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7 Benefits of Leasehold Apartments in London: A Guide for Savvy Buyers

In the dynamic real estate market of our bustling metropolis, it’s no surprise (or secret!) that leasehold apartments have become an increasingly popular choice for many homebuyers across London. We’re aware the concept of leasehold might be a little less familiar to some, especially first time buyers, so allow us to guide you through it! Here we’ll be taking a look at what leasehold apartments are, the benefits they bring, what makes them an attractive option and why they might be the right choice for you. So, let’s dive in.

1. Prime Location, Lower Costs

One of the biggest advantages of leasehold properties in London is the opportunity to own a home in prime, sought-after locations at a fraction of the cost of freehold properties. We’re all acutely aware that London’s property market is renowned for sporting high prices, however, leasehold apartments can offer an affordable entry point, allowing you the opportunity to live in areas that would otherwise prove financially unattainable.

2. Maintenance and Amenities

The prospect of maintenance and access to amenities can be a challenging prospect for homeowners; whereas leaseholds typically come with these as shared responsibilities, therefore lightening the load on individuals. Many developments, including our latest collection of apartments and townhouses in NW2, offer leisure gardens and communal areas for residents to enjoy. This ultimately equates to a more convenient and hassle-free living experience for all, as these services are taken care of by the property management company (in this case, it’s us!).

Maintenance and amenities like this communal garden is one of the Benefits Leasehold Apartments in London

3. Long-Term Security

Another benefit is that by nature, leaseholds typically come with long lease terms, often extending for several decades or even centuries! Those at our newest development span 999 years, at a minimum! This means that you, as a property owner, have peace of mind around long-term security and can enjoy your property for many years. Additionally, lease extensions are often available, providing an opportunity to increase the lease term further (should you wish), ensuring your property remains a valuable asset.

4. Shared Responsibility

Property maintenance and repairs can be a daunting aspect, but again, with leaseholders, this function is usually shared between a number of homeowners and managed by the property developer. This shared cost spread amongst many can prove more manageable than the sole responsibility that maintaining a freehold property comprises. This collaborative approach also ensures that the property remains in good condition and thereby preserves its value over time.

5. Legal Protections

As standard, leasehold agreements in the UK include legal protections that help safeguard the interests of leaseholders. This includes regulations regarding service charges, ground rent, and the right to extend the lease; these protections ensure that leaseholders have a say in how their building is managed and shields them from unreasonable costs.

6. Investment Potential

This one is a substantial point to consider; it’s an excellent investment opportunity! As the value of property in London tends to appreciate over time, owning a leasehold apartment in a prime location can yield a significant return on investment if you decide to sell in the future. Additionally, leasehold apartments can be easier to rent out, providing a source of passive income. Our team at UPG are more than happy to let and manage your property portfolio on your behalf, so there’s even less for you to worry about!

7. Sense of Community

Many London developments with leasehold apartments foster a sense of community among residents. With shared facilities and communal spaces, they provide ample opportunity to get to know your neighbours and create a sense of belonging in your new home.

Ultimately, leasehold apartments offer an array of benefits that make them an attractive choice for both first-time buyers and seasoned property investors in London. From prime commuting locations to long-term security to shared amenities, this type of property agreement offers a unique living experience in one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

It’s essential to do your research and carefully review the terms of a leasehold agreement, including service charges and ground rent, before making any decisions. It’s a big commitment after all! Consulting with a knowledgeable real estate agent or solicitor can help ensure that you fully understand the terms and conditions of your leasehold purchase. If you’re unsure of where to start, we’re here to help! Our seasoned team can put you in touch with the right people throughout the buying process.
So, if you’re seeking a cost-effective way to own a piece of London’s bustling real estate market with the many benefits outlined above, our leasehold apartments in NW2 might be the perfect choice for you. Offering you the chance to embrace a one-of-a-kind opportunity to live in this historic city, and invest in a leasehold property that aligns with your lifestyle and financial goals.

Making The Most Of Your Balcony: Tips For Year-Round, Outdoor Living

As home, remote and hybrid working arrangements become the standard for many professionals, extra space at home and outside is becoming an essential feature for new homeowners. Having a balcony in an apartment in London comes with many benefits, such as offering residents even more space for living, relaxing, working, dining and entertaining. Having extra outside space can also significantly add value when it comes to reselling. Scroll down for our favourite balcony tips!

At our latest development in NW2, we’ve designed apartments and townhouses with elevated terraces, private balconies and serene courtyards, many of which overlook the large communal gardens, landscaped with trees, planting and integrated lighting, making it a welcome oasis all year round.

Our balconies provide a private outdoor space where residents can enjoy fresh air, natural sunlight, and a connection to the outdoors without leaving the comfort of your home. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can face any direction. South-facing balconies and terraces generally get the most sun throughout the day. While east-facing balconies soak up the morning rays, west-facing balconies can provide the best skyline sunset views, but that’s not to say that a north-facing balcony can’t be enjoyed as much! It’s all about how you style your balcony. Here are some inspiring ways to turn your balcony into your favourite part of your home!

Styling Your Outdoor Space

Choosing Furniture To Go Outside

Style your balcony like you would a living room, only with outside furniture — whether that involves a table and chairs set, a swing seat, a big comfy couch, a sun lounger or an egg chair! Add outdoor rugs, floor pillows, and small outdoor coffee tables to accompany your large items of furniture to give it that homely feel. Watch your balcony transform into an idyllic spot where you can sip your morning coffee, enjoy a meal or have a glass of wine before bed.

And if you’re working from home on a laptop, simply add a weatherproof desk and chair (or a smart foldaway solution to maximise your hybrid home space), and you’ve got yourself a new workstation.

Remember to prepare for the cooler British weather by keeping some cushions and blankets close to the balcony or even house them in an outdoor storage unit – ideal for sipping hot chocolate under the stars.

Outdoor furniture as one of the balcony tips

Plants, plants, plants!

Having a balcony gives residents an opportunity to connect with nature, even in a bustling city like London. Give your balcony some life and keep potted plants, grow a small herb garden, or to go all out and create your own verdant oasis. To save space, adorn the walls or railings with hanging plants. If you have the floor space, place two or three different sized terracotta pots out on your balcony to make it feel rustic. Add a pop of colour with flowers, and experiment with scents and textures for a real sensory experience.

Taking The Party Outside

If you’re known among your friends for hosting wonderful evenings at your place, extend the open-plan entertainment by impressing guests with a fully-stocked outdoor bar! This doesn’t necessarily need to be something you have to spend a lot of money on; you can buy – or build your own – drop down bar. Add some nice glassware and you’re fully prepared for your next soirée. Extra touches, such as integrated balcony lighting, will keep the ambience just right as you watch the sun setting over the city.

Better For You, Better For The Environment 

Improve Your Health & Wellbeing

Opening the wide balcony doors also allows for improved air circulation and natural light inside your apartment, especially during warmer months when the city heat can feel unbearable. Being able to step out onto a balcony and get fresh air can contribute to better mental health and a sense of wellbeing, particularly in urban environments with limited green spaces. And if you are really into your health and wellbeing, why not turn your outdoor space into a yoga studio and meditate while at one with nature? Alternatively, if you have enough space, pop a mat, some weights and equipment on your balcony to make your very own outdoor gym!

outdoor activity is one of the balcony tips

Save On Energy Bills & Reduce Carbon Emissions

Having a secure outdoor space can also provide a convenient and private area to hang laundry to dry, especially when there’s limited space inside the apartment. Drying your clothes on a balcony is a more energy-efficient option than using a tumble dryer which consume a substantial amount of electricity to operate and often damages garments. By utilising the natural heat and airflow on the balcony, you can reduce your energy consumption and save money in the long run. Drying laundry on the balcony also keeps the moisture outside, helping to maintain a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment. 

Make The Gladstone Your New Home In NW2

Outdoor living is central to life at our recently completed development in London, NW2. If you’d like to find out more about our 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments and townhouses with private balconies and communal gardens, simply get in touch.

Step into Luxury and Sustainability: Discover Our New Contemporary Show Home!

Where Luxury Meets Sustainability

We’re super excited to introduce you to our latest eco-friendly gem – a cool three-bedroom new show home at our latest development in NW2, right in the heart of Brent Cross Cricklewood. As the team behind Unique Property Group, we’re all about creating homes that are not only stunning but also kind to the environment. And we can’t wait to give you a sneak peek!

A Place Where Beauty Meets Green Living

Picture this: you step into a world where sustainable living meets unmatched luxury. It’s not just a home; it’s an experience designed to make your heart skip a beat. The moment you set foot into the ‘B’ EPC-rated new show home, you’ll know you’ve entered a realm of beauty, peace, and tranquility.

The living room at the new show home

A Symphony of Light and Space: Interior Marvels

Get ready to be mesmerised by the generous glazing that ushers in natural light, gracefully dancing in every corner. The wood effect flooring underfoot elegantly enhances the sense of simplicity and sophistication. And let’s not forget the kitchen – a true work of art. The individually designed Magnet minimalist look kitchen confidently claims the spotlight. For instance, showcasing sleek lines and integrated appliances that seamlessly blend form and function. The contemporary black taps and striking matt graphite shade cabinets create a breathtaking contrast against the white marble effect quartz worktops, leaving you in awe.

Beautiful Kitchen details on the new show home at The Gladstone

Luxury Redefined: Bedrooms and Bathrooms

But hold on, we’re just getting started! As you explore further, you’ll find the three bedrooms bathed in the brilliance of full height glazing. The master bedroom even boasts a private balcony, perfect for soaking in the bliss of well-being. In addition, the bathrooms, just like the rest of the apartment, are a masterpiece. Bright grey wall tiles are paired with a stunning tiled floor, matt black taps, and edged shower screens. And who could forget the rain showers that sprinkle an extra touch of opulence?

The new show home bathroom, and all the unique details as matt black taps, beautiful tiled floor, and rain shower.

Pioneering Sustainability: Our Eco Vision

Now, let’s delve into the core of sustainability – the pulsating heartbeat of this extraordinary project. The three-bedroom apartment functions entirely on electricity, effectively keeping carbon emissions in check and ensuring optimal energy efficiency. Moreover, boasting triple glazed windows and impeccably insulated walls, roof, and floors, this haven shields you from the elements, guaranteeing a snug winter and a refreshing summer. Venture to the sunlit rooftop, adorned with an array of solar panels that harness the sun’s energy to power the building seamlessly. And, let’s not forget about the game-changer: the Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) system. This system continuously blesses you with a pure, filtered air supply, leaving allergies and asthma miles away

Beyond Expectations: A Sustainable Lifestyle

But wait, there’s more! This unparalleled collection boasts four exquisite three-bedroom townhouses and a whopping fifty one-to-three bedroom apartments. Private courtyards, terraces that beckon you to unwind, bicycle storage, and even electric vehicle charging points – we’ve thought of it all. The outdoor spaces are no less than a paradise, featuring communal podium gardens, terraces that offer breathtaking views, and ample seating for those moments of relaxation and connection.

The gardens and balcony that new show home has access to

Location Perfection: Our Neighbourhood

And let’s not forget the location – Brent Cross and Cricklewood are on the brink of a £5bn transformation, poised to become the ultimate hub of life, leisure, and business. Our development is right at the heart of this urban renaissance, promising access to modernised shopping, enhanced infrastructure, new transportation options, and a vibrant community with green spaces, schools, shops, and eateries galore.

In the Creator’s Words: The Vision Behind Our New Show Home

Leigh Davies, one of the creative minds at The Property Presenters, sums it up beautifully: “We designed the new show home with the aim of creating a calming and tranquil space in a busy and vibrant area of London.”

Sonny Gowans, the visionary founder of Unique Property Group, sums it up perfectly. “We are delighted to be marketing the final apartments and townhouses through another fresh show home. This is a wonderful opportunity for buyers to experience the exceptional quality and attention to detail that is synonymous with our brand, values, and style, and we look forward to welcoming them.”

Your Invitation: Embark on a Journey of Luxury and Sustainability

Excited much? You should be! Starting at £400,000 for apartments with shared or private terraces, and £770,000 for family townhouses with private courtyards, we’re offering an exclusive ticket to sustainable luxury living.

Ready to Experience the new show home?

Ready to embark on this extraordinary journey? Book your exclusive viewing of the one-of-a-kind new show homes. Call us at 0203 633 4405 or shoot us an email at sales@u-p-g.co.uk. The future of living is here, and it’s more exciting, sustainable, and luxurious than you ever imagined!

Why Are Private Balconies Important In New Build Homes And How To Enjoy Them

Embrace Your Private Balcony: A World of Benefits Awaits

If you’re fortunate enough to possess a private balcony, seize the opportunity to make the most of it – utilize it frequently! The Gladstone, our haven in NW2, presents an abundance of balcony-equipped homes. Out of the 54 new build homes available, an impressive 52 feature private balconies. These outdoor sanctuaries offer countless advantages, even if it’s just a brief sojourn. Fresh air and sunshine hold the power to uplift your spirits, amplify your vitality, and fortify your immune system, providing you with that much-needed dose of Vitamin D. Moreover, immersing yourself in nature aids in stress reduction and encourages relaxation.

Your Outdoor Retreat: The Private Balcony Experience

Private balconies offer an oasis where you can bask in nature’s embrace without external disruptions. Beyond personal solace, they serve as wonderful venues for entertaining guests and hosting events, ensuring your balcony becomes a cherished retreat. At The Gladstone, we recognize the pivotal role of outdoor spaces when purchasing a new property. In addition to private balconies, we take your experience further with communal gardens and two upstairs communal balconies—one on each side of the development. It’s worth noting that private balconies can also contribute to increasing the overall value of your home, making them an investment in both your lifestyle and future.

Private terraces overlooking the rear garden
Private balconies facing the communal rear garden

We leave below some considerations on how to make the most out of your terrace:

Lighting

Whether it’s string lights, solar lights, or lanterns, a bit of light can really help to set the mood on your balcony and create an inviting space in the evening. If your balcony is in direct sunlight, you may also want to add a parasol.

Furniture

Whether it’s a small table and chairs or a lounge chair, having somewhere to relax on your balcony is a must. A small table and chairs can be a good option if you don’t have a lot of space.

Cosy private balcony facing the rear communal garden
Cosy private balcony facing the rear communal garden

Plants

A few potted plants or hanging baskets can really transform a space and make it feel more like an oasis.

Storage

If you don’t have a lot of space, you may want to consider adding some storage options. A small storage box can be a good option for storing cushions and throws.

Accessories

Add some cushions, throws, or even outdoor rugs to make your balcony cosier and inviting.

New build featuring stylish private balcony
New build featuring stylish private balcony

Once you’re all set, take some time to relax and enjoy the view from your own private oasis. Whether you’re reading a book, listening to music, or just soaking up the sun, a little time on your balcony can do wonders for your mental health.

If you would like to explore buying a home with us at Uniquely Property Group, click HERE on contact the Sales Agents directly through the following number: 0207 409 8756