In their own words
Mon 31 Mar 2014
Gareth Kelly, Associate Director, Notting Hill.
I have always had an interest in property from an early age I pretty much always knew my skills were in sales, having working in the high end retail business both part and full time. Although selling and buying a property is a far more significant commitment than buying clothes, the concept is the same.
Another reason I was attracted to becoming an estate agent was because one of my sisters was in the business and convinced me taht I would be great at it!
Notting Hill has long been established as a highly desirable place to live, however, over the last few years the High Street at Notting Hill Gate has really seen some great improvements.
My favourite bars in the local area include Beach Blanket Babylonon Ledbury Road as I love the location, decor and the calibre of music is always excellent. Montgomery Place on Kensington Park Road is another favourite and provides a cosy atmosphere with an excellent choice of cocktails. There are many restauirants, but my favourite is Rossopomodoro on Kensingtont Park Road where the food is excellent and the service is outstanding.
David Pittman, Associate Director, Holland Park.
Following 18 happy and hectics years working in the music industry I wanted to find a new career path that left more hours for me to spend with my two young daughters. While working for Virgin Records and living in Notting Hill i'd often notice sales perople outside Marsh & Parsons offices and ponder to myself, "that's something I could possibly go on to do..."The transferable skills were there - the job of a PR/Publicist is essentially that of a sales person - so, it was goodbbye to long lunch, foreign press junkets and concerts three nights a week - hello to 's per square foot and five valuations a day. As it turned out joinging in the frantic market of 2006 - 2007 didn't particularly allow too many extra hours with the family, but it did turn out to be an exceptionally good fit for me professionally. It's ver easy to see why Holland Park is one of London's most sought-afeter locations to live. It has leafy charm, period architecture, un-rivalled transport links, and the park.
One of my favourite spots is Julie's wine bar - a venue I was well used to attending in my former life and a spot which i still love to take my now, older teenage daughts for dinner at the drop of a hat.
Matt Biggadike, Associate Director, North Kensington.
I wanted to go into Estate Agency as every day is different, every client is different, every property is a bit different and you never know exactly what your day will throw at you! It's still a buzz every time a sale goes through. I love North Kensington as it's an exciting and diverse area demographically and architecturally, which make it a great place to live and work. Moreover, the huge variety of restaurants, bars and eateries around Portobello Road and Kensington Park Road are enough to satisfy most people's tastes and more! My personal favourites in the area are coffee Plant for the - you guessed it - coffee, Montgomery Place for their cocktails, Pizza East for the buzz and The Cow for a pint. Outside of estate agency i like to ride my racing bike up and down a few hills, and enjoy a good dinner out afterwards. With two little boys at home there is always plenty to do. I most enjoy my role when i see a happy client after we have handled a tricky sale through to a successful conclusion; it's always a challenge to keep both buyer and seller happy throughout what can sometimes be a nerve wracking process, but ultimately, it's always worth it.