French ski resorts that benefited from the Winter Olympics effect

French ski resorts that benefited from the Winter Olympics effect

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South Korea’s hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics in February will be an opportunity to promote winter sports to the world while demonstrating the diversity of today’s skiing destinations, said in December, adding that it’s also an occasion to recognize how important the French Alps have been both in the history of the event and ski tourism as a whole.

“The Winter Olympics is always exciting and it will be no different in PyeongChang,” said director Julian Walker. “This hugely popular quadrennial event was in fact born in the French Alps, specifically in Chamonix in 1924. It returned to France in 1968, to Grenoble, and then again in 1992, to Albertville. For those French resorts that were fortunate enough to participate, the Olympics helped put them on the map and have become an important part of their history.” highlights four resorts in the French Alps that have featured in Winter Olympics and in each reveals an exciting property for sale .

Les Arcs – Speed skiing
Part of the Paradiski ski area in the Savoie region, Les Arcs hosted the exhilarating speed skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics. The event involves skiing as fast as possible down a straight downhill run, such that competitors often exceed 200 kilometres per hour. The resort’s Olympic speed run, known as the ‘Kilometre Lancé’ (Flying Kilometre), is in the Aiguille Rouge area of Les Arcs 2000, where the slopes are especially steep. Pro speed skiers still use it today while the public can use it under supervision. has new-build apartments in Les Arcs, available from €200,000.

Méribel – Ice hockey and Alpine skiing
Picturesque Méribel, a favourite with British skiers, is located in the centre of the vast Trois Vallées ski area, making it ideally placed for hosting two events at the 1992 Olympics – the ice hockey and women’s Alpine skiing. A legacy of this is the resort’s impressive indoor ice rink, the Patinoire Olympique, built for the Olympics and which now includes a swimming pool and restaurant. has luxury property for sale in Méribel, including new-build four-bedroom chalets from €2.9million.

Val d’Isère – Alpine skiing
Testament to the quality of the slopes around trendy Val d’Isère, the resort played a key part in the 1992 Olympics. Part of the Espace Killy ski area, which includes Tignes, the resort hosted all bar one of the men’s Alpine skiing events, including the downhill, super-G, giant slalom and combined. The resort’s famous Face de Bellevarde, a thrilling black run, was integral to these events and today remains a highlight of skiing at Val d’Isère. has luxury off-plan apartments in Val d’Isère, available from €1.309million.

Courchevel – Ski jumping and Nordic combined
Internationally exclusive Courchevel played its part in the 1992 Olympics by hosting the jumping and Nordic combined at its Le Praz (1,300) village. The Courchevel Valley also benefited from the creation of accommodation for competitors in the village of La Tania. has luxury new apartments in Courchevel, available from €825,000.

A home to give you the chills this festive season

A home to give you the chills this festive season

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  • Walk-in fridge adds luxurious twist to Mulliner House, Hadley Wood (Bellis Homes)
  • Unusual, commercial size cold room is ideal for the festive season
  • Other features include indoor pool, hot tub, steam room and cinema room

Spending on festive food and drink was projected to top £5.1 billion across the UK last year, according to the number crunchers at Go Compare. Spending on food came second only to spending on gifts during the festive season in 2016, as homes up and down the country indulged in Christmas delicacies with friends and family.

One problem often faced by families at this time of year is how to fit all that food (and drink – let’s not forget the prosecco!) into the fridge. Interestingly, Mulliner House in Hadley Wood, North London, offers buyers the ideal solution – a walk-in fridge. Available through Bellis Homes, the property is home to a number of innovative features, with an large commercial sized walk-in fridge being one of them. More popular in the US and with celebrity buyers, such an amenity is rare for a residential property in the UK.

“We wanted to ensure that Mulliner House stood out as an exceptional property in several ways, while at the same time creating the perfect environment for modern family life. With the kitchen being the heart of the home, it was important to give it that extra something special, and a walk-in cold room seem like a natural feature for such a luxurious property.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

Ideal for hosting, spare storage and entertaining, the Mulliner House cold room has plenty of capacity for Christmas fizz, as well as sufficient pre-prepared plates of party food to get through the festive season’s parties. The property is also well suited to multi-generational living, as a result of its size and design. With six bedrooms, the four-storey home has plenty of capacity to accommodation modern family life. The home also includes a lift, a stunning indoor swimming pool, a hot tub and a steam room. There’s a bar area in the pool room, along with a plush, in-house cinema for those who prefer to spend their leisure time curled up in front of the latest blockbuster.

 “Properties of this particular specification are few and far between in London. Mulliner House is a home that delights and surprises at every turn. From the walk-in fridge to the hot tub, it offers the best in contemporary urban living while providing space for the whole family.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

Mulliner House is on the market for £5.5 million.

For more information, contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or visit

Collegiate expands portfolio in 2018 with 6,100 new purpose-built student beds across the UK and Europe

Collegiate expands portfolio in 2018 with 6,100 new purpose-built student beds across the UK and Europe

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  • 22% increase in first-year students choosing PBSA accommodation in 2017/18 (Collegiate)
  • 10% more PBSA stock required to meet growing demand (Savills)
  • Collegiate’s delivery pipeline outside the UK reaches nearly 5,000 beds


In the last decade, investors have rushed to the burgeoning purpose-built-student-accommodation (PBSA) sector opening new private halls in emergent locations throughout the UK with extra facilities such as gyms and private cinemas.

Luxury student accommodation provider Collegiate has been at the heart of this growing market for the past 6 years, attracting students at every stage of their higher education. In fact, Collegiate has recorded a 22% increase in first-year students opting for their accommodation for the current academic year (2017/18) than the last (2016/17), attracted to the security, safety and a wide range of on-site amenities on offer.

However, the Savills Student Housing Report 2017 points out that PBSA developments are failing to keep pace with increasing demand. The report claims that 10% more stock is forecast to be delivered in the UK this year vs 2016, highlighting the call to investors to supply more PBSA beds for the future.

Collegiate is leading this charge by increasing its portfolio substantially for 2018 and beyond. The operator has launched several PBSA sites this year including Ernest Place in Durham and Crown House in Sheffield. But it won’t stop there, new sites in Exeter, Bournemouth, Reading and Liverpool will open next year with extra facilities for its residents and right on time for the 2017-18 academic year.

Collegiate has already increased the supply of PBSA in recent years by delivering 20,000 beds across 30 sites in the UK. Now the operator is going hand to hand with the globalisation of higher education. As the growth in international student numbers has underpinned demand for high quality student housing, Collegiate has turned its attention to European markets, with a heavy focus on Portugal and Spain to start.

It has acquired new sites, including Marina Real in Valencia, Aravaca in Madrid, Finestrelles in Barcelona and Marquês de Pombal in Lisbon to name but a few and has many more in the pipeline. For the next two years, cities outside the UK hold the largest pipeline for Collegiate with almost 5,000 new beds forecast.


“We have many exciting new sites in the pipeline from new university towns and cities in the UK to popular destinations in Europe starting with Portugal. Unfortunately, we have to accept that it is becoming more expensive for our clients to buy land in the UK and construction costs have gone up, which is why we looked at the move into Europe.”

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO, Collegiate

The new 330 bed scheme in Lisbon will be the first to kick off the European expansion, opening its doors to residents on 15th January 2018.

Marquês de Pombal will be part of Collegiate’s Prestige Collection with residents benefitting from a private fitness suite, swimming pool and sauna, a 24-hour concierge service, club lounge and an on-site cinema.

From €135 per week, it encompasses superior studios space, two bed apartments as well as penthouses with a unique access to a terrace.  Collegiate Marquês de Pombal is located in the heart of the Portuguese capital, close to the university’s campus and iconic Avenida de Liberdade.

 “Lisbon is our first foray into student accommodation outside of the UK, so we wanted to create something incredibly new and exciting. The art and culture of the city are so inspiring and we wanted to reflect that at Marquês de Pombal, giving students an ultra-luxurious home from which to enjoy the best that Lisbon has to offer.”

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO, Collegiate

Savills World Student Housing report 2016/17 emphasises that Portugal’s student housing sector Is relatively undersupplied, creating an opportunity for reliable student housing operators such as Collegiate to expand their portfolios there.


For more information and to book accommodation in university towns and cities across the UK and Europe, contact Collegiate on +44 1235 250 140 or visit  

Hayes: A blooming marvellous place to Be

Hayes: A blooming marvellous place to Be

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The London Borough of Hillingdon has struck gold in the nationwide Britain in Bloom competition for its lovely local parks and gardens. The 2017 winners were named at an awards ceremony last month with Hillingdon, West London, once again winning in the Large City category, impressing judges with its 200 open spaces and impressive Green Flag sites.

Alongside the Britain in Bloom award, Hillingdon was also named as winners in the 2017 Green Flag Awards. While the borough retained 42 Green Flags, it also expanded its collection with a further five new Green Flag sites including Cherry Lane Cemetery in Hayes, Southlands Arts Centre in West Drayton, Long Meadow in Eastcote and the Gravel Pitts in Northwood.

RHS Britain in Bloom is the UK’s largest horticultural campaign, running for over 50 years, which “encourages local gardeners to improve their environment through the imaginative use of flowers, trees, shrubs and landscaping”. By winning the competition, the considerable efforts of Hillingdon residents to make the community greener, cleaner and more beautiful have paid off.

“As a local resident of Hillingdon myself, it’s wonderful that the borough has once again been named as a Britain in Bloom winner. You can see the hard work and dedication that many put into making the local area the very best it can be and that extends to us here at the Gatefold Building in Hayes. We think it’s a blooming great place to be.”

Akash Sharma, Hillingdon resident and Assistant Property Manager – be:here Hayes

Be:here Hayes by Be Living Ltd is a development built for rent, located just three minutes from Hayes & Harlington station.

Be:here Hayes’ residents can enjoy a number of ground floor homes with 30 foot, private gardens (large enough to accommodate furry friends who are also most welcome), podium gardens in the central courtyard with plentiful greenery and benches as well as a large landscaped communal roof terrace.

The front lawn and play area has been specifically designed to resemble musical notes when viewed from above, in tribute to the iconic name of the building – The Gatefold, which is the form of packaging for vinyl records. The development is part of the wider Old Vinyl Factory regeneration scheme, the former home of the EMI record factory.

Residents can enjoy the use of communal gardens, roof terrace and play space, designed to allow community spirit to flourish and to relax. The development’s feline residents can indulge in the cat nip especially planted in the podium gardens for their enjoyment.

The stylish development offers 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, pet-friendly homes with green space from £1,200.

For more information please contact be:here Hayes on 0203 845 4796 or visit

Manchester-Beijing route drives inward property investment right on time for Christmas

Manchester-Beijing route drives inward property investment right on time for Christmas

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  • Hainan Airlines’ new direct flights to China generated hundreds of millions for northern England’s economy (Steer Davies Gleave)
  • Chinese investment in Manchester property rose by 54% (Steer Davies Gleave)
  • 22,000 Chinese visitors expected during Christmas holiday (Manchester Airport)
  • Properties of the World sees 30% rise in Chinese property buyers over the last year


Manchester’s economy is decisively booming thanks to the city’s new direct flights to Chinese destinations, according to new report undertaken by consultancy Steer Davies Gleave.

Launched last year, the new Hainan Airlines route between Manchester and Beijing has provided a boost of £200 million per month in tourism to the region.

This tourism income is set to rise further as the biggest influx of Chinese tourists arrives during the festive season with Manchester International Airport expecting some 22,000 passengers in December. Staff have been trained in Mandarin to cope with the boom in Asian guests.

Many of these visitors come to spend their yuan at traditional Christmas markets and shopping malls but Chinese interest in Manchester during this holiday period also extends to the city’s bricks and mortar.

With Cathay Pacific increasing its service from Manchester to Hong Kong with daily flights starting from December 1st, Manchester is fast becoming a key location, and indeed rival to London, for Chinese travellers.

Indeed, just as the airlines put their landing gear down in Manchester, so too are potential investors with enquiries to property agencies rising by 54% since the launch of direct flights between Manchester and China reports Steer Davies Gleave.

One property investment consultancy which has seen just such a rise in interest is Properties of the World, which has recorded a 30% increase Chinese investors over the last year.


 “Much of the inward investment pipeline for Manchester, including property, is from Chinese companies and investors and so direct flights from the city to a range of key Chinese destinations is important to enable those who own assets here are able to visit regularly and with ease. Manchester’s door is very much open to the East.”

Jean Liggett, CEO, Properties of the World

Xu Xiong of Properties of the World cites the fall of the pound as the reason for this recent boom in Chinese investment commenting that “Chinese investors are still taking advantage of the drop in Sterling against the Yuan, snapping up homes in the UK as the yields available are twice as high as those in China.”

For Chinese investors looking to treat themselves to a UK buy-to-let property this festive season then the new Northill apartments, right on the Manchester waterfront, are the perfect choice.

Northill’s prime luxury residential homes comprise 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments from £109,995 with assured returns upwards of 6% NET. Situated right in the heart of the tech hub that is Salford Quays, it is in the premium destination to work, live and invest.

“Christmas is an ideal time for buyers to scour the planet for enticing investment opportunities. Projects like Northill, 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 and the assured rental returns offer financial peace of mind too.”

Jean Liggett, CEO Properties of the World


For more information, visit call +44 (0)20 7624 5555.

It’s got to be Gateshead – why the spotlight is turning onto this regional town

It’s got to be Gateshead – why the spotlight is turning onto this regional town

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  • Gateshead home to second fastest growing economy in North East (Invest Gateshead)
  • Apartment prices up 19.4% in 5 years (Zoopla)
  • New Hopper Street accommodation presents future-facing investment opportunity (Surrenden Invest)

Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne are known mainly for the Angel of the North and the stunningly contemporary Millennium Bridge. The town of Gateshead has at times seemed to exist in the shadow of the much larger metropolis that faces it across the River Tyne: Newcastle. However, the spotlight has now turned firmly onto Gateshead itself, with everyone from robotics manufacturers to property investors rushing to be a part of the town’s future.

“Gateshead is one of those regional towns that has suddenly burst into the spotlight thanks to a combination of factors. A higher than average economic activity rate, rising property prices and significant local investment mean that Gateshead is becoming something of a favourite with businesses and investors alike.”

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest

Gateshead enjoys a higher economically active rate than the North East region as a whole, at 77.3% and 75.2% respectively, and is the second fastest growing economy in the North East, according to Invest Gateshead. The town has a growing reputation for innovation and industry, backed by a sound infrastructure. Gateshead residents enjoy 91% superfast broadband availability, compared with a national average of 89%.

In recent months, this has attracted robot manufacturer Comau UK (creating up to 60 highly skilled jobs), while Blue Kangaroo (the branding agency behind Peppa Pig and Doctor Who) has expanded its Gateshead base. Northern Gas and Power also announced plans to create up to 500 jobs in Gateshead earlier this year. As a backdrop to all this activity, the Gateshead Economic Growth Acceleration Plan 2015-2020 is supporting the creation of 4,000 jobs, while Gateshead Invest projects that more than 9,000 jobs will be created by 2030. Furthermore, the town enjoys the lowest staff attrition rates in the UK – across all sectors!

With strong local employment prospects, good schools and affordable homes, Gateshead has quietly moved up to offer the joint highest life satisfaction rating in Tyne and Wear (along with Sunderland). Property prices there have risen steadily over the past five years, with Zoopla reporting that values have increased by 16.04%. For apartments, that figure rises to 19.41%. Meanwhile, house prices are some 46% lower than the national average, according to Invest Gateshead, providing investors with an excellent entry point into the market.

“When we were undertaking due diligence on regional UK towns that offer solid investment prospects, Gateshead kept cropping up. It’s a surprisingly innovative and forward-looking location, which is why we felt it was ideally suited to the future-facing homes on offer at Hopper Street.”

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest

Hopper Street is a collection of 81 stylish apartments designed with students and young, professional urban tenants in mind. Residents benefit from an on-site sauna and gym, as well as bicycle parking, terraces and a superb, central location. They can also enjoy the hassle-free approach of having all of their bills (heating, water, electricity, internet, etc.) included as part of the rental package. Unusually for a student development, mortgages are available to those looking to invest in Hopper Street, making this a particularly exciting prospect.

Gateshead’s student population has increased in recent years. Gateshead College was crowned the top performing further education college in the whole North East of England and the third best in the country back in 2015, which has had a notable impact on the number of students wanting to study there. Student developments such as Hopper Street are not only well positioned to serve these young people, but also those studying at Newcastle University, which lies just over the bridge from Gateshead.

Student numbers at Newcastle University have shot up by more than 70% since 2000, going from just 12,302 students in 2000/01 to more than 21,000 today. Nearby Northumbria University has also seen student numbers rocket – by more than 114% since 2000 to a current student body of more than 27,800 fulltime students. The rapidly growing student populations have created strong local demand for high quality student accommodation.

Alongside property investors, Gateshead Council is also pouring money into the town’s future, with £54 million worth of funding allocated as part of its 2015-16 investment programme. Whichever way you look at it, Gateshead is a town that has been thrown firmly into the spotlight – and is thriving under this new scrutiny.

For further details and property investment opportunities, visit, email or call 0203 3726 499.

Seasonal Style Secrets: Alexander James Interior Design shares the secrets behind this season’s most stylish Christmas homes

Seasonal Style Secrets: Alexander James Interior Design shares the secrets behind this season’s most stylish Christmas homes

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  • UK families spend £2.3 billion on Christmas decorations (Go Compare)
  • Quirky, tropical touches will give this festive season a contemporary new vibe
  • Soft, reflective metallic hues and twinkling lights to bring the Christmas magic to life

UK households spend a staggering £2.3 billion each year on Christmas trees, decorations and trips to the pantomime, according to Go Compare. With so much being spent on Christmas décor, it’s no wonder that our festive displays seem to be getting more stylish each year.

Creating the perfect setting within the home is a wonderful way to bring alive the Christmas magic and get into the festive mood. As such, the expert team at Alexander James Interior Design have shared their top tips for making this Christmas the most stylish one yet.

 This Christmas, many are going against tradition for a tropical, contemporary look. No longer confined to the summer months, we’re seeing tropical touches being given a sophisticated twist for the winter season. The 2017 Christmas style definitely has a playful edge – it’s about capturing the joy of Christmas and having fun in new ways, while also delivering an elegant overall look.

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design


Stylish tropical touches this Christmas include beautifully woven peacock feather and palm leaf wreaths and stunning centre pieces featuring metallic pineapples and cream and white tropical flowers. Harrods is featuring quirky, parrot-inspired Christmas tree decorations, Selfridges is all about the pineapples, while Liberty has opted for a fan-tailed peacock offering. It’s all about mixing vibrant colours tastefully with more traditional Christmas tones.

Metallics will also be big news this Christmas, with new twists added to the traditional bright silver and gold hues. Stylish, contemporary touches include warm, soft, reflective metallics in copper, brass and rose gold, to provide a sophisticated glow and add an element of understated luxury. Copper has been popular in interiors over the summer, thanks to its versatility. It can be teamed with a clock colour or with organic materials such as wood to create a variety of feels, from  Scandinavian luxury to mid-century cool. Now, that versatility is being carried through to the festive season, with metallic baubles providing the perfect contrast the earthy, organic tones of Christmas trees.

As ever, the perfect lighting is also key to creating a magical Christmas ambience. Far from being limited to the Christmas tree, this year lighting will feature throughout the home, from garlands to tumbling showers of LED lights to table centre pieces. If it’s not sparkling delicately, it should be! Anything from a pile of gifts to a simple tree branch can be brought to life with the right lighting. Understated twinkles spread throughout the home can create a truly stunning overall impact.

Candles, naturally, should form part of the Christmas décor, with stunning glass and metallic lanterns adding to the overall sophistication of this year’s style.

“The finishing festive décor touch this Christmas is the wreath. No longer restricted to the front door, we’ll be seeing wreaths adorn the home in a variety of ways. Contemporary elegance can come in the form of real branches interwoven with LED lights, or more modern wreaths made of twisted wire with tiny twinkles throughout. Once more, we’re seeing metallic come into play, bringing modern elegance to this Christmas tradition.”

Robert Walker, Managing Director, Alexander James Interior Design


With the home interior looking perfectly stylish, all that remains to be done is to give it the ideal festive scent. The White Company’s Winter Botanical Large Pillar Candle ffers a generous infusion of cinnamon sticks, orange slices and red berries, while Jo Malone has opted for fragranced Christmas tree decorations in both Pomegranate Noir and Pine and Eucalyptus. The White Company’s sweet almond blossom, frankincense, neroli and honeysuckle diffuser also captures the spirit of the season perfectly.

Decorating for Christmas is one of the most exciting parts of preparing for the festive season. With these styling tips in mind, every home can create a stunning, elegant Christmas ambience that brings the magic of the season alive.

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

An award-wining place to Be

An award-wining place to Be

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With so many employment opportunities flooding in, Crossrail on the way and the population growing, leading build to rent developer, Be Living, selected Hayes in West London as the location of their latest rental offering – be:here Hayes at the Gatefold Building.

Within the last week, the 119-unit development just 300 yards from Hayes & Harlington station, was awarded not one but two industry leading awards.

Firstly, be:here Hayes was  awarded Silver in Best Build-to-Rent Project category at the WhatHouse? awards which took place on the 17th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The WhatHouse? awards are UK housebuilding’s most prestigious event with around 1,700 housebuilding figures and 21 categories.

And then adding to collection, the site, which opened earlier this year, was named the Best build to rent development 2017 in the Inside Housing Development Awards.

Held on November 23 at the Hurlingham Club in South West London, the awards are “an opportunity to celebrate the very best residential development across the UK from the past year” with sixteen categories recognising schemes.


“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Hayes really is happening! We have long believed in the fundamentals of this area and are committed to delivering high quality, modern homes for its rental community through the Gatefold Building. The entire team is passionate about delivering the very best experience for our residents so it is wonderful for their hard work and achievements to be recognised within the industry through these accolades.”

Simon Chatfield, Director, Be Living Ltd


Spacious pet-friendly apartments at be:here Hayes are available from £1,200 pcm with no agency, admin or referencing fees. All homes include either a garden or a balcony.


For more information please contact be:here Hayes on 0203 845 4796 or visit

Ho ho homes near Christmas markets

Ho ho homes near Christmas markets

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  • UK Christmas markets generate more than £250 million in visitor spending for the towns that host them (Nabma)
  • Christmas markets add to a city’s attractions and property market (Properties of the World)
  • Homes near Christmas markets attract keen interest at this time of year (Surrenden Invest)


As December arrives in all its festive glory, Christmas markets pop up all over the UK. Offering seasonal tastes and gifts to shoppers in the run up to the big day, these markets provide a delightful experience that contrasts to the usual high street madness that is Christmas shopping in the UK.

Research by the Nabma ROI team has shown that Christmas markets bring significant benefits to the towns that host them – generating more than £250 million in visitor spending at the markets, as well as positively impacting spending in other stores within the town. They can also have a positive impact on the local property market.

 “There are many factors that make a town or city a desirable place to live and this includes the range of amenities. Once a location establishes itself as offering an enticing Christmas market each year, that becomes part of the overall attraction to the area – and the more attractive an area, the more success those investing in its property market can enjoy.”

Jean Liggett, CEO, Properties of the World


In light of the arrival of Christmas markets on the UK scene once more, we’ve included a round-up of the top properties near each market. We’ve even thrown in a couple of examples across the Channel, for property buyers looking for a French take on the festive season.


London offers a range of Christmas markets, from Winter Wonderland to the stalls of the South Bank. This year, Hampstead Village will host its first Christmas fair, transforming the entire high street into a magical Christmas experience.

Those looking to pick up property as well as presents should check out Four 5 Two from Bellis Homes: 13 superb, balconied apartments with park views in a prominent Hampstead location. Prices from £xxxx.


Already a mecca for shoppers, Birmingham ups its game each December with the largest German market located outside of Germany or Austria. Mulled wine, craft beers and Christmas crafts are the order of the day, as visitors soak up the festive atmosphere.

Property investors can enjoy the well-located B5 Southside development from Surrenden Invest: contemporary rental apartments just five minutes’ walk from New Street Station. Prices from £155,000.


With an extensive market in front of the town hall that attracts millions of visitors each year, and a large ice rink for seasonal frolics, Manchester certainly can’t be accused of not getting into the Christmas spirit.

When it comes to homes near Manchester’s Christmas markets, it has to be Danforth Apartments from Properties of the World, just minutes from the city centre: 113 stylish homes within the village-like environment of Fortis Quay. Prices from £124,995.


Liverpool’s Christmas market always brings festive magic to the heart of the city, as twinkling fairly lights light shoppers’ path around its winter huts. Food, jewellery, arts, crafts and clothes from four continents mean that shoppers looking for alternative Christmas gifts have plenty of inspiration.

Perfectly positioned for access to the city’s Christmas market is The North House from Surrenden Invest: high-end apartments designed with professional urban tenants firmly in mind. Prices from £120,000.


The recently renovated and re-opened Piece Hall in Halifax will this year host a spectacular Christmas extravaganza, including a carefully hand-picked festive market packed with local Yorkshire retailers and gourmet food providers.

Property investors need look no further than the nearby Martins Mill from Property Frontiers: a selection of one and two bedroom apartments in a stunning, six-storey converted mill. Prices from £64,950.


Paris, like London, offers a wealth of festive fun for Christmas shoppers. The crafts, gifts and hot spiced wine on offer around the Sacré-Coeur at Montmatre are one of the highlights of the season.

Those looking for a place to rest their head after a long day’s shopping will be delighted by this studio apartment from FrenchEntrée, just moments from the Sacré-Coeur. Priced at €165,000.

The Alps

Of course, for some, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a good helping of snow. The Christmas market at Courchevel offers a snowy winter wonderland for shoppers looking for beautiful decorations and seasonal delicacies.

Property buyers looking to pick up a home in Courchevel will enjoy these luxurious ski apartments available through 14 two-bedroom apartments with communal pool, just 10 minutes’ walk from the nearest shops and slopes. Prices from £660,591.


With many Christmas markets already in full swing, it’s time to wrap up warm and enjoy the best of the festive shopping season, whether you’re looking for presents or properties!

Homes by Christmas markets always attract keen interest at this time of year, whether they’re investment properties or those for sale to owner-occupiers. Christmas markets give these properties a little something that other homes don’t have and many buyers are keen to take that into account when making their purchase.”

Jonathan Stephens, CEO, Surrenden Invest


For more information, please contact:

Bellis Homes: 01279 424 733 or

Surrenden Invest: 0203 3726 499 or

Properties of the World: +44 (0) 20 7624 5555 or

Property Frontiers: +44 1865 202 700 or

FrenchEntrée: +44 (0)1225 463752 or +44 20 8150 9502 or


Old Trafford attracting not just footballers from around the world, but also investors

Old Trafford attracting not just footballers from around the world, but also investors

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  • Manchester flagged as top UK city for investment prospects (pwc)
  • M16 postcode out-performing rest of city with 4.46% growth in 12 months (Zoopla)
  • New Kinetic development providing investors with way into Old Trafford (Surrenden Invest)

Manchester United FC is known for being one of the best football teams in the world. The club’s status and plentiful funding means that it has the pick of players, coaches and managers from across the globe. Football fans appreciate they heritage of Old Trafford as a venue, but now it seems that a new kind of international interest is being stirred up in this hotbed of sporting activity.

“Old Trafford has an unbreakable connection with football, but there’s actually a lot more to the area than sport alone. Those living there enjoy easy access to Manchester city centre, Media City, White City Retail Park and the University Quarter. The mixture of local amenities and proximity to key areas of the city is causing investors to take a much closer look at Old Trafford.”

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest

The interest from investors is supported by data from a range of sources. pwc has just highlighted Manchester as the UK’s top city investment prospect in its Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2018 report, while figures from Zoopla pinpoint the M16 postcode area as enjoying property price rises above the overall level for the city – 4.46% for M16 compared to 4.22% for Manchester as a whole over the past year.

Against this exciting investment backdrop, property investment specialists Surrenden Invest have just announced the launch of the superb new Kinetic development.

With 48 apartments designed for modern, professional tenants, the building offers both investors and residents the chance to be a part of one of Manchester’s most exciting locations. The apartments have been shaped to the needs of contemporary urban residents, from their elegant, Italian-designed kitchens, to their sleek, stylish interiors.

Not only have the apartments been designed to suit professional tenants, but they have also been created with university students in mind. Just moments from Kinetic, Lancaster University is opening a brand new campus for 6,500 students from September 2019. Students with a taster for refined living will no doubt be delighted by Kinetic, while Kinetic residents will benefit from use of the new campus leisure centre.

“Old Trafford is still up and coming in terms of its investment credentials, so Kinetic offers a particularly exciting opportunity for investors who like to be at the forefront of an area’s growth (and reap the financial rewards that doing so entails). The creation of the new university campus, as well as the existing attractions of the Old Trafford location, mean that this development has been conceived not just with an eye on the present but also with future considerations taken into account.”

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest


For further details and property investment opportunities, visit, email or call 0203 3726 499.