Benhurst Court was built in c1932 in the European Modernist style of the period with curved balconies and a symmetrical facade. There are three blocks of twenty four flats and one additional premises. The estate is a well maintained area of garden and trees. The flats have been designed in such a way as to reduce adjoining walls to a minimum and the clever layout makes the best of the light and increases privacy. There are also a number of garages which some residents have access.
Since obtaining the freehold in November 2011, allowing every owner to have a share of the estate, Benhurst Court has become more desirable and grown in value. And progress is ongoing to make it even better.
The residents are committed to ensuring that we all get the most out of the estate and we welcome your views.
The statement below was released when the freehold was obtained. Since it's release, a number of objectives have been achieved including:
- the extension to residents of a 999 year lease
- the communal hallway refurbishment
- the installation of security gates, which helped to reduce unauthorised parking and boosted security
LEIGHAM COURT ROAD
LONDON SW16 2QN
We would like to share with you our exciting news concerning the ownership of Benhurst Court.
BENHURST COURT is a 1930’s Art Deco, purpose built residential estate, set in extensive and well-maintained gardens opposite Streatham Common. Comprising 73 two bed-roomed apartments in three blocks (some with balconies), each block is no more than two storeys high.
Until recently, the estate was owned by Dorrington Residential, a national property company and major landlord in the UK.
As of 1st Nov 2011, BENHURST COURT is owned by the lessees of the estate under the new freehold company name Benhurst Court Limited, with each lessee who participated in the purchase, owning one share in the freehold company.
Acquiring the freehold enables us to take charge of the financial management and decision-making, which we anticipate will reduce the costs of running the estate. Shortly, we will be offering shareholders the chance to extend their lease term to 999 years.
Additionally, during the coming months a major contract will start; to completely update the internal communal hallways in keeping with the style of the period. Including refurbishment of the original terrazzo on the ground floors, new lighting, communal window & door refurbishment, new floor finishes on the stairs and upper landings and complete redecoration. This contract will be funded from the existing healthy reserve fund.
In the very near future, we have plans to install electronic gates and new perimeter fencing to enhance the appearance of the estate and improve security, as well as eliminating unauthorised parking and entry into the grounds.
A new communal central heating system was recently installed in two of the three blocks, which supplies full seasonal central heating and constant hot water within the annual service charge.
The added advantage of owning a share in the freehold and the improvements planned should add value and secure higher selling prices.
The general management of the estate is currently overseen by Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward.