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Make your weekend special in and around Walton-on-Thames


Walton-on-Thames has long been a magnet for newcomers, and there are several reasons for this attraction. The quality of life in this pleasant corner of Surrey is high, there are plenty of things to see and do and, crucially for many, the commuter links to Central London are excellent. But while it’s important to think about the work side of things, let’s not forget about time spent away from the office. Here are five ways to enjoy a wonderful weekend in Walton.


1.    Gaze longingly at the river…


Not many people have an iconic river on their doorstep, but the people of Walton have one of the most iconic waterways in the world in their midst. The River Thames passes some of the most celebrated buildings on the planet in London, but by the time it wends its way through Surrey it’s all about peace and tranquillity. Many of the high end houses to rent in Walton-on-Thames are wonderfully close to the water.


2.    … or take to the water


Of course, instead of just looking at the river you can spend some quality time on it. There are a number of boatyards in the area for those who like the idea of cruising their way through a sunny afternoon, or for the more athletic among us there are opportunities for rowing and canoeing as well. Nothing beats the Thames for picturesque scenery, after all.


3.    Long walks to be savoured


Walton-on-Thames is a bustling town with a wonderful choice of shops, but it’s also close to some stunning countryside. The Thames Path offers a glorious 5-mile walk from Walton to Hampton Court, for example, and its easy accessibility makes it perfect for young families with pushchairs. Another popular walk takes you from Weybridge to New Haw Lock and gives you the chance to see some of the last remaining Wey barges along the way.


4.    Fun for all the family


Thorpe Park is just six miles from Walton-on-Thames, and it offer hours of excitement and fun for all ages. Originally opened in 1979, it’s now one of Europe’s most celebrated theme parks, with dozens of rides designed to excite and thrill visitors. It’s split into seven separate areas, including Swarm Island, Amity and Angry Birds Land.


5.    Savour a Sunday lunch to remember


If you and your family like to eat out on a Sunday, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Walton-on-Thames. There are more restaurants than you can shake a breadstick at here, so be sure to explore when you get the chance. Many of the more popular eateries are located close to the river, and offer superb views of the water. One of the best things about the town is that it features plenty of independently-owned restaurants as well as several of the more familiar national chains.





What do the average house price statistics tell us?


We hear a lot of talk in the media about average property prices, but these figures don’t always have a direct relevance to localised markets, In general, prices in Surrey are some distance above the national average, in part because of the ease of commuting to London, but what exactly is the average UK property price?


In May 2017, the average home’s price across the United Kingdom was £220,713. Prices over the UK rose by 0.5% during that month, and by 4.7% in the previous year. While we are often told that house prices are stagnating in Britain as a whole, more local pictures can vary dramatically.


During the 12 months leading up to May 2017, prices dropped in September and October 2016 but rose in other months, particularly in April 2017, when they increased by just under 2%. These figures suggest that the UK property market as a whole still retains a high level of buoyancy.


The south-east of England remains one of the most expensive areas in the UK for home buyers, with properties selling for an average cost of £381,955. It’s worth noting, however, that in London the average prices are far higher at £594,202. Here in Surrey where we operate, they average out at £514,330. The cheapest area in the south-east region is the Isle of Wight at £232,053.


Walton-on-Thames remains as popular as ever


We sell a wide variety of flats and houses in Walton, so we are always keen to keep a close eye on local developments. Last year, the majority of property sales in Walton-on-Thames were for flats and apartments rather than houses. Average flat sales here were at £331,960. Other average prices included £544,118 for semi-detached houses and in excess of £1.1 million for detached homes.


It’s interesting to note that average prices in Walton were higher than in Shepperton, but lower than those in Hersham and Weybridge. Amid all the talk of a slow property market, in Walton sold prices rose by 3% in 2015 and by 11% in 2016. This remains a popular area for young families, retirees and those who need to commute to London on a daily basis.


It’s never easy to predict what the future holds for the property market, but it’s worth noting that in the 2017 Budget the Chancellor Philip Hammond forecast a slower but continuing growth for average UK house prices. Here at James Neave, we are always happy to discuss the market with both buyers and sellers, so feel free to call in and see us.




In the run-up to the General Election, stability will be the order of the day

They say there are very few real surprises in life, but Theresa May’s snap election announcement on Tuesday came as a genuine shock to everyone. We weren’t due to have another General Election until May 2020, but the government have decided to go the polls in June 2017 instead, partly perhaps in a bid to ensure the whole nation gets behind Brexit.

In the run-up to most elections, the nation’s markets tend to see a little upheaval, but this is unlikely to be the case this time around. Unlike in previous instances, the time between the announcement and the event itself is short, just fifty days or so, and this is likely to mean the impact will be negligible.

The property market in the UK has been stable for a number of years now, and this looks set to continue right up until the election and beyond. House prices, especially in the south-east of England, have been rising steadily but not dramatically, and we see no reason to expect any changes in this area. For those who have a house or flat for sale at the moment, it will surely be a case of carry on and don’t worry.

Whether red or whether blue, markets changes will surely be few

It may be that people who are thinking about selling but are yet to go through with the process will decide to wait and see what happens. This is understandable, perhaps, but in truth few changes are likely to occur between now and June 8th, and indeed from now until the end of the year. If the winners of the General Election are planning any policy alterations, we will hear about them in the coming weeks.

Hear at James Neave, we always keep our finger on the pulse, and we will continue to monitor the market as the General Election gets ever closer. We have a great range of flats and houses for sale in Walton-on-Thames and the surrounding area, and of course we also have a broad selection of properties to rent.

If you’re thinking about selling or renting a property at the moment, we will be more than happy to discuss the current state of the market in the local area. In general, we would expect the industry to be only slightly affected by the implications of a General Election. As always, if you have any questions, our experts will be happy to answer them.




UK property prices fall slightly, but Surrey remains a buoyant market



There has been a great deal of publicity about overall property prices in the media in recent weeks, with several newspapers trumpeting the fact that we have seen a decrease nationally for the first time in a couple of years. While the figures are interesting, as is often the case the papers have relied on a simplified version of the true facts.



The reason for the overall price drop is an unusual one, in that the averages fell because house prices in London, so often a barometer for the rest of the country, were on the downturn. Given the fact that prices in the capital have become almost out of control in the past, a small downturn is perhaps not surprising at all.



Here in Surrey, house values have been steadily increasing for some time, and they remain healthy and buoyant, even in the run-up to a General Election. At James Neave, we have a wonderful selection of houses for sale in Walton-on-Thames and the surrounding area, and we expect 2017 to continue to see a small but steady growth.



Losing on the swings but gaining on the roundabouts



Several regions of the UK have seen prices still increasing, despite the focus on the situation in London. In Wales, the West Midlands and various regions of Scotland, property values have seen a noticeable rise, but the capital’s price drop has affected the overall picture.



One of the reasons for the stability that Surrey has been showing over the years lies in the desirability of the county. Commuter links into the capital are extremely good, schools in the area are excellent, and of course there are a great many pretty market towns which remain as popular as ever with both residents and incoming buyers. Houses and flats in Surrey are always in great demand, and there is no reason to suspect this will change in the foreseeable future.



While the announcement of a snap General Election will have an overall effect on the property market in the UK, albeit only a small one, here in Surrey we have noticed virtually no change at all. If there are potential buyers waiting to sell later in the year, there are others who are keen to carry on regardless. Announcements of a slight fall in property prices around the UK should take into account the understanding that regional variations indicate very little has changed.