Taylor Wimpey España celebrates 6,000 property sales to 40 nationalities

Taylor Wimpey España celebrates 6,000 property sales to 40 nationalities

Spain ,
  • Anniversary celebration in Ibiza to mark 60 years of success
  • Current focus is on Mallorca, Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, due to extensive demand
  • Taylor Wimpey España team to join A Place in the Sun Birmingham show on 21-13 September

In this modern era of political and economic uncertainty, maintaining a successful business over the course of several years is something to be celebrated. No wonder, then, that the team behind leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España were keen to mark their 60th anniversary of delivering superior quality homes across Spain and its islands. On Friday 14 September, the team headed to Ibiza to honour the occasion in true Iberian style.

We wanted to take some time out to thank every single employee of Taylor Wimpey España for their contribution towards making the company the success that it is today. Delivering homes for 60 years is a fantastic achievement and one that we could not have achieved without a host of talented people pouring their skills and energy into the business.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Over the past 60 years, Taylor Wimpey España has built and sold apartments and townhouses to more than 6,000 clients. Those clients have hailed from every continent, with almost 40 different nationalities served.

Today, the focus is largely on the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca, where demand for Spanish holiday homes remains strong from buyers around the world. Developments such as La Floresta Sur, with its beautiful communal gardens and swimming pools, just moments from Elviria Beach, typify the high specification homes available to contemporary buyers (prices start from €228,000).

The Taylor Wimpey España team were joined by Managing Director Javier Ballester and Divisional Chairman, Central and South West, Nigel Holland, who thanked employees for their contribution to the company’s success.

Following the Ibiza celebration, the Taylor Wimpey España team have got straight back to work. Sales and Marketing Director Marc Pritchard will be on the panel of the Buying Property in Spain session at this weekend’s A Place in the Sun show in Birmingham, which runs from 21-23 September. Anyone interested in buying property in Spain is invited to attend for free.

“Participating in events such as A Place in the Sun provides potential second home buyers with the opportunity to speak face to face with those who have experience of living and working overseas. These are valuable opportunities for networking and exploring the dream of second home ownership – and for turning that dream into a reality.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

In the case of second home ownership in Spain, buyers are spoiled for choice. Taylor Wimpey España has key-ready properties available to suit a range of tastes and budgets, from the stunning townhouses of Marina Golf and Cala Murada in Mallorca, to the outstanding beach apartments of La Vila Paradis and Arenal Dream on the Costa Blanca.

The team will be ready to discuss all of these properties and more at A Place in the Sun this weekend, with the next 60 years of successful Spanish property development firmly in mind.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

A trip through history: Buyers delight in French properties that showcase the country’s past

A trip through history: Buyers delight in French properties that showcase the country’s past

France
  • 17th century chateaux offer glimpse of past luxury (FrenchEntrée)
  • Post-Revolution era houses feature stones from destroyed aristocracy homes
  • Paris is perfect post-war fashion property location
  • French Riviera is latest playground for ultra-wealthy property buyers

The French property market offers some absolute gems when it comes to homes with history. Indeed, specialist French property agents FrenchEntrée report that buyers are spoiled for choice when it comes to dwellings from key periods of the country’s history.

“France has produced a range of beautiful and unique architectural styles over the centuries and many fine examples of these still exist today, from extravagant chateaux to chic, fashion-conscious post-war pads. Buyers looking for a second home in France are often after something that differs architecturally from their home country – and there’s certainly plenty that fits that bill.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

The 17th century saw the true beginning of the French Aristocracy flaunting their wealth, with chateaux up and down the country playing a prominent role in this. Subtlety was certainly not the order of the day, resulting in some beautifully extravagant and luxurious homes. Louis 14th and his Palais de Versailles were at the heart of it all, with wealthy countrymen across France racing to showcase their money and influence.

It was the French Revolution that finally put paid to this excessive display of wealth. In the turmoil and chaos that enveloped France, many chateaux were torn down in their entirety. While the grandiose properties themselves have been lost, however, their legacy lives on. The FrenchEntrée team points out that many of the stones from the aristocracy’s destroyed homes were used to create other, more humble dwellings.

Buyers keen to own a part of one of the most important eras of France’s history have some lovely homes to choose from. Houses and cottages dot the countryside around the sites of former castles, many of them built using stones from those destroyed dwellings. Buying such a home is a wonderful way to ensure your property has a unique character and history all of its own.

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Fast-forward to the end of World War II and France – particularly Paris – has some superb examples of post-war properties. With Paris at the heart of the fashion industry, they city’s reputation for elegance spilled over into its property market, as the wealthy used their homes to show off their outstanding, cutting edge taste. Penthouse apartments with views of the city were essential for those looking to cement their social status, while iconic brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior inspired the building and décor of apartments in minimalistic fashion.

The rise of celebrity culture in the 21st century reshaped France’s property market once more, drawing attention towards the playgrounds of the rich along the country’s south coast.

“The Festival du Film de Cannes had a strong influence on the French property market. As film stars and singers rose to prominence and created a new sense of fashion and culture on France’s southern coast, a host of properties sprang up, each more luxurious than the last. Today, Cannes and the surrounding area is home to some incredible properties, with eye-watering price tags that few can afford.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

From the average second home buyer’s perspective, a mansion in Cannes may be a little too much of a stretch. Thankfully, France has a wealth of properties available to suit a range of tastes and budgets, meaning that those seeking a piece of the country’s history should be able to find the perfect French residence.

 

A journey through history: Properties on the market today

This listed 17th century chateau exudes luxury. Less than an hour from Paris, it is a superb example of a symmetrical chateau, with the central front-body on three levels and two ground-floor wings flanking it, in arcades covered by roof terraces. The grounds include formal gardens, an orangery, greenhouse and kitchen garden. Asking price: €14.7 million.

For history buffs, this four-bedroom house in Fox Amphoux, just 6 km from Cotignac, is bound to appeal. Fox Amphoux was the home town of Barras, one of the figures of the French Revolution, and this hamlet house was built using the stones of the castle. Beautifully renovated and with delightful country views, it is available for €275,000.

In the heart of Paris, with views of the Arc de Triomphe, this incredible apartment is spread over an entire floor of a 19th century building on the elegant Avenue Marceau. The property marries historic architecture, with fireplaces, parquet and mouldings, and stunning contemporary design. On the market for: €7.3 million.

For the ultra-wealthy, this exquisite private estate on the French Riviera includes three five-bedroom villas, a two-bedroom villa and a staff residence of five studios and one apartment. The contemporary estate offers unparalleled luxury in complete seclusion, with a 4km outdoor fitness trail, tennis court, three heated swimming pools, spa, olive groves and even its own helipad. Price on application.

 

For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.

 

A holiday home for all seasons – how to ensure a Spanish second home has year-round appeal

A holiday home for all seasons – how to ensure a Spanish second home has year-round appeal

Spain ,
  • Air conditioning that heats and year-round local services essential (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Think through off-season entertainment options, particularly with children (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Spain’s property prices up 6.8% in past year (INE), reflecting continued demand

Long, lazy summer days on the beach in Spain have prompted many to think seriously about buying a second home in Iberia. Easily accessible from the UK and enjoying far better weather, Spain is a popular choice for Brits looking to own a slice of the sunshine overseas.

Buying a second home in Spain can also make financial sense for families looking to grow their capital. Prices there rose by 6.8% during the year to Q2 2018, according to the INE Housing Price Index. For the Balearic and Canary Islands, the rises have been even more impressive, standing at 9.2% for the year to August 2018, based on TINSA’s figures.

For those taking the plunge and looking to buy a holiday home after a summer viewing, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has a few words of caution.

Spain enjoys a much warmer climate than the UK. However, that doesn’t mean it is consistently warm year-round! Property buyers need to consider this when buying a property that they plan to use over the winter months.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

While ‘Spain’ and ‘cold’ are two words you don’t hear together often, the increasing unpredictability of cold fronts over the winter months mean that property buyers need to think about seasonal variations. All Taylor Wimpey España homes, for example, including air conditioning units that heat as well as cool, providing owners with the ability to create a comfortable interior temperature whether it’s 40°C or blowing a gale outside.

Nor is it just the home itself that buyers need to consider from a seasonal perspective. Many areas that enjoy a bumper summer season can take on a distinctly ghost town-esque atmosphere over the winter months.

While the peace of deserted towns over the winter months appeals to some buyers, those with young children – and, indeed, older children – may well struggle to entertain them off season in the wrong area! Buyers should therefore consider carefully what will be available to them in their preferred location outside of the summer months.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

It is something that the Taylor Wimpey España take into account when looking at where to build their properties. Proximity to golf clubs with spa facilities, great restaurants that serve local crowds year-round, playparks and shops are all considered as part of the process.

Buying a holiday home that can be used in every season is about looking at the whole package. Buying somewhere that’s booming in the summer, then spending the Christmas holidays there – and trying to pull together festive feasts from a minimally stocked local store – doesn’t always make for the treasured memories that people are looking for!

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

With a 60-year history of providing high specification holiday homes to overseas buyers, Taylor Wimpey España is well positioned to advise on such matters. The company’s La Vila Paradis development at the Costa Blanca’s Villajoyosa is an excellent example. The front-line beach apartments and townhouses, with their on-site pool and perfectly landscaped gardens, are perfect for making the most of the summer. The last, key-ready properties are available from €279,000 plus VAT.

Both a working town and a popular tourist area, Villajoyosa provides plenty of entertainment options over the winter months too, from its bustling restaurant scene to the must-see chocolate museum. The weekly market and (almost) daily fish market also mean that catering is a joy in Villajoyosa, no matter what season it may be. With so much to do and superb quality homes on offer from Taylor Wimpey España, buyers can be confident in making Villajoyosa their second home destination of choice, come rain or shine.

 

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Brexit debacle does nothing to stem flow of foreign investment into UK, with regional cities emerging on top

Brexit debacle does nothing to stem flow of foreign investment into UK, with regional cities emerging on top

United Kingdom World ,
  • Manchester-Liverpool metropolitan area among top 10 global cities for foreign direct investment (IBM)
  • West Midlands is only UK region to see both FDI projects and jobs created increase (Department for International Trade)
  • Pace of FDI shows confidence in UK’s resilience and importance of regional cities (Surrenden Invest)

As we inch ever closer to a no deal Brexit, it’s easy to imagine the rest of Europe enjoying a quiet laugh at the UK’s expense. However, investors around the world are standing up to be counted and showing that they are interested in the UK for the long term, irrespective of Brexit.

Two studies have recently highlighted the importance of the UK to the global investment community – specifically, the importance of the UK’s regional cities. IBM’s 2017 Global Location Trends report looked at the world’s top cities for foreign direct investment (FDI). The annual report compares metropolitan areas based on equal labour catchment areas, for a truer comparison. Using that methodology, the Manchester-Liverpool metropolitan area ranked tenth in the world for FDI, placing it in the league of cities such as London, Paris, Singapore, Amsterdam and Dubai. It beat the likes of Barcelona, Toronto and Dublin to make it to the tenth spot.

According to IBM, Manchester and Liverpool jointly pulled in the tenth highest number of FDI projects of any global city in 2017. In doing so, they created some 7,000 jobs.

“It’s brilliant to see Manchester and Liverpool rubbing shoulders with the world’s top cities. Both have undergone extensive regeneration over the past couple of decades, positioning themselves to compete globally at this level. Manchester has established itself as the UK’s creative and media hub, while Liverpool’s health and life science sectors, and digital manufacturing industry, are truly world-class.”

Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest

Foreign direct investment has not been limited to these sectors. Far from it. Both cities have enjoyed keen interest in their property sectors too, as the UK’s need for far more rental homes than it currently has available, has attracted overseas investors in their droves. Prime developments such as Manchester’s Ancoats Gardens, with its outstanding roof garden, vast 1,715 square foot gym and on-site coffee lounge, or the 139 high-spec homes at The Tannery in Liverpool, which are available from as little as £85,000, provide precisely the easy route into the UK property market that many foreign investors are seeking.

Further research by Foundation Home Loans has contributed to the sense of long-term security that investment in sectors such as buy-to-let in the UK brings with it. The company found that 18% of landlords plan to remain active in the sector indefinitely, versus just 6% who are considering exiting the buy-to-let market in the next year or two.

“What several of the latest research pieces are showing is that investors are looking to keep their money in the UK over the longer term, despite the continued blustering that we read daily about the Brexit debacle. Behind the scenes, investors are letting their funds speak for themselves.”

Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest

The second piece of research to flag up the importance of one of the UK’s regional markets is from the Department for International Trade. The study found that the West Midlands was the only region in the UK to experience a rise in both FDI projects and the number of jobs recorded compared with a year previously. These increased by 13% and 43% respectively.

At the core of the West Midlands, Birmingham is another regional city that is firmly on international (as well as domestic) investors’ maps. Again, the city’s property market in particular is charming investors from around the globe. Developments such as Westminster Works, in the city’s investment hotspot of Digbeth, offer a global standard of urban living that appeals to investors and tenants in equal measure.

“FDI in the UK is here to stay. The property market in particular has a compelling case for its long term viability. The UK can’t build houses fast enough to house its expanding population and is over a decade behind where it needs to be in terms of the number of homes. Coupled with a rise in the appeal of city centre living, this has created an excellent environment for investors from overseas who are looking to commit their funds to exciting regional cities.”

Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest

 

For more information, visit www.surrendeninvest.com or call 0203 3726 499

Terrific terraces – The sky’s the limit in Hayes!

Terrific terraces – The sky’s the limit in Hayes!

United Kingdom , ,

 

  • Planning permission granted for stunning new roof terrace at the Gatefold Building
  • Fifth floor terrace will include gardening pods and pergolas
  • New rooftop gardens to further enhance Gatefold Building’s reputation as Hayes’ premiere residential accommodation

The London Borough of Hillingdon’s motto is “Putting our residents first,” and that is precisely what the local planning team is doing. The team has just granted planning permission for a stunning new roof terrace that will top the Gatefold Building in Hayes. The move will bring a host of new features to residents of the Gatefold Building, enriching their experience of urban living in Hayes.

 “Creating a strong sense of community is integral to the vision behind Build to Rent accommodation. It is part of what sets its aside from other rental developments. Since launching the Gatefold Building, we’ve worked to create a welcoming, friendly local community. Now, it’s time to step that up to the next level, providing residents with additional social and recreational spaces that have been designed in accordance with their feedback.”

Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes

The exciting roof terrace area will include a host of community-friendly features, including three ‘pod’ seating areas and two pergolas. In addition, trellising, seating, decking, planting and associated furniture will delight all those with green fingers.

The Gatefold Building already has a reputation for pushing the boundaries of want renters in Hayes can expect from their homes. The 119 one, two and three bedroom apartments provide a pet-friendly community living experience that comes complete with hotel-inspired services such as a concierge, on-site maintenance team and free super-fast broadband.

The fifth floor roof terrace’s focus on gardening is in response to resident demand. It has been designed to offer a unique recreational space that residents can use flexibly, depending on what they want from it. From a quick drink after work to growing blooms worthy of the Chelsea Flower Show, the space will satisfy the needs of Hayes’ renters in a way that no development has done before.

“Following a focus group with our residents in Hayes, and based on their feedback we have plans in place to install gardening pods on the new roof terrace as part of the development plans. The gardening pods will be available for Gatefold Building residents only and enable those with green fingers to grow their own plants in a dedicated, safe and secure environment.”

Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes

With planning permission granted, the be:here Hayes team can progress with developing the new roof terrace for residents’ enjoyment. The stylish design has been carefully crafted to balance a sense of space and serenity with a welcoming community vibe. The same balance is evident throughout the development, which provides a sense of calm and space for residents, while also providing them with access to the vibrant Old Vinyl Factory development, which will include restaurants, leisure facilities and a music venue in honour of the site’s previous incarnation as an EMI factory.

Residents of the Gatefold Building already enjoy a superior accommodation experience. Now, with work on the terrific roof terrace due to commence shortly, they can look forward to soon being part of Hayes’ most exciting residential outdoor space as well.

Prices at the Gatefold Building start from £1,300 pcm.

For the latest availability and any questions, please contact the be:here team directly on 0203 845 4796 or visit http://www.behere-hayes.co.uk/

Rising prices do nothing to deter foreign buyers as business booms in the Costa del Sol

Rising prices do nothing to deter foreign buyers as business booms in the Costa del Sol

Spain ,

 

  • Property prices up more than 4% in Andalucia (INE)
  • Golf properties particularly sought after at this time of year (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Foreigners now account for 31% of buyers in Costa del Sol (INE)

Business is booming on the Costa del Sol, with rising property prices doing nothing to deter buyers from snapping up second homes. Beach properties remain as popular as ever, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, while homes on golf courses are particularly sought after at this time of year.

After the heat of the summer – which this year has been particularly intense, many buyers return to the Costa del Sol to pursue their passion for golf and seek out a suitable property that they can use as a second home. September and October tend to offer a little relief from the heat of mid-summer, as well as being quieter now that the summer holidays have ended. This means that it’s the perfect time for buyers to discover the golf property of their dreams.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Property prices were up by 4.07% in Andalucia in the first quarter of 2018, compared to a year earlier, based on data from Spain’s National Institute of Statistics. The proportion of foreign buyers is also rising, up from 28% in Q1 2017 to 31% in Q1 2018 for the Costa del Sol.

For many of those buyers, golf properties such as those at Taylor Wimpey España’s Horizon Golf are top of the wish list. Available from €435,000 plus VAT, the ample homes are situated on the Costa del Sol’s beautiful La Cala Resort, within the famous Campo Asia golf course in the Valley of Mijas. As well as access to the superb golfing amenities, buyers at the private, gated development also enjoy the use of a large communal pool and carefully landscaped gardens.

Golf has risen in popularity to the point that 208 of the world’s 245 nations now have golf courses, according to the R&A’s Golf Around the World report. Demand for golf homes has inevitably risen as a result.

“One of the many benefits of buying a golf property in the Costa del Sol is that its use is far from limited to just golfing. Take our Green Golf homes as an example. Not only do they provide incredible golf course access and views, there’s also a superb spa on site and a fantastic beach just 3km away. This means that the homes are not just suitable for golfers, but also for the non-golfing members of their family and friends.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Such flexibility means that golfers can look forward to using their second home not just for their own ends, but also to create plenty of cherished family holiday memories. With Sports Marketing Surveys reporting that the golfers who play at least once a week have an average age of 63, a home that appeals to grandchildren as well as to golf-loving adults clearly has its advantages.

With their superb views and easy access to pristine golf courses, Costa del Sol golf homes are well positioned to take advantage of the increasing proportion of foreigners who are buying properties there. And with prices steadily rising, those buyers an reasonably expect to enjoy healthy capital growth as the icing on the cake.

 

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Taylor Wimpey España completions up 91%, as Spanish property market thrives

Taylor Wimpey España completions up 91%, as Spanish property market thrives

Spain ,

 

  • Taylor Wimpey España completions up 91% from compared to H1 2017
  • Spanish property prices up 4.3% in July (Tinsa)
  • British buyers largely un-phased by Brexit (Taylor Wimpey España)

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has reported a 91% increase in home completions for the first half of 2018, when compared with the same period in 2017. The company has reported a strong first half of the year and expressed optimism regarding the rest of 2018 and beyond.

The news comes against a backdrop of continuing positive growth in the Spanish property market. The latest Tinsa data shows a price rise of 4.3% nationally in July, with urban areas, the Balearics/Canaries and the Mediterranean Coast all recording positive movement.

We are delighted to report such a positive start to 2018 and to see the Spanish property market performing so well. We have worked hard over the past several years to ensure that our customers are not only provided with a great product, but also with superb customer service. This approach has supported the positive results that we have achieved in terms of completions and has positioned Taylor Wimpey España well for the future.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s customer satisfaction rate is currently running at 98%. The company’s blend of outstanding beach and golf homes, together with impeccable service, has delighted buyers from across Europe (and beyond) so far this year.

German buyers were the largest nationality group for January to June, accounting for 25% of Taylor Wimpey España’s total reservations, followed by Britons (at 14%), Scandinavians (10%) and Russians (9%).

Interestingly, most British buyers seem un-phased by the impending Brexit date when it comes to buying Spanish property. Instead, they are focusing on the myriad benefits of living in Spain, from its climate to its golf courses.

One development to particularly benefit from this is Horizon Golf. The 55 spacious townhouses are located within La Cala Golf Resort’s famous Campo Asia golf course. The gated development boasts communal swimming pools and beautiful gardens, while each house benefits from large terraces and solarium of over 50 m² with panoramic views.

“There’s definitely an air of ‘keep calm and carry on’ when it comes to Britons buying Spanish property at the moment. Brexit’s there in the background, but few buyers are seeing it as much more than a possible future irritation. They’re not letting Brexit get in the way of their dream of holiday home ownership.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

In terms of regional focus, buyers remain positive about the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, as well as the largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca.

 

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Perfect Paris – Latest buyer trends reveal penchant for premium properties and rental homes

Perfect Paris – Latest buyer trends reveal penchant for premium properties and rental homes

France
  • Wealthy foreign nationals scouring French market for premium properties (FrenchEntrée)
  • Paris’ residential real estate sector is most sought after in world for super-rich (Knight Frank)
  • Shortage of supply and strong rental returns pulling buy-to-let investors into Paris (FrenchEntrée)

Specialist French property agents FrenchEntrée have revealed that premium properties and rental homes are top of buyers’ shopping lists when it comes to Paris property right now. A core demographic of wealthy foreign nationals, primarily from the UK and the US, are scouring the market for properties costing from around €700,000 and upward.

“The Paris property market is alive and well, with foreign buyers seeking out well-located homes that really take advantage of all that the city has to offer. As well as properties for personal use, we’re seeing keen interest in buy-to-let homes right now. With fewer properties available than there is demand for, Paris is an excellent choice for buy-to-let ventures at the moment, with properties in desirable areas commanding healthy rental yields.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Paris’ residential real estate sector is the most sought after in the world for the super-rich, according to a recent study by Knight Frank International. The city experienced record growth in the price of its residential properties during 2017, in the face of a shortage of housing stock, but the price rise has done little to deter premium property buyers.

Rents in Paris are rising hand in hand with property prices. Rent caps were scrapped by the French courts last year. Since then, the National Association for Consumer and User Protection (CLCV) has observed that more than half of all rents in the capital have increased in the past six months.

“This shortage of available homes, combined with rising rents, is fueling buy-to-let investment in Paris. Buyers are particularly seeking out Haussmanian buildings with classic proportions and features – light-filled homes with high ceilings. Properties of this nature usually command between €10,000 and €20,000 per square metre, and far more if it’s at a prestigious address or boasts a significant ‘wow factor,’ such as views of the Seine or a major landmark. The fact that demand is outstripping supply is also serving to provide the market with excellent stability, which is another reason that investors are so excited about Paris right now.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Popular hotspots for foreign buyers’ opulent pied-à-terres and rental apartments are the 6th and 7th Saint Germain des Pres arrondissements, and the 3rd and 4th arrondissement, particularly the upmarket district of Le Marais. Budgets in these areas average between €1 million and €1.5 million, according to the FrenchEntrée team.

Once a quaint neighbourhood, Le Marais is regarded as ‘old Paris.’ The quartier was developed by the bourgeoisie starting in the 16th century and is now one of the city’s most vibrant areas. With its fine array of galleries, museums and boutiques, it’s popular with art enthusiasts and fashionistas alike.

The most interesting area for buyers considering Le Marais is the Haut-Marais, which is further away from the river and close to the République Métro stop. Current hotspots include north of the Rue Rambuteau, south-east of Republique, the Square du Temple and the Marché des Enfants Rouges, the city’s oldest food market, which is packed with rambling food stalls. The Haut-Marais is now a hip district that offers a great rental return to property investors. With a wealth of bars and restaurants, bustling nightlife and close proximity to République, it’s a sought after area for young professionals, meaning that investors have plenty of tenants queuing up to rent their apartments.

Le Marais is largely free of Haussmanian architecture and, with its maze of winding streets, is often described as having a ‘village’ feel. Buyers should budget around €12,500 per square metre as a base point, and possibly higher for well-renovated apartments with a lift in the more popular areas.

Studios are particularly popular and snapped up quickly. In terms of returns, a studio in good condition and rented furnished will fetch €1,500 per calendar month, including agency fees, while a nice but compact one-bed will bring in €2,000 pcm, and a two-bedroom €3,000 pcm.

“With Paris due to host the Olympic Games in 2024, and France remaining the world’s most visited country, it’s fair to say that the Paris property market has excellent long-term potential. Its many investment opportunities are backed by a world-class lifestyle, superb infrastructure and substantial international business community. This is a city that will remain firmly on the investment map for the duration!”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

 

Perfect Parisian properties on the market

Le Marais, Square du Temple: This romantic, decadent property is evocative of Madame de Pompadour’s boudoir. This unique property, in a 17th century building, overlooks the beautiful Square du Temple and is priced at €1,680,000.

Le Marais, Place des Vosges: Located just off the famous Place des Vosges, the jewel in the crown of the Marais, this beautiful three-bedroom apartment, priced at €1,680,000, is on the first floor of a classic Parisian building with high ceilings, period features and plenty of character.

Saint Germain des Pres, 6th arrondissement: Found in an exceptional location in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this luxury apartment is tucked away on the third floor of a period building dating from 1850. Available for €1,575,000, the apartment includes a distinctive antique fireplace, a balcony and outstanding city views.

Latin Quarter, 5th arrondissement: This beautiful two-bedroom property, in an historic enclave just a few steps from the Seine and Notre Dame cathedral, blends exceptional features with contemporary comfort. It is on sale for €1,157,000.

 

For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.

 

Newcastle’s tallest ever crane heralds new era for city’s property market

Newcastle’s tallest ever crane heralds new era for city’s property market

United Kingdom ,

 

  • 110m loughing crane believed to be largest ever used in Newcastle (High Street Residential)
  • Development will be visible from most approaches into the city
  • Hadrian’s Tower to be Newcastle’s tallest building (Surrenden Invest)

The installation of a 110m tall loughing crane over the August bank holiday weekend will mark a new era for Newcastle’s residential accommodation, according to leading property investment agency Surrenden Invest. The crane is being installed to enable the next phase in the erection of Hadrian’s Tower, a residential development that will become the city’s tallest building.

At 27-storeys tall, Hadrian’s Tower will be an exciting new addition to the Newcastle skyline. The apartment block is set to usher in a new style of chic, urban homes, with residents benefitting from a range of on-site amenities. These will include a 24/7 hotel-style concierge service, a café and touchdown meeting points. The crowning glory will be the stunning sky lounge, which will offer unsurpassed views across Newcastle.

“Hadrian’s Tower is an incredibly exciting development to bring to Newcastle, as it will mark the start of a new phase for the city’s property market. We’re seeking to raise expectations with accommodation of this standard and to inspire the future of residential accommodation in the city as a result. Using the tallest crane that the city has ever seen plays a big role in that, not just from the physical build perspective but also from the psychological point of marking the start of a new era.”

Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest

With an eight-tonne load capacity, the 110 metre loughing crane, which has a reach of 127 metres, will be used to lift everything from concrete slabs to plasterboard to cladding materials.

“This is a complex operation, due to the size of the crane. Even the mobile crane that is used to install it is enormous. Depending on the weather, we’ll be looking to have the Hadrian’s Tower crane in place by the end of Sunday 26 August. It will then remain on site for a year and the development will be visible from most entry points into the city during that time.

“We believe this will be the tallest crane that has ever been used in Newcastle. The angle of the loughing jib means that the whole structure will have a reach of 127 metres. I can’t see any reason why any of the city’s current buildings would have required a crane of this scale.”

Keith McDougall, Operations Director, High Street Residential Ltd

The crane’s installation marks an exciting stage in the building’s progression and is expected to generate considerable local interest. According to Surrenden Invest, it also signifies the city’s arrival on the global investment map.

“There’s no doubt that Newcastle has ‘arrived’ in terms of its investment credentials. We’re talking to a lot of investors who are keen to be part of the city’s future. There’s already plenty of regeneration work underway in Newcastle and some really exciting schemes, but nothing of this height. That’s why we’re so excited to be part of this step-change for the city’s property market.”

Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest

 

For more information, visit www.surrendeninvest.com or call 0203 3726 499

Ultimate holiday homes for kids

Ultimate holiday homes for kids

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  • Keeping children occupied can mean more relaxation time for other family members (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Choosing a property with a host of on-site facilities allows for flexible usage over the years
  • Finding the right property can mean a lifetime of happy holiday memories

After a glorious few weeks, the English weather has reverted to type once again, prompting many families to head to Europe in search of some sunshine during the latter part of the school holidays. For some of those families, a holiday home in a favourite location is the perfect setting for creating wonderful childhood memories. However, choosing the right family-friendly, second home can be harder than it first appears.

Families’ needs change over the years. Young children grow up and want different things from their leisure time. As such, it’s important for families to buy holiday homes that meet future needs as well as current ones.”

Marc Pritchard, father of two and Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España recommends keeping several points in mind when seeking out the ultimate holiday homes for kids.

Easy access from the UK is essential, which is one of the reasons that Spain is so popular with UK buyers, being just a couple of hours away by plane. Families also need to think through the journey they have upon arrival, ensuring that the property is within easy reach of the local airport. There’s little worse than arriving in a foreign country with tired and hungry children in tow, only to face an onward journey of several hours before you arrive at your holiday home.

The type of property is important too. A private pool might seem like a great idea but having to constantly guard it against curious toddlers is far from relaxing. As such, a communal pool with fencing is often a much safer option for those with young children. A home on a dedicated holiday development can work well in terms of the community aspect too, which you simply don’t get with a standalone property.

Internally, a decent kitchen for self-catering is essential, particularly for youngsters who are fussy about what they eat. Storage space is important too, as having a stash of toys, clothes, games, books, pool toys and so forth means a far less stressful packing process for each break.

By the same token, a ground floor apartment with a garden (rather than a balcony) is often appealing to those with youngsters who like to explore. A garden also provides plenty of entertainment options, from ball games to teddy bears’ picnics!

“Families should review on-site and local amenities carefully prior to purchase. The more options there are nearby for entertaining little ones, the better. Beaches, pools, kids’ clubs, sporting activities… all of these can provide fun for young family members. Residences at La Cala Golf are a great example of this – the host of on-site facilities for children mean that there is always something fun to do, while the needs of older children and adult are also well catered for.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Enjoying a prominent Costa del Sol location, La Cala Golf is home to two Taylor Wimpey España developments: Horizon Golf and Grand View. Just 7 km from the beach, the two and three-bedroom properties feature communal pools and lush gardens, as well as spectacular golf, coast and mountain views. They also benefit from the broad range of activities available at La Cala Golf, which provides three 18-hole golf courses, a spa and hydrotherapy centre, tennis courts, a running track, a gym with a host of features and qualified trainers, a professional football pitch, a Golf Academy and a practice range. Prices start from €287,000.

Relaxed, happy children mean relaxed, happy parents. Flexible properties, which are suited to everyone from the very youngest to the oldest, are the way forward for those seeking the ultimate holiday homes for children.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

 

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.