Our Patch OCTOBER 2015 West 4 Joinery LTD Contents 374 Goldhawk Road, London W6 0SB Phone: 020 8741 8188 • Mobile: 07599 690 577 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Using our expertise, we put in the time necessary to produce high quality wooden windows and doors, while keeping our costs competitive. Welcome to our patch from John Horton G Cover story: BEN COHEN’S LIFE, WITH HELP FROM A HAMMERSMITH JOURNALIST 9-11 Sports writer Sarah Edworthy, who lives near Ravenscourt Park, has ghost-written the autobiography of the former England rugby star who now battles bullying WORLD CUP PREDICTIONS: LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO 6-8 The TV pundit looks into his crystal ball... and talks about his charity work 8am-5pm Monday to Friday 8am-1pm Saturday Your local bespoke joinery FEATURED PARTNER: GELA.TI.AMO 13 You’ll get anything but a frosty reception at this ice cream parlour FEATURED PROPERTY: RIVERCOURT ROAD, W6 24 Spacious Victorian semi-detached sixbedroom house near Ravenscourt Park FROM THE ARCHIVES: hammersmith bridge le 17 The story behind one of the most iconic structures in the capital What’s on: 23 Why you should go for local know-how rather than cheap online alternatives Sa Staffed by qualified tradesmen 12-15 r Operating in the area for thirty years, we make high specification, double-glazed, sliding sash windows, as well as casement windows, doors and stairs. We always use the best quality wood available. Shop local! We bring you eight more local businesses and their special offers PROFESSIONAL ADVICE: conveyancing 21 18-19 Fo PARTNERS: NEWS UPDATE: Vacant hospital in Ravenscourt Park will offer children’s cancer treatment From theatre to classical concerts, stand-up comedy to jazz and blues, some great ideas for an evening out PUBLISHED BY Horton and Garton www.hortonandgarton.co.uk Editor Geoff Cowart DESIGN By:design 020 8753 4482 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 Property grid: The search for your dream home in Hammersmith, Brook Green or Shepherds Bush starts here! 25-27 oodbye summer, hello autumn. As we prepare to turn the clocks back, it’s a busy time in the Horton and Garton office for sales and letting. We have seen listings, viewings and offers pick up since the schools returned, which bodes well. The challenge for buyers and tenants is the perennial lack of choice, with a shortage of stock keeping prices robust. But with many estate agents chasing the same clients, some highly overpriced properties are being listed, meaning an extended spell on the market for many sellers, and voids for landlords. Time will tell if these clients will still be disappointed at the end of the We are witnessing higher demand for one and two-bedroom flats year because of unrealistic agents. The best results we have achieved this year have been from listing accurately and achieving multiple interest from the outset. It means we often achieve multiple sealed bids and a final sale price above clients’ expectations. It’s good news for landlords as our lettings team is very busy. For the first time in a long time there is a shortage of available properties to let, which is forcing up average weekly rents. We are witnessing higher demand for one and two-bedroom flats and have seen multiple offers and sealed bidding for these properties, with prices achieved above asking price. So if you are considering selling or renting now, or in 2016, do contact us. We can advise and guide you through the processes to gain you and your property the best market price.