FIZZY IN THE TIMES – NEIGHBOURS CAN BECOME GOOD FRIENDS

We are thrilled to be featured in The Times, especially in an article which is all about our lovely tenants!! We believe building a sense of community in each Fizzy development is hugely important, and that’s why we build communal areas, throw amazing resident parties and set up Facebook groups for our tenants to interact with each other.

We are so happy to hear that you all enjoy these initiatives just as much as we love organising them. Not only do Fizzy tenants know their neighbours, they’ve also become great friends!

Huge thanks and love to the delightful Kate Beard who lives in Fizzy Stepney Green and helped provide comment for the article! We are lucky to have tenants as lovely as you!

Click here to read the article: The Times

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 Original source – The Times, Friday 10th April 2015

MEET FIZZY TENANTS: MIGUEL MESQUITA

We really mean it when we say Fizzy is friendly landlord; we love getting to know our tenants and that’s why we love throwing parties for them, so they can meet each other too.

At the Fizzy City (Stepney Green) ‘Meet the Neighbours’ party, we were overwhelmed by all the baked goodies our tenants made to share with each other. We truly have some amazing chefs living at Fizzy so we weren’t at all surprised when we realised one tenant is a TV star having won Portugal’s answer to The Great British Bake Off! Ok, we were extremely surprised and very very excited!!

Meet the very talented Miguel Mesquita. This is his story.

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“Becoming a good cook was always one of my dreams. During my adolescence my greatest pleasure was to go to the kitchen and make cakes for my family. I would do this a few times a week and especially during exams. Like most families, after high school my parents made sure that I went to university never taking seriously my interest in cooking. Instead, I became an Industrial Engineer focusing on Quality Management and Metrology. Working in my area of training I enjoyed my work but I was not completely satisfied. So as you would expect, when I would return from the workday I enjoyed making meals for myself and my friends who always enjoyed what I presented.

With some encouragement from friends and family, I participated in two culinary competitions on television last year, the Portuguese edition of “MasterChef” and later I auditioned for and was cast on to “Guerra dos Pratos” (War of the Dishes) on FoxLife, Portugal. It’s a competition-style cooking show similar to the The Great British Bake Off. After 3 months of gruelling competitions and all-day-filming, I, an amateur, ended up winning the competing against some of Portugal’s best restaurant chefs and restaurateurs.

From these experiences, and with such positive feedback from reputable chefs in the industry I decided to change course of my life and apply to Le Cordon Bleu London where I am currently studying.

I’d love to share my famous carrot cake recipe with you. It’s a twist on my partner’s mother’s well-tested family recipe. I hope you enjoy it!”

Miguel’s Moist Carrot Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Frosting

  • 2 packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups of icing sugar

Topping

  • 1 tbsp walnuts, toasted
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • 3 tbsps Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/4 tbsps butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps honey
  • 1/2 tbsp oil

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C
  • Grease and flour 1 round cake pan, line bottom of the pan with baking paper
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt
  • Add eggs and vegetable oil. Blend until combined. Add carrots and nuts (if using)
  • Pour into pan. Bake for approximately 40 minutes
  • Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan, place on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  • Add all ingredients into a medium bowl and beat until fluffy using a mixer
  • Spread frosting on top of the cake

For the topping:

  • Coarsely chop the nuts and mix with the seeds
  • Place a pan over low heat and heat the butter, add the breadcrumbs, and salt.
  • Stir until the breadcrumbs start to turn a golden colour, then remove from the heat and combine with the nut mixture
  • Heat the honey and oil in a pan and pour over the other ingredients
  • Stir until the nut mix is well coated
  • Spread the mix onto a tray lined with baking paper and toast in the oven (170C) for approximately 3 minutes, then stir and bake for a further 4 minutes
  • Remove from the oven, leave to cool
  • Spread the nuts and seeds praline on top of the cake
  • Transfer the cake to a serving plate and serve.

Attempting to make Miguel’s famous moist carrot cake? Don’t forget to send us a picture of the finished product! Tweet us @fizzyliving or post on our Facebook wall.

Miguel is starting a new project as a Private Chef. Click on the following links to find out more information and to get in contact with Miguel.

It’s all about Poplar!

It’s so good to see Poplar being recognised as a commuter hotspot and an all-round great place to live! Fizzy is delighted to be featured in an article about this booming neighbourhood in the Metro newspaper:

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 Original source – Metro, Friday 27th February 2015

Our lovely tenants at Poplar have kindly shared some hidden gems and their tips on this thriving East End hub:

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“Poplar has fantastic public transport links that will take you from one side of London to the other. – DLR, Jubilee Line and several bus routes (15, 135). We are a 10 minute walk from Canary Wharf which is great, as there are plenty of interesting places to eat and drink there too.

My favourite restaurants nearby are Noodle Street in Poplar, Royal China and Scoff & Banter. Rum & Sugar, between Poplar and Canary Wharf serves a good drink or two…!

There are loads of things to do in Poplar –we’ve got quite a few parks nearby for a run or kick around, weather pending of course! Bartlett Park is directly opposite Fizzy Poplar which is really convenient. Walking or cycling along the Limehouse Cut is really relaxing and it takes you all the way up to Victoria Park and the Olympic Park!

Fizzy tenants are lucky to have free access to the New Festival Quarter gym onsite but there are loads of gyms in the vicinity to choose from; LA Fitness, Virgin Active, or for something a bit tougher there is a Diesel Gym!”

Lawrence Jones

“The Chrisp Street market in Poplar is excellent. I buy all my fruit and veg there are as they’re great quality and you’ve got a wide variety to choose from. It’s also half the price than supermarkets and grocers. The market stall sellers will often throw in more exotic items like Pomegranates if you buy a lot.

We enjoy walking along the canals on a Sunday afternoon.There’s a great family run place called Palmers restaurant that do an amazing roast Dinner, the Pork Belly & crackling was incredible & the portion size was ridiculous.”

Laura Stannard, “Bob” at Fizzy Poplar 

“The Museum of London Docklands is just a 10 minute walk from Fizzy Poplar. It has some really interesting exhibitions on the history of the local area. It’s lovely, peaceful and serves delicious coffee! A hidden gem in Poplar I’d say!”

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#ShareTheLove to win tickets to The View From the Shard

Our tenants received a sweet treat in their mail boxes last week from the Cupids at Fizzy (their Bobs!) to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Canning Town residents were even treated to some pick’n'mix for when they returned home from work:

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Fizzy has been sharing the love this Valentine’s Day and we’d love for all our tenants to share the love too. Follow the instructions on your love note and upload all entries on Fizzy’s Facebook page, your designated Facebook group or our Twitter account (@fizzyliving) to be in with a chance to win our incredible #ShareTheLove prize – 2 tickets to The View from The Shard!

We have two tickets to The View from The Shard for each Fizzy development up for grabs! 

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Tell us what you love about living in Fizzy, or living in Epsom

Deadline for entries: Thursday 19th February

Fizzy Poplar

Tell us what you love about the local area or share one of your favourite East London hot spots (a picture of you enjoying your fave place would be even better!)

Deadline for entries: Thursday 19th February

Fizzy City (Stepney Green)

Share a picture of you or your valentines sweets in your flat or Fizzy block with hashtag #ShareTheLove

Deadline for entries: Thursday 19th February

Fizzy Canning Town

Tell us what you love about Fizzy, what you love about the area, or what you love about your flatmates

Deadline for entries: Thursday 26th February

Terms & Conditions:

  • Deadline for entries from Fizzy Epsom, Fizzy Poplar and Fizzy City (Stepney Green) is Thursday 19th February 
  • Deadline for entries from Fizzy Canning Town is Thursday 26th February 
  • Winners from Epsom, Poplar and Stepney Green will be announced on social media. Winners to contact their property managers (“Bob”) to claim their prize.
  • Winners from Canning Town will be announced at the Canning Town party on Thursday 5th March. Winners must be present at the party to claim the prize.
  • There are two tickets for each Fizzy development available to win.
  • Fizzy Living reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the #ShareTheLove competition and/or the terms and conditions without notice.
  • In the event of any dispute regarding the competition, the conduct or results of the #ShareTheLove competition, or any other matter relating to the competition, the decision of Fizzy Living shall be final and unchallengeable and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into, comment issued, or reason given in respect of any decision made by Fizzy Living.
  • Fizzy Living accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, injury (other than our liability for personal injury or death as a result of our negligence) or disappointment of any kind suffered by any entrant in entering the Competition and/or claiming and winning the prize.
  • You agree that Fizzy Living may use your Entry (whether or not it wins the Competition) for any promotional purpose.
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Don’t make PRS schemes compete with build-to-sell

“While PRS competes head to head for opportunities with the build-to-sell market, it will always come second” says Harry Downes.

In his latest column in Property Week, our MD Harry Downes has called on a policy to rapidly increase the availability of new homes across the country, “by allowing professional PRS landlords to trade section 106 affordable allocation in return for a 10-year commitment to PRS.”

Read the full article in Property Week 

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WHO WILL BE CROWNED AS SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONS 2015?

Hi all! In the build up to the Rugby World Cup taking place on home turf later this year, we’ve decided to offer our invaluable opinions on who we think will come out on top in the Six Nations over the coming six weeks.

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The last time the Six Nations took place in a World Cup year, England triumphed against their European counterparts but could only muster a place at the quarter-finals at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. However, this time around England may struggle to claim the Six Nations title in the first place, due to the form of the Irish and Welsh teams. Either way, the Six Nations always serves up some fantastic rugby and will be a good gauge for what’s to come at the World Cup later in the year.

 

Many of the pundits have chosen Ireland as their early favourites for the Six Nations, but here’s Team Fizzy’s picks as to who they’ll be supporting and the team they have chosen to come out as victors on March 21st:

Harry (Managing Director) – “As I had to sign an oath to support Queen and country when I was commissioned I’ll have to stick with England, or risk being shot for treason…”

Stephen (Acquisitions Analyst) - “Despite being English, all my uni pals are Welsh and I quite enjoy their crazy fanaticism. We are each hosting a game and the theme is whoever Wales is playing against. I am hosting Wales v France, so lashings of Kronenbourg and some cheeky escargot sandwiches for half time.”

Hannah (Fizzy Canning Town ‘Bob’)-I suspect the Irish will just edge it and while I am English (and root for them) I guess I can switch allegiance with my Irish surname!”

Ha (Fizzy Epsom ‘Bob’) - “I like the Irish accent, is that good to say go with the Irish?” 

Dan (Operations Manager) – “Although I’m English, I have a soft spot for the welsh.”

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Niall (Investment Manager) -I think Ireland will win it but no grand slam, I’ll be supporting England and though we may not win the tournament I certainly think the Calcutta Cup is in the bag (sorry Adam!)” 

Kassy (Fizzy Stepney Green ‘Bob’) - “I actually had to google Six Nations, although I played rugby at school. I’ll be sticking with good old England probably, because I don’t know any better.”

Laura (Fizzy Poplar ‘Bob’) – “Seeing as no one has mentioned them and in line with the multi-national vibe at Poplar, I’ll go Italy. Google also led me to see that they have a women’s squad so power to that too.”

 

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The tournament kicks off this evening at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff for the showdown between Wales and England. The atmosphere will be as phenomenal as usual in the 74,500 capacity arena, but in case you didn’t get tickets, here are our tips for the best places to watch the game if you’re a Fizzy resident:

Fizzy Poplar – The Cat & Canary, 25-27 Fisherman’s Walk, Canary Wharf. 

Fizzy Epsom – The Vestry, 2 Church Street. 

Fizzy Canning Town – The Henry Addington, 22-28 Mackenzie Walk, Canary Wharf.

Fizzy City (Stepney Green) – Bar Kick, 127 Shoreditch High Street. 

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our incredibly insightful comments and views on the upcoming Six Nations and all that’s left to say is let the games begin!!

FIZZY LIVING IN THE METRO

Great to see both Poplar and Canning Town in the Metro, in an article about the London rental market but we are so thrilled with all the kind words that Seb said…

“The service at Fizzy is just brilliant, it really is better than a hotel. You can’t really compare my previous rental experience, it’s so much better here” And speaking about his Bob (aka Hannah), “she’s amazing, she takes care of everything.”

Thank you so much Seb! We’re happy that you’re happy, and we hope to keep delivering on our promise in providing great rental accommodation with great customer service to match!

Metro Seb Giroux

 Original source – Metro, Friday 9th January 2015 

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FIZZY LIVING BOOSTS ITS ACQUISITIONS TEAM

Fizzy Living marks the start of 2015 with two new appointments. Niall Malone and Stephen Young have joined the acquisitions team and will work alongside Acquisitions Manager Adam Russell, who joined Fizzy last year.

14-05 - Niall Malone - high res - NM-69Niall Malone, Investment Manager, joins Fizzy from Mill Group Residential where he was responsible for the purchase of a £45m PRS portfolio from Bovis Homes. Prior to this, Niall spent three years at Deloitte Real Estate and has also worked as an analyst for IPD.

Stephen YoungStephen Young, Acquisitions Analyst, joins Fizzy from Deloitte Real Estate where he acted as a chartered surveyor within the Residential Valuations team, specialising in development viability. Stephen acted for a variety of private and public sector clients, advising on the delivery of private and affordable units and larger regeneration initiatives. Stephen was also responsible for portfolio valuations and investment valuations for student accommodation blocks.

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Adam says “Our new recruits join as the company aims to grow its rapidly expanding portfolio. The past two years have seen Fizzy grow from being the first branded private rented sector landlord to becoming an established, institutionally backed company with a portfolio of 450 apartments. A further 450 apartments are in the pipeline and Fizzy has aspirations to grow this to 1,000 by the end of the year.”

Adam Russell joined Fizzy Living from Savills Residential Capital Markets where he was an Associate Director advising clients on residential investments and funding solutions. As one of the founding members of the Funding & Development team, Adam advised on over £350m of forward funding transactions, particularly in the emerging Private Rented Sector. 

The Fizzy acquisition team aims to build a national portfolio of 5,000 units by 2020 by developing its own product and through partnerships with developers, house-builders and local authorities.

Welcome to #TeamFizzy Niall and Stephen!

Read the news story on Estates Gazette here 

LONDON’S BEST CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Hi again! December is upon us and the festive season has well and truly arrived, so here’s our picks for the best Christmas markets in London this year. Make sure you check out some of these craft markets and log cabins to spice up your Christmas shopping in 2014!

Southbank Centre Christmas Market

November 11, 2014 – January 14, 2015

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Head down to the riverside where the Southbank Centre’s mini chalets will be selling hot chocolate, mulled wine, crafts and festive foods. There’s also a winter festival taking place here, including gigs, child-friendly shows and even cabaret.

You’ll find plenty more than baubles and gingerbread to tempt you in the 50 wooden chalets that will make up the Southbank Centre Christmas Market this year; sheepskin rugs, local mead, door wreaths and even lobster mac ‘n’ cheese will all be among the goodies on sale along Queen’s Walk. The market is just one part of the Southbank Centre Winter Festival, and there will be special editions of the Real Food Market on various weekends in the run up to Christmas, too.

 

Winter Village, Hackney

December 5 – December 7, 2014

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The crafts market at Winter Village, Hackney will offer vibrant designs from a selection of artists, illustrators, fashion and jewellery makers. There will also be food supplied by Anna Mae’s Mac n Cheese, Chef de Poutine and Colonel Tom’s Gumbo, among others. Fever Tree’s Cocktail Bar will have a stall in the Winter Village too.

Even those who find Christmas shopping more fun than opening their own presents will have one person on their list they find a challenge, so markets full of contemporary crafts, locally made art and unique edible treats like this one are a gift in themselves. On top of the shopping opportunities the event will feature live music and local choirs to keep everybody feeling truly merry.

 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015

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This giant fun fair filled with frivolity returns to Hyde Park, and it’s bigger and louder than ever before! Hand-crafted Christmas presents will be on offer here as well as novelty hats and neon glowsticks. With a huge sparkly ferris wheel, circus tent, skating rink and Magical Ice Kingdom, it really will be easy to spend the whole day out at the Winter Wonderland!

The Magical Ice Kingdom is your chance to get up close to some real ice and snow, meeting some mythical frozen beasts as you explore a chilly forest. Along with the 60-metre observation wheel, rollercoasters and fairground rides will keep thrillseekers happy. A good alternative for those who prefer to stay on solid ground are the selection of themed bars where even the glasses you drink from are made of ice.

 

Winterville, Victoria Park

December 2, 2014 – January 1, 2015

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Take a horse-drawn carriage into the park for a magical wintry day out. There will be little huts in the park selling crafts, snacks and stocking fillers. Winterville is new this year and will have easily enough to keep all involved amused! You can ride on the fairground, enjoy the street food, dance to DJs, watch cabaret acts and visit the drinking lodge with a heated terrace for some après-ski vibes.

Plus there will be a Santa’s grotto, romantic horse-drawn carriage rides taking in the park’s lake and pagoda, and fairground rides including a huge Ferris wheel. For those who like a surge of adrenaline with their Christmas spirit, vintage motorcycles will be performing daring stunts.

LaundryRepublic’s exclusive offer for ALL Fizzy tenants!

We are pleased to announce that LaundryRepublic, the super convenient dry cleaning and laundry services company, is running a special November offer for all Fizzy Living tenants!

LaundryRepublic is giving all residents of the Fizzy buildings a 10% discount on any order over £30.00*. To take advantage of the offer, simply visit www.laundryrepublic.com and enter the following voucher code when you submit your order: FIZZY10PC

Lockers accessible 24/7 have been fitted into all London Fizzy schemes, so residents wanting to use Laundry Republic simply have to find a free locker, put in their items in and order by text message for their washing to be collected. Speak to your Bob to find out where the LaundryRepublic lockers in your building have been installed.

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(*T&C’s: Not valid in conjunction with other offers. Offer expires 30/11/14.)