Siddall Jones signs up Stripe Property Group for key Jewellery Quarter site

Birmingham’s top commercial agents Siddall Jones have announced the sale of the last remaining plot of land in a prime Jewellery Square location in Birmingham to one of the country’s leading SME property developers.

Stripe Property Group, which has offices in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Birmingham, has already made a number of strategic investments within Birmingham, contributing to the considerable regeneration of the city in recent years.

The group’s most recent acquisition, for £700,000 via Siddall Jones, is the development opportunity on the corner of St Pauls Square, adjacent to Henry Wongs restaurant, which will add an additional gross development value of £2,750,000 to its portfolio.

The site has planning permission for a four storey building, including retail or commercial use on the ground floor with four large, luxury two bedroom apartments on the three floors above.

Ed Siddall-Jones, managing director of Siddall Jones, said: “The St Pauls and Jewellery Quarter location has always attracted significant interest from developers and the market for smaller, more individually designed, schemes is performing very well as purchasers look for a more individual and specialist development.

“We received keen interest from a number of local and national developers, and I am delighted that Stripe Property Group was successful and will take this key site forward.

“Stripe Property Group has acquired a prime development site in one of Birmingham’s most desirable addresses with far reaching views over St Pauls Square as well as being within walking distance of the city centre and Jewellery Quarter.

“The scheme, which was developed by The Space Studio architects and designers, retains the industrial heritage of the location while drawing on modern architectural features with plenty of space and natural light.”

Managing director of Stripe Property Group James Forrester said: “Our latest acquisition has been just one in a string of strategic investments designed to bring quality commercial and residential development to the heart of Birmingham.

“The city has undergone a huge level of regeneration in recent times and our aim has always been to compliment the changing face of Birmingham by delivering high quality real estate, designed for local businesses and residents alike.

“The site on the corner of St Pauls Square will certainly help achieve this and we are now ready to bring our vision for this plot to fruition.”

The apartments offer 1,216 sq ft of living space with the ground floor offering 861 sq ft in a total of 4,509 sq ft. There is also an individual bicycle store on each floor for each apartment.

St Pauls Square is recognised as one of the most desirable residential locations close to the business quarter in central Birmingham. It has easy access to the city centre’s retail and recreational facilities and is a short walk to the Metro, and Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham New Street railway stations.

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For further information, please contact,

Ed Siddall-Jones, Managing Director,

Siddall Jones, The Mint, 95 Icknield Street, Birmingham B18 6 RU.

0121 638 0500

www.siddalljones.com

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Editors’ Notes

Siddall Jones, which has offices in Birmingham and Dudley, was launched by Ed Siddall-Jones in 2012 and has grown steadily from one office to two and from one member of staff to six. In 2020, the firm was named Most Active Agent in the West Midlands in the Radius Data Exchange survey produced in conjunction with EG, the commercial property market magazine. In 2019, Siddall Jones was named Most Active Single Branch Agent by number of deals done by CoStar and was a Top Five finalist in the overall CoStar awards. In 2022, Siddall Jones was named the top commercial agent in the West Midlands in the EG Radius On-Demand Rankings. The firm brokered 156 deals including sales and lettings in 2021, almost double the number of the nearest rival.

Stripe Property Group

Stripe Property Group is a UK property developer focusing on student and residential developments in the North East and Midlands with 20 years’ property experience.

James Forrester has worked within the property industry for 20 years, born and bred in Newcastle and now residing in Birmingham, he has extensive knowledge of the local market, as well as the wider national market.

James is a director of Stripe Property Group, a company specialising in top-quality new-build developments in the North East and Midlands.

As a result, James has an unrivalled knowledge of the sales, lettings and new-build sectors, making him an accomplished, all-round property market commentator.

Associate director celebrates decade at top Birmingham estate agency she helped build

A top Birmingham estate agency is about to celebrate the 10th anniversary of an associate director whose local knowledge helped establish and build the business over the last decade.

Melissa Petros joined Davidson Estates, whose head office is at 14a Frederick Road, in Edgbaston, as a lettings negotiator and viewer working just two days a week back in June 2012.

Her local knowledge of properties around Edgbaston, Harborne and Birmingham city centre soon proved its value, earning her the role as associate director at the firm.

Ms Petros, who was raised and still resides in Edgbaston, said: “It really doesn’t feel like 10 years as time always flies when you’re enjoying yourself.

“I remember seeing a job advert for Davidson Estates and saw that it was based in Edgbaston and I thought: ‘I know Edgbaston – that might be the job for me!

“I got the job and started part-time as a lettings negotiator and viewer, and those two days a week soon became three days, then four, then five days and more!

“Today, my main role is to carry out the sales and lettings valuations for new properties coming on to the market.

“Ben and I also maintain relationships with our clients and build new ones every day which is the foundation of our success.

“I was born, grew up and still live in the B15 area and have a real passion for the area.”

Ben Davidson, the founder and managing director of Davidson Estates, interviewed Ms Petros back in 2012 and offered her the job the very next day.

He said: “Melissa was a great find and is responsible for a major part of Davidson Estate’s expansion, reputation and quality.

“She just knows the Edgbaston market so well and, since this prime suburb is such a vital part of the company, her knowledge has been crucial for our growth.

“I can’t quite believe it’s been 10 years and we’re determined to celebrate her role and the way she has helped me make such a success of the firm.”

Ms Petros added: “I’ve loved working with Ben and the team over the last ten years.

“Ben and I got on from the moment we met at my interview, with the same hard work ethic and passion for the business.

“I’m proud of how my local knowledge helped the business and together we’ve built an established company that has such a good reputation across Edgbaston and the wider city.”

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For further information, please contact:

Ben Davidson, Managing Director, Davidson Estates,

Head office: Unit 2, Liberty Place, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE

14 Frederick Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 1JD

Tel: 0121 455 7727

Mobile: 07834 561 537

Email: ben.davidson@davidsonestates.co.uk

www.davidsonestates.co.uk

Editors’ Notes

Davidson Estates is an established estate and letting agency based in Edgbaston and Birmingham city centre, specialising in residential property lettings, property management, PRS Management (Build-to-Rent), residential sales, new build (presale) sales, land/site finding, development consultation, furniture, maintenance and refurbishments. Founded by Ben Davidson in January 2009, the business has built up an excellent reputation for its high level of service and is now regarded as one of the best and most reliable property agents in Edgbaston and Birmingham city centre.

Crowe advises on major pharmacy group expansion

National audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe has advised on the acquisition of 16 pharmacies in the north of England.

Crowe’s Midlands corporate finance team, led by partner Andy Kay and associate director Phoebe Turner, provided specialist financial due diligence and transaction support to Allcures plc, which has purchased the chain of pharmacies built up by The Hub Pharmacy Ltd.

The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, brings the number of branches operated by Allcures to 48, plus an online pharmacy business.

Andy Kay said: “The Hub Pharmacy branches are all located within health centres, or in the proximity of GP surgeries, offering significant potential for growth.

“We are pleased to have assisted in an acquisition which enables Allcures to develop its service in the north of England and to continue to enhance the strong reputation built by The Hub Pharmacy Ltd.”

Kiran Cheema, managing director of Allcures, said: “We are delighted to have acquired The Hub Pharmacy Ltd, delivering on our strategy to develop our service offering into the north of England. Andy and Phoebe were a great support during the process, providing valuable and timely advice throughout.”

The branches are spread across the north of England, including Greater Manchester, Warrington, Halifax and Rochdale.

The Hub Pharmacy Ltd was established in 2015, via a management buyout of MedicX Pharmacy Ltd, with funding support from Bridges Fund Management. Starting from a core group of nine pharmacies, the group has grown to 16.

Essex-based Allcures plc, is a 32-strong pharmacy group operating across the south of England.

Gemma Mintram of Knights plc provided legal advice to Allcures and Chris Christodoulou of Shawbrook Bank provided the funding.

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Contacts:

  • Miriam Sherwood, Director, People Communications & Marketing, Crowe UK. Tel: (0)121 543 1900, sherwood@crowe.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

About us
Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk

Crowe industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2021)
  • Top charity auditor (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2020)
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2021 for the second consecutive year (InsuranceERM) – Crowe was recognised to be at forefront of two key areas of focus for insurers in 2020: operational resilience; and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, including climate change.
  • Awarded Bronze for Accountancy Firm of the Year – Large (2020 Citywealth Magic Circle Awards)
  • Global Mobility Provider of the Year (Global Payroll Awards 2020)
  • Employment Tax Specialist of the Year (Global Payroll Awards 2019)

Nicol & Co wins ‘Gold’ again in prestigious national property awards

A Worcestershire estate agent has scooped another top honour in the UK’s biggest estate and lettings agency awards.

Nicol & Co, which is based in Malvern, Worcester and Droitwich, struck ‘Gold’ for sales in the Property Academy’s national Best Estate Agent Guide 2023.

The award will be Nicol & Co’s eighth ‘Gold’ since it first entered the awards back in 2014, a success rate that led to managing director Matt Nicol speaking on the stage at the awards in 2019.

Judges analysed all the UK’s 15,000-plus estate agents using millions of data points and listings, thousands of survey responses and web enquiries, with Nicol & Co’s performance resulting in its ‘Gold’ award.

Mr Nicol now plans to take some of his staff down to London to pick up the trophy at a ceremony on 21 September.

He said: “We are delighted to have once again been recognised with a ‘Gold’ award for the second year running, highlighting us as among the best in the country.

“Our ‘Gold’ and top listing in the Best Estate Agent Guide can give our customers confidence that they’re dealing with one of the UK’s very best estate agents.”

A spokesperson for the EA Masters Awards said: “The Best Estate Agent Guide shines a light on the best estate and letting agencies in the country, following a whole of market assessment of the things that matter most to consumers – marketing, service and results.”

Full details of the EA Masters Awards can be seen here: www.eamasters.co.uk.

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For further information, please call:

Matt Nicol, Managing Director, Nicol & Co, 226 Worcester Road, Droitwich Spa, WR9 8AY

Tel: 01905 779072

Notes to Editors

Established in 2009, Nicol & Co is an award-winning estate agency offering advice on sales, lettings, new homes and land purchase. The company combines the latest in digital media with traditional high street courtesy and service to provide the perfect blend of old and new technology.

Prime Leamington Spa investment sold by Bond Wolfe in just seven days

A prime Leamington Spa commercial investment has been sold by Bond Wolfe in just seven days.

The property at 34 The Parade, which is fully let to McDonalds Real Estate LLP, has been purchased by Citivest Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

James Mattin, managing director agency at Bond Wolfe, said: “We are delighted to have concluded yet another prominent investment sale, in such a short timescale.

“The property was placed under offer within seven days after numerous bids were received – very much reflective of the current market for investment opportunities in sought-after locations let to strong covenants.

“There were numerous under bidders for this opportunity, so we urge owners of similar properties to contact us to take advantage of this competitive market.”

The property is fully let to McDonalds Real Estate LLP for a term expiring in June 2032.

James Mattin added: “This was a very much sought-after covenant in an attractive location in a popular spa town with a beautifully picturesque town centre. It is just one of a number of investment opportunities we are currently bringing to market, in what is currently a very competitive market.”

Citivest Ltd was represented by TDB Real Estate and advised by law firm Kingsley Napley in London. CBTC Solicitors in West Bromwich advised the seller.

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For further information, please contact: 

James Mattin, Managing Director Agency,

2nd Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 525 0600 or 0121 524 1172, Email: jmattin@bondwolfe.com

www.bondwolfe.com

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Editors’ notes

Bond Wolfe is an established commercial property practice based in Birmingham and West Bromwich. Its services include commercial property sales and lettings, auctions, property investment, and development throughout the West Midlands.

C’mon you Spurs! Principle recruits experienced commercial building surveyor to its team

An experienced commercial building surveyor who helped on the construction of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London has joined Principle Estate Management.

James Lucas joins Principle after spending nearly eight years with property consultancies Stace and Ingleton Wood.

Mr Lucas is a proficient computer aided design (CAD) technician who has also previously worked on renovations of one of the royal historic palaces.

Richard Coles, senior building surveyor at Principle, said: “We are delighted to have appointed James who will help us to focus on delivering even more major works projects.

“He impressed us with his strong background in commercial surveying and he will bring several transferrable skills into the residential market for Principle.

“His CAD skills will also allow Principle to produce floor plans for our properties and detailed design drawings for major works, which will help the procurement of new projects further down the line.”

Mr Coles explained that Mr Lucas will join the drone training programme at Principle to ensure that all the properties under management have their inaccessible or non-visible roofs inspected and maintained for weather tightness over the winter period.

He added: “The recruitment of James enables the building surveying department to set new key targets for growth over the next year as the company expand and grows.

“The acquisition will allow the department to focus on ensuring the quality of works for each project is completed to a higher standard and will allow us to meet all client and leaseholders’ expectations.”

Mr Lucas, from Essex, graduated from the University of Leicester in 2013 with a BA in Management Studies, and then took an MSc in Building Surveying at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2014.

He plans to continue assessments with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors with the aim of becoming a qualified chartered surveyor in the future.

He said: “I’m pleased to be joining the team at Principle and look forward to not only putting my skills to new use but also to gaining new experience in property management.”

With offices in Birmingham and London, Principle now has approximately 50 staff and looks after nearly 9,000 property units in more than 250 developments across the UK.

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For further information please contact: 

Brett Williams,

Principle Estate Management LLP, 137 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 1SF

Tel: 07954 078711 / 0121 289 4315

Email: BWilliams@PrincipleEstate.co.uk

www.PrincipleEstate.co.uk

https://twitter.com/PrincipleEM

https://www.linkedin.com/company/principle-estate-management/

https://www.facebook.com/PrincipleEstateManagement/

Editors’ notes:

Operating from offices in Birmingham and London, Principle is a forward-thinking, customer-focused managing agent providing professional property management services nationwide. Founded in 2018 and led by experienced Chartered Surveyors, Principle’s vision is to positively impact the everyday lives of its communities. The company manages modern apartment buildings, traditional blocks of flats, mixed use developments, private housing estates and private rented sector (PRS) or build-to-rent (BTR) developments, as well as portfolios of rented properties for residential or commercial landlords.

UK needs a Minister for Manufacturing to drive sector forward

The UK would benefit from a Minister for Manufacturing to recognise the strategic importance of this vital sector, according to the Head of Manufacturing at national, audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe.

Johnathan Dudley, who is also Managing Partner of the firm’s Midlands office at the heart of UK manufacturing, said the post should be at senior Cabinet level to recognise the critical contribution manufacturing makes to the UK economy.

He said:  “A dedicated minister would be well placed to target the previously unsupported plight of manufacturers in terms of frightening energy costs, supply chain issues around spiralling costs and unavailability of certain raw materials.

“Working to create a strategy to support our manufacturing sector, to add value by solving the problems of our world, both today and in the future while meeting the Levelling Up and Regeneration objectives at the same time.

“What’s more, it would help to solve our transport issues and contribute to solving the energy crisis while delivering on our net zero commitments made at the COP summit, just last year.

The percentage of GDP controlled by the manufacturing sector is often billed as limited, usually between 10-12%, but he points out that this radiates into other sectors too.

He said: “For every OEM job, there are ten others in the supply chain,  and these well paid jobs must surely provide support in other sectors such as retail, real estate, business and professional services, agriculture and others maybe?

“As an island we are short on natural resources but have a wealth of talent and a reputation for high-value add.”

He said there is a recognised need for world beating innovation in energy generation, transport, efficient food production, carbon offset and other global issues that have not been solved yet.

“Why shouldn’t it be the UK that solves these problems?

He said that UK technology is responsible for arguably the best aero engines in the world, and Great Britain is leading in designing the best ‘next generation’ small nuclear reactors too.

“We have the best aircraft carrier design, and we still build “the best 4×4… by far” – according to the advertising.

“Other areas where our innovators lead include ground-breaking LED driver technology, and the best designs for consumer goods, from handbags and clothes design, to vacuum cleaners.

“We also produce the best diggers, soon to be powered by hydrogen internal combustion engines; world beating innovation, being conceived designed and produced right here, right now.

He points out that major infrastructural projects in the UK, already emerging from the ground, will require UK-based engineering and manufacturing capability and a secure supply chain to deliver results in a manner that still achieves net zero targets and within budget.

These include major projects such as HS2, Hinkley Point and the various regional rail and road improvement network developments.

Dudley said: “The Chancellor is basing our Covid recovery on an export and innovation-led economy.

“A Manufacturing Minister should arguably be a cabinet post, to be strategic and drive an agenda where we are not reliant on rogue nations for power or semi-conductors and for rolling stock.

“We support manufacturing businesses – take a look at our annual outlook report and insights to see how we can help you – https://www.crowe.com/uk/industries/manufacturing.”

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Contacts:

  • Miriam Sherwood, Director, People Communications & Marketing, Crowe UK. Tel: (0)121 543 1900, sherwood@crowe.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

About us
Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk

Crowe industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2021)
  • Top charity auditor (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2020)
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2021 for the second consecutive year (InsuranceERM) – Crowe was recognised to be at forefront of two key areas of focus for insurers in 2020: operational resilience; and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, including climate change.
  • Awarded Bronze for Accountancy Firm of the Year – Large (2020 Citywealth Magic Circle Awards)
  • Global Mobility Provider of the Year (Global Payroll Awards 2020)
  • Employment Tax Specialist of the Year (Global Payroll Awards 2019)

Importance of resolving divorce finance underlined by appeal court’s decision against aristocrat 

A decision to award maintenance to an aristocrat’s estranged wife after a seven-year legal battle should serve as a warning to divorcing couples, according to Thursfields Solicitors.

Experts at the leading Midlands law firm said the high-profile Villiers v Villiers case underlines the importance of people resolving their marriage finances when applying for a divorce.

The comments come after the Court of Appeal allowed Emma Villiers’ claim for a £10,000 per annum maintenance order, plus an as-yet-undetermined lump sum, from her former husband Charles Villiers, the cousin of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Shane Miller, director and head of the Family Law Department at Thursfields, explained how the court had heard that Mr Villiers was from a very wealthy background and that his ex-wife alleged he had failed to provide for her and their child.

Ms Miller said: “Mr Villiers had disagreed, claiming the assets were all tied up, and an earlier Family Court hearing had dismissed Mrs Villiers’ case because the divorce had taken place and it would be a huge and disproportionate amount to provide to her.

“But the Appeal Court disagreed and said that her claim should not have been dismissed and that the maintenance should have been an ongoing obligation until a financial hearing or her re-marriage had been determined.

“The details of this specific case are of course complex, but in short it makes clear how the financial obligations between former married partners continues until their financial ties are severed.”

Ms Miller added: “The Appeal Court’s decision should serve as a warning to people to sort out the finances of their marriage when they apply for a divorce and not to leave them, as they will not go away.”

Anyone seeking advice on a divorce can contact Ms Miller on 0345 20 73 72 8 or by e-mailing smiller@thursfields.co.uk.

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For further information, please contact: 

Dani James, Business Development Manager, Thursfields Solicitors

Email: djames@thursfields.co.uk

Tel: 01905 677066

Or

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with nearly 130 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Student halls in Birmingham sold in multi-million-pound deal by Bond Wolfe

What is thought to be one of the largest student residential investment sales across the West Midlands in the last year has been completed by top regional property agency Bond Wolfe.

The property at 18-20 Dawlish Road in Selly Oak, Birmingham, has been sold for an undisclosed sum off a quoting guide price of £14 million to an existing student housing operator.

The purpose-built student halls contain 129 bedrooms over three blocks, 122 of them with ensuite toilet and shower rooms, and five of them described as “premium studios”.

The property  also recently received planning consent for the development of an additional 35 rooms.

James Mattin, managing director agency at Bond Wolfe, said: “We are delighted to have concluded this substantial sale on behalf of our clients after a competitive bid process.

“This deal represents months of hard work often not recognised in the agency world, so we are proud to have got this sale over the line.

“This was a tricky sale to navigate and has culminated in an excellent result for both parties.

“The seller disposed of the property after 20 years of successful ownership, and the purchaser jumped at the opportunity.“

Mr Mattin added: “This is one of numerous sales that Bond Wolfe are handling in what has already been a record year for their agency team.

“This deal represents an excellent opportunity for the buyer to take an existing successful student scheme and take it to the next level with further refurbishment work and development of more rooms following recent planning permission”.

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For further information, please contact:

James Mattin, Managing Director Agency,

2nd Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 525 0600 or 0121 524 1172, Email: jmattin@bondwolfe.com

www.bondwolfe.com

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Editors’ notes

Bond Wolfe is an established commercial property practice based in Birmingham and West Bromwich. Its services include commercial property sales and lettings, auctions, property investment, and development throughout the West Midlands.

Harrow House is latest millionaires’ pad from DM & Co. Premium

One of the most stunning homes in Warwickshire has just come on the market with DM & Co. Premium as the Dorridge-based independent agent celebrates its first £4 million sale.

Harrow House, built in 2005, is a fabulous modern seven bedroom family home set in 16.67 acres in Langley, Warwickshire, and is on the market for offers over £3 million.

DM & Co. established the Premium brand in March 2019 to market and sell homes in the £1 million to £5 million price bracket.

So successful has this specialist division headed by Kathy Griffiths become, it currently has an astonishing 29 homes worth more than £50 million on its books, with more in the pipeline.

Kathy said: “The launch of Harrow House comes off the back of our success with our first £4 million pound sale, which was completed off market, low profile and is a real sign of the direction the business is taking.

“We are gradually seeing a significant increase in our average sale price of our property portfolio, but also the area in which our business is expanding. Later this month we will be launching our first property in Leamington Spa to the open market, which is incredibly exciting.”

Set in spectacular Warwickshire countryside east of the A3400 between Stratford-upon-Avon and Henley-in-Arden, Harrow House provides over 6,300 sq ft spread over three floors.

The property was awarded the Stratford-upon-Avon District Council Celebration of Excellence Design Award in 2007 and it’s easy to see why when you take a tour – https://youtu.be/CLlfr8Vj6Kw

Kathy said: “Harrow House is a spectacular property which blends contemporary design into its countryside setting, with stunning views from every aspect.

“It’s light and spacious throughout and extremely well planned. It feels large without ever feeling overwhelming and vast, and retains a family feel while offering modern contemporary living.”

From the front door, an ante-hall with glass bricks and double height ceiling provides a taste of what is to come.

An impressive long hallway takes the visitor through to rear of the home, past an office and snug on the left into a fabulous modern kitchen, with central island, electric AGA and large sliding glass doors on to a stunning patio area.

Outside is the perfect area for entertaining, with an outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, canopied awning and plenty of space to relax, eat and entertain – including a ten-seater hot tub included in the sale!

From the kitchen a step down leads into the incredible lounge/sitting room with open views out on to the green valley below.

The space, light and setting is enhanced by opulent furnishings and accessories, including a suspended WW2 model aeroplane.

In the basement, there is a large gym which doubles up as a cinema room, with large fixed screen, overhead projector and sound system, as well as in infrared sauna.

This area also includes two guest bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and access to the ground via sliding doors. The basement also has a storage room, large utility room, guest cloakroom, boot room and boiler room.

Moving back upstairs, the large landing on the first floor leads to five further bedrooms.

The spacious master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom and a balcony with spiral staircase down to the outside entertaining area.

All the remaining bedrooms have the advantage of individual balconies and built-in wardrobes. Three bedrooms even have their own mezzanine floors, making them ideal for children to do their homework, play games or relax in front of the TV. These bedrooms share two shower rooms.

Kathy Griffiths, Head of Premium, works alongside managing director Dominic Murphy to provide an unobtrusive approach to luxury property sales.

She said: “We can market multi-million pound properties equally successfully either on the open market or on a very low profile basis, only offering your home to a private database of discerning buyers.

“Many high net worth clients do not wish their property sales and purchases to be available to public scrutiny, and we are now established as the go-to independent estate agent in the Solihull and north Warwickshire region for discreet property marketing, as our results show.

“Of the 29 £1 million plus properties we had on our books in May, over 50% are under offer.”

DM & Co. Homes is a local, independent estate agent covering Solihull, Dorridge, Lapworth, Tanworth-in-Arden and the surrounding areas.

To find out more about DM & Co. Premium’s property marketing service, contact Kathy Griffiths.

Kathy said: “Whatever your taste in luxury properties, DM & Co. Premium is here to help you find your dream home, and remember, if you can’t see it on our website, ask about our Low Profile Listings, as we may have just the property for you.”

For more details, see https://dmandcohomes.co.uk/premium-property-for-sale

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For further information, please contact:

Kathy Griffiths, Head of Premium, DM & Co. Homes

T: 01564 777 314 E: kathy.griffiths@dmandcohomes.co.uk

Unit 2, Forest Court Shopping Centre, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8FG

www.dmandcohomes.co.uk

Editors’ notes:

DM & Co. Homes is a local, independent estate agent covering Solihull, Dorridge, Lapworth, Tanworth-in-Arden and the surrounding areas.

The company has traditional high street offices at The Forest Shopping Centre, Station Road in Dorridge and at The Pavilions, Cranmore Drive in Solihull, along with a recently launched Land and New Homes division that is quickly growing.

It has made a major investment in its head office, based on Cranmore Drive, where its land & new homes, lettings, financial advisors, sales progressors and administration teams are based.

DM & Co. Home’s media team also operates from the Cranmore Drive offices, providing photography, video and content planning that attracts more than 100,000 views a month via YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.