Be announces zero fees for West London lettings

Be announces zero fees for West London lettings

United Kingdom
  • Average letting fee is £404 (Generation Rent)
  • Be:here Hayes letting fees now £0
  • Change driven by desire to make moving as cost effective as possible for tenants

According to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), the average letting fee charged by its members is £202 per tenant. According to campaign group Generation Rent, the national average is £404. That’s a substantial amount for tenants to hand over, particularly given the other costs associated with moving house.

Now, pioneering build to rent developer Be has announced that it is moving to a no fees model for its be:here Hayes development at The Gatefold Building in Hayes, West London.

“We recognise that moving can be an expensive and stressful experience. We’ve already cut out some of the stress of moving house by providing superb, fully furnished apartments here at be:here Hayes alongside inventories and check-in being done in-house by our on-site team. Now we can reduce the cost of moving for our tenants too.”

Akash Sharma, Assistant Property Manager, be:here Hayes

Under the new offer, effective from October 16th, Be pledges to charge no referencing fees, no fees for contract updates when sharers change and no extra deposits, admin or processing fees relating to pets (a monthly ‘pet rent’ of £20 will still apply).

In addition, the company has announced that it is reducing its requirement for security deposits at be:here Hayes from six weeks’ rent to just a month’s rent – saving new tenants over £500 when renting a one bedroom apartment.

“We want tenants to enjoy moving into be:here Hayes, so that means making the process as hassle free and cost effective as possible. We’ve never charged agency fees because we do all our own lettings in-house, but we’ve gone one step further and removed the referencing fee and all other admin fees. This means new tenants have one less thing to worry about and can use the extra cash to explore their new West London neighbourhood or add a few extra personal touches to make their new apartment feel even more like home.”

Akash Sharma, Assistant Property Manager, be:here Hayes

 

Exploring the local area is certainly something that residents in the Gatefold building will be keen to do. The ambitious Old Vinyl Factory reimagining is bringing restaurants, shops, a cinema, a live music venue and more to residents’ very doorstep. Meanwhile, the Grand Union Canal and nearby Minet Country Park and Barra Hall Park provide plenty of opportunity for enjoying fresh air and exercise while getting back to nature. It’s a superb local offering that tenants will now be able to enjoy even more of, thanks to Be’s proactive approach to saving money.

Hayes and Harlington station is just a short walk from be:here Hayes, with fast, frequent trains to Paddington in under 20 minutes. When Crossrail arrives in 2019, residents will be able to reach Bond St in the heart of the West End in under 30 minutes.

Spacious apartments, furnished by Habitat, are available at be:here Hayes from £1,200 pcm for a one bed and from £1,450 for a two bed. Either a garden or a balcony is provided with every home and pets are welcome.

For the latest availability and any questions, please contact the be:here Hayes team directly on 020 3369 1646 or visit http://www.behere-hayes.co.uk/.

Buyers go Wild for luxury at Wildcrest by Hamill Homes

Buyers go Wild for luxury at Wildcrest by Hamill Homes

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  • Hugely successful Hamill Homes Wildcrest launch event showcased work of Alexander James Interior Design
  • Lifestyle showcases featured the work of Beau Han Xu and McLaren
  • Visitors delighted with bespoke Lida Cucina kitchen

An exclusive new residential launch has shown just how creative it’s possible to be when building an atmospheric viewing experience. Guests invited to the bespoke private residence Wildcrest, in Sunningdale, were treated to fine wines and canapes as part of the viewing, which also encompassed a showcase of McLaren cars from the company’s new sport series, as part of the external dressing of the property.

Once through the impressive front door, visitors enjoyed the work of leading interiors firm Alexander James Interior Design, which has been recognised as one of the World’s Top 100 Interior Designers by the Andrew Martin Design Awards 2016 and 2017.

“Working with partners like AJI allows us to showcase our product. We believe the houses that we create are truly special, and AJI offers that wonderful finishing touch that transforms them from amazing houses to spectacular homes. We have been proud to work with AJI and look forward to more collaborations in the future.”

Kevin Hamill, Director Hamill Homes Ltd

The one-off house features a range of stunning pieces, such as the work of Beau Han Xu. Xu is a designer and gemologist known for his superb glassware collection, which includes breathtaking decanters and glasses with freefall Swarovski Beau Cut zirconias in their stems.

“Products like the Beau Han Xu collection perfectly encapsulate the lifestyle offering of Wildcrest. This unique property, created by Hamill Homes, is simply exquisite. It was essential that the interior design reflected the grace and elegance of the house itself. 

Robert Walker, Managing Director, Alexander James Interior Design

The hugely successful launch event, held on 12 October, also showcased the Lida Cucina kitchen, with guests able to experience live cooking stations as part of their experience.

“A property such as Wildcrest deserves an outstanding kitchen. We worked to create a bespoke space that is incredibly stylish, while also offering all of the practical touches required for contemporary family life. The result is a kitchen that even the most committed foodie would be delighted to call their own.” 

John Harvey, Managing Director, Lida Cucina

In keeping with the tone of the property, the launch event also featured a clay pigeon shooting simulator, as well as an exclusive Linn Lounge event. Linn is known for presenting iconic artists for intimate musical performances across the UK. The opulence of the overall offering was such that Luxury Marketing House spent the day on site, filming the successful launch. The event was run in conjuction with The Luxury Network, which is known for coordinating and connecting a wide range of ultra-luxurious brands.

“This was one of those unique property events that promised to deliver an outstanding, immersive viewing experience. It presented visitors with a true taste for the sumptuousness of the lifestyle being offered by Wildcrest. Interior design plays a key role in that, with the subtle interplay of colours and textures creating an overarching feeling of welcome, elegance and indulgence.” 

Robert Walker, Managing Director, Alexander James Interior Design

 

For more information, visit Alexander James Interior Design at www.aji.co.uk or call 020 7887 7604.

Chamonix price rises continue to draw in property buyers from around the world

Chamonix price rises continue to draw in property buyers from around the world

France
  • Rising property values and rental incomes continuing to draw buyers to Chamonix (FrenchEntrée)
  • 38% of foreign investment in French property is focused on The Alps (BNP Paribas)
  • Chamonix, Les Praz and Les Moussoux at heart of recent price rises (FrenchEntrée)

Since it hosted the first ever Winter Olympic Games way back in 1924, the town of Chamonix has been synonymous with skiing during the winter months. However, the area’s growing year-round appeal and rising property values means that it’s no longer just powder-hounds who are taking an interest in this breathtakingly beautiful pocket of France.

“As Chamonix maintains its reputation as a year-round destination, we’ve seen a marked increase in buyers looking to part-fund their holiday home investment through its rental potential. Values in prime areas of the valley are rising swiftly and the promising underlying rental value is opening the area up to an array of new buyers.”

Annick Dauchy, Property Business Development Manager, FrenchEntrée

Premium French property agents FrenchEntrée cite chalets and luxurious apartments in Les Praz and Les Bois as the most sought-after properties at present. Buyers are looking to combine a second home investment with good rental potential in order to cover some of their costs through the income that can be made from the property.

Capital gains are also a consideration, with Chamonix, Les Praz and Les Moussoux all enjoying price rises at present, while values in Les Houches, Taconnaz and Les Bossons all retain their value.

Chamonix is about so much more than just winter sports. Aside from the obvious charms of the ski season, the town offers an attractive and well-visited destination, no matter the season. The stunning heights of Mont Blanc provide an incredible backdrop to the town, while abundant flowers both in and around Chamonix provide a beautiful contrast to the mountain’s pristine white slopes. Whether they’re exploring by foot, bike, skis or snowboard, Chamonix has the power to take visitors’ breath away with its staggering beauty.

The town enjoys good access from Geneva airport and offers a wide range of properties for sale. During the summer months, hiking and mountain biking are both popular, while the local culture, Savoyard fare and a range of festivals and events ensure there is always something on hand to enjoy.

The most common properties available are apartments ranging in value from €350,000 to €650,000. Two- and three-bedroom chalets are also popular and can command asking prices of anything from €1.3m to €2m.

Those looking for a particularly impressive abode can pick up a six-bedroom, five-bathroom chalet with pool in a superb setting for a cool €6.3m. Meanwhile, a four-bedroom chalet can command anything up to €3,870 per week in rent over the peak of the winter season.

Of course, property investment in the Alps is nothing new. Sales in the area account for 38% of foreign investment in French property, according to BNP Paribas’ mid-2016 market update. However, the recent rise in rental potential is driving a new wave of interest in the Chamonix area in particular.

“Buyers are definitely waking up to the fact that their property can work for them when they’re not using it. With low interest rates added into the mix at the moment, Chamonix has become far more accessible to those looking to pick up the perfect second home.”

Annick Dauchy, Property Business Development Manager, FrenchEntrée

For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit www.frenchentree.com.

8 Top Tips to Perfecting Your Country Home Decor

8 Top Tips to Perfecting Your Country Home Decor

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Country home decor is about blending the traditional, rustic charm of your countryside location with contemporary finesse to create a peaceful, welcoming environment in which you feel completely at home and utterly comforted.

So how do you achieve the ultimate country home design? Here top interior designers, Alexander James Interior Design, share their favourite tips and tricks to help you get the look.

 

  1. A Timeless Colour Combination

Tip: The classic combination of crisp blue and brilliant white is a timeless country home decor look. Fresh and utterly charming, you can use this blue and white scheme in your pottery, linens and accessories.

This driftwood coffee table with glass top adds yet another of country charm, acting as a stunning statement piece and adding an organic, earthy feel to our living room design.

  1. Inspirational Themes from Nature

Tip: Country home decor would not be complete without bringing themes of nature into the home, referencing inspiration from nature throughout your interiors.

In our Cotswolds barn conversion, this avian themed dining area is symbiotically styled with the exterior of the property, reflecting elements of nature throughout and rich character in these bespoke studded dining chairs.

Celebrating this beautiful Oxfordshire countryside setting, we brought nature indoors with this enchanting bird themed design, adding touches of comfort and luxury with these beautiful William Yeoward fabrics.

  1. A Haven of Relaxation

Tip: When we think of countryside retreats, we imagine escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life, recharging and enjoying a spot of relaxation. Your country home decor must therefore be designed with the utmost relaxation in mind.

This luxurious cinema room is both refined and classic in design, offering the perfect space in which to relax and unwind, with two elegant day beds taking centre stage of the room, dressed with soft furnishings and sumptuous Johnstons of Elgin throws.

The gentle tones of ivory and muted teal enhance the light, airy design of our contemporary Surrey barn, creating a haven of relaxation with these luxurious Romo and Zoffany fabric cushions.

  1. Organic Elements of Nature

Tip: Incorporate natural elements from the outdoors into your interiors to create an authentic country home decor look. Use organic elements that induce a sense of calm and peace, such as beautiful woods.

Styled to its beautiful countryside surroundings, our stunning Cotswolds project brings nature into the interiors with topiary pots, rustic wooden furniture and richly coloured florals and soft furnishings.

We designed our latest Henley-on-Thames show home for Millgate Homes to exude the traditional charm and countryside beauty of this historic, riverside town – with bespoke, rustic wooden furniture and sumptuous fabrics by Romo.

5.  A Warm, Open Welcome

Tip: Design every space in your interiors to emit a warm sense of welcome to achieve the perfect country home look. It’s the little touches that count; the scented candle emanating a beautiful fragrance throughout the room, the display of magazines on the coffee table and the luxurious throws awaiting an afternoon of reading on the sofa.

The rustic kitchen diner setting, antique-style metal framed wall clock and framed prints all add to the country charm in our modern Surrey barn project, whilst the soft colour scheme and vibrant lavender plant offer an enlivening, spring-like feel.

  1. An Essential Spot of Luxury

Tip: Just because we associate country home decor with rustic character, doesn’t mean that a touch of luxury need be neglected! On the contrary, luxury plays an important role in offering true comfort within a country home.

This bespoke ottoman in sumptuous Kirkby Design fabric adds another layer of luxury to the alluring master bedroom in our Cotswolds project.

At the foot of the master bed elegantly sits this bespoke made seating, dressed beautifully with luxurious Camengo and Zoffany cushions and a lavish faux fur throw.

  1. The Refreshing Vitality of Florals

Beautiful floral displays will bring another element of nature into your country home decor, invigorating the space with new life and fresh vitality.

Traditional yet contemporary, these elegant bobbin chairs and dining table by Julian Chichester rest serenely beneath the high-vaulted oak beams of our rustic Surrey barn project. With ivory tones and magnificent floral display, this design is fresh, light and ethereal in its tranquility.

This damask motif Harlequin wallpaper of interlocking flowers in mirror effect radiates femininity and natural charm, whilst the Jane Churchill fabric cushions bring an indulgent sense of comfort to our Henley-on-Thames bedroom design.

  1. An Abundance of Light

Tip: A common misconception is that country homes are filled with a multitude of trinkets, furniture and accessories, but this can lead to a confused, chaotic look. Be careful not to clutter your interiors, rather create spaces that are bright and airy, filled with natural light.

Brimming with natural light, we designed these vibrant riverside homes to reflect the quaint countryside location, with luxurious Romo fabric cushions, solid oak coffee table and abundant plant displays.

For more information please contact Alexander James Interior Design on 020 7887 7604 or visit www.aji.co.uk.

China celebrates its prosperity this Golden Week – but are Chinese investors doing the same?

China celebrates its prosperity this Golden Week – but are Chinese investors doing the same?

World
  • Half of China’s population is due to travel this week (China National Tourism Administration)
  • 57% of Chinese consumers plan to purchase property while overseas for Golden Week (Juwai)
  • Liverpool and Manchester set to benefit from Chinese investment (Properties of the World)
  • Golden Visas in Spain, Portugal and Turkey are drawing in Chinese investors (Spot Blue)

 

There was nothing subtle about the 17-metre fruit basket sculpture that adorned Tiananmen Square to mark China’s 68th National Day. Huge pomegranates, persimmons, apples, peonies and roses represented the country’s prosperity and strength as Golden Week got underway.

Occurring twice each year, Golden Week is a week-long national holiday that sees business in China grind to a halt as citizens enjoy a week of travelling, feasting and spending time with loved ones. Between 1 and 8 October, the China National Tourism Administration estimates that some 710 million Chinese citizens will be on the move, as a full half of the population makes the most of the holiday period.

While regular business operations all but cease during Golden Week, there are some areas, such as investment, where business booms over the course of the holiday. As this particular holiday coincides with China’s Mid-Autumn Festival, making an eight-day break instead of a seven-day one, the boon to companies and sectors that catch Chinese investors’ eye is expected to be even bigger than usual.

One sector to particularly benefit from Golden Week is the international property sector. According to a Juwai survey, 57% of its Chinese consumers have plans to purchase property while overseas this Golden Week.

 “With nearly half of China’s population on the move during Golden week, obviouslt business slows down.  This gives business owners and the higher end Chinese property buyers the perfect opportunity to visit a number of countries and seek out that ideal property investment. With a weaker sterling since the Brexit result in 2016, the UK will be one of such country being visited. Since June 2016 there has been an increase in Chinese interest in properties in the UK mainly due to the weaker GBP against the RMB. But the UK still remains behind the United States and Australia for countries of choice for Chinese buyers due to concern about what the future holds for the UK once it leaves the EU in 2019.

James Trescothick, Chief Global Strategist, easyMarkets

 

In terms of the UK, cities such as Manchester and Liverpool remain popular with Chinese investors and look to reap the benefits of the extended Golden Week.

 “With a whole week off for Golden Week, it’s an ideal time for Chinese buyers to scour the planet for enticing investment opportunities and Manchester has all the elements needed to be a big hit. 

“China is such a vast market and interest in UK property is increasing with each passing year. Projects like Herculaneum Quay in Liverpool, where construction is well underway, are particularly attractive as their looming completion dates mean that buy-to-let investors can already see their end goal.”

Jean Liggett, CEO, Properties of the World

 

Beyond the UK, it is another kind of gold that Chinese investors are seeking – namely, Golden Visas.

 “The introduction of the Golden Visa schemes in Portugal, Spain and Turkey have driven real interest from Chinese buyers. High net worths are particularly attracted to the offer of full residency in Western nations through these Golden Visas and we regularly receive a good number of enquiries for properties priced at €500,000 or more for just this reason. 

“In terms of locations, Chinese buyers still seem keen on prime locations such as Marbella and the Golden Mile on the Costa del Sol, Portugal’s capital Lisbon and cosmopolitan Istanbul in Turkey. Golden Week has traditionally been a busy time for us fielding enquiries from potential “fly and buy” Chinese buyers looking to view properties for sale whilst on their holiday travels.

Julian Walker, Director, Spot Blue International Property

With Golden Week well underway, investment companies of all kinds are dashing around, seeking to satisfy their Chinese investors’ demands over the holiday period, hoping to make this a golden week for the investment sector, as well as for China.

 

On the market during Golden Week:

Herculaneum Quay – luxury waterfront apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms, starting from £125,000. The development includes a swimming pool and roof garden. Circa 8% rental returns. (Available through Properties of the World.)

Beyoglu Apartments, Istanbul – three bedroom apartments costing from £1,001,940. These off plan apartments feature a communal indoor pool and fitness centre, plus private garden, just a five minute walk from Taksim Square. (Available through Spot Blue.)

River View Apartments, Lisbon – these one and two bedroom apartments offer views over the Tagus River in the sought after Chiado area of Lisbon. Priced from £620,092, the fully renovated apartments are due for delivery in the first quarter of 2018. (Available through Spot Blue.)

Benhavis Apartments, Malaga – priced from £646,484, these superb penthouse apartments come with a communal pool and landscaped gardens in one of the most exclusive areas of Benhavis. (Available through Spot Blue.)

 

For more information, please contact:

easyMarkets: +44 203 1500 748 or www.easymarkets.com

Properties of the World: +44 (0) 20 7624 5555 or www.propertiesoftheworld.co.uk

Spot Blue International Property: +44 (0) 208 339 6036 or www.spotblue.com

 

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Property Frontiers reveals key global property market insights for Q3 2017

Property Frontiers reveals key global property market insights for Q3 2017

World
  • 89% of countries record positive house price change – highest level since financial crisis (Knight Frank)
  • Potential reworking of property taxes makes the Philippines one to watch
  • North Africa is fastest growing region for tourism, with visitor numbers up 17.8% (UN World Tourism Organization)

Global property markets are booming and clued up investors are facing a plethora of new opportunities.

Those are two of the key messages to come out of the latest Property Frontiers Global Market Roundup. The quarterly guide reveals insights into markets around the world, giving investors the intel they need to know where to look next.

“Global property markets are constantly shifting and keeping up with an entire planet’s worth of opportunities is no easy task. That’s why we’re constantly researching and reviewing data, to identify emerging trends and seek out the most promising areas for investment, no matter which country they may be in.”

Ray Withers, CEO, Property Frontiers

The Q3 2017 Global Market Roundup reports that the UK remains an attractive destination for property investors, with annual house price growth picking up to 5.1% in July. London’s residential market continues to decline though, with buy-to-let mortgage numbers half of what they were a year ago and just 37% of listings ending in a sale.

Elsewhere in Europe, Vienna, Zurich, Madrid, Berlin, and Amsterdam are all attracting significant capital when it comes to residential real estate investment.

With European regulators currently considering loosening solvency restrictions on real estate investments by the insurance industry, that capital flow could double to as much as €500bn in the near future.

At the very top of the list in Europe is Iceland. In fact, Iceland is currently the most profitable residential market in the world, with growth of 23.2% in the year to June.

“Europe is alive with opportunity right now. There’s something to suit every budget and risk appetite.”

Ray Withers, CEO, Property Frontiers

Over in the Asia-Pacific region, investment opportunities are equally interesting. The Philippines enjoyed economic expansion of 6.8% last year and a reworking of property taxes may well be on the horizon, making this a country to watch very carefully.

Meanwhile, residential investment levels in China are falling, as regulators introduce a raft of measures to stabilise runaway prices.

South Korea is also falling from favour, with investors instead opting for Hong Kong and India. The former reported the highest house price growth in Asia in the year to June, at 21.1% according to Knight Frank. The latter is enjoying five-year price appreciation of a staggering 69.7%.

The Americas present an equally mixed picture.

Canadian cities are falling from grace, with talk of the bubble deflating, if not bursting entirely. Foreign investors are flocking to the US instead, purchasing 49% more residential property by value this year than last, based on figures from the National Association of Realtors.

Latin America is also holding its own, with Argentina and Brazil both looking promising once more.

Finally, the Middle East and Africa is looking extremely interesting.

“Africa’s population is set to double by 2050. That projection is driving a massive need for housing across the continent and opportunities for investors are rife.”

Ray Withers, CEO, Property Frontiers

In Nigeria, the current housing shortage of 18 million units is widening every year, with urbanisation drawing an estimated 40,000 people per day to the country’s cities. The UN World Tourism Organization reports that North Africa was the fastest growing sub-region in the world in Q1 2017, with an increase of 17.8% in visitor numbers. Meanwhile, business confidence in the global hospitality industry has reached its highest level in a decade, opening up a plethora of new investment opportunities to those who like to stay ahead of the curve.

“Wherever you look, there are some outstanding property investment opportunities available right now, from residential accommodation to hotel rooms. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a part of the sector.”

Ray Withers, CEO, Property Frontiers

For more information, contact Property Frontiers by visiting www.propertyfrontiers.com or calling +44 1865 202 700.

Alexander James Interior Design voted one of world’s top 100 interior designers in Andrew Martin Awards 2017

Alexander James Interior Design voted one of world’s top 100 interior designers in Andrew Martin Awards 2017

World

For the second year running, Alexander James Interior Design has been independently voted as one of the world’s top 100 interior designers in the prestigious Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Awards.

Dubbed “the Oscars of the interior design world” by the Sunday Times, the Andrew Martin Awards recognise the most talented interior design teams from around the world.

Globally respected and renowned, the award attracts entries from across the planet. The world’s very finest interior designers are judged by an esteemed panel, which has in the past included the likes of Jo Malone, Terry O’Neil, A A Gill and the Duchess of York. This prominent award has been won by Kelly Hoppen, Kit Kemp and Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, to name just a few well-loved icons who have been rightfully recognised.

“To be nominated for an Andrew Martin Interior Design Award once is an honour. To be nominated two years in a row is simply outstanding. I am indebted to my incredibly talented team here at Alexander James Interior Design for their skill in blending cutting edge creativity with a timeless sense of style. It’s fantastic to see that their hard work has been so deservedly recognised once more.”

Robert Walker, Managing Director, Alexander James Interior Design

The work of the 100 finalists is featured in the prestigious and highly influential ‘Interior Design Review,’ otherwise known as the bible of the interior design world.

Alexander James Interior Design proudly occupies six pages of images in the 2017 Design Review. Having been recognised again this year as being one of the world’s top 100 interior designers cements the firm’s position as one of the leading players in the industry.

The Interior Design Review has become a cultural catalogue, illustrating social and political movements as well as contemporary lifestyles, much like the awards themselves. With more than 1,000 colour photographs, it is a staple for professional interior designers, architects and anyone with a passion for design.

The 2017 Design Review launched on the 1 September 2017, and is available to purchase here. The winners of the 2017 Andrew Martin Interior Design Awards will be announced on 23 October 2017.

For more information contact Alexander James Interior Design on 020 7887 7604 or visit www.aji.co.uk.

New partnership paves the way for those seeking style on the seas

New partnership paves the way for those seeking style on the seas

United Kingdom
  • Alexander James Interior Design partners with Sunseeker London Group
  • Southampton Boat Show and Cannes Yachting Festival showcasing stylish interiors
  • World debut of The 76 Yacht brings the Sunseeker lifestyle to the fore

Attendees at the Cannes Yachting Festival and the forthcoming Southampton Boat Show are lucky enough to enjoy the results of a new partnership between leading interiors firm Alexander James Interior Design and luxury yacht company Sunseeker London Group.

With twenty years of experience in creating award-winning interiors, the exclusive dressing of the yachts has offered an extra dimension to the work of the Alexander James Interior Design team.

“We’re keen to inject our passion, style and sophisticated luxury into the already glamourous yachts for which Sunseeker is so well known. It’s a pleasure to have worked so closely with Sunseeker once again in the world of luxury yachting.

Robert Walker, Managing Director, Alexander James Interior Design

The partnership follows the success that the two companies have enjoyed when they have worked together for previous yachting events.

For Cannes, the Alexander James stylists have styled the San Remo, Manhattan 52, Manhattan 66 and Predator 68 vessels, all of which have been extremely well received.

For the Southampton show, the team has also dressed Sunseeker’s largest boat, along with the 57 Yacht Mark 2 and the 76 Yacht, which makes its world debut this year.

It was important to the team that the soft furnishings and home accessories used to dress the yachts complemented the already exquisite styling that is innate to the Sunseeker brand. Thus, to achieve the right lifestyle look, Alexander James has partnered with artist, gemmologist and designer Beau Han Xu, as well as with British perfumer Jo Malone. Beau Han’s involvement will see him undertake a film and photoshoot aboard the 95 Yacht as part of the Southampton show.

I approached the design of each yacht by giving them a distinct look, using different colour palettes to give them an individual feel. I then used cushions, throws, floral arrangements and decorative accessories to provide a sense of sophistication and lifestyle.’

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design

Aboard the yachts at the Southampton Boat Show, items used from Beau Han included those from the Beau Han Barware collection, an exquisite collection of Swarovski glasses paired with a beautiful decanter, reflective of the luxury lifestyle that Sunseeker’s stunning yachts represent.

These stylish craft will travel on to other boat shows around the world once they have been presented in Cannes and Southampton. Forthcoming events include the Genoa Boat Show and Monaco Yacht Show in September, followed by London, Dusseldorf, Poole and Swanwick in 2018.

 “It’s wonderful to be able to share the elegance of perfect interiors with new audiences in this way and to showcase the versatility of outstanding interior design. We look forward to working with Sunseeker to take their superb yachts from strength to strength over the years ahead.”

Robert Walker, Managing Director, Alexander James Interior Design

For more information, visit Alexander James Interior Design at www.aji.co.uk or call 020 7887 7604.  

Dressing homes fit for fashionistas this London Fashion Week

Dressing homes fit for fashionistas this London Fashion Week

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  • London Fashion Week commences 15th September 2017
  • The right dressing room can be a daily pleasure to use
  • Have fun honing your style and display your items accordingly
  • Use made to measure shelving and back-lit displays for the ultimate designer dressing room

With London Fashion Week fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to focus on a wardrobe refresh. However, according to leading interiors firm Alexander James Interior Design, committed fashionistas are taking this one step further.

Having the ultimate dressing room can be a life-changing experience for those who love their clothes and London Fashion Week presents the perfect excuse to give that dressing room an overhaul. Just because it’s a practical space doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful. The best dressing rooms should serve to inspire their users and celebrate all that is beautiful and fashionable each and every day.

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design

In honour of London Fashion Week, which this year takes place from 15 to 19 September, Sibley has shared her top tips on how to make the most of your dressing room in order to enjoy it at its best.

How to dress your dressing room – Stacey Sibley, Alexander James Interior Design

Start by having a good sort through all your clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery, etc. You don’t want to build a space that is going to be storing items that will never be worn. Reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo can be a huge help with this. Kondo gives tips on how to sort through your belongings and even how to fold clothing.

Next, think about what’s important to you. If you’re a shoe addict, think about how you would like them stored and displayed – do you want them on show or wrapped away for protection? Do you need lots of shelving for shoe boxes or do you prefer to have the shoes out of their boxes on display?

It’s important to think about lighting, too. Make sure the space is well lit, especially where you have the full length mirror for trying outfits on. Using back-lit shelves can be a nice touch here, especially if you have a designer handbag collection or hats to display. Made to measure shelving can also work wonders for those items.

Give some thought to space allocation for clothes as well. Do you have more dresses than separates? If so, you’ll need more full height hanging space. Be realistic about your level of tidiness as well. If you’re super neat then open shelving and hanging space can work well, but if you tend towards the messy then doors to hide away the mess come highly recommended!

Be playful with your style as part of the process too. Do you want your dressing room to be glamorous and glitzy, sleek and cotemporary, or vintage inspired? Shape the space and the items on display to fit your preferred style.

When it comes to practical touches, drawers can be a great help. Underwear, ties and jewellery can all be neatly stored in drawers, while a safe for expensive jewellery and watches may also be a good move. If space allows, a central island for more storage can also be very useful – or a central ottoman for sitting on while getting ready.

Of course, if you have oodles of space available then a ‘his and hers’ dressing room set is the ultimate luxury touch – and will certainly put paid to any arguments over the allocation of wardrobe space. It also means you have the pleasure of creating two distinctly different dress room spaces!

For more information, visit Alexander James Interior Design at www.aji.co.uk or call 020 7887 7604.  

Zanzibar – the hottest new island paradise for real estate investors

Zanzibar – the hottest new island paradise for real estate investors

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  • Zanzibar visitor numbers doubled from 2015 to 2016 (Zanzibar Commission for Tourism)
  • Unguja Island is attracting investment from well-heeled locals and international jetsetters (Property Frontiers)
  • Tanzanian economy has averaged growth of 6-7% over past decade (World Bank)

Zanzibar – the semi-autonomous string of islands located some 25-50 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania – has long been popular with local divers and snorkelers, thanks to its rich offering of coral, dolphins and tropical fish.

Now, the unspoilt island paradise is also attracting keen interest from residential real estate investors, as an exclusive new gated development springs up on the main island of Unguja.

“We’re delighted to be presenting the Fumba Town Development to investors in the UK, with properties ranging from three-bedroom duplexes with pools to five-bedroom townhouses with roof decks and ground level pools. Unguja is a wonderfully unspoilt island and the development is perfect for well-heeled locals and international tourists looking for a peaceful place to escape to.”

Ray Withers, CEO, Property Frontiers

Fumba Town, sited on the Fumba peninsula on the western side of the island, offers the perfect blend of escapism and modern luxury.

Spectacular sunsets, secluded sandy beaches, local snorkelling and a mangrove forest provide a wonderful sense of isolation, while fibre optic internet, an on-site security team and a host of amenities take care of practical needs.

It’s a combination that has already won the interest of one-time Chelsea centre forward Islam Feroz, who has already purchased his own Fumba Town property.

Just 15 km along the coast from Fumba Town, passing the airport along the way, is Stone Town, the UNESCO World Heritage old town of Zanzibar City (birthplace of Freddie Mercury).

The former seat of the Sultan of Oman, the city has a rich heritage, having been a key 19th century hub of the spice and slave trades. It is home to the best bars and restaurants on the island, as well as fascinating landmarks such as the House of Wonders, an ancient Arab fort and numerous coffee houses and spice bazaars.

 “Zanzibar is one of those wonderful locations that is on the cusp of being ‘discovered’ by international tourism, but currently remains almost untouched. Tourism figures are rising and it enjoys the strong stability of the Tanzanian economy in the background, which adds significant weight to the potential of the investment.”

Ray Withers, CEO, Property Frontiers

The Tanzanian economy has enjoyed growth of 6-7% for the past decade, according to the World Bank. The country is politically stable, as well as economically, with a population of 50 million that is growing at more than 3% per year. The economy enjoys healthy diversity, with agriculture, industry (including non-manufacturing), electricity generation, quarrying, mining and services all playing their part.

In terms of tourism, Zanzibar welcomed 376,000 visitors in 2016, double of the 2015 figure, according to the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism. The growth is an indication of the rise in Zanzibar’s popularity as a tourist haven, as holidaymakers seek out the unspoiled paradise that the islands offer in such abundance.

The first homes at Fumba Town will be completed by mid-2018. Investors looking to get ahead of the curve can purchase them now, with three-bedroom duplexes priced from $159,900 and five-bedroom seafront townhouses starting from $289,900.

For more information, contact Property Frontiers by visiting www.propertyfrontiers.com or calling +44 1865 202 700.