Absolutely Central: In their own words
Sat 01 Jun 2013
My estate agency career all started with a move to London to study at the Royal College of Music, which might just seem like a great conversation starter, but is actually true! I was living instudent halls in Bayswater and a friend asked if i'd like to cover I'd like to cover her 'Saturday job' at the local estate agent. Given the 'hand-to-mouth' lifestyle i was living, the money was obviously too good to refuse, espically as she'd said to me that it would be a day of reading the paper and unlimited web access! when Saturday came, I was greeted by a negotiatorwho was suffering from the most incredible hangover and simply couldn't conduct his viewings. he gave me his keys, a map, his mobile and a list of the day's appointments-all on the promise of a pint. Now, 13 years later, im defintely an estate agent! "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford" As an estate who has worked all corners of our city, I couldn't agree with johnson's words more. The property,people and most importantly the diverse little village-type locations that make up London are beyond exciting and always within easy reach for exploring. After more than a decade, i still feel that I've barely scratched the surface and with two young children, the London im discovering and enjoying now is incredibly different to that of my first years here.
The lettings market is unbelievably busy, whether rental prices are static or increasing there are always people moving within and to London. The nature of the market is that there is defintely a summer peak each year, but in the locations where we have offices, particularly in Kensington & Chelsea, there's always a vibrant lettings market throughout the year-it's just more frantic at certain times and we're heading into that season now!it feels obvious to say, but Chelsea really is one of London's highlights. Places my parents went to in the 60's are still thriving and are as popular as ever. I love the iconic landmarks, which a lot of residents seem to overlook. The National Army Museum on Royal Hospital road is a place that you wouldn't think would make you smile, but when Captain Clean is in residence, it's an event not to be missed. One of my favourite places has to be the V&A, a stunning building with great exhibitions and almost always no queues! And a reliable haunt has to be at the Admiral Codington where i've never been let down.
There's always been a fairly healthy supply of properties in Chelsea available to rent and as prices catch up rapidly in other boroughs the value of renting in one of the most famous locations in London just gets even better.
Patrick Littlemore Director of Lettings Marsh & Parsons