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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.

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

 

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

Chiswick House & Gardens – Join our campaign to raise funds


Everything you need to know about the Lego brick model campaign to raise vital funds

One of W4’s finest treasures, Chiswick House & Gardens is a popular place to venture if you live in the area.

We’re spoilt to have ready access, totally free of charge, to such a beautifully maintained site.

You might be unaware though that the Coronavirus pandemic has caused funding towards the upkeep of the house and its grounds to dwindle considerably.

Now, Chiswick House & Gardens is in need of our support more than ever to ensure we can continue to enjoy the space freely for generations to come.

To help, Horton and Garton has made a donation of £1,000 – we’re really fond of the house and its grounds, we often take a walk around in our free time, or even between appointments if time allows.

 

Chiswick House

Lego® brick model of Chiswick House

As part of their efforts to raise vital funds, Chiswick House Friends are building Lego® brick models of the stunning Palladian villa at various points during its history, where donations are made per brick added to the model.

Progress of the build is being displayed on the Chiswick House Friends website where daily photos are uploaded.

The model will be on show in the Gardens Café and when restrictions are lifted local school children will help with the build.

Donations can be made via the Just Giving page where further information about the model and history of the house can be found. A donation of just £2 will add one brick; £10 will add five bricks. Donations of £15 or more will add one brick for every £1.50 donated.

Click here to donate

 

Who are Chiswick House Friends?

Who are Chiswick House Friends?

Chiswick House Friends are a local charity with appoximately 600 members who together play an important role, contributing to restoration projects and funding new commissions to improve and enhance Chiswick House and its wonderful grounds and gardens.

Chiswick House and Gardens are managed by a trust who maintain and protect the villa and its grounds, and the Friends work closely with the Trust supporting activities and projects.

We asked Dr John Armstrong, Chairman of Chiswick House Friends, a few questions:

The Lego® Brick Fundraiser has so far raised over £30,000, nearly half of the target set by Chiswick House Friends – what will the funds raised go towards?

All the funds raised by the Lego Brick Fundraiser go to the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust, which runs the park, to replace some of the £0.5m hole in their finances arising from the cancellation of events due to Covid.

The site has annual costs of about £1m – paying for gardeners, rangers and security, maintenance and so on.

As a local resident what is it that you most enjoy about Chiswick House and the surrounding area?

As a local resident, I walk my dog in the park at least once every day and love the Gardens especially the wilderness areas. I am also fascinated by the architecture of the House and love the way it has been through three quite separate arrangements (all of which will be illustrated in the Lego model!)

Which annual event (or events) are you most looking forward to attending once they’re permitted to go ahead?

I used to really enjoy the Opera, which Chiswick House Friends ran every year until about five years ago – maybe we will be able to organise this again once the present difficulties are past.

I also love the energy and excitement of the Dog Show, put on every autumn – at least until last year for obvious reasons. It is a real community event, for everyone, and is I am told the largest dog show in London.

 

Where to live near Chiswick House

Where to live near Chiswick House

As a local estate agent, we know just how much of a draw it is for buyers to live near Chiswick House.

If you’re looking for a property in the area there are a few roads we can highlight that you might wish to consider.

Grove Park

Grove Park surrounds most of Chiswick House and Grounds.

The property in Grove Park is a mix of Edwardian homes and houses built in the Twenties and Thirties. For the most part the properties in Grove Park are substantial houses, some boasting 100ft gardens and those near the River Thames often enjoy private river frontage.

This area of W4 is located to the south of the A4 main road, though several underpasses connect Grove Park to Chiswick High Road if you’re on foot or cycling.

Chiswick Riverside

Though Chiswick has considerable river frontage due to the shape of the postcode area, the Chiswick Riverside area that includes the Corney Reach development, near to Duke’s Meadows, is particularly sought after.

The modern development is a mix of apartments and townhouses that enjoy river views and in most cases off street parking, all within just a few minutes’ walk of Chiswick House.

Estate agent in Chiswick

As a longstanding estate agent in Chiswick, Paul Cooney has an intrinsic knowledge of each of the residential areas within W4.

Many areas of W4 are within walking distance of Chiswick House - it’s a beautiful slice of serenity that Chiswick residents are incredibly fortunate to have free access to.

We’re delighted to have been able to support Chiswick House and Gardens in some way during these challenging times and hope others are encouraged to also contribute in any way they can.

Virtual Property Valuation – Selling your home during the pandemic


Paul Cooney, Director of Horton and Garton in Chiswick, discusses how a virtual property valuation works and shares his top tips for selling during the pandemic

If you’re hoping to take the next step towards selling your home but would initially prefer not to meet in person, a virtual property valuation is the solution.

Here’s how we value your property virtually and our top tips for selling your house during the pandemic.

virtual property valuation

How does a virtual valuation work?

In the current climate a virtual property valuation might be preferable.

We’ve conducted many market appraisals in this manner over the past 12 months, and even before the pandemic if it’s more convenient for a seller.

There are several ways for us to value your property virtually:

  • Live walk-through – We open a video call, and you show us around your property.
  • Pre-recorded walk-through – You send a video tour of you walking through the property for us to evaluate
  • Desktop appraisal – You can send over the property address, number of rooms, describe the decorative condition and approximate size. We’ll be able to provide an estimated price range.
  • Telephone appraisal – If you’d prefer to have a discussion and simply receive a general idea of the value of your property and learn more about the market a telephone appraisal could be a good initial step.

For those who wish, we are now able to visit a property and conduct a valuation, adhering to government guidelines.

Can you sell your property virtually?

Yes, absolutely. As an example, during the first lockdown the Horton and Garton Chiswick office valued a property virtually, photographs and a virtual tour were captured in full PPE and adhering to guidelines by a professional company, the property was showcased online and following an online viewing a buyer put an offer forward. The transaction successfully concluded with both parties very happy.

In the current climate it’s entirely possible to see a property without a physical viewing, this said its wise for vendors to prepare for some in person viewings. Buying a home is a personal decision and many buyers will want the assurance of having stepped inside themselves prior to completing a purchase.  

With the proper precautions in place an in person viewing from a fully vetted and qualified buyer who’s extremely serious about proceeding to purchase, can be conducted in a safe manner at a very low risk.

 

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Property price advice

A property’s value is determined by a number of factors, these points contribute to the property price advice we share:

  • Condition of property – a property that will require considerable work to be liveable will have a vastly different price than one that has recently been renovated to a high standard.
  • Tenure – houses are largely freehold but if a property is leasehold the number of years remaining on a lease will have an impact on the price.
  • Any planning permissions or scope for improvement – it is sometimes the case that a current owner will have investigated extending or remodelling and have commissioned architects’ drawings and obtained planning permission but not yet carried out any work.
  • Comparable sales – we have access to several databases which provide us with historic property prices allowing us to give an accurate idea of current values based on similar properties that have recently sold.
  • Current market climate – Being on the ground and talking to buyers, and sellers, allows an agent to understand the appetite better. The mainstream media reports only figure for broader areas and does not address micro-markets such as Chiswick.
  • Experience – This cannot be measured but it is incredibly important. An agent who has local experience and a track record of success will be able to offer a much clearer advice on the price and the best strategy for selling.

Pricing strategy

Online property portals show very clearly the date when a property was first listed and when a property has been reduced in price.

Properties that have been online and available for sale for some time often make prospective buyers think there is something wrong with a property for it to have not sold yet.

A price reduction also gives the wrong message with buyers put off by vendors who might have high expectations.

The initial price that your property is advertised for can dictate the level of interest and the eventual selling price.

Horton and Garton is well known for our precision pricing and we will give potential sellers a fair and reasonable value based on the current market climate and the property itself.

 

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How to sell a property during a pandemic

The strategy for sale will be dictated by several factors including the speed at which a seller wants to move. At this time sellers are generally only putting their homes on the market if they absolutely wish to sell, though time scales vary. 

As well as depending on the type of property and the demand in the local market. Sellers are seeing the greatest success when they prepare their property for virtual viewings – we recently published a blog with more details.

We also recently spoke with a professional home organiser in London who shared tips on how to declutter your property which can significantly improve how a property looks online (and in-person).

People around the world are self-isolating, and the UK is currently in a national lockdown meaning prospective buyers are spending more time than ever on the internet and on social media platforms.

Beautiful photographs, a professionally-written description and virtual tours done correctly can significantly boost the saleability of your property.

 

Steps we take when valuing in person

 We are able to value a property in person and take precautions to ensure the most up to date guidelines are followed.

Should you wish for us to attend your property we will maintain a two-metre distance, we will cover or remove our shoes and wear a facemask.

During the appointment we will avoid touching anything in the property unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.

 

Chiswick estate agent

As a long standing and experienced Chiswick estate agent, I can offer competent and clear advice on selling your home.

With the media releasing information that is often conflicting and misleading, a seasoned local agent can offer clarity, especially during a pandemic.

To talk about the sale of your property in Chiswick please do get in touch.