Cab­bie’s last fare is to the sea­side

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A Lon­don black cab driver is sell­ing his home of over 30 years through us, a re­ally nice one-bed­room flat, and my col­league Matthew re­ceives an of­fer on it to­day. The cab­bie has just re­tired and says he has seen many changes in his time work­ing in the cap­i­tal, es­pe­cially over the last five years in Fitzrovia and the West End. Now he’s ready to move to the coast and en­joy re­tire­ment.


The girl­friend of a fa­mous artist has bought a flat through us, and we com­plete to­day. My col­league agrees to meet at the prop­erty to hand over the keys and ex­plain how to use the heat­ing and main es­sen­tials. The artist, the buyer and a rather fa­mous snooker player, known for his 147 breaks and speedy play, turn up to meet him.

It’s amaz­ing who you meet along the way in the West End. Not so long ago we sold a pent­house flat to a house­hold-name Scouse comic and a man­sion flat to another well-known fe­male co­me­dian, both in Blooms­bury.

This area has of­ten seemed to at­tract light en­ter­tain­ment stars over the years and we are cur­rently sell­ing two flats in Lan­caster Court, close to Char­lotte Street, where Sir David Ja­son and the late Hughie Green once had homes.


I’m try­ing to ar­range a catch-up with an old client. The lo­cal area is so heavy on apart­ments but he has one of the few houses around here. We’ve been mean­ing to meet up over a glass of wine now that he’s back from the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, but he says he wants to go for cof­fee in­stead, so I’m guess­ing it was a big week with the stars.

Back in the of­fice, another of­fer comes in on a man­sion flat in Blooms­bury, near Bed­ford Square. It’s quite close to ask­ing price and my col­league Si­mon is hope­ful of ty­ing this one up. The buyer’s from Sin­ga­pore and she has been look­ing for a while. She’s struck up a great work­ing re­la­tion­ship with him, which is some­times not so easy when work­ing with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures, so I’m feel­ing pos­i­tive about this one.


Af­ter a mixed week it’s time to make sure I’ve con­tacted all our sell­ers and given them a mar­ket up­date. On th­ese calls we go through the on­line stats to see how many peo­ple are look­ing at their prop­erty, be­fore mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions de­pend­ing on the in­for­ma­tion at hand. Iron­i­cally, now is a great time to buy, with prices be­low the peak of 2014. Buy­ers have time to make an in­formed de­ci­sion af­ter two or three view­ings, rather than hav­ing to make their mind up on the spot, and they don’t have such a high risk of be­ing gazumped at any stage of the trans­ac­tion, which can hap­pen in a busier sales mar­ket.


I have another view­ing at a re­cently dressed pent­house in a new de­vel­op­ment by Ar­ti­san in Goodge Street. We have al­ready sold two of the three pent­houses avail­able, and this was the only one that didn’t have fur­ni­ture. Since

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