Berkeleys captures local wanders for #WednesdayWanderlust fans in 2017

If you have exciting travel plans listed in your New Year’s resolutions for 2017, then you are not alone. It’s a lifestyle habit that features consistently across our many clients here at Berkeleys in Coastal Poole, Dorset.

In fact so much so, that we have decided to celebrate the love of travel this year with a regular Berkeleys #WednesdayWanderlust feature. If you live in this beautiful part of coastal Dorset, venturing out to walk, wander, explore or amble is a popular & invigorating pastime. We’ve collected tips form our clients and neighbours in order to share these  ideas for wanders.

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Poole Harbour Sunset © Orange Seaweed  2017

Here are our top five favourite local wanders; take a stroll at this time of year, and enjoy the ever-evolving season, fading light and winter colours along our dramatic coastline.

  1. Poole Bay & a New Year’s beachfront wander.

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2. Evening Hill & a January winter storm wander.

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3. Poole Quay & a boatlover’s quayside wander.

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4. Canford Cliffs  & a clifftop wander towards Bournemouth.

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5. Alum Chine Tropical Gardens & a horticultural wander.

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We’ll be featuring more of our favourite wanders across coastal Dorset throughout the seasons. You can also find more beautiful places and photos on twitter at @BerkeleysPoole on Wednesdays to celebrate #WednesdayWanderlust. See you there!

 

 

Art Deco houses and Modernist flats still the most popular style of architecture in Poole, Dorset.

As we celebrate our 26th year of trading as property agents in Canford Cliffs, Poole, Berkeleys has witnessed many changing architectural trends. Today we see art deco and modernist styled homes continuing to draw the most interest and appreciation locally, probably very much the way they did in the 1920s and 1930s.

In our regular blogs, we have celebrated many different types of local architecture. From Tudor to Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau to New England and Edwardian to Victorian, the local area is home to a diverse and eclectic architectural heritage. Each original home has its own story to tell, as well as influencing and guiding the design of new homes today.

Thanks to a wealth of data and insights available via our Berkeleys digital marketing platforms, it didn’t take long to uncover the spikes in user preferences, for all things art deco and modernist. For example, our all time most popular blog is our ‘Art Deco weekend in Poole‘ blog. It features a gallery of wonderful art deco buildings located around Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks and you can still take the tour today!

Art Deco House in Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset

Our new homes for sale in Canford Cliffs listings tell a similar story, with homes featuring art deco & modernist architecture attracting a high number of clicks and attention from potential buyers. Is it the flat roofs, white fascias, the beautiful curved buildings, the glass bricks or the nautical references to fine 1930s cruise liners that win over so many hearts? This home for sale in Sandborne Road on the coast, encompasses art deco credentials, and is designed by award winning architect, David Wright.

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In 2012 we published our ‘Local History, Local Heritage’ Berkeleys book on Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks. We dedicated a whole chapter to the magnificent 1930s architecture of the area featuring images like the ones below. Our clients still tell how much they enjoy the book, presented to every home buyer and seller. A copy can also be found at Canford Cliffs library.

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Canford Cliffs Harbour Heights

We have A.J.Seal to thank for his visionary building design and iconic masterpieces of the 1920s. It’s probably time to write a new blog charting an architectural tour of the area, featuring newly built homes inspired by the era – there are indeed many to see and admire. New England style homes may be growing in popularity too, but art deco is our first love it seems.

 

 

 

 

 

Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & Coastal Poole Property Market Review

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Our latest property marketing insights are featured in the Summer issue of Pines and Chines magazine, the local Residents Association publication http://www.branksomepark.com

Local Property – hit by Stamp Duty (SDLT) ? – and what about apartments supply ?

Land Registry data for 2015 was not quite complete when we compiled this data on sales history across the local area. We think the 2015 figures below may have been be understated by about 8-10% (delay in registration of new title) but, even making a due allowance for that, what is clear is that, locally – mainly within BH13 and BH14 sub-codes 8 and parts of 9 – the market above £1.5 million – prime property -is ‘off’ by a substantial margin but that the market from £500,000 up to £1.5m is still healthy.

Price Category 2015 2014
BH13, BH14 8/9 No. of sales Value of Sales No. of sales Value of Sales
£ million £ million
> £2 million 18 £61.85 27 £88.38
> £1.5 million + 22 £37.99 29 £51.72
> £1.0 million + 54 £62.96 43 £52.39
> £750,000+ 72 £62.68 88 £74.07
> £500,000+ 153 £93.37 164 £100.93
> £200,000+ 337 £109.97 397 £129.84
TOTAL 656 £428.77 748

 

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Increased rates of SDLT have applied for around a year now (leave aside the 2015 Autumn Statement – 3% premium for second home and buy-to-let investments – being introduced from April 2016). The implications are clearer, confirming the story of declining top end sales in London. There are still sales at the upper end. Indeed, 5 properties at prices in excess of £4 million during the second half of 2015, 4 of these paying SDLT of more than £500,000 – on top and out of taxed income (one other was a Company purchase, with lower SDLT).

So, let’s turn to apartments. It’s hard to believe but there are currently over 500 apartments in the planning pipeline (212 x 3 bed; 263 x 2 bed, plus 14 x 4 beds and 35 x 1 bed). While some of these are still only applications which may or may not achieve approval, over 400 units are already approved; and 200 of those are either completed but not yet sold or are currently under construction. There is, I suspect, a potential over-supply looming, despite the fact that not all the potential supply will be delivered. Bank lending policies will see to that.

Interestingly, while some of these new apartments are being designed specifically for the retirement market (Woodlands and Compton Acres in Canford Cliffs; The Landing in Lilliput, for example), there are several instances where existing nursing homes are being take out of commission and re-presented as new apartments, throughout the local area. The overall age demographics of the area may not currently be under threat. However, the cost of retiring here may be facing a sharp upward adjustment in prices.

The area continues to attract buyers and developers – for apartments – retirement and active alike; for houses – super homes and family homes; for diverse locations – coastal, village and sylvan. The attractions are still vital – seaside, beaches, harbour, sailing, golf, the adjacent countryside etc – and enduring. But both the Chancellor and developers, we all need to retain that lifestyle dynamic we all crave in perspective. The outcome of the forthcoming Brexit vote will deliver yet more impact on the local area without doubt.

Please contact Berkeleys today for more local market insights.

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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The Britannia

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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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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Enjoy Sandbanks Boat Show From A Penthouse Apartment For Sale In Poole

This wonderful penthouse apartment, listed with Berkeleys, offers a waterfront location, breathtaking views of Poole Harbour and an exceptional vantage point from which to enjoy Sandbanks Boat Show each year in May.

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Berkeleys is delighted to offer for sale this waterfront penthouse apartment in Salterns Point located in Lilliput, Poole, Dorset. Salterns Point is situated on Salterns Marina, home to the boutique Sandbanks Boat Show, hosted each year in May.

Situated on the top floor, the 3 bedroom apartment extends to 1439 sq ft. in size. The lounge delivers a birds-eye view onto a wonderful wrap-around curved balcony and the spectacular views beyond. Wake up to panoramic views over Poole Harbour encompassing Brownsea Island, the Sandbanks Peninsula and the Purbeck Hills beyond. Beautifully decorated throughout, the apartment would make a perfect second or weekend home for passionate boating enthusiasts.

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“Salterns Point also offers residents the unique opportunity to benefit from a private beach, accessed via secure gates. During the summer season, residents can avoid the busier Sandbanks beaches opting to take in harbour life and its rare wading birds from this more peaceful harbourside point,” explains Berkeleys branch partner Pippa Sole.

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In addition, Berkeleys Lettings currently has to rent in Salterns Point, a stunning 2 bedroom apartment, recently refurbished. The dual aspect living room has doors opening onto the balcony. Again the apartment enjoys water views from the balcony. The oak flooring, contemporary kitchen and bathroom and new décor combine to create a fresh, modern look and feel to waterside living.

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Salterns Point is located within Salterns Marina, and thus benefits from an exceptional vantage point during the Sandbanks Boat Show. With plenty of marine entertainment on the doorstep, the prestigious Salterns Marina, awarded 5 Gold Anchor status, is the perfect way to integrate into the local boating community. In addition, there are yacht clubs located nearby including the East Dorset Sailing Club, the oldest sailing club in the Harbour.

Salterns Point is a few minute’s walk to Lilliput village, where community life centres around the white art deco ‘liner style’ parade of shops on Sandbanks Road. Offering diversity, one can find a watersports specialist, a florist, a wine specialist, a new Thai restaurant, the stylish artisan bakery Paul Bennett and a visiting mobile coffee van for early morning locals in search of caffeine.

“Waterside apartments overlooking Poole Harbour are always extremely popular,”
comments Pippa Sole, “prices have increased since 2013, with penthouse apartments in short supply, home buyers will need to act decisively to secure the most attractive options.”

The Salterns Point penthouse is listed for sale with Berkeleys at a guide price of £750,000. Call +44 (0)1202 708383 for more details. The Salterns Point apartment to rent is listed at £1,200 per month (fee apply). Contact Berkeleys Lettings on +44 (0)1202 544599

Property insights into Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs and Branksome Park, Poole, Dorset.

Berkeleys has just published the latest Spring property report for Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs and Branksome Park in Poole, Dorset.

Sales volumes (the total value of property sold – at prices greater than £200,000 in BH13 and BH14 only) in both Quarters 3 and 4 2013 were nearly 50% ahead of the same figures recorded for 2012, almost across the board – other than in Sandbanks, where volumes are down year on year.

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Some of the interesting trends in the local property market that Berkeleys have noted this year include:

  • At the top-end (Sandbanks, Branksome Park and Lilliput), development-led transactions are a feature of the market once more, as are the number of people downsizing from larger homes into “lateral” (i.e.apartment) living.
  • The family house market (£500,000 – £1.5 million) is also a strong contender in all areas, with a shortage of stock tending to push prices a little higher – or, at least, reinforce asking prices.
  • At the value-end of the market (£200,000-£500,000), activity is buoyant, especially in apartments throughout Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs and Lower Parkstone.

Chart: Property Sales Across The Poole Area June To December 2013 v. 2012 (Land Registry data)

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Of course values and activity levels vary amongst other things not just by area, but also by price band, by reference to age and condition of the property being sold and a host of other points. A similar range of disparity of values will also apply in other segments of the market. It’s vitally important to understand exactly where along that paradigm your property fits if you are thinking of selling.

Our recent analysis of trends suggests that the average time to achieve a sale on properties in BH13 and BH14 varies very considerably, by market segment – above £2 million, the average interval between initial marketing and an achieved sale is over 600 days (in 2013) – with some of those sales having taken over 4 years, testament both to vendor’s drive for a top price and – often, if not more often – to ineffective guidance from their agent.

Even in the £200,000 – £500,000 market, the interval is an average of 262 days (just over 8 months). However, it is noticeable how well-priced (i.e. accurately-priced) property tends to have a much shorter transaction cycle, particularly when one takes into account the length of time it can take for some deals to exchange and complete. Some of the better-priced deals are concluded within one week to a month.

There is a considerable body of evidence now available to suggest that, if a more realistic approach at the outset can be set, much shorter transaction timetables can be the result. If you are thinking of selling your home, it is often a false economy to over-price the property initially.

Read the full version of this marketing report published on our website today or call us for an in-depth discussion. t: 01202 708383.