Autumn’s new collection

In this week’s review of the property scene, estate agent Trevor Cooper casts his eye over several new instructions that property vendors are displaying on the high street to tempt potential buyers...

Valnord Cottage has style and views. 1272864
Valnord Cottage has style and views. 1272864

In this week’s review of the property scene, estate agent Trevor Cooper casts his eye over several new instructions that property vendors are displaying on the high street to tempt potential buyers...

PROPERTY trends don’t change as rapidly as haute couture, but change they do.

Seasonal fashions include swimming pools that naturally appeal more during the summer, as do coastal locations, and viewing a farmhouse during the winter months with a welcoming blaze in the inglenook fireplace is a delight. Christmas and summer holidays can distract buyers, but more subtle nuances also affect the housing market.

Spring is typically busy, with the advent of change driving a compelling urge to move house. Yet autumn can trump them all. It is difficult to explain or even understand why this is but year on year the autumn harvest of house sales increases, often of the more expensive properties.

So, what new instructions are estate agents displaying on the high street to tempt autumn buyers? The new-to-market section is the most frequently visited on property websites and browsing through them highlights some interesting properties in Guernsey’s capital that would not look out of place in London, Paris or Milan.

And price need not be prohibitive. ‘Sri Lanka’ is a semi-basement flat in Hauteville for sale at £160,000. The accommodation is surprisingly light and includes a large living room and double bedroom, modern bathroom and neatly-fitted kitchen. The flat has a share in a courtyard garden with its own potting greenhouse and the new owners also have the option of a rented garage nearby.

Little St John Street resembles a London mews as a quiet, narrow lane close to the Town centre. ‘Magrathea’ is one of its delightful two-storey cottages, available for £315,000. Both kitchen and shower room are recently modernised and the rear yard is just large enough for alfresco table and chairs.

‘18A Mount Row’ is one of those flats that feels more like a duplex, that is the accommodation is on two floors.

There is a large fitted kitchen and a spacious lounge with stairs in the corner up to two bedrooms and a bathroom. For sale at £335,000, the flat is one of three in its terraced building that share the parking spaces in front, with each also having a separate part of the large rear garden to call its own.

‘7 Berthelot Street’ is currently registered as offices but also has planning permission for partial change of use into local market residential accommodation. This highly characterful property is only moments away from High Street and, at £495,000, can stay as it is or provide an opportunity to combine home and business.

A period town house with sea views and parking would top many wish-lists and ‘27, Les Canichers’ is just that.

Going under offer soon after hitting the market at £675,000, the property blends modern aspects with charming character. The large sitting room and main bedroom above it both have panoramic views towards Herm, whilst two rooms have been combined into one on the lower ground floor to provide a stylish kitchen with centre island and dining room with a door opening onto a large walled-in garden. There is parking for at least two cars beyond that and planning permission to create two more spaces, if required.

Viewing essential is a favourite expression of estate agents that certainly applies to ‘Valnord Cottage’ – a superb reverse-plan transformation on an elevated site with views as far as Sark across Parisian-style rooftops. The contemporary interior has a designer’s flair that features a stunning black gloss kitchen/dining room and a vaulted ceiling in the spacious lounge, both with wide patio doors taking in the views and opening onto a decked terrace.

There is a conservatory off the lounge, three bedrooms on the lower ground floor plus a luxurious bathroom and shower room. Outside is an attractive garden and tandem parking in front of a detached garage.

Valnord, for the benefit of non-Townies, is the quiet backwater that connects Victoria Road and Mount Durand – a hideaway home with spectacular style and great views for £795,000.

With an interior elegance befitting Homes and Gardens magazine, ‘Fleur de Lys’ in King’s Road is a modern family house for sale at £995,000. Three of the five double bedrooms are en-suite whilst the other two on the top floor share a shower room between them. Back downstairs and there is a study across the hall from the spacious sitting room and a utility room adjoining the integral garage.

Perhaps the best feature is presently one of the most sought-after combinations in a family home, that of a spacious kitchen with separate dining area opening onto a family room overlooking the rear garden.

  • Next week I will look at island-wide properties that are new to the market.