Dartmouth Buzzes …
Even in the Winter Months

Sails | 30 November 2016 |

Dartmouth is a town that loves a good opportunity to celebrate. From its well-known food festivals and the grand Royal Regatta to the numerous arts and crafts markets and gallery open days, there are celebrations throughout the year for locals and tourists to enjoy. The Christmas period, of course, is no exception, and there is an exciting schedule of activities and events planned for the upcoming festive weeks. Whether you’re looking for buzzing Christmas markets, seasonal concerts ...

… or a chance to introduce younger family members to Father Christmas, Dartmouth is the perfect place to get everyone into a suitably festive mood.

A great way to spend the day in December is to visit the beautiful Greenway House, the holiday home of the much-loved author Agatha Christie. This place is charming at any time of year, but in the run up to Christmas the team at Greenway are bringing the Poirot story ‘The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding’ to life, with stockings to fill, mistletoe to hang and a Christmas tree to decorate.

At Pennywell Farm, children will be delighted to experience nativity plays with all the animals looking on, safe and dry in their winter homes. This is also the place to visit Father Christmas, who will be in residence here from the 1st December to the 24th.

Those who love getting out in the fresh air, even in colder months, can enjoy a beautiful coastal walk, starting at the historic Dartmouth Castle. Combine a castle visit with a trip on one of two local steam railways, bus or ferry and make it a special day out. With a range of wildlife to spot along the way, this is a perfect excuse for a family photo, especially when the stunning landscapes are covered in frost – or possibly even snow – a real winter wonderland!

Residents at Environ’s new apartments, SAILS, on Dartmouth Harbour, will be in a prime position to enjoy everything Dartmouth has to offer during the Christmas period. Residents will be only a short walk from the beautiful Dartmouth Castle, and can even take a ferry from the harbour to Greenway House.

The SAILS development is in the heart of the thriving seaside town, with views of the harbour, Coronation Park and Royal Naval College. With a modern design inspired by a traditional ocean-going clipper, the apartments provide stylish, spacious homes with great appeal for those relocating to Devon.

View the SAILS brochure here

For information on SAILS please contact:

enquiries@environcommunities.com

01225 864429 | 01580 241213

The Draw
of Devon

Sails | 19 July 2016 |

New statistics show that more people are moving to the South West and Devon than anywhere else in the UK.  Is it in anticipation of the county’s first IKEA store, or is there more to it than that? Recent statistics show that in the past five years the number of people leaving London annually has almost doubled to about 80,000, and together with high numbers moving from other parts of the UK has seen the South West region experience the highest inflow of people from across Britain ...

… with the county of Devon proving particularly popular.

The natural beauty of the region, the low crime rate, good schools and quality of life have always been reasons to live there, but what has changed recently to persuade these increasing numbers of people to head for the South West coast?

Louisa Hooper, Head of New Homes at Exeter estate agent Jackson-Stops & Staff has given her opinion:

“Buyers have traditionally been in pre-retirement or actually retired, but this is changing. We are seeing more families move to the region and this has been caused partly due to the availability of high speed broadband (since the end of 2012). It is always one of the first things buyers ask nowadays and now we have a super-fast service it has attracted many that work from home.

“Another reason families are attracted to the area is the schools – the state primary and secondary schools are very good. 85% of our schools are rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted compared to 78% nationally.

The opening of the South Devon Link Road, bypassing Kingskerswell earlier this year has had a positive effect on travel times to and within the region, and has made the area even more desirable. It has been especially beneficial for local and national commuters.”

There are further major regeneration schemes and investment taking place in the area which are likely to draw further people to the area. By 2017 a new phase of government funding will extend the high speed broadband to tens of thousands more homes and businesses across Devon in predominantly rural areas. And IKEA has announced its first store in the county, to be opened at Christmas 2016. It is expected to deliver a multimillion-pound boost to the Exeter economy, creating 380 new jobs and attracting shoppers from across the South West.

An example of a contemporary new build development in Dartmouth, launching this November is our development SAILS, which sits right on the waterfront. The dramatic looking SAILS development is in the heart of the thriving seaside town, with stunning views of the harbour, Coronation Park and Royal Naval College. With a contemporary design inspired by a traditional ocean-going clipper, the apartments will provide stylish, spacious homes with great appeal for those relocating to Devon.

View the SAILS brochure here

For information on SAILS please contact:

enquiries@environcommunities.com

Tel: 07432 682 874

01580 241213

The Dartmouth
Regatta 2015

Sails | 31 July 2015 |

In a couple of weeks’ time the 171st annual Dartmouth Royal Regatta will arrive in this picturesque South Devon town, transforming the harbour and the town itself into an absolute paradise for boating enthusiasts. The Dartmouth Royal Regatta was formally established in 1834 and has since grown in size, playing host to rowing competitions, air displays, steamboat rallies, and fireworks. This year the Red Arrows will be participating in the air show and there’ll be around

300 different boats competing in almost 50 races. The guard ship this year is the imposing HMS Somerset, a 4,500 ton Type 23 Frigate built during the Cold War.

The Dartmouth Regatta has an interesting history. So the story goes, Queen Victoria observed preparations for the regatta while sheltering from a storm in the harbour. Impressed with what she saw, she granted the regatta its ‘royal’ status just before leaving. Since then the regatta has become one of the many things that make Dartmouth ‘the jewel in Devon’s crown’.

This year, there will be additional celebrations in Dartmouth during regatta week, as SAILS, Environ’s landmark development of luxury apartments on the quayside, will be nearing completion and opening its show apartment for interested buyers for the first time. The design of the apartments is inspired by an ocean-going clipper, so the building itself plays homage to the rich sailing history of the local area.

The launch of the homes will be good news for the boating enthusiasts who descend on the town every August; they now have a chance to buy a home right on the harbour, with views of the Naval College, and nearby moorings if they have their own boat.

Tony from Environ says, “At Dartmouth it is all about the activity in the harbour – clear views of all the yachts mooring, ferries going to and thro and cruise liners visiting. You can never get bored watching it. It is a sailors’ paradise with great history too.”

Sailing enthusiasts have the opportunity to rent a mooring directly opposite the apartments, where there are 3,500 berths up to 30 metres in length. There is further space for moorings at the Dart Marina located a few minutes’ walk away, where there are berths up to 20 metres in length. Properties at SAILS also come complete with a storage pod for storing boating gear in the secure garage; allowing active residents of SAILS to enjoy uncluttered homes.

The area surrounding the apartments is a true paradise for sailing enthusiasts; it is near to The Royal Dart Yacht Club, and Dartmouth Marina is nearby, at the end of Coronation Park which is next to the development. The stunning penthouse has views towards both the Naval College and the harbour, meaning owners at Sails can truly live and breathe sailing.

Dartmouth: A Delicious Destination

Sails | 24 June 2015 |

Devon has long been famous for high quality dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, and outstanding meat and fish, thanks to its mild climate and fertile soils. More recently, the picturesque coastal town of Dartmouth - often referred to as ‘The Jewel in Devon's Crown’- has made a name for itself as a hotspot for fantastic restaurants, farmers markets, and food festivals. Later this year, more than 20,000 people will descend on the town for the annual...

Dartmouth Food Festival, which has been voted one of the top ten food festivals in the UK by The Guardian. For this one weekend in October, peaceful medieval Dartmouth will transform into a bustling hub for foodies, among them some of the country’s most prominent chefs, food writers, and connoisseurs.

The Festival finds inspiration in the South West’s culinary history – which has strong links to fishing and farming – and focuses on the best of local recipes and produce.

Dartmouth Food Festival is one of the largest and most popular showcases for Devon’s impressive cuisine, but it’s not the only one. If you don’t want to wait until October, head to Dartmouth in August for the annual South Devon Crab Festival. Organised with the help of local chef Mitch Tonks – a strong advocate of South Devon food – this festival is a highly acclaimed local street party and a great opportunity to taste some of the best crab available in the UK.

Foodies should also consider visiting The Seahorse, run by Mitch Tonks and Matt Prowse. The restaurant has rapidly gained a reputation for top quality sea food, with specialities such as Dartmouth crab with white asparagus and olive oil and lemon and spaghetti with local seafood.

Recent research has shown that great food and renowned restaurants can make all the difference to the demand for local property, so much so that certain estate agents have begun listing nearby restaurants on property listings. Those who may be drawn to Dartmouth by the local cuisine will be pleased to hear that Environ’s SAILS apartments on the town’s quayside are to launch in August, so owners are in a prime position to take advantage of Dartmouth’s culinary scene.

Residents will be only a short walk from the wonderful Dartmouth Farmers’ Market, which takes place in the Old Market Square every second Saturday of the month. Here, local producers demonstrate the delicious and diverse selection of top quality food available in Devon throughout the year.

Whether you’re visiting Dartmouth for a holiday or as a prospective buyer, make sure you take the time to fully immerse yourself in the town’s culinary scene. The food and drink on offer here is really not to be missed.

Could Environ’s SAILS be the UK’s ideal home?

Sails | 20 May 2015 |

New Survey Reveals the Nation's Dream Home is less than 10 years old and in South West England. Can you picture your dream home? Everyone has their own idea of what their perfect house would look like, but it seems British buyers are at least in agreement on a few characteristics. According to research by AA Home memberships, the UK’s dream home would be a property by the sea in South West England that was built in the last 10 years.

The South West of England proved extremely popular in the survey, with more than a quarter of those asked saying they’d choose to live in the region. Furthermore, some 35% of those living in the West Midlands would like to live in the South West.

It seems the nation is falling out of favour with older character properties and looking towards more modern homes. Buyers are waking up to the fact that newer properties have lower running costs and require less maintenance, which can be an important factor for home buyers.

For those looking for a property that ticks all these boxes, Environ’s SAILS could be a good place to start. The striking development is located in the nation’s favourite region, the South West, and is situated on the waterfront at Dartmouth harbour, offering unbeatable river views. Not only this, but SAILS is a brand new development in an area of historic homes, and as such offers all the benefits of a modern development.

Louisa Hooper, head of new homes at Jackson Stops has spoken about the UK’s recent shift in attitude towards newly built homes: ‘We have seen more of an interest in new homes this year as opposed to older, characterful properties. Buyers are waking up to the fact that newer properties have lower running costs and require less maintenance. This is a very recent shift in attitudes’.

Dartmouth itself embodies everything that has made the South West of England so attractive to buyers. The town is often referred to as ‘The Jewel in Devon’s crown’, because of its picturesque Elizabethan streetscapes with narrow lanes and stone stairways and cobbled marketplace. It is also the perfect location for those looking for all the benefits of waterfront living, with its beautiful harbour views. Dartmouth is home to The Royal Dart Yacht Club, and Dartmouth Marina is nearby, at the end of Coronation Park which is next to the development. The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta also takes place nearby in August, with a focus on sailing and with plenty of impressive boats on display, including a Royal Navy Guard Ship.

So, the striking new apartments at SAILS seem to encompass everything that the average Brit considers their ‘dream home’: the perfect waterfront location in the nation’s favourite region, and with all the benefits that come with living in a brand new home. The apartments at SAILS will be finished at the end of June, ready for owners to settle in just in time for a prime waterfront view at this year’s Dartmouth Regatta!

Dart Music Festival
15 – 17 May 2015

Sails | 27 February 2015 |

In May each year, the annual Dart Music Festival takes over the town of Dartmouth and for three days the streets comes alive with the sound of music. The festival is being held on the 15 – 17 May 2015. The festival features over 100 performances covering almost every musical genre from rap, folk and rock to orchestral, jazz and opera. Solo artists and bands perform in venues all over town, including pubs, churches and the main stage of the bandstand in Royal Avenue Gardens.

As a small town situated on the banks and mouth of the beautiful River Dart it is a perfect location to stage a festival that celebrates live performances from all styles of music. The majority of the events during the festival are free and is very much a community event organised by a small team of volunteers, funded by local businesses, involving local schools, choirs, musicians, sponsors, local government and festival-goers.

If you decide to make a visit to Dartmouth over the Dart Music Festival, be sure to visit our new development, SAILS, a collection of two and three bedroom apartments overlooking the Quay in Dartmouth, Devon.

Dart Music Festival will be open Fri 15 – Sun 17 May 2015 | 10am – 10pm.

For more information: dartmusicfestival.co.uk

SAILS WINS BEST APARTMENT SCHEME AWARD

Sails | 29 October 2014 |

Environ Communities, the niche property developer that specialises in sustainable development, has won a five star award for Best Apartment at this year’s highly respected UK Property Awards for its ‘SAILS’ apartment scheme in Dartmouth.  The ceremony took place at the London Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 24thOctober where the award was given to Environ’s Chairman Tony Dowse by Lord Courtown, chairman of the architecture and interior design panel of judges.

Sponsored by Gaggenau and Rolls Royce, the Awards attracted entries from hundreds of companies across the length and breadth of the UK.

SAILS, which consists of six contemporary apartments is situated in a prime location overlooking the Quay and estuary in Dartmouth, Devon. The striking contemporary design has been inspired by an ocean-going clipper and adds a dramatic new landmark building in a central location to the otherwise medieval and Elizabethan architecture of Dartmouth.

The two and three bedroom apartments offer sizeable, light and airy homes with stunning views of the harbour, Coronation Park and Royal Naval College. The penthouse is one- of- a- kind for Dartmouth having an added wow factor with all its living areas having panoramic views and its master bedroom looking out on to its own Japanese roof garden. The 2 bed apartments start from £640,000, the 3 bed apartments from £820,000 and the penthouse is £1,350,000.

Tony Dowse said in receiving the award: “We wanted to do something special with the site as the location is incredible. SAILS is unique in the area with its striking design and contemporary minimalist interiors that maximise the views.”

Stuart Shield, President of the International Property Awards, said, “It’s amazing to see the innovation that continues to deliver ever more surprising solutions that not only look good but also introduce beautiful new homes with a very low energy requirement. The awards are also able to highlight the latest techniques in the marketing and presentation of Britain’s finest homes.”

DARTMOUTH REGATTA
28 – 30 AUGUST 2014

Sails | 22 July 2014 |

Dartmouth is celebrating its 170th Royal Regatta this year, which runs over the course of three days from 28th – 30th August. From classic yachts, to hi-tech sports boats and dashing dinghies, Dartmouth Royal Regatta guarantees some of the most thrilling sailing along the south coast - all against the idyllic back drop of Start Bay, and the River Dart. Once completed the new 2 and 3 bedroom apartments at Sails overlooking the estuary in Dartmouth will offer a great view of all the activities...

… and are perfect for sailing enthusiasts.

The main events are all water-related, with local rowing, historic craft and waterborne tug-of-war on the river, as well as yacht racing in Start Bay and the traditional Passage Races from Brixham to Dartmouth.

Ashore, the fun continues with a range of events, including the traditional Regatta Ball, fantastic firework displays, barrel rolling, trolley grand prix, waterborne treasure hunt, and air displays from the Red Arrows, RAF, and Royal Navy. During the Regatta, there is always at least one Naval Guard ship present, which makes the event look even more spectacular! The town has a range of facilities you can enjoy too including some fine restaurants, pubs and art galleries.

In 1856 the Dartmouth Regatta received its first royal patronage when Queen Victoria made an unexpected visit due to bad weather on the night before the regatta, stayed on and enjoyed it so much she bestowed the title “royal” before leaving. The current royal patron is HRH the Duke of York, who trained at Britannia Royal Naval College in the town.

Residents at Sails that have a boat of their own can rent an annual mooring either at the Dart Marina located a few minutes’ walk away, where there are berths up to 20 metres in length, or directly opposite the property, where there are 3,500 berths up to 30 metres in length.

Next year the new owners at Sails will be able to join in the fun of this annual regatta.

The 2 bed apartments start from £640,000, the 3 bed apartments from £820,000 and the penthouse is £1,350,000.

WATERFRONT HOMES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH & WEALTH

Sails | 9 June 2014 |

Research shows that those living beside water feel healthier than those living inland, and their homes command an average premium of 54%, according to statistics by Knight Frank. It is not clear why, but waterfront living makes people feel calmer, more relaxed and energetic. Perhaps it is linked to the concept of Biophilia which believes humans have inbuilt to their DNA a connection to nature. Biophilic design uses fresh air, daylight, natural materials and water features, creating...

…a visual and physical connection with nature and all living beings. Environ follow Biophilic Design principals, incorporating large expanses of glazing to, effectively, bring the outside in, and create a comfortable, relaxing ambience with a relationship to the outside.

Living where you can breathe in those sea breezes will help to make you feel invigorated-It is certainly known that sea water is charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen and also help to balance levels of Seratonin, a hormone linked to mood and stress.

At Environ’s striking new apartment scheme overlooking the estuary at Dartmouth, Sails, the full height glazing opens out at the same floor level on to balconies creating a seamless transition from inside to out; a perfect place from which to watch the sailing yachts, ferries and fishing boats, along with numerous and varied water birds and the changing colours of the seasons.

A home on the waterfront will always be in demand and is therefore priced accordingly. Waterfront homes in the South West command the highest waterside average premium in the UK of 66% according to the Knight Frank Annual Prime Waterfront Index. The report states that not all waterfront properties are equal, however, as properties situated on estuaries command the highest premium in terms of waterfront location with an average uplift of 82% compared to the equivalent properties a few miles inland!

Sails in Dartmouth not only offers an estuary setting but access to nearby shops, superb restaurants,  moorings opposite, a park on the doorstep and a marina.

The 2 bed apartments start from £640,000, the 3 bed apartments from £820,000 and the penthouse is £1,350,000.

Sales Enquiries: Jackson-Stops | +44 (0)1392 214222 | JHole@jackson-stops.co.uk

DESIGN INSPIRED BY AN OCEAN GOING CLIPPER

Sails | 27 April 2014 |

By the time of this year’s Dartmouth Regatta, at the end of August, there will be a new addition overlooking the quay at the entrance to the town centre – SAILS, a striking and dramatic new landmark building of five apartments and a penthouse, adjacent to Coronation Park and with views of the Royal Naval College. All five of the highly specified apartments have large glazed areas providing great views but also making the apartments, which all have balconies, light and airy.

The penthouse has to be one of a kind for Dartmouth having that added wow factor with all of its rooms looking out on to its own Japanese roof garden.

Not only does Sails have the benefit of water front views but it also offers the rarity of garage parking right in the heart of the town together with basement storage pods for sailing gear and golf clubs. Moorings are available immediately opposite or further along the quay at Dart Marina where a parking space comes with a mooring and discount at the Spa. In fact, pretty well everything is close at hand with tennis courts in the park, Marks and Spencers just around the corner and the historic town centre, restaurants and market stalls only a short walk.

The town itself is a thriving community 52 weeks of the year. It offers the best of all worlds with not just fantastic sailing but also, for nature walkers, wonderful coastal walks as well as Dartmoor to the west. For those wanting a permanent home or a holiday home, Sails must offer the ultimate as a prime location.