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Paul Bennett, Director

Just like the weather, property is a topic we like to talk about. From the gentle murmur that ripples through a neighbourhood when a ‘for sale’ sign appears, to how property values have skyrocketed since the 1970s (if you’re wondering, UK house prices are 65 times higher today than in 1970), property is discussed at dinner parties, the school gates and in the gym.


We’re no different here in the Behr & Butchoff office, even after 25 years of selling and letting property in the St. John’s Wood area. Sometimes a property sale hits all the right notes and the details are worth sharing beyond our branch.


The transaction in question concerns a beautiful property on Clifton Hill in St. John’s Wood. The Behr & Butchoff team knew it had remarkable property on its hands and the instruction was passed to Neville Serlui, Associate Director. As well as its prestigious location - a short distance from St. John’s Wood High Street and Tube station - the home had oodles of exciting potential.


In place was full planning permission to extend – enlarging the house’s total living space from 2,715 sq feet to 3,261 sq feet. Even as offered, the property was spacious and appealing. Semi-detached and neo-classical in style, it comprised four bedrooms, three reception rooms, two cloakrooms and two generous family bathrooms – all split across four floors. In addition was a garden of a size that belied its central London position – measuring 75 ft long and south-east facing – plus a balcony off one of the reception rooms. 


The successful sale was a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ scenario – a reflection of how the right property, in the right location and handled by the right agent can occur with maximum simplicity and minimum stress.


Neville quietly brought the property on Clifton Hill to market, using his ‘little black book’ of contacts to network and find a buyer. Despite what press headlines would have you believe, properties are changing hands at speed but it’s the connections that Behr & Butchoff have that make such sales happen. 


The Behr & Butchoff team also debunked a popular myth that the conveyancing stage can be overly protracted. In the case of Clifton Hill, not only was a buyer found in record time – and paying a record price - the seller accepted an offer and exchanged contracts within a week of instructing Behr & Butchoff.


Neville said of the sale: “This property didn’t require a Rightmove listing or a ‘for sale’ sign to go under offer. We held the details of a keen, qualified purchaser who snapped up the property in a matter of hours of seeing the details. It helped that the buyer used cash and was chain free, and achieving exchange within a week of the property becoming available was of great relief to both parties.”


Behr & Butchoff continues to report low stock levels in the St. John’s Wood area, with a growing list of buyers wanting to secure a home in the area. Sometimes knowing how much your property could sell for is enough to spur a sale, so please contact Neville and the team for a free, no-obligation valuation.