Central London estate agents are a busy bunch. As arguably the world's leading city, London is a magnet for property buyers from across the globe.
Property for sale in Central London doesn't remain without a buyer for very long. London is a melting pot of the world's best things: an unrivalled heritage, thriving business districts, retail and leisure facilities, and a whirring arts scene. It's an intoxicating mix for the great and the good. Those fortunate enough to be born and raised in Central London tend to stay loyal residents. Those from outside of this much-coveted city scramble for their place among the world's elite.
One Central London estate agents has suggested that as much as 50% of Central London property buyers are from overseas, and many agents agree London's cosmopolitan client base looks set to continue. Andrews Ellinas, Director at Sandfords estate agents, says the demographic of Central London makes it a richer capital city: "Purchasers of houses and flats for sale in Central London come from all corners of the globe. We are still seeing buyers from our traditional base of within the UK, from mainland Europe and North America but in recent years the buying contingency from China, Russia, Africa and South America has really grown. Sandfords is also witnessing a rise in tenant-to-homeowner conversions among the international community. Many who rent in Central London for professional engagements fall in love with the city and decide to purchase a base here, or even make it their permanent home. One thing is for sure, the mix of nationalities has bought an explosion of cultural and social riches to the city."
There are a myriad of flats and houses for sale in Central London, from the grandest of manor houses through to some of the most stunning penthouses on the planet. "Buyers of houses for sale in Central London are spoilt for choice when it comes to character," continues Ellinas. "The 19th century was a boom time for development in Central London and under the auspices of the Prince Regent, architects John Nash and Decimus Burton created a refined vision for the inner part of London. Their Regency style, with lofty proportions, fine detailing and characteristic white stucco-fronted façades, have stood the test of time and remain firm favourites among the Central London house-buying fraternity. More unusual, one-off homes have since been developed, especially where post-war demolition occurred, and it's quite common for larger, dated houses to be bought and replaced with architecturally-designed bespoke examples - especially in places like The Bishop's Avenue in Hampstead."
Flats for sale in Central London generally fall into four camps: those that have been carved out of the Regency mansions; purpose-built apartments in post-war blocks, warehouse and loft conversions - especially in and around Camden Town - and new-build developments, such as Candy & Candy's One Hyde Park. The flats for sale in Central London tend to offer low-maintenance living and a high level of monitored security, inevitably finding favour among buyers looking for a seasonal home that they can 'lock up and leave'.
Choosing the location of your Central London property can be mind-blowing, and the specialist help of an estate agent is recommended. "Central London is divided up in to mini towns, if you like, and even within these individual areas are distinct quarters and enclaves," comments Ellinas. "We have houses and flats for sale in Regent's Park, Hyde Park, Primrose Hill, Hampstead, Camden Town, Belsize Park, St John's Wood Marylebone and Swiss Cottage - all destinations that give access to Central London's most prominent facilities and business institutions. However, each postcode has its own distinct atmosphere and factions. We can direct those looking for an American contingent, buyers preferring a creative vibe, and those for whom utmost privacy and discretion is essential."
For further detail, information and advice on selling your house or flat in Central London, don't hesitate to contact Sandfords and browse through their property for sale in Central London, available online.
Sandfords are Central London Estate Agents, specialising for over 25 years in residential property sales, lettings and property management in the area between Oxford Street and Primrose Hill, most notably in Regents Park, St. John's Wood, Marylebone, Hyde Park, Dorset Square, Swiss Cottage, Primrose Hill, Belsize Park, Hampstead and Camden Town.