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.

Sandbanks Road, Poole, Dorset


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.

The Bubbly Is Back On The Table For Property In Poole, Dorset, BH13

Can the property market be compared to the quality of a champagne label? If the answer is yes, then probably most of us would agree that the word Krug would attach to 2007 both in terms of timing and annual increases. Berkeleys might even be tempted into a tasting again soon. But I would counsel not let it go to your head – yet. A huge variety of champagne house names intervene before we reach the more humble offerings from the cellar. Each of them has a significant, individual bouquet. Keep your nose for the right deal.

The local residential property market in Poole, Dorset BH13 is selectively appetising. There are more “tasters” out there than there were last year. The market south of £1.5 million, down to £200,000 – what one might call the Moet to Prosecco market – is considerably more active. In the year to date (January to July – compared to the same period last year) there have been 334 sales (against 266) – see chart below. On the other hand, the “Bollinger” to “Krug” market (sales north of £2.0m), the balance has shifted in both directions for each segment.

Description Jan-July only; BH13 and BH14 8 only ; > £200,000 only
  2014 2013
Sales @ £3 m + 4 1
Sales @ £2m – £2.99m 4 7
Sales @ £1.5m to £1.99m 16 5
Sales @ £1.0m to £1.49m 12 11
Sales @ £0.5m to £0.99m 108 64
Sales @ £0.20m to £0.49m 198 186

Some explanation may be appropriate. Rightly or wrongly, we think top end buyers are increasingly apprehensive – but for good reason. They have nervousness about political issues – change of government, Scottish Independence (though, of course, by the time you read this, this issue will have been decided); fiscal issues – capital taxation, Stamp Duty, Council Tax – even military issues : war in the Middle East. It is all depressing the “quaffability” of this segment to a greater or lesser extent. So, while HMG continues to pump credit into the lower end, so sustaining the more frothy market there, those other segments which are still “mortgage-sensitive” will continue to benefit but less so as you rise up the scale. Against this, we are expecting more London owners cashing in on their gains to emerge.

There are some clouds on the horizon. We are currently nervous about the number of new flats being planned for the BH13 area. There are over 100 three-bedroom apartments in the construction and planning pipeline and a further 60+ two-bedroom. Of course, the best quality and those with sea views will always sell. However, while not all these schemes will secure financing, nor necessarily will all those which are built be brought to the market for sale, let alone all at the same time, the extent of the possible increase in supply does warrant the opportunity for some sober reflection (to continue the alcoholic theme !). That said, we remain confident of value retention for existing flat owners in the Canford Cliffs area. Happy to elaborate for those interested to call Berkeleys. If you’re good, there might even be a glass of bubbly awaiting you, too.

This article appears in the Autumn 2014 edition of “Pines and Chines,” the magazine for residents of Branksome Park and Canford Cliffs in Poole, Dorset.


Canford Cliffs Estate Agent predictions for the local property market in 2014

Winter in Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset has arrived, although we are yet to see a magical snow-scene this year, as pictured below.  In this blog we consider what 2014 holds for property, as seen by the local property experts. The local property market is beginning to move and you should consider your options soon if you are thinking of buying or selling in this beautiful part of coastal Dorset.

Xmas 8

To set the scene, there are just under 2,000 homes in Canford Cliffs and last year (September figures are in from the Land Registry), 58 of them have changed hands – that’s just under 3%; low historically but, interestingly, the number of higher value transactions is increasing and the “domino effect” of consequential moves within the area, (where local buyers jump on the opportunity to pick up a house they’ve had their eyes on, following a sale) is becoming more apparent once more. Something has shifted – and the pundits are probably right in claiming that the financing available at the bottom end of the market is gradually unlocking the logjam which has stifled the middle and upper markets.

Canford Cliffs is primarily a family and retiree’s residential market. Convenience for shopping, access to the beaches, peace and quiet and the provision of services – schools, clubs and transport – are the watchwords for buyers. You will find (November 2013) apartments for sale from £160,000 to £2.5 million and houses from c. £500,000 up to grand mansions of nearly £4 million. So, there’s a large choice, depending of course upon your budget and taste, whether that is for a Saunders bungalow, of which there are still several or a contemporary super-home, of which there are a few, as well as potential sites for them.

This is the time of year when people start researching what they might want to achieve within the next 12 months – have the family finally really fled the nest? do we need to change schools? will I need to change my job? retire? downsize? should we go for single-level living (bungalow of flat)? It’s important when to move; should we improve the kitchen / bathroom before we market? should we agree to buy something before putting our own on the market ? should we move into rental while searching, having once sold ? and that’s before even considering the dynamics of the property market – will it continue ever upwards or will politically inspired jitters take hold as the election timetable draws nearer ? and that’s all before facing up to the costs of such a move – legal fees, estate agent fees , and even worse than that Stamp Duty for buyers.

The table below shows average price decreases (notable for houses rather than apartments) that are indicative of more local market activity generally. In the £700,000 plus price band, the number of flats for sale is increasing, but the number of houses for sale is declining, making it harder for families to find the right home.

Canford Cliffs House Price Data 2013

Canford Cliffs Chart 2013

It’s not just objective advice that’s needed when thinking about buying or selling a home, as well as the “helping hand”. You need to trust your advisors; to feel that they know what they are talking about and not just giving you second-hand, potted (or potty!) advice. The earlier Berkeleys can encourage you to talk to us, the better we’ll be able to assist – we have the information and the experience. Just call us.

In 2013, Berkeleys achieved many extremely successful sales for clients in Lawrence Drive, Cliff Drive, Martello Park and Haven Road, Canford Cliffs to name but a few.

Canford Cliffs Chart 2013 2

If you choose to sell your home through Berkeleys this year, once we are appointed, we’ll take care of matters. We advertise extensively locally and we market nationally, as well as on all the usual internet property portals. That really is what is needed – exposure to as wide an audience as possible. We put in real effort and we don’t just sit back, relax and wait for buyers, once we’ve got your instructions. We’ve had considerable success with both national and international press and PR in digital media.

If you are planning to let or rent in the New Year, it is also timely to mention that we have established a premium lettings and management service from our Haven Road office. Premium long term lettings are a growing market sector, and Berkeleys now offers a lettings and property management service across coastal Poole, Dorset.

The team here, led by Pippa Sole, our Branch Partner, would be delighted to come and see you to discuss your next move. So call us soon let us help you make your next move a successful one.

© Berkeleys 2014

Boat Shows, Boathouses and Bournemouth Air Festival.

The Southampton Boat Show takes place from 13th – 22nd September 2013 and Berkeleys will be calling in to enjoy this impressive on-water event. Living amongst a passionate sailing community here in Poole Harbour, it is our must-visit show of the season.

Poole Quay 065

Will things be different at the Sunseeker stand now Dalian Wanda has taken over the helm of this International luxury yacht-maker based in Poole harbour, Dorset? They do promise that their finest luxury yachts will be present including the sporty new San Remo and the impressive Manhattan 73 Sunseeker – Stand C080 and Pontoon M549.

Poole Quay 070

With Bessie Ellen confirmed in the line up for the Feature Boats attending the show, we can enjoy the history and heritage of sail boats alongside the latest boat launches and yachting technology.

Don’t miss these 10 beautiful homes with boathouses situated across England, and celebrated by the Telegraph online this summer. Simply stunning.

In August this year, you can also see some magnificent war ships in Bournemouth Bay during the Bournemouth Air Festival including HMS Northumberland and HMS Monmouth. The schooner L’ÉTOILE will also be visiting, she was built in the shipyard of Fécamp, France in 1932 and took part in the Second World War. What a beauty!

Bournemouth Air Festival 2013

Enjoy this fabulous, sunny summer with sailing and schooners right on your door-step here in Dorset.

Berkeleys comments on the Budget 2013 announcement

Jeremy Priestley, Director, Berkeleys comments on the Budget 2013 and its implications for the prime property market in Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset:

“The additional assistance for buyers via the Funding for Lending and Help to Buy schemes is, of course, welcome, particularly since the resurgence of activity in the upper-market levels needs to be under-pinned by the ability of all the lower value segments to function efficiently.

Thus, the extension of interest-free equity loans to those who are not first-time buyers and on new-build properties worth up to £600,000 will enable many more people to move up the housing ladder and so “unlock” some of the logjam that has had such a stultifying effect locally.

That said, negative sentiment cannot be finally put aside in that there is still the looming spectre of a change of government in 2015, even if the Chancellor does succeed in stimulating some growth with his new-found infrastructure funds. The negative impact on confidence and on house prices that such an event would presage via the potential advent of a mansion tax, or any other form of wealth or capital taxation, as well as further tightening of the already punitive Stamp Duty Land Tax regime, especially at the top end, would be very significant, especially for the area of Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs, Branksome Park and other areas surrounding Poole Harbour, Dorset.

On the upside, it has been however heartening recently to see that there is an increasing sense of reality returning to the mind-set of some vendors – prices are being reduced, in some case pretty drastically – and this in turn is producing spots of resurgent activity.”

An Art Deco Weekend in Poole, Dorset

Napier, New Zealand and Miami celebrate Art Deco architecture every year with a weekend extravaganza. If Deco is your passion, and you are in England, then you need travel no further than Poole, Dorset, to find a host of original Art Deco buildings. Take our tour and fall in love with these heritage treasures.

Following the recent sale of this magnificent Art Deco home in Poole, Dorset, by Berkeleys, we were inspired to bring together these magnificent Art Deco buildings – a visual feast of authentic coastal architectural style.

Xmas Day - Sandbanks 031

Chadderlsey Gate ExteriorWEB

Lilliput in Poole has a number of original Art Deco homes close to Poole Harbour. There is a charming Art Deco apartment building in the area, with a typical curved, linear, white Art Deco facade. http://bit.ly/146QfUE

Sandbanks Road flat

Salterns Way in Lilliput harbours several Art Deco houses, most of which have been restored and enhanced to reflect their former glory. All embracing a nautical theme and making the most of their waterside location, you will see perfectly rounded windows in the shape of portholes, curved flat roofs and balconies, white-washed exteriors and curved wave-like walls.




De Mauley Road, Canford Cliffs is another fine example of an Art Deco home, this one sympathetically extended in the same style, white-washed with sea-blue painted window frames. As a gentle breeze fans the palm trees in front of the house, Miami springs to mind.



Travelling further around Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks, head to Haven Road to see yet more 1930s buildings.



Finally two more Art Deco destinations of note. Local bakery Bennetts, situated on the High Street in Poole town centre, has a wonderful Deco shop front.

Bennetts Bakery, PooleOn the Sandbanks peninsular, The Royal Motor Yacht Club is  fine example of an Art Deco style building, carefully nurtured and enjoyed by its members today.

Royal Motor Yacht Club

With the release of The Great Gatsby movie by Warner Bros. in May this year, popularity in the movement has grown and grown. http://bit.ly/15uO6jl Further afield, the Telegraph online has published a fabulous photo-library of world-famous Art Deco buildings including New York favourite the Chrysler Building and England’s very own Hoover Building in West London. You can see the full gallery here: http://bit.ly/Wpe302.

If you are visiting Poole, Dorset or if you are local, find a little time to take our Art Deco tour of the area, and celebrate these local architectural heritage assets. It’s always there to visit and it costs nothing to enjoy!

How do you choose the best estate agent in Poole, Dorset, UK?

If you are searching for an estate agents in Poole, Dorset for luxury houses, flats, bungalows and waterside apartments with a sea view, how do you select the best partner?

New Build Poole Luxury Property For Sale: Blake Hill Crescent.

There are many property agents in Poole, Dorset. If you are thinking of selling your home in the New Year, some good solid up front research and planning will make for a successful sale in the future. The team at Berkeleys Estate Agents has created this helpful checklist of the 10 ultimate questions all home-owners should consider before making a final selection of property agent to sell your home.

Is your estate agent reputable, trusted and financially stable?
It is an important question to ask, particularly in these times of economic uncertainty. Good agency provenance coupled with solid customer references can underpin the most reliable choice of partner. Local solicitors, banks and conveyancing firms all make good sources of referrals too.

How long has your estate agent been established in the local area?
A long established estate agent will bring all the benefits of depth of local knowledge, great references and a deep database of potential buyers.

Is the estate agent a brand I have heard of?
There is no doubt that selling your home falls into the category of a high value transaction. Choosing to work with a brand that is well-known reduces risks. Ask yourself which local estate agents in Poole are recognisable, high profile and pro-active near to you.

Are they registered with any professional property associations?
An estate agent in Poole with professional accreditations such as RICS, NAEA, OFT or The Property Ombudsman will be adhering to an industry recognised code of conduct. Look for these accreditations within your agency short-list.

If you are selling, how far do they reach to attract buyers?
Fact. A local estate agent with national and international reach will deliver more interested buyers for your property. Find out whether they are part of a wider group, or belong to a national network like the Guild of Professional Estate Agents, which delivers 750 office links nationwide.

Is the estate agent successfully selling in your area?
Success breeds success. If a property agent can show you examples of sold properties in your area, they are also showing you they deliver reliable home valuations and a source of more like-minded potential buyers for your home.

Are they knowledgeable, with solid local research and data?
It’s reassuring to see examples of sold house prices from local property agents, but have you seen more? Information on average house prices, seasonal trends, area values and price fluctuations are helpful insights. This knowledge is invaluable to clients selling and buying because it delivers the confident basis from which offers then follow.

Will your property be in good company?
Property agents tend to specialise in different price segments of the market.  Place the sale of your property with an agency working in the same price bracket to your home value. In this way, they will deliver more relevant buyers and an outstanding depth of knowledge in the specific market sector.

How will they market your property?
Look in-depth at examples of the marketing undertaken to sell a property. Your checklist should include traditional marketing examples like beautiful property particulars and photography, local property magazine advertising, property portal listings and direct mail. Today, however, exceptional property marketing needs to live and breathe on the internet. By that we mean:- website content, online property press coverage and editorial, digital marketing and social media. Look for examples of what the industry calls “integrated marketing and communications.” It’s what gets exceptional results in this digital day and age.

Ask yourself, ‘can we work together’?
Finally, after weighing up your fact-based arguments – the I.Q. of the process – don’t forget to add a little E.Q. Building a rapport with your property agent will make the whole experience of selling a good one. Select a partner who you feel you will enjoy working with. After all, there will be plenty of communication to follow, so you want to enjoy the journey.

Have you have answered yes to all these questions regarding the estate agents you are considering? Then you can reassure yourself you are making the right choice with peace of mind. Go ahead. You are ready for 2014.