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Ely riversideI read an interesting article in The Sunday Times this weekend, aimed at Londoners looking to escape the City and find themselves a country home in a characterful town without breaking the bank.

It was no surprise to see Ely topping their list of so called ‘Economic Backwaters’. The historic City has diverse architecture, including the beautiful Norman cathedral, along with an array of independent shops, eateries, tea rooms and the traditional market every Thursday and Saturday. With the added charm of the waterfront, you can see why Ely definitely ticks the ‘characterful’ box.

In addition, with its main line railway station providing a direct link into King’s Cross (in around 75 minutes), it is also a great option for those looking to commute into London, or nearby Cambridge which is a mere 15 minutes away.

With all that Ely has to offer, it’s a wonder the average house price is still under the national average – although if the current market prevails it may not be for long.

big bike rideThis year’s Big Bike Ride takes place on Sunday 29th June. A sponsored cycle ride raising valuable funds to support the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and the Press Relief Charity, the 12 mile route starts at Histon, then on to Jesus Green and Coton.

With activities organised by the council at the three locations, including StreetVelodrome at Histon which we are proud to be supporting, it is sure to be a fantastic family day out.

For more details on the planned events, or to register for the sponsored ride, click here.

Durham in a DayOn Saturday 14th June my husband, Shannon Logan, brother Neil Foreman and friend Chris Wright will be cycling over 200 miles from Cambridge to Durham in one day – a hefty challenge despite them all being keen cyclists. Many people say it can’t be done and they are aiming to prove them wrong. They will, however, be starting at first light so I’m not sure I’ll be waving them off!

The route links their two chosen charities, which focus on fighting childhood cancers – a cause all three are keen to support. The Cambridge charity is Tom’s Trust, who fund Clinical Psychologists to support children with brain tumours. At the finish in Durham, it is the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund (NECCR), in memory of Emma Bell, a beloved and sadly missed family member of Neil’s wife Marie. The NECCR fund medical research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer.

If you would like to support the boys, donations can be made to Tom’s Trust and the NECCR via their JustGiving pages below:

Tom’s Trust – http://www.justgiving.com/cycledurham

NECCR – http://www.justgiving.com/durhamcycle

June HH Cover - blog and mailchimpTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices. There are some beautiful properties in this month’s edition, including a recently renovated Edwardian property on page 12 and an award winning Stephen Mattick barn conversion on page 6.

Following the success of their first culinary trip to Italy last year, Cambridge Cookery School are returning in September, hosting a 6 day hands-on cookery workshop. For more information, including dates and prices, visit their website. This month’s recipe is Cambridge Cookery School’s version of Tiramisu, a classic Italian dessert.

Our feature this month is Something Special dress shop based in Ely. With their extensive collection of unique ball gowns, prom dresses, cruise wear and cocktail dresses, along with matching accessories such as shoes and handbags, you are bound to find the perfect outfit for your special occasion.

We still have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our HouseHunter magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com.

keeping paceIn the last month we have expanded our team again. We always recruit talented individuals and our recent placements are no exception. They include Junior Negotiators/Listers, experienced Sales Negotiators and Office Management. Our top priority is to ensure we maintain our high level of customer care in this busy and competitive market.

It is not a coincidence that we sell more properties than any other Cambridge agent, and our client care, feedback, and recommendations are second to none, this is because we understand the importance of having the right people. We have three offices covering the Cambridge area, with 24 property professionals working on the sales side of the business. Many of our competitors only have one “Cambridge” office covering the same area, each with around 5 to 8 members of staff. Does your agent have enough people?

My point? We have enough people and time to look after our clients, carry out viewings, negotiate offers and progress sales.  More is better.

we-re hiringAn experienced Lettings Manager is required for our busy Ely office. This is a varied role which covers all aspects of lettings, including market appraisals, viewings, property visits, general administration, diary management, organising maintenance work, and dealing with customers, clients and contractors.

You should have experience of managing a team and be articulate, self motivated and enthusiastic with a genuine interest in property. Reporting to the Lettings Director, you would be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the office, which includes motivating the team to meet their goals by implementing marketing campaigns and raising the profile of the branch.

If you are interested in being considered for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to alogan@tuckergardner.com.

HH cover - blog and mailchimpTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices.  There are some stunning new properties in this month’s edition, including a lovely three bedroom Victorian house for sale on page 9 – a rare opportunity to buy so close to the River – and a large Victorian country house with up to 17.8 acres and excellent equestrian facilities on page 6.

With the British asparagus season officially being from the 23rd April to the 21st June, there is no better time to get your hands on some fresh British asparagus.  Take advantage of this and try the simple asparagus and mint frittata from Cambridge Cookery School on page 11.

Our feature this month is from Design Corps, a Cambridgeshire based CGI and Graphic Design agency.  They offer a range of services to help clients visualise their planned development or extension.  See page 16 for more details.

We still have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our HouseHunter magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com.

Scott KeanWe are pleased to announce that Scott Kean, having completed his training, has been promoted to our busy Great Shelford office.  Since joining TuckerGardner at the Histon branch his energy, attention to detail, enthusiasm and Kean-ness has seen him become an exceptional Sales Negotiator.

We wish him every success in his new role and hope that if you are passing our Shelford office that you will pop in to say hello.  If you need any advice about selling your home he will be happy to assist.

elyWith the ever increasing demand for property in Cambridge and the close nearby villages such as Great Shelford and Histon, the affordability of buying in these areas, particularly in the City itself, is becoming beyond the reach of some purchasers.  As a result, the outlying areas have proven to be a more attractive option for many.

Our office in Ely has experienced extremely positive results so far this year. The ripple effect of the boom in Cambridge has seen a growing demand for Ely property and has resulted in more buyers registering, an increase in viewing numbers and multiple offers on some properties, not just in Ely itself but also the surrounding villages.

We can see why Ely has proven to be an attractive City to settle in.  It can offer more property for your money whilst having excellent rail links for commuters heading into Cambridge (less than 20 minutes) or London (approximately 75 minutes to Kings Cross).  It’s not just the affordability and easy commute that is bringing buyers to the area.  Ely also offers excellent schooling, including the renowned Kings School Ely, an abundance of amenities and the charm of Ely Cathedral, Waterside, weekly market and Fenland countryside on your doorstep.

If you are looking to move to Ely, see all our available properties here.

HH April 2014 - coverTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices.

The recipe of the month is Focaccia – a firm favourite in many households and the perfect accompaniment for soups and salads.  Give it a go and fill your home with the unbeatable scent of freshly baked bread.  Breadmaking is on the agenda this month at Cambridge Cookery School.  They offer a range of classes, from beginner to croissants and classic French pastry.  Why not try one of the taster sessions they are offering as part of EAT Cambridge in May?

Having opened in July last year, The Geographer café, deli and store is a welcome addition to the independent shops in Histon and Impington and is our feature this month.  Alongside cakes, sandwiches and Illy coffee, they also sell a range of unusual gifts, cards and wine.  Next time you are in the area pop in and have a look around.

We still have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our HouseHunter magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com.