Our Patch JUNE 2016 The couple with the cat at number 9 do it every night. Contents Welcome to our patch from John Horton T Cover story: FOR TOTO, THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME 8-9 Creating attractive, yet hard-wearing, children’s clothing isn’t as easy as it sounds... but it does help when you have a ready-made group of critics to test them out on STATE OF THE ARTS: MEXICO OFF THE WALL 4-5 Brackenbury Village photographer John Garrett’s exhibition is a feast of colour Everybody on your road sorts their recycling properly. FEATURED PARTNER: BARBED Do you? To find out what you can and can’t recycle and when to put it out for collection visit: www.lbhf.gov.uk/recycling From theatre to classical concerts, stand-up comedy to jazz and blues, some great ideas for an evening out PARTNERS: CAN ENGLAND DO IT?: THE EUROS ARE HERE 20-21 Follow the teams through the twists and turns of this summer’s matches 12-15 Fo Shop local! We bring you nine more local businesses and their special offers le Even the old man at number 12 does it once a week. 10-11 Sa What’s on: 18-23 r The young people in number 5 are always doing it! Mornings and evenings. PITCH BATTLES: Hammersmith Ladies are making a mark on women’s football. Here’s why... 13 Now the weather has perked up, it’s time to take a look at outdoor furniture FROM THE ARCHIVES: ST PETER's SQUARE A fascinating new history looks in depth at one of the area’s treasures PUBLISHED BY Horton and Garton www.hortonandgarton.co.uk Editor Geoff Cowart DESIGN By:design 020 8753 4482 16-17 DISCLAIMER We thank our advertisers for supporting Our Patch, but Horton and Garton does not accept responsibility for goods or services offered by advertisers Printed by Hammerprint 22,000 copies distributed by Letterbox Distribution FEATURED PROPERTY: Carthew Road, w6 24 A superbly presented bay-fronted Victorian house in Brackenbury Village Property grid: The search for your dream home in Hammersmith, Brook Green or Shepherds Bush starts here! 25-27 o coin a football phrase, 2016’s housing market is shaping up as a tale of two halves. With the Euros getting underway, and magnificent tennis being served up – on our doorstep at Queen’s Club and at the game’s spiritual home, Wimbledon – there’s plenty to distract us. But as we wait for the uncertainty surrounding the in/out vote on Europe to pass, what’s been happening with bricks and mortar? The year got off to a record start with the first three months witnessing rapid property sales, especially flats, as second-home buyers closed deals before the 3% increase in stamp duty. The central London sales slowdown has had a knock-on effect Since Easter we have seen more family houses listed for sale, and are selling well despite reports of erratic markets from other agents in central west London and parts of Zone 2. The central London sales slowdown has had a knock-on effect, with vendors achieving top results as clients realise the goal posts have moved. Lettings are also busy as landlords skip voids while ensuring sensible prices attract willing and able tenants. Prices at the top end of the market may have softened, but the real demand is for Generation Rent and young professional singles and couples. Many agents have been caught offside with overpricing. Some should be red-carded for unprofessionalism! At Horton and Garton, our strikeforce always delivers, hits the target and achieves clients’ goals. There’s no substitute for genuine local market knowledge, and we’re proud to be top of the table.