Diary of an Estate Agent

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Jane Robathan of Roy Brooks introduces Georgian homes and celebrity properties in this month’s weird and wonderful happenings in the world of estate agency.

Roll top bath in Georgian home
Celebrity bath on sale in Kennington, £1,750,000 – five bedroom house included in the sale Roy Brooks

If you’re interested in seeing Alan Bennett’s bath, we have a rather splendid Georgian home that possesses this very thing. A one-time owner—an accomplished Thespian—shared builders with Bennett while updating the bathroom. “We’ve just taken an antique number out of Bennett’s place,” a helpful chap offered. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance? It is, after all, a roll-top with claw feet and a very deep tub.

Basement of stunning GII listed Georgian 5 bedroom house, Kennington, Roy Brooks

The entire home is full of charm, original features and rather clever additions, making it one of the most authentic properties we’ve seen for a while. 

While showing a buyer from a pop band around his purchase in Nunhead, we were viscously met by puddles of water across the hallway. It was pouring outside, and he had his bandmates with him to show off their new practice studio in the garden (apologies already to the neighbours). Being just shy of exchange, it was an unwelcome surprise. The mystery was solved when the drummer spotted an unplugged fridge/freezer that had evidently spilled its contents. 

There’s a firm music scene around here and I enjoy boasting to my kids about who I’ve just dealt with. Tales of dealings with a certain local rapper impressed them immensely, but I missed out on meeting a personal heroine when a colleague snatched the opportunity for herself. This globally successful female artist was viewing a beauty on Camberwell Grove while I remained green with envy at my desk. It didn’t help that my work-chum returned and repeated every detail to end her story with “I can’t stand her music anyway.”  

Georgian Flat Peckham Rye

A stylish Georgian one-bedroom flat with its own entrance, a shared garden, communal parking space and a very long lease. Opposite Peckham Rye Park, this is ten-minutes’ walk to Peckham Rye station, Peckham’s centre or bustling Lordship Lane. Chain free. Peckham Rye, SE15, £435,000, Roy Brooks


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