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Watford homeowners staying put | Audley Chalfont Dene

21% of Watford homeowners do not think they will ever move to a new house again according to new research from Audley Villages. When discussing their current homes, it was found that those in the town have lived in it for an average of 14.2 years, slightly lower than the national average of 16.2 years.

Research out today from retirement village provider, Mayfield Villages, shows 21% of homeowners in Watford do not think they will ever move to a new house again. When discussing their current homes, it was found that those in the town have lived in it for an average of 14.2 years, slightly lower than the national average of 16.2 years.

When asked about addressing the UK housing shortage, two in five (40%) of those living in Watford pointed to greater support for older people who want to downsize their property as a means of stimulating the housing market. The research also revealed strong support for a reduction in stamp duty and more suitable housing options for older people with 38% and 33% of those surveyed calling for this.

Although there is little current appetite to move home, over two in five (44%) of those in Watford have an unused room in their home suggesting a greater amount of living space than is necessary. Alongside this, well over half (56%) have a spare bedroom and on average they have used it just 8 times in the last six months.

With the number of over 75s in the UK likely to double in the next 30 years1, the issue of limited housing options is becoming an ever more pressing concern. Specialist housing, including retirement housing, currently only accommodates 5% of the over-65 population2 so supply will need to significantly increase to even maintain existing levels of provision as the population ages.

Nick Sanderson, CEO at Mayfield Watford, commented: “For those looking to move, their great motivation can also be their greatest barrier. They are desperately looking for the right property but they simply don’t exist or are currently filled, a fundamental flaw in the UK’s housing system and one that needs immediate attention.

Many in Watford are living in homes too big for them yet have no plans to move. Rather than solely focusing on first time buyers, policy makers should be encouraging downsizing while taking a crucial look at building high quality specialist housing which can meet the demands of the ageing population. This should come hand in hand with other initiatives like a reduction in stamp duty which would support those looking to move out of their family homes. Only with a multi-pronged approach will we be able to solve the housing crisis, and the government need to start by looking at our ever-increasing ageing population and their needs.”

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Mulberry Homes shares top tips on dealing with stress at home

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Eat healthy in your Mulberry Homes property

Luxury housebuilder Mulberry Homes is sharing its top tips on defusing stress at home this National Stress Awareness Day, taking place on Wednesday 2nd November, to help its residents beat the mania of modern life.

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  1. Clear out unwanted clutter

There’s never a perfect opportunity to declutter and sort through all your belongings, but it can be a very cathartic experience. Removing unwanted items from your home can help you focus on the things that really mean a lot to you.

A clear and organised space can help you feel more relaxed, and it’ll be much easier to destress without being surrounded by clutter.

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  1. Maintain a healthy sleep schedule

During particularly stressful times, it can be easy to slip into bad habits like not getting enough sleep, which can make the stress worse.

A full night’s sleep will help you to recharge quickly, and provide you with enough energy to get through the busy days.

Eat healthy - Mulberry Homes

  1. Eat healthy

It’s easy to take comfort in junk food, especially with the convenience of takeaways. But eating unhealthily will put your body at a disadvantage when it comes to coping with and recovering from stress.

A healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and wholegrains, is a great way to improve wellbeing. 

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  1. Make use of your garden

Being in the outdoors is proven to be beneficial for your mental wellbeing. Surrounding yourself with greenery and breathing in fresh air is an excellent thing to make sure you do every now and again, especially if you’ve been indoors all day.

Stay Fit in your Mulberry Homes property

  1. Stay active

Many of us nowadays lead very inactive lifestyles, both at work and at home, looking at screens. However, short bursts of physical exercise are proven to boost your mood.

Releasing those endorphins into your system is an excellent way to unwind and to prepare yourself best for dealing with the upcoming stress of the day. Try going for a run in the morning, or a walk after work.

About Mulberry Homes

This year, Mulberry Homes has been running a monthly community fund, called The Mulberry Community Chest.

As part of the programme, charities and public organisations local to its developments are invited to apply to receive a one-off donation of £1 to £1000, and each month, a judging panel will select a beneficiary to secure the requested funding. For more information or to submit an application, visit https://mulberryhomes.co.uk/news/distinctly-local/.

About Mulberry Homes

Established in 2011 and based in Warwickshire, Mulberry Homes is a medium housebuilder that provides quality properties across the wider midlands. It specialises in individual and small developments with their own looks and personalities and builds traditional homes with modern layouts.

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The Almere Milton Keynes launches Neighbourhood Hero initiative

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‘All about the community’, The Almere prides themselves on making living easy for their residents. With residents set to move this month, the exciting new community boasts co-working, communal and event spaces within the building.

The ground floor ‘Gathering Place’ is bookable to the local community and to residents, whilst upstairs on the 11th floor sits an amenity space for residents, where part will be for co-working, roof terraces to hang out, barbeques and yoga classes. Additionally, there will also be a fitted kitchen and dining area which can be closed off for a private dining experience.

The Almere Neighbourhood Hero initiative

With community at its heart, The Almere aims to build relationships and work collaboratively with local businesses to guide residents to the best spots and products in town. The Almere’s new Neighbourhood Hero initiative has handpicked local, and predominantly independent businesses to connect residents with the true value of living in Milton Keynes, highlighting all that there is to offer.

Milton Keynes' DeRoka is part of The Almere Local Hero initiative

With the recent COVID-19 pandemic having had such an impact on small, independent businesses it’s key to get people back out there and supporting locally. The Neighbourhood Hero initiative is a fantastic example of this, helping businesses to thrive and regain their position within the economy. Current Heroes include Bogota Coffee Co; DeRoka; Fuuudgelife; Suds; Sweat Studios; Doorstep Cocktails; Mollys Pantry; Pup Club; Headonist Hair and Beauty; and Moxy Hotel.

Benefits of the Almere led scheme include:

  • Feature on The Almere website, with regular spotlights and tags on social media channels
  • Exposure to over 600+ residents, and the ability to send offers and deals to them, without incurring any marketing costs
  • Welcomed as a core part of the community, allowing the businesses to use the communal spaces to hold pop-up events for residents and the local community
  • Include collateral in the ‘move in packs’ for new residents, for free
  • Invited to all community events at The Almere, and work together on collaborative event activations

Community Manager, Holly Birmingham explains, “Community is so important to us at The Almere – it is all about  meaningful connections both within our own four walls and the wider neighbourhood. At The Almere, we aren’t just a building,  we are a new community in the heart of Milton Keynes. We want to support the brilliant local businesses around us, create lasting relationships and of course, show our residents the best our town has to offer.”

The Almere Local Hero initiative

The new scheme offers an exciting experience for local businesses to work on an exclusive basis with the upcoming, Milton Keynes hotspot, offer discounts to residents and in turn help show the rest of the UK what Milton Keynes has to offer!

About The Almere

A pioneering new rental community for Milton Keynes, The Almere, is a collection of 294 rental apartments built across two buildings with neighbourhood and outstanding service experience at its core.

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Make your home feel more organised with these storage ideas

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Make your home feel more spacious and organised with these clever storage ideas

Spring is the ideal time to declutter your space and get your home ready for the hosting season ahead. Whether homeowners are looking to maximise space in the living space or bedroom, premium home interiors brand, Neville Johnson, has a range of stylish storage solutions that will ehance any space in the home and ensure each room remains clutter-free.

LIBRARY WITH BESPOKE SHELVING

Libraries provide the ideal space for homeowners to unwind in and enjoy reading their favourite novel. Installing bookshelves is the perfect way to avoid libraries becoming messy and cluttered. Consider installing bespoke shelving which can be adjusted to suit the style and size of your library to enhance time spent relaxing at home. Alcove shelving is also ideal for smaller libraries. While it provides an optimal storage solution for books, shelving can also be used to display stylish ornaments to tie in with the interior décor of your home.

This modern library space painted in Sorrel White, for example, provides ample shelving for all storage needs, which makes the home feel minimalistic and tidy. Combined with sage green and a rustic oak finish, this uplifting and stylish design is an ideal option for Spring.

Make your home feel more spacious and organised with these clever storage ideas

STYLISH STORAGE FOR SMALLER BEDROOMS

Smart storage solutions are an ideal way of making smaller bedrooms look more spacious and in turn less cluttered. Not only can bespoke bedroom storage enhance your day-to-day living, but it can also make your room more stylish and inviting.

This contemporary bedroom painted in Willow, for instance, features practical, built-in headboard cabinetry and fitted wardrobes with an extensive vanity unit for a chic finish. This pretty, feminine design is the perfect option for homeowners looking to maximise space and enhance their bedroom’s interior décor.

Make your home feel more spacious and organised with these clever storage ideas

DECLUTTER YOUR LIVING SPACE

It’s a good idea to incorporate stylish storage solutions in the heart of the home to avoid the living space from becoming messy. Consider placing plants, books and vases on open shelving in the living space to keep surfaces clear and maximise space.

Neville Johnson’s Dining Room and Library, for example, offers a bright and airy living space with ample storage room for everyday essentials and stylish ornaments.

Make your home feel more spacious and organised with these clever storage ideas

Make your home feel more spacious and organised with these clever storage ideas

BESPOKE FITTED WARDROBES

Fitted wardrobes are an ideal way of keeping your clothes neat and organised, while also maximising space in the bedroom. Opting for bespoke fitted wardrobes enables homeowners to create personalised storage space for clothing, shoes and accessories, which makes the process of getting ready more enjoyable.

These fitted wardrobes from Neville Johnson, painted in Lithadora Blue, for instance, offer bespoke storage and shelving, all wrapped up in a timeless and sophisticated design. If the blue Lithadora paint colour isn’t to your taste, this design is also available in more than 60 beautiful colours including Eucalyptus green, Dove grey and Arctic white.

Make your home feel more spacious and organised with these clever storage ideas

Simon Tcherniak, Senior Designer at Neville Johnson, said: “The big advantage of fitted wardrobes is of course that it can fill the space and cope with any idiosyncrasies. It is amazing how much storage you gain by going high up the wall, and if you make it no deeper than it needs to be, your room will still feel spacious.

“If you need to access your higher-level storage on a regular basis, then a built in ladder can be useful. Similarly, pull out shelves will help you to make use of deep spaces.”

With over 35 years’ experience in designing fitted furniture, Neville Johnson is the market leader in bespoke storage solutions. Offering free design visits and free design brochures, the brand’s furniture renovations combine the flair of the UK’s top designers with the time-honoured skills of traditional craftsmen, all brought together with your personal selection of materials, colours, and finishes.

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