Recent London Property Acquisitions


This search was for a client referred by not one but two previous clients. They were looking for a quality investment as well as a property that would provide the perfect London base for their family when in town. Having not lived in London for a significant period of time our input guidance on their various options in different locations helped them greatly in honing the search. The purchased property was in their ideal location and we agreed the deal before it hit the open market.


This high level executive was relocating to London from the New York having been recruited by a renowned international firm. Her company offered her the services of a relocation agent but she rejected them in favour of using Irvine & Cole based on a personal recommendation. Very specific requirements meant an extensive search and all client viewings were naturally arranged around her demanding work schedule. Once the desired property was found we were able to negotiate a significant percentage from the asking price and we then worked alongside all parties to secure an exchange overcoming various unexpected hurdles along the way.


An investor client with limited property experience wanted our assistance in securing a profitable development project within close proximity to where he lived in London. An off market commercial unit was sourced for the client under budget and in the desired location. Irvine & Cole managed to gain planning permission for change of use from commercial to residential to create two apartments of around 900sq.ft each, both with outside space. We are now managing the property beyond purchase through to completion of works and resale.

Porchester Terrace

This repeat client had loved living in the first home we found him so much that when his expanding family meant it was time to upsize he was adamant on staying in the immediate area. The small search area combined with the various criteria for the property meant few appropriate properties even existed let alone be for sale. Our local knowledge, connections, and persistence enabled us to source an ideal property which was available on an off market basis. Despite the discreet marketing the rarity of such a property inevitably resulted in competition from another buyer. Fortunately for our client, our experience of such situations and relationship with the owners representative ensured the property he won out.

We are now entrusted with managing the sale of this client’s former property.

Park Crescent, W1

This international client’s very particular requirements for his London home meant he had been searching for the right property for several years before he came to us. We were able to source and secure the ideal property within the first few months or our instruction and negotiated £500,000 from the asking price.

Colbeck Mews, SW7

This completely unmodernised mews house still contained evidence of when it was used as stables. Beyond refurbishment it offered significant extension potential and was secured before coming to the open market at a low enough level to excite our experienced developer client. We also negotiated a very delayed completion which meant significant savings for the client on financing costs. Within weeks of purchase, and even before gaining planning permissions, the client received offers for the property in excess of £1,000,000 over what he paid for it. Tempting as this was he has chosen to move forward with the extension and refurbishment works to enjoy an even greater profit.

Rosary Gardens, SW7

This international family were looking for a sound rental investment within a handful of prime London postcodes. With ease of letting the property the priority a top location was obviously key but could we source something that met all their other requirements: a period building and period features within the apartment, first floor for light, security and high ceilings, in excellent condition, well proportioned rooms, sensible layout, good storage, share of freehold, quiet street? Yes. With all these attributes it came as no surprise that there was other interest in the property but we ensured our client did not miss out and we even negotiated for the majority of furniture to be included so the property would be immediately ready to let – which we duly arranged for them too.


A young British family was returning to the UK after several years living in Moscow. They had a loose search area based on connections in that part of town but we were able to supply the detailed local knowledge they lacked helping them avoid less desirable pockets and focusing the search. They were only in town on very brief visits so we ensured the most was made of their time here with efficient tours of only the most appropriate properties that we had previewed in advance.  Thinking it out of budget the client was initially hesitant to view the house that would become their family home. Our up to date market knowledge meant we knew there should be room on the asking price and we persuaded them to view. Not only were we able to negotiate the price down to within budget but we also secured the delayed completion that perfectly suited the practicalities of their repatriation.

Fentiman Road, SW8

Currently living in the Caribbean this family were looking to invest in the London property market and find a house that they could make a home when returning to the UK in a few years time. With three children all the typical concerns of a large family had to be considered; adequate accommodation for all, storage and outside space, distances to work, schools, amenities, parks, and family. Having not lived in the capital for a very long time the information and advice we were able to provide on different areas and property types that could meet their needs was invaluable. Over several visits and property tours we were able to familiarise them with different areas and increase their understanding of available options enabling them to gradually narrow the search area and clarify their priorities. They were keen to put their own stamp on the property so our experience in project management was very useful in enabling us to give accurate information on planning potential and cost of works. In a frenzied market the dated house with extension potential that they wanted was always going to be fought over and a sealed bid scenario arose, but our involvement stacked the odds in the client’s favour. With our experience of these situations we were able to persuade the client not to enter the much higher bid that they wanted to whilst still winning the property for them.

Sinclair Road, W14

Yet another repeat client looking to reinvest profits from the last property investment we had sourced and managed for them. The combination of our considerable industry contacts and constant scouring soon enabled us to deliver a property with significant extension potential. Once acquired we then oversaw the whole process of turning that potential into reality, resulting in a significant uplift in value far beyond cost of works.

Virginia Water

This detached property with land was located in the Virginia Water area, close to the renowned Wentworth Estate and Golf Club. The client had a particular interest in this property which was not on the market and the owner had no plans to sell. The owner was not living at the property but we were able to track him down and approach him directly. We took the time to establish a relationship with the owner which meant with patience and delicate negotiation we were eventually able to persuade him to sell at an attractive price and to the delight of our client.

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