Welcome to my week!
By anyone’s standards it’s been eventful, so join me in a recap of where I’ve been, and what I’ve seen.
After our Skype team meeting at 9am, it’s down to Battersea to take a look at a beautiful school conversion in Victorian Heights. It’s a storming duplex for just under £1.3million, and we’re back at the building after being kindly recommended by the owners of another apartment we rented there. Next up, Waterloo, to see a 1970s apartment in a low rise brutalist building at Wellington Mews; a stunning piece of local architecture that plays into my new-found love for the style. Then it’s time to meet a photographer to shoot a fantastic apartment just off Old Marylebone High Street, followed by driving up to Willesden Junction together to get some photographs of an elegant Victorian maisonette from the same landlord. Finally, back down to Brick Lane for viewings at a wonderful worker’s cottage, dating from the early 1800s. Phew!
Admin. Pretty much all day. Getting some latest listings live, sending out valuation packs to homeowners and keeping in touch with existing clients. I did manage one early evening viewing in Clerkenwell, before ending the day with athletics training and having my wallet stolen!
Busy! Start by picking up keys for a house in London Fields, followed by pleading with a traffic warden to let me off the ticket he’d written while I was grabbing a coffee. Luckily, he was extremely understanding when I told him my wallet had been stolen the night before and he let me off the fine, so I bought him a croissant for being so nice. A short scoot over to Hackney Downs to meet up with the owner and buyer at a big garden maisonette, then up to Winchmore Hill to let the plumber in at a water tower that forms part of a three-property chain where everyone is buying and selling through Unique. Alas, no keys had been left, so a bit of a wasted journey (although always nice to see the building!) then down to City Road to an apartment in Canaletto Tower, a remarkable and curvaceous delight with sweeping views of London’s skyline. A split-level apartment in Hoxton Square is my next stop before up to Rowley Way in St John’s Wood for a viewing and more delicious brutalism.
A morning of admin, including writing descriptions, uploading videos and selecting images for our newest listings. Head over to Hornsey in the afternoon to see an architect-designed house which turns out to be a wonderful family home (and more than just a showpiece), then visit the owner of an apartment just around the corner to chat about the progress of the sale over an informal beer.
Quick catch up with the team first thing; there’s a lot to talk about from the week’s appointments. Then a morning of sales progression to keep everyone’s move on track. After a quick lunch, it’s down to Spitalfields for viewings on a historic weaver’s cottage, and received an offer on the spot! Then back up to Winchmore Hill to meet the plumber – again! – at the water tower. This time the keys were there, and the leak was fixed. Finished the day back home for some more admin.
Tower Bridge beckons today and viewing at a warehouse apartment in Shad Thames. It’s an arresting and beautiful place, and it’s a real treat being so close to the river among the cobbled streets. It makes a fine end to a varied, but actually fairly typical – week.