Chiswick Market – What’s on 2021

Chiswick Market – What’s on 2021

As Chiswick Estate Agents we recognise the appeal of the W4 area, it’s known for its village feel and strong community so it’s of little surprise that there is such a buzz surrounding every Chiswick Market.

Those who live here flock to support local businesses and other independent retailers who showcase their items, not just appealing to those who live in Chiswick, but visitors travel from all of London and even beyond to attend the many markets run in Chiswick.

From the Flower Market to the Antique and Vintage Market, the Chiswick Food Market and now the Cheese Market, we take a look at each of the markets, when they’re open and what’s on offer.

 

Jules the Foodie

We’ve spoken to local chef Jules Kane whose part of the team behind the new Chiswick Cheese Market to learn more about her business which she opened during lockdown.

How did Jules the Foodie start? 

“Back in lockdown #1 lots of family and friends were getting in touch as they were juggling home schooling, working from home and childcare - our 'new normal’ was quite overwhelming. So, I began cooking meals that I’d leave on friend’s doorsteps, everyone said please can I order that again and pay you to continue - so last summer I started to build a website.”

Head over to Jules’ website to learn more about her delicious menus – Click here.

What’s it been like running a local Chiswick business during lockdown?

“To start with Chiswick was a ghost town and you’d only see other people when collecting supplies which was very strange. The best part is when I’m delivering and having those doorstep moments with customers, often the only new face they might have seen all day.

The community support has been overwhelming and Chiswick WhatsApp groups sharing my details has been amazing.”

Why do you love living in Chiswick?

“I was born in Chiswick and brought up here, but after travelling and working abroad in Australia, California and after running a pub in South Devon where my daughter was born there was a moment when I knew it was time to ‘come home’!

Chiswick is a real community, and the High Road is such a lovely place where you see so many people you know - it’s a lovely quality to have for a busy area of London.”

Food events to look forward to coming out of lockdown? 

“I’m part of the team behind the Cookbook Kitchen and this May we are launching the Chiswick Cheese Market. After the amazing success of the Chiswick Flower Market and new The Chiswick Antique & Vintage Market also starting soon, Chiswick will be the place to be on Sundays.

This helps bring the much-needed footfall to our High Road as Covid-19 measures relax in order to support our Bricks & Mortar traders that make Chiswick such a special place to live and shop.” 

 

Chiswick Cheese Market

Chiswick Cheese Market will be run once a month on Chiswick High Road, outside the George IV pub, where stallholders will sell cheese and ‘provisions’.

Readers might be interested to know that Chiswick was in fact originally known as Cheesewick, recorded in c.1000 with the old name meaning ‘Cheese Farm’. The area by the river at Duke’s Meadows is thought to have been the location of an annual cheese fair right up until the 18th Century.

The organisers of the Cheese Market, Cookbook Kitchen and local chefs including Jules, hope to not only bring cheese home to Chiswick but also make the regular market a real destination for locals and visitors. It is especially important since British cheese markers have had a particularly tough time throughout the pandemic having lost their regular catering and restaurant sales.

Chiswick Cheese Market – third Sunday of each month with the first to be held on Sunday 16 May.

 

Chiswick Flower Market

The Chiswick Flower Market launched in 2020 and has been a huge success, in fact it has been chosen by the national High Streets Task Force as an example of a community project that is revitalising the local high road.

Run by a passionate team of local residents the Flower Market is a not-for-profit enterprise, any profits are invested back into the market or the High Road.

Chiswick Flower Market – first Sunday of each month, hoping to be back on Sunday 2 May. 

 

Antique and Vintage Market

The hotly anticipated Antique and Vintage Market is set to be the new monthly place to visit where dealers will have all manner of antique, vintage, brocante and architectural salvage on offer.

The Antique and Vintage Market will be held outdoors on Chiswick High Road near to the Police Station.

Chiswick High Road Antique and Vintage Market – second Sunday of each month, hoping to be open on Sunday 9 May.

 

The Food Market Chiswick

The Food Market Chiswick is a long-established market held every Sunday at Grove Park Farmhouse, adjacent to the play area at Dukes Meadows. The address given for finding the market is Market Drive, Chiswick, W4 2RX. It is located behind the flats opposite Chiswick School and is well sign posted when you’re in the area. 

From produce stalls that sell vegetables, meat, cheese, olives and fish to specialist grocers, chocolatiers, juice makers and ready to eat food including pizza and Mexican – there’s a huge variety on offer.

The Food Market is open every Sunday from 10am-2pm.

 

Duck Pond Market

A new addition to the Chiswick market collection is the Duck Pond Market at Chiswick House and Grounds that is set to be held on an ongoing basis on the first and third (and fifth where they exist) Saturdays each month from 10am to 4pm.

The Duck Pond Market includes a broad selection of local, ethical and sustainable independent businesses including food, gifts, plants and crafts.

 

Chiswick Car Boot Sales

Perhaps not strictly a market in the same way as the above are but Chiswick is rare in that it has not one car boot sale but two meaning there are lots of opportunities for residents to purchase second hand and vintage items.

The two car boot sales in Chiswick are Southfield School Car Boot Sale which is run on the third Sunday of each month (except January) and Chiswick School Car Boot Sale which is held on the first Sunday of each month (except January).

 

Chiswick Property Market

The above includes those that are run regularly but there are often also seasonal markets that take place so be sure to watch out for local announcements on sites such as Chiswick W4.

Buyers seeking a home in W4 are drawn to the area for a host of reasons; the strong community, independent stores, green spaces, top schools and of course the many Chiswick Markets that take place through the month only add to the appeal of the area. 

To discuss your search for a home or the potential sale of your property in Chiswick please do get in touch.


London's finest gin owes its start to the Hammersmith shed we discovered

Garages are rarities, garages help sell houses… but garages in west London often boast the kind of backstory that inspires folk songs

Take the modest-looking one-storey brick-built shed in Nasmyth Street, Hammersmith, with its blue doors, rusty padlock and peeling paintwork. 

It doesn’t look like much, but 12 years ago, in that leased lock-up, three pals built the first new copper still in the capital in 200 years, and created Sipsmith gin. 

It has been such a success that the boys sold the business to a drinks giant for £50million. 

Now, while I don’t want to claim the credit for the gin (although sample bottles are always welcome at our offices at 172 King Street and 18 Turnham Green Terrace...), it was Horton and Garton that found the Brackenbury Village lock-up for the entrepreneurs. No wonder founder Sam Galsworthy called their journey ‘a rocket ship ride’ with Sipsmith now the favoured tipple of many of us on a spring or summer evening. 

And it’s not the only garage drinks success. Brewdog, which began in a shed in Scotland, is now valued at £2billion. 

Every tycoon seems to have made use of a garage at an early point in their business – from Walt Disney to Steve Jobs, Bill Gates to Jeff Bezos. 

And while relatively few homes in Chiswick or Hammersmith boast of a garage, the magic of those sacred little creative hubs is being replicated during lockdown in back-garden home offices and spare bedrooms. 

 

What sheds say about us

Sipsmith may have moved to larger premises in Cranbrook Road, Chiswick, but the Hammersmith Society has recently been celebrating the key role that other tiny free-standing sheds and light industrial units play in our lives. 

The Society has highlighted the fact that many big names in music began rehearsing in west London garages, surrounded by oilcans, tins of screws and offcuts of wood, including The Who, The Clash and The Sex Pistols, while Island Records and Island Studios began life in a small unit in St Peter’s Square. 

But it’s the internet giants that really catch the imagination. A humble garage with an up-and-over door was where Steve Jobs started Apple, now the most valuable company on the planet, worth $2trillion (that’s 12 zeros!). 

With Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Walt Disney all starting out in garages as well, there’s clearly something inspiring about focusing your energies in a little brick building separate from the cares and woes of day-to-day life. 

If it proves one thing, it’s that thinking space matters, and that sheds, lock-ups and garages are valued way beyond the cost of the bricks and mortar. 

Garage battle in Wellesley Avenue

An interesting battle is taking place over the former Aston Martin garage in Wellesley Avenue, where the Brackenbury Residents’ Association and Hammersmith Society are opposing its replacement by a three-storey office block in a small residential street. 

A petition is rapidly gaining signatures, with the underlying message being that homes are urgently needed, not more office space in an era where more of us are discovering we can work part of the time at home. 

Years after his success, Sipsmith’s Sam Galsworthy says he still tips his hat to Horton and Garton when he passes our office. 

I just hope we can inspire the next generation of creative talent to achieve as well, as we slowly emerge from a year of lockdowns and restrictions, and start to dream again. 

 


Google reviews milestone for Horton and Garton

Sterling service for local sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants

The Horton and Garton team hit a historic milestone last week when we received our 250th Google review.

Appropriately, it was from a Brackenbury Village client who has been a tenant, buyer and seller with our team. With the leafy streets of Brackenbury Village on the doorstep of our King Street office, we live and breathe the area. Secured by our Assistant Sales Manager Phil Coombes MNAEA, our client says of our signature sterling service:

“Brackenbury Village is a fantastic area and we knew we wanted to stay here but needed more space. We have trusted the team at Horton and Garton since we rented our first flat through them and they have provided great advice and guidance through our entire buying process. The whole team (Martin, Phil, Charlie, Louise and Tadas) have been a fantastic resource and nothing is too much trouble. They helped us sell our house and found us the perfect new one!”

*Thanks to an intelligent, tailored approach to each property and our client-focussed approach, the Horton and Garton sales team boasts a 30% market share of the W6 0 postcode in the past 12 months and our lettings team is also Number 1 with an 18.5% market share.

A team effort from start to finish, 250 reviews with an average of 4.9 stars out of 5 is no mean feat. However, having requested the 250th review, Phil received a special acknowledgement of his outstanding efforts. Congratulations to Phil, our own ‘Hammersmith Terrier’ – so dubbed by a prominent local solicitor for his tenacious work ethic.

As Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush market leaders, Phil and manager Martin are at your service if you’re buying or selling. For landlords and tenants, you can expect exceptional results from our dedicated lettings team and in-house property managers. In Chiswick, the outstanding service continues with the team securing a Google review rating of 4.9 stars. For first class service and results as standard, our dedicated teams are here for you:

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush sales: 020 8819 0510 - sales@hortonandgarton.co.uk

Chiswick sales: 020 8996 5120 - chiswick@hortonandgarton.co.uk

West London lettings: 020 8819 0511 - lettings@hortonandgarton.co.uk

 


Chiswick Property Market Update – Spring 2021

Chiswick Director Paul Cooney takes a closer look at the numbers and shares local insights of use to buyers and sellers in W4

The Chiswick property market has continued to be busy through the first three months of 2021 with notable buyer trends and obvious supply and demand issues in parts of the market.

With the Chiswick office remaining in the top three of all W4 selling agents for the number of homes sold so far in 2021, Paul can competently provide well-informed guidance and clarity on what’s happening in the Chiswick property market.

 

What’s happened in the Chiswick property market so far in 2021?

Largely driven by the available saving from the Stamp Duty holiday, buyers continued to be out in high numbers in the first few weeks or 2021 rushing to secure homes and complete transactions before the end of March deadline.

And whilst the extension of the temporary reduction in Stamp Duty Land Tax is welcomed by all buyers this has not been the greatest driver of buyer demand for property in Chiswick.

Yes, a garden has been a popular ‘top three’ requirement over the past 12 months but ultimately space is the key. Buyers want houses.

Of the 500 or so buyers who’ve registered with Horton and Garton so far this year, almost 80% of those searching in W4 have a budget of £1million or more. The market is busy, and the demand is for bigger homes.

If you’re interested to know what £1million will buy you in Chiswick read our recent blog.

 

Why Chiswick?

As those already living in Chiswick will know, it is a particularly green and leafy suburb which is amongst the reasons it saw its popularity grow in 2020.

In fact, one report found it to be the second most in demand area in the whole of London for buyers seeking properties at over £2million in value.

Buyers need little convincing; the green space, the top schools, the shops and restaurants, the community, there is a very long list of reasons why Chiswick is one of the most popular places to live in London.

It’s really of little surprise that many aren’t moving to leave Chiswick and that we’re short of properties for sale.

Where buyers are queueing round the corner to view the latest (correctly priced) house that’s available to buy, sellers are sat pondering if they really want to leave.

 

What’s the outlook for the Chiswick property market?  

With so many factors at play it’s becoming increasingly difficult to predict what lies ahead. This said, we can look at the factors that will have an impact on the Chiswick property market over the coming months.

There are clear deadlines set out through the rest of the year regarding the UK’s return to normality post-pandemic, many of which serve as deadlines for those buyers keen to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday and provide an idea of when we should expect shifts in the property market.

The current reduction in tax is only having a limited impact on the Chiswick market as the average selling price in W4 is well over £1million meaning the overall reduction in applicable taxes isn’t huge, though it is a welcome saving nonetheless!

The strong demand through 2020 did see the average time between sale and completion become longer to an average of 13 weeks. Whilst the delays are reducing and timing is improving, we expect this to return to 8-12 weeks – sellers should keep this timing in mind when considering their future plans.

At present, sellers are in a favourable position with properties for sale considerably outnumbered by the number of buyers looking for homes.

This demand cannot be relied upon indefinitely and if you’re thinking about selling in the next six months you should really be looking at taking next steps sooner rather than later whilst it’s still a market leaning in the seller’s favour.

 

 

Final note from Paul

While there is strong demand, buyers are not happily paying over the odds as they might have done is past seller’s markets.

Homes for sale in Chiswick that are made available to the market for too high a price are not selling as quickly as their well-priced counterparts and eventually are suffering price reductions.

Where we’re usually driving forward to have the highest numbers in the W4 agency rankings on this point we’re proud to be at the very bottom with the least amount of price reductions amongst our peers in Chiswick.

Pricing and strategy are the key to success in these market conditions.

Providing Director-level service throughout the process of selling property Paul and his team work closely with sellers to fulfil their plans to move.

Talk to Paul about your property in Chiswick.


We helped raise almost £2,000 for charity West London Action for Children

Virtual cheese tasting turns out to be brie-lliant night as we joined in the fun to help WLAC

Horton and Garton is a very proud sponsor of the West London Action for Children charity. That’s why we were delighted to sponsor the charity’s cheese-based fundraiser last week.

Much like the popular WLAC Cookbooks that we gifted to our loyal clients and customers at Christmas in 2019, this was another winner for local gourmands and those who enjoy the gouda life.

We firmly the support the mission of WLAC, as they promote the well-being of children in need, working with them, their families and carers to help them achieve positive change.

The cultured and virtual Zoom event was seamless – even down to the courier deliveries of cheese hampers which reached all the participants in perfect time.

Try this one… What is the difference between a cheesemonger and an affineur? Surely it’s the same thing, right?

Well, it took Richard Yates of the Courtyard Dairy to answer, as well as to share his inside knowledge and expertise discussing our six British cheese flavours and their histories. And the answer is that an affineur is someone who specifically ages cheese to develop its taste – and who presumably never gets tired of the daily rind. 

Personally, I learned a bit of cheese etiquette and I can highly recommend the Courtyard Dairy and their virtual cheese tastings.

By the end, not only were we well fed and educated, we’d also help raise thousands for a vital charity that’s trying to make West London grate again.

 

 


What does £1million buy you in Chiswick?

With his finger on the pulse of the local property market as Director of Horton and Garton in Chiswick, Paul Cooney is perfectly positioned to answer.

£1million is Chiswick’s most popular price point for house hunters - yet there are very few homes available on the market at that price.

In this blog, Paul explores what’s been happening in this price range and where buyers should think about looking for a property to buy in Chiswick.

 

Chiswick property prices

Reports at the beginning of the year highlighted that 2020 saw the rise of the million pound first time buyer, we’ve seen evidence of this in our Chiswick office with many entering the property market at a higher figure, skipping the first few steps on the property ladder.

86% of buyers who’ve registered with our Chiswick office so far in 2021 are looking for a property priced at £1million or more.

Chiswick properties at this value sweet spot are in high demand, it’s an exceptionally popular price point, confirmed by our stats - so far in 2021 our average sale price in Chiswick has been £1,082,200.

The W4 area is comfortably one of the most sought-after places to live in London and in recent years the property market has suffered a lack of homes available to buy meaning prices have remained strong.

Chiswick is often compared to nearby Fulham or Putney in terms of what’s on offer as a place to live in London but reports last year showed that Chiswick outshone both in terms of percentage of asking price achieved and time on the market.

Chiswick homes were recorded to sell almost 3 times quicker than those in Fulham and for 12% more of the asking price than property in Putney.

The demand for property in Chiswick continues to far outweigh the supply of well-priced homes for sale.

For buyers considering a move to W4 it’s useful to understand what exactly they could buy with their £1million budget. 

Houses for sale in Chiswick

There are a number of places buyers can look for houses for sale in Chiswick that are within the £1million budget. Homes such as this wonderful house for sale on Southfield Road that totals over 1,500 sq. ft and is located near to Southfield Playing Fields.

We’d recommend buyers seeking a house for around £1million focus their attentions on the Bedford Park borders area and Strand-on-the-Green.

Bedford Park Borders

The Bedford Park borders area is one such area where a buyer might be able to find a house within their price range.

Bedford Park itself is a highlight desirable place to live but for many the price tag means it’s out of reach. All is not lost for there are many roads surrounding Bedford Park that offer similar style homes and enjoy the same leafy outlook.

We’ve recently sold a property on Somerset Road, within the Bedford Park borders area that had a £1,000,000 guide price. The house has 4 bedrooms and totals just over 1,300 sq. ft/121 sq. m, in good condition throughout with modern fittings and fixtures.

Another fine example of a property in the borders area is another we’ve recently sold, a 5-bedroom house on Kingscote Road

Houses located within the Bedford Park borders area enjoy ready access to the same amenities as those within Bedford Park.

London underground stations Turnham Green and Chiswick Park are within walking distance depending on which road you reside, in some instances London Overground station South Acton is just a short stroll away.

The open spaces of Acton Green Common and Chiswick Common are to the south of the area and Southfield Playing Fields are to the north.

The many shops, restaurants and cafes along Chiswick High Road are within walking distance. The boutiques of Devonshire Road and independent stores along Turnham Green Terrace are also a short walk from the area.

 

Strand-on-the-Green

Strand-on-the-Green is a peaceful residential area by the river in Chiswick, between Grove Park and Kew Bridge. It appeals for its village-like features and strong community, with several local stores and cafes.

With the river on the doorstep residents can readily enjoy river walks and beautiful views and the renowned Chiswick river pubs are all within walking distance. 

Schools in Chiswick are known to be excellent and the schools in Strand-on-the-Green are particularly good with Strand on the Green Infant and Nursery School rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

Local families also have easy access to Kew Green Preparatory School and Kew House which are just the other side of the river, a short walk away.

Houses in the Strand-on-the-Green area are ideal for families and professionals with transport connections including Kew Bridge Station and by car the A4 and M4 are nearby.

An example of a property in Chiswick Strand-on-the-Green area is this home for sale on Spring Grove that offers potential to extend.

 

Chiswick estate agent

As a Chiswick estate agent, we’re out in the market on a daily basis and are well aware of the strong demand for houses and the distinct lack of homes available to buy.

Property that comes to the market for the right price are selling within days of becoming available, with the current tools available to buyers in the form of virtual viewings, those house hunting only need to view homes in person if they’re very interested.

Horton and Garton recognise that in the current climate a virtual valuation might be preferable to us visiting your home in person, whatever your preference we’d be delighted to discuss your plans to sell in 2021. Please do get in touch.


Celebrating the Arts and Crafts embroidery of May Morris

Join an online illustrated talk about daughter of legendary Hammersmith artist William Morris   

For years, she was overshadowed by dad. But now May Morris – daughter of arts and crafts pioneer William – is stepping into the limelight. 

She’s the subject of an online talk by Helen Elletson, senior curator at Emery Walker’s House in Hammersmith, who will discuss May’s embroidery designs. 

Helen, who is also curator of research and development at the William Morris Society, argues that May, who was born in March 1862, is “an outstanding artist in her own right”. 

“She was a lecturer, writer, editor, accomplished designer and jeweller, and a champion of women’s rights, but it is her work as an embroiderer that is considered to be her greatest achievement,” says Helen. 

May Morris’s knowledge of needlework, her talent for design and her brilliance with the needle led to the elevation of embroidery to fine art. 

The illustrated talk will focus on May’s designs and completed embroideries, and makes the case for her being reassessed as one of the most significant artists of the arts and crafts movement.  

Book online 

The talk takes place on Zoom on Thursday, March 25 at 3pm. Donations are invited. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-talk-a-remarkable-woman-tickets-137296013071 and you will be sent joining instructions. 


The Upper Room unveils its Spring lecture series

Broadcast and stage stars Clare Balding, Jeremy Paxman and Michael Frayn set to speak at Shepherd's Bush charity

Rottweiler interrogator Jeremy Paxman and hit West End playwright Michael Frayn are among the speakers as The Upper Room’s popular lectures move online this spring. 

The seasonal lecture series is a critical fundraiser for W12 charity The Upper Room and its important work supporting socially excluded and economically disadvantaged people.

Horton and Garton is a proud financial supporter of the charity.

Clare Balding

Launching this year’s talks is national treasure and Chiswick residents Clare Balding who will be talking – among other things – about her new book, Heroic Animals

“The book features 100 amazing animals and the stories behind their achievements,” she explained, adding that she will also be chatting about women’s sport, children’s literacy and her own broadcasting career.

“I’m looking forward to taking questions from the audience,” she added. 

TV’s most versatile presenter Clare will be in conversation with former BBC media correspondent and Chiswick Book Festival director Torin Douglas on Tuesday, March 16 from 8pm-9.15pm.

Tickets for the online event are £10. After you book, you’ll be sent the link with the chance to submit questions, too. The event will be livestreamed on the Chiswickbuzz website. Book your tickets: https://live.chiswickbuzz.net/box-office/

Playwright Michael Frayn, best known for Noises Off, Copenhagen and Democracy, will speak on April 21, with University Challenge quizmaster and ex-Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman giving you a starter for 10 on May 19.

If you miss any livestream, you can still watch afterwards.

Michael Frayn

Jeremy Paxman

Seasonal treat

The lecture series at the charity based at St Saviour’s Church in Cobbold Road has become a fixture in the local calendar, supporting the work of a charity which provides 25,000 meals a year to homeless people and works to make the socially disadvantaged economically independent. 

Past speakers from West London have included former BBC presenter Matthew Price, Misha Glenny, Lord Dubs and Lord Willetts. 

For more details about the lecture series, visit: https://theupperroom.org.uk

 

 

 


A focus on London garden design with Alexandra Noble

The spring is almost upon us, traditionally this is a time when we focus on outdoor spaces so it’s timely to consider London garden design with a little help from award winning garden and landscape designer, Alexandra Noble.

Many properties in Chiswick are fortunate to have good sized gardens, if you’re thinking about selling your home in the coming months and want to get your garden in order before going to the market, this article might offer some useful pointers. With a clear passion for gardens and an art for creating serene spaces Alexandra is the perfect person to share some of her favourite plants for a London garden and discuss the places from which she takes inspiration.

 

London garden design with Alexandra Noble

Reinvent your London garden with our step-by-step guide

Whether you’re thinking of selling and want to spruce up your outside space or have just bought a home and the garden needs some work, there are a number of ways to improve your garden.

Step 1 - See what’s salvageable

It’s not always the case that everything needs to be ripped up and started over again in order to reinvent your London garden – see what’s salvageable.

Established plants that have been left to become overgrown can usually be tamed and if desired, moved to a new location, or left as they are and added to.

In a time where we’re all trying to be a little more environmentally friendly, upcycling existing items and taking care to move or work with existing plants and their eco-systems is definitely a positive idea.

Step 2 - Add new flowerbeds

Many don’t realise that lawns actually require quite a bit of upkeep so it can in fact be a relief to increase the size of a flowerbed or add new ones.

It’s important to think practically when preparing a new bed or border, flowers that require sunlight won’t thrive in the shade so think objectively before you start digging up the ground.

Patience is the key with many gardens, whilst buying mature plants can give you instant impact it can take at least a month for a garden to settle and usually 6 months or longer to see the full effect of your efforts.

If you’re making improvements to the design of your London garden prior to selling it’s wise to plan in advance.

 

Choose plants to add interest and texture

Step 3 - Choose plants to add interest and texture

Garden centres can be overwhelming with the number of plants available in all shapes and sizes and the instructions for planting and keeping them can seem like they’re written in a foreign language.

We asked Alexandra what was her favourite plant or particular materials she enjoys working with the most?

“I work with a lot of umbellifers as I adore the otherworldly, dreamlike quality they can bring to an outdoor space.”

If you’re not particularly green fingered but want to have greenery in your garden finding low maintenance and hardy plants is a good idea.

 What plants would you recommend adding interest to a garden but remains fairly low maintenance and hardy?

“Look for grasses such as Stipa tenuissima (Mexican feather grass) or Anemanthele lessoniana (New Zealand wind grass). These look wonderful planted en masse and just need to be combed through once a year in spring to remove old leaves (ensure you have gloves on to avoid cuts!)”

 

Work with a garden designer

Step 4 - Work with a garden designer

We’re a little bit biased but we love Alexandra’s work.

If you’re serious about making a lasting impact to your garden and one that will not only look impressive but will be fit for purpose, it’s a good idea to work with a garden designer.

A garden and landscape designer can ensure the garden fulfils your needs. Some see a garden as an extension of their home meaning they’re looking for seating areas that flow from the property, others might want a robust and low maintenance space that the whole family can enjoy.

We had the privilege of selling a home where she had beautifully designed the garden to create a space that made you feel as though you’d left London and been transported to a peaceful green nirvana.

What was the inspiration for the Chiswick Worcester Drive project?

“The countryside! The client wished to feel more of a connection to nature despite the urban context.”

We can confirm, having been at the property in person, that the garden Alexandra created made you feel like you were no longer in Chiswick and were instead stood in the countryside.

 

About Alexandra Noble

About Alexandra Noble

Alexandra has a talent for creating gardens that are especially green and almost seem a little wild yet are well thought out and beautifully arranged as well as being practical and meeting the needs of the owner.

You trained as an architect before you moved into garden design – why gardens?

“I love the creativity that designing gardens affords – creating planting palettes which not only look beautiful but also provide for pollinators is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job.”

London has many parks and gardens that are open to the public – where do you like to visit?

“Where do I start! I adore the grade 1 listed conservatory at Chiswick House and Gardens when their heritage camellias are flowering in early spring as well as picnics in Queen Mary’s Rose Garden at Regent’s Park during midsummer evenings. Another fantastic visit is the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park when the rhododendrons and azaleas are ablaze in April/May.”

 

The value of a garden

Gardens can significantly impact the price of a property but that doesn’t mean that simply having a garden adds to the value regardless of its condition.

An unkept and poorly presented garden can in fact put buyers off as they realise, they’ll have to invest further finances to make the garden useable. Research has shown many times that a well-kept garden can boost a property’s value

The pandemic has made homeowners appreciate outside space that much more.

We strongly advise potential sellers to spruce up their garden in advance of coming to the market as buyers now see outside space as an additional room. Where it might have now been a ‘nice to have’ it’s now a highly valued part of the property and for many a necessity.

If you’re thinking about selling and would like to talk to Paul about your property in Chiswick, please do get in touch.


Staying a cut above the competition

Horton and Garton reveal their local salon favourites as end of lockdown approaches...

After the long winter lockdown, the offices of Horton and Garton are in urgent need of a proper haircut.

So, it was some relief that the Government announced this week that hairdressers will be allowed to open their doors again to clients – hopefully on April 12 – as long as Covid-secure measures are in place.  

First impressions count. And as estate agents, it’s a prerequisite to at least look professional in attire and presentation.

Being the local market leader, our track record proves that we are a cut above the competition (or two or three…) when it comes to selling and letting properties across Hammersmith, Chiswick and Shepherds Bush.

These struggling salons and independent businesses will need your support when they re-open. And it’s likely that your local stylist will pre-booking appointments from April 12 onwards. Move quickly as these appointments will be in high demand!

Here are a few of our favourites in Hammersmith and Chiswick:

Adam & Potsie
280 King Street, Hammersmith W6
020 8748 5806

Bohemia
196 King Street, Hammersmith W6
020 8563 0405

Pure Barberism
229 King Street, Hammersmith W6
020 3674 3892

Big Jim Trims
6 Devonshire Road, Chiswick W4
020 3645 8295

The Hogarth Club
Airedale Avenue, Chiswick W4
020 3504 3670