Based in the US for work, our clients approached us to find a London flat to complement their family home in the countryside: a magnet for their grown up children and the perfect base for their retirement.
Distance: our clients were rarely in London and had differing ideas on location.
Transactional: This phase threw up even more challenges than anticipated, really putting Richard through his paces!
Area tours covering locations from bustling Covent Garden to leafy Wandsworth Common brought us to the happy compromise of Connaught Village: centrally located but “grown-up” in feel with Hyde Park on its doorstep. The flat we identified offered three bedrooms – one for each of our clients’ children (and one more than they had hoped for). It was tenanted but this suited our clients who do not plan to return full-time to the UK for a few years.
Diligence revealed the vendor was the only owner in the block to have passed on the opportunity to purchase a share of the freehold. We navigated our clients through the complex enfranchisement negotiations and drafted in a planning expert to advise on alterations they wanted to make in the context of this listed building.