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Tired of being tired; tips to help you sleep


Published: 25/11/2016   Last Updated: 25/11/2016 14:43:31   Tags:

We’re sleeping less than ever and it’s bad for our health.  Below are some tips to help with getting a good nights sleep:-

This room is for rest and should be devoid of stimulus, whether that’s a zany lightshade, bright artwork or groaning book shelves.

Where space is tight, and it’s tricky to re-distribute stuff, you could at least clear the area around your bed from piles of clothes or books.

Get the light right

It must be pitch black. No streetlight inching through shutters and not one winking standby TV light.

If you can’t part with your smart phone, at least put it face down. There is little more disturbing than that alert blue light.

The right bed

No matter what your size or shape, if you’re sharing a bed, you need a super king.

The mattress is where you should spend the majority of your bed budget, but that doesn’t mean you need to splurge £2,000. After all, you should be changing your mattress more than every ten years.

Test the mattress out by lying on your non-dominant side. For those who are right-handed, that’s your left side and vice versa.

Draw your knees up into a 90- degree angle and get your friend, partner or the salesperson to take a picture.

When your body is aligned, if your head is more than 6 cm off the mattress, it’s too hard. If your hip is sinking in away from your body and your head is, therefore, raised, it’s too soft.

Simple linen

Keep it white, and Egyptian is best.

While a bed beautifully made with at least two pillows per person might look nice, it’s not ideal for sleeping.

If your mattress supports your body, then you shouldn’t need a pillow at all. As for cushions, forget it as they harbour dust mites.




Your bedroom should be cooler than the rest of the house, so in moving from warm to cool, your body can prepare for sleep.

The room and your bedding should be aired as often as possible.


Stock up on washing powder

Everything must be washed regularly, including the duvet.

Focus On Bermondsey


Published: 09/11/2016   Last Updated: 09/11/2016 15:39:32   Tags:

For centuries condemned as a slum, this centrally located area in Zone One has blossomed in the last ten years into one of the most artistic – not to mention delicious – parts of London. It reached its property peak this year, recording its highest ever sale with a property in Shad Thames – land first owned by the Knights Templar – selling for £4.7m.Shad Thames

The opening of Bermondsey Underground station on the Jubilee Line only solidified the area’s distinct character from that of nearby Borough and Bermondsey Street is now a foodie fantasia. There are 66 restaurants and 63 cafes to choose from.

Bermondsey’s obvious potential meant that many of its historic warehouses have been bought up by developers and have been turned into luxury flats.

Recent examples include the Old Grange Tannery, which has been renamed Corio by Linden Homes, 53 apartments at The Taper Building by Shape Real Estate, Crest Nicholson has two in close proximity – Snowsfield Yard and Brandon House – and duplex apartments are being sold from £1.6m at The Music Box by Taylor Wimpey.

Bermondsey’s architectural styles point to key periods in the city’s history. From pre-war homes and ex-local authority houses to upmarket period flat conversions, warehouse conversions and recent developments.

Like much of the East End, industry that was deemed too noisy or dirty was sent to the periphery of the City and Bermondsey became known for its factories and textile warehouses. At one time, it was responsible for producing a third of all the leather in England but, by the mid-19th century, it was a notorious slum, particularly the area around St Saviour’s Wharf. Known in the Victorian era as Jacob’s Island, it was immortalised as the place where criminal Bill Sykes met a sticky end in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.


Bermondsey Street has changed beyond all recognition in the last ten years. There are very few streets in London that offer quite an array of places to eat and drink. It’s great for people-watching, farmers market enthusiasts and there’s a not-for-profit village fete-style festival hosted on Bermondsey Street every September. Bermondsey Square is also home to an antiques market – get there early and you’ll find china, silverware, furniture and vintage fashion. Maltby Street Market is also a worthy alternative to Borough Market and it’s open every weekend underneath some railway arches at Ropewalk. Once you’re done eating and shopping, visit the White Cube gallery, one of the world’s leading contemporary art spaces, currently exhibiting a major new exhibition by Antony Gormley. If it’s a Saturday, you can visit The Kernel Brewery’s bottle shop and pick up a freshly brewed pale ale, porter or stout.

Ideas to cosy your living room


Published: 06/11/2016   Last Updated: 09/11/2016 15:45:14   Tags:

It's crucial to make sure your living room is well insulated for the winter months. Start with the main culprit for heat loss – the windows. If they're ill-fitting and draughty, it's worth replacing them with double- or triple-glazed units to help retain the heat, keep draughts at bay and maintain condensation-free sills. Older properties with exposed floorboards can be particularly draughty from below. Filling the gaps with flexible filler can help, or covering the floor with a room-sized rug will instantly deal with the problem. Individual thermostats on radiators are useful so you can adjust each room's temperature when needed and minimise fuel costs.

Using rich and deep paint colours is an effective way to give an impression of warmth. Dark charcoal and navy both look fantastic on walls and work well together, especially when teamed with furnishings in contrasting colours, such as berry shades and mustard yellow. Wooden furniture is also excellent in combination with a dark palette, and both the current mid-century modern and industrial trends look great teamed with rich shades.

With fewer daylight hours in winter, it's important to ensure your living room is well lit. Aim for soft background lighting, preferably with ceiling fittings that are dimmable, and a task light by the sofa for reading. A woodburning stove will add a warm glow and candlelight creates a cosy atmosphere. Enhance the effect with carefully positioned mirrors and reflective surfaces.

There's nothing quite as inviting on a chilly evening as soft, warm textures to sink into and snuggle up in. Go for a mix of throws and cushions in chunky knit, faux-fur and felted fabrics for the ultimate in cosiness. You can also add in wool and silk for a fabulously indulgent and luxurious effect. The key is in the layering.

Give some thought to year-round options for the space. You could replace lightweight summer curtains with heavyweight drapes in winter. Or add lining such as thermal fleece fabric to lightweight curtains as the season changes. Rather than altering the whole scheme, just add a thicker rug and more blankets. A coffee table with a drawer is perfect for keeping blankets handy all year round.


Copper and brass are strong interiors trends for this season and work especially well with grey and navy walls. But you can introduce a bit of sparkle with most colour schemes if you go for small highlights such as scatter cushions, tealight holders and picture frames. If you want to go further, opt for a wallpaper or curtain fabric with a metallic element in the design. Another great use of metallics is on the inside of lampshades as it will cast a warm glow to the surroundings, and even when not lit will still add interest and opulence to the scheme.

London's Alpine Festival


Published: 27/10/2016   Last Updated: 27/10/2016 14:35:07   Tags:

Sky & Snowboard Show between 27th to 30th October at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park


50gt Real-Snow Kicker

Free Ice-Skating

Rail Jams

Alpine Street Food

Altitude Comedy Festival

EIS HAUS Experience

Over 200 Exhibitors


Not to be missed


Book your tickets at:

Caravan in Bankside


Published: 26/10/2016   Last Updated: 26/10/2016 12:34:57   Tags:

Caravan have made the leap across the river, their latest restaurant is now open in Bankside.

Like the King Cross and Exmouth Market restaurants, it's an all day restaurant thus serving breakfast and brunch too.
There's a lot being added to the menu at Bankside including house-made cheeses like whey ricotta and labneh, and cured meats like guanciale, lardo and coffee-cured duck ham. You'll be able to pick up their daily bakes including their Tamarind & date morning bun.

In addition to the restaurant, and opening in the New Year will be a roastery and café.

Located at The Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford Street, Bankside, London SE1 0HS

Your New Neighbours


Published: 17/10/2016   Last Updated: 17/10/2016 13:48:48   Tags:

A thank you to all landlords and vendors who took advantage of our new office promotion.  A huge response for both sales and lettings meant a busy few months for the SE1 team.  We have been asked if we will run another promotion and the short answer is ‘yes’, however in the meantime please contact us for competitive rates. 

Remember Remember the 5th November


Published: 14/10/2016   Last Updated: 27/10/2016 14:41:28   Tags:

Where and when to watch the fire works in London:-

Saturday 5th November 2016

Southwark Park, SE16 – nearest stations are Canada Water (Overground and Jubilee line), Surrey Quays and Rotherhithe (Overground) and Bermondsey (Jubilee line)

Gates open at 5pm, and last entry for the fireworks will be at 6.30pm.

Tickets, are free, however must be obtained in advance

Wanstead Flats, Forest Gate - Event entrances are on Centre Road and Dames Road (no access from Lake House Road).

Gates will open at 5.30pm ready for a 7.30pm display.

Tickets free on the door

Alexandra Place - Situated between Muswell Hill and Wood Green, Alexandra Park is well served by public transport and is easy to reach by underground, road and rail.

There are 4 entrance gates across the Park however we recommend that you use gate 6 which is located opposite the junction of Muswell Hill and Priory Road

Gates will open from 3pm ready for an 8pm display

Advance tickets £6 adults, £4 concs, under 10s free; bierkeller £16 (£13 adv) from



Buy-To-Let Ignites Chain Reaction, Driving Prices To Record High


Published: 22/04/2016   Last Updated: 22/04/2016 11:36:59   Tags:

The average price of property coming to market is at another all-time high, up by £3,843 to a new record of £307,033. The Chancellor’s autumn statement and announcement of the April buy-to-let stamp duty deadline created momentum which gave early impetus to the bottom of the market. It has also had the knock-on effect of energising the higher sectors of the market. This has contributed to April’s monthly rise of 1.3% being driven by growth in the second-stepper and top of the ladder sectors of the market, with the lower end of the market reporting a fall.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst comments:
“The onset of spring is traditionally when the housing market swings into full-on action, and while the early Easter this year could be credited with its very active current state, the housing market actually received a much earlier kick-start at the end of November. Chains need a buyer at the bottom to enable everyone to move, and that was boosted by investors looking to avoid the 3% levy introduced on April 1st.”

The bottom sector of the market with two bedrooms or fewer has in recent years seen high demand from both first-time buyers and buy-to-let investors, creating upwards price pressure. The further demand boost from those looking to complete before April 1st has now dissipated, resulting in a 1.4% drop this month in the average price of a property coming to market in this typical first-time-buyer/investor sector. However, the momentum it created looks to have enabled owner-occupiers of these properties to trade up. This has built an onward chain reaction of higher demand in higher price brackets as more people can move.

Upwards price pressure has moved into the typical second-stepper sector (three or four bedrooms excluding four bedroom detached properties). Prices are up by 0.6% (+£1,512) this month, and this sector compared to the others has seen the largest year-on-year percentage rise, up by 8.6% (+£20,519). The ‘top of the ladder’ sector (four bedroom detached and five bedrooms or more) has seen the biggest rise this month, up by 1.9% (+£9,970). Their annual rate of increase remains the lowest however, at 5.1%.

Shipside observes:
“While some felt that there would be a stampede of existing landlords selling to other landlords, these figures indicate that many of those who sold during the buy-to-let rush were actually first-time sellers looking to trade up. They used the heightened demand from investors competing fiercely with first-time buyers to springboard themselves onto the next rung of the housing ladder. After several years of being held back from moving by post-credit-crunch price doldrums, they have now benefitted from a heady combination of price growth, historically cheap interest rates, and confidence of a quick sale with purchasers working to a tight deadline. Trader-uppers have now been unleashed and this has spread demand upwards and helped to form longer chains. Interestingly there has been a stamp duty double-whammy effect pushing up prices in these higher sectors too. Earlier reforms in December 2014 reduced stamp duty for all properties priced below £937,000, especially around the previous punitive thresholds, also boosting demand and prices.”

While demand from some buy-to-let landlords has dropped away, Rightmove recorded its busiest ever month for visits to the website in March. It is likely that appetite from investors will return for the right property at the right price and yield, but in the meantime it gives first-time buyers an opportunity to fill the void with less competition from typically faster-moving cash-rich landlords.

Shipside notes:
“There’s a whole army of aspiring first-time buyers keen to get on the ladder and they now have a 3% price advantage over the formerly more agile legion of landlords, some of whom have retreated for the time being. First-time buyers could fill some of the gap but sellers of properties with two bedrooms or fewer need to realise that with less overall demand they need to price cheaper to match first-time buyers and highly-taxed investors.”

How much does it cost to rent in the UK?


Published: 21/04/2016   Last Updated: 15/06/2016 16:15:45   Tags:

Last month, a Guardian investigation revealed that young couples who want to start a family are facing an almost impossible situation: renting an affordable one or two bedroom property is now impossible in two-thirds of the UK. We want you to help us tell the story of renting across the UK – how much it costs, and what you get for your money.

In London, rental costs are spiralling out of control. The average price of a flat or a house is almost £1,500 a month, a survey by HomeLet has shown. According to the survey, rents have also risen by 12.5% across the country with private tenants asked to fork out £751 a month on average outside the capital. It was also found that rental costs over the previous three months before the survey was conducted rose five times faster than tenant income.

30-year-old Catherine who lives in London, is facing an all too familiar situation. She is up against rising rental costs, insecure tenancies, permanent flatsharing and a low salary which prevents her from making changes to her life.

“I worry that I will never be able to afford stable, secure housing as a single person on a low income who works in London. This week I learned that my landlord is putting the rent up by 20% in the house-share I share with three other people. I already pay half my monthly income just to live in this houseshare. There is nowhere in London I could afford to rent a place on my own on my income, not even in zone 6 (and even if I found a studio flat I could just about afford on the outskirts of London, commuting costs would then tip it back into unaffordability)“ she says.

As part of our coverage on the subject, we’d like to map how much it costs to rent a property across the UK, and crucially what you get for your money. Share your experiences ideally with a photograph of your room or property by filling in the form below. We’ll publish a selection in a feature on the site and in the paper.




Embrace the Trend for Mix and match Cupboards


Published: 21/04/2016   Last Updated: 21/04/2016 15:54:28   Tags:

The unwritten rule in kitchen design has always been that base cabinets and wall units should match, but there’s no real reason this needs to be the case. Matching cabinets are simply a style convention, or perhaps you love the look, but now a new trend is gaining popularity – kitchens with mix-and-match units, featuring wall cupboards in one colour, style or finish and base cabinets in another. Done well, this look is fresh, individual and modern. Here is a smart way to nail the mix-and-match look.

In this charming, folksy kitchen, the sleek, deep-grey, glossy base units look lovely contrasted with the warm – and on-trend – plywood wall cabinets. If some of your units are looking tired, consider replacing the door and drawer fronts with ply. Unless you’re very handy with a saw, employ a good joiner for a professional finish.



Here's everything you need to know about Pie and Mash...


Published: 16/03/2016   Last Updated: 16/03/2016 11:13:40   Tags:


If you’re living in Shoreditch, you’ve got to immerse yourself in the East London traditions, and nothing is more East than tucking into a pie and mash. The fresh crusty pies, the smooth mash and the tangy liquor, there’s nothing quite like it. Our pie and mash shop of choice is F.Cooke, found on Hoxton Street.

When pie first reached Victorian London, it came from the hundreds of piemen who would pace the streets. Although they were known to be filled with fruit, meat or fish, jellied eel pie came to be the most popular, perhaps due to its commonness and therefore cheapness! After the piemen had rowed their boats over the Thames to the vessels stocking eels, the race was on to get home and bake the pies whilst they were still fresh. The pies were often sold with vinegar and parsley sauce, which is where the original pie and mash recipes stems from. Eventually shops began to open selling scoops of mashed potato along with the fresh pies, the rest was history!

If you’re looking for one of the best pie and mash shops around Shoreditch and Hoxton, F.Cooke is definitely the place to go! Keeping with the traditional décor and original recipes, this restaurant is sure not to disappoint. In the last 30 years that F.Cooke has been gracing Hoxton Street, it has gained a number of famous fans. It has been known to host David Beckham, Ferne Cotton, Mark Wright, Take That, One Direction, The Verve, Richard Dreyfus, Warren Mitchell and Heston Blumethal. It’s even a regular spot for cockney duo Chas and Dave.  So if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the East end culture, you won’t find anything better than here!

You can visit F.Cooke at 150 Hoxton Street, or check out their website:


Meeting Columbia: Martin and The Red Mud Hut


Published: 02/03/2016   Last Updated: 15/06/2016 16:14:21   Tags:


Columbia Road is well known for being the go-to place for finding beautiful flowers and exotic plants, but it also has a range of quirky businesses lining the street. If you’re not already aware, we have started a series called Meeting Columbia where we bring you the information on the best shops here! This week, we’ve been talking to Martin of the Red Mud Hut.

You can find Martin at 92 Columbia Road on Saturdays and Sundays. Week day appointments are available to book. Check out his website here:

• Tell me a little bit about your shop

We are importers of a range of different garden planters. (The planter on the Prospect Residential desk is from The Red Mud Hut)

• Why did you choose to open on Columbia road?

It seemed a fairly obvious choice to open on Columbia Road because of Flower market. The plants and flowers complement our pots perfectly!

• How long have you been on Columbia road?

We’ve been open since 1988.

• What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in your time working on the street?

Since I’ve been on Columbia Road, all the old east end characters have gone and the proper east end pub and café has gone with them.

• Who’s the most interesting person you have met on Columbia road?

I’ve met Irish-born actor Michael Gambon, comedian Billy Connolly & English actor Damian Lewis. In fact there are too many to recall.

• Where’s your favourite place to go around Shoreditch?

My favourite place to go around Shoreditch is Victoria Park. It’s the largest park in Tower Hamlets and they have tons of events going on throughout the year.

• Best place to grab a bite to eat around here?

Caffe-in on Hackney Road is great for breakfast and lunch!

• Best place for a drink?

Columbia Road’s local, Royal Oak is great for a drink!

• What does an average day look like to you?

An average day for me is a hectic mix of garden designers, gardeners and tourists.

Go Green!


Published: 22/02/2016   Last Updated: 22/02/2016 14:33:49   Tags:


Here at Prospect Residential we are all for going green! Which is why we never drive to any viewings, valuations or appointments. We pride ourselves on being able to say we walk, cycle and occasionally take public transport to lower our carbon footprint. 

We also try to stay green by not printing any paperwork where it can be avoided! Any details needed will be emailed straight over to you! In fact, we try to cut down on our paper usage completely by only printing things when it is completely essential. Any paper we do use is always recycled!

Fancy paying a visit to our office? You’ll soon see that all our furniture is either vintage or up-cycled! We try to stay green by having re-used décor wherever possible.

It’s not only the office that is eco-friendly either. Each employee at Prospect Residential tries their best to be as helpful to the environment as we can be. We all travel to work via public transport or cycling.

Prospect’s New Pad: The Before & After


Published: 18/02/2016   Last Updated: 18/02/2016 14:32:57   Tags:


For those of you unaware, we have recently opened a brand new office on Columbia Road. After months of hard work, we are finally happy with the way it has turned out. From our living wall, to our East London map we’re decked out on the décor! Check out the before and after pictures in the slideshow above, oh, and don’t forget to swing by and say hello!


Meeting Columbia: Oliver Guy & the Coffee Corridor


Published: 08/02/2016   Last Updated: 15/06/2016 16:14:29   Tags:

We all know Columbia Road in Shoreditch as the place to find the most beautiful flowers around, but it is also well known for its quirky shops and friendly residents you will find here. Having recently arrived on the street as the first estate agents, we thought we would share with you some of the best shops on the street in a series called Meeting Columbia! The first guy to feature on the series is Oliver Guy, owner of the coffee corridor!


• Why did you choose Columbia Road to open your coffee shop?

- We've lived on Columbia Road for 12 years, on and off, so we were pretty late to the party when it came setting up a little enterprise on the street.


• What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in your time working on this street?

- I'm a journalist, who mainly writes about food, so the biggest changes for me have been the arrival of terrific bars & restaurants in the area.


• Where’s your favourite place to go around Shoreditch?

- Hackney City Farm remains a lovely place to go, community-minded and quirky in spirit. It is everything the property developers, high street chains and drivers of homogenised gentrification seek to exploit but sadly eventually destroy.


• Best place to grab a bite to eat and a drink around here?

- The Royal Oak is a great neighbourhood local as is Printers & Stationers. Brawn and Campania are firm favourites as is The Marksman and I'm sure the soon-to-be-opened Morito will be a regular spot.


• What does an average day look like to you?

- We open at 8.15 and close at 1. After that I try and get down to some writing - more often than not staring at a blank page. After that, I head out with my young family to run our errands and get home in time to cook and eat well.


If you want to try one of the best coffees around, you can find Oliver at the coffee corridor on 134 Columbia Road from 8:15-1pm.


The Ultimate Guide To Cockney Rhyming Slang


Published: 25/01/2016   Last Updated: 25/01/2016 15:04:28   Tags:

Moving to East London is one of the best things that will happen to you. Full of quirky bars, independent shops and delicious restaurants, you’ll never run out of things to do. However, it can also be slightly daunting, and we’re not talking about the rush of commuters, we’re talking about the Cockney rhyming slang! Ahh the dreaded slang. If you’re not from around here, you probably have no idea what any of it means. But don’t panic quite yet, there’s still a chance to get down with the jargon, and we’re here to teach you. Find the ultimate list of Cockney Rhyming Slang below…

• Pig’s Ear – Beer.
• Sherbet Dab – Cab.
• Bubble & Squeak – Week.
• Jam Jar – Car.
• Hank Marvin – Starving.
• Jack Jones – Alone.
• Bangers & Mash – Cash.
• Scooby-Doo – Clue.
• Cat & Cages – Wages.
• Liz Hurley – Early.
• Boat Race – Face.
• Artful Dodger – Lodger.
• Hot Potato – Waiter.
• April Showers – Flowers.
• Bubble Bath – Laugh.
• Cream Crackered – Knackered.
• Dog & Bone – Phone.
• Bread & Honey – Money.
• Cat & Mouse – House.
• Lemon Squeezy – Easy.
• Fatboy Slim – Gym.
• Clark Kent – Rent.
• Gates of Rome – Home.
• Frog & Toad – Road.
• Butcher’s Hook – Look.
• Apple & Pears – Stairs.
• OXO cube – Tube.
• Rabbit & Pork – Talk.
• Barnet Fair – Hair.
• Rosie Lee – Tea.
• Donkey’s Ears – Years.
• Baker’s Dozen – Cousin.
• Field of Wheat – Street.
• Top Hat – Chat.
• Skin & Blister – Sister.
• China Plate – Mate.
• Apple Pies – Eyes.

Our tips for landlords - Make your rental property stand out!

Published: 19/01/2016   Last Updated: 19/01/2016 11:30:26   Tags:

A guest blog from the Right Surveyors


The recent changes to pension legislation has freed up millions of savings previously unavailable for investment. As predicted at the time, this has led to a very significant investment in the buy-to-let market meaning that landlords face more competition than ever to secure their ideal tenants. If you’re not careful, the better tenants will go elsewhere. So if you are a landlord, how do you make your property stand out from the rest? Check out some of our tips below which can make your rental property get noticed for all the right reasons.




Before any tenant moves in, you need to make sure the property is clean and in a presentable state. If there are already tenants living in the property, you need to give them plenty of notice before you show anyone around. Removing mess is very easy to do, but the psychological effect of a clean, tidy house on a potential occupant should not be underestimated.


Damp, Cracks & Condensation


Damp, cracks and condensation are problems that you might overlook. These are really important to a tenant as they don’t want to live in a house which is infested with damp or looks like it is falling down.


We asked a surveyor in the popular buy-to-let location of Manchester to comment:


"Defects like damp and structural cracking can genuinely impact on an occupant’s internal environment and quality of life, by reducing air quality and increasing stress levels. If you notice any cracks or damp you would be well advised to get these assessed by a Chartered Surveyor. A Surveyor will be able to tell you the cause, as well as recommend sensible, cost-effective repair methods."




A parking space can be really attractive to potential tenants; especially if the property is in a busy city. If you can make room for one, it is definitely the best way to make your property stand out from the rest. A lot of other places in the city won’t have one, which means your property will be unusual. Even if it means re-building a court yard to cater for a parking space, it really could be worth it.




Technology has become more important than ever when people are looking to rent. The vast majority of tenants need internet, faster the better, and many will subscribe to Sky or other satellite television services which could be included in the rent.


Also, think about what could differentiate your property and try installing some cutting edge features – like sound operated lights and app controlled heating.


The Landlord


Renting out a property can be a hard and tiring job. So finding the time and money to make alterations to a property can be a difficult challenge. Just remember, happy tenants mean a happy landlord!


If you haven’t the energy to handle it all yourself, consider hiring a reputable letting agent to do it for you. They will take a chunk of the rental income, but a good (!) agent will save you hours of hassle.


This is easier said than done, however, so don’t be afraid to spend some time on third-party review sites like TrustPilot to see what real clients thought of your shortlist.



About the author:


The Right Surveyors are a nationwide group of surveying practices, offering property management, surveying and valuation services to private and commercial clients alike.


Selling your home? Well here’s how to prepare…


Published: 08/01/2016   Last Updated: 08/01/2016 13:52:55   Tags:

Christmas has been and gone and it’s finally a new year. Which means if you’re looking to pack up and sell up, there’s no better time than now. When selling your home, preparation is key! You need to prepare your home to the best it can be before you let anyone view it, and we’re here to show you just how to do that…

The first thing to do is de-clutter, and then de-clutter again. When you’re living in a property for a long time, stuff tends to build up and before you know it, you’re running out of places to keep it all. And sure, that’s fine when you’re living there but it’s not great for attracting buyers. You want your property to look as spacious as possible, and if it’s packed with old magazines and full of sofa cushions, it won’t.

Another thing to do to your property is to de-personalise it. You want a buyer to walk into your property and feel like it could be their new home, not like they’re just a visitor in yours. If the walls are lined with pictures of your children, this may not be possible. The buyers aren’t interested in the memories you’ve made in your home, they’re just interested in all the memories they can make there themselves.

One of the most important things to do is neaten the exterior of your property. Grass not mowed? Mow it. Weeds overgrowing? Get rid of them. Window ledges need a lick of paint? Paint them. If your house is the one that shows up the neighbourhood, it needs improving before anyone will want to buy it.

However it’s not just the exterior of your home that needs a tidy up, the inside does too. Put on your rubber gloves and pull out your dusters as your house needs to be clean top to bottom or you’ll look like a lazy homeowner! Dust every cobweb and clean every skirting board, you don’t want a smudge of dirt in your property before a potential buyer pays it a visit.

Last but definitely not least, light it up! Natural light is a factor that attracts a potential buyer to a property, and so you want to make your home look as bright as possible. If you have lots of large windows, great! If not, it’s time to fake it. Replace dimming light bulbs, invest in a few extra lamps, and open up all the blinds and curtains. Small changes can make the biggest difference when making your property bright and homely.

Before selling your home, it’s also worth having some extra information to hand. Gas and electricity certificate checks, service charges, council tax are all useful documents to give to your estate agents in advance. The sooner you prep your house, the less stress you will have later along the line, and the sooner you will be able to sell!


The History of Jesus Green


Published: 16/12/2015   Last Updated: 16/12/2015 15:40:30   Tags:


We’ve told you all you need to know about Columbia Road. Now for the hidden treasure just behind it, Jesus Green. Jesus Hospital estate was established as a charity by James Ravenscoft. The beautiful area it is today is a far cry from the land before it was built!

The area and the land surrounding Jesus Green was once known as Nova Scotia Gardens. The area was dirty and full of waste. The cottages built on this land were low down and so were prone to flooding, making them undesirable to most, but not all. Amongst the desperate individuals occupying the cottages were Thomas Williams, John Bishop, Michael Shields and James May, known as ‘the London Burkers’. In the 1800’s anatomical cadavers demand was very high. So much so that there was not enough dead bodies to meet this demand. The London Burkers decided to dig up and sell fresh bodies to the surgeons at local hospitals, this is where their grave robbing careers started. It is thought that over a 12 year time period, they stole up to 1,000 corpses. In November 1831, May and Bishop delivered the body of a young man to a porter named William Hill and demanded money for it. The body was fresh, making Hill suspicious of how the boy had died. May and Bishop claimed they did not know where the body had come from, but the police were called. The cottages at Nova Scotia Gardens were searched and evidence pointed towards multiple murders being committed. All four men were arrested. It soon became clear that the men’s victim were drugged, hung upside down and drowned in a well on the property. Bishop and Williams were found guilty and were hanged at Newgate on 5th December 1831 in front of a crowd of 30,000 people. Their bodies were then sent to anatomical establishments for dissection… Shields and May were cleared as mere delivery men in the murders.

In 1822, houses were built on Jesus Hospital Estate to create a more ‘civilised lifestyle.’ However, the houses were badly built and were pulled down and rebuilt just 40 years later. Charity trustees Reverend T. H. Elwin and solicitor James Quilter hired Joseph Baxendale and Richard Durant to create the neighbourhood you see today. The roads on Jesus Estate are named after these men.

There have been numerous attempts to demolish Jesus estate. The first was in 1960 but it was stopped by multiple protests. A second attempt in 1971 led to the inner triangle of Quilter Street, Elwin Street, and Barnet Grove being knocked down. This led to the neighbourhood park, Jesus Green being built. Jesus Green Park is now a popular meeting place for residents, and makes the area more desirable. In 1985, there was another failed attempt at knocking down the rest of the estate, which resulted in the Jesus Hospital Estate Residents Association being established. It is now a conservation area, meaning the houses can’t be knocked down.

The local school, Columbia Primary is a 5 minute walk from Jesus Green. At Columbia Primary they pride themselves on their passion for teaching and preparing children for their future. In regards to getting here, Hoxton station is a 10 minute walk. Liverpool Street Station is also just a short walk away. So now you know all about Jesus Green, why not pay it a visit?


Our Estate Agent Jargon Buster!


Published: 15/12/2015   Last Updated: 15/12/2015 12:10:44   Tags:

Let’s paint a picture. You’re looking to buy or let your very own property. You visit your estate agents, all fired up when suddenly they begin throwing words at you left, right and centre. Gazumping, lien, retention… you have no idea what they all mean! We get it, but luckily for you we’re here to help you with all the jargon you need to know, making buying your new home that little bit easier.


-Advance: The amount of money that the lender lends you.

-Agency Fees: This is the fixed fee an estate agent will charge you if they sell your property.

-Appraisal: This is when an estate 

agent values your property to determine what they believe the price of the property currently stands at.

-AST: Assured Shorthold Tenancy. This means that the landlord has the right to reclaim their property back after a certain amount of time.

-Broker: The person who advises you on mortgages.

-Building Society: A place to go for Loans and Mortgages.

-Buy to let: A mortgage that allow you to buy a property with the aim of letting it out to tenants.

-Contract Race: When two potential buyers want to buy the same property, there will be a contract race. The winner is the first person in position to exchange contracts.

-Conveyancing: This is the legal side to selling and buying your property.

-Covenants: The terms of a tenancy agreement. These are legal requirements for a property owner to make necessary alterations to a property.

-Deeds: Legal documents detailing the ownership of a property.


-Disbursements: The fee that the solicitors charge for carrying out the legal work involved in buying or selling your property.

-Easement: The right to use a part of someone else’s land.


-Equity: The difference between the market value of a property and the amount of the mortgage that is still owed to the lender on that property.

-Gazumping: (and no, we didn’t make this word up!) This is when a vendor accepts an offer from one person, then later rejects it in favour of a higher offer from someone else.

-Gazundering: When a buyer reduces his offer just before exchange.

-Guarantor: When a person agrees to repay a loan/debt if you default on the payment of it. This can include your rent.

-Joint Tenants: This is when people co-own a property.


-Lease: The documents in which the owner of a freehold property lets out the property to a named party at a certain price for a specified time period.


-Lender: Someone who lends you money for an agreed time period with interest.

-Lien: The legal right of a person to hold someone else’s property as security for a debt.

-Negative Equity: When you owe more money to the lender than the market value of your property.

-Retention: The amount of money held back from the initial loan, it will not be paid by the lender until specific repairs/changes have been made on the property by the purchaser.


-Sitting Tenant: This is when a tenant has not yet signed an AST and so they can’t be asked to leave the property they occupy.

-Surveyor: A person who examines the structure and state of your property.

-Valuation: This is when a property is evaluated to determine its market value.

-Vendor: The person who is selling the property.

It’s not just the jargon you need to be aware of. Some estate agents have a certain way with words, as in, what they say isn’t necessarily what they mean. Now we pride ourselves on being upfront with you guys, but for the people who aren’t, here’s some phrases to watch out for.

-If an estate agent says the property is ‘cosy’ what they mean is ‘it’s not much bigger than a bedsit’.
-If they tell you there is a ‘friendly neighbourhood’ what they mean is ‘your neighbours are super nosey so you better get thick curtains.’
-If you’re told the property Is ‘reduced for quick sale’ basically no one else in their right mind would buy it.


Shoreditch had a very special guest...


Published: 14/12/2015   Last Updated: 15/12/2015 12:01:56   Tags:

Guess what guys?! Prince Harry has come down to Shoreditch, right near the Prospect Residential office. He paid a visit to the Mildmay Hospital just like his mother Princess Diana had previously done.

This handy guide will tell you everything you need to know about Columbia Road…


Published: 10/12/2015   Last Updated: 15/12/2015 12:01:36   Tags:


As you may already know, Prospect Residential is soon to be opening on Columbia Road in Shoreditch, so we thought we would let you guys in on all of Columbia Road’s best kept secrets!

Named in honour of Angela Burdett-Coutts who built Columbia market, Columbia Road is full of quirky shops and friendly place to grab a bite to eat. The main event on this street is the flower market. Starting as a Saturday trading market, the growing Jewish population led to a Sunday market being established. Every Sunday, Columbia Road transforms into a busy market full of beautiful, exotic and hand-picked flowers. It really is a sight you don’t want to miss out on! Many of the shops on Columbia Road only open on the day of the market, making this definitely worth a visit. A great shop to check out is Vintage Heaven for great vintage treasures, besides, they also have cake!

If you fancy bumping into a celebrity, Royal Oak pub on Columbia Road is the place to be. Built in 1923, Royal Oak has long been featured in film and television, including the newest Kray twin film, Legend.

One thing you will notice about Columbia Road is the community feel it has to it. The shops are full of friendly chatty faces who will be more than happy to talk to you about your day. The shop owners here are truly passionate about this area and providing you with an unrivalled service. Opposite the row of shops, you will find Columbia Primary School. This school has been described by Ofsted as ‘a happy school where pupils from many different cultures and backgrounds work and play together in harmony.  They are keen to work hard, and enjoy sharing and listening to each other's ideas.’

Getting to Columbia Road is very simple. It’s a short walk to Hoxton station where you can ride the Overground to many major train stations. It’s also only a 20-minute walk to Liverpool Street Station. And if you do decide to pay Columbia Road a visit, don’t forget to pop in to Prospect Residential to say hi!


The Very Best Shoreditch Hot-Spots To Check Out This Valentine’s!


Last Updated: 21/04/2016 15:52:24   Tags:


Valentine’s day is fast approaching and whether you’re spending it single or loved-up, Shoreditch is definitely the place to be. From quirky markets, to cosy bars, we’ve got all the updates on the best places to be this valentines!

For the couples:

Columbia Road Flower Market:
Now you may think that we are being a little bias here, seeing as this is the home of the Prospect office, but the Sunday flower market really is a great spot to take your date. You can take a stroll along the buzzing street and pick up a bouquet from one of the many beautiful flower stalls. It is also jam –packed with quirky shops and cosy café’s, making it the perfect romantic day out!

London Cocktail Club:
Placed just off of Shoreditch High Street, this chilled, underground bar is the perfect hotspot for couples looking for tasty cocktails in an intimate setting. The menu features a range of delicious cocktails which are definitely unique to this bar! (Our favourite is the rose petal martini) If you fancy the look of this bar, it’s worth knowing that they are running a valentine’s day masterclass, where you and your partner can learn to make their cocktails yourselves. Check out their website here:

Electric Cinema:
Rather than settling for an ordinary film night, impress your date by checking out the Electric Cinema Shoreditch. This single-screen cinema features plush armchairs and cashmere blankets. It even has a bar! If you want to grab yourself some tickets this Valentines, head to:

For the singles:


Gather a group of friends and heat to this lively ping-pong bar if you want a truly memorable night. Grab some dinner from Bounce’s extensive menu before sipping on a cocktail and heading to the main area for a fun game of ping-pong. Check out their website at:

All Star Lanes:
This popular venue found on Brick Lane combines booze and bowling for a great night out with friends. The American diner style food accompanies one of the many cocktails perfectly for a post-bowling meal. Pre-book for a £33 Eat, Drink, Bowl package here:

Palentine’s day at The Book Club:
The perfect way to celebrate your one true love… your pals! You can have fun making friendship bracelets for each other before settling down to enjoy a classic chick-flick, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. Oh and if that doesn’t have you convinced, there’s also cocktails and  popcorn included! Get your tickets here:


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