In their own words- Patrick Littlemore
Fri 31 May 2013
Patrick Littlemore, Director of Lettings at Marsh & Parsons.
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 in student halls in Bayswater and a friend asked if I'd cover her 'Saturday job' at a local estate agent.
Given the 'hand-to-mouth' lifestyle I was living, the money was obviously too good to refuse, especially 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 negotiator who 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, I'm definitely 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 agent who has worked in all corners of our city, I couln't agree more 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 I'm discovering and enjoying now is incredibly different to that of my first two years.
The lettings market is incredibly bus, 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 definitelya 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 60s are still thriving and are as popular as ever. I love the iconic landmarks, which alot 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 buildingwith great exhibitions and almost always no queues! And a reliable haunt has to be at the Admiral Codrington 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.