On a sunny day with a drink in hand, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were on foreign shores down at Gloucester Docks – with its waterside location, plethora of restaurants and bars on the doorstep and ideal location on the edge of Gloucester city centre making it a popular place to visit.
With a dedicated Gloucester Docks branch and constant enquiries about properties for sale in the area, independent estate agent Naylor Powell explains why it’s such a popular place to buy a property, too.
Independent estate agent, Naylor Powell, has six branches across Gloucestershire – including one at Gloucester Docks – offering expert sales, lettings and property management services to the county’s homeowners.
Laurie Duckworth is the sales manager at Naylor Powell’s Gloucester Docks branch.
For more information, call Naylor Powell’s Gloucester Docks branch on (01452) 398010, or visit naylorpowell.com.
Since the first warehouse was converted in the year 2000, the popularity of living in Gloucester Docks has grown exponentially.
The enviable waterside location has drawn people from all over the country to relocate to the city. Being positioned in the heart of a vibrant location appeals to an array of house hunters including first-time buyers, investors and those looking to downsize. A docks apartment provides the perfect ‘lock up and leave home’ for retirees, too.
We get many tourists coming through our doors to enquire about properties for sale. We even had a gentleman who arrived by boat on holiday, decided he loved the area so much that he bought an apartment and has never left!
The modern apartments are wonderful properties to live in, but residents particularly love the fantastic choice of cafés, bars, restaurants and entertainment facilities on their doorstep. The Gloucester Quays shopping outlet draws visitors from miles around and the new Food Dock, which is due to complete this autumn, will bring even more local, independent eateries to the area.
The central location means many residents can walk to work but for those who work out of the city, there are excellent commuter links on the roads, bus and trains which provide routes all around the country, including a direct line to London.
Residential properties within the docks are primarily one- and two-bedroom apartments. There are new builds, such as Provender, the Barge Arm and West Quay; and period conversions such as Albert Warehouse and Double Reynolds. It is personal preference as to which building suits your needs the best. You may desire a balcony or fall in love with the character features of the period buildings.
Many people are surprised to hear that there are also townhouses within the docks. Tucked away along High Orchard Street are four unique properties that were originally built in 1902 to home families who worked in the neighbouring warehouses. These beautifully renovated homes are arranged over three floors and each has a private courtyard garden.
While water views are the most common requirement, we find that once house hunters look inside the properties, their priorities may change. For example, the West Quay development offers stunning westerly views towards May Hill from the back of the building.
Yes, the Victorian warehouses are full of characterful features which is evident as soon as you step through the door. There is exposed brickwork, structural iron pillars and some properties even have the original factory machinery within the living accommodation.
The new build Provender building has a nod to its heritage with the recreation of the iconic blue elevator shaft which overhangs the water.
Currently, six of the Victorian warehouses are converted into apartment buildings but work is planned for Bakers Quay, which is the final section of the old Gloucester Docks, to be redeveloped and will provide more state-of-the-art properties.
Yes, the Victorian warehouses are Grade II listed which means residents are not able to alter the façade of the building or any of the character features within the property.
According to availability of properties, prospective buyers can view both the new-build apartments and the converted, so they can make their own decision as to what suits them more.
The quality of properties in the docks alongside the excellent amenities will always demand high interest and in turn, a premium price.
Over the last few years prices have steadily increased in Gloucester Docks. Demand for apartments remains high and with more amenities coming to the area, this will only increase further. One-bedroom apartments currently start from £149,950 and two-bedroom apartments from £180,000.
Additional costs to bear in mind include the leasehold fee as well as a docks service charge, which covers security and maintenance of the area. These costs are available from our team and will be dependent on the size and location of the property.
Gloucester Docks has always been a popular area for buy-to-let investors. Void periods are very low and the rental returns remain high. It is a fantastic location for young professionals looking for a low maintenance property in a superb location.
The average one-bedroom apartment can achieve £695 to £800 per calendar month and a two-bedroom apartment can achieve £895 to £1,200. Rental values are dependent on the size and condition of the property and our lettings team are best placed to advise potential landlords on what they can expect when investing in Gloucester Docks.
Gloucester Docks remains excellent value for money compared to similar properties in more expensive parts of the county such as Cheltenham. Another close comparable is Bristol Harbour where you will find similar properties for much higher asking prices.
Investors are now looking to Gloucester Docks for more attractive yields compared to these areas. The continued investment in the area is also encouraging for buyers. We have seen an increase in house hunters moving to the area and commuting to places like Cheltenham and Bristol, attracted to the lifestyle and affordable asking prices.
We always try to make the most of any unique features. It could be the character, water views, amazing sun sets or a state-of-the-art kitchen. As always, we advise our vendors to make sure the property is clean, presentable and ready for professional photos so the property can look its best.
If the property is unoccupied, we would advise the vendor to ‘stage’ the apartment for photos and viewings with furniture and accessories. The more attractive a property looks, the more likely that we will attract the right buyer – it can also help to maximise the price achieved.
The same advice is given to both sellers and landlords. Their property must be presented in the best possible light ready for photos and viewings. Our Property Management team manages hundreds of properties in the area and continually advises landlords on works required to keep their property in good order.
Finding the right tenant is key to a successful let and our lettings team will ensure all prospective tenants have the correct referencing and affordability checks to ensure the best tenant is found for every property.
As it stands within the lease agreements, short-term lets and holidays lets are not permitted within the buildings in the area.
Wednesday 22 June 2022
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