After spending all my working life in Halifax Town centre, moving our office to Skircoat Green has rekindled lots of wonderful memories.
I was born at 8 Haddon Avenue, Skircoat Green on Christmas Day 1957. One of my first memories was being hoisted up by my Grandpa to watch the wrecking ball during the demolition of the magnificent mansion at the top of Manor Heath.
The strong connection I have with Manor Heath Park spans over 60 years: I remember the gardens being planted on the site of the mansion, playing roly poly on the grass embankments, both paddling and sailing our boats on the pond, which still provides an amenity for our grandchildren today. I collected conkers from the horse chestnut trees in autumn and sledged there in the winter snow. As a pupil at All Saints Primary School and Heath Grammar School, we played team sports there. Latterly I have been drawn back to the park, as the bark path that follows the perimeter of Manor Heath is a forgiving running surface for my ageing limbs.
During my working life I have been fortunate to handle the sale of a large number of properties that surround the park – as illustrated: from Manor Heath Road; Queensgate; Linden & Clifton Roads; Heath Gardens & Heath Avenue and the rows of terraced houses off Manor Drive. On the bottom side the houses along Skircoat Green Road, Stafford Road, Stafford & Southroyd Avenues. Then to the southern side, Lea, Rawson & Greenroyd Avenues and the apartment development of Grange Park.
As I return to Skircoat Green, the past 60 years seems just a moment ago. The shops close to the Murg have not seen much change. Todds the butchers, the confectioners on the corner, the fish & chip shop, Nichols dress shop and the newsagents still remain. No 354, Skircoat Green Road was latterly a hairdressing salon. Before that, it was greengrocers owned by Dick Smith who used to sell us a brown paper bag full of monkey nuts which we devoured on our way home from school.
Our move to Skircoat Green comes with a great deal of excitement and anticipation. We’ve built a new website which is extremely user friendly and the office is bright and inviting to reflect our upbeat attitude moving forward.
My 40 years in the industry has taught me to use the experience I have gained to make a well-balanced judgement when dealing with property sales, always striving to act in our clients’ best interests, whilst being fair and consistent with prospective purchasers. To this end I shall provide a totally hands-on service, which will include, at no additional costs to our competitive fees: –
• A valuable valuation and constructive market appraisal service with specific focus on the features which will produce the best return for your property
• Refreshingly detailed brochures with strong photographic content and illustrative floor plans, which are of great benefit to prospective
• Our striking ‘for sale board’
• Accompanied viewing whenever possible to
enhance the sales process and bring a credible
understanding to vendors and purchasers alike
• Offering a flexible approach to marketing in order to further enhance value
• Free listing on ‘Rightmove’, ‘OnTheMarket. com’ and ‘www.Brearley-Greens.co.uk’ to guarantee far reaching exposure
• Developing linkage with our ‘hot box’ purchasers who can be introduced to properties at the point of sale
• Maintaining the crucial follow up service to
encourage legal/financial efficiency and reducing the risk of sales falling through.
Furthermore, we have developed strong linkage with some of the best local financial advisors and solicitors, who can be introduced to help the mortgage and legal process run smoothly.
I look forward to welcoming everybody to our new office and feel confident that we can build a bright future in an area that I know so well.
By Richard Green Aug 2017