I’d do any­thing for client who loves mu­si­cals

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It’s time to hit the ground run­ning. Mon­day morn­ings are al­ways the busiest of the week as I spend most of the time catch­ing up on emails and con­tact­ing all my ap­pli­cants.

By mid-morn­ing it’s time for my first ap­point­ment, this one with a lawyer look­ing to rent a pied-à-terre in cen­tral Covent Gar­den. She’s a huge fan of mu­si­cals and is keen to be as close as pos­si­ble to Theatre­land. We view a modern one-bed apart­ment lo­cated just off the Pi­azza and she makes an of­fer on the spot.


We’re on a roll, it seems. One of my sales col­leagues has re­ferred to me a ten­ant who is look­ing for a pent­house apart­ment in the West End. I start off his view­ing tour at a new de­vel­op­ment in Fitzrovia that’s ex­tremely pop­u­lar, given that it’s within walk­ing dis­tance of Ox­ford Street, Soho and Covent Gar­den.

The next view­ing is at an iconic de­vel­op­ment just down the road, which is edg­ing to­wards com­ple­tion. The views across Lon­don from the apart­ment are truly spec­tac­u­lar and in­stantly win over my prospec­tive ten­ant.


The team has been in­vited to view a new de­vel­op­ment in Covent Gar­den, so it’s an early start. It’s still a bit of a build­ing site so we all suit up in high­vis­i­bil­ity jack­ets and hard hats, which adds to the ex­cite­ment. Once this de­vel­op­ment has been com­pleted, I know it will be pop­u­lar in the rental mar­ket across a range of ten­ants, from down­siz­ers want­ing to be near cul­tural hotspots, to stu­dents look­ing to live a stone’s throw from top univer­si­ties.

I spend the rest of the day fol­low­ing up on ap­pli­cant feed­back and whizzing round Covent Gar­den and Hol­born on view­ings.


Great news — the ten­ant I took out on a view­ing tour on Tues­day has de­cided to pro­ceed with an of­fer on the sec­ond apart­ment we showed him. He was bowled over by the su­perb views. I promptly sub­mit his of­fer to the land- lord and hope to hear back by the end of the week. This af­ter­noon I’m keep­ing busy with back-to-back view­ings at a lux­u­ri­ous new de­vel­op­ment that of­fers ev­ery­thing from a swim­ming pool to a vir­tual golf sim­u­la­tor. It is one of the most pop­u­lar places to live in this part of town.


Just off Carn­aby Street in Soho, I’m mov­ing a ten­ant into their new home first thing — what a great lo­ca­tion. After­wards I rush off to meet a stu­dent who’s re­lo­cat­ing to the cap­i­tal to study and wants to see what he can get in cen­tral Lon­don, close to his univer­sity of choice. I show him around some one-bed­room prop­er­ties and he has a tough de­ci­sion to make but even­tu­ally chooses a lovely fur­nished flat with lots of open-plan space just off Hol­born.

It has been a great week for work. I just hope I’m as lucky on the golf course this week­end.

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