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All Change at Grand Central: New Facilities Set To Improve Fitness Access And Enjoyment

As part of a £2.8m investment programme from Stockport Council, the Grand Central leisure complex has unveiled today new centre upgrades and facilities designed to help boost the health, fitness and wellbeing of local residents.

Residents can now enjoy newly upgraded gym changing and shower facilities. Works dedicated to a new ‘health spa’ are currently underway, which will feature a sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy room and a special relaxation area.

The exciting addition follows previous upgrades to the site’s existing fitness suite and complements Grand Central’s 50m swimming pool.

With new slides and a children’s fun pool also set to open by the summer, Grand Central is living up to its name in terms of the level of facilities on offer.

The funding programme from Stockport Council has also seen Grand Central introduce a series of building and facility management improvements to further enhance operations for years to come.

Stockport Council and Life Leisure are also offering 2 hours free car parking at the NCP Stockport Exchange car park for all Grand Central users.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The Council has made a priority to invest in the improvement of Life Leisure sites, so residents can have access to affordable and modernised leisure facilities, with the benefit of having free parking. Grand Central is the most well-used leisure complex in Stockport and I’m sure it will continue to be for years to come thanks to the Council’s continued investment.”

Malcolm McPhail, CEO of Life Leisure, said: “We’ve worked really closely with existing members, the Council and the general public to understand what changes and improvements would make a difference to people’s lives. That’s why, as well as introducing aspects such as the new changing facilities and health spa, we’ve looked at practical measures such as free parking which became possible with Stockport Council.”

Visit Grand Central leisure complex for more information…

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Stockport Succesful In Town Centre Living Grant Bid

Stockport Council has won three major bids from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to kick start a new era of town centre living and make the centre an even more desirable place to live, work and play. 

The £8.5m grant, which has been won against stiff national competition, will help unlock key brownfield housing sites in Stockport’s town centre. This will open up and enhance previously underused areas of the town and the river Mersey, creating new green spaces, bringing iconic historic buildings back into use, catalysing further development and drawing in new investment.

Subject to further feasibility, the grant will be used to overcome the barriers of infrastructure costs and poor land conditions for Stockport’s new Interchange, the Weir Mill complex and Hopes Carr (Hempshaw Brook), bringing more than 500 new homes which will enhance the town centre and strength the local economy. These developments will be high specification, well connected to public transport and with all the town centre amenities on the doorstep.

Cllr Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “I am delighted that the Council’s bid was successful. This grant, which is very much welcomed, will allow the Council to invest in the infrastructure needed to unlock sites for housing development in Stockport town centre. Stockport needs as much good quality housing in sustainable locations as possible.  Such developments not only provide new homes but add to the ongoing regeneration of the town centre.”

The HIF is a £5bn government capital grant programme to invest in council-led projects for the potential building of new homes in areas with the greatest housing demand. This grant will fund key local infrastructure projects such as new roads, flood defences, green infrastructure and land remediation work. 


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A beautiful, three bedroom, semi-detached house to rent on Vicarage Road, Cale Green – available immediately!

A beautiful, well presented, period, three bedroom semi detached house to rent on Vicarage Road in Cale Green, Stockport. The property is available immediately and is located in the heart of Cale Green, close to Cale Green park and within walking distance to Davenport Train Station with direct links to Manchester Piccadilly Station. The property is extremely well presented throughout with a large entrance hall, large, contemporary living room, second reception room/dining room and a large separate kitchen complete with all appliances on the ground floor. On the first floor is a large master bedroom with built in wardrobes and a further double bedroom and single bedroom which would make a perfect study! There is also a modern three piece bathroom suite on the first floor of the property which is in great condition. At the rear of the property is a lovely private garden which also benefits from an off-road parking space. The property really must be viewed to be believed as it is an exceptional property and it is offered on a part furnished basis. Unfortunately this Landlord cannot accept any tenants with pets or in receipt of housing benefits.

Link to Property on Rightmove 


Vicarage Road

A beautiful three bedroom semi-detached house to rent on Vicarage Road in Cale Green in Stockport for £800pcm. The property is available now, so call me on 0161 474 8668 to book a viewing!

Posted by Julian Wadden Estate and Lettings Agents on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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Which types of home sell most often in Stockport?

We think your ideal home says a lot about you. If the world were your oyster, would you go for something Victorian, Georgian, a duplex apartment, new build house, or maybe a farm? Given that we live in Stockport, obviously our choices are somewhat limited by reality, but what are the hottest types of property and what does this mean for sellers?

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DIY Projects You Can Do to Increase Your Home’s Value – from Seth Murphy

Seth Murphy, of California USA, shares below his DIY tips which could increase your properties value!

Seth writes – When purchasing a home, it’s a good idea to have a long-term goal in mind. Even if you don’t plan on selling now, you never know what life will bring. With that in mind, it’s good to start thinking about long-term equity. What can best increase the value of your home? What remodels and improvements will garner the best return? Not every change will benefit you financially, which is why it’s important to investigate well before you begin your projects. Start by setting a goal-selling price and then decide which projects will best encourage that price.

Landscaping – If you have a garden or yard out front, your house won’t be the first thing a prospective buyer sees – it will be your greenery. You want your garden to look lush, well-groomed and as attractive as possible. Flowering plants and deciduous trees are some of the safest bets you can hedge. It is suggested to use fresh mulch over bare soil or even grass to make your yard look captivating.

 Energy efficiency – One growing trend and concern by homeowners is energy efficiency. You may immediately think of replacing your appliances and electronics with energy-friendly alternatives, or even of changing out your light bulbs to more efficient ones. However, you don’t necessarily need expensive replacements to update your home and make it more attractive to buyers. Consider putting in new insulation, which will help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter without using the heater or air conditioner.

Upgrade your technology – This doesn’t end up being as complicated as it may seem. A simple surround-sound speaker system in the living room, with speakers wired into each room, can be a boon. This way, music can be played from room to room without the occupant having to worry about setting it up as they move about the house.

Repair your roof – If you have missing or broken tiles or shingles on your roof, it can be an automatic turn-off to potential buyers. It may seem intimidating, but, like putting in speakers, it’s easier than it seems. You can replace shingles and tiles, as long as you know what kind you have, as there are different steps to each. There is more work if the tile is at the junction of your roof, known as a valley, but it is still relatively straightforward.

Clear the clutter – Find ways to add storage and organization to your home. It’s thought that as many as 53 percent of individuals have added storage to their homes in the last five years. Not only will you add a potential selling point, but a well-organized home that looks decluttered seems more appealing to potential buyers than one that looks disheveled or disorganized.

If you keep your goal price in mind, then you can better educate yourself on what will be the best projects to help sell your home. If you have an ambitious price, it may benefit you to have more ambitious DIY projects to better increase your chance of profit. Focus on the areas listed to have the best chance at achieving your asking price.

Look out for more DIY tips from Seth…

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fancy a very grand design in Stockport (Sk1), then I present you with bank chambers!

Hello Readers!

January has been absolutely crazy for Lettings!  We have had so many Instructions for new rental properties in SK1, SK2 and SK3 and so many Lets Agreed within these areas that my time has been taken up dealing with happy tenants and delighted Landlords. So, I am consequently living in a state of euphoria!  However, I am not here today just to boast about my lettings prowess, nope… I am here to tell you about a fantastic investment opportunity that I have come across and this type of investment is my absolute pleasure!

Since being young I have been an avid watcher of ‘Grand Designs’ and I love seeing the transformation of an old, quirky building with numerous period features being delicately revealed and methodically restored.  So, imagine my delight when today I came across this building on Rightmove!  For a cool £88,000 you could purchase a one bedroom apartment within this historic building in central Stockport, opposite Market Hall.  This building is called Bank Chambers and it has been purchased and restored by local developers who have done a fantastic job and produced 9 luxury apartments which are a mixture of one and two bedrooms.

The building used to be the Midland Bank, which is a stunning, grade two listed building and it is in the heart of the Old Town Centre of Stockport which has become an extremely trendy location within SK1.  These types of property/conversion are starting to pop up all over Stockport now which is extremely exciting, as more and more investment comes to the area and the regeneration gets underway!

So, ‘what would this property rent out at Gemma!?’, I hear you cry.

I believe a one bedroom apartment in this charming building would rent for somewhere between £600 per calendar month and £650 per calendar month based on the furnishings i.e. unfurnished vs. furnished.  I have found that people moving into the city centre do like some furnishings and that higher rental prices can be achieved if furnishings are available.  So, this would give you a very healthy yield of 8.1% to 8.8%.  I think this is one of the best yield’s I have seen in 2017-2018 so snap it up investors!

This property has been listed with Sebastians of Cheshire, (see link below) so please do give them a call to arrange a viewing and then pop into my office before you leave Stockport to discuss rental properties with me!  For more information or for a chat with me call 0161 474 8668.

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Painted pebbles are randomly appearing in parks across Stockport and Greater Manchester

Pebble art is making its way across Greater Manchester as families find a new reason to take kids to the park. The craze involves people decorating pebbles and hiding them for others to find. Children either take them home and replace them with their own creations, or hide them again so more people can enjoy the hunt.

Facebook groups have been set up across the country for people to share their ideas and places to look, and a number have sprung up in Greater Manchester. This includes Stockport Rocks which has a whopping 3,000 and lists the ‘rules of their game’ as:

  • Collect (or buy) some rocks
  • Decorate your rocks (on the back, write something along the lines of “If found, please post on “Stockport Rocks” on Facebook”). Rocks can be decorated using paint, chalk, sharpie pens, glitter etc. (Please make sure your designs are child friendly.)
  • Hide your rocks in safe, public places
  • Search for hidden rocks and when you find one (or a few), post a photo on this group then re-hide it for somebody else to find

It’s a great idea and is getting kids outdoors which can only be a good thing!

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What landlords need to think about for 2018

It looks as though 2018 will be a mixed year for landlords. Some will start to feel the pinch of the legislation that’s recently come into force, such as the loss of mortgage interest relief, while a number of tenants may give notice, due to incentives to buy. At the same time, there are likely to be some good deals around for landlords looking to expand their portfolios. For the rest, who may not have the means to buy in the next 12 months, it’s a good opportunity to take stock of their portfolio and make small improvements where needed to help translate rental income into better profits.

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