In their own words
Tue 29 Apr 2014
Gareth Kelly, Associate Director at Marsh & Parsons, Notting Hill.
020 7313 2890
I have always had an interest in property and from an early age i pretty much always knew my skills were in sales, having worked in the high end retail business both part time and full time. Although selling and buying a property is far more significant than buying clothes, the concept is the same. Another reason i was attracted to become an estate agent was because one of my sisters was in the business and convinced me that 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 Babylon on 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 cost atmosphere with an excellent choice of cocktails. There are many restaurants, but my favourite is Rossopomodoro on Kensington Park Road where the food is excellent and the service outstanding.
David Pittman, Associate Director at Marsh & Parsons, Holland Park.
020 7605 5890
Following 18 happy and hectic 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 Id often notice the sales people outside Marsh & Parsons offices and ponder to myself, Thats 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 goodbye to long lunches, foreign press junkets and concerts three nights a week hello to s per square foot and five valuations a day. As it turned out joining in the frantic market of 2006-2007 didnt particularly allow too many extra hours with the family, but it did turn out to be exceptionally good fit for me professionally. Its very easy to see why Holland Park is one of Londons most sought-after locations to live. It has leafy charm, period architecture, un-rivalled transport links, and the park.
One of my favourite spots is Julies wine bar, a venue I was well used to attending my former life and a spot I still love to take my now, older teenage daughters for dinner at the drop of a hat.
Matt Biggadike, Associate Director at Marsh & Parsons, North Kensington.
020 7313 8351
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 is going to throw at you! It's still a buss every time a sale goes through. I love North Kensington as its an exciting and diverse area demographically and architectually which makes it a great place to live and work. Moreover, the huge varity of restraurants, bars and eateries around Portobello Road and Kensington Park Road are enough to satisfy most people's tastes and more!
My personal favourite in the area are Coffee Plant for the you guessed it coffee, Montgomery Place for their cocktails, Pizza East for the buss and The Cow for a pint. Outside of the 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 ay home there is always plenty to do.
I enjoy my role when I see a happy client after we have handled a tricky sale though to a successful conclusion; its always a challenge to keep both buyer and seller happy throughout what can be sometimes be a nerve wracking process, but ultimately, its always worth it.