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Introduction to: Balham

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Balham is an increasingly popular area within the London Borough of Wandsworth.  Located between Clapham, Tooting and Wandsworth the area offers an appealing mix of quiet residential streets, excellent transport links and a vibrant high street.

This part of South West London has long been popular with families searching for space, neighbourliness and great schooling options; the area offers all three.  With stations on the Northern Line and national rail network Balham is easy to reach from Central and outer London, Sussex and Kent.  These connections, plus the status of Balham and neighbouring Clapham as popular social destinations also makes the area extremely popular with sharers and young professionals; in fact recent surveys have shown the area to have one of the highest proportions of singletons in London!

To find out more about property in Balham contact James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Clapham South and Balham office on 020 8673 7777

Best Local Businesses: Bloom and Wild

Our best local businesses series is back with its first installment in 2014, and we’re delighted to be featuring a much loved local innovator, Bloom and Wild, which in our view would be a great first port of call for Valentine’s Day!

Bloom & Wild is the UK’s first letterbox florist. They make online flower buying a simpler and more rewarding experience by offering a subscription or gift service which delivers beautiful, longer-lasting flowers through the letterbox.

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The company has accrued an impressive list of endorsements from Elle Decoration, Stylist, the Evening Standard, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and BBC Radio 2.  Closer to home, James Pendleton Angel Zara Salih highly recommends Bloom and Wild for “gorgeous, carefully wrapped bouquets which still looked fresh after a week”.

We spoke to co-founder Aron Gelbard about what drives Bloom and Wild.  “We’re working hard to create a fantastic experience for people who love a life filled with flowers. Our luxurious whole bouquets are designed and curated by our Claridge’s-trained in-house floral designer, Vanessa Birley.

We cut all our flowers to order, meaning not only that the flowers last longer, but that none of them go to waste along their way. Bloom & Wild flowers are sent in a bespoke box, specifically designed to fit through regular letterboxes and protect the delicate blooms inside, meaning they’ll be waiting on your doormat when you get home, and are guaranteed to lift any home with a burst of colour.

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If you’d like to make your Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift last longer this year a Bloom & Wild 3-month mini-subscription (they start at just £34) makes a refreshing change from the usual red roses!”

As London Estate Agents we spend our working days visiting properties and there’s certainly truth in the idea that fresh flowers can lift a home, particularly in cold winter months.  For busy vendors a bouquet through the letterbox is a convenient way to bring extra vivacity to a property’s presentation.

Bloom and Wild have kindly offered an exclusive 15% discount on any gifts (including gift subscriptions) to James Pendleton clients and friends (use the code James3 when checking out).  To give this innovative service a try visit bloomandwild.com.

 

James Pendleton raise £125.85 on Christmas Jumper Day

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With the festive season well under way and trees lighting up front windows across London, 13th December saw large numbers of the city’s population head to work festooned in Christmas jumpers.  From muted to garish and from fashionable to deeply, deeply unfashionable, the range of woolly outfits on display certainly added colour to a chilly December Friday.

The team at James Pendleton Estate Agents, whose nine offices cover Clapham South, Fulham, Wandsworth, Clapham Common and Battersea, took part in Christmas Jumper Day with gusto.  Evidence of this can be found on the company’s Social Media platforms, which show a friendly office rivalry resulting in some truly spectacular creations.

Particularly striking was the offering of the estate agents’ New Homes office in Wandsworth Town, whose team managed to temporarily recruit none other than London Mayor Boris Johnson to star in their photos as he passed to introduce the new cycle ports which have now been installed throughout South West London.

Another fantastic photo came from the Property Management office in Clapham Old Town: team manager Simon Quinn took on the role of Santa for the day in the company of three reindeer and a very stylish elf.  The overall winner of Most Christmassy Jumper was Marion Fulton from the estate agents’ Clapham South office  whose handmade tinsel accessories earned her £50 John Lewis vouchers from Lee and Lucy Pendleton.

With Christmas around the corner and the days nearing their shortest the jumpers were a welcome cheerful addition to the calendar.  What’s more they raised money and awareness of the company’s charity initiative, LivetoGive, which supports Action for Children, Trinity Hospice and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The total raised on the day came to a fantastic £125.85 which brings the year’s total raised for LivetoGive to £4118.82, excluding the funds raised during Movember and on Jeans For Genes day.

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“Our offices have once again done a fantastic job of heightening awareness of some incredible charities” said Managing Director Lucy Pendleton. “We’re very lucky to have an energetic and thoughtful team who continue year on year to invest time and care in the areas where they live and work”

Look out for a Christmas Jumper Day update on the company’s LivetoGive website and on this blog for upcoming South West London news updates.

 

A sparkling bonfire night in South West London

It’s no surprise that Bonfire night is a firm family favourite.  The 5th November sees people of all ages flocking to local green spaces to see in winter with a night of entertainment, pyrotechnics and an abundance of sugary treats.  This year South West London residents will be treated to a choice of several excellent fireworks displays and to save you time we’ve put together a list of them.

Battersea Park

Battersea Park Fireworks

The annual Battersea Park extravaganza promises a lavish display, bonfire, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts in one of the most striking settings in London

Saturday 2nd November, adults £6.50-£10, children free with booked ticket

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/battersea-park-fireworks-2013

Bishop’s Park

Bishops Park Fireworks

Bishop’s Park in Fulham is this year home to a superhero themed display suitable for all the family.  The main display takes place at 8pm but families with young children can enjoy a special children’s display at 7:15 without having to worry about being home late.

Friday 1st November, from £5

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/bishops-park-fireworks-2013

Brockwell Park

Brockwell Park Fireworks

This year Lambeth Council’s display is taking place at Brockwell Park as opposed to Clapham Common and will be accompanied by stalls and entertainment in four zones representing the seasons.  The display itself is at 8pm but events run from late afternoon to early evening with children’s favourite Fireman Sam making an appearance bound to please the youngsters.

Tuesday 5th November, free

http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/33334753-fireworks-display-at-bishops-park

Vauxhall Trust Fire Festival

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A more quirky take on traditional displays, Vauxhall Trust is running a calendar of events for all age groups celebrating the origins, history and all round awesomeness of fire.  Culminating in a display on 1st November the festival is within walking distance of Battersea Park and offers an interesting array of shows and activities from vintage horror cinema screenings to a ‘haunted tea house’.

Until Sunday 3rd November

http://vauxhalltrust.wordpress.com/

Or…watch fireworks from home!

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Many of our properties for sale and properties to let in Clapham Common, Battersea and Wandsworth boast views worthy of the finest fireworks displays.  To find out more about properties with London views contact South West London Estate Agents James Pendleton by clicking here.

Ancient Roots: acupuncture in South West London

Ancient RootsFor our Best Local Businesses series we find and report on great local enterprises many of which are recommended by the team at James Pendleton Estate Agents in Balham. This week’s blog focuses on Ancient Roots, an acupuncturist and healer based in Balham and with ties to Central London.

Melanie Hackwell started Ancient Roots after years of training in Chinese Medicine taught her the value of this ancient practice in a society which values chemical remedies above their herbal counterparts. “Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 2000 years and comes from a time when people understood the world through interpreting nature; when someone was sick it was understood to be caused by one of the elements, often wind which was associated with cold.”

In modern China, Melanie says, the medical profession still has tremendous respect for the lessons learned by their ancestors and you have to be a trained doctor to administer acupuncture and related therapies. As Melanie explains “the skill lies in reading the body as a network of energy channels, identifying where energy is blocked or lacking and applying thousands of years of skill and observation to identify a solution. Chinese medicine very successfully combines analysis with intuition, something which Western medicine often fails to do.”

So where does the name Ancient Roots come from? Melanie’s studies taught her the disciplines of acupuncture and Tui Na massage, which along with knowledge of herbal remedies make up the three roots of Chinese medicine. She has built up impressive experience of two of the three roots during four years of study and over 18 months of practice.

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Melanie Hackwell

A member of the British Acupuncture Council, Melanie is an assured, qualified and fully certified practitioner and recommends that those who are considering or curious about acupuncture or Tui Na find a practitioner with the right level of training. “There is a lot of scepticism surrounding acupuncture in particular in the UK which is mainly due to improper training; one year of study isn’t enough. A good practitioner has learnt not only to apply the techniques correctly to the right part of the body, but also to look at the body as a whole and in doing so to identify imbalances.”

Melanie’s own interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine stems from a lifelong interest in alternative therapies and a pivotal moment in her personal life. “My dissertation was on the success of acupuncture as an IVF treatment; I studied this area because my own treatment was instrumental to the success of my own IVF course.” Melanie was advised to undergo acupuncture while undergoing IVF and found the approach both relaxing and invigorating. “The practitioner was committed not just to resolving my problem but to treating me as a person, which led to an improvement in my overall health as well as the quality of my eggs and ultimately to conception”.

The key, Melanie says, is to give acupuncture or Tui Na a try; to hold back on misconceptions until you’ve seen a well-qualified acupuncturist. Medicine doesn’t have to revolve around chemistry and appointments; with practices such as Melanie’s it can revolve around your life.

Our Social Media & Marketing Manager, another Melanie, who is working from our Balham office has met her and tried Melanie’s treatment so watch this space to find out more about her great experience!

Melanie now collaborates with her fertility doctor who is the Medical Director of Concept Fertility in Putney. You can visit her website at www.ancient roots.co.uk or email her at melhackwell@ancientroots.co.uk

Local charity organisation goes the distance!

James Pendleton’s Live to Give team have taken on a diverse variety of charity challenges over the past months, from a remarkably snowy Spring pub quiz to a scaled-up version of family board game classic Operation held outside the estate agents’ Wandsworth Common office at the recent Bellevue Fair.  On the first weekend of September a team of ten cyclists braved the rain to take on the infamous London to Windsor cycle ride.

The Live to Give team in full regalia at the London to Windsor bike ride!

The Live to Give team in full regalia at the London to Windsor bike ride!

The South West London independent estate agents run a dedicated programme of charity events each year on behalf of three significant local causes: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Trinity Hospice and Action for Children.  The organising team meets regularly to plan locally focused ways of raising awareness and vital funds and LivetoGive events are consistently a rousing success.

The route, which covers some stunning scenery between the Capital and another town with royal connections, is a well-known challenge in cycling circles and the team trained hard in the weeks before the event for a ride far longer than the average commute. With cycling ever more popular in London and beyond, the team have taken on two rides this year with a ride from London to Brighton in June proving a great success; see our earlier post for a great photo of the team outside James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common on Bellevue Road.

The London to Windsor ride started well as the team headed from the Estate Agents’ Clapham South office on to the official start point six miles away.  This was followed by a gentle and scenic ride down the Thames tow-path through a landscape growing ever more green. Once in the countryside the weather took a turn for the worse, with even a much needed pit stop not doing enough to buy time and avoid the rain.

The torrents divided the team somewhat with an intrepid few braving the torrents and inevitably getting soaked whilst a savvy few stayed behind until the weather cleared!  All were eventually reunited and pushed on throughout the afternoon with no dropouts or injuries. Spirits were by no means as damp as clothes excitement mounted with the finish line in sight and the ride ended with a sprint as the riders in front competed for the fastest time in the group!

Lee, Sonja, Andrew, Rachel, Alice, Moe, David, Chris, James, Mark and Giles took on a tough challenge and did tremendously well in the name of charity. James Pendleton team and its charity committee did extremely well in organising this event, with special thanks extended to Kelly, the main co-ordinator.

Bellevue Fair’s giant Operation game: will you beat the clock?

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A sneak preview of James Pendleton’s Bellevue Fair Giant Operation game

The annual Bellevue Road Summer Fair is nearly upon us and promises entertainment, refreshments and excitement for all the family!  This year’s fair will take place on Saturday 7th September and local businesses along the picturesque local thoroughfare are busily setting up stalls which promise to make this year’s event particularly thrilling!  The team at James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on Bellevue Road are no exception as this year they will be inviting local visitors to compete for a fantastic property prize in a scaled-up version of a challenging family favourite: Giant Operation.

A gigantic buzzer board game will be constructed outside the Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on Bellevue Road for the duration of the day.  Visitors will have the chance to compete against their rivals and the clock in a contest that sees the person completing the challenge successfully in the quickest time walking away with an exciting prize!

The winner will receive a cash prize while runners up will walk away with bottles of bubbly.

Beside fun and games outside James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office there is a lot to keep visitors to Bellevue Fair occupied.  A dog show with special judge has been arranged to take place on the Common itself (to the delight of the area’s large dog walking contingent) and children’s fun centre Bertie and Boo will provide entertainment and a selection of local musicians will provide a perfect backdrop to stalls bustling with local wares.  For the celebrity spotters of Wandsworth, look out for property expert and television personality Phil Spencer who will be announcing the fair’s raffle winners.

James Pendleton’steam have provided a very useful money saving prize to the draw, allowing one lucky local to benefit from an ‘Angel for a day’, £250 worth of property maintenance costs covered by the company’s pioneering Angel department.  In short summary, this department is here to help homeowners by taking care of keys, organising home repairs and acting as an emergency point of contact, and the winner will be able to take advantage of the full service whether a property owner or not.  In addition the Angel department will recommend contractors for a range of jobs, on which the winner will save £250.

The company are delighted to be a contributor to the Fair, which has been carefully planned for several months by the Bellevue Road Residents’ Association.  The Association is made up of, and jointly run by, a number of local businesses and each month representatives including from James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common team are able to have their say on how the local area operates.  Groups such as these do a huge amount for the community, representing local needs and using the power of numbers to make important changes.

To find out more about Bellevue Fair contact James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on 020 8673 7777; to learn more about the James Pendleton Angel department call Zara Salih on 020 7501 1045.