N MARCH this year, Savills celebrated 10 years of selling aspirational property in and around Beaconsfield. This August also marks another anniversary – five years since the international real estate adviser opened its lettings department, which also operates from its premises in the Old Town.
Andrew Cronan, Head of Savills Beaconsfield sales, said:“Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross and their surrounding villages provide the ideal place to live. Not only blessed with a substantial number of good schools and transportation links but with the benefits of superb shops and restaurants as well as the most beautiful Chilterns countryside, opening a sales office here seemed a very logical decision. In addition, it perfectly complemented our existing network of established and successful offices in Oxford, Henley,Windsor and London.”
The office, at the time under the direction of Nick Warner and in conjunction with a strong property market, went from strength to strength and, with its success, came an increased requirement for the firm to offer residential lettings.
Claire Pincott, Head of Savills Beaconsfield lettings who established her team five years ago, comments: “The sales team were finding they were constantly being contacted by investors and private landlords keen to let their properties out through a knowledgeable and reputable agent and, crucially, one which had an established London and international network.Tenants and relocation agents, many of whom had worked with Savills offices in other locations, also wanted to tap into this market, which is where many executives from blue chip corporations with offices in Chalfont St Giles, Slough and London, were keen to live.
“There are a number of reasons that drive the desire to live in Beaconsfield, nearby Amersham and their environs. Predominantly, the market is schools-driven. ACS Hillingdon International School runs buses from both Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross, thus appealing to a large number of international corporate tenants, but locals and Londoners are also attracted to the area for the superb reputation enjoyed by both private and state schools.
“However, it is not the schools alone that prompt the interest.
“Transport links into central London are quick and easy, which is also a huge plus-point for those needing to commute into the capital, and Heathrow is 17 miles away by road, appealing broadly both to international corporate tenants and those who travel for work. Add this to the stunning Chilterns countryside and one begins to comprehend why it was so necessary for us to have a business here.
“Since then, our ARLA-qualified team has doubled in size and includes a dedicated in-house property manager. We handle the letting of aspirational property, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to cottages, executive homes and country mansions.”