Neighbourhood Watch: West End, Glasgow

Neighbourhood Watch: West End, Glasgow

The West End: Glasgow

Famous for its stunning Victorian architecture and thriving cultural scene, Glasgow’s West End, named “the hippest place in the UK” by The Times and as one of the “top ten coolest neighbourhoods in Europe” by The Independent, is a hotspot for young and mature professionals working in the city and students attending Glasgow University.

Greenery

Kelvingrove Park

In the heart of Glasgow’s creative scene, nature is a key attraction of the West End. Kelvingrove Park is a relaxing Victorian park featuring tennis courts, a skatepark and a restored Kelvingrove Bandstand, home to the Summer Nights mini music festival that brings open-air music back to the park.

Education

University of Glasgow

Over 26,000 students attend University of Glasgow for its prestigious education. Designed by George Gilbert Style, the Gothic revival architecture of the main building is a stunning architectural masterpiece. Described as the real-life Hogwarts, the University of Glasgow has been featured in productions including Cloud Atlas and Outlander.

Culture

Scottish Ballet Company

The West End offers a vibrant cultural scene, stimulating many professionals, families and students to live in the area and effectively has encouraged businesses to operate here. The top attractions include Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Riverside Museum and Clydeside Distillery.

The performing arts reigns supreme in the district boasting Kings Theatre showing productions including The Rocky Horror Show, the Scottish Ballet Company and the majestic Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Nightlife

Brel

As the bohemian district of Glasgow, the West End is home to some of the city’s most innovative spaces, cool events, creative people and prettiest streets. To complement this, the variety of unique bars are within easy reach. Brel, voted best beer garden of Glasgow in 2016 and The Parlour, home of the quirky cocktail are among the top favourites of the local community.

Cuisine

Tantrum Doughnuts

Known for its trendy cuisine, the West End offers a host of innovative eateries. From The 78, a dog-friendly vegan bar to Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Ox and Finch. Taking fine dining to a new level of service, Six by Nico is one of Glasgow’s hotspot restaurants. Every six weeks, the restaurant changes its menu to a completely new theme, comprising of six delicious courses. Additionally, the dessert eaters will be well catered to at Tantrum Doughnuts with amazing hand-made doughnuts.

Tourism

West End Festival

Living up to its reputation as a cultural beacon of Scotland, the West End hosts several events including the annual West End Festival in June celebrating the local community and Glasgow Mela Festival, where visitors can experience Scottish music and dance in Kelvingrove Park, which always attracts lots of top performers from around the world alongside some mouth-watering food stalls too.

A Final Note

As the second largest economy in the UK, Glasgow is a thriving city set to benefit from over £16 billion of regeneration to strength the life sciences and transport industries. Proving to be a powerhouse outside of London, the West End’s bohemian reputation makes it’s a beacon for investment opportunities of residential, commercial and student properties.

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Neighbourhood Watch: The Creative Quarter, Nottingham

Neighbourhood Watch: The Creative Quarter, Nottingham

The Creative Quarter, Nottingham

An environment for creative and digital businesses to thrive, The Creative Quarter is Nottingham’s number one choice for students, investors, locals and visitors to learn, live and leisure.

Education

Nottingham College City Hub

Ranked the sixth best student city, Nottingham produces 19,700 graduates each year with 32% of Nottingham’s population hold a degree-level qualification.  The Creative Quarter is home to Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham College and the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.

Nottingham Trent University was ranked #1 University in 2017 by Times Higher Education whilst Nottingham Business School has this year being shortlisted for Times Higher Education Business School of the Year. The district has a steady flow of first-class talent with up-to-the-minute skills.

Nottingham College’s £58 million City Hub regeneration demonstrates a grand investment in the city’s education. It will offer new facilities and resources for college students and provide community facilities such as a new café and performing arts centre. The neighbouring area to set to provide and open and green space for the community and the College is working with the council to ensure the area and surrounding through-routes are well lit and accessible, helping to create a good flow between this area and the rest of the city centre.

Business

Digital Marketing Company

Nottingham boasts a talented workforce of over 1.1 million, leading the way for knowledge intensive industries including financial and business services, creative and digital, life sciences and advanced manufacturing., of which employ 60% of Nottingham.

The Creative Quarter is a stand-out feature of Nottingham’s creative and digital sector considered ‘incubator without walls’ offers everything from unique businesses spaces, co-working hubs along with independent retails, bars and restaurants. From the two universities, businesses have a large talent pool of 29,000+ creative and digital students.

Regeneration

Broadmarsh Shopping Centre

Nottingham is currently embarking on commercial regeneration with the £250 million Southern Gateway, £150 million re-development of the Broadmarsh shopping centre and the highly anticipated Boots Island site development that is set to include a 5-star hotel, retail space, homes and offices.

The city is also set to benefit as the HS2 network is constructed, with the East Midlands Hub base planned for Toton, on the outskirts of the city, further reducing journey times to London and bringing the rest of the country closer.

Culture

Nottingham Arts Theatre

Named UNESCO City of Literature, Nottingham is a beacon of the creative arts with The Creative Quarter in centre stage. Refurbished lace factories and warehouses have evolved into modern urban living spaces, galleries take centre stage and restaurants populate the district.

Local Retail shop, Paper Came to Light was founded in honour of the local independent shops in Hockley. Today, you’ll find the best publishing and magazines from around the world stocked.

In the heart of Hockley, Nottingham Arts Theatre has shown an array of fantastic shows featuring some of the best talent in the East Midlands. The main theatre seats 300 people and has a proscenium arch and an orchestra pit.

With independent brands, fashion designers and retailers getting involved every year, Nottingham Fashion Week is a celebration of the city’s clothing industry. With live entertainment this is a chance to see new collections from the emerging talent and established names.

Rental Yields

Sherwood Square, Nottingham

This Is Money’s research discovered that Nottingham claims first and fifth rental hotspots in the UK. NG1 takes first place with an average rental yield of 11.99% while NG7 held fifth place with at 8.89%.

Transport

Nottingham Rail Station

In the heart of the Midlands, Nottingham hosts fantastic transport links including the railway to London St Pancras for as little as 90 minutes. Additionally, The Creative Quarter boasts from the £50,000 tram extension and the planned £188 million connection between Nottingham and Derby.

Final Note

The Creative Quarter boasts the epicentre of culture as Nottingham rises as the fastest growing city in the East Midlands. CBRE Research depicted that in October 2018, Nottingham is the ninth largest creative economy of the UK.

 

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The rise of the DINK

The rise of the DINK

In 2019, there are more child free adults than ever before. While, for those born in 1946, only 9% had no children at the age of 45, whereas for women born in 1970, this figure has risen to 17%. A US study discovered that 1 in 5 women enter menopause without children. Additionally, birth rates among women in their twenties declined by 15% between 2007 and 2012.

The reasons why so many couples adopt a Dual Income, No Kids lifestyle, commonly known as DINK, is varied. For some the financial burden of raising a child is more trouble than its deemed worth and for others, it means sacrifices to lifestyle and career aspirations. Without the responsibility of children to cater to, the rise of DINK, the demands for property are not what they were for young professionals of Baby Boomers and Generation X.

What DINK mean for the property market?

Imperial Square, Luton

ONS figures showed that in 2017 the proportion of women never having children has doubled in generation.

Leisure & Amenity

Infinity Towers, Liverpool

Young professionals today are interested the trendy new neighbourhoods. Without the pressure to consider a property’s proximity to schools and day-care the focus for many tenants now is convenience. After working all day, and in some instances earning from a second job, the Millennial generation are interested in homes which offer closeness to shops and travel links.

Work Life Balance

The Tannery, London

In 2019, the UK is more career driven than ever before. A booming economy mixed with the impending launch of HS2 and mass regeneration schemes, means over 250,000 jobs are being launched in the UK by 2030. As a result of this, generation rent is drawn to city centre properties to stay in the heart of their working life.

Student Housing Demand

Marvel House, Plymouth

In 2018, 2.3 million students were recorded to be in higher education. Entrepreneur reported that 24% intend for pay for higher education via savings and 38% plan to work during their university studies. Higher education is at an all time high since the launch of the postgraduate government student loan. As more students stay in education for longer to gain qualifications such as an MBA and PhD, often via part-time study, instead of starting families the demand for student housing will increase.

Luxury Lifestyles

Hadrian’s Tower, Newcastle

Without adhering to the practicalities of raising children, tenants are desiring homes to suit their personalities and lifestyles. For example, 2019 saw an increase in properties with pools and audio door entry systems. Favouring state-of-the-art design specifications including private lounges, the demand for luxury property is increasing across the country.

Travel Pursuits

Epic Hotel, Liverpool

A chief reason, many adopt a DINK lifestyle is the sizeable disposable income, which can be used for travel. The rise of the staycation, has seen a dramatic increase in domestic holidays. As cities within the Northern Powerhouse gain regeneration, the rise in UK’s tourism to serene areas will benefit from the child-free movement.

Entrepreneurship

The Bridge, Kirkcaldy

Among Generation Z, working to suit your lifestyle is a priority. Entrepreneur announced 41% of Generation Z intend to start their own businesses instead of continuing the Millennial trend of side jobs. The rise is e-learning opportunities focusing on creative arts and business is predicted to be worth four times more than the higher education market. As a result of this, the demand for office space will increase.

Old Age

Bryn Illtyd Ltd, Wales

Without the comfort of having children to take care of them in old age, DINK jetsetters will be desiring Care Homes in the future.

Final Note

As the economic climate changes, the demands for property respectively alters. With more favouring an enjoyable lifestyle and the financial benefits that come along, the demand for family friendly property has seen a sharp reduction.

 

 

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The Rise of the Staycation

The Rise of the Staycation

Long Live the British Holiday

Ayia Napa or Robin Hood’s Bay this summer?

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Aiya Napa

As the temperatures rise in the run-up to summer’s arrival, the annual summer holiday planning for many a Brit is taking place. The regular beach destinations including Mykonos (Greece), Lanzarote (Canary Islands), Menorca (Spain) and Algarve (Portugal) have long been favoured for their serene ambience, cultural atmosphere and performance as an escape from the grind of daily life. The beauty of Cornwall’s Talland Bay and Wales’  Llanddwyn Island, has worn away the allure of Europe, in favour of a staycation. At the same time, those of us who prefer skiing on Christmas Eve, to relaxing at home, are trading La Plagne and Livigno for Glenshee and Manchester. Data from the Great British Staycation, revealed that in 2018, 52% of 25-34-year olds took holidays within the UK for tourist attractions and financial benefits.

Robin's Hood Bay, staycation, domestic tourism, hotel property,

Robin Hood’s Bay

With the looming presence of Brexit, the magnetism of British soil is leading many holiday goers to forfeit the passport stamps in favour of domestic tourism. With the decline of the pound’s value on the global market and the impending costs of VISAs to travel within Europe, the UK has become a holiday hotspot. Tourism and marketing expert Dr Sheila Malone of Lancaster University said there had been a noticeable movement in trends following the Brexit referendum. She told Sky News: “That seemed to trigger a different kind of consumer sentiment in terms of spending – a little bit more cautious, looking for a bit more security in how they (British holidaymakers) are spending their money.”

What does this mean for the tourism industry?

Trafford Hall Hotel, Old Trafford, Manchester, Hotel Property, Domestic Tourism,

Trafford Hall Hotel, Manchester

The increase in domestic travel over overseas trips, while initially was driven by the rising costs, has become a trend, holiday goers and travellers desiring multiple short breaks throughout a year, no necessity for travel insurance, last minute holidays and reasonably priced packages. Additionally, as the pound has weakened international tourism has increased, making the UK a hotspot travel destination both nationally and across the globe. Locations such as Manchester draw consumers from all walk of life including sport and theatre.

Hotel Property

The rise in staycations stands to benefit the UK tourism industry, expected to be worth £257 billion by 2025. The hotel industry reached a total turnover of £98bn in 2017 proves the demand for quality hotels in the UK is higher than ever before.

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Epic Hotel, Liverpool

Most popular in London & Blackpool, Hotel Property is a smart method of property investment, given the lower entry cost compared to residential property and student property. It’s an ideal method to invest in the British economy and support an industry with rapid growth. As a hands-off management investment, the hotel property is a passive income and as most investment deals offer to buy back in year 5, it’s an intelligent short-term investment.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Digbeth, Birmingham

Neighbourhood Watch: Digbeth, Birmingham

Brum City 

 

Digbeth is Birmingham’s self-titled creative sector and most distinctive part of the city, less than ten minutes from Bullring and Grand Central. Named “the Coolest Neighbourhood in Britain” by the Sunday Times, Digbeth is a favourite for generation rent. With the upcoming arrival of HS2 and New Street rail station £770 million redevelopments, Digbeth celebrates 5-6% rental yields.

Culture

Digbeth is a trendy, artistic hub comprised of galleries and studios. Eastside Projects is a free, public, artist-run space, showcases temporary shows from both local and international artists. Every Friday of the moth, the artists’ collective teams up with other groups in the area to delivery special events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport

New Street Station has undergone £770 million redevelopments, boosting daily passenger capacity to 240,000. The new station is five times the size of the original station with a striking height atrium topped with a bubble roof made from ETFE, a fluorine-based plastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haute Cuisine

Digbeth, Dining Club, Birmingham Mail

Digbeth is home to the infamous Dining Club, a street food dining experience. Cooking a range of alternative cuisines with energetic DJ’s, visitors can enjoy everything from Pizza and crepes to Caribbean and Malaysian dishes under the partially covered rooftop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Final Note

A growing city, Birmingham is proving to be a metropolitan city, with something to accommodate everyone. The rising economy, mass regeneration, and emerging transport links make Digbeth one of the most demanding places for property in the country. Now is the time to invest in the future of the country, the future of education, employment and most importantly, property.

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5 Reasons to Invest in Liverpool

5 Reasons to Invest in Liverpool

The Pool of Life

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Liverpool, the northern city of culture is thriving by the minute. Home to numerous higher educational institutions, a beautiful sky view and Liverpool FC’s the Reds, Liverpool continues to grow in population, from young professionals, students and businesses setting up in the northern city. With its thriving economy, Liverpool is a fantastic city to invest in, boasting one of the highest rental yields in the country.  We’ve picked out our top investments in the city.

Natex

  • 9% NET rental return for 5 years
  • Prices from £67,500
  • Completion: Q3 2020
  • 566 units in 2 blocks: 472 clusters and 94 studio apartments
  • Central Liverpool location
  • Close proximity to 6 universities, 2 train stations, and 1 major shopping centre
  • Includes a resident’s café and game room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric Village 

  • Prices from £98,500
  • Estimated 7% rental yield for 3 years
  • 449 studio apartments, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments
  • Completion: Q4 2019
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Located in Knowledge Quarter
  • Within 10 minutes to Liverpool One Shopping Centre, Liverpool Waters and Lime Street Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AURA 

  • En suite from £62,950
  • Studios from £77,950
  • 8% NET yields assured for 5 years
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Completion: Q3 2020
  • 702 cluster en-suite rooms and 305 studios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rise 

  • Prices from £67,400
  • 7% NET rental yields guaranteed for 5 years
  • Completion: Q3 2019 (student) Completion: Dec 2019-Q1 2020 (residential)
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Located in the progressive Knowledge Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tannery 

  • 6% NET return for 3 years
  • 5% interest on deposited funds
  • Prices from £85,000
  • 381 studio apartments, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Ground Rent: £300
  • Completion: Q3 2019 (Block C), Q2 2020 (Block B)
  • Central Liverpool location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why everyone will want to live in the Fabric District…

Why everyone will want to live in the Fabric District…

Once the stomping ground for the industrial sector to make ends meet, the Fabric District, the end result of Liverpool’s thriving regeneration is now one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Liverpool. Home to larger than life fabric and haberdashery, Abakan’s and Try & Lily, a family firm known for police hat manufacturing, the up and coming neighbourhood is welcoming innovation from the fashion crowd.

  1. Money, Money, Money.

Knowledge Quarter

Fabric District lives within the Knowledge Quarter which will enjoy the mass £1 billion investment benefits. Businesses are so invested in the opportunities of Fabric District they are being waitlisted to relocate here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Cultural epicentre

Try & Lilly Ltd

In the heart of Liverpool’s fashion industry is numerous industrial businesses including drapers, tailors and upholstery businesses, it comes as no surprise the creative minds of tomorrow are regulars in the Fabric District. Their presence has led to a 3-day international free arts festival from the fine arts to ceramics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Intellectually Located

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool is home to three universities including Liverpool Hope University, teacher training college, Edge Hill University and drama school, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Located in close proximity to all of these educational institutions makes Fabric District ideal for student accommodation and residential property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Commutability

Fabric District borders Lime Street, giving the trendy neighbourhood efficient transport links to the city, and with the plans for HS2 in full effect, commuting up and down the country will be an easy task for those preferring the Liverpool atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Final Note

Nicknamed the capital of culture, Liverpool is proving to be a metropolitan city, with something to accommodate everyone. The rising economy, mass regeneration and emerging transport links make Fabric District one of the most demanding place for property in the country. Now is the time to invest in the future of the country, the future of education, employment and most importantly, property.

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Why the cool kids of property are falling in love with Middlewood Locks regeneration…

Why the cool kids of property are falling in love with Middlewood Locks regeneration…

Manchester never fails to impress, from sport and theatre to entertainment and property. Demand for the rainy city is seeing property value increasing by 29.22%, thanks to the rise in people heading to Manchester for the growing job prospects. The regeneration plans have completely reinvented the city, with new neighbourhoods evolving to meet the growing demand. Middlewood Locks, an exciting new neighbourhood by Salford Central railway station is the biggest scheme of regeneration in the Manchester area.

Community

Cleverly located by the waterside, Middlewood Locks offers the serenity of suburbia with the excitement of city life, an innovative place of business and a new location for shops, hotels, restaurants and bars, public open spaces, only ten minutes away from Spinningfields. More than just a neighbourhood, the £1 billion regeneration, Manchester’s most vibrant, and soon to be the favoured place to live among young professionals and growing families, is a lifestyle compiling of amenities including a gym, bar, nursery and medical centre.

Green Space

In the clean and open spaces featuring nature trails and cycle paths, Middlewood Locks offers relaxing greenery by the beautiful canal. Complemented by the beautiful trees, the park life will be a welcome calmness from the hustle and bustle of city life, operating at a slower pace.

Transport

The attractive 24.5acre site offers the gift of transportation with Manchester City Centre within walking distance and main transportation links only a mile away. The local area offers a host of developments coming from source including The Greengate Generation to revive 13 hectares in order to reconnect the historic centre of Salford with Manchester’s modern vibrancy. Additionally, Irwell River Park is creating an international waterfront destination providing a range of environmental improvements for sustainable transportation in addition to commercial and residential development.

A place to call home.

A place to live, work and relax, Middlewood Locks, plays host to Middlewood Plaza, an impressive development featuring split-height blocks of six and nine storeys, with a total of 125 homes across the site.

 

  • Smart technology included as standard, for a future-proofed development
  • An appealing mix of apartments, townhouses and duplexes
  • High-quality kitchens and bathrooms included as standard
  • Secure underground parking
  • Dedicated cycle bays
  • Fully wheelchair accessible apartments
  • All apartments serviced by fully maintained lifts
  • Whole-house ventilation and sprinkler system protection
  • Private roof terrace access for all residents

 

As an investment, Middlewood Locks is showcasing the future of property: a combination of the quietness of suburbia and the cosmopolitan of the city. Middlewood Locks is the answer for the accommodation needs of the Manchester urban professional. Mixing luxury living spaces with close-knit amenities means the demand for tenancy will be high upon completion.

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