Diary of an estate agent

Our Chelsea agent finds a chaise longue for the dog, buyers queuing for a £5 million house, and an A-list pop star living at Chelsea Harbour


A scooter is the only way to travel to work. With the Albert Bridge closed my journey is pain-free as I filter through the gridlocked cars with their infuriated drivers...12 minutes door to door.

Following our morning meeting to discuss our strategy for the week ahead, my first appointment is with a new client at his house on Dovehouse Street. We set the price in preparation for launch on Wednesday. Back at the office I pick up one of Saturday’s enquiries: a politician and his wife are looking for a classic family house in Old Chelsea and want to see everything we have on our books.




A beautifully crisp, autumnal day - perfect for my market appraisal at Chelsea Harbour. My colleague and I tour a stylish first-floor flat offering fabulous river and marina views. Having recently sold a property in the development we immediately hit it off with the client and are instructed on the spot.

I meet with a client in the afternoon to discuss viewing progress on her Chelsea flat. The vendor, a wannabe Paris Hilton, recently refurbished the flat with garish sofas and a small matching chaise longue for the little pooch. A constructive meeting - we just need to find a buyer with similar tastes.






From my enquiry at the weekend, I meet the delightful politician and his wife. I show them eight properties starting with a house on Royal Avenue, a prime Chelsea square which happens to be one of their favourite addresses.

Next up, a team preview at Dovehouse Street - an immaculately refurbished, five-bedroom, low-built house with west-facing garden, a garage and a price tag of £4,950,000. It "ticks every box", as they say. With 12 viewings already booked in for the rest of the week, we’re confident.

By the way, never trust an old lift. My colleague and I preview a new instruction on Cadogan Gardens with direct lift access. Not as direct on the way down, though. Grinding to a halt between floors, I find myself sharing this intimate cubicle with my colleague. Forty five minutes later we’re rescued by the fire brigade - too embarrassing.






After a morning jog on Wandsworth Common, I head for my first viewing at Chelsea Harbour to meet two siblings looking to buy a secure, portered flat. A positive viewing only gets better when we brush shoulders with the neighbour - an A-list pop star - followed by his entourage.

Back at the office I receive an email from a vendor whose home we valued last week, formally instructing us to market the seventh-floor mansion flat just off the King’s Road - the views are spectacular.

Later on in the afternoon I am scheduled to meet a young couple who I saw last week in Knightsbridge, and who are coming back to visit a mews house for the second time. Despite the miserable weather I have a good feeling about this one.






My instinct proves to be correct. At 8.15am an offer of the asking price for the mews house buzzes through to my BlackBerry. I duly forward the offer in writing to my clients and await their instructions.

Completion day for a flat on Danvers Street. I meet my thrilled buyers at the property with bundles of keys and a bottle of champagne. There are sighs of relief all round, knowing they have successfully downsized from their family home in SW10.

Great news. I receive a positive response from my clients and we agree terms on the mews house. Then I head out westbound on the M4 to join all those infuriated drivers - but this time I’m one of them as I’m in my car.

Harry Wigram is an associate in Strutt & Parker’s Chelsea office (020 7225 3866)



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