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Why buy in London? Glentree’s Trevor Abrahmsohn shares his thoughts with London Property

“30 to 40 years ago London was an interesting, souvenir city. But now all the centres of excellence are in one place. London is the happening place.”

 

 

 

30 to 40 years ago London was an interesting, souvenir city. Rich in heritage, perhaps like Paris is today, without any commercial relevance in the world. What’s happened since Margaret Thatcher has reformed London and decentralised it and allowed it to fly free, over time it has become a colossus. London is the happening place.

 

One of the key reasons why people buy in London is, for instance, if you were a banker and you went to York. It is likely that if your child wanted to do politics they would be in Washington, if they wanted to do films they would be in Los Angeles and if they wanted to do semi conductors they would be in San Francisco. It’s likely that our family would be spread out which is why Thanksgiving, Easter etc is so important to Americans because they convieve as families, where they are not normally together.

In London, all the centres of excellence are in one place. So, if you are studying at Imperial College, which is the finest technical university in the world, cutting edge education. If you wanted to study culture, motor racing, films or television or anything to do with insurance, banking or corporate finance, London is the happening place.”

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Virus invokes a surge of super-mansion enquiries to help last the incarceration of families

We are all concerned about the severity of this epidemiological virus. It is also allowing us a moment to reflect on the value of life and how lucky we are to have good health and to be able to live in this wonderful liberal society that the UK represents for its people.

Families are understandably becoming so worried about keeping safe from this omnipresent scourge, that at Glentree, we are processing three rental enquiries for people to sit out the storm, be this 3 or 6 months and are looking for a fully-kitted mansion for this purpose.

The requirements are the usual array of grand reception rooms and enough entertainment areas to keep the whole family (from grandchildren to great-grandmas) from murdering each other, or rather, in good health and spirit for the viral incarceration, however long that may be.

The desirable residence will function as a self-contained, private bijou hotel with comparable wellness leisure complex. Essential requirements include a pool/leisure area and when you’ve finished playing with the ‘toys’, you can go out and enjoy the generous garden.

Every member of the family will want a bedroom suite and access to the luxurious features, including:
• Cinema
• Indoor pool
• Jacuzzi
• Sauna
• Steam room
• Massage room
• Hairdressing salon
• Wine cellar
• Cigar smoking room
• Art gallery
• Games room
• Fully fitted, state-of-the-art gym.

This is not forgetting an imposing entrance hall, with triple-storey, galleried landing, adorned with the appropriate Italian Murano glass chandelier. Needless to say, the tenants will expect, as standard, a fully-fitted European kitchen, separate catering facilities for parties and a 15-car garage to show off your stable of classic automobilia, which is a must-have in today’s upper-end residential world.

Grand staircases like Topol’s

These mansions are defined by their grand staircases- overtures of Topol’s wonderful tenor voice in Fiddler on the Roof, “There would be one long staircase just going up, and one even longer coming down, and one more leading nowhere, just for show.”

On top of the list for cherished leafy residential areas are Kenwood and Hampstead.One of their great charms is being nestled between the two medieval villages of Hampstead and Highgate, with two golf courses and 900acres of ancient heathland, within walking distance.

It’s an ideal haven to maintain one’s mental and physical equilibrium, with plenty of room to uphold Boris’s 2m social distancing rule.

Hampstead, place of choice

Since time immemorial, Hampstead has been the place of choice for the landed gentry, away from the stench and Bubonic Plague (known as The Black Death) of the City of London. Horse and carriages used to trundle along the stony paths, trying to get to the famous watering holes of the Spaniards Inn and The Flask. Invariably, the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin, was waiting in hiding for his prey and evidence can be found of his pistol and gunshot which now bedeck the walls of these historic drinking places.

Finally, if escape in the form of international travel calls – ban permitting – a private airport is a mere bagatelle at half an hour’s journey.

These uber-mansions give one the opportunity to “prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.”

Breaking News: The bottom of the Prime Residential Market in London, may have passed six months ago

There is now a perceptible mood change with buyers in the middle to upper sector of the Residential Property Market in London.

As we all know, last year was a mixed bag of blessings and curses. Trading during the first two quarters, for us, was disastrous, but during the last two quarters, we enjoyed some interesting business conducted on a number of residential properties in middle to upper ranges.

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