The Property People; if you’re thinking about moving, we should be talking…
One of the things I love about estate agency is that we meet people at interesting times in their lives – after all – they are ‘moving’. As an estate agent I’ve been involved in hundreds of sales and sometimes it brings the best out in people, sometimes the worst; we laugh, we cry, we hope, we fear, we are right by their side and see all of life with the buyers and sellers. I’ve moved (myself) just a handful of times and always within Surrey. As Mothering Sunday falls in March, I thought I’d share the funny story of how my mother moved our family from Weybridge to Richmond when I was 12.
Mrs Bird had gone shopping in Richmond for the day (great M&S!) and passing an estate agent she stopped to look in the window. A new property was coming onto the market just around the corner. Could she view? Of course.
My mother, who prides herself on knowing a good thing when she sees it and is extremely decisive, offered the asking price on the spot at the property.
The estate agent was thrilled but composed himself to check if she needed to a) talk with her husband, b) have a second view to make the decision, and c) what about her own sale?
She answered a) no, b) no, and c) not on the market but it would sell quick.
Wasting no time, my mother raced back to Weybridge instructing an agent on the way home. By the time my father got back from work, there was a FOR SALE board outside our house!!!
With his famously laid back attitude and dry sense of humour my father asked, “I thought you were going Marks & Spenser shopping. Are we moving? Don’t forget to leave me the new address”.
That was it. Within 4 weeks, we had sold our house, packed up and were living in our new house. I lived there – it was the backdrop to my teenage years – until, as a young adult, I left home.
My home had an enormous impact on my life. That’s the thing, we’re not just selling houses, they are homes and contain the lives, hopes, and dreams of real people. #Womenbuyhouses. #Ilovemyjob<3.
The flowers depicted are from our dear Bridge Road work neighbours, Honeysuckle Rose.
Naz Miles – Bird
What a great time of year to reflect on who we are / what it’s all about, and make our New Year resolutions.
Our office 2019’s resolutions include personal health goals in the form of yoga, meditation, and massage; ‘self development’ with another term of evening classes at Hampton Court House school; and continued community work for Molesey Women’s Institute Committee, Bridge Road Traders, and Action for Happiness. Fulfilled, we aim to be raring to go :).
Please click the link for some great self development ideas from our friends at the Horsley Hub. Popular articles include “3 Good Things”, “What does Happiness Mean To You”, and “My 3 Words. Reword yourself for the year ahead”
The Miles & Bird team celebrate Christmas together at 114, Teddington’s trendy restaurant and gin palace.
Bridge Road Winter Wander preparations are in full swing… Molesey Rainbows painted Gingerbread houses for the window display and Molesey Women’s Institute, the Hersham Village Market, and SOSSEN are set up for stalls outside our office
Area spotlight: As we currently have two sold boards in Palace Road, East Molesey, it’s our area spotlight choice …
Palace Road offers some of the finest examples of classic 19th century architecture to be found anywhere.
Volunteering at the annual Open House London architectural event, Miles & Bird worked at Marble Hill House, Richmond Road, Twickenham this year.
Property spotlight: Beautiful 1860s mid-Victorian Villa, Nightingale Road, Hampton. The family cat has strolled out during the photo 🙂
RHS / Hampton Court Flower Show window display competition on the theme of ‘You Are What You Eat” 3rd – 8th July 2018. We chose ‘strawberries’
Congratulations to our friends at Hampton Court House School for organising yet another successful Summer Fête. With activities such as a fortune teller, dog show, and live music to be enjoyed, there was truly something for everyone. Once again the sun attended in full force, making this day one to be remembered for all involved. Molesey is blessed with such wonderful schools.
Hampton Court House Independent School
An independent co-educational school for boys and girls aged 3 – 18, situated in its own private parkland in East Molesey, Hampton Court.
Proud sponsors of Teddington School’s annual Plant Sale to raise funds for the PTA and the valuable work they do for our local children.
This years’ event takes place on Saturday 12th May 10-12.
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A selection of Teddington properties sold by Miles & Bird in 2017.
If you’re thinking of moving in 2018, we should be talking.
A selection of Molesey properties sold or let by Miles & Bird at the asking price or above.
Preparing for Maisie’s 5th birthday… #officedogs
The Miles & Bird team celebrated Christmas together at No. 97’s gin palace. Lots of laughing, eating, drinking, and fun!
We spent the latter half of November preparing for the annual Bridge Road East Molesey Christmas Winter Wander.
A great big thank you to Molesey’s Rainbows for painting beautiful Gingerbread Houses for our popular window display. Such talented girls.
Thank you also to Molesey Women’s Institute who successfully sold their famous gingerbread house biscuits outside our office again this year – you know they come from a good home! This year saw a new edition to the stalls, in the form of Hersham Village Market, selling beautiful homemade crafts.
Lastly, a big thank you to SOS!SEN, Bridge Road’s charity this year, for including our office in their choir – debuté performance was at 6pm outside the Albion.
Miles & Bird are thankful to be involved with The Girl with the Curly Hair , a locally based social enterprise raising awareness and supporting people with Asperger’s and Autism (ASD), and their loved ones, through books, workshops, and social media.
Alis Rowe, founder of The Curly Hair Project, runs workshops on subjects such as ‘meltdowns & shutdowns’ & ‘anxiety’, and we are hosting ‘ASD & Sensory Processing’ at our Bridge Road offices, after hours on Saturday 25th November.
Alis has also published over 20 books, and has a BBC cartoon coming out for ASD children (& their friends) for better understanding of the condition.
Michael Rosen interviewed Alis and Helen Eaton from The Curly Hair Project on Tuesday 3rd October for Radio 4
Volunteering at the annual Open House London architectural event, Miles & Bird worked at Geoffrey Darke’s 1969 “The Darke House”, Montpellier Row, Twickenham.
2017 saw Open House London celebrate its 25th year, and for the first time since its launch, every London borough participated in the event, with a record breaking 800+ properties opening their doors to the public.
Take a step back in time and enjoy a beautifully restored Grade II listed house with a fascinating historic connection to Hampton Court Palace.
Palace Gate House boasts an intriguing link to Hampton Court Palace dating back to the 1500’s.
By 1640 it was the official residence of Thomas Smithsby, the Under House Keeper of the Palace responsible for managing operations of the Palace in all its aspects. Smithsby lived at the house until he surrendered his office in 1656 to one of Cromwell’s generals after the execution of Charles I. In the late 1600s Jasper English, a court official, gained the lease and upon his death in 1710 his son, Somersett English, was given permission to demolish and rebuild Palace Gate House. Much of the original timber frame of the house was retained and many old timbers were re-positioned in the new house, however by 1734 Somersett English applied to divide his house and was granted permission. The work involved creating a new entrance, replacing windows, creating a hallway and installing a suspended wooden floor. After the death of Somersett English Palace Gate House was leased to various tenants. In the mid 1800s Palace Gate House and the two adjacent buildings were re-amalgamated to lodge the Palace Police who had been recruited to cope with the demanding crowds following the opening of Hampton Court Palace by Queen Victoria to the public. By the turn of the century Palace Gate House was being used as part of a restaurant and tea room yet by the turn of this century the property was once again neglected.
In 2011 the current owners bought the freehold of Palace Gate House and spent a couple of years repairing the building and returning it back to a home.
Miles & Bird proud winners of the RHS Flower Show ‘Best Dressed Window’ award
Did you spot our boards around Teddington? Miles & Bird are proud sponsors of Teddington School Plant Sale, Saturday 6th May 10-12.
Half and full page adverts went out in Move To property paper, on our office Open sign, in our window and in many of the shops and offices in Teddington too.
The Teddington School PTA were a pleasure to work with and there was a great turn out on the day. Tomato plants and homemade cake all round
Please call 020 3875 3875, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or pop in to our office 12 Bridge Road, Hampton Court Village, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9HA, to arrange a valuation.
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For sale or to let: The Old Fire Station, East Molesey.
Miles & Bird are proud to be involved with this local Historic Landmark building of architectural importance, designated by Elmbridge as Townscape Merit.
As you might expect, December saw lots of seasonal fun.
The Bridge Road Winter Wander was a great success, as captured here by Milo Mulvagh Visuals’ wonderful film.
Later in the month we enjoyed our Miles & Bird Office Christmas Party.
We’ve just LET 1a Lion Gate, Hampton Court Road, a wonderful flat with a private roof terrace overlooking historic Hampton Court Maze. What an address! What a view!
November sees the traders of Hampton Court
Village prepare for the “Bridge Road Christmas Winter Wander”
4pm+ Thursday 1st December 2016; a late night shopping evening with live reindeer, festive food, mulled wine, entertainment and song! A date for the diary…
Given we’re an estate agent, and it’s a Christmas event, we’ve decided on a Christmas Gingerbread House theme for our office. We’ve invited local school children to colour in pictures of gingerbread houses for our back-lit window display, and the Molesey Women’s Institute’s have very kindly offered to bake gingerbread house biscuits which can be purchased from their stall in front of Miles & Bird.
A big thank you for all the local support for the independent / family businesses of Bridge Road.
Join us in our offices for our Estate Planning Clinic Saturdays 1st & 8th October 2016, in collaboration with Kevin Waters of EMC Asset Protection.
It’s now almost six months since we opened our doors, and we’ve had a wonderful response from both our clients and new neighbours alike.
“We have had property on our books ranging in price from £265,000 to £3,000,000 (Residential Sales), £1000 PCM to £5,000 PCM (Commercial & Residential Lettings), and our properties have been geographically located from Esher, Chertsey, Shepperton, and Molesey in Surrey through Staines, Twickenham, and Teddington in Middlesex, right up to Putney in South West London. The range and scope has been amazing.
Finally, we’d also like to say a big thank you to the traders at Bridge Road for giving us such a warm welcome and embracing us into the local community. We love working here.” – The Miles & Bird Team
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