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There’s time for our reg­u­lar start-theweek team catch-up at our Brook Green of­fice, then it’s straight out to meet a po­ten­tial buyer for a view­ing, as we’re mar­ket­ing a beau­ti­ful prop­erty that I’m keen to show her. It’s a five-bed­room home in Soul­dern Road in W14, very close to the green it­self.

This fan­tas­tic dou­ble house with amaz­ing lat­eral liv­ing/en­ter­tain­ing space trumps what you’d find in May­fair or Knights­bridge for the same bud­get. Foot­prints of this size are very rare in our patch of west Lon­don and should tempt one or more of our Kens­ing­ton & Chelsea buy­ers.


I’m meet­ing a French client, a lovely lady who is well-known in the area. She wants a quick sale but at the best pos­si­ble price, of course. Her pre­sen­ta­tion and prepa­ra­tion of the home for view­ings have been metic­u­lous. There are white orchids through­out and el­e­gant scents per­me­ate ev­ery room.

She has placed a Her­mès hand­bag ar­tis­ti­cally on the bed in the mas­ter bed­room. When she asks my opin­ion on her home stag­ing, I tell her it looks great, but ask jok­ingly if she could per­haps use a su­pe­rior brand of hand­bag. The look on her face is price­less.

View­ings at a newly launched prop­erty in Girdlers Road are lined up this morn­ing. It’s an­other big-boned house in close prox­im­ity to Brook Green recre­ational space — these prop­er­ties are al­ways in de­mand as par­ents are keen to send their young chil­dren to nearby schools Bute House and École Française de Lon­dres Jacques Prévert.

The house is al­most 4,000sq ft with six be­d­rooms and ex­quis­ite in­te­ri­ors. It should at­tract some se­ri­ous in­ter­est. The rest of the day takes a more in­tel­lec­tual turn, as one of the char­i­ties we spon­sor, Up­per Room, is start­ing its win­ter lecture se­ries.

All the lec­tur­ers are lo­cal peo­ple who give their time free to help raise money for so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple in the neigh­bour­hood. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing to hear the in­sights of Matthew Mor­gan who is a trustee of the char­ity as well as a Monet ex­pert at the Na­tional Gallery.


Con­ver­sa­tions with po­ten­tial clients fill my day to­day, along with vis­its to sev­eral homes for val­u­a­tions. The mar­ket is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing un­cer­tainty and it’s good to meet and an­swer any ques­tions ven­dors might have. We have been ac­tive in this area for a long time, and our spe­cific mar­ket knowl­edge is use­ful in times like these. Mean­while, we se­cure an of­fer for the French client I vis­ited on Tues­day — proof that great home stag­ing pays off.

It’s all hands on deck back at the of­fice where we’re pre­par­ing to wel­come lead­ing land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher and tu­tor Charlie Waite, who is giv­ing a lecture and ex­hibit­ing his work in our of­fice. The place is packed with lo­cal res­i­dents and pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts. The lecture is a great suc­cess, the cham­pagne flows and it’s a su­perb op­por­tu­nity to catch up with clients past and present.


I meet with Po­sei­don Group this morn­ing for an up­date on Blythe Ter­race, a new-build de­vel­op­ment for which we are sole agent. It has just launched and will get a great deal of in­ter­est. A re­fur­bish­ment of an old pub, the stun­ning frontage and great lat­eral di­men­sions should make for fan­tas­tic prop­er­ties.

Speak­ing of pubs, back at the of­fice we de­cide to take the whole team out for drinks this evening to cel­e­brate the end of an ac­tion-packed week.

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