After a gloriously sunny weekend I am feeling a spring in my step as I walk into the office today. Sunshine always helps with viewings, so it’s fingers crossed for the weather holding. Last week we had a big influx of enquiries on our new instructions so I spend the morning booking my diary up for the first part of the week. My first viewing today is at Ocean Wharf, walking distance from my office on Westferry Road, so very convenient. I have a buyer looking for a London crash pad for herself and her husband. They spend a lot of time abroad but she sees London as her home and wants space and views of the Thames.
I spend the majority of the day running around Canary Wharf on various viewings with a client who has bought through us previously. This afternoon’s most hopeful appointment is for a beautiful, 1,200sq ft two-bedroom apartment in New Providence Wharf. The wraparound balcony hangs over the river and the views are breathtaking. One of the best things about marketing property in Docklands is that you are never far from water, or great views. My client is looking for a flat for his daughter. He already lives in the development in a penthouse and his other daughter lives in the next block. Things look very positive and we receive a strong offer — talk about keeping it in the family.
Today I’m off to The Heron in EC2 for one of two trips this week to the Panoramic Collection — the premier units at the top of the tower. My first buyer is a very well-respected entrepreneur with a newly awarded CBE, and unsurprisingly he loves what he sees. I can understand why — for anyone working in the City it must be great to be able to jump out of bed and be at the office in 10 minutes, and the apartments are among the most luxurious I have ever sold. There are very few units remaining in The Heron, so my entrepreneur will have to move fast to secure one.
Today I head back to The Heron with my second buyer and her husband. She has a lovely five-bedroom house next to Hyde Park, but now her children have all moved out it’s a little big for her. Her husband travels a lot with work so it’s about luxury and security now — both of which The Heron offers in abundance. While they discuss options I sneak off to take a few pictures of the views from the 31st floor while the sun is out. From what I can overhear of my buyers’ discussion, I think they have fallen in love with the place, too.
My first incoming call of the day is for an exchange in New Atlas Wharf priced at £1.2 million. The new owner already lives in the block and is upsizing, so we will soon have a highly desirable two-bedroom apartment with a river view to sell. After back-to-back viewings I stop off for a brief lunch with a buyer who purchased a stunning 2,500sq ft penthouse last year. She has three sons so we are now looking on their behalf — this week seems to have a family theme for me. I show her some options all across the City, especially the developments which are perfectly situated for their journeys to university. They all seem concerned about how close their new apartment is to outdoor space — the boys say it is to maintain their fitness regime, rather than for sunbathing. With the weekend fast approaching, soaking up the sun is exactly what I am hoping to do.
- Richard Harrison is a senior sales negotiator at CBRE in Canary Wharf (020 7519 5900).