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Brook Green Market Christmas Activities


Mark your calendars for festive fun at the Brook Green Market & Kitchen on two consecutive Saturdays - the 16th and 23rd of December. On the 16th, a Christmas choir will sing carols, face painting will be available for the little ones and you can enter the raffle for a chance to win one of several fabulous prizes while enjoying a cup of mulled wine and a handful of freshly roasted chestnuts. On the 23rd, Santa Claus is coming to town! Children can bring their letters to Santa, take a photo with him and each will receive a special treat. With over 25 traders selling sensational seasonal food and drink, make sure to pick up your Christmas food shopping. Visit Brook Green Market at Addison Primary School W14 0DT (Bolingbroke Road entrance) from 10am until 3pm every Saturday. For more information, visit: http://www.brookgreenmarket.co.uk/.

Brook Green Market Christmas Activities

Brackenbury Christmas Festivities


Brackenbury Christmas Festivities

The great and the good of Hammersmith descended upon Brackenbury Village for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting event last week. The event, coordinated by the Brackenbury Village Residents' Association, is a highlight in Hammersmith's Christmas calendar. The Addison Singers made a joyful noise and local residents joined them in singing carols. Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader Stephen Cowan and Councillor Harry Phibbs caught up with locals over a cup of mulled wine. H&F Mayor Mike Cartwright and Mayoress Rosemary Pettit were in attendance and had the honour of illuminating the tree. Our Director John Horton said of the tree lighting, "I come every year and can attest this event keeps getting bigger and better. It's a testament to the love of the BRA for their community and the generous spirit of local residents, community groups and businesses."

The raffle raised almost £400 for the BRA with generous donations from the Lyric Theatre, the Thatched House and Andover pubs, Stenton Family Butchers, Brackenburys Deli, Body and Brain Yoga and Horton and Garton. BRA Events Coordinator John Ashworth said of the afternoon, "The tree lighting was a lovely and happy event that hopefully brought the community of Brackenbury Village even closer together. The BRA is very grateful to everyone who contributed to our raffle which helped to cover the cost of new decorations for our Christmas tree." For more information on the BRA, click on any image or visit: http://brackenburyresidents.co.uk/

Brackenbury Christmas Festivities

Brackenbury Christmas Festivities

A Modern Masterpiece in Shepherds Bush


Breathtaking Properties: Shepherds Bush Letting Agents

A house with a direct link to a piece of modern music history is available to rent in Shepherds Bush. One of only twelve homes, the 2000 sq ft+, with four bedrooms and three bathroom luxury property is located in the famous Townhouse Studios where, for three decades, some of the world's brightest stars recorded their hits.

The studios which closed a decade ago are steeped in history: Elton John recorded Candle In The Wind, his tribute to Princess Diana and the world's fastest selling number one, while Queen, Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Blur, Oasis, the Sex Pistols and Robbie Williams also recorded number one records. Arguably the most iconic drum solo in modern music, from Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight', was recorded in Townhouse Studios.

One of the finest local developments in Shepherds Bush

Horton and Garton Lettings Manager Ashley Clements says, "In terms of design and specification this home is completely unique. This particular townhouse is truly breathtaking - the architectural design is second to none. In my decade of experience, it's one of the finest local developments I've ever seen." The house pays homage to the vast amount of character within the original studios, now benefiting from spectacular windows and vaulted ceilings. The fully furnished home's high spec interior design is sympathetic to the unique architecture. The private roof terrace offers west London skyline views. For the opportunity to live on the site where the world's most beloved artists created their masterpieces, contact our lettings team  on 020 8819 0511.

As one of the leading Shepherds Bush letting agents, visit our lettings page for the latest property updates.

Help’s at hand from The Hub @ 75


Less than two years ago a full service foodbank opened on Bloemfontein Road in the White City neighbourhood of Shepherds Bush, W12. Aptly named "The Hub," it's far from a traditional foodbank; the team offer advice, signposting and support services to locals who require guidance and extra assistance. H&F Foodbank, the Trussell Trust and Hammersmith & Fulham Council banded together to develop this unique approach.

CEO of H&F Foodbank Daphne Aikens says, "What sets us apart is we aren't just a food project - we take a holistic approach to poverty. When we started seven and a half years ago it was all about getting food to people in crisis, which is still the most important part of what we do, but as the years went by we realised our clients weren't just going hungry... there were underlying causes of their need to visit the foodbank. We offer debt and legal advice, cooking courses, a school holiday club, gifts for families in crisis at Christmas... the list goes on."

The dedicated team of around 60 committed volunteers help make the H&F Foodbank stand apart. "Our volunteers see each individual that comes in as unique - we get to know them and their circumstances. Last week, a family came in with a tiny baby. They had no cot so we used our contacts and sourced a brand new cot for them. As a small charity with long serving volunteers, we are able to go the extra mile. We had a magician and face painter donate their time to help make this year's fully catered family Christmas lunch even more special."

Horton and Garton are proud to support the H&F Foodbank. John Horton says of the team, "Daphne and her team do salient and extraordinary work. It's an unfortunate fact that poverty and hunger are present in our communities." Daphne adds, "Hunger is a very real issue that is more local than you might realise... your neighbour could be affected. Please donate what you can, when you can, year round - we have collection points in supermarkets, libraries and the town hall or you can make a donation directly via our website.

Always required:
Long life juice and milk
Tinned meat
Tinned vegetables
Tinned fruit
Tinned rice pudding
Tinned sponge pudding

Horton and Garton take home Hammersmith and Fulham Business Award 2017



Horton and Garton Estate Agency was honoured to be acknowledged by the 2017 Hammersmith and Fulham Business Awards in the Best Local Employer category. Owner and Director John Horton walked the red carpet into the glittering celebration held at Hammersmith Town Hall last week with members of his team.

He said of the event, "We've won awards in the past and I have to say that this year the ceremony was bigger and better than ever - it was absolutely packed with representatives from best businesses and charities in Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush and Fulham. Local politicians were in attendance lending their support. The atmosphere was fantastic."

Honoured to receive an accolade in such an important category, John says, "To be recognised within the Best Local Employer category is of great importance to me. Horton and Garton celebrates ten years in Hammersmith next spring; I work hard to ensure the business retains and grows the potential of each team member. For these endeavours to be acknowledged is wonderful."

As a local business champion, John has acted as a judge for several years. He notes, "I've never seen such a volume of high quality entries - it made the judges' job extremely challenging. This is a testament to the growth and success of local businesses here in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham."

Click the photo below to watch a short video of the Hammersmith and Fulham Brilliant Business Awards 2017:

John Horton celebrating with trophy at Hammersmith and Fulham awards 2017

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers


Last week Chancellor Philip Hammond abolished stamp duty for first time buyers paying under £300k. For West Londoners the stamp duty relief will most likely apply to first time buyers purchasing at a level of up to £500k; they are exempt from paying stamp duty on the first £300k of their purchase. What does this mean for our local West London property market?

John Horton says, "The Zone 2 West London property market is challenging and expensive so any stamp duty incentive for first time buyers is most welcome. Two years ago we had significantly more buy-to-let investors purchasing properties across Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush and Chiswick - these numbers have decreased year on year. While jumping on the property ladder has never been a straightforward task for first time buyers in West London, I predict that the Chancellor's announcement will galvanise this group into action. It will also provide the motivation for property owners to list which will result in a wider choice of properties for sale up to £500k."

Chiswick Director Paul Cooney takes a whole-market view stating, "The Chancellor's announcement is a much-needed sprinkle of positivity in what has been an uncertain marketplace. First time buyers are the linchpins of the property market as a whole - without them, the upward chains aren't viable. With a slow down in buy-to-let investment and thousands of pounds in their pockets, near-perfect conditions are now in place for first time buyers to snap up their first ever property purchase."

Horton and Garton Sales Negotiator Phil Coombes is a first time buyer. He says, "As a first time buyer currently purchasing a one bedroom flat with my girlfriend I am delighted with the Chancellor's announcement to offer 'stamp duty relief.' We are in the same boat as many other Londoners who are paying rent while saving for a deposit and stamp duty to purchase our own home - we're also trying to have a decent quality of life. This announcement will help us save approximately £5k and should hopefully send a message to other Londoners who are hoping to make the jump from renting to owning - the aspiration can be a reality."

Other industry figureheads agree that the stamp duty relief will stimulate the property sales market. Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark said, "The announcement will have a positive impact on the market. It's a smart move to ensure the dream of homeownership for young people can become a reality and will help buyers across the UK, including London and the South East where property prices are higher."

Miles Shipside, Commercial Director of Rightmove, says, "First time buyers should think about acting quickly to take advantage of this stamp duty ban, before the extra demand it creates pushes up prices and starts to eat away at the extra cash this Stamp Duty exemption will free up. The government has already put buy-to-let landlords on the back foot with its 3% Stamp Duty surcharge, so this extra advantage of no stamp duty gives first time buyers an extra edge."

Are you a first time buyer looking to get on the property ladder in London?  The property experts at Horton and Garton are available to talk to you about it. Contact us today.

Philip Hammond announcing the 2017 budget

A Very Brackenbury Christmas


The Brackenbury Residents' Association has pulled out all the stops to bring you the best ever Brackenbury Village Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday 8th December starting at 4pm outside local favourite the Brackenbury Deli on Aldensley Road. The afternoon event will feature a raffle with amazing prizes up for grabs and all funds raised will go to support the Brackenbury Residents' Association to help cover the cost of the event. You'll be entertained by the angelic voices of the Addison Singers between 4 and 5pm as they serenade you with sensational seasonal songs. Sip a warming mug of mulled wine and tuck into your minced pie as the Mayor and Mayoress of Hammersmith & Fulham illuminate the Christmas tree at 4.30pm. Don't miss this beloved annual event in the heart of the Village. For more information on or to join the Brackenbury Residents' Association, click the photo below.

 

Local state and independent schools acknowledged by the Sunday Times


School children in studying in class

This weekend's Sunday Times acknowledged the best State and Independent schools across the nation according to their 2016 SATs results. St Stephen's C of E Primary School in Shepherds Bush came joint 5th in the nation while Belmont Primary School in Chiswick and St Peter's C of E Primary and John Betts Primary - both in Hammersmith - also ranked within the top schools in the country. Local independent schools Notting Hill and Ealing High School and Orchard House also appeared in the top tables.

Michael Schumm, Headteacher of St Stephen's in Shepherds Bush told us, "The results are a tremendous achievement for the children, teachers and our parent community. This is something that we can all be proud of."

Richard Martin, Acting Headteacher of Belmont Primary in Chiswick, says, "I am extremely proud of the children at Belmont for their positive attitudes towards learning and would like to thank all of the Belmont staff for their dedication and hard work."

Karen Frazer, Headteacher at St Peter's in Hammersmith says, "I'm delighted by the outcome of the SATs results and obviously making it into the top 250 schools in the country. This comes on top of a fantastic year which saw the school achieve Ofsted Outstanding in March as well as an outstanding SIAMS result in October. St Peter's is going from strength to strength."

Horton and Garton owner John Horton notes, "We have a wealth of incredible state primary schools here in West London so I'm not at all surprised by the results. Local families work in partnership with their schools to ensure children achieve to the best of their abilities and it certainly shows. Congratulations to our local Shepherds Bush, Chiswick and Hammersmith schools!"

Directors’ comment: interest rates rise


Ten years ago the first iPhone was four months old and and the world was standing under Rhianna's (presumably purple and white) 'Umbrella.' Last week, the Bank of England increased the base interest rate for the first time in over a decade, so what does this mean for our local property market? With over a century of combined experience, the team at Horton and Garton can provide an accurate forecast of the impact on West London.

Lenders have bumped up the cost of fixed rate mortgages and mortgage borrowers on tracker and variable rates will see their monthly payments become more dear. Horton and Garton founder John Horton says of the increase, "This dose of reality, which frankly we'd all been expecting, has the potential to significantly impact the property market here in West London. As market leaders in Hammersmith, Chiswick and Shepherds Bush, we've had a record year for sales agreed. A pool of active buyers has snapping up superb properties, but we've had just as many proceedable buyers sit on the fence to watch the market. I believe the increase in the BofE's base rate will provide much needed clarity for this pool of buyers, encouraging them to get on with life and snap up their next home or buy-to-let on a long term fixed rate before they rise significantly."

Paul Cooney, Director of Horton and Garton's Chiswick office, agrees. "Decision making will definitely be sharpened in this last quarter of 2017 and indeed going into 2018. The ten year historic low is over and rates will now begin to rise. In seven West London autumns, I've never felt such a palpable shift in attitude. Both buyers and sellers are readying themselves to purchase and sell. I'm having lengthy conversations about mortgage products with local brokers who tell me their phones are ringing and enquiries are on the up. The lower volume of sales has been a result of economic uncertainty and has meant a back log of indecisive yet proceedable buyers has accumulated over time. I predict we'll see these buyers come to the market in the last quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2018."

If you'd like an accurate review of the Chiswick, Shepherds Bush or Hammersmith property market or require an up to date valuation of your property call the market leaders for an honest, insightful discussion:

Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush: John Horton, 020 8819 0510

Chiswick: Paul Cooney, 020 8996 5120

Autumn Sales Success Q&A with Phil Coombes


With the Bank of England raising the base rate and Christmas around the corner, you'd think the West London sales market would be cooling down - in our King Street and Turnham Green Terrace offices, it's heating up! Top sales negotiator Phil Coombes agreed four sales in the last week and a half of October and simultaneously brought three new listings to the market. In this quick Q&A we ask him about his recent sales and listings:

Q: Tell us more about the three new listings?

A: "I listed three properties last week... a house in Wendell Park, W12, a flat in Hammersmith Grove, W6, and a spectacular mansion apartment in Prebend Mansions, W4, one of the most prestigious blocks in West London. Each property is in one of our three neighbourhoods: Shepherds Bush, Chiswick and Hammersmith. Our intel from Rightmove tells us our two Horton and Garton offices have agreed more sales than any other agency in these postcodes in the past six months. Interestingly, whilst we don't list the most properties, we agree the most sales; this fact is a testament to getting the valuation right from the outset alongside our hard work and application."

Q: Why have your clients chosen to list with Horton and Garton?

A: "The genuine advice and guidance we provide combined with our expert local knowledge assures our clients their properties are in safe hands. With over a century of combined experience, we have the best sense of how the market is moving,"

Q: Isn't this a historically quiet time for the market?

A: "That may be true but we have the legendary purple book! Each negotiator, manager and director spends a significant amount of their working day curating the purple book. It is full of the most qualified and proceedable buyers in West London and many are looking in more than one of our neighbourhoods."

Click on any of the images below to view more details:

Prebend Mansions, W4:


Hammersmith Grove, W6:

Lefroy Road, Wendell Park, W12: