Dawsons bathroom feature

Feeling flushed with a quality bathroom

January’s edition of Swansea Life has included a special feature on spectacular bathrooms provided by Dawsons Property.

Here is the feature …

If you ever wondered how important a quality bathroom is to a home consider that the average person spends 18 months of their life in there.

A lovely kitchen is important and a comfortable living room may be crucial, but it is the bathroom where most of us actually start and finish the day.

And when it comes to investing in upgrading or renovating your bathroom it is money very well spent.

“Giving your bathroom a makeover can dramatically increase the value of your home,” insisted Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“Because taking extra time to renovate the bathroom will allow you to recoup most, if not all of the money that you invest in the renovation once it comes to sell.

“It’s all about ending up with a room that is that much more attractive and functional as well as being that much more hygienic.”

Here we look at five different bathrooms that have put added value to each property.

Raglan, St Annes is for sale with Fine & Country for £1,595,000

A bespoke and lifestyle designed customised property situated on Gower coastline in Langland. This truly idyllic location with picturesque sea view provides tranquil living with the sound of the waves crashing onto the golden sandy beach.

Set over three floors with six double bedrooms and vast living space the property welcomes family living with the additional enjoyment of an indoor swimming pool. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom with Teuco freestanding bath, walk in shower with waterfall shower provides a beautiful space to relax.

639 Gower Road, Upper Killay is for sale with Fine & Country for £680,000

The perfect, five-bedroom family home situated on the fringes of the Gower Peninsular is set behind a gated entrance with an excellent degree of privacy.

This beautifully presented traditional feel family home offers light, airy, spacious and versatile accommodation with a welcoming and family feel. Deceptively spacious the property sits within a generous plot providing ample parking, garage and drive through driveway with secure telecom entry system.

The spacious family bathroom includes stone tiled encased inset bath and walk in shower area with glass enclosure and waterfall shower. The room is finished with stone tiled walls and floor.

Hawthorn Cottage, Fairwood is for sale with Fine & Country for £589,950

This delightful four-bedroom cottage looks like it has been a part of the surrounding countryside for a hundred years, But Hawthorn Cottage was built approximately 14 years ago and has been cleverly renovated by the current vendor who has captured the essence of a traditional cottage with beamed ceilings and country kitchen melding beautifully with today’s modern luxuries.

And the family bathroom is particularly impressive. It contains a double glazed frosted window to the side, wood floor, panelled bath with shower attachment, towel radiator, pine vanity unit with two stand-alone oblong sinks and pillar taps. It also has half tiled walls, dado rail, low level WC extractor fan and beamed ceiling.

58 Hendrefoilan Road, Sketty is for sale with Dawsons for £475,000

This is an impressively spacious and traditional detached property which has been fully renovated and modernised to a high standard. Situated on a large plot in the desirable area of Sketty offering easy access to Singleton hospital, Swansea University and the sea front.

The family bathroom consists of a stylish white four piece suite comprising low level WC, wash hand basin with stainless steel mixer tap and vanity unit, step in sliding glass shower cubicle with stainless steel mixer shower over with hand held attachment, set in bath with stainless steel centre mixer tap and hand held shower attachment, inset ceiling spotlights, hardwood double glazed Velux window to rear, extractor fan, uPVC double glazed obscured glass window to rear, neutral ceramic wall tiles with stunning 3D feature border tiles, wall mounted chrome towel radiator, neutral ceramic multi ton floor tiles.

25 Hendre Mawr Close, Tycoch is for sale with Dawsons for £324,950

A spacious, detached bungalow, built in 2002, comprises to the ground floor lounge, dining room, study/bedroom, utility room, kitchen/breakfast room, large family bathroom, master bedroom with dressing area and en suite shower room. To the first floor are two further bedrooms and cloakroom.

The property benefits from galleried landing, gas central heating, double glazing, large single garage with electric door and block paved large parking area to the front. There is an enclosed rear garden with level, enclosed paved patio area and with one step down to further lawned area.

The family bathroom comprises of a bath, pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC and double shower, airing cupboard with radiator inside, half tiled walls with decorative border, two stainless steel radiators, coving to ceiling, spotlights, ceramic tiled floor, uPVC double glazed window to side, built in mirror with lights, extractor fan, panelled door.

Dawsons is hiring

Dawsons is searching for enthusiastic new staff

Swansea’s leading estate agent is looking for enthusiastic key staff to complement our highly successful teams in both our Sales and Lettings Departments across our branch network.  We currently have a number of openings for  Saturday Sales/Lettings Negotiators.

You must be of smart appearance, confident and be able to communicate well at all levels.  We are committed to providing outstanding customer service and going the extra mile. If you have those attributes we would like to hear from you. A full driving license is essential.

Please send cv with contact telephone and best time to call to jst@dawsonsproperty.co.uk

We will conduct a telephone interview in the first instance.

St Margaret's Court, Swansea Marina

Dawsons’ canny knack of selling houses on first viewing continues

Dawsons have done it again – selling a property on first viewing.

The sale of 164 St Margaret’s Court on Swansea Marina follows the recent sale of a property in Goetre Fach Rd in Killay.

The two-bedroom, first-floor apartment was sold close to its asking price.

And this is continued documentary evidence that Dawsons have it right when it comes to properties being properly priced.

After having positive experiences with Dawsons over the years the householder in Killay had no hesitation in contacting them with regards the sale of their home.

As well as Dawsons another estate agent was contacted to give a valuation for sale and priced the property at £315,000. But she chose Dawsons’ reduced £299,950 as a starting point.

She trusted Dawsons that theirs was the more realistic price and it proved to be the case because a day after Dawsons measured up and put it on the market we agreed a price for £290,000.

CAPTION: St Margaret’s Court, Swansea Marina

Windsor Cafe

Dawsons’ commercial deals give boost to city centre business

A leader of Swansea’s business community claims there is ‘robust growth’ within the city centre’s commercial property sector sparking optimism about the future.

Russell Greenslade, Chief Executive of Swansea Business Improvement District (BID), made his confident assessment after Dawsons Property revealed that eight vacant city centre units have all been snapped up by businesses in the past few weeks.

“Swansea city centre’s commercial activity is showing robust growth which is a positive sign,” said Mr Greenslade.

“Investors are looking to the city centre for opportunities as a result of the very real regeneration plans we have in place and committed to starting in 2017.

“These are exciting times for the city centre which is very much open for business so I truly encourage investors and businesses to continue looking at Swansea city centre as an area of growth and opportunity.”’

The commercial units which have been let include the former Windsor Café in Craddock Street (sale agreed) and two units in Union Street.

There is also one in Picton Arcade as well as two in Oxford Street and another two in Nelson Street.

The Dawsons deals are a big boost to the city according to the leading Swansea estate agents.

“The recent lettings we have secured in the city centre is a sure sign that local businesses feel that the city is developing in the right direction,” said Andrew Cox, Surveyor in Dawsons Commercial Department.

“With the draft bill for an alteration in business rates in place for 2017, this reaffirms that the local authority is doing their best to help keep the city a vibrant and diverse place for consumers to shop, and I’m hopeful that 2017 will be another strong year for local business.

“2016 has seen further development for student accommodation in the city centre, and with the redevelopment of the Oceana Nightclub, this will only attract more local business to the area.”

Dawsons’ recent commercial deals:

28 Union Street: recently let to a fully trained chef planning to offer hearty homemade food.

30 Union Street: ChurroShake – similar to the chocolate kebab house in Morriston. Offering sweet treats for children and adults alike.

Union Street
Union Street

2 Picton Arcade: Deluxe Vapours – Offering upper market vape fluids for evape pens.

Picton Arcade
Picton Arcade

First & Second Floor 225 Oxford Street: different tenants on each floor. First floor Tenant offers hair styling solutions. The second floor tenant offers bespoke makeup services.

Oxford Street
Oxford Street

Windsor Café, Craddock Street: expected to be turned into a restaurant.

Windsor Cafe
Windsor Cafe

6a Nelson Street: First Floor evape shop called Flavour Vapour.

8 Nelson Street: recently Let to Skin n Ink who are moving premises from Mansel Street.

Nelson Street
Nelson Street
Dawsons celebrating its Relocation Agent Network award

Dawsons named as best agent in South Wales by Relocation Agent Network

Dawsons Property is delighted to have been announced as Relocation Agent Network’s 2016 Best Agent in South Wales.

The leading estate agent award was revealed at the Network’s National Conference, held at the Sofitel Hotel and Conference Centre, Heathrow, an event hosted by comedian Miles Jupp.

“We are delighted to be named as the South Wales’s best Relocation Agent Network (RAN) member. This award recognises the fantastic team we have here at Dawsons and shows our customers that we are one of South Wales’s leading estate agents,” said Dawsons Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“Over the past couple of years we have been very active in training our staff as RAN agents and it has given our business an extra dimension being able to offer our customers a UK-wide relocation service.”

The annual prize gives the winning Network member the title of ‘Best Agent in the South Wales Region’ and is awarded on a number of criteria measuring the agent’s overall contribution to Relocation Agent Network, their ability to achieve customer satisfaction and a proven record of helping relocating buyers move in and out of the area.

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, said: “Congratulations to all the team at Dawsons. Their commitment to outstanding customer service, innovative business initiatives and our Network principles means that this award is thoroughly deserved.”

Caption: L-R Miles Jupp, Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot, Director of Residential Sales at Dawsons, Ricky Purdy, Director of Residential Lettings, and Richard Tucker Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director


Goetre Fach Road

Dawsons say they buck the trend on unrealistic ‘For Sale’ prices

Estate agents Dawsons claim they do not recognise the findings of a report suggesting property is taking longer to sell because some homeowners attempt to exploit unrealistic high sales figures.

Research by The Post Office found that the average property takes a month longer to sell than it would have done four years ago because of “greedy” sellers demanding unrealistic prices for homes.

But Dawsons say they encourage responsible and realistic approach to property pricing which goes against the grain of owners apparently being prepared to let properties sit on the market for longer, until someone is willing to stump up the cash… often never!

And the leading south Wales agent has documentary evidence of that with one property in Killay they sold after the first viewing – a clear case of a home being appropriately priced for the market.

“I would definitely say Dawsons buck the trend with regard over-pricing,” said Dawsons Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“Genuinely, It’s all down to good, experienced and proactive agents giving honest and supported advice to understanding clients.

“If the property is marketed fully/properly and a supported price is quoted (meaning using comparable sales evidence to determine the right asking price), there is every opportunity to sell quickly to the right motivated buyer.

“Too many agents ‘value’ at too high a price, which they think will keep the seller happy and a way of securing instructions. But this invariably leads to sellers eventually changing agents and slowing the whole ‘sales process’ down.

“The most successful agents sell quicker than others by giving the best ‘supported’ advice. The asking price is key as is a ‘proven’ Estate agent’.”

After having positive experiences with Dawsons over the years the householder at Goetre Fach Rd in Killay had no hesitation in contacting them with regards the sale of their home.

As well as Dawsons, another estate agent was contacted to give a valuation for sale and was recommended to ask £315,000. But she chose Dawsons’ researched and recommended price of £299,950 as a starting point

“I trusted Dawsons that theirs was the more realistic price,” said the householder.

“That proved to be the case and a day after Dawsons measured up, put it on the market and contacted their database of potential buyers, we agreed a price for £290,000, which we were very happy with.”

Added the vendor: “I think that just goes to prove that you have to be completely realistic when valuing houses and Dawsons are excellent at judging realistic market value.”

Chris Marina Office02

Dawsons shortlisted for 2016 best agent in South Wales

Dawsons is delighted to have been shortlisted by Relocation Agent Network, a national network of selected estate agents, for the 2016 Best Agent South Wales Region Award.

Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent South Wales Region Award is an annual prize for the agent that has consistently made the best overall contribution to the Network throughout the year.

It offers nominees the chance to become the Network’s ‘Best Network Agent in the South Wales Region’.

To reach this stage of the award programme, agents must demonstrate excellent customer service, innovative business initiatives and a commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles.

“This is a great feather in our caps and we are delighted to have been nominated for the second year running. The nomination recognises every member of the team and highlights our effort and commitment over the last 12 months,” said Dawsons Senior Partner Chris Hope.

The winner will be announced at a black tie evening Awards Dinner held at the 5-star luxury Sofitel Hotel and Conference Centre, Heathrow on Friday, 18 November.

The Awards Dinner closes Relocation Agent Network’s annual National Conference, and this year is hosted by comedian and actor, Miles Jupp.

Dawsons is Swansea’s only handpicked agent, offering this unique service to both sellers and buyers.

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director commented, “Our Network is made up of specially selected estate agents from across England, Scotland and Wales. The annual Best Agent South Wales Region Award recognises the agent in the region that demonstrates outstanding customer service and innovations, on a daily basis. Congratulations to Dawsons for their well-deserved nomination.”

Front L-R Dawsons Director of Sales, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot and Ricky Purdy, and Director of Residential Lettings at Dawsons, with members of staff from Dawsons’ Marina Branch

Dawsons delighted at winning charity challenge

Dawsons Property has emerged champions of a south Wales money-making challenge – Clash of the Corporates – run by homeless charity The Wallich.

The south west Wales estate agency came out on top as one of 20 businesses across Wales competed to see who ccould turn a £50 loan from The Wallich into the most charity money raised in 50 days.

In the end Dawsons beat Welsh choir, Only Men Aloud into second place, by raising an impressive £3,262.98 thanks to a charity auction, a cake sale and a special fancy dress Halloween day. Dawsons contribution was a big chunk of the £13,000 raised by the 20 companies.

“We are so delighted to have won – we never dreamt that we would. But in the end it’s not really about who came first, second or third it’s about congratulating everyone involved for raising money for such a worthy cause,” said Dawsons Director of Sales, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot.

Dawsons hit the ground running with a programme of money-raising events that included a cake sale, a curry night, an auction and Halloween fundraising activities.

“It’s a big thank you to anyone who has contributed to our fundraising whether it was buying cakes or bidding in the charity auction.

“I think everyone at Dawsons has enjoyed the process and it has been a great way of raising money for such a good cause – The Wallich does so much good work in south Wales for the homeless.”

Dawsons has already raised £1,300 for The Wallich, which is its chosen charity of 2016 as part of the estate agency’s 25th anniversary.

“It’s congratulations to Dawsons for winning and helping to set a new record in the total amount we raised,” said Zoe Westerman, corporate strategic relationships manager for The Wallich.

“It was so nice to see the whole Dawsons team really getting behind our charity and supporting us.”

CAPTION: Front L-R  Dawsons Director of Sales, Joanne Summerfield-Talbot  and Ricky Purdy, Director of Residential Lettings at Dawsons, with members of staff from Dawsons’ Marina Branch.