Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; Viewing the High Life in Covent Garden and a Windy Lockout on the Eighth Floor: A Busy Week in the West End

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; Viewing the High Life in Covent Garden and a Windy Lockout on the Eighth Floor: A Busy Week in the West End

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Byline: LESA GREEN

Monday

Met a photographer who was to shoot a spectacular [pound]1.5 million penthouse in Covent Garden above a gym in Macklin Street. It looks like a warehouse from the outside, but inside it's amazing and probably one of the boldest architectural projects undertaken in the area. It is modern, minimalist and the sort of loft that will appeal to someone very high profile. The block has already had at least one famous actress resident - it's handy for West End theatres - so may attract more.

I continued on into the earthier confines of Soho to Dean Street to meet an agent looking on behalf of a client in publishing. The property in question was an [pound]875,000 dramatic duplex with a retractable roof above the sitting room, so in summer you can push a button and be open to the stars. He appears to be very interested, so it looks promising. The alternative is a property that hasn't been touched for 35 years. It looks like a doll's house, with two rooms on each floor. What helps justify its [pound]600,000 price tag is that it's one of fewer than 15 freehold houses in Soho.

Tuesday The morning began with a drama. A client who is buying an expensive freehold house in the West End rings to complain about the condition of the property. It transpires the overseas vendor had instructed his removal company to clear everything out between exchange and completion.

This they did, quite literally, including all the light bulbs. Not only that, they left behind a complete shambles, including their empty hamburger cartons.

The buyer is threatening to walk away from the deal. I hastily rang the agent for the vendor and he arranged for a professional cleaner to go around immediately. I spent a good few hours between the office and the house making sure they were doing a good job of it and by 5pm the buyer had calmed down and we were back on course to complete.

Wednesday

Started the day by showing a client around a two-bedroom flat in Chesterfield Gardens. …

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