I have been an estate agent for over half my life, I’m now 46, and I can see myself doing this for many years to come.
After spending much of my teenage years working in retail clothing I thought that was the route my working life would take. But my father new the owner of an estate agency in Regents Park and suggested or more accurately insisted I went to work for him and the rest as they say is history!
When I became an estate agent I quickly realised that I was really interested, not only in the different styles of property but also the people buying and selling. Which is why I am pleased to be working in Kentish Town where there is such an eclectic range of property ranging from the small Georgian terraced houses right up to modern day apartments and town houses.
There really is something for everyone in Kentish Town in both property wise and lifestyle. There are excellent restaurants, pubs and wine bars that pull in visitors from other areas and give Kentish Town Road a real buzz. We are also on the fringes of Camden and Highgate and have Regents Park and Parliament Hill Fields right on their doorstep – a good reason why the area is very popular with dog owners.
I try to go out in the area as much as I can and as I have previously worked in Highgate I know some really good places for a great night out. Some of my favourite are The Assembly Room on a Friday night and Beer & Brew during the week for a quick bite to eat. There are other excellent restaurants such as The Oxford for something traditional, Baan Thai for something spicy and if you are looking for a traditional London pub The Pineapple in Leverton Street is perfect and has a great reputation with the locals.
In my spare time I like to be out and about with my wife and children going to safari parks, the cinema and theatre – I mean who doesn’t like a good musical that gets you up on your feet and dancing in the aisles! I also enjoy reading a good fantasy book, such as Lord of the Rings, when time permits. It is also good to relax by visiting different coffee shops - of which there are many in Kentish Town. A couple of my favourites are Doppio and Le Moulin which have friendly staff and do really great coffee. If you’re looking for a coffee on the go in the morning then visit Bean About Town by the station for a great coffee and maybe a muffin and a cheery hello from the barista. I find this is an excellent way of meeting people in the community as it’s much easier to start a conversation in more relaxed surroundings.
My love for property has grown over the years and I like nothing better than going to different towns and cities around the UK and just wandering, taking pictures of architecture I find interesting and sitting and talking to locals about what they love about living where they live.
I’m quite a sociable person so when I go to value a property I like to sit and learn as much as I can about the people selling, why they originally bought the property and where they are looking to move to just in case I can help them do that also. I understand it is important too to sit and listen, an excellent quality for any aspiring estate agent, It is the best way to learn not only about the person you will hopefully be acting for, but what could be an interesting life story.
To sum up; Kentish Town is an amazingly low-key cool area. Relaxed, full of food critics drinking real-ale and discussing the latest issue featured in the local magazine ‘The Kentish Towner’. With its North London Academic vibe more than the other cool areas, this is where to live if you want to be close to the action, but not have it on your doorstep at 3am!