites.  

As the seasons change, the house retains a sense of summer, remaining bright and light with its cream floors effectively warmed by the underfloor heating. On cooler nights ignite the living flame log fire which flickers gently in the lounge.

‘Dunes’ has over 3,860 sq. ft of accommodation.  It is immaculately presented throughout including the latest technology, with a cinema room and high spec audio-visual system installed.  The double garage with electric doors (reached via the driveway fronted by electric gates) ensures security for those times you have to travel away.
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Located in Branksome Park, Poole, an area synonymous with tree-lined avenues and leafy chines leading down to the sea, ‘Dunes’ offers excellent transport links by rail (London about 1hr 45m) with Bournemouth and Southampton Airports within easy reach. 

‘Dunes’ is currently offered for sale for £1,575,000.
Contact Berkeleys on 01202 708383 to arrange a viewing.

Luxury New Townhouses In A Clifftop Location With Spectacular Waterfront Views

Berkeleys is delighted to offer for sale The Vistas, a trio of luxury new townhouses, located on a rarely available clifftop position overlooking Poole Bay in Bournemouth Dorset.The VistasWEBOffering contemporary architectural design, these three 3/4 bedroom townhouses sit within easy reach of the sandy beaches of Alum Chine, Bournemouth. The unique combination of location and lifestyle suggests these homes are equally attractive to both holiday home buyers and local families searching for the perfect coastal home.
Located in a superb position on the clifftop, The Vistas is within approximately 50 metres from the pathway leading to the promenade and sea below. This quiet residential road lies equidistant between the town centres of Poole and Bournemouth, with a bus service passing nearby.

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Built to high standards combining intelligent space-planning, energy efficiency and stylish interiors, the houses are now ready to move in to.
In addition, the main living area features floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening out onto the south facing clifftop. The contemporary, fully equipped kitchen features Siemens appliances and a handy wine cooler. There is a separate fully fitted utility room with Sigma units, sink and washer dryer.

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Private south facing gardens leading to a communal clifftop garden area provide exhilarating coastal outdoor space and an unrivalled private vantage point from which to enjoy bay life, including yacht racing and the Red Arrows displays during August Bournemouth Air Show. The nearby Chines, Tropical Gardens and pirate ship playground add further family entertainment and enjoyment.

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Penthouse Apartment Overlooking Sandbanks And Poole Harbour, Dorset

This week Berkeleys features a stunning penthouse apartment for sale with panoramic sea and harbour views, chosen as it embraces the ultimate summer lifestyle. The contemporary interior and large 1,600ft terrace combine with an open plan living area, luxury rational kitchen to create a combination of indoors/outdoors living.

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The Daytona penthouse offers a wonderful fusion of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary interiors with every detail catered for to achieve easy modern living.

A beautiful coastal location in Dorset.

Daytona penthouse is ideally situated for the shores of Poole Harbour, with its extensive yachting facilities and marinas, which are within 500 metres of the property. The award-winning beach at Sandbanks is approximately half a mile away with the chain ferry to the Isle of Purbeck and Jurassic Coast just beyond. For boutique shopping, café culture and spas, Canford Cliffs Village is within two miles and Westbourne Village, with its eclectic bars, restaurants and Victorian shopping arcade, is approximately 3 miles away.

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What makes Daytona unique?

Daytona is an exclusive development of just 3 duplex apartments set in a quiet location, with accommodation that extends to approximately 3,000 sq. ft and a large 1,600 sq. ft terrace with stunning views. The open plan living area, luxury rational kitchen with Gaggenau & Miele appliances, 3 bedrooms with fitted Hulsta wardrobes are stylish and modern. Porcelanosa floor tiling in the hall, kitchen, dining area, en-suites and bathroom offer cool comfort in the summer. The custom made feature staircase and the bespoke internal doors with chrome door furniture are complementary design features. The garage has an electric up and over door and the property is secure withy electrically operated security gates.

Evening Hill is famous for its wonderful summer sunsets – come and see for yourself.

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South Coast Home Buyers Uncover The Charms Of Chines In England

It is the season for buying coastal and waterside homes and coastal Dorset has seen more of a wave than a ripple of buyer activity this year. Here is Poole, Dorset we have already been named one of the country’s key areas outside London affected by the housing bubble (Land Registry prices up 15-20% since 2009)

Much has been written about the beachfront homes of Sandbanks, Poole. However home buyers are less well versed in the hidden charms of the coastal chines of England.

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There are only three areas where you will find chines in England: Dorset, Devon and the Isle of Wight. The word chine is only used in the south of England and describes a steep-sided ravine or valley that leads down to the seafront. Not only are chines interesting for their geological history but they make highly desirable locations for holiday home buyers and family home buyers, as many are discovering today.
Dorset’s coastline has a host of chine’s spread between Bournemouth and Canford Cliffs, adjacent to Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset. The chines have created interesting walks along beautiful ravines, which often contain a stream flowing into the sea. They also harbour some wonderful clifftop homes delivering a contrasting combination of wooded landscape and sparkling seascape.

“We recently sold two beautiful homes overlooking Canford Cliffs Chine and Branksome Dene Chine,” explains Pippa Sole, Branch Partner at Berkeleys Poole, “Our buyers appreciated the dual coastal and wooded land/seascape that a chine creates as well as the healthy lifestyle benefits. Looking at average prices achieved for properties located on a chine, a price premium of 10-15% is not uncommon when factoring in a sea view with proximity to a chine,” Pippa explains, “the chines in Poole also command higher prices currently than the chines situated in either Bournemouth or Boscombe.”

These properties also make attractive rental investments. Gemma McGowan, Head of Lettings at Berkeleys notes, “We have recently rented some very attractive apartments on Alum Chine and Branksome Chine, notable for the speed at which they were snapped up. Savvy locals know that a chine based property is likely to be in close proximity to the beachfront or clifftop.”

Every chine is unique offering differing lifestyle benefits. Some chines are more secluded, others more family-friendly whilst one is designated a wildlife conservation area. When buying on a chine, by doing some research first, buyers can uncover truly wonderful properties that will fit their lifestyle today, be they families, second home buyers or young professionals with a passion for water sports.

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Coastal properties and second home owners, a Poole perspective

Coastal Poole, Dorset is a typical example of a coastal area in England with a high proportion of second home owners. According to the 2011 census, across Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs and Branksome Park in BH13, almost 18% of homes – circa 1000 homes – were designated second homes, or ‘household spaces with no usual occupants.’ Across Poole as a whole, that number drops to 4.7% of all households.

With the current debate continuing as to whether holiday home owners damage the local community, we offer a perspective from our local area. Many of our clients are indeed second home buyers, so we have first hand experience of their motives and lifestyles.

BH13 has been drawing second home owners from afar for more than a century. Looking back at the Londoners who first bought plots of land in the early 1900s, their motives mirror those of today’s second home owners: health and wellness, leisure, greater space for the family and entertaining, fresh air and a breath-taking sea view.

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Today we retain this habitual relationship with the city: the outward migration of young people in search of a first class education, highly paid employment and cool culture/leisure. The inward migration of city folk investing their wealth in second homes on the coast. Nothing new locals would say. Do the net figures balance? – no.

We are under the spotlight, because this behaviour is thought to drive up local house prices in view of the localised concentration of second homes. The limited number of homes on the cliff-top, waterfront or beachfront with a sea view is finite and in demand. Local developers are treading every inch of sand along this stretch of coastline to extract the maximum value from such desirable plots, leaving no stone unturned.

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At Berkeleys, we see many positive benefits brought to the area by second home owners, and here we uncover our five top insights:

– Almost 40% of local residents are aged 65 and above. Many have health challenges.  Second home buyers and owners are typically younger families with children. This creates a broader demographic spread across the community and draws younger generations to the area.

– Second home owners actively spend money on local leisure facilities across the area during the holiday seasons. They support local lifestyle service providers like watersports people, the café, the spa, the sports club, some of which are services that local residents are less likely to use. Each time Berkeleys sells a second home, we see local businesses benefit too – building contractors, architects, home maintenance services and private transport. All good for the local community and the local economy.

– Second home owners are typically UK residents, whereby their primary home is within driving distance from Poole. They do in fact visit out of season too, as well as in the holiday season, using local facilities and leisure amenities.

– A significant trend supporting both the local community and the government coffers, is one whereby second home owners now let their second home maybe during the winter season, or when left idle over longer periods. Berkeleys Lettings has seen strong growth in lifestyle lettings. Letting out rarely used second homes brings more in-situ residents to the community, and generates income for the home owner.

– Finally, since 2012, Poole Council has not offered a council tax discount on second homes, so these home owners are paying the 100% tax rate to local government.

As the summer holidays begin, and the local community ignites once again with the buzz and vibrancy that visitors bring, we cannot influence the weather, but a warm welcome definitely awaits here in coastal Poole.

Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset