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A new home for the new year

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With a new year comes the promise of new changes. Charles Baker Place could be the resolution you’re looking to fulfil.

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We have now truly welcomed in the month of January. The colourlessness of the season has settled in and, while there might still be a few lights left up, the rest of the festive period seems like a hazy memory as people return to their everyday lives. Continue reading

Bellevue Village: 5 of the Best Eateries

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Nestled between Wandsworth Town and Balham lies one of London’s hidden secrets, Bellevue Village.

Taking its name from Bellevue Road, which runs along the south side of Wandsworth Common, the South West London neighbourhood boasts a flock of affluent homes, prosperous local businesses and a lively community, all a stone’s throw away from Wandsworth common. It is also perfect for food-loving residents, as it boasts a vibrant collection of eateries, many of which are independent and all of which are exceptional. Here are five of our favourites:

Flotsam and Jetsam


Tucked just in from the common on Wiseton Road, this trendy café is a well-established pilgrimage destination for the brunch-loving, with its smashed avocado toast an ever-present feature of the weekend Instagram feed. The boutique coffee shop is also a haven for coffee enthusiasts, serving an array of different artisan brews and even offering barista courses for those keen to improve their skills.

Chez Bruce


Drawing in gastronomes from all over, this Michelin-starred restaurant is the jewel in Bellevue village’s crown. Although hailing from Surrey, chef Bruce Poole is a master in contemporary French cuisine, and his eponymously named restaurant prides itself on serving ‘the best food and drink but within a relaxed, informal yet professionally orchestrated environment’. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, warm and cold salads and bread-making are listed among their specialities.

The Althorp


Serving a host of British favourites – including the compulsory gastro-pub classic of Ale battered fish and chips – The Althorp is a focal point for those who want to catch up in a relaxed environment. The pub, which boasts an airy interior and contemporary decor, benefits from a terrace overlooking the common, patrons roam with their drinks in the summer months. They also do a fabulous bottomless brunch, an afternoon tea, and regular comedy night.

Brinkley’s Kitchen


Occupying a prime position on the corner of Bellevue and Trinity Roads, Brinkley’s Kitchen is a spacious, contemporary restaurant with open kitchen and views out over the common. Their modern, eclectic menu ranges from Moroccan spiced chicken breast to aged highland fillet steak, and all their wine is supplied by their sister establishment, Brinkley’s Wine Club in Chelsea.

Guests can also take advantage of their elegant heated garden for alfresco dining during summer and those chillier autumnal nights.

The Good Earth


In the centre of Bellevue Road sits this ever-busy Chinese restaurant, The Good Earth. Lauded by critics and local residents alike, their mouth-watering menu of oriental treats ranges from Dragon’s Whisker Prawns to succulent Aromatic Duck. The restaurant offers an unparalleled high-end Chinese dining experience, although it conveniently also offers a home-delivery experience for those who prefer to enjoy their noodles from the sofa.

Would you relish having so many tantalising eateries on your doorstep? Bellevue village is now home to Charles Baker Place, a new collection of properties on Wiseton Road. Not only do these properties capitalise on their exceptional location, but they are perfectly designed for family living, with secure gated access, and located near several renowned schools. They also benefit from other Michelin star-level features such underfloor heating and surround sound.

So for gastronomes who want to have great food on their doorstep, book a viewing at Charles Baker Place today and we’ll guarantee you’ll be coming back for seconds.

Currently, there is one four-bedroom mews available with double height studio and two five-bedroom townhouses with single storey garden studios.

To arrange a viewing, get in touch on +44 (0)7831 611 222 or via our contact page – we look forward to hearing from you.

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Once upon a time in Wandsworth

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The month of October saw the London Literature Festival return to the capital. From the 13th of October to the beginning of November, the Southbank Centre played host to an array of names from the literary world, from Philip Pullman and Lauren Childs to Claudia Rankin and Hilary Clinton.

Travel five miles west of Southbank and you come to Wandsworth. Although not necessarily known for its literary heritage, the area has an unexpectedly strong connection to the world of writing, with many well-known authors having called the south-west London borough home at some point in their lives. With former residents ranging from Thackery and Hardy to Mary Shelley and Voltaire, Wandsworth’s literary club has almost as many illustrious members as the Bloomsbury group. Here is your guide to who’s who in London’s unassuming literary capital.

William Makepeace Thackeray


The man who would later go on to write the acclaimed Vanity Fair is one of the borough’s most cited literary residents. Indeed, Thackeray lived in South West London for much of his childhood after his family returned from India, at one point attending school in Chiswick.

George Eliot


Mary Anne Evans, known by her pen name ‘George Eliot’, was one of the leading novelists of the 19th century. From 1859 to 1863, she lived at Holly Lodge on Wimbledon Park Road with her lover, George Henry Lewes. Although the union was a scandalous one due to Lewes being married, the couple went on to live together for 20 years. Eliot was fond of the area, and wrote in a letter in 1859 of the “glorious breezy walks and wide horizons” surrounding her house. She completed her novels The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner whilst living in Wandsworth, and even once entertained Charles Dickens in her home.

Sean O’Casey

Despite being a notable Irish resident, playwright Sean O’Casey spent 11 years in London after falling in love with Eileen Carey on a visit to the capital to collect the Hawthornden Prize. During this time, the couple were Wandsworth residents at 49 Overstrand Mansions, Prince of Wales Drive in Battersea, where an English Heritage blue plaque can be seen today. O’Casey was famed for writing about the Dublin working classes, with his notable works including The Shadow of a Gunman and Juno and the Paycock.



The prolific French writer, historian and philosopher was sent to England in exile in 1726 following a brief imprisonment at the Bastille. During the two years he resided in London, Voltaire lived mainly in Wandsworth with various friends. One such friend was Everard Fawkener, with whom Voltaire lived at Sword House – the site that is now Wandsworth Police Station.

Louis de Bernières


De Bernières was a Wandsworth resident for 10 years, residing in Earlsfield. It was during this time that he wrote some of his most famous works, including his novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World, the latter of which is a tribute to the borough’s diverse community.

H.G. Wells


Wells was one of the most prolific writers of the Victorian era. Although his work covered many genres, he is most well-known for his pioneering of science fiction, being dubbed by the literary community as the “father of science fiction”. He was famously the author of The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, and was nominated for the Nobel Literature Prize 4 times. He lived on Haldon Road, Wandsworth, from 1981, where he moved after marrying his cousin, Isabel Wells. Their wedding also took place in Wandsworth’s All Saints Church.

Mary Shelley


No. 68 Lower Richmond Street, just back from the Thames in Putney was once home to Mary Shelley, the author of ‘Frankenstein. It was here, and before at nearby Layton House, where she lived after the death of her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, and spent much time working on his ‘memoirs’.

Thomas Hardy


Despite being more commonly associated with Dorset, Hardy lived in London for a number of years from his early twenties. Before he came to establish himself as a writer, he lived in Wandsworth with his wife, Emma. The Hardys occupied a house on the corner of Trinity Road and Broderick Road near the common – now the sort-after Bellevue Village. They lived here from 1878 to 1881, until they returned to his childhood home of Dorset.

Just up the road from Hardy’s house on Trinity Road sits Charles Baker Place – a new development comprising of nine family homes including modern townhouses, mews houses, and cottages. Each property is finished to the highest standard and boasts desirable features including off-road parking.

So if you like the idea of joining the glittering alumni of Wandsworth’s illustrious former residents, why not arrange a viewing?

Currently, there is one four-bedroom mews available with double height studio and two five-bedroom townhouses with single storey garden studios.

To arrange a viewing, get in touch on +44 (0)7831 611 222 or via our contact page – we look forward to hearing from you.

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One Man’s Pound is Another Man’s Dollar

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With the pound’s value still reeling from the after-shock of the EU referendum, foreign property investors are finding their dollars and euros can go far further, as our development, Charles Baker Place in Wandsworth, illustrates.

Currency collapse

On the 23rd June last year, the country held its breath as it awaited the result of the historic EU referendum. Immediately after the shock result was announced, the effects on the UK were palpable. No more so than on the currency markets. The pound dropped to its lowest level since October 2009, sinking to 1.08 versus the euro and 1.27 against the dollar. Over a year on from the result, the pound has shown little sign of recovering, due to fears over the consequences of a hard Brexit.

Prior to summer 2016, the strength of the pound had presented a problem for foreign investors. They had long been drawn to London; they knew the language, admired the culture, and liked the infrastructure. But the relative strength of the pound against the dollar or euro always made the capital a little expensive when compared to the likes of Paris or New York.

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International investors resurgent, not retrenching

However, in the Brexit economy, this is no longer such a problem. Contrary to many forecasts, foreign investment in the London property market has not dropped off a cliff post-referendum. Instead, the pace has picked up. Middle and Far Eastern buyers have been particularly active, with research showing they have almost doubled the amount of money spent in the UK’s regional markets compared to last year. Indeed, the Qatari Investment Authority now owns more land in London than TFL and the Queen put together.

But, far from such vigorous investment activity being restricted to the archetypal Prime London neighbourhoods of Chelsea, Knightsbridge and the like, a weakened pound means foreign investor cash can go further, so they are more willing to venture outside their comfort zones than pre-June 2016. In short, they have room to manoeuvre and experiment.

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Chelsea, Belgravia, Wandsworth

One such area is Wandsworth. The South West London inlet may not possess the glamour of Knightsbridge or the glittering alumni of Chelsea, but it enjoys many of the same amenities and characteristics.

Like Chelsea, Wandsworth enjoys a whole host of renowned independent schools including Putney High and Ibstock Place, Northcote Lodge, and The Falcons. Oak Lodge and Ernest Bevin College are also amongst the highest Ofsted-rated state schools.

Amidst rows of traditional, attractive houses, the area also enjoys many of the brand names you’d find on your typical Prime London high street: L.K Bennet, Whistles, and Farrow & Ball, to name but a few. Between them are nestled an array of restaurants, cafes, and other eateries. The prestigious Bellevue village boasts the Michelin-starred restaurant Chez Bruce, run by chef Bruce Poole, which serves elegant French cuisine.

An investor’s little dream: Charles Baker Place

Situated in a perfect position to enjoy all this is Charles Baker Place. A stone’s throw away from Wandsworth Common and a short walk from the nearest rail and tube stations, the development’s proximity to these sought-after features ensures the properties possess an enduring value premium.

With all units in Charles Baker Place benefitting from contemporary interior finishes, modern appliances throughout (such as Sonos surround sound, Nest thermostat systems and underfloor heating) and helpful additions like on-site gated parking, it’s the perfect spot for an investor looking for the finished article. And with prices starting at £1.5 million, Charles Baker Place is pitched at the right level in the market for someone looking to capitalise on a weakened pound by making an investment in one of London’s hidden gems.

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To arrange a viewing of our last remaining four bedroom, four storey mews home or our five bedroom townhouses, get in touch on +44 (0)7831 611 222 or via our contact page – we look forward to hearing from you.

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Five creative design ideas for our garden studios

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The garden studio has become a much-coveted piece for buyers seeking a modern home that offers room to grow and adapt to family life. Complete with Cedar cladding and a contemporary feel, our studios are fully hooked up to the mains and plumbed in, making them much more than a mere summer house.

Our Charles Baker Place garden studios have the potential to be transformed into an infinite variety of spaces. Here are just 5 of our ideas (beyond the popular purposes of a playroom or teenage den) to inspire you:

1. A room of ones’ ‘OM’

The seclusion of the garden annex offers a perfect retreat for yogis seeking space to exercise and meditate. Apartment Therapy’s design ideas are fantastic, citing the use of plants to add accent and drama to your space.  Equally, if weights and cardio are more your thing than yoga, the garden studio could easily accommodate all the necessary equipment. Have a look at Ideal Home’s ideas for more on decorating your personal fitness studio.

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2. Home-working

In the age of entrepreneurial start-ups and an increasing number of people opting for self-employment or choosing to work from home, much store is set by having a separate “home-working” space. Our garden studios at Charles Baker helpfully provide both a physical separation from domestic life as well as psychological one, enabling you to focus uninterrupted.

The garden studio also gives you the rare opportunity to design your own work environment. For example, a crisp, fresh colour scheme may prove motivating in the morning for early risers, whilst a warmer pallet and soft textures would create a welcoming retreat for night-owls. Equally, if your profession involves frequent client visits, the garden studio would provide opportunity to design the space to reflect your business. Home Building has some great ideas on how to create the home office space that works for you.

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3. Relaxation

For the ultimate downtime, transform the garden studio into a tranquil reading room, or even your own private cinema. The space could easily accommodate a large projector. Plus, there’s freedom to paint the walls a dark colour for the optimum cinematic experience. Home Building has some great tips for prepping the space out, including suggestions on the perfect acoustics and equipment to create the ultimate, tailored cinematic experience.

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4. The Sound of Music

For the musically minded, our garden annexes present an opportunity for a practise space, or even an all-out home recording studio. Situated away from the main house, you’re free to turn amps up and jam to your heart’s content without the worry of disturbing the neighbours (or the neighbours disturbing you!). For those seeking advice on kitting out your home studio, DIY Musician explains all the equipment you’ll need. E-home recording studio also offers fantastic tips on elements like acoustic treatment and recording station setup so that you can start making music from day one in a practically designed space.  For more details on how our Charles Baker Place garden studios are perfect for musicians recording at home, check out one of our previous blog posts.

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5. Graddy Annexe: Our solution for the ‘boomerang’ generation

Thanks to the high cost of rent and difficulty of getting a foot on the property ladder, record numbers of university leavers are returning to their parents’ houses after graduation. This has led to a surge in demand for the newly anointed ‘graddy annexe’, where children can live with their parents with some degree of separation, having gained a new degree of autonomy.

Our double height garden studio at Number Three Charles Baker Place would be ideal for this requirement, as the hard (and costly) labour of fitting electricity and plumbing is already done for you by us! Read more about the benefits of graddy annexes, including tax advantages, in this article in The Times.

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With all this potential to transform one of our garden studios into the space you’ve always wanted, you’d be mad not to arrange a viewing.

Currently, there is one four-bedroom mews with double height studio and two five-bedroom townhouses with single storey garden studios available.

To arrange a viewing, get in touch on +44 (0)7831 611 222  or via our contact page – we look forward to hearing from you.

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