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Andrew Scott Robertson wins The British Property Awards

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Andrew Scott Robertson, Wimbledon Town have just won The British Property Award for SW19.

Our team performed outstandingly throughout the extensive judging period, which focused on customer service levels.

Andrew Scott Robertson, Wimbledon Town have now been shortlisted for a number of national awards which will be announced later in the year.

The British Property Awards provide agents throughout the UK with an invaluable opportunity to compare the service that they provide against the service provided by their local, regional and national competition.

Agents who go that extra mile and provide outstanding levels of customer service are rewarded with our accolade, which acts as a beacon to highlight these attributes to their local marketplace.

THE BRITISH PROPERTY AWARDS are one of the most inclusive estate agency awards providers as they do not charge to enter. This has enabled their award to be structured in a manner that ensures maximum participation, on average judging over 90% of agents that meet their minimum criteria on a local level.

The Awards team personally mystery shops every estate agent against a set of 25 criteria to obtain a balanced overview of their customer service levels. The judging criteria is periods to ensure that agents have been rigorously and fairly judged.

Robert McLean from The British Property Awards said “Our awards has been specifically designed to be attainable to all agents, removing common barriers to entry, such as cost, to ensure that we have the most inclusive awards. Our award has also been designed to remove any opportunity for bias or manipulation. If an agent has been attributed with one of our awards, it is simply down to the fantastic customer service levels that they have demonstrated across a prolonged period of time. Winning agents should be proud that their customer service levels provide a benchmark for their local, regional and national competition”.

Why location is the key to successful buy-to-let investing

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We all know location counts when you are looking to buy a family home, but the same is true if you are buying to let. If you are looking in South West London, Wimbledon is a good choice as it will undoubtedly always be popular with tenants.

Wimbledon’s appeal lies in its versatility. Living in Wimbledon gives you all the amenities of the town centre with the rural feel of the village close by. Plus, there are amazing transport links to central London and beyond, as well as plenty of outstanding schools in the state and independent sectors.

Wherever you decide to invest in a buy-to-let property, location is key. As a landlord you’ll be looking for high rental yields, minimal void periods and for your property to gain in value over time. Choosing the best location for your budget can help you achieve this, so before you commit to a property think carefully about how attractive it will be to tenants.

It makes sense to have your ideal tenant in mind when deciding on a location. If your budget will only stretch to smaller apartments, your target market probably isn’t families, where more space is a priority.

If you are looking at young professionals, you’ll probably want a flat that’s close to amenities and night life as well as handy for good transport links. You might also want to consider whether it’s close to a local employer – Wimbledon is close to St George’s Hospital and medical school, for example.

You should do plenty of research about who lives in the area and the average rents they pay. This will help you get a good idea of whether you’ll achieve the return on investment you’re looking for.

To help you decide if a location is right for your buy-to-let project, look at our local area guides. Then use our checklist of what to look out for when choosing your investment.

 

1. Avoid traffic hotspots

Go back a street from the main road – quieter streets with less traffic may hold their value better and are more attractive to tenants.

 

2. Look to the future

Do your research on any planned regeneration schemes in the area and think about the impact on the property you’re considering, good and bad. Will the plans bring better transport links and upgraded facilities, or mean noisy works for years to come that will deter renters?

 

3. How are the schools?

Families are drawn to areas like Wimbledon because of their proximity to good schools. Houses close to outstanding state schools will be popular with renters and retain their value – as long as the schools remain high-performing and popular. If you’re targeting families, do your research into popular schools and where people need to live to secure a place.

 

4. What are the main attractions?

Look at properties with good amenities close by. Attractive parks, bars, restaurants and shops can all make a place appealing to tenants. Wimbledon is well served in this respect, with the common and Wimbledon Park, plus numerous other open spaces. The area also has plenty to do, including New Wimbledon Theatre and a range of amazing places to eat in both the town and village.

Factors like a corner shop or mini supermarket, neighbourhood pub and coffee shop can also give a particular street the edge.

 

5. How is the transport?

This is a crucial one, especially for city professionals looking for an easy commute. Wimbledon may have been planned with commuters in mind, so well is it served for transport, with frequent trains into London Waterloo, Vauxhall and Clapham Junction as well as access to the District Line, Tram, Thameslink and Northern Line services.

 

If you are considering purchasing a buy-to-let property in the Wimbledon area, we’d be happy to discuss the merits different parts of the area and show you some great properties. Contact us today to find out more.

When Wimbledon becomes tennis town

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As the Wimbledon Championships enter their second week, with the nail-biting finals in sight, Wimbledon town and village are at tennis fever pitch. Here are five ways to make the most of the tennis season:

1 You might still get tickets

Official tickets from the All England Club are sold by a ballot, which closed in December. Limited tickets are, however, still available, daily from the Ticketmaster website.

You can also join Wimbledon’s famous queue. The club releases 500 tickets a day for Centre Court, No 1 and No 2 Court – apart from the last four days on Centre Court. Thousands of grounds passes are available daily too, allowing access to unreserved seating and standing on Courts No 3 to 18. Arrive as early as possible and before the ground opens at 10.30am.

Read more on the Wimbledon website.

2 Watch the final on a big screen

Queuing for a grounds pass allows you to watch the action from the big screen on Murray Mound, the piece of land to the north of Centre Court.

Or head for the Piazza in Wimbledon town centre, where the atmosphere is possibly just as good. If you’re early and very lucky you might bag a deckchair or an outdoor table at a local restaurant.

Alternatively, go further afield where there are big screens at Granary Square, Kings Cross; beside Tower Bridge and City Hall; in the grounds of Fulham Palace or at St Katharine Dock.

Find more options on the Time Out website.

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3 Soak up the atmosphere

Shops and businesses in the town and village go all out to make the most of a time when the eyes of the world are on Wimbledon. Check out the amazing shop front displays and post pictures of your favourites on Instagram or go tennis-related celebrity spotting from local cafes and restaurants.

4 Dress to impress, or not

If you’re heading to the tournament, unless you’re competing, there’s no dress code. In spite of the glamour of Wimbledon, for spectators it’s all about comfortable and casual. During the first week of play temperatures soared. Forecasts for the second week are cooler with a chance of rain, so wear layers and come prepared for sunshine and showers.

5 Can I bring a picnic?

There are plenty of places to eat inside the ground, but they aren’t cheap and it’s likely you’ll need to queue – so bringing your own picnic is a good option. You can only take in one bag per person, measuring no more than 40 x 30 x 30cm, so no hard-sided picnic hampers or cool boxes are allowed.

If you wish to sell or let your property in Wimbledon, then please contact us for more information on how we can help your journey to #TennisTown

Book now for Taste of Sport charity event

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Head to South Park Gardens, Wimbledon on Sunday 23 June for Taste of Sport; a day of fun challenges and delicious food, all in aid of good causes. Try new activities – from boxing to capoeira, listen to live music and meet Haydon the Womble, while supporting Molly’s Smile Fund.

The fund raises money for charities, including St George’s Hospital general intensive care unit (GICU), as a tribute to student, Molly Burdett, who died aged 19, shortly after being diagnosed with a rare blood disease. Her family and friends set up the fund, in her memory, a week after her death.

Sponsored by Andrew Scott Robertson, estate agents and APPI, Pilates and physio, the Taste of Sport event will take place from 10am to 1pm on Sunday 23 June in South Park Gardens, SW19 8PN.

The event will include races and workshops throughout the day. You can:

  • Grab a selfie with Wimbledon AFC mascot, Haydon the Womble
  • Dance to live music and have a try at swing and capoeira
  • Try a taster session – choose boxing, skipping or strength training with top personal trainers
  • Join a pilates class with APPI Wimbledon clinic’s team of physiotherapists and instructors
  • Find expert advice on getting back to exercise, after an injury for example.

Delicious food will be available for £7.50 per adult or £4 for the under 13s, plus there’ll be drinks and snacks for sale all day.

Taste of Sport will raise money for St George’s Hospital GICU, Mind, Cancer Research UK, SOS Children’s Village, Mauritius and Momentum Children’s Charity (which supports children with life-limiting conditions in South West London and Surrey).

To book a place and food at the event, email tasteofsport1@gmail.com or pop into Bliss in the Park kiosk in South Park Gardens. Entry costs £5 for a family of four or £2 for individuals – you can also pay on the day.

Andrew Scott Robertson previously sponsored the event when it was last held in 2017. Marc Gregory, Director of Residential Sales, said: “Taste of Sport is a brilliant community day out. It’s a chance for families to get together in beautiful South Park Gardens, try some fun activities and compete against friends in some sporty challenges. Best of all we’ll be raising money for some really good causes, via the amazing Molly’s Smile Fund. Let’s hope we get plenty of sunshine!”

Additional sponsors are the park’s personal training crews – Fitwise, HA Fitness, Fitnessize and Fitstate as well as Bliss in the Park.

Your Wimbledon Easter sorted!

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There’s only so much chocolate you can eat, so if you’re spending Easter at home this year, we’ve pulled together five top Wimbledon-based ideas for a bit of a change of scene:
 

 

 

Wimbledon Easter sorted

A night at the ballet

Celebrated choreographer Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to the New Wimbledon Theatre this Easter, with a 21st century take on this iconic show, almost a quarter of a century since it was first performed. Described as thrilling, audacious and emotive, Bourne’s Swan Lake is best known for its male ensemble, which shattered conventions and took the dance world by storm. You can catch the show on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

 

Your Wimbledon Easter sorted!

Paddling free

Talking of lakes, Wimbledon Park has a beautiful one with a packed programme of watersports sessions for all ages and abilities. If your children are looking for something different to do over the Easter holidays, check out the lake’s four and five-day multi-watersports camps for ages eight to 16. During the sessions they can have a try at sailing, kayaking and canoeing – as well as raft building and team games on dry land. Courses run throughout the holidays and cost from £230.

 

Your Wimbledon Easter sorted!

Down the rabbit hole

If you’re shopping in Wimbledon for Easter essentials, make sure you pop into Centre Court to experience Alice in Wonderland performed in silent theatre. This interactive, 15-minute show features everyone’s favourite Wonderland characters, including Alice and the White Rabbit. Plus, every child who attends will receive a free chocolate bunny.

 

Your Wimbledon Easter sorted!

Hunt those eggs

There’s more chocolate on offer up at Wimbledon and Putney Commons – but you need to find it. Starting at the ranger’s office, follow the trails to hunt the commons for Easter eggs. There’s a prize for every entrant. Or take part in the Easter colouring competitions with categories for all ages – including adults. The event takes place from 10am to 4pm Good Friday to Easter Monday.

 

Your Wimbledon Easter sorted!

Dine in style

If you’re getting together with family and friends, there are plenty of great spots for a chilled Easter Sunday lunch in Wimbledon Village. The Fox and Grapes, right by the common, is open throughout the holidays and promises to have the big days covered with some splendid lunch menus. There are plenty of other options too, from the historic Crooked Billet to the lively Dog and Fox and glamorous Ivy Café.

 

If you want to spend your Easter break looking for residential or commercial properties, Contact us today!

Andrew Scott Robertson Launch a Lifeboat in SW19!

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If you think Wimbledon is just about tennis think again! Wimbledon Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors Andrew Scott Robertson pushed the boat out to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on Saturday 30th June.  Director Ian Ailes, who organised the event with the RNLI Clapham Branch said, “You don’t see many boats in Wimbledon yet our nearest Lifeboat station is on the Thames at Chiswick just 7 miles away; the 2nd busiest lifeboat station in the country. It is manned 24 hours a day and has a response time of just 90 seconds.  So far this year they have attended 107 incidents and rescued 14 people and 3 dogs. Two of our Directors are Lifeboat supporters so we decided to organise a fundraising event on our Wimbledon Village office forecourt by offering to double whatever was donated on the day with a target of £1,000. We are very pleased to say we raised over £1,300”. 

Our photo features (L-R) Residential Sales Team: Rob Wells, David Faulkner, Samantha Cross and Professional Services Director Ian Ailes. 

Property of the Week: Welford Place – Could this Wimbledon home mean game, set and match for your property search?

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With one of the world’s top sporting events just days away, tennis fans could beat the queue and bag a year-round view of the on-court action with their very own Wimbledon home.

Situated just a stone’s throw from the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the new owners could enjoy views of Centre Court and the magnificent London skyline beyond from the tranquil roof terrace. Perfect for enjoying a glass of Pimms on a summer’s evening!

Welford Place is a stylish family home offering 2,400 sq ft of luxurious accommodation situated in a highly regarded private development adjacent to Wimbledon Park Golf Course. The development boasts its own indoor swimming pool complex and secure gated play area. For further information or to arrange a viewing of this stunning property please contact Stephen Parsons MNAEA on 0208 971 6780 or email sales@as-r.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property of the Week: Downings House – where clever storage solutions combine style with functionality

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Whether you live in a large house or a small apartment, storage is a major topic for any homeowner. Living in a smaller home doesn’t necessarily need to mean living with less. You just need to be smart about how you organise the space you do have. Make every inch of your home work hard with well-thought out and space-saving storage solutions.

Completely transformed by architect Luis Trevino, our property of the week, a spectacular three bedroom loft style apartment in a handsome Grade II listed converted school, is packed with innovative design touches and makes clever use of space storage solutions that will come in handy no matter the size of your home.

The magnificent reception room makes full use of the double height ceilings. Custom built floor to ceiling units add storage and save space, whilst serving a dual purpose as a room divider to separate the open plan living room and kitchen.

In the stunning kitchen, white-on-white storage is the perfect example of the power of going monochromatic. The luxury units blend seamlessly with the surroundings and low level cabinets around the perimeter create extra seating, great for entertaining, and proving that you don’t need to compromise between style and functionality.

Storage can be found in the most unlikely of places and at Downings House the architect has made ingenious use of the space underneath the stairs, transforming it into a hideaway office – perfect for whether you work from home or need a place for the kids to do their homework. The floating stairs add to the feeling of space and openness.

In the bedroom, mounting ceiling lights either side of the bed frees up space on top of the bedside tables.

And if you are struggling for how to bring light into an internal bathroom, why not consider glass walls to bring in light and add an extra touch of elegance and style?

When it comes to decorating a small house or apartment, the key to keeping a space both functional and tasteful is to decorate minimally. At Downings House, the walls are kept neutral throughout, creating a fresh palette which reflects and optimises the natural light that floods the space.

Downings House is a gem waiting to be discovered…

For further information on this property click here

Proud sponsors of The 8th Annual Pirelli Golf Tournament

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We are delighted to announce that we will once again be sponsors of The Annual Pirelli Golf Tournament.

This year’s tournament will take place on Friday 11th May 2018 at Mitcham Golf Club, once one of the most exclusive courses in the country. The event will raise funds for Mitcham Cricket Club and will include the presentation of the prized Andrew Scott Robertson Cup awarded for the lowest individual score.

 

 

 

 

Property predictions: what next for property in 2018?

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Looking back at 2017, one constant that has been proved yet again is the continued robust nature of the London property market. Despite the political and economic uncertainty of Brexit, the changes introduced to the landlord tax relief and the Bank of England’s rise in interest rates, the property market as a whole has proved to be incredibly resilient.

2017 was a great year for us as a company. Our sales turnover was up on the previous year and the team’s hard work and relentless commitment to delivering exceptional service – and achieving the best possible results for our clients – paid off with a Gold Award at the highly prestigious British Property Awards as the top estate agent in Wimbledon for customer service.

As we look ahead to 2018, we are confident that the market will continue to hold its own. Whilst there is continuing economic and political uncertainty in the run-up to Britain’s departure from the EU in 2019, the continued low rates of lending still make today’s market a good time to buy. As ever, the phrase ‘Location, Location, Location’ is true when it comes to the demand for property in Wimbledon, and that has encouraged more agents to open offices in SW19, giving potential vendors even more choice than before. However, with 11 sales and 7 lets already agreed in January we are off to a very positive start and, despite increased competition from local and online agents alike, we are even more determined to make 2018 our best year ever!

 

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