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Are you looking to buy an oasis of calm in the middle of the City? Here at AW Childs we have an amazing property based in the popular Barbican Estate that boasts a stunning garden view and superb finishing touches that mean you can move straight in. From the Habitat kitchen, to the stunning oak flooring that runs throughout the apartment, you will find that this apartment has been curated with a touch of class.

The apartment doesn’t only look the part, each room has been carefully planned out to make the most of the available space. With a Neff induction hob, full-size dishwasher and integrated fridge freezer, the apartment has all the creature comforts that you need. The kitchen is fully fitted and has ample storage room for even the most creative of culinary masters.

The bathroom is completed by acclaimed company West One Bathrooms, the bathroom is a contemporary design that is also functional. There are storage spaces available and a stunning Monsoon shower head. The floors and walls have been tiled to an extremely high standard and the whole fit and finish of the room is of the highest quality.

The south facing bedroom has fitted wardrobe for the ultimate experience in minimalism and maximal use of space.

As you can see, this apartment in Thomas More House is finished to an exquisite level and no expense has been spared in curating an amazing oasis of calm in the City of London that not only looks the part, but is also ideally located for city workers. The property is available chain free and for more information, or to book a viewing, please call us on 020 3693 9444 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll happily discuss this, or any other of our amazing properties with you.

Presented in immaculate condition, this generously proportioned one bedroom 4th floor apartment is located at the rear of this popular building. The property comprises a good size reception room, kitchen, dining area, large bathroom, and a larger than average double bedroom.

Residents benefit from a Concierge and Communal roof terrace with seating and stunning views of the City skyline as well as the surrounding area.

The development is situated just a short walk from Barbican tube station and is also in very close proximity to Moorgate, Old Street, Farringdon and St Pauls, so it provides easy access to a number of Stations. The immediate area benefits greatly from the Barbican Centre, which is Europe’s largest arts centre and comprises a concert hall, two theatres, three cinemas, two art galleries, a library and an extensive shopping area and the area around St Paul’s has recently undergone a large redevelopment which there is now a huge shopping and entertainment complex called ‘One new change’ with cafes and restaurants all within a short walk. This complex is open throughout the weekend when the rest of the area can be quite quiet.

Property is Furnished and available from 28th May 2018.

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Here at AW Childs we are proud to do some good as well as being estate agent in Barbican, Clerkenwell and Farringdon. With this in mind our Director Alex recently gave an interview to ADC College about our role in developing European student interns in the London property market. We strongly believe in offering opportunity and to help people to grow and ethics is a strong driver of our brand. We have a proud history of helping European student interns to make the most of their time and London and we hope the interview helps to get that message across.

 

Below is a transcript of the interview or you can click here to read the article on ADC’s website.

 

Why have you decided to take on European students for work experience?  

 

We feel that European students offer a different perspective than perhaps we would find locally and can add significant value to our team. Their perspectives and skills can be put to good use in our business and we can give them a superb grounding in the fundamentals of running a business. 

The students get to spend a lot of time with our staff and can get a real feel for how the business operates from day to day. This experience is a way for the students to gain practical work experience in a fast-paced environment. 

 

What kind of work do the students do at your company?  

 

Depending on the students confidence level we will try to ensure they get to experience as much of the London property industry as possible. Their tasks will usually include accompanying property viewings, photography shoots, writing property descriptions and engaging with our company’s social media channels. They also help to update our website at https://awchilds.co.uk

 

What do you think the students gain from doing work experience in London? 

We are never sat behind a desk for longer than a few hours a day. We visit beautiful homes in different locations across London and every day is different. 

London is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and is very different culturally to any other capital in Europe. Working here enables our student interns to travel and gain experience in a professional capacity and also to improve their English language skills. 

In what way has it benefitted your company? 

 

Our interns have been very valuable in terms of helping us with administrative tasks, allowing us more time to focus on other duties. They have even helped us to improve our social media offering which will benefit the business significantly moving forward. Our interns have the opportunity to learn and also become a part of our success story, we feel it is a mutually beneficial relationship. 

 

What makes a great intern? Do you have any examples? 

 

A good intern is one that is happy to get stuck in and learn as we go along. Our business is extremely fast-paced and it requires critical thinking and a keen eye for detail that doesn’t come natural to everyone, it can be a steep learning curve but very rewarding. 

We also like people that are friendly and helpful. They need to be willing to improve as they go along and we will push them to always hone their skills. 

 

What are the most common mistakes in your line of work? 

In our customer-facing role, it can be easy to become frustrated, so it is a blunder when we don’t pay full attention to our clients. Often our clients have a very good idea of what they need and learning to ask the right questions and be empathetic to their needs will ensure that you don’t go too far off the mark. 

 

Do you have any advice for students preparing for their first day at work? 

 

Yes! Come in with an attitude of wanting to learn and a helpful disposition and everything else will likely fall into place. You will be amazed at what you can learn if you bring the right attitude and are prepared to put in the work. 

 

 

AW Childs present this stunning two bedroom flat on the second floor in the popular Brewhouse Yard in Clerkenwell offers natural light throughout. Two modern bathrooms, generously sized bedrooms and an open-plan reception.

Additional benefits include 24 hour concierge, good storage and bicycle storage.

Brewhouse Yard is close to Clerkenwell and Farringdon Station.

Exmouth Market – London’s foodie haven

 

Take a look at London’s most magnificent market

 

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Amazing food? Check. Quaint boutique bookshops? Again check. What about some of London’s best artisan fashion and gifts? Yes, there’s that too! We are of course talking about the wonderful Exmouth Market based in London’s fashionable Clerkenwell. The market is a central part of the modern culture shift that has come to define this amazing corner of London, it also happens to live on our doorstep! Exmouth Market symbolises Clerkenwell and the surrounding areas diverse charm. The market beautifully displays why the area is such an amazing place to live (which we can help with – our choice of amazing properties in Barbican, Clerkenwell and Farringdon offer amazing access to the area).

 

The market itself has exploded in the last twenty years. An influx of young and vibrant city workers has helped to drive the growth of the area and has had a profound impact on the market itself. The distinct charm of the area, combined with excellent transport links and closeness to the City of London makes it an ideal spot to live for city workers. Sprouting from a small fruit and vegetable market – Exmouth Market today has become a go-to destination for foodies looking for amazing global cuisine in the heart of London. For those lucky enough, they do not even need to leave their postcode to sample the amazing award-winning cuisine.

 

Time Out gave the market its prized Love London award in 2016. The magazine was complimentary of the area and its cultural significance as a foodie haven. They speak highly of the street food available and many note that it is some of the best available in London. From coffee supremo’s Caravan to the amazing Moro restaurant which is a regular on London’s best restaurant listings.

 

The area is amazing to take in and is proof that the much-maligned urban gentrification of London can offer amazing results when done well. Exmouth Market rose from disused warehouses and an area that desperately needed lifting. It has become an artisan lovers dream by its amazing setting and chilled vibe.

 

If you don’t live in the area it is well worth a visit for a chilled weekend breakfast or weekday meal. Exmouth Market is a treasure waiting for exploration and an awesome place to live close to.

 

For more information on Exmouth Market click this link.

 

If you want to live in Barbican, Clerkenwell or Farringdon then please get in touch. Here at AW Childs we are local area specialists and can help with lettings and sales all over the City of London. We pride ourselves on providing an amazing service to our clients and as you can see from our reviews; we have many happy customers. So for more information or to discuss a property contact us on our contact form or call us on 020 3693 9444.

 

A delightful and rarely available, one bedroom apartment set on one of Clerkenwells most beautiful squares. Based on the second floor of this stunning Georgian period building, the property has a reception room with views over the square, a brand new open plan Kitchen, double bedroom quietly set to the rear, and a contemporary bathroom including shower over bath. Further benefits include gas fired central heating and intercom door entry system. Wilmington Square is located just off Rosebery Avenue. It is ideally located for Exmouth Market and Amwell Street. Farringdon Station, Kings Cross and Angel are all close by. Equally it is within easy walking distance of both the City and The West End.

AW Childs are pleased to offer this spacious and bright one bedroom flat located on the 2nd floor of this modern purpose built development with a private balcony overlooking the Regent’s Canal.

The award winning Adelaide Wharf development benefits from a concierge, communal outside space and bike storage. The property consists of an open plan reception room with balcony, fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, modern bathroom with three piece suite, double bedroom with fitted wardrobes, wood floors, central heating and double glazing.

Located just off Queensbridge Road both Hoxton and Haggerston Overground stations are within easy walking distance. Haggerston Park and London Fields are close by with a range of local amenities on your doorstep. It also offers excellent access into Shoreditch, Liverpool Street and the City.

Lease length 250 years from March 2007

Service charge £169 per month.

Ground rent £225 per year.

A bright and spacious two double bedroom flat occupying the entire first floor of an Edwardian building benefiting from share of freehold and own private section of the rear garden.

Ideally located on one of Palmers Green’s most sought after roads close to transport links, shops and restaurants and within a 10 minute walk to Palmers Green BR station.

The property has been sympathetically renovated and improved by the current owners and still retains many original period features.

Reception room:
A Large bright room including large bay window, double glazed sliding sash windows, vintage tilled flooring, high ceilings, original picture rail and fireplace.

Hallway:
Recently decorated with new solid wood flooring, original stripped balustrade, large built in storage cupboard, skylight loft hatch with access to a large full height loft with potential to be converted STPP. Neighbouring properties already converted.

Kitchen:
Modern with a range of fitted wall and base units, plumbing for dishwasher, washing machine and gas range cooker with overhead extractor.

Family Bathroom:
Spacious and recently completely refurbished, fully tiled with built in storage cupboard. Two new double-glazed windows

Bedroom 1:
Carpeted with large double-glazed sash windows overlooking the garden

Bedroom 2:
Solid oak flooring, double glazing.

Garden:
Private rear garden with side access.

Share of Freehold
Lease 108 years remaining.

New Landlords Guide To Buying Their First Investment Property

 

A get started guide for new landlords

 

 

If you are looking to invest in property for the first time then you are in the right place – This guide to investing in property is aimed at new landlords who are trying to figure out where to start with a buy to let property. Here at A.W. Childs we have years of experience in helping new, and more experienced landlords and can help you to find, buy and manage your first buy to let property in Barbican, Clerkenwell, Farringdon and the surrounding areas in the City of London.

 

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Why Property Investing?

Before diving into the meat of the process, it is worth taking a look at why it is still a great time to invest in property. With interest rates still low (though now slowly beginning to rise) there is still an opportunity to to borrow money cheaper than you have been able to historically, inversely, savings accounts have rarely returned so little to investors. The stock market is also fairly flat and speculators are expecting a “correction” in the near future and it may not be the best time to commit to shares.

It seems counterintuitive, but property investment may indeed be one of the safest investment options available, especially if you are a cash buyer. The property market in London offers a unique environment, especially for landlords, as many young professionals are now choosing to rent homes rather than buy, the returns for landlords have continued to rise.

 

The Buying Process

Clearly to become a landlord you will need to buy a property. Check out our properties for sale here for a look at the properties that we currently have available for sale. We try to provide as much detail as possible on our property listings but if you have a question about any of our properties then please get in touch – we will be happy to help you in any way that we can. We learn as much as we possibly can about the properties that we sell and manage and can offer extended detail as required. We also offer area guides that can help you to understand and get a feel for the areas in which we operate. We can also offer you viewings to our properties and provide you with all the information that you need to make an informed decision.

OK, so you have located your buy to let property, what next? At this stage you will need to make an offer on the property and if accepted be able to finance the transaction. From this point we will do all that we can to facilitate the sale and act as the go between for you and the vendor. Upon completion, we will make sure that everything is in place to ensure that the transaction progresses as smoothly as possible. You will notice that we take our customer service seriously, it is the common theme in many of our reviews, so please, if you need anything at any time, call us, we will be more than happy to assist you.

 

Landlord Management

So now you have the keys to your first buy to let property – it is decision time, manage the property yourself or use landlord management to take the strain out of being a landlord. From our years of experience in the industry, we understand that managing a property can be a real headache. That is why we offer an industry leading suite of options that allows you to delegate some, or most of the property management to us. This allows you ultimate flexibility and means that you can tailor the package to suit your needs.

So what are the benefits of landlord management:

  • Full range of marketing to ensure maximum visibility for prospective tenants

  • Vetting of the would-be tenant to ensure that they have a good credit history and can afford the rental payments

  • All of the administration taken care of, including referencing, tenancy paperwork, collection of monies and more

  • Collect and remit monthly payments, allowing you to not need to worry about having to collect the money yourself and be paid promptly every month

  • We can also chase non-payment, giving you peace of mind that even if the worst case scenario does happen, we give you the best chance of getting your money

  • Provide a point of contact for both you and the tenant and ensure a smooth flow of communication

Our services are designed to offer peace of mind to our landlords and is one of the reasons why our landlords choose to use our services year after year. We offer ultimate flexibility and peace of mind, so if you would like to discuss your specific requirements further please click here.

 

How we can help

In the current climate of poor returns from high street savings and the stock market, property investment remains an excellent way to invest your money. Property investment offers regular fixed returns for investors and the option for diversification for those who have other investments. Here at A.W. Childs we can assist you every step of the way, from viewing your first property, to handing the keys over to your first tenant, A.W. Childs offers an unbeatable service that can help you enjoy the fruits of your investment without the day to day hassle of managing the property. We make the process of becoming a landlord for the first time easy. So, for more information on our service contact us here.

Basquiat at the Barbican highlights the cultural importance of the area

 

Welcome to the first instalment of AW Childs’ blog posts that are focused on what’s going on in our local areas of the Barbican, Clerkenwell and Farringdon. We plan to create a regular post, so if you have any event that you want to promote then please get in touch here. As a community minded estate and lettings agent, we would love to hear from local charities and help in anyway that we can.

 

In today’s maiden edition we are going to look at the exhibition that has been a huge success at the world renowned Barbican Arts Centre. The Basquiat Boom for Real exhibition has showcased the work of famous downtown New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

 

Basquiat was one of the 80’s most intriguing characters and was at one time in a relationship with fellow 80’s superstar Madonna. He was also a member of the infamous 27 club. The club is a group of superstars who all died at the age of 27 and includes the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain. Basquiat himself was something of a tortured star and died of a heroin overdose on August the 12th 1988.

 

Basquiat was a multifaceted superstar, not only one of the world’s most notable and exciting artists of his era, Basquiat was also a renowned poet, DJ and musician. Basquiat came back into the public eye in May 2017 when his untitled painting of a skull sold for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York.

 

The exhibition at the Barbican Arts Centre displays over 100 works by the artist gathered from museums and private collections from across the globe and is on until the 29th of January 2018. Just before the exhibition began, famous unknown artist Banksy painted two murals at the Barbican centre. The artist verified that they were genuine on his Instagram account.

 

 
The exhibition runs from 21/9/17 until 28/1/18 and prices are £16 for a standard ticket with concessions available. Click here for tickets and more information.

 

 

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