This Character House In Canford Cliffs Offers A World Of Opportunity For Developers.

Tucked away on Lawrence Drive, Canford Cliffs is a wonderful character house for sale. Situated in the established grounds in one of Canford Cliffs’ most prestigious cul-de-sacs, this five bedroom house has much to offer, not least to property developers.

House in Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset

The family home occupies a delightful south facing plot and offers the opportunity for a purchaser to extend or refurbish or redevelop completely into two houses. It is currently configured to offer 5 bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, playroom, utility room and garden.

However, the property also offers the benefit of planning permission for two semi-detached dwellings on the plot. (Planning ref: APP/12/00867/F) Currently one of Canford Cliffs’ most popular development configurations, a buyer could choose to undertake this approved construction, and on completion, live in one house having sold the second one, recouping probably most of the initial costs of purchase. Berkeleys would be happy to give guidance on the scope of such a project.  With many capable architects and builders across the area, the necessary project team is both accessible and achievable working with entirely with local companies.

House with planning permission for development.

Lawrence Drive is a exclusive cul-de-sac situated just off Canford Cliffs Road, located within half a mile of Canford Cliffs Village with its array of local shops and restaurants. Poole Harbour is a little over half a mile away along with the award winning beaches at Sandbanks. From here the chain ferry leads to the Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast. For further shopping needs, Bournemouth and Poole town centres are approximately 4 miles away in either direction and Westbourne Village, with its numerous restaurants, bars and shops is within 2 miles.

For average sold house price data across the local BH13 area, visit: YOUEye for more information.

Viewing Property In Brudenell Road, Poole, Dorset Promises A Few Surprises.

Brudenell Road in Canford Cliffs, BH13 is very much considered one of the area’s most sought after addresses. Tucked away from the main route around the Poole harbour shoreline, yet within easy walking distance from the sea shore, this is a quiet leafy road on a gently sloping hillside overlooking the waterfront.

Views of Poole Harbour From Brudenell Avenue.

When searching for property in Brudenell Road, home buyers will find lovely detached houses, stunning contemporary homes in development and luxury apartments. What home buyers may not know, is that Brudenell Road and Brudenell Avenue sit alongside the boundary of the beautiful Luscombe Valley Nature Reserve.

Furthermore, locals also share the area with perhaps one of BH13’s most unusual neighbours: Richard Knott and The Luscombe Valley Steam Railway.

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Just a handful of times a year, the doors to the Luscombe Valley railway are flung open and visitors are welcome to see this exquisite miniature railway with fully operational steam trains.

The Luscombe Valley Steam Railway

As well as being able to take a ride on a train, visitors can enjoy light refreshments in the garden, marvel at the giant fish in the carp pond and buy steam railway souvenirs. Richard and his army of volunteers also raise money for the Youth Cancer Trust during these events, making it an enjoyable and extremely worthwhile visit.

Minature Steam Trains

If the idea of living in close proximity to the Luscombe Valley appeals, Berkeleys currently has a beautifully appointed penthouse apartment offered for sale in Brudenell Road with a good sized south facing private balcony and some sea views. Click on the image below for more details.

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Property for sale in Brudenell Road, BH13

Why Established Estate Agency Brands Count In The Canford Cliffs Property Market

In such a small high-end property market, it appears that established estate agency brands really do count in Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset. When Berkeleys Estate Agents opened its doors in 1991, it was one of probably three property agents on Haven Road, Canford Cliffs. Today there are seven, counting bricks and mortar agencies only, but not forgetting online agencies are growing too.

Berkeleys Estate Agents, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset

What does the local property market make of the evolution of estate agency services locally? It has certainly been a decade of change. Local clients have seen new nationals and small independents move into the Village, all offering what appears to be a ‘similar’ service. So what differentiates agents today – service, commission, reach, knowledge, people or perhaps…brand?

With the average house price in the area now exceeding £644,000 this summer, and the number of house and apartment sales transactions in BH13 around 251 over the last 12 months, it’s an interesting market for agents for sure, and a solid one too if you look at the maths.

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Original Arts and Crafts Family House For Sale In Poole, Dorset

A prestigious BH13 address, original Arts and Crafts style architecture and the ability to express one’s imagination combine to make this home highly desirable today.

This hidden gem nestles within a private, natural setting framing its striking gables; a beacon of a by-gone age, awaiting the enthusiasm of a most discerning buyer. Capitalising on the Arts and Crafts heritage from which its design derives, this is a house with immense charm and picturesque features including the signature red-brick chimney.

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With the feel of a cottage, it has the space and arrangement of an expansive, family home and its asymmetrical design contributes to the relaxed and unostentatious character. Within walking distance of the local shops and restaurants in Canford Cliffs Village, and a short distance of beaches, golf course and yacht clubs, this house promises all the pre-requisites for a contented family lifestyle.

The heart of this home’s cosiness lies in the kitchen, both internally with a large family dining area, but also externally. Looking out one way over the lawn and flower borders, the south-facing garden is surrounded by mature pines but it is still a complete sun-trap. The other side of the house looks over the secluded garden, again with a lawned approach to the house from Haig Avenue.

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There’s a delightfully sunny drawing room (off which, subject to planning, it might be possible to create a conservatory), a study and a double garage. There’s even scope to extend the kitchen to the side of the property – lots of opportunity for the creative imagination.

Typical of Arts and Crafts homes, the first floor nestles partially within the overall pitched roof and low eaves. There are 4 bedrooms, two of which face over the southerly garden, and with 2 bathrooms (one en-suite), this is already sizeable, well-designed and attractively decorated property. That said, one could envisage the possible creation of a 5th bedroom and an additional bathroom without great difficulty (and probably without the need for planning consent given that this is entirely internal) so as to create a property which – because of its inherent character and design – offers an unusual perspective into another architectural age. And, even if that doesn’t work for you, there’s a loft which might be converted; or perhaps extend out over the garage roof. Lots of possibilities to exercise the mind.

The Arts and Crafts movement favoured the revival of heritage building crafts such as timber framing and tile-hanging, and is clearly celebrated in this home. It was a popular architectural style across the Canford Cliffs and Branksome Park areas of Poole, Dorset during the early part of the 20th Century.

For more details contact Berkeleys on +44 (0)1202 708383




Spring Property: ‘A Winter’s Tale’…over yet, now it is ‘As you like it’… in Poole, Dorset.

Wind water, rain and pestilence. Roofs blown off; trees falling on to cars, roads and houses; Shore Road regularly closed to traffic, as the waves pounded and then flooded over the harbour wall. But Sandbanks / BH13 and BH14 have survived another Winter’s Tale and are now beginning to dust off the storm shutters in preparation for a different sort of onslaught …from tourists and developers alike.

Bournemouth Bay

 There is a fresh air of confidence about the place (As You Like It !) – even some of the new developments, often disappointing in architectural style and quality of build, have been sold and the developers are again making their presence felt in the market buying more plots. (note: one or two do genuinely shine through.) 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. Better still, while activity is spread across the board, it is concentrated in the broad, influential £200,000 – sub-£1 million market. The second half of last year saw sales above £2 million up from £27m to £29m (from 8 in 2012 to 11 units in 2013) and those between £1m and £2m went up by nearly 20% from £55m to £65m (from 26 units in 2012 to 37 units last year). So, the lower than average percentage increases in those top-end markets must point to there having been an even more significant rise in the more “mortgage-sensitive” market beneath £1 million.
It really is a much more vibrant market, with the return of the “domino effect” throughout the area, a feature of a healthy market – as one property sells, another local buyer fills the void – the Midsummer Nights’ Dream.

L1000465Of course, while the market as a whole still has its fair share of international and out-of-area buyers, second home owners and others, the characteristic interest from of London buyers – often prevalent at this time of year – has been somewhat tempered so far by the lack of enthusiasm to venture out and (King) Lear – because of the recent spate of foul weather. However, that trend is now correcting itself, the sun is shining again and our buyers register is growing consistently – there is strong, evident demand for family homes in the £600,000 to £1.5 million segment, as well as at the top end … and an acute shortage of stock priced for sale.

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Indeed, the main issue for sellers at this juncture is the shortage of saleable stock; exacerbated, as usual, by the local property agents creating Much Ado About Nothing – into the delusion of unjustifiably high price expectations – and then fail to materialise.
We see vendors being manipulated into additional, unwarranted fee extortion, or being cajoled into accepting offers from buyers whose own property sale is decidedly rocky, if not suspect. Often, there is no real prospect of a genuine sale.

Roll on the regulation of estate agents which successive governments have promised but so far failed to deliver.

This is a market in which the cautious and wise will prosper …and the foolhardy will not – the possibility of interest rate rises is an awful spectre, especially given the high levels of debt and gearing locally. Over-pricing and the consequent delay to achieving a genuine sale could prove disastrous. Some clouds still hover ominously – the election in May 2015; UKIP – Impact on the Tory vote ? Will Clegg align the Lib Dems with Miliband? Mansion Tax? Is the recovery stable and consistent?
There is a good market in BH13; and it is active. Properties are selling – provided pricing is sensible. Wise sellers will heed the message and curb their greed. Caveat emptor – the buyers’ motto. Ne’er has there been better advice for sellers too. Make the wrong choice of agent and it’ll be a case of Love’s Labours Lost !

This article appears in full in the Spring 2014 edition of “Pines and Chines”, the magazine of the Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs and District Residents Association.