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Pioneering Innovation in Sustainable Living

In today’s fast-changing world, reimagining the way we construct and inhabit our buildings has never been more crucial. We take pride in leading the charge by embracing innovative construction techniques and sustainable design principles to craft homes that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. In this blog post, we invite you to explore the cutting-edge features that make our current development in London, NW2 a trailblazer in sustainable living.

A Lighter, Stronger Steel Superstructure

Every great building begins with its structural foundation. We went beyond conventional concrete frameworks by introducing a steel superstructure that is not only robust but significantly lighter. This ground breaking innovation not only reduces our ecological footprint but also enhances the building’s thermal efficiency, creating a more energy-efficient and comfortable living environment.

Enhanced Air Tightness Through Sealed Building Fabric

Achieving airtightness in our homes is a pivotal step towards curbing energy wastage. The building’s fabric is meticulously sealed to minimise air leakage, ensuring a consistent indoor climate year-round. This translates to decreased heating requirements, resulting in lower utility costs for our valued residents.

Optimal Insulation with Triple Glazed Windows

Windows often serve as a primary source of heat loss in buildings. To combat this issue, we’ve incorporated triple glazed windows that deliver superior insulation. This not only keeps your home cozy and energy-efficient but also reduces your carbon footprint.

Our dedication to redefining the way we build and inhabit our homes is unwavering. Our innovative approach to construction, sustainable design, and energy-efficient features not only reduces our environmental impact but also elevates our residents’ quality of life. With state-of-the-art solar panels, advanced ventilation systems, and a strong focus on low-carbon sustainable housing, we take pride in offering a forward-thinking, all-electric living experience that is both comfortable and cost-effective.

Sustainable living innovations with c120 solar panels on the development

Join us in embracing a more sustainable future, where cutting-edge technology harmonises with eco-conscious living. Your home isn’t just a place to reside; it’s a testament to a brighter, greener tomorrow. Experience the future of sustainable living with us today.

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.

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

Know why Eco-Friendly Houses are the future of the Real Estate Market

Sustainable Homes: Pioneering a Greener Future

There is a growing interest in sustainable homes, as people become more aware of the impact of their homes on the environment. Sustainable homes are important as they are designed to minimize the impact on the environment, while still providing comfortable living space for their occupants. Unique Property Group has launched an all-electric site that embraces energy efficiency technology within the £5billion regeneration project of Brent Cross Town and Cricklewood. If sustainable homes for sale is what you are looking for, The Gladstone might be the place for you.

Stylish Private Balcony overlooking the communal terrace on a relaxed evening
One of the many private balconies on our sustainable development.

Embracing Sustainability: The Gladstone’s Vision

As part of the ongoing commitment to create sustainable developments, The Gladstone is our first ever gas-free development. All homes are run entirely by electricity targeting low carbon emissions,offering more efficient energy and a healthier environment for the residents.

The Pillars of Sustainable Living

1. Superb Insulation and Triple-Glazed Windows

There are several characteristics to have in mind when searching for the best sustainable homes. One of the most important things is to make sure that the home is well insulated. Our new homes include well-insulated walls, roofs, and floors. You will also find great air tightness levels, and triple-glazed windows. This will help to keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, without the need for excessive heating or cooling. The triple-glazed windows permit for better home conservation as they are built with an imperishable material. The windows are designed for a lifespan of 70+ years.

2. Green Building Materials

Another way to make a home more sustainable is to use green building materials. These materials are designed to be more environmentally friendly, and they can help to reduce the impact of the home on the environment. At The Gladstone we use modern methods of construction. An off-site prefabricated steel superstructure that weighs significantly less than a traditional concrete frame is used. The result is in the substructure having a reduced environmental impact. Thermal breaks throughout the steel superstructure also improve the thermal performance of the building.

3. Energy Efficiency Redefined

Another important factor is to use energy-efficient appliances and lighting. The solar panels installed on the rooftop will generate renewable energy to provide for the communal areas. Not only you live in an efficient house but also in a sustainable development.

4. Intelligent Ventilation and Heating Systems

Furthermore, a low heat loss domestic hot water thermal store will maximise energy efficiency and deliver water and space heating. Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), installed in every home, will provide residents with a constant supply of filtered fresh air that will help reduce any allergies and asthma symptoms. This system will also recover and reuse up to 95% of the waste heat, lower power consumption and control moisture and condensation. Meanwhile, an electric heating system will turn electricity being used into heat.

Image describing how the air flows with a MVHR system in work and showing why eco-friendly houses are the future of the real estate market
MVHR system

5. Smart Heating: Sygma Electric Radiators

Adding to the MVHR system there are also Sygma electric radiators, with a smart timer and thermostat so you can fully enjoy an all-electric home. Our radiators consume on average only 40% of its nominal power to maintain the temperature at 21ºC, saving that extra bit of energy when not needed. The high-quality aluminium allows to achieve maximum heat distribution and faster heating times than other less green technologies.

If you would like to know more about why sustainable homes are so important drop us a message on any of our channels and we will provide you with more details.

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