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2 Bed Penthouse FOR SALE in the Desirable Wexler Lofts

Monday 20th February 2017

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Wexler Lofts and Amazon Lofts developed in 2004 Metropolitan Apartments and led by the prolific and visionary Mark Humphries. These conversion projects were two of the first popular Urban spaces in Birmingham. Mark Humphries is also the man behind Sherborne Lofts and Ludgate Lofts - two more of the city most desirable residential developments. At one time the Jewellery Quarter was seen as the 'edgy part of town'...now it’s the place to be!

"Located in Birmingham’s historic and beautiful Jewellery Quarter, each building offers a different aspect of the neighbourhood: Amazon Lofts on Tenby Street, Wexler Lofts on Carver Street. When new, the apartments were all sold as shell spaces, leaving everything to the imagination and resulting in an array of design ideas and finishes; no two are the same. Running between about 600 and 1000 square feet, the spaces are characterized by some unusual features and utilise the buildings’ original brickwork alongside side double height elements.At the top you’ll find the penthouses that often come as a surprise to anyone visiting the building; these new lightweight structures were deliberately stepped back from the building line to incorporate rooftop terraces. On the ground floor you’ll find the concierge that Amazon Lofts and Wexler Lofts share, alongside a number of Birmingham’s new breed of creative enterprises."

As one of Birmingham leading City Centre agents we have a fantastic top-floor Penthouse at Wexler Lofts for sale. It is a unique two bedroom apartment in the fabulous converted Jewellery Quarter warehouse within walking distance of the picturesque St Paul's Square. This beautifully designed top floor apartment comprises open plan living/kitchen area, master bedroom with ensuite, second bedroom and main bathroom.

Features of this high specification apartment include oak timber flooring throughout, and a well-designed living space and high specification kitchen, leading out on to the balcony which looks out across the Jewellery Quarter. Wexler lofts benefits from a secure door entry system, lift & concierge.

Wexler is ideally situated for access to the A38M and M6, whilst The Jewellery Quarter is within easy walking distance of the commercial district of the city, New Street Station and all the city's retail and recreational facilities.

Click here to find our more about this stunning penthouse FOR SALE!

 

The Pig & Tail

Wednesday 15th February 2017

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With the ever increasing popularity for residential living in the Jewellery quarter, there has been an influx of independent operators producing innovative and stylish eateries, restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and night time venues which has made the quarter a city destination point for both city dwellers and visitors alike.

The Pig and Tail (formerly George & Dragon ) opened last year and is the creation of husband and wife team Mark and Chrissy Rafferty of Pickled Piglet fame, they have transformed a destination that has been closed  for the past 20 years into a thriving food and drink venue operating from a beautifully restored building which is now a focal point on Albion Street.

Check out their innovative food menu and Craft beers and take advantage of their fabulous Tuesday menu, in particular their “Burger, Beer and side offer”.

The Pig & Tail

12-13 Albion Street

Jewellery Quarter 

Birmingham

 B1 3ED

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Meet Luke Jones - Sales & Lettings Manager

Monday 13th February 2017

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BIOGRAPHY

I have worked in sales since leaving education, my previous ten years have been spent in property sales from selling overseas properties in Marbella & across Europe to rentals in Birmingham City centre. I have now been with York Laurent since 2010 where I am sales & lettings manager at our Hurst St branch.    

FAVOURITE FILM

Pulp Fiction 

MY DREAM HOME

Country house spacious but not to large, close to nature reserve for walking,  Safe place to take my wife, three cats & some new dogs as well. 

private gym & cinema room & one those billiard rooms that you never use 

ONE OF THE BEST REASONS TO LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM IS

Interesting places to go out for dinner & socialise, can go to a different part of the city with each visit offering something different from the Mailbox to Jewellery Quarter, Brindley place or Colmore Row for drinks after work.  

MY FAVOURITE RESTURANT / BAR IN BIRMINGHAM

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I LAST WENT THE EXTRA MILE WHEN

I say to all my vendors & landlords that I always have access to my phone & emails no matter the time or day, being proactive & taking calls on days off / night time & weekends is what I believe gives an agent the edge in the modern working environment.  

THE MOST HONEST ADVICE I’VE EVER GIVEN 

Never over promise but always over deliver! 

THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING FOR YORK LAURENT IS

 Small independent team,  focused always looking to improve, hungry to push the brand & keep York Laurent among the top city agents.

 

Gwenda Works - Legge Lane, Jewellery Quarter Birmingham.

Thursday 9th February 2017

The demolition last week of the historic St Pauls school house on the corner of Legge Lane and Camden Grove has had the benefit of allowing the public to see for the very first time an uninterrupted view of the hugely significant historic English Heritage Grade 2 *listed building, the Sir Henry Manton’s Glass and silver works now known as Gwenda Works , which was converted into 11 luxury apartments in 2004.

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The building was built in 1913 and designed by Birmingham Architect William Doubleday and is recognized as one of the most important examples of Arts and Crafts factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

The site adjacent to Gwenda Works is due for redevelopment and there is a current planning application for the erection of new build to provide 136 dwellings.

 The planning application can be viewed at Birmingham City Councils Planning Portal ref: 2017/00002/PA

https://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/ApplicationSearch.aspx

 Submissions by 9th February 2017

 

Birmingham's a Tourist Hotspot

Monday 6th February 2017

It has been reported by The Guardian online that Birmingham ‘City’s hotels enjoy most successful year to date as visitors are drawn by revamped Bullring, culture and sport.’ 

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“It has been written off in the past as London’s ugly sister, but hotels in Birmingham are reporting record bookings thanks to the city’s A-list shopping scene, Michelin-starred restaurants and eclectic social calendar. 

Twenty years ago people might have listed the reasons not to go to the second city, starting with the city centre where pedestrians were faced with a concrete jungle crowned by the brutalist architecture of the old Bull Ring shopping centre.

Today it’s a different story as Birmingham hotels report 2016 was their most successful year ever, as both domestic and international tourists made a beeline to sample a roster of cultural events that spanned cricket action at Edgbaston to toe-tapping at the Birmingham and Solihull jazz and blues festival.

The city has also been given a boost both at home and abroad by the success of Birmingham-set TV show Peaky Blinders, as tourists follow in the footsteps of Cillian Murphy’s gangster Tommy Shelby by heading to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley or on walking tours of the Digbeth area.”

To read the full article click here.

 

‘Moving Day’ Made Easy

Thursday 2nd February 2017

So they say that moving home is as stressful as planning a wedding, divorce and having a baby…well it doesn’t have to be if you plan well! You want the big move day to go smoothly – organisation is the key. Here are some tips to help you…

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The first thing you can do in advance if you have a move date is prepare a ‘change of address check-list’ and start to let companies and friends / family know your new address and move date. Include service and utility companies, financial, health and motoring companies. Normally, there are two weeks’ notice between exchange of contracts and the completion date but this can vary, dependent on circumstances, so always check with your solicitor.

At least a month before the intended move date obtain several quotes from removal companies who have insurance for furniture in transit, ideally using personal recommendations. Compare prices and reviews. Ensure the removal companies are members of either the British Association of Removers (BAR) or the National Guild of Removers and Storers (NGRS). Don’t forget to obtain a cancellation policy in case the date for moving is changed at the last minute. Removal companies’ quotes depend on a number of things including what day you move, distance covered, the size of the load, value, risk and amount of furniture, who packs / unpacks and the ease of access to your property, are all taken into account so try to have all of this information ready to give to the company.

Thinking ahead is the key to success. You don’t need to leave everything to the day before the move. Consider what you don’t need to take with you, what will need careful packing, and that you are covered for potential breakages. Spend some time considering how you are going to pack your possessions. Books are easy but heavy, valuables need careful wrapping and will take time, and some furniture may need to be dismantled. Make sure your furniture will fit into your new property and colour code boxes for each individual room. Do a floor plan for the removers of where your furniture will go in the new home. Unless you travel light, you won’t be able to unpack everything in the first day, so it’s worth deciding what you might need easy access to soon after you cross the threshold of your new home.

 

‘Latitude’ development in Birmingham has been sold for £2.7 million!

Tuesday 31st January 2017

A stones throw away from our Hurst Street branch this well known ‘Latitude’ development in Birmingham has been sold for £2.7 million!

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City property group Real Estate Investors has offloaded the building in Bromsgrove Street to L&C Investments. Real Estate Investors acquired it off plan from Taylor Wimpey in 2007 and took possession on completion in 2009.

Chief executive officer Paul Bassi said: “This latest sale was in excess of our book value and follows on from our non-core sale of properties in Crawley and Norwich in December. Midlands investment property remains positively in demand and so we will continue to make selected sales where our asset-management initiatives have been completed. We continue to see criteria-compliant acquisitions where our asset-management initiatives can add further value.The foundation of our near £200 million portfolio and the rental income from these properties continues to support our progressive dividend policy.”

 


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