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Our top 10 romantic properties you’re bound to fall in love with

With romance in the air and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve handpicked our top properties that offer a touch of romance.  From regal Grade II listed homes with an air of charm, to cosy cottages, and characterful family homes – there’s bound to be a property here that you’ll fall in love with.

Stanley House, Wrenbury, Cheshire
£575,000

Love may not always be black and white, but when you step inside this quintessential family home you know you’ve hit a sweet spot. Extending over 2300 sq. ft. and located in an admiring spot on Wrenbury’s village Green, you’ll be the envy of all the village living here.

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900034046

 

Cornflower Mews, Shropshire
£449,950

Imagine living in a romantic retreat every day? It certainly feels like it when you view this charming and chic mews house with its superb Lavender filled garden and magnificent unique minstrels gallery. Not to mention its French style luxurious en-suite bathroom to the master suite.

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900034438

 

Pine Glen, Hatherton
£545,000

Home truly is where the heart is and wait till you see this magnificent, single-storey country residence. With a laid back French feel, subtle colours and features including a ‘Clearview’ wood burning stove, stunning flooring, part vaulted ceilings and bi-fold doors to the Kitchen Dining Family Room and Master Bedroom Suite, discerning purchasers will be fighting over this one.

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900034779

 

Oak House, Knutsford
£725,000

If you don’t believe in love at first sight, book a viewing to see Oak House. They say you should never judge a book by its cover, so wait till you step inside this exceptional property. The most impressive room is its stunning kitchen/living room/orangery which has only just been completed to include underfloor heating. The entrance hallway has been opened up and a contemporary glass bannister has been fitted to make the most of the light and space. Hurry, it might be snapped up by Valentine’s Day!

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900034933

 

St. Andrews Huxley
£695,000

Do I hear wedding bells? You certainly will when you step a foot inside this wonderful converted church. Retaining many of its period features, this property provides modern day open-plan that every growing family needs. The end result is a superb combination and a viewing is absolutely essential.

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900034463

Sweetmeadows, Wrenbury
£375,000

This converted barn is sure to inspire a little romance. Set around a small courtyard in an exclusive development, this property has been sensitively restored with a range of quality fitments and fixtures throughout plus a wealth of exposed timbers and beams.

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900025316

 

Brook Cottage, Bulkeley
£360,000

Fancy a date night at home? Beautifully situated on a tranquil no through lane, you can guarantee a romantic night in when you live in this property. Comprehensively improved by its present owners, the property boasts a good sized living room with a heavily beamed ceiling and a Jydenpejsen Elegance woodburning stove as its principal focal point.

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900025973

 

The Old Rectory, Tarporley
£2,500,000

You won’t help but fall in love with this substantial period residence. If it’s spot in Tarporley village is not enough to make your heart beat faster, wait till you step inside. The property is surrounded by extensive gardens, swimming pool and tennis court so on those lush hot summer days you won’t be short of anything to do. And if that’s not enough, wait till you see its magnificent reception hall extending in total to 36’6″ x 13’7″.

 

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900034212

 

Whitegates, Knutsford
£1,995,000

If it’s location in the heart of Knutsford doesn’t do it for you, it’s stunning ‘Sheerin’ open-plan kitchen/living space with by folding doors leading out to a large patio area certainly will.  Step upstairs and you’ll be suitably impressed with its 4 spacious bedrooms all with their own Fired Earth En-suite facilities.

 

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900033676

 

Brownhills Cottage, Rushton
£1,250,000

This property is the epitome of elegance. Having undergone a meticulous scheme of renovation, extension and improvement, it now boasts a first class family home that is elegant, light, spacious and versatile. The attention to detail is shown in every aspect of the property, both internally and externally. Just wait till you see the open plan T-shaped kitchen/dining/family room. Flooded with natural light from different angles that shows off its beautifully bespoke kitchen. You’ll be falling in love every day if you buy this property.

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900032403

 

Book a viewing today for any of these adoring properties, we’d LOVE to show you round.

 

Wright Marshall appoints new Sales Manager for Crewe office

Wright Marshall has recruited Paul Rowley as Sales Manager for their branch in Crewe.

Paul is a professionally qualified valuer and auctioneer and brings over 40 years’ estate agency experience to his role. He has worked in the local property all his working life and most recently headed up the sales and investment team at Whitegates Estate Agency in Crewe. He is a member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and brings a wealth of professional expertise to the South Cheshire property market.

Paul will personally be responsible for the initial appraisal, valuation and property marketing and with the help of a professional support team will ensure every sale progresses smoothly to a satisfactory completion.

Explaining why he joined Wright Marshall, Paul said: “Wright Marshall has a highly regarded estate agency brand with a great reputation across Cheshire. I have previously used their services to sell property I am excited and delighted to being part of a highly professional team and contributing towards building and growing our client base in Crewe and the wider Cheshire area.”

What makes a great location to live?

Robert Reed from Wright Marshall appeared on BBC Breakfast on Saturday 26th January 2019 where he discusses what factors people consider when they are looking to move to a particular area. Watch the video here >>

 

If you are looking to move house to the Cheshire area, please contact Robert Reed by email: robertreed@wrightmarshall.co.uk or call  01829 731300 to discuss the options available to you based on your budget and desired location.

Why property buyers can’t get enough of Chester

The prosperous walled city on the River Dee that surrounds a hub of classy cocktail bars, independent restaurants and an abundance of retailers that sit below all those Victorian black-and-white, half-timbered buildings is a popular choice for both first-time buyers and those looking to move to a chic city.

It’s no surprise therefore that Chester has been dubbed the ‘regional treasure’, and according to The Sunday Times, is the second best place to live in the North West. Here’s just some of the reasons why:

  1. The city provides great transport connections, with motorways that give easy access to Liverpool and Manchester, and London is now only two hours away by an improved and regular train service.
  2. The booming economy of Manchester, in many respects the regional hub, is having a positive knock-on effect across neighbouring Cheshire.
  3. A series of developments which are firmly underway, include: Phase 1 of the city centre Northgate Development (a £60 million new market, cinema, open performance square, and a brand new car park) with Phase 2 to follow (based around new and exciting residential developments) – and a new £100 million Central Business Quarter, will all contribute significantly to employment and new infrastructure in the city.
  4. The Storyhouse which was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen and Meghan Markle in June last year, comprises a library, an 800-seat theatre, a 150-seat studio theatre, a restaurant and two bars plus a 100-seat boutique and independent cinema.
  5. Chester’s leading independent schools, including Queens, King’s School and Abbey Gate college have increased demand for family homes in traditionally well-heeled villages nearby, such as Tarporley and Tattenhall.

Chester property market

For those looking to buy property in Chester, the market can be summarised as follows:

  1. The average property price in Chester currently stands at £268,044 according to Zoopla – a rise of 2.09% from 12 months ago.
  2. There is a strong demand for property in Chester’s key areas: Christleton, Rowton, Waverton and Great Boughton.
  3. Hoole remains one of the top suburbs to live in due to its close proximity to the city and its niche restaurants and coffee bars.
  4. Cavendish Road and Westminster Ave, and Lache Lane are amongst some of the most desirable areas to live in Chester, as well as the riverside suburbs of Curzon Park and Queens Park.
  5. We currently have 32 properties located within a 5-mile radius of the city, ranging from a 7-bed Grade II listed house at £1.6 million through to a 1-bed apartment at £58,000.

 

Robert Ikin of Wright Marshall in Chester comments: “We have seen a positive start to the year in Chester, with good demand from first time buyers, due to the low interest rates and 0% rated stamp duty land tax threshold up to £250,000. House prices in some of the villages surrounding Chester are comparable with those in desirable parts of the city and there is a good demand from families seeking high quality homes in Chester’s suburbs.”

If you are thinking of selling your property in Chester and need a free-no obligation valuation, contact Wright Marshall in Chester.

 

Landlords have even more reasons to invest in property in Crewe

Crewe is the largest town in Cheshire East and major growth is expected over the next few years, putting it firmly on the map as a buy to let property hotspot.  It is home to 5,000 businesses, including the Bentley factory which has a steady flow of young professionals – many of whom are looking for rentable property.

The town certainly has far more long-term potential for investors than its wealthier neighbours – Sandbach and Nantwich, where prices are already at a premium. Here are just some of the reasons why we believe landlords have even more reasons to invest in property in Crewe.

Affordability

Crewe has some of the most affordable properties in the area. According to Zoopla, the average price for property in Crewe is £202,737, making it incredibly attractive to residents and investors alike. Check out these properties on the market with us that are ideal for investors:

Two bedroom terrace house, West Street, Crewe – £73,000

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-54013635.html

Three bedroom town house, Salisbury Close, Crewe – £150,000

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-59153799.html

Two bedroom apartment, Foxhulme Court, Sydney – £109,950

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-51366942.html

Unbeatable rail links

Crewe is considered the centre of the train universe, serving as a gateway to much of the North West and offering fast trains to London in just 1 hour 30 minutes, making the town highly sought after by young professionals.

 

HS2 plans

With HS2 coming to Crewe in 2027 and the recent government backing for up to seven HS2 trains per hour from Crewe, commuters will be able to get to London in just 55 minutes – and with faster links to Manchester too.  Whilst 2027 may seem a long way, now is the time to invest in property whilst it remains affordable.

Regeneration for Crewe town centre

The regeneration of Crewe’s Royal Arcade is expected to start this summer and complete by 2020.  Residents can look forward to an 800-seat cinema complex, a 16-lane bowling alley, gym, restaurants and shops. This redevelopment is likely to trigger wider regeneration and attract more tenants to the area.

 

If you are looking for buy-to-let property in Crewe, contact our Crewe office for further information.

The 12 properties of Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it only timely to take a tour of twelve properties that we are marketing over the festive season. There’s something really special about each and every one of them and they’re just waiting for the right buyer to fall in love with them.

1. Oakmere Hall, Oakmere – £450,000

Positioned within fourteen acres of beautifully maintained formal gardens, this apartment is accessed via a communal central hall with equally impressive décor and architectural merit. Oakmere Hall beautifully combines contemporary fixtures and fittings with the hall’s regal period features to form a versatile open plan space that can be adapted to suit your lifestyle.

 

2. Newhall Cross House, Aston, Cheshire – £998,500

A quintessential detached 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, Grade II Listed timber framed formerly thatched, rural village house dating back to the 1600s. The property has been exquisitely restored and sympathetically improved with high quality sumptuous fixtures and fittings throughout, including original galleon beams.

The property benefits from a delightful ancillary dwelling with proven holiday let potential, and a further detached building that can be utilised as an office, gym or garage.

3. Cherry Cottage, Dobells Road, Leftwich – £650,000

A property of great charm and character throughout with potential for improvement. With 4 bedrooms, snug, dining room and conservatory, the property offers bags of potential to its prospective buyers.

There’s also a large brick-built outbuilding which currently provides excellent storage over two floors.

4. Mill End, Langley, Macclesfield – £400,000

A beautifully presented three storey three/four bedroom town house located in the stunning conversion of Langley Hall.

The accommodation is extremely flexible and benefits from views across an attractive landscaped garden to the front and over Macclesfield Forest to the side.

5. The Oaks, Chapel Lane, Rode Heath – £525,000

A sympathetically updated property retaining many of the original features and also incorporating modern touches. The reception hall allows access to three reception rooms with the dining room opening into the delightful bespoke kitchen with solid wood worktops and central island.

We love its lawned garden area with a gate which leads to a side courtyard garden with well stocked borders – a bit like a secret garden!

6. Madeley Court, Madeley – £350,000

A well-presented 4-bedroom detached home in the sought-after village of Madeley.

The property’s black gloss modern kitchen/diner and quiet cul-de-sac location, are a real selling point; offering all the pre-requisites of a family home.

7. Townwell House, 52 Welsh Row, Nantwich – £1,150,000

A magnificent Grade II listed early Georgian 8-bedroom town house arranged over three versatile and characterful floors extending to approximately 6371 sq. ft.

Its beautifully landscaped walled gardens present an ‘oasis’ of outdoor space right in the centre of the town. And just wait till you see the oak panelled dining room with original marble open fireplace, and the stunning Palladian bow window in the drawing room.

8. Crabmill Farmhouse, Sandbach – £650,000

A charming Grade II listed detached house situated on the outskirts of Sandbach, set in fantastic landscaped gardens.

We love its abundance of period features, mature fruit gardens, landscaped Lily ponds and beautiful views.

9. Heatherbank Farm, Congleton – £2,000,000

A stunning detached family residence boasting a large wrap around orangery, kitchen breakfast room, three reception rooms, utility room, cloakroom, four double bedrooms, two of which have en-suite bathrooms.

Its setting within 14 acres presents a pretty orchard, large pond, mature gardens, several fenced paddocks and 6 stables, making it ideal for equestrian lovers.

10. Sycamore Cottage, Duddon – £565,000

A delightful 4-bedroom detached home that enjoys a superb position on Back Lane, Duddon.

We love its hugely impressive blend of high-grade contemporary space specification with traditional restored features.

11. The Warren, Wistaston – £675,000

An extraordinary 4-bedroom 1930’s traditional detached house extending over two versatile floors to a generous 3746 sq. ft.

Its 26 foot Snooker Room offers buyers great potential to re-configure this room to suit your needs.

12. Hillcrest, Madeley – £750,000

A stunning 5-bedroom newly renovated property with no chain!

We love its 28 x 21 feet kitchen/diner with central island and its attractive garden with paddock.

 

To view these properties, please contact the local branch. We still have appointments available between Christmas and New Year.

 

Moving house before Christmas – 7 things to consider that no one ever warns you about!

Believe it or not, Christmas can be quite a busy time for moving house, and having handed over the keys to quite a few new home owners over the past years we’ve picked up some handy tips along the way.

Moving house is stressful enough without the added pressure of Christmas, so we’ve put together seven important considerations to help you get settled in your new home by Christmas Eve with the presents under the tree and a fridge full of festive goodies.

  1. Be clear on timescales

Timescales are often out of control when moving house and depending on how long the chain is, sometimes you have no choice but to sit tight.  However, you can still communicate your wishes to the Estate Agent and Solicitor who can then communicate these to your buyer/seller on your behalf. Such an approach doesn’t guarantee success, but increases the chance of a successful resolution.

  1. Pick a buyer who’s ready to move

If you’re in the fortunate position where you get a few offers on the table, you may want to consider their position and readiness to move as well as the price they are offering. If your buyer has their own house to sell, make sure it’s under offer before you take yours off the market. A good estate agent will always advise you re the length of a chain and the financial position of an offeror.

  1. Confirm Move Dates in advance

If you know you are going to be moving in December, it’s advisable to confirm the date well in advance. In legal terms, this would mean a gap of time between exchange of contracts and completion. This allows you to book your removals company with certainty and no risk.  Avoid a completion date after the 24thDecember as most removal companies will close during the holidays and not return until the first week in January.

  1. Stock up for Christmas

Try to do all your present buying well in advance – and even have them wrapped so that you don’t have the added stress of Christmas shopping during the crucial stages of your house move.

If you are moving the week of Christmas, be sure to do your Christmas online grocery shop a month in advance and delivered to your new home. This avoids any last-minute turkey dashes on Christmas Eve.

  1. Change of address

Include your new address to friends and relatives when you send out Christmas cards (assuming that you have exchanged contracts!) and contact utility providers the week prior. Broadband and telephone usually have longer lead times to be installed, so should be your first point of call once you have exchanged.

  1. Decorations

If you want your new home looking festive once you’ve moved in, ensure that the decoration packing case is the last box to be loaded into the removals van so you can find it easily.

  1. Childcare

If you have children, it’s a good idea to organise childcare for the day of the move. Christmas is exciting enough, not to mention the thought of their new bedroom. Having your children looked after by someone else will allow you to get on with the move without having over excitable children running around.

If you need help or advice finding a property or moving house over Christmas, contact your nearest Wright Marshall branch >>

Preparing your property for an Estate Agent Valuation

If you’re thinking of selling your property, the first step in the process is getting an estate agent valuation so you can find out what your property is worth in the current market and appoint the right agent to market your property.

There are many things that are out of your control when selling your property; including market conditions, location and the style of your property, but there are things that you CAN control. This blog shares our top tips on how to prepare your property for that all-important Estate Agent visit.

Clear the clutter

Potential buyers don’t want to be distracted by all your clutter, they want to clearly see the space and be able to imagine their own furniture in it. Clutter can be items that are left lying around that don’t belong in that space, or they can be items that you’ve kept for so long and no longer have a use for – and that now need a better home.  Now’s a good time to clear out and tidy up so you can show off your property in the best possible light.

Clear outside areas

Regardless of what time of year it is, your property needs to look just as good outside as it does inside. Clear up any autumn leaves and ensure your lawn is mowed so that your garden looks clear and well presented.

Discuss reasons for selling

During the valuation it’s a good idea to discuss your reasons for selling the property with the agent. This enables them to price your property effectively.  If you are wanting to sell your property quickly, for example, then it needs to be priced at a point that will generate as much interest as possible in the quickest possible time.

Extensions and planning

If you have done any restorations or extensions to the property, point these out to the agent so they can appreciate the improvements you have made.  If you have been granted planning permission to extend or build, have the paperwork at hand so that the agent can verify it and it can be mentioned to potential buyers.

Get the kettle on

An estate agent valuation is not just about finding out what your property is worth, it’s also about choosing the right estate agent.  Sitting down with your estate agent during the valuation is a good way to find out whether they’re the right company to sell your home and whether you feel you have enough rapport with them.

Ask them about other properties they have sold in the area, how they proactively market your property and how they give sellers feedback on viewings.  All these questions are vitally important to ensure you choose the right estate agent.

Also, a nice cup of tea never goes a miss!

If you are thinking of selling your home, please contact your nearest Wright Marshall branch for a free, no obligation valuation.

 

5 tips to make your house move in Cheshire stress-free

It’s a well-known fact that moving house is up there will one of the most stressful experiences in life to ever go through.  Finding the right property, getting the best price for your current home, co-ordinating moving dates and being swamped by boxes are just the tip of the iceberg. However, with plenty of years under our belt of buying and selling properties, we’ve put together five tips that help reduce the stress of moving house.

  1. Clear the clutter in advance

Once you’ve decided to sell your property, it’s a good time to start decluttering. All those clothes that don’t fit you anymore, toys that the kids have outgrown and bric-a-brac that you’ve been saving for a ‘rainy day’ – moving house is the perfect time to clear the decks and give them to a better home.  Doing this as soon as you’ve put your property on the market will allow your home to look less cluttered and reduce the stress of packing.

  1. Have all key information to hand

During the house sale, keep an electronic folder in your email of all-important correspondence from your solicitor, estate agent and removal company.  That way, anything important can easily be located from your phone on the week of the move without you having to trawl through lots of paperwork.

  1. Use a good solicitor

We can recommend good solicitors in the area who we know have a good track record in helping to expediate the sale of your property and deal with matters professionally. There’s nothing worse than being ready to exchange but solicitors are dragging their heels and holding things up. Our sales team help keep a track of sales progress on both sides of the chain and update you regularly, so you can plan your move in advance.

  1. Start packing when contracts are signed

As soon as contracts have been signed, you can start planning the logistics of your house move and begin the dreaded packing process.  A professional removals company can help pack up your items for you on the day of the move, but some prefer to pack themselves; giving you chance to sort through items as you pack.  Label boxes smartly so that the removals company know which room each box belongs and create a ‘Moving Day Survival Kit’ box with essential items you’ll need as soon as you get to the new property.

  1. Arrange cleaning

Home owners are expected to handover their property in a clean and presentable state to the new owners so don’t pack your bleach until you’ve done a good clean round! You may even want to employ a professional cleaning company to look after this important job for you.

With a bit of forward planning and a good estate agent on your side, the stress of moving house can be easily reduced, allowing you to enjoy the first few moments in your new home.

 

Contact Wright Marshall for a free home valuation >>

 

 

 

 

How to find tenants FAST on your Cheshire rental property

Whether you’re a first-time property investor, or a landlord with multiple properties, the number one challenge is to always have good tenants occupying the property.  An empty property can be a real drain on your investment, but so can the wrong tenants. With this mind, we’re going to share our top tips on how to find the right tenants fast for your Cheshire rental property.

Get online

Over 90% of people start the rental property search online. A good letting agent will have your property listed on Right Move and On the Market within just a few hours. Rightmove is the largest online property portal, receiving 127.5 million visits per month according to Homeowners Alliance.

Wright Marshall invest in premium listings on Rightmove that feature your property at the top of the rental listings to help it stand out from the crowd and generate more interest.

A picture paints a thousand words

High-quality professional photographs that show off your property’s best features can make the difference between a viewing and someone clicking on to the next property.  Our professional photographers use a wide angled lens to show each room off to its full potential. They’ll also utilise natural light within your property to create that beautiful airy, clean and spacious feel that tenants are looking for.

Understand the layout

The layout of the property could be a game changer for finding the right tenant. If you want your property to appeal to families, they’ll be looking for open plan space downstairs.  If they have older children, they’ll want decent size bedrooms. We produce accurate floorplans to help attract the right tenants and ensure your property is correctly represented online.

Competitive rental price

Every landlord wants to achieve the highest rental price for their property, but it’s important to be realistic too – and with tenants being better equipped with information online in their hunt for the right rental property, they’re choosing more wisely and cautiously.  We have a good sense of the market and demand for rental properties in Cheshire, so we know how to set a fair and reasonable monthly rent.

Understand your market

A clear understanding of which segment of the tenant market is best suited to your property will allow you to better position and present your rental property as well as helping you find suitable tenants quickly.  If your property appeals to families, for example, you will need to highlight local schools in the area, parks and open plan features within the home.  If it’s young professionals, then they’ll be keen on knowing what local transport links are in the area, what local amenities are within easy reach and also whether the landlord is willing to be flexible on furnishing the property. With a vast database of prospective tenants, we proactively call round to those we feel will be most suited to your property which has given us a strong track record of successfully let properties in the Cheshire area.

 

If you need help or advice finding suitable tenants quickly for your property, please contact your nearest branch for a free rental valuation.