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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.

HH March 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.

Our feature spread this issue comes from Cambridge Aero Club, based at Cambridge International Airport.  Want to become a high flyer? They will teach you how – turn to page 16 for details.  If you’re looking to become a different sort of high flyer, we’re recruiting!  Due to the increased volume dealt with by our Cambridge sales office, we are looking for Sales Negotiators to join the TG team – see page 18 for more information.

With cooking being their true passion, Cambridge Cookery School are now offering ‘Pop-Up’ dining experiences in addition to their cookery classes.  Why not book yourself in to one of the upcoming dates and see the masters in action – full details, along with a tasty Berry Crumble Cake recipe, available on page 10.

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.

Cambridge Half Marathon '14This Sunday (9th March) Andy Bassett and Nick Bush from our Ely Sales Office will be taking part in the Cambridge Half Marathon.

Andy is running with a group of friends, raising money for Vasculitis UK after a family member of one of the runners was diagnosed with the disease recently.  Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels which can cause problems varying on which body organ the inflammation effects, for more information on the disease click here. To help Andy and friends fundraise please do visit their JustGiving page.

Nick is running to raise money for Tom’s Trust, who are a local charity doing great work caring for children with brain tumours.  To donate to this worthy cause visit Nick’s fundraising page.

The Cambridge Half Marathon is in its 3rd year and is run over two laps around the City with the route beginning on Victoria Avenue, passing some of Cambridge’s most famous locations including The Backs, in front of King’s College, the Market Square, the Round Church before finishing on Midsummer Common.

The WillowsIf you’re looking to have a little more folk in your life, The Willows will be performing at St Mary’s Church, Radwinter this Saturday (1st March) at 7.30pm.  If you haven’t heard of them, The Willows are a folk roots family band from Cambridge. Fronted by the breathtaking voice of Jade Rhiannon and supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship, the band draw inspiration from the Americana and British folk traditions in equal quantity.

Their debut album Beneath Our Humble Soil was released on the 11th February 2013 on Elk Records. Recorded in a selection of living rooms, hotels and garages, the record was produced in conjunction with BBC Folk Award Winner Stu Hanna (Megson, Lucy Ward, Show of Hands, Faustus).  The release caught the attention of BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, who having already played a number of tracks from the album invited the band in for a live session midway through their UK tour. The band have also featured on The Mike Harding Folk Show, Folk Radio UK, BBC Introducing, BBC World on Three, Genevieve Tudor, Iain Anderson, Bob’s Folk Show and received numerous enthusiastic reviews, including 4½ stars from Maverick Magazine.

Anna ScottThe Willows will be supported by Anna Scott – an experiment cellist, vocalist, composer and songwriter. She is part of the folk rock band Mozzy Green for whom she writes and has performed extensively. She also developed a solo career as a performer and session musician, collaborating with a wide range of solo artists and bands including Imogen Heap, Underground Railroad, Blood Red Shoes, Mercury Rev’s Justin Russo and Maps, Matt Cardle and most recently Jason Lewis Williams. As a theatre musician she has performed with numerous companies including Theatre Alibi and Deafinitely Theatre. Her composition work includes commissions for the BBC, contemporary dance theatre and music for a sensory theatrical production of The Odyssey.

Tickets are £10.00, available from Colin 01799 599764, David 01799 599764 or by emailing macradwinter@gmail.com.

 

Music at the Crossroads is a not-for-profit community initiative run by a group of people with a passion for music and a wish to make use of the church buildings for the benefit of the community.

Now hiringWe are looking for Sales Negotiators of all levels – from rookie to highly experienced professional – to join our busy Cambridge sales office.  The successful candidates must be team players, self-motivated, enthusiastic and have a genuine interest in property.

Experience in agency would be beneficial but not essential as full training will be provided if necessary.

Attractive package dependent upon experience.  We also offer a vibrant office environment and some of the best terms in agency.

If you are interested in being considered for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to Angela Marshall, Head of Company Administration (amarshall@tuckergardner.com).

Ian ChapmanWe are pleased to welcome Ian Chapman to our thriving Histon Office. He has over 20 years’ experience of the Cambridge property market, expertise that will bolster an already impressive team.

Ian lives in Over with his young family, in his spare time he is a Trustee of Over Community Centre, keen golfer and accomplished skier. Ian will be joining Jack Bunning, Jan Gannon, Lynda Harford, Scott Kean and Charley Atherton, creating the strongest and collectively most experienced team north of Cambridge.

Ian said “I am delighted to have joined TuckerGardner in this dynamic market.  It is great to be at the forefront of innovation and investment into people and media alike, and I look forward to supporting the team in these exciting times. Being based in the Histon Office has the added appeal that I spent my childhood in the village, so the surroundings are very familiar.”

If you are considering selling your home in the surrounding villages of Cambridge, either Ian or Jack would be delighted to discuss your property and offer expert advice.  Please do not hesitate to contact our Histon office on 01223 470099 or email histon@tuckergardner.com.

7 + 8With so much development underway in and around Cambridge, with several sites all offering different incentives and specifications, it is sometimes hard to decide on which site and which house.

If this is the conundrum you are facing, it may be worth arranging a private viewing of Trumpington Place, an exclusive development of only 13 brand new 3 and 4 bedroom townhouses. The developer, Carlton Homes, has gone for quality over quantity.  They have carefully selected the internal specification, including stylish kitchens with Siemens integrated appliances, to ensure their properties are second to none in the area when it comes to specification – and there are no upgrade costs to worry about as the high specification comes as standard!

All plots have been built and are now ready for occupation, which means you can actually see the quality of the finished product for yourself and decide if the property will work for you.  Help-to-Buy is available, with incentives on selected plots.

For further details on the site or to arrange a viewing of the show unit, please give me a call on 01223 845240 or email ohughes@tuckergardner.com.