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Charles Baker Place features in ‘Move To: Battersea & Clapham’

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Move to is a dedicated property magazine that is circulated in the SW London area

The latest feature showcases our townhouses in Bellevue Village, Wandsworth. The garden studios, which sit prettily at the end of the townhouse gardens, are highlighted as an attractive addition to the development. The garden studios are perfect for home-workers, artists, teenagers, and entrepreneurs alike, offering a little quiet seclusion from the house without the need to leave the premises. The studios are fully hooked up to the mains, providing further flexibility for their purpose. Remaining properties available here start at prices of £2,595,000. Built by our developers Chester Row, the five-bedroom, four-storey homes also include balconies, basement floors and off-street, gated parking.

Get in touch on +44 (0)7834 353067  or via our contact form to arrange a viewing of our last remaining five bedroom townhouses and our stunning four bedroom mews.

Read the full PDF article here.

Is this London’s coolest home studio?

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Meet the Wandsworth townhouse with the outdoor annexe that’s fit for a rockstar

Bellevue RoadRock and roll isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind when visiting Wandsworth. The South West London idyll is a haven of boutique stores, pretty Victorian houses on tree-lined streets and an excellent range of schools. This enviable combination of aesthetics and educational capital has made the hamlet a magnet for aspirational parents from across London. Property values there have responded accordingly, sitting 28% above the capital’s average, according to the latest research from Foxtons. All in all, Wandsworth comes across as more George Osborne than Ozzy Osbourne.

In the limelight: Charles Baker

Charles Baker Place basement reception-games room

Charles Baker Place basement reception-games room

However, there’s one development in the area, which does offer something to those still looking to strum a few chords on the electric guitar – and, indeed, compose music more generally. Its name is Charles Baker Place and it’s located in Bellevue Village, the creme-de-la-crème of Wandsworth, owing to its position by Wandsworth Common and the cluster of elite schools that surround it.

The nine unit scheme was designed by boutique developer Chester Row and includes three four-storey top-of-the-range townhouses, equipped with balconied bedrooms, off-street parking and a 300 sq. ft. underground living-cum-games room: in short, everything you’d expect from a house in an area as prestigious as this.

These homes benefit from annexes in their back gardens. Bright, modern and spacious, they double-up nicely as home offices or study areas (which is definitely a big plus, because, given how well appointed the rest of the house is, you’d probably not want to step out the front door anyway).

An A-listers annexe

CBP Townhouse studio 3The biggest and best of these home-working spaces resides at townhouse number 3 at the end of the development. Measuring up to a sizeable 3,000 sq. ft., the property is also the largest unit in the scheme, which alone lends itself to celebrity-esque bragging rights.

What makes the annexe at number 3 so special is that, unlike its counterparts, it spans two storeys. On the ground floor is a stylish study area accessed by sliding doors offering a full view of the garden and main house, while up one floor there is a larger, open plan space that could easily fit a drum and bass set, a couple of mics and an electric guitar.

An adjoining private garage only enhances the annexe’s cool factor: a budding Keith Richards or Mick Jagger could compose his work on the ground floor, run through the vocals on the first and then head back down to the garage to take his (presumably, chauffeur-driven) car to a gig – all within a few metres of each other.

Indeed, the property has generated one or two enquiries from famous vocalists, according to Chester Row’s director Nick Herrtage.

“They like what they see in general”, he says, “but the annexe is a particular draw; they find it really bright and functional and just haven’t seen anything like it in this part of London”.

The price of fame

Birds Eye View CBPWhile the annexe is clearly proving to be a hit among those seeking to make hits of their own, it can evidently serve a variety of purposes. For instance, the upstairs-downstairs split allows for the creation of a waiting room and separate practice room, ideal for those seeking to run private practices out of their own home – from occupational therapists to music teachers. And, of course, the large size of the unit means it could act as a self-contained residence of its own, perhaps to accommodate an elderly relative or a paying tenant. Like any good performer, it’s adaptable to a range of audiences.

But unlike most performers these days, it doesn’t come with a hefty Hollywood price tag. Number 3 Chester Row is on the market at £2.9m, while the other two townhouses start at £2.5m: eminently reasonable given their size, quality, and location.

Forget Beverley Hills; Bellevue Village in Wandsworth is where the jam’s at.

To arrange a viewing, contact us on +44 (0)7834 353067 or leave us a message via our contact page.                                                 

Homes for home-working

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If you’re among the growing number of professionals opting to work from home, Charles Baker Place has the perfect property for you – and there’s no better time to snap one up than National Freelancer Day

Home-working is taking off big time in the UK. Once the preserve of private tutors and the odd entrepreneur, it’s now a mode of working embraced by a wide range of professionals from journalists to accountants and everything in between.

Research from the TUC estimates that, in 2016, 1.5 million workers in the UK – or around 15% of the workforce – performed their daily labours chez eux. Mutually beneficial for both employer and employee, it cuts costs and saves time, as well as providing for greater flexibility.

The home-working phenomenon is strongly linked to freelancing – the trend of temping for various organisations: many professionals at the mid-level of their career find it a great way to keep up with their profession, as they temporarily step back a little to improve their work-life balance.

To celebrate the contribution freelancers make to the workforce, June 8th 2017 is the ninth National Freelancers Day. The day is marked by an event held in the King’s Place conference hall in Central London that offers freelancers the chance to network, swap stories and share advice.

It’s also a reminder that being a freelancer is no jolly, or a crypto-form of retirement: it’s hard, serious work. The successful freelancer needs excellent personal and time management skills, combined with a strong understanding of their craft that lets them produce great work unassisted and unmanaged.

To help meet these requirements, freelancers need to have the right working space. Setting up shop in a bedroom or living room won’t do – there are too many distractions and there’s always a risk of a confusing mesh between the personal and professional.

A separate space is necessary; an office that has the comfort of being “at home”. That’s what Chester Row’s latest set of top-class townhouses at its luxury Charles Baker Place development in Wandsworth offers.

Nestled at the end of a landscaped garden, the townhouses’ 120 sq. ft. garden studios are ideal compact home working spaces. They come fully hooked-up to the electricity grid all the main services and benefit from full length windows offering a great aspect of the garden and main house. Of course, the studios have also been decked out to a modern, high-grade standard typical of Chester Row, allowing you to breeze through your tasks in a pleasant and comfortable environment.

All this no more than a few metres “commute” from a four-storey, 2,600 sq. ft. townhouse that comes complete with balconied bedrooms offering wonderful views of Wandsworth’s Bellevue Village, a basement living room that’s great for socialising, high-tech appliances like a Nest thermostat and the all-important off-street parking. With such a great offering for home working and home living, Charles Baker Place will make you never want to work in an office again – just don’t tell the poor souls battling their way towards Bank Station!

Charles Baker Place’s three townhouses start from £2,595,000. To arrange a viewing, contact Chester Row on +44 (0)208 682 4800 or visit the development website (www.charlesbakerplace.com)


Back to School

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Why choosing the right family home is just as important as choosing the right school

With the new school year fast approaching, Chester Row’s latest luxury development in Wandsworth, Charles Baker Place is both enviably positioned and uniquely designed for those with their children’s education in mind.

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The property development with something for everyone

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Why should you live at Charles Baker Place?

The Wandsworth suburb of Bellevue Village is one of South West London’s most highly prized areas in today’s property market. Our Charles Baker Place development, seeks to introduce a new generation of people to this special area by offering a variety of state-of-the-art homes to suit a variety of buyers.

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