"Never Judge a book by its cover" (Property Edition)

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"Never Judge a book by its cover" (Property Edition)

One of the things I learned very quickly when I started out doing photography for property sales is that you can't always guess what the inside of a property will be like from the outside. It can work both ways: sometimes you smile seeing what looks like a beautiful home from outside only to find an utter mess once you get through the door, but in my experience the opposite is more common.

Today's example is that way round. When I got the job to photograph a flat over the shops in Stevenage Town Centre I didn't expect much. Here's the 'front'...

The flat is the one directly above "NEFS", a food place I'm not sure I've ever seen open. Go round the back to the access way and you find this:

There it is. Right at the top of these stairs. Lovely, yes? And yet the agent had told me this one was 'really nice'. Could it be? I'll let you be the judge of that...

You'll note that in some rooms the blinds are down as the vendor didn't especially want me to get the 'views', but you know what? I'm quite pleased with this one from the balcony, showing the Town Square Clock in the background. 

Currently on the market with Haart Stevenage here

 

 

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On unfamiliar familiar ground

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On unfamiliar familiar ground

From 1988 to 2010 I worked for Land Registry, until a restructuring saw the closure of my office.  The building I worked in for 22 years has now been converted into flats, and today I went back in to photograph one which is coming on to the market. Interesting to see what they've done with the old place...

(Currently on the market with Haart Stevenage. Listed on Rightmove here for anyone interested.)

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Some slightly different property photography

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Some slightly different property photography

I recently had the opportunity to take some photographs in a little-known village in Bedfordshire. Can you guess where it is?

The village pub

The village pub

Village store

Village store

Hanson's Bakery

Hanson's Bakery

Local Railway siding

Local Railway siding

It was delight wander around this previously unknown village and I hope I've managed to capture something of its beauty and tranquility. Have you guessed where it is yet..?

I was photographing a property for sale in Potton, and this village was...

...It was in the conservatory. 

The set was built by the owner's father, and it's now played with by her children. I was grateful for permission to take a few photographs of it, to see if I could replicate my usual style on a smaller scale! 

The house is currently on the market with Taylors here. Railway set not included.

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Stevenage Character

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Stevenage Character

For those who think Stevenage has no character: today I photographed this fifteenth century property, less than 50o kilometres from my own home. (Which does not, incidentally, look like this.)

Currently on the market here for £600,000 with Charter Whyman. 

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Recognition from University of Hertfordshire

Just last year I graduated from University of Hertfordshire with First Class Honours, after moving on from a long career in the Land Registry. It was a complete change of direction aimed at turning a hobby into a profession, and it seems to have worked.  

I'm glad I took the risk of a photography degree in my 40s. Do I need a degree to be doing what I'm doing? No. But doing it afforded me an unparalleled opportunity to experiment with genres and ideas I'd never have tried before, gave me confidence and contacts to get set up in business, and was great fun. 

And now, just a year later, I'm delighted to have been invited by the University to be featured in a small exhibition of recent "Alumni Successes". That recognition has delighted me. 

 

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And now for something (a little bit) different

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And now for something (a little bit) different

A subtle departure from my usual property work for marketing purposes, today I took a few shots for the Letchworth Heritage Foundation. They're planning to build up an archive of properties throughout the town, with photographs and architectural notes (which someone else has written) and I did a trial shoot for them today. I hope this is the sort of thing they were looking for, as the final project will involve a lot of properties. 

Meadow Way 33
Meadow Way 35/37

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Great feedback

It was originally an ordinary semi-detatched former council house in Stevenage, but kept up to a very high standard by the current owners. The selling agents already had some photographs but weren't happy with them, so they called me in. They'd specifically asked for views of the garden, and I was happy to oblige. 

How lovely to receive this email the next day:

"Hi Trevor,

 Just wanted to feedback on [address] – unbelievable photos – thank you. Vendor is over the moon with them too.

 Regards

Jack Draper , Assistant Branch Manager, Stevenage haart"

A pleasure as always. 

Property currently on market with haart in Stevenage; click here for details.

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Open staircases

I do love a property with an open staircase. This home in Hatfield is a great example: on entering the front door you find yourself in a large hallway, with clear views through an informal seating area opening on to the back garden. 

The owner since 1978 opened it up like this - originally the area behind the stairs was a separate room. This was an interesting and quirky property throughout; I loved much of it. Currently on the market through Connells in Welwyn Garden City. Click here for details. 

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