Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wellies at the Ready, I'm off to View Farm Cottages; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wellies at the Ready, I'm off to View Farm Cottages; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY The team sits down to discuss what is likely to be another busy week for us. I've worked in this industry for many years and have had my fair share of memorable vendors and demanding buyers.

In the past week we have received several enquiries from potential buyers for homes in the heart of Newbury and its surrounding villages -- Burghclere, Highclere and Woolton Hill being the most popular. We think these areas will continue to have strengthening prices because of low stock.

As it's around a 70-minute commute into London, buyers see Newbury -- and Berkshire in general -- as a more affordable option than commuter destinations in Kent and Surrey. Interest in the area has increased since Newbury's new shopping centre opened, with attractive names such as John Lewis, Cote Brasserie, Jack Wills and a PAUL patisserie moving in. This regeneration has attracted commuters, who would have previously considered only Oxford and Winchester, where prices are higher.

TUESDAY I meet up with a client who specialises in building large, impressive, neo-Georgian-style country houses. His projects are extremely popular with London buyers who prefer an energyefficient, light-filled home with all the mod cons of a townhouse, over a draughty country property with slowrunning hot water.

We decide to launch his latest property, Ambley Manor, near the village of Tangley between Newbury and Andover, at a guide price somewhere north of PS5 million in a couple of weeks' time. As is usually the case with some of our most impressive instructions, we are arranging for drone photography to capture Ambley Manor.

WEDNESDAY We are preparing to launch two new schemes in villages outside of Newbury -- Arlington Grange in Burghclere and Stonebridge Close in Curridge.

These are small developments of new homes that we are confident will sell quickly, due to the speed at which a recent new development we were marketing in Newbury -- Hillview Place -- sold off-plan. …

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