Estate agent is quitting at the top
Estate agent and auctioneer Gordon Millar of Stags, Launceston, is retiring after a career spanning 45 years.
Gordon is leaving "while he is ahead", he says, after selling Axford Farm, pictured above, a 219 acre dairy farm in East Cornwall.
"I have just sold this farm for £2 million and I thought that was a pretty good point at which to retire. They always say go out at the top," he says.
When Gordon started work for Kivells in Holsworthy in 1968, land was selling for £150 per acre. He has witnessed an astonishing rise in all types of property prices, as well as battling through not one but four property recessions.
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In 1995 Gordon was asked to join Stags and open a new Stags office at Launceston. This enabled the firm to gain a strong presence in West Devon and Cornwall. As a consequence, other Stags offices such as Truro, Plymouth, Bideford and Okehampton soon followed.
Gordon intends to spend more quality time with his wife Wendy, enjoying travelling, walking and horse racing together.
Further spare time will be devoted to his other hobbies of gardening, fishing, golf and his favourite pastime of bird watching.
Gordon would like to thank all of his clients past and present for all of their support over the years and looks forward to seeing them on a friendly basis in the future. He sends his best wishes to the team at Stags, both in the Launceston office and across the whole of the Westcountry.
Read Gordon's fascinating Halloween-themed account of a property said to be haunted, currently on sale in Cornwall. See pages 20-21 of today's Westcountry Homes for more details.
Mountain bikers from Mansbridge and Balment estate agency have raised more than £1,000 for St Luke's Hospice.
The group, pictured above, of Richard Guilor, Rachel Anderson-Stacey, Martyn Cox and former managing director David Balment, completed this year's gruelling 35- mile Tour de Moor Challenge.
"We are delighted to have raised such a large sum for St Luke's and have been overwhelmed by the support of our colleagues, friends and family. Many turned up on the day to cheer us on," says Rachel.
Team M&B would like to thank all those who contributed to this very worthwhile cause. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/TeamM-B
House prices in the South West have risen by 1.7% in the past month, according to a property website.
Rightmove's figures show that the average asking price for Westcountry homes rose from £259,674 to £264,058 between September and October 2013.
Elsewhere in the country, dramatic rises were recorded in London with asking prices rising 10.2% last month to an average £544,232.
The recent rise brings Westcountry homes back to the same level recorded a year ago. The average asking price for houses in October 2012 in the South West was £264,087, £19 more than these most recent figures for October 2013.
A newly-built house in Salcombe is open for viewings at an Open House event on November 1.
Number 3 Eddystone Row on Coronation Road has a guide price of £650,000. The four-bedroom townhouse is in a popular area close to Batson Creek. It has been built to with high quality specification, with garage and parking.
Part of a small development of four houses, the property is close to Salcombe's boat park and mooring pontoons. It is a level walk to the town centre.
The open day will take place between 10am and 12 pm. For details call Marchand Petit on 01548 844473 or visit the website www.marchandpetit.co.uk