Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; Forget Enticing Buyers with Walk-In Wardrobes and Leafy Gardens: It's a View of the London Eye They're After

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; Forget Enticing Buyers with Walk-In Wardrobes and Leafy Gardens: It's a View of the London Eye They're After

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Monday We had an architect in today who had spent many hours admiring the London Eye when it was lit up. He was looking for a loft-style apartment in County Hall with views of the wheel. I told him we had such properties both to rent and buy, and he promised to come back later in the week when he was more sure about his budget.

Like many people, he is keen to move to the South Bank because of its central location, as well as its growing number of theatres, museums, restaurants and bars.

In the past five years, the area has been transformed from rundown and bleak to trendy and desirable. The wonderful spacious warehouse conversions in the area are full of character, and the average property price is [pound]350,000: a far cry from the days when you could pick up a two-bedroom riverside apartment for a mere [pound]40,000.

During the afternoon we took a different kind of enquiry about the London Eye: a group of Japanese tourists came into the office asking to buy tickets.

As we are situated practically opposite the wheel, we are used to pointing tourists in the right direction.

Tuesday I was pushed to my limits today by a difficult client who bought a one-bedroom flat in a converted mews house off Southwark Street last week, and continues to cause me a lot of grief. The leasehold flat cost [pound]260,000 and nearly caused the purchaser, a rather neurotic and stressed-out American doctor, to have a nervous breakdown.

I knew from day one, when she put in her offer, that I was in for a rough time: her first email was two pages long and detailed her anxieties about the lease, the structural state, the d?cor and the neighbours. Every other day, I had to deal with similar messages. The deal nearly fell through when she discovered the front door had been moved two inches from where it should have been on the lease plan.

She finally completed the deal last week and I thought she was gone from my life for ever. …

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