Month: May 2014

Apprentice Property Assistant Required

Following our recent merger with Davis Keep and the continuing success of GFW Letting we are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for someone wishing to pursue a career in property management and administration.

You will work with a team of busy property professionals in a cutting-edge lettings and property management business, developing valuable transferable skills.

The position is based in our modern Gosforth office.

If you would like to find out more information please click here.

Alternatively contact Karen Park on 01665 608113

A look at the rural rentals market

GFW Letting offers advice to landlords on future-proofing rural property investments, in light of recent changes to the lettings market.

With significant shifts in the North East rural rental market in recent years, in order for landlords to stay ahead of the game when it comes to their investments, maintaining properties to a high standard is of even greater importance.

Landlords must now meet tougher energy efficiency obligations which can impact on older properties and should be addressed in order to meet Energy Performance Certificate requirements and ensure all properties are fit for the future. Assessing every property on an individual basis, GFW Letting is able to advise on the best ways to update your property, which will also greatly benefit the experience for tenants – from improvements to insulation to adding double glazing.

Rising costs are also changing perceptions of life in the countryside, especially in light of heightened fuel prices meaning the cost of the daily commute from the country into the region’s towns and cities, often isn’t sustainable.

Tenants are therefore drawn to locations which offer good transport links such as the more ‘urban’ areas of Northumberland for example, Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham and Morpeth, where you are within walking distance of all the local amenities and train and road links are easily accessible. Similarly, areas just outside of these towns are also proving popular and some of the smaller towns and larger villages like Warkworth and Alnmouth present attractive investment opportunities. All offer thriving communities and job opportunities in themselves and often attract families looking to embrace the benefits of life in the country. For those tenants travelling into the towns and cities of Tyne and Wear, train and bus passes can often provide a more cost effective option.

Electrical testing

A safety lobby group is urging the government to introduce mandatory five-yearly safety checks of electrical installations and appliances in all privately rented homes.

HMOs (houses of multiple occupation) are already required to have a five year review but a blanket requirement for such testing in all private rented homes would, claims the group, reduce what it says is confusion around best practice. It would also put electrical checks on par with gas safety checks, which landlords must have checked every year.

Electrical Safety First – the group formerly known as the Electrical Safety Council – claims the cost for this precaution would be

GFW Letting Guide to Jesmond

Based close to the city of Newcastle, Jesmond is one of the most popular and affluent places to live in the region. With its eclectic range of amenities, it is the place to be this spring and summer.

Brought into Newcastle in 1832, Jesmond has grown rapidly into one of the most sought after locations in the North East. With its bars, coffee shops, boutique clothing stores, restaurants and picturesque parks, its popularity continues to grow.

The GFW Letting team is often out and about in the Jesmond area, where we regularly carry out valuations and viewings on properties to let. Many of our team members use Jesmond as the go-to place to hang out with friends and family.

These are our Jesmond highlights. We’d love to hear yours @gfwletting #BestJesmond

Bite to eat?
Jesmond has a wide range of places to eat if you’re feeling peckish, no matter what time of day and which area of Jesmond you are in. From breakfast to burgers to afternoon tea, you’ll be sure to find whatever you’re in the mood for.

If you enjoy Italian food, we recommend the 10-year established Scalini’s, located on popular Osborne Road. It has a wide-range of food at an affordable price with a friendly atmosphere, perfect for intimate dinners, family dining or a girl’s night out. Scalini’s facilities set it apart with its heated outdoor patio seating area – perfect for watching the world go by.

Also just off Osborne Road is Firenze, another quaint Italian restaurant open until 10pm, which has a cosy, warm atmosphere and great food. This authentic feel also transpires to the popular Avanti, on Brentwood Avenue, this restaurant is friendly by name and friendly by nature.

If you’re looking for delicious afternoon tea then why not head over to the traditional Jesmond Dene House? Served between 2:30 and 4:30pm, it includes finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and cream tea for a Great British treat in the heart of Jesmond.

Looking for something a little more modern? Check out Peace & Loaf which opened in autumn of 2013 and is owned by a competitor of the 2010 Masterchef: The Professionals, Dave Coulson. With an ever changing seasonal menu, this restaurant is sure to keep your pallet fresh. Fine locally sourced food can be found at The Fat Hippo restaurant, which opened in January 2011. Its popular gourmet selection of beef, chicken and veggie burgers have proved to be popular over the past three years and their ‘Fat Dogs’ are to die for!

Local amenities
With a great pick of public and private schools, grocery shops, deli’s, doctors and transport links. Jesmond has everything you need right on your doorstep. Jesmond has two Metro stops – Jesmond and West Jesmond – both of which offer important links to Newcastle City Centre.

For hair and beauty services, look no further than the rustic Boiler House hair and beauty salon which is located in the heart of Jesmond on Acorn Road. They specialise in not only hair, but beauty services too – all perfect for that pamper day! There are plenty of other amenities across the whole of Jesmond, so whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

A great night out
We’re sure you will have already heard about the legendary Osborne Road which is great for a night (or day) out away from the city centre, and very popular over summer bank holidays. There are a range of bars which cater for everyone, and one of our favourites is Berlise. No matter which day of the week you head to this bar, there is always a special deal or Happy Hour, to take advantage of. With its spacious, traditional with a modern twist interior, this is the bar to be at.

If laid-back cocktails are more your thing, head to Bar Blanc Lounge to find a wide range of drinks for all tastes at affordable prices. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something cosy and tucked-away, find your way to The Collingwood Arms, or ‘The Colly’ to locals. Here, you will find a wide variety of traditional cask ales to enjoy.

For something a little closer to the city centre, with the Jesmond flair, you can visit Mr Lynch, part of The Apartment Group, which offers fantastic and quirky surrounds as well as a range of drinks at affordable prices. Just across the way is popular As You Like It, which serves up delicious cocktails as well as gourmet pub food. You can find both of these gems on Archbold Terrace.

Sport and leisure
Whether you exercise alone, with a group of friends, or to make new friends, Jesmond has something for everyone.

There are two tennis clubs, Jesmond Tennis Club and Jesmond Dene Real Tennis Club to get the heart pumping.

Ami’s Fitness Studio hosts a range of ladies classes from Pilates to Zumba, but also offers personal training for more intense workouts.

Entertainment for everyone
There is a constant hustle and bustle in Jesmond due to its fantastic nightlife and restaurants.

For something to do during the day, there are plenty of quaint coffee shops including a Starbucks and Central Bean you can visit. But if coffee isn’t your thing, why not visit Radcliffe Lifestyle Studio and Gallery on Clayton Road?

Specialising in photography, Radcliffe is the perfect place to pick up some limited edition prints and spend the day enjoying some beautiful photographs from artists around the region.

Jesmond is just a short walk or Metro ride away from the City Centre, where you can enjoy everything Newcastle has to offer.

Shopping highlights
If it’s designer clothing you’re searching for, then look no further than the numerous fashionable boutiques that scatter Jesmond. With stores including Jules B for male and female clothing, Aura Fashion “for women who love clothes”, Edo Menswear and Palmer Menswear, you will find the perfect outfit for that trip to Osborne Road.

It’s not just clothing that Jesmond has to offer though, you can visit the cute Wooly Blue for all of your homely interior needs.

And if you’re feeling a bit peckish after all of the clothes shopping, then heading to Dene’s Deli, which has a huge menu for your perfect sandwich, or to Country Whey for some fabulously handpicked food, will surely finish your day off nicely.

Clayton Road is the place to be for shopping in Jesmond as it includes everything from clothing stores to flower shops. If you get tired, you can put your feet up and your bags down at Willi’s Coffee House, a place that proves popular among young professionals due to its close proximity to Newcastle City Centre.