Interview with Jean Ligget (Managing Director at Properties of the World)

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Aug
14

Jean and Michael recently had the opportunity to our development sites in Halifax and Manchester, acting both as explorers and as business people, to assess life in the region the also the real estate investment opportunity there, for one of our hotel establishments and one of our residential buildings.

Jean Ligget

Interview with Jean Ligget (Managing Director at Properties of the World)

Jean is the Managing Director at properties of the World, and has a wealth of experience in real estate, through family owned businesses and personal projects in the USA and in the UK. Michael is the head of sales at the company, and spends his days negotiating with and meeting with developers and high net worth clients, helping clients develop their own personalized investment strategies.

We first interviewed Jean to learn more about her visit to one of Halifax’s hotels which is undergoing a major refurbishment project.

Jean, what are the top 3 things that stood out to you during your trip to Halifax?

Firstly, the Square Chapel Arts Centre, which is a beautiful red brick building, with very few buildings of its kind. Last time I visited it was just in the process of being opened. What I found interesting is that it is a combined chapel building with some kind of modern addition, which includes a cinema, theatre, and music hall.
I particularly liked the new all day terrace café, which had a real city feel in trendy environment. I feel that the Chapel Centre will be particularly attractive to those in the arts industries as well as professionals and scholars. People visiting the centre will find it convenient to stay at the hotel, which is a 2 minute walk away.

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Another activity which I enjoyed was going to Piece Hall, which is Yorkshire’s most important secular building, dating back from 1779 when it was built as a cloth trading hall. The grade 1 listed piece hall is one of Britain’s most outstanding Georgian buildings, and served not only as a trading hall, but also as a symbol of the most cultured sensitivities of the enlightenment, which is embodied in its neo-classical architectural design.

Halifax - Properties of the World
Halifax - Properties of the World
Halifax - Properties of the World

Piece Hall represents the history of its surrounding community, and is now undergoing a £19 million conservation and transformation programme to be completed in 2017, which will include upmarket shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, and conference facilities. On its grand reopening on 1st august, there will be free to attend events in the square including performances from local musicians, children’s activities, and pop-up food stalls.

It is a great time to invest in the hotel we visited, as people visiting the piece hall will need somewhere to stay, and the hotel is very close to the Piece Hall.

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The third experience which really impressed me was dining at the hotel. The food was just delicious. We had a ribeye steak with vegetables and the most impressive hand fried fresh onion rings, as well as sticky toffee pudding for desert. Michael joked that the food was even better than the Belmont. The service was great too. We had a situation where it was three of us and we all wanted to eat steak, but the restaurant only had two steaks available. To make up for the shortage, the restaurant manager offered me a free glass of the finest wine. I must admit, the service at breakfast was a bit slow as they were short staffed, but we really enjoyed our dining experience, and the rooms (of the hotel) were very generously sized.

Halifax - Properties of the World
Halifax - Properties of the World

What were the people in Halifax like?

They were very friendly and had a somewhat warmth about them. I’m not sure how to describe them, they are very ‘real’ people, they are very themselves.

Halifax is very close to Manchester, the UK’s second city and third most popular tourist destination. How long did it take to travel to Manchester from Halifax, and was it an easy commute?

It took exactly 47 minutes to get to Manchester from Halifax, and the station was only a 2 minute walk away from the hotel. I must add that we saw a lot of business people travelling between the Northern Corridor, going to Leeds/Braford/Manchester/Huddersfield, and travelling up and down from London too. These business people are always going to need somewhere to stay, so the hotel would be a good option for them, as it is located near the station too.

Halifax - Properties of the World
Halifax - Properties of the World

Many people aren’t aware of the population and size of Halifax, would you describe the region as busy or peaceful?

I would like to describe Halifax in my own words. It is a fantastic town with beautiful views. It is my the Dales and the hills, it has lots of space, and is very airy. It is great for someone who loves nature and the outdoors, but wants to be close to restaurants, pubs, and other amenities which major towns offer. It is quieter than the city, but people are more engaged with each other and talk to each other on the streets. Also, it is good to know that it is only 10 mins from the town centre if you prefer someone busy.

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Overall, how do you feel about the region of Halifax and what sort of person do you think would be well suited to living there?

I think that this would depend on the new quarter (the Piece Hall and Chapel Arts Centre) and who this will appeal too. I think perhaps it would appeal particularly to the slightly more cultured population, as well as people who like the county. People within 100 miles would probably visit and want to stay overnight too, as it’s a huge catchment area.

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We currently have a soon-to-be-launched investment opportunity in Halifax. To find out how you can get involved, contact us now at info@propertiesoftheworld.co.uk or call +44(0)20 7624 5555

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