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                   Spring 2012

& Buckinghamshire
    ‘Sellers should come

     to the market early’
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             he market in 2011 was       asking figure, and Hawkswick
             at its strongest for us     Cottage, also in St Albans, on
             over late spring and        o er for £1.85 million but which
    early summer, when viewing           sold for over £2 million.                offices around
    levels increased dramatically           We believe that, although            the country (and
    year-on-year and the number          confidence will remain fragile             growing) sold

    of o ers received was also           over the coming months, there
    up. As we anticipated, the           are positive signs and the first
    market quietened over the            indications of a shortage of
    summer holiday period and we         quality residential properties.
                                                                               properties last year,
    were hopeful of a resurgence         Sellers considering a sale this
                                                                               for a combined total
    of interest in September.            year would do well to come                value of over

    Sadly, this proved not to be         to the market early, when
    the case, as volatility in the       there is a limited supply of
    stock markets and                     fresh, competitively priced

    predictions of                               properties. The market
    a double-dip                                    appears to be less
    recession                                         seasonal now and
                         There will always be
    sapped buyer                                        we would advise
                         demand for the areas
    confidence.            with easy access to           sellers to put their
    However, we          London, which helps            property on early
    experienced           to drive the market          instead of waiting
    an encouraging                forward            for the traditional
    surge in activity                             spring activity.
    during November.                            There will always be
    Good-quality properties              strong demand for the areas                     Our
    that were realistically priced       with easy access to London –             10 prime
    generated interest from a
    mix of London and local
                                         Harpenden has a village feel
                                         yet is only 27 minutes from the            central
    purchasers, and successful           capital by train – which helps to         London                                                        Tall Trees, East Common
    initiatives such as the Open
    House Day meant sales were
                                         drive the market forward. This,
                                         together with the provision of
                                                                                 achieved an average
                                                                                                                                                         Harpenden, AL5

                                                                                                          A spacious fi ve-bedroom family house situated on a large plot of just over half an acre, on a country lane on the
    still achieved, some in excess       outstanding state and private               sale price of       edge of the town. The sale of this property was completed within three weeks of the purchaser’s first viewing. They
    of the guide price. Examples
    include Beech Leaf Cottage, St
                                         schools in the area, will ensure
                                         a resilient market throughout
                                                                                     £2.75                had completed on their own sale and had to move fast, so our vendors pulled out all the stops to achieve the sale
                                                                                                                                                    within the timescale required.
    Albans, which had 25 o ers and the year. &
    sold for well over the £325,000      Julian Ash, Partner
                                                                                 in the past 12 months
                                                                                                                                                     Guide price £1,895,000

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                                           &homes                                                                                                Harpenden

                                        Oak Bank, West Common

                                        Harpenden AL5
                                        This spacious and individual family house has an
                                        indoor swimming pool and south-facing garden.
                                        Guide price £3,500,000

     The Old Vicarage,                                                                                                                                                                 The Old Rectory,
     Hitchin Road                                                                                                                                                                      King Edward Place
     Hitchin SG4                                                                                                                                                                       Wheathampstead AL4
     A beautiful 19th-century former                                                                                                                                                   A period house currently being
     vicarage with seven bedrooms.                                                                                                                                                     restored and modernised.
     Guide price £1,295,000                                                                                                                                                            Guide price £985,000

                                                                                                            Roundwood Park, Harpenden

       Enthusiasm, knowledge, prestige
                                                                                                            Hertfordshire AL5
                                                                                                            An attractive four-bedroom family house that retains many                            96%
             and professionalism                                                                            original period features, set in a popular residential location.
                                                                                                                                                                                              The percentage of
                                Mr B, Harpenden
                                                                                                            Guide price £1,395,000                                                           clients’ asking prices
                                                                                                                                                                                             achieved by the local
                                                                                                                                                                                                o ces this year

                                                                                                            Carisbrooke Road, Harpenden
                                                                                                            Hertfordshire AL5
                                                                                                            A beautifully modernised family home with a
                                                                                                            secluded garden near to the station and schools.
                                                                                                            Guide price £1,400,000
                                                                            Rothamsted Avenue
                                                                            Harpenden AL5

                                                                            A spacious five-bedroom family

                                                                            house near the town centre.
                                                                            Guide price £1,695,000
     Thrales Barn, Nomansland
                                                                                                                                                                       Dellcroft Way, Harpenden
     Harpenden AL4
                                                                                                                                                                       Hertfordshire AL5
     An impressive barn conversion with five bedrooms in an
                                                                                                                                                                       A four-bedroom family home with an indoor
     idyllic semi-rural location surrounded by open fields.
                                                                                                                                                                       swimming pool in the heart of ‘West Common’.
     Guide price £1,250,000

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                                           &homes                                                                                                 St Albans

                                                                         Copthall, Chipperfield                Sunderland Avenue, St Albans

                                                                         Hertfordshire WD4                    Hertfordshire AL1
                                                                         An attractive Grade II Listed five-   A spacious four-bedroom house with mature
                                                                         bedroom home with a spacious         gardens in a popular and convenient location.
                                                                         three-bedroom annex.

                                                                                                                                                                    New House Park, St Albans
                                                                                                                                                                    Hertfordshire AL1
                                                                                                                                                                    An attractive family home offering light and spacious

    Munden Parva, Dane End

    Hertfordshire SG12
                                                                           A prompt and
    A former Georgian rectory with 10 bedrooms overlooking             informative service...
    rolling countryside, which sold close to the guide price.           we were extremely
    £4,250,000                                                                 happy                                                                                                      of buyers came via close ties
                                                                               Mr & Mrs K,                                                                                                between o ces

    Offley Green Farm,


    Hertfordshire SG9
    A charming thatched cottage,
    dating from the 17th century.


                                        Beguine, Little Gaddesden                                                                                                                       Jennings Road,
                                        Hertfordshire HP4                                                                                                                               St Albans
                                        A superb development opportunity in mature grounds which              London Road, St Albans                                                    Hertfordshire AL1
                                        sold in excess of the guide price.                                    Hertfordshire AL1                                                         An attractive Edwardian family
                                                                                                              A beautifully presented Grade II Listed Georgian townhouse, within        home on a popular road.
                                                                                                              walking distance of the mainline station and the city centre.
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                                          &homes                                                                          Princes Risborough


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                                                                                                                                                                 FF E
                                                                                                       The Thatch Cottage, Ludgershall

                                                                                                                                                                O ND

                                                                                                       Buckinghamshire HP18
                                                                                                       A delightful detached period cottage with pretty
                                                                                                       gardens and a paddock, set in just under an acre.

                                                                       Hill Meadows, Radnage                                                                   Thistle Barn, Longwick
                                                                       Buckinghamshire HP14                                                                    Buckinghamshire HP27
                                                                       A unique 1930s house that                                                               A substantial barn conversion with 2,500 square
                                                                       required modernisation.                                                                 feet of accommodation and a wealth of character.

                                                                       Offers in excess of £695,000                                                            £625,000

    Hill End Farm, Butlers Cross
    Buckinghamshire HP17                                                 We sell ‘best in class’
                                                                         properties ranging in value
    An attractive six-bedroom country house in an elevated position
    with fine views standing in grounds approaching six acres.
                                                                         to £4.5m+
    Hawkswick Cottage                                                  Ferns, Great Hampden

    Childwickbury AL3                                                  Buckinghamshire HP16

    A charming Victorian house and                                     A substantial country house
    stable block on the edge of the                                    of around 6,000 sq ft that
    Childwickbury Estate.                                              requires updating.
    £1,800,000                                                         £1,950,000

                                       Lower Farmhouse,
                                                                                                                                                                                  We got the feeling
                                       Berryfields                                                      Church Green Cottage, Long Crendon                                        that the whole team
                                       Buckinghamshire HP22                                            Buckinghamshire HP18                                                         was supporting
                                       A handsome six-bedroom                                          A chocolate-box Grade II Listed thatched cottage with                       us, and taking a
                                       Victorian farmhouse.                                            a large garden and planning permission to extend.                           personal interest
                                                                                                                                                                                     Mr & Mrs S, Devon
                                       £950,000                                                        £675,000

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                                     &homes                                                                                    names&faces
                                                                                            Harpenden St Albans                                            Princes
                                                                                            49 High Street
                                                                                                                            34 St Peters Street
                                                                                                                            St Albans
          Nanfans                                                                           AL5 2SJ                         AL1 3NA                        24 Market Square
          Grange,                                                                                                                                          Princes Risborough
                                                                                            Tel: +44 (0)1582 764343         Tel: +44 (0)1727 840285        HP27 0AN
                                                                                                                                                           Tel: +44 (0)1844 342571
     An impressive country
      house with a detached
         cottage, privately
      situated within lovely
      gardens and grounds
      of around 10 acres on
     the edge of this sought-
           after village.                                                                   Tim Pearse                      Mark Rimell
                                                                                            Partner                         Partner
          £1,975,000                                                                                                                                       Julian Ash
                                                                                            What’s the best thing           Which one property
                                                                                            about living in your area?      you’ve sold do you wish
                                                                                            Harpenden is a small            you could have bought          What’s the most unusual
                                                                                            town within easy reach          yourself? Remarkably, I        work situation you’ve
                                                                                            of London and all that the      love my own house, which       found yourself in? In heavy
                                  The agents were                                           City has to o er, but the       was sold to me by Lane         snow, I abandoned my car
                                  helpful, polite and                                       people here really care         Fox before they became         and trekked several miles
                                  professional in all                                       about their town                part of Strutt & Parker.       for a viewing. Happily, it
                                their dealings with us                                      and community, which            An eclectic 18th-century       resulted in a sale, proving

                                      Mr & Mrs W,                                           makes it a fantastic place      farmhouse with a 20th-         that going the extra mile

                                     High Wycombe                                           to live and work.               century extension.             does work!

                                                                   Buckland HP22
                                                              A graceful fi ve-bedroom
                                                                  period house with
                                                                charming rooms set in
                                                                 well-tended gardens
                                                                  of over half an acre.
                                                                                            Sally Noakes                    Rozanne Edwards                Susan Jay
                                                                Buckland is a desirable
                                                                                            Partner                         Associate                      Associate
                                                               village near the market
                                                               towns of Wendover and        Who was your most               What’s the most unusual        What’s the best thing
                                                                Tring, which both have      memorable client? Those         work situation you’ve          about living in your area?
                                                                 a good range of local      who come back to us             found yourself in?             Wonderful countryside
                                                              shops and other facilities.   again and again.                Receiving a phone call         and great walks.
                                                                                            What do you love about          from a vendor who had          What do you love about
                                                                    £1,100,000                                                                             working for Strutt &
                                                                                            working for Strutt &            managed to lock herself
                                                                                            Parker? Feeling like I’m        out of her house late at       Parker? The sheer             Scan the code with
                                                                                            in my own small company         night. I drove to the o ce,    variety of people we          your smartphone
                                                                                            but with the support and        picked up her keys and         meet, plus seeing and         to search the latest
                                                                                            infrastructure of a large       met her at her house.          selling the cream of          listings available
                                                                                            professional organisation.      She was very grateful.         Buckinghamshire houses.       from Strutt & Parker.
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                                   that make us

           1                                                           3
    Diligence                                                   Creativity
The devil is in the detail                                     Only the brightest
                                                                 ideas will do

     At Strutt & Parker,
                                         2                                                            4
   our clients come first.       Intelligence                 We approach every day,          Partnership
    We go out of our way                                     every project and every
                                  Sharper thinking                                           The key to success is
     to understand your                                     relationship with an open         great partnerships
                                   on every level
   requirements and the                                        mind. It’s never a case
    reasons behind them                                      of doing what others do,
   so that we can deliver      We owe our reputation to      or even what we did last          Relationships come
      a service that goes      the quality of our people,    week – each job is a new        first, and none is more
  above and beyond your          who are characterised      challenge that deserves a           important than the
 expectations – a service            by an intelligent,     fresh approach. By being          one we have with our
 that doesn’t just respond         knowledgeable and           creative in the way we        clients. But it’s also the
  to your property needs          thoughtful approach         think, act and respond,        relationships we build
but anticipates them. Like          to work. We tackle      we’re able to find new and       between our teams that
looking at your property         challenges collectively,    unique ways to uncover          enable us to deliver the
  from a buyer’s point of       considering every angle      hidden opportunities, as          right level of service.
   view and emphasising            and applying robust      well as to solve problems.       Everybody is willing to
  the distinctive features        strategies for success.     Our new Smartboards             assist, advise or share
   that make it desirable.      When the credit crunch      are a first for the industry:        an opinion, pooling
   Our website o ers the           hit, for example, we      prospective buyers can             our knowledge and
  functionality to search        launched our National        view properties on the        experience. This belief is
 by lifestyle as well as the       Open House Day, a         go by zapping the board       shared by our clients, who
  usual criteria, so if your    smart way to get buyers       with their smartphone,        provide us with valuable
    property has specific         and sellers together in       while sellers can keep         feedback through our
    features, it will reach     a relaxed setting, which      track of the ‘zaps’ their       customer satisfaction
       the right buyers.       helps to generate healthy         property receives.         survey. Most people say
                                competition and speeds                                     they would use us again or
                                  up the sales process.                                    recommend us to a friend.


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