Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; Sometimes It's Hard to Figure Which Is Trickier: A Hungry Abandoned Tortoise or Devil Worshippers in the Basement

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; Sometimes It's Hard to Figure Which Is Trickier: A Hungry Abandoned Tortoise or Devil Worshippers in the Basement

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Monday

First call of the day was from a buyer who is desperate to beat four other bidders for a two-bedroom flat in a restored Victorian building. She first saw it six years ago when it cost pound sterling75,000, but was beaten to the draw. It's a beauty: southfacing, overlooking the Common, with a big fireplace and high ceilings. For months, she used to drop notes through the door asking to be told first if they ever wanted to sell.

Now it's on at pound sterling175,00 and she is determined to get it.

Meanwhile, the new owners of a pound sterling225,000 Victorian cottage rang to say they didn't know what to do with the very large tortoise left by the vendors who've returned to the States.

Rang American lady who suggested we feed it cabbages.

Scoured phone book to find a local animal sanctuary who said they'd collect the abandoned reptile in the afternoon.

Tuesday

Diced with death crossing Streatham High Road - the usual teeming mass of traffic heading down the A23 - on my way to a meeting with Lambeth council to discuss the redevelopment of Streatham. The High Road is now a conservation area so hopefully the oncedesirable blocks like Pullman Court will be restored to former glory. Was excited to hear there would be the biggest regeneration project since the 1930s, to include an ice rink and 102 affordable homes.

A local councillor filled us in on the history of prostitution in nearby Balham. All the fault of the Duke of Wellington's men, apparently. They had barracks here, so when the troops were in town, so were the girls. So it's all part of the heritage ...

Wednesday

Showed a young family around a six-bedroom, fourreception house with off-street parking and an 80ft garden, at pound sterling650,000. The dining room has a 20-seater table, there's a nanny suite and a work-from home office. …

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