A balanced approach

London Property Magazine

2015 wasn’t a bad year at all for Arlington Residential. We sold one of the most expensive houses in St John’s Wood

and although the market quietened down towards the end of the year, early signs suggest that domestic buyers are making a fashionable comeback. I say this because, until very recently, the tempo of the Central London market has been driven by international buyers, mainly investors, hoping for a reasonable rental return and capital growth.

I am usually in the office by 8.30am after having dropped my daughter at work at one of London’s top hair salons. I look forward to what the day has in store.

I have been an estate agent for more than 30 years and been working with Arlington Residential for just over 11 years. I get the chance to sell some beautiful homes but I suppose the

best part of working with Arlington Residential is that we are not bound by area. With such variety, I can be showing homes in and around Hampstead Garden Suburb and Highgate and later, meeting a buyer to show them apartments in Marylebone.

Our clients are loyal and appreciate the level of service we offer but our main area is St John’s Wood – an area I’ve worked in for over 25 years. ‘Geographically perfect’ as one of my clients described it and they’re right! Thought to have been one of London’s first suburbs with a kaleidoscope of different styles and types of properties, it’s just outside the congestion charge zone, has Regent’s Park on its doorstep and an amazing ‘High Street’.

Our online presence is very strong and far reaching – our website,

www.arlingtonresidential.com is viewed by the world!

Our relationship with London’s top relocation and search agents is excellent for both sales and lettings and continues to grow. In addition, our professional network of banking and wealth management contacts ensures access to both international and domestic purchasers. In most cases, because we have access to almost everything available on the market, our office is their first port of call, and in some cases the only port of call when it comes to locating properties for their clients.

As we deal with high-calibre properties, our clients are always referring to the ‘pound per square foot’ rule but actually, whilst only a guide, it’s not a true and accurate way to value a home. I love debating this as there are so many other factors to take into account. The rule hasn’t yet been applied to lettings, so our busy lettings department tell me.

We’ll see! For fun and relaxation, I love playing poker – Texas Hold ‘Em to be precise. I play in a monthly league with a few close friends, many of whom are estate agents I’ve known for years. I exercise regularly and at home, quality time is spent with my family.

This afternoon, I am about to meet one of three potential buyers on Woronzow Road – where the photograph was taken – a remodelled and renovated period house on the east side of St John’s Wood. Here, the owners have excavated, creating an amazing open-plan basement area approached by an architect-designed suspended staircase.

Guy Fisher Arlington Residential


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