Diary of an Estate Agent; HOMES AND PROPERTY;This Week Our Agent Witnesses an Impromptu Washroom Washout, While a Would-Be Divorcee Sets Alarm Bells Ringing

By Stroud, Alex | The Evening Standard (London, England), February 28, 2001 | Go to article overview

Diary of an Estate Agent; HOMES AND PROPERTY;This Week Our Agent Witnesses an Impromptu Washroom Washout, While a Would-Be Divorcee Sets Alarm Bells Ringing


Stroud, Alex, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: ALEX STROUD

This week our agent witnesses an impromptu washroom washout, while a would-be divorcee sets alarm bells ringing

Monday

I went to pick up some new American clients who were staying in a nearby hotel and was greeted by the most unlikely looking couple I have ever seen.

She was incredibly glamorous and petite, while he was seriously large and rotund.

They were interested in buying a London pied-a-terre in the [pound]2 million to [pound]3 million price range which they could move in to with little further expense or trouble. There is a huge demand from a cross-section of nationalities looking to spend around [pound]2 million for a London pad.

At this level, they expect everything to be of an exceptional standard, including the porterage, so that the milk - or champagne - is in the fridge by the time their plane has landed.

I showed the American couple various apartments in Knightsbridge and Belgravia, one of which they loved.

Everything was going smoothly until the wife became concerned that the shower cubicle might be too small for her husband. She insisted he should stand in the shower to make sure it was spacious enough. Whilst acting out his washing ritual, he inadvertently knocked the shower lever - probably as a result of being on the large size - and was drenched.

I did offer to have his suit dry-cleaned, but he good-naturedly declined. I hope they will still take the property; they promised to let me know tomorrow.

Tuesday

The day began well, with an offer of [pound]2.3 million from a developer on a huge flat in Lowndes Square, SW1, which spans to 3,500 sq ft over one floor. Not surprisingly, the vendors were looking to achieve [pound]2.6 million, so compromise was needed on both sides. There was some bad news from the American couple, who phoned to say they didn't want to buy the flat. I told them the developer would be happy to remove the bidet and install a new shower, but to no avail. …

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