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Hi, it's Frank again.
Today, I am in Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs.
I like parks, especially this one.
It was first opened on 3 August 1895.
Some of you might remember that Island Gardens DLR station used to be here in the park, but when they extended the line under the Thames to go to Lewisham in 1999 they built a new station across the road in Millwall Park. Now that the station isn't here there's more room for dogs like me, and people like you.
Island Gardens is also home to the northern entrance of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. That was opened in 1902, and it was built to make it easier for the people who lived in south London to get to work in the docks.
Next door to the foot tunnel there's a little shop that sells sweets and cakes and ice creams, but the best thing about it is that there's always a water bowl for dogs. No, really.
Island Gardens Cafe is also here and they serve tea and coffee and sandwiches like lots of cafes, but they also serve Caribbean food like jerk chicken, curry goat and roti.
So, you can get here easily, there's stuff to eat and drink in Island Gardens, you can sit down and relax and watch the boats on the Thames, you can play ball, and you can walk to Greenwich under the Thames, where there's an even bigger park.
See you next week
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As professional letting agents in London, Proper Local Estate Agents have seen a number of first-time homebuyers. Our general rule of thumb is to make the process of buying your home for the first time as easy as possible. There are however many mistakes that can be made when viewing property on the Isle of Dogs or looking at property in east London. Here are some of the top mistakes and how to avoid them:
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Hi, my name is Frank and I'm a proper local dog.
As a proper local, I'm going to show you around E14.
I'm going to be writing stuff every week. I'm out and about quite a lot.
When people talk about E14 they often think 'Canary Wharf', and they don't think about the Isle of Dogs, or Limehouse or Poplar, or Leamouth or Blackwall.
Today I'm on the Isle of Dogs (of course), on my way down to Island Gardens.
Over my shoulder you can see the Thames, and on the other side is a power station in Greenwich.
I do know that Greenwich is in SE10, not E14, but lots of people wonder if its a working power station. Well it is, sort of.
Greenwich power station is a back up supply for Transport for London. If we have a power cut on the National Grid, the power station will start working so we can still use the tube.
But, the power station might have a different future; you can read about TFL's plan here.
So, nice speaking to you.
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For us, Property Management should be simple.
That isn’t to say that we’ll do the bear minimum to make our own lives easy, what it means is that if you apply some common-sense to property management, the process becomes much easier.
From experience, we know the one thing that annoys both tenants and landlords the most is poor communication. At Proper Local we’re not scared of the phone, we like to talk, and we always return emails promptly. The simple fact is that bad things do happen in a tenancy, things do break down, but we also know that if you’re kept updated (both landlord and tenant) then you’ll be assured that it’s going to be resolved.
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OK, so this is a particularly bad picture, and in all my years as an estate agent I haven’t witnessed property damage even remotely close to what you see here, but… having a bad tenant can devastate your investment if things turn out for the worse.
We’ve prepared this short guide to give you some pointers if you ever find the need to evict a tenants.
Don’t take matters into your own hands – breathe deeply, relax (as much as you can) – make a promise to yourself that that you’ll use the law & logic, not anger and emotion.
Don’t go all macho and try to throw them out of the property yourself, or cut of the electric or gas.