Agent’s star-struck by my ac­tor client

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As we ap­proach the end of the year we’ve seen an in­crease in buy­ers look­ing to close on pur­chases so they can move into their new prop­er­ties by Christ­mas. With the Ox­ford Street lights now on, time is tick­ing.

We have our morn­ing catch-up and go through the new en­quiries. My col­league Spencer has one from a buyer who has just lost a prop­erty and is keen to find some­thing else quickly. Spencer lines up some­thing that ticks most of the boxes and sets up a view­ing.

I’m out today with a pro­duc­tion com­pany look­ing for of­fice space. They have two fa­mous ac­tors in their line-up, so dis­cre­tion is key. They’ve come to me as they know I am the lo­cal spe­cial­ist when it comes to Fitzrovia and the West End. I gather some op­tions that match their re­quire­ments and we ar­range to meet to­mor­row morn­ing.


We’re out first thing view­ing of­fices for the pro­duc­tion com­pany. The first one is not far from Char­lotte Street in a won­der­ful, open-plan, lat­eral space that would be ideal for scriptwrit­ers and cre­atives. The im­me­di­ate feed­back is pos­i­tive but we have more to see.

Off now to Mid­dle­ton Place, a pedes­trian walk­way off Great Port­land Street. The space we’re look­ing at here has lots of dif­fer­ent rooms and cer­tainly has a lot of fea­tures. It seems to work but it’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent feel from the first one. We chew the fat over a cof­fee and it seems like the first one is the favoured op­tion. We agree to ar­range for one of the ac­tor-own­ers to see it to­mor­row so that he can give the of­fi­cial “okay”.

Spencer has his ap­point­ment up in Blooms­bury. The prop­erty is close to Ex­mouth Mar­ket and is a mod­ern build­ing with the most amaz­ing vin­tage fur­ni­ture. It works very nicely and his buyer seems im­me­di­ately im­pressed.


I’m off to a meet­ing in May­fair about cryp­tocur­ren­cies, a form of dig­i­tal money of which hun­dreds of types are avail­able on the in­ter­net. It’s a sub­ject that’s in­creas­ingly spo­ken about, so it’s vi­tal I can stay ahead of the game.

We meet at 5 Hert­ford Street, a very swanky mem­bers club, and the talk is both in­for­ma­tive and en­light­en­ing. Just re­cently a house was on the mar­ket and only buyable with Bit­coin, so if this is a trend I need to be fully aware. We are ad­vised to buy some cur­rency to help us un­der­stand it a bit bet­ter — maybe my 10-year-old son can help me with it when I get home.

Later, at the se­cond view­ing with the ac­tor-owner for the pro­duc­tion com­pany, the face of the agent show­ing us round is a pic­ture when he sees who the client is — he does a great slow-mo­tion dou­ble take. The star gives the seal of ap­proval, so we can move for­ward.


Eric, my Par­son Ter­rier, is in the of­fice today. He is much calmer here than at home and loves the walk in from Maryle­bone sniff­ing ev­ery lamp post along the way. I even take him on ap­point­ments if ap­pro­pri­ate. One par­tic­u­lar owner still writes emails ad­dressed to “Dear Eric” rather than to me and in­sists I bring him with me ev­ery time I do a view­ing.

Af­ter a lit­tle to­ing and fro­ing we get a deal agreed on the of­fice suite and the

We’ve been rec­om­mended by the pro­duc­tion com­pany we se­cured some­thing for yes­ter­day to an­other firm look­ing for space ur­gently, as they have a team of an­i­ma­tors in an ex­pen­sive ser­viced of­fice.

I know just the place but I need to move quickly. We ar­range to meet within the hour. The view­ing goes well and the space is the right feel, size and lo­ca­tion. I head back to the of­fice to start ty­ing up and ne­go­ti­at­ing the finer de­tails. These deals can hap­pen promptly if ev­ery­one is on the same page. Noth­ing gives me greater sat­is­fac­tion than rec­om­men­da­tions and sat­is­fied cus­tomers.

I de­cide to see if the team are up for cel­e­brat­ing a good week af­ter work at the One Tun pub in Goodge Street. Just the one mind…

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