The event kicked off in full sunshine with the formal opening by the garden’s designer Mark Lane and Councillor Sophie McGeever, followed by a hedge planning ceremony, cakes, plant sales and even a raffle draw!
There was a fantastic turn out and lot of the community in Crofton came along to see just how much the space had changed.
Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to visiting this beautiful new space again!
If you want to know more about this, you can visit the garden’s official website where you can see all future events and planned volunteer days! https://croftonparkrailwaygarden.org.uk/
Make the most of the increased web traffic on Rightmove and Zoopla this Christmas and instruct Peter James before the big day!
The spike in online searches in the week between Christmas and New Year for consumers looking for a property to buy or rent creates an ideal opportunity for sellers and landlords to list their properties online now and not to wait until the New Year.
Traffic on Rightmove increased 195% between Christmas Day and the first working day of the New Year in 2016/2017 as would-be movers start preliminary searches and the same is expected this Christmas.
The market has changed and gone are the days when November and December were the quietest months of the year. However, a number of sellers and landlords are still waiting until the New Year to list their property online so are missing out on this surge of property searches. We want our clients to get off to a flying start in 2018 by listing with us now in time for the seasonal rush.
However, much of its elegant housing stock is anything but youthful: a sizeable amount consists of Victorian brick-built terraced homes, many enjoying such features as high ceilings and generous proportions. The Telegraph Hill conservation area (running to the south of New Cross Road) and the St Johns conservation area (between Brookmill Road and Lewisham Way) are especially sought after. Streets such as Jerningham Road and Pepys Road, having large Victorian homes on quiet residential tree-lined streets and within the catchment area of popular Edmund Waller Primary School, are popular.
Many period properties in the neighbourhood were divided into flats during the 60s 70s, although there has been a recent trend to restore them back into family homes. New Cross offers the opportunity to live in a vibrant, cosmopolitan community without the property price tags often associated with many London neighbourhoods.
For nightlife, it’s got fabulous choices: both a cinema at Goldsmiths and the fiercely independent Deptford Cinema, little fringe venue The London Theatre, and The Albany arts venue for a diverse series of live events. With their regular live bands, the Amersham Arms, The Venue and the New Cross Inn are popular with students: no wonder bands associated with New Cross include Dire Straits, Squeeze, Klaxons, Bloc Party and Athlete. Danny Baker, Steve Harley and the actor/director Gary Oldman grew up here, too.
The New Cross House, with its upmarket pizzas and craft beers, caters for an older crowd and families. The Rose and the Royal Albert are other popular pubs. There are some cosy little cafés too, including The London Particular, the LP Bar next door with its aeroplane-themed interior, and Out of the Brew. Regular art exhibitions are held at Lewisham Art House on Lewisham Way.
A strong reason for New Cross popularity is its great transport links from New Cross and New Cross Gate stations. As well as train services to central London (New Cross is just four miles from Charing Cross), there’s the London Overground, while the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is accessed from Deptford Bridge.
Recommended state primary schools include Turnham, St Stephen’s Church of England, and Edmund Waller. Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College has in the past enjoyed the distinction of being the most oversubscribed state secondary school in the country, while Addey and Stanhope school is also popular. Highly rated private options nearby include St Dunstan’s College in Catford (mixed, ages 4–18) and Sydenham High School (girls, ages 4–18).
While it doesn’t have many of the familiar high street shops (although it boasts a sizeable Sainsbury’s by New Cross Gate station), there are many small independentshops including butchers, fishmongers and ethnic textile and food retailers. Deptford Market sells everything from foodstuffs to clothing and retro furniture.
Away from the busy A2 highway cutting through New Cross’s centre, decent pockets of green space can be found, including Deptford Park, Bridge House Meadows, Fordham Park, Folkestone Gardens and Telegraph Hill Park. Both Royal Greenwich Park and Blackheath are a short bus ride away.
There are two prominent churches in the vicinity: St Nicholas’s and St Paul’s. St Paul’s is a magnificent Roman baroque church designed by Thomas Archer in 1730, while parts of St Nicholas’s date back to the 12th century. The latter was visited by Sir Francis Drake and Captain James Cook before their global expeditions and contains wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons and a memorial to Elizabethan dramatist Christopher Marlowe, killed in Deptford in 1593.
The days are getting longer and the temperature is getting warmer, Spring has sprung...finally!
Spring equals new beginnings and we are looking forward to a new start in BROCKLEY with our NEW BRANCH opening in the area. Inside we introduce Lee Davis who will be running the branch.
To encourage you out of hibernation, we explore some local ideas for your weekend at Deptford Market Yard where you can eat, shop and sweat, think trendy Dalston in South London. Or explore the Charlton with exceptional pubs and history and sample some tasty pizzas at Luciano's Pizza in Lee.
And of course we feature the best properties to buy and rent this Spring!
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Peter James will be adding to its office network this week with a new branch in Brockley, unveiling on the 3rd April 2017.
Following the estate agency’s successful opening of a second branch in Lee in 2016 and relocation of their head office operation from Eltham to Sidcup, the Brockley office will strengthen the business in the area, complementing its existing presence in New Cross. The site on Brockley Road has been extensively remodelled and beautifully designed to welcome clientele.
The Brockley branch is Peter James’ 5th branch South London. There are plans to open additional offices in various locations as part of an ambitious growth strategy. Peter James are one of the few completely independent estate agents operating in South London.
To celebrate the opening, Peter James is offering homeowners in the area a chance to win £10,000. To enter the prize draw, the first 25 completed sales will be entered and the winner will be chosen later this year.
Peter Burchell, Managing Director at Peter James, comments: “It’s been an exciting year already for Peter James as we look to strengthen our presence locally. While Peter James is an established independent brand in Blackheath Standard, Lee and New Cross, we’re thrilled to extend our excellent reputation to Brockley. This new office will enhance our existing services and capabilities in that area. By offering sellers the very best and most competitive service, we hope to quickly become the agent of choice in the area.”
Lee Davis has been recruited to manage the branch and has a wealth of experience in his 25 year career. Lee said “I have a particular fondness for the area as I grew up in Brockley attending Stillness Primary School. We will soon become synonymous with offering excellent service in the area.”To contact Lee for a free valuation and a chance to win, call 020 3906 1925.
Peter James Estates are pleased to announce the expansion of their successful Commercial Property department, with the addition of a highly experienced Commercial Consultant – Robert Cockayne.
Robert, who has a comprehensive background specialising in the public house, restaurant, retail and office markets, has recently joined the team following a successful term at a well-known national competitor.
Robert is a resident of Kent and also studied Law at the University of Kent, is an Associate of the RICS and Fellow of the Association of Valuers of Licensed Property (AVLP), and is therefore able to provide a degree of expertise which others in the industry cannot. His experience and knowledge of the South East London area which Robert brings will be invaluable to landlords and tenants throughout the region.
Commercial Director Jim Power commented: “I am thrilled to have Robert join our team and am sure that his enthusiasm and passion for commercial property, when combined with his extensive knowledge of the local markets will be of great benefit to all of our clients, old and new.”
Peter James are one of the few completely independent estate agents operating in South London. With unrivalled knowledge of the local area offering a complete service including sales, lettings and property management from their offices in Sidcup, Blackheath, Lee and New Cross with a fifth office opening in April 2017 in Brockley.
For commercial advice with selling, leasing or valuing your commercial property, please get in touch with Robert and the team.
For more information contact Peter James Estates on 020 8463 1555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a commercial property you would like to sell or let, we can help you!
Peter James have a skilled team with a wealth of knowledge waiting to work with you. We are here to advise both freeholders and leaseholders on commercial property of any kind.
We provide marketing advice for owners who want to sell a freehold interest in any type of commercial property and we have numerous buyers financially qualified, registered and actively looking.
We have recently completed on a number of transactions where we have matched buyers to sellers and have completed within weeks.
This service is available to landlords who are looking for reliable tenants. We are experienced in negotiating new leases and achieving the best rental incomes, coupled with terms that suit your requirements, again within record timescales.
We pride ourselves in the fact that we have a history of being able to dispose of commercial property albeit for sale or for rent in a timescale and in accordance with terms that suit you. Whether a seller or landlord, you can rely on Peter James to introduce the perfect client that meets your needs.
Call James Power, Commercial Director personally on 020 8463 1555 and read our latest Focus Magazine click here.
In the last four year, property prices in London have risen by approximately 53% according to Land Registry.
Find out how much your property is worth by calling your local property experts...Lee 020 8318 2555 Blackheath 020 8858 2555 or New Cross 020 7732 7777 #lee #newcross #blackheath #property #valuation #propertyprices
We are one of the few completely independent estate agents operating in South London. The Directors have a hands-on approach in the day-to-day running of the business which ensures that all of our clients needs are met and exceeded. We are passionate about property, the clients we serve and the areas in which we operate.
We are currently recruiting for a Sales Negotiator in our Lee office. We need a self-motivated, well presented, confident team player with great customer service and communication skills. A good telephone manner and a full driving license are essential.
Whilst industry experience would be desirable, you can still apply if you've never worked in the industry before as full training will be given.
Salary dependent on experience. Only successful candidates will be contacted.
To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to email@example.com
Nestled between Camberwell College of Arts and Goldsmith’s University, the area attracts a lot of creative residents who fit perfectly in an area known for its quirky laid back vibe. The London Overground connection is an obvious appeal to City workers who can travel into Shoreditch High Street, Highbury & Islington and to London Bridge in a mere 12-16 minutes. Whilst Crofton Park station has Thameslink services to Blackfriars (22 minutes) and St Pancras (32 minutes) and with Brockley station being in Zone 2, residents can save money on their travel.
Once home from work, Brockley has fantastic leisure options at your disposal. The Rivoli ballroom on Brockley Road has welcomed Florence + The Machine, The White Stripes, Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher in recent years. Brockley Open Studios is a summer showcase where local artists open their doors to the public and you can take in fabulous views from Hilly Fields Park and Telegraph Hill Park nearby.
To satisfy appetites, Indian restaurant Babur voted London’s ‘best Indian restaurant’ in 2013, is always a good choice as well as Brockley’s Rock serving traditional fish and chips. Several trendy delis and cafes have opened up the area such as Arlo and Moe which offers fresh produce and The Brockley Orchard have a fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.
Jam Circus attracts local parents in the day and transforms in the evening into a bar with live music and to take in a show, residents can take a stroll to The Brockley Jack for a diverse programme of theatre, comedy and even poetry.
There are some great schools in the area, Brockley Primary School, John Stainer Community Primary School, St. Mary Magdalen R.C School and Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College are just a few of the decent schools in the area. Ofsted reports are available on our website.
Properties in the area are dominated by two conservation areas. The Brockley conservation area has Victorian houses which range from large detached properties on wide, tree-lined roads such as Tressilian Road, Breaskspears Road and Wickham Road to smaller terrace cottages around Hilly Fields Park. St Johns conservation area is far more self-contained, with streets very similar.
All images will be displayed in our office window displays at Lee and Blackheath from the 17th June and displayed on Facebook.
The image with the most 'likes' on Facebook will receive a prize on the day of the fete.
Both fetes will be on the 2nd July from 12 - 3pm and all proceeds raised on the day will go to each respective school.
The pictures for each category are displayed in our photos as albums. Like and share your favourite pictures. Competition closes on the 30th June. Good luck to everyone. https://www.facebook.com/PeterJamesEstateAgents/
We love South-east London!
South-east London is climbing the property ladder fast, thanks to quick overland rail links to the centre and good-value property prices. We get the lowdown on the up-and-coming areas where buyer's budgets can stretch up to twice as far.
The last property remaining at Woodland Mews is arguably the best unit. This detached house with front and back gardens, allocated parking, luxury fitted kitchens with Bosch appliances, two bathrooms and designated bicycle storage is built around a central landscaped communal garden creating a tranquil place to live. Woodland Mews is less than 10 minutes walk to 4 different stations; Lewisham mainline, Lewisham DLR, St Johns mainline and Elverson Road DLR.
This beautiful home is priced at £595,000. To view call 020 7732 7777.
A brand new development of luxury 2 bedroom apartments finished to an outstanding standard. Features include secure allocated car parking spaces and bike racks. Two ground floor apartments have beautiful decked and landscaped gardens while the upper floor apartments have good sized balconies with storage cupboards. All apartments have 2 bathrooms, 2 double bedrooms and 22 ft open plan reception rooms. Further marks of quality include Amtico flooring in the hall and reception rooms, double glazing and entry systems. The apartments are conveniently located for easy access to Westcombe Park station. Greenwich town centre and the O2 are nearby.
Prices from £425,000. Call Peter James New Homes on 020 8463 1555.
New Landlord Legislation
If you are looking for a new home, come to one or all three new home launches this weekend.
Woodland Mews in Elswick Road, Lewisham, is a fantastic development of just seven properties and a mixture of apartments, semi detached and a detached house. Prices start from only £350,000. Open day 10am-3pm.
Brookmill Road (very close to Woodland Mews) is a unique development of three apartments and two commercial units. Located minutes from Elverson Road DLR and Lewisham station. The stand out apartment is one with a 14ft flat roof terrace. Prices start from just £325,000. Open day 1pm-2.30pm.
The Old Pound Apartments is a brand new development of 7 flats, under 5 minutes from Westcombe Park station. All apartments feature 2 bed 2 bath, 22ft open plan reception area with Amtico flooring and 11ft balconies or gardens. Prices start from £445,000. Open day 10am-11.30am.
Contact New Homes for more information 020 8463 1555
Only 20 days until the champagne launch of Woodland Mews, a unique gated development of only seven units in the centre of Lewisham. Some features include, allocated parking, private gardens, en-suites and 10 year warranty. Prices start from £350,000. This is one not to be missed. To reserve your place, call Peter James Land & New Homes on 020 8463 1555.
Read more below and also, take a look at Woodrow, our new home development of luxury warehouse apartments.
Whilst rental prices remain at an all time high in our area and the lettings market is still very buoyant, Landlords are urged to remember the duty of care to their tenants’ health and safety.
Landlords should make regular property visits to inspect for essential repairs and reduce the risk of their tenants being exposed to potentially life threatening hazards.
A recent case saw a landlord in Tottenham, North London, jailed for four months and ordered to pay approximately £2,000 in damages for illegally installing a boiler at his rented property and then repeatedly attempting to fix it himself when the tenants reported a strong smell of gas.
The Defence Premises Act requires Landlords to pay damages to a tenant if they become injured or dies, as a result of a defect which the landlord is responsible for repairing. This extends to paying compensation if tenant’s belongings are destroyed as a result also.
Gary Cole, Branch Manager at Peter James said “We work with Landlords from the initial marketing stage to check that their property meets all the safety requirements. Our management team then make regular visits to the property and deal with problems quickly and efficiently.”
The most common dangers found in rental properties are un-serviced boilers, bare wiring, damp, mould, broken windows, leaning brick walls and overgrown gardens with concealed barbed wires.
Jack Dixon, Peter James’ Property Manager for the New Cross area has a plan for all of his properties. “I speak to my tenants regularly and encourage them to report any hazards as soon as possible. We also visit each managed property a minimum of three times a year and produce a mid-term inspection report each time, so I can see if there is anything that would be dangerous from this as well as the general condition of the property.
“A 24 hour response is in place for heating, water systems and minor electrical problems and a 72 hour response for kitchen appliances and other items that affect the daily life of a tenant. Our ethos at Peter James is that if we respond quickly to any faults which keeps the tenant happy and paying rent in time which results in a happy Landlord.”
Peter James manages over 500 properties in the Lee, Blackheath and New Cross area. If you have a property in the area which you would like us to manage for you, please contact 020 8463 1550.
After a very successful 2014, Peter James are proud to announce a new division within the group which will be solely dedicated to New Homes, Land and Commercial properties. Our Director, James Power will be managing the department alongside RICS qualified and marketing affiliate, Scott King.
In the first six weeks of opening, the division has been instructed to sell a great number of commercial properties, one of which has sold in Lee and they have been instructed to market new home sites in Lewisham and Blackheath.
James Power said “We felt it was the right time to launch our new division and we are so pleased with the response we have been getting from our clients. We offer developers a tailor-made new homes marketing service from conception, planning and design, through to marketing and sales and final completion.”
He added; “This is a significant appointment. Peter James can now offer services right across all aspects of the property market - residential, new homes, commercial, land, mortgages and property management.”