The London Broker - Spring 23

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BROKERAGE The Magazine



Welcome to the 3rd edition of The Brokerage Magazine, following on from the success of our previous 2 issues. We are pleased to announce that this edition of the magazine is a special international edition, showcasing an array of impressive properties and exciting opportunities from our brokers and partners around the world.

Over the past 12 months, The London Broker has continued to achieve remarkable success in the luxury real estate industry, punching well above our perceived weight. We have continued to grow the number of U.K. brokers within our exceptional family, and are delighted to welcome a number of new and highly experienced international brokers to our esteemed team.

Our unwavering commitment to excellence in the luxury residential market continues to be recognised by our clients and partners and endorsed by fellow brokers from around the world who entrust with us, their reputation and clients’ listings as they join the brokerage. We are proud to uphold our status as one of the world’s most trusted and successful UK based brokerages.

In October of last year we were excited to unveil our partnership with One&Only, the globally renowned provider of luxury resorts and now private homes. As their preferred global sales partner, we are in a unique position to offer our clients and colleagues exclusive access to their entire Private Homes collection in what are some of the worlds most outstanding locations.

We are proud to have once again secured multiple awards from the International Property Awards, a clear testament to the unwavering dedication and hard work of our entire team. This year, our esteemed broker, Matthew Smith, was awarded the prestigious title of Best International Real Estate Agent for 2022-2023, a serious and significant accolade.

We would like to express our gratitude for your readership of The Brokerage Magazine and encourage you to visit our website for further information on our extensive range of U.K. and international listings. With our continued commitment to excellence and a growing team of highly experienced brokers, we look forward to assisting you with your real estate requirements, be they in the UK or further afield.

Best wishes,

Rupert Collingwood & Charlie Willis (Founder) (CEO) +44 (0) 20 7193 9969 Front cover image: Le Saint Géran Resort - kindly supplied by One&Only. Published by TBC Publishing Limited, Telephone: 01223 874483. ©TBC Publishing 2023. All rights reserved. Reproduction is forbidden except by express permission of the Publishers. The content of this magazine is believed to be correct but its accuracy is not guaranteed and it does not form part of any offer or contract. TBC Publishing Limited cannot accept responsibility for any omissions or errors.

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Villa with charming features, panoramic views and provençal accents

Bay of Saint Tropez, France

£4,055,000 | €4.600,000

Affording sweeping panoramic sea views across the bay and ideally located within moments from the port of Saint-Tropez, this delightful provençal villa sits in attractive grounds with a heated infinity swimming pool and jacuzzi.


Floor to ceiling windows bring sunlight and spectacular views into every room

San Rafael, Ibiza

£4,722,500 | €5,400,000

In a prime position on top of a hill in the rural centre of the island, this seven-bedroom contemporary luxury villa boasts exemplary 365-degree views from wide glass windows across the rolling hills of the Ibiza countryside.


Athenian Riviera Lifestyle

Voula, Athenian Riviera

Contact Marc for further details

New luxurious residential development in Voula, Athenian Riviera. Designed upon your contemporary lifestyle requirements, Voula Waves scatters four ultra-chic luminous and spacious apartments between six floors. With a façade design honoring the Saronic Gulf summer waves, Voula Waves stands out, revamping the urban scenery in a magical way.


Turnkey, wide freehold house with lift, garden and double garage

Hyde Park Gate, Kensington SW7


This unusually wide house yet discreetly positioned house spans approximately 36 ft, with a raised ground floor entrance hall leading to an impressive drawing room of approximately 43 ft in length. The five spacious bedroom suites in the main house are all situated on the upper floors of the house with a further self-contained flat with a bedroom in the mews house.



Callala Beach, New South Wales, Australia Expressions of Interest

A free-flowing layout is well-thought-out for modern living and embraces a spacious open floor plan that connects easily with the outdoors for a great entertainer’s lifestyle. This architecturally-designed home is a surprising, hidden treasure with beautifully landscaped gardens that lead directly down to the surf and sand.

lifestyle and beachfront luxury come together in this wonderfully crafted family home

A rare and outstanding loft-style apartment in the heart of South Kensington

Old Brompton Road


Arranged over three levels of this boutique block of flats, it is a calm oasis above the vibrant village. This highly unusual apartment for the neighbourhood, feels private and secluded. It has been redone to high specification with wonderful character and charm.


Primed for SDLT overpayment?

calculating property tax, which is attached to a particularly complex piece of legislation. The vast majority of the population choose to simply google how much tax they should pay, rather than engaging an appropriate expert to give them that same peace of mind. Why is this? It is a question that I ponder regularly but the solution always escapes me. Answers on a postcard or email please.

that could apply to your property. As such, they can only ever really give you a worst case scenario for your tax liability. (£2 billion overpaid each year)

“Tax doesn’t have to be taxing” I’m sure many of us, of a certain age at least, will be familiar with this slogan. Of course it is a reassuring and memorable phrase sagaciously constructed and periodically rolled out by HMRC to comfort the masses, and assure the population that navigating your tax position needn’t cause you stress. Tax is a doddle. Tax is your friend.

Is this really true though? As a business owner and employer, there is a never ending stream of unwelcome tax issues to deal with. Thankfully however, like most people, I trust and rely on my accountant who is an expert in his field, to step in and give me that sweet peace of mind, or relief, if you will, that everything is in hand. I can rest assured that I won’t have to pay a penny more than I should, and everything in the world is good again.

Generally speaking however, this model seems to almost always fall to the wayside when it comes to

What I do know is that it is estimated that 1 in 5 SDLT payments are wrong in the UK, resulting in around £2 billion of stamp duty overpayments, annually. That’s a lot of money being paid unnecessarily, due to not seeking the advice to get it right. Simply put, SDLT is a tax which is still not widely understood by the masses.

To give you a head start, here are three things to keep in mind when approaching SDLT:

Firstly, regardless of what you may think, SDLT is a self assessment tax and not a one size fits all model. It is very important to remember each property must be judged on its own features and characteristics.

Secondly, there are almost 50 applicable reliefs woven into current legislation and if your transaction touches one of these reliefs, it could be eligible for a lower rate of SDLT. (Remember 1 in 5 payments are estimated to be wrong!)

Finally, online calculators are simply unable to identify relief

Naturally, as with most things tax related, the higher up the scale you travel, the more tax there is to pay. This means protecting your tax position rather than just googling an answer, especially when buying prime property, should be an essential part of the purchasing process. It could save you hundreds of thousands of pounds which you can then spend on keeping your property warm this winter.

There we have it. It turns out that the slogan is true. Tax doesn’t have to be taxing.

I mean, it is. But it doesn’t have to be.

Ashleigh Cornelius is director of Client Experience at Cornerstone Tax, the UK’s leading property tax advisors, specialising in SDLT and the relief available in prime property.

Cornerstone saved their clients over £44 million last year.

help you with your


Cornerstone today to see how they may be able to 0800 001 6777
prime property

An impressive and secluded, castellated period house dating

from 1885

Gibraltar House, SL6


This period house has expansive panoramic views, and incorporates a separate home office, ancillary staff accommodation and garaging, (totalling 7744 square feet - 719 m²). The main house, with six bedrooms, lies some 32 feet above the river, and has winding garden pathways leading down to a private 206ft river front and mooring.


International Property Awards

I have never been one to blow my own trumpet. But it has been a genuine honour to have been recognised for the hard work that Kris Ericsson and I have endeavoured since leaving Knight Frank to start Smith & Ericsson. It is not easy leaving a comfortable and lucrative position at one of the most well-known and well-regarded estate agencies in the UK and indeed the world, but it was a leap of faith that has been the best decision of our careers. Smith & Ericsson winning the super-hat trick of Best Estate Agent London, Best Estate Agent United Kingdom, Best Real Estate Agent Europe and Best International Real Estate Agent by The International Property Awards judging panel, has been more than we could ever have hoped for or expected.

I thought that in order to win such titles, that a broker must be like those seen on television in Million Dollar Listing or Selling Sunset or the more cringe worth UK equivalents, but I have been proved wrong. What has won us these accolades is our dedication to top class customer service and a refreshing brand, which demonstrates our no nonsense approach to property. Not changing the property industry to a faceless app or a prop-tech platform devoid of humanity, but the polar opposite. Human to human contact and advice, compassion and no BS. No spreadsheets and no KPIs. During our careers we learned a lot about the importance of research and information. Unbiased, but informed advice, honesty and integrity. But we also learned


how making an industry that is based on trust and personal recommendations, cannot be replaced by computers and technology. No matter how good a virtual tour may be, or how easy it is to log on to a platform, nothing beats real life interaction, selling advice and the reassuring comfort of a nice long chat with an agent you like, and not one that you mistrust or must bear in order to sell or rent your property.

One of the most daunting decisions when leaving a giant global corporate company, is the feeling of isolation. While Kris and I have each other to mutually encourage, reassure, motivate and generally have fun while working hard, joining The London Broker has been an integral part of our success of winning these awards. We are in good company, as TLB is a multiple award winner. Charlie Willis, Rupert Collingwoood, David Adams have also picked up 5 awards over the last 2 years. It makes such a difference to be part of a wider collection of some of the worlds most talented brokers. The London Broker is not only an experienced London bevvy of brokers, but also covers some of the world’s most desirable locations. This is instrumental when referring business to ensure our clients are never at a disadvantage. There is very little we cannot help with when it comes to property. Being part of a collective adds strength and allows us to advise our clients not just with our own experience, but with the experience of a combined 700+ years in the industry, in over 15 locations around the world.

We are so proud to have been recognised by The International Property awards and would like to say a special thank you to Rupert Collingwood for his constant efforts and encouragement, which without a doubt, was instrumental in our success.

“No matter how good a virtual tour may be, or how easy it is to log on to a platform, nothing beats real life interaction, selling advice and the reassuring comfort of a nice long chat with an agent you like, and not one that you mistrust or must bear in order to sell or rent your property.”


Distinguished Toronto Living

10 Berkindale Dr, Toronto


Custom built 7 bedroom property. Situated within a prominent, highly coveted exclusive neighbourhood. Magnificently bright, sun-filled layout displaying incredible finishes and quality craftsmanship. Approximately 9,500 sq ft + 5000 sq ft walk-out basement. 23 ft ceiling in the living room and high ceilings throughout.


1 Billion + Total Sales 200 Million + Sold in 2022

Previously known as Ari Afshar & Associates, VOYAGE symbolizes the journey we all travel in life and in real estate.

VOYAGE is a team of 14 top realtors and leading experts in Los Angeles Real Estate with over $1 billion in career sales and an exceptional nationwide network with a hyper-local and international presence.

Campos, Mallorca

£1,882,500 | €2,150,000

Every detail of Ca Na Lola was intricately planned to minimise environmental damage, creating a home where living sustainably is stylish and comfortable as well as the right choice. Its construction minimised carbon usage –timber from sustainable forests, insulation and rendering from the plot’s earth, finishing free from VOCs.

No effort was spared to create this inspiring house

Magnificent proportions with soaring views in Bantry Bay

Bantry Bay, Cape Town

£3,985,000 | $4,767,500

1100 sqm internal accommodation over three floors with lift. Five en-suite bedrooms plus two bedroom domestic accommodation with lounge. Outdoor pool and terracing, lawned garden with sunken trampoline, bedroom terracing, complete games and entertainment floor including skateboard rink or inside pool, cinema room & office.


Immaculate turnkey home, with original period stone staircase and vast dual aspect reception room

Brompton Square, Knightsbridge SW3


An extensive full modernisation and extension project, over more than 4 years, has produced this elegant and impressive 3-4 bedroomed maisonette at the quiet northern end of this prominent Knightsbridge garden square. This stunning white stucco fronted Grade 2 listed converted building has a share of the freehold, with rear access to Ennismore Gardens and Hyde Park beyond.


Darren Curtis Q&A

when a deal is pulled together; this helps too (!)

If you could buy in any part of your patch, New South Wales and Queensland, where would you live and why?

Given the answer above, my ‘patch’ is very large (NSW AND QLD). However, if forced, I would say the Byron Bay Hinterland. With far-reaching ocean views and easy access into the township this would sit well with me.

When and how did you end up in property?

Very strangely, I was sending faxes from home (with my mum) after graduating (it was 1999) to all the major banks for job applications. There was a copy of the Times on the sofa and there was an ad with a little black BMW asking if you’d like earn x amount p.a. selling real estate at Foxtons (!)

As my CV was to hand, I sent one off and very quickly received a call from head office. Before I knew it, I was sitting in NHGT selling flats below $300k (!); it was really that quick.

What is it about the job that gets you out of bed in the morning?

Given we have no geographical boundaries, I have been fortunate to see an extraordinary range of homes all across New South Wales and Queensland so I think it is this remarkable variation that keeps me going.

Clearly, with the type of stock I am lucky enough to deal with the financial rewards are also there

We normally spend a few weeks of the year there so lots of privacy in the area my whole family would love!!!

The job can be quite stressful, what do you do to unwind?

I have always been quite philosophical about deals and the process, so I don’t really feel

the stress too much. I always have something going on at work all year round so things are very stable and consistent. However, to unwind I play chess, find any international Test cricket game to watch or listen to or take the kids to the beach (!)

What is your top buying or selling tip?

If you are looking to buy, go with your instinct and heart rather than your head. This market has plenty of peaks and troughs so picking entry into the market is normally fraught with danger. If you find a place you love, it is within budget (or slightly over!) do the deal, you won’t look back.

If you’re selling, try and keep in mind your best buyers may come through first so don’t always dismiss the first offer, it may be the best you’ll receive.


Private resort-inspired sanctuary

on a rare 8 acres with two titles

Bayview, New South Wales, Australia Expressions of Interest

Poised high on a magnificent and irreplaceable eight acres and benefiting from complete privacy and northerly orientated vistas across the surrounding Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, this Georgian inspired mansion offers a privileged coastal lifestyle for generations to enjoy.


A luxurious lateral 3-bedroom apartment overlooking Hyde Park

36 Parkside, Knightsbridge


An exceptional, lateral, three-bedroom apartment overlooking Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. Just a short walk from Harrods and Sloane Street, the apartment has been interior designed with Element Seven “fired oak” wooden flooring throughout and a striking Boffi kitchen with a Sub Zero fridge and freezer.


Coming to Rosedale early 2023

7 Dale, Toronto

$6,499,900 to $17,775,000

No. 7 Dale Avenue, an address that is as sublime as its surroundings. Twenty-six private ravine residences, nestled on a quiet tree-lined street, are the newest addition to one of Toronto’s oldest and most exclusive neighbourhoods. This collection of elegant residences is a perfect match for Rosedale’s richly storied past. Contact Aleksandra for current availability.


A true

home on a cul-de-sac in Benedict Hills Estates

3254 Hutton Drive, Beverly Hills $6,950,000

A true statement home on a cul-de-sac street in the 24 Hour security patrolled neighborhood of Benedict Hills Estates. Completely re-imagined in 2016 by Space International, the famed architects whose work has been published in Architectural Digest, Dwell, LA Times and countless others.



Located in the heart of the Mont d’Arbois

Megeve, France

£11,395,000 | €12,995,000

Its exceptional location is one of the many advantages of this chalet: a few steps from the ski lifts in winter and the golf course in summer. With a surface area of more than 600 sqm, it has an entrance hall, an open-plan kitchen opening onto a large, bright living area with access to a beautiful terrace, a mezzanine, five double bedrooms and a triple bedroom, each with its own bathroom.



The Greek Luxury Market

The summer of 2022 has marked the best year Greece has yet seen within its luxury real estate market. It seems as though the tide has turned and it is not showing signs of slowing down. The demand for Greek luxury real estate is immense and transactions have reached record amounts throughout the country.

The island of Mykonos is home to where the recent record was set, when an individual residence exceeding 23 million euros was sold. This transaction is approximately four times the value of an average sale on the island. Likewise, other neighboring islands have also experienced a significant increase in demand recently, as the price has risen by

6.9 percent in the second quarter of 2022 compared to the same period of last year. On average, a property in the Cyclades costs 2,887 euros per square meter. Luxury properties in Mykonos and Santorini may cost well over 10,000 euros per square meter, depending on the property and the views.

In addition to the world-renowned Mykonos and Santorini, other areas are following suit. The hottest upcoming areas for luxury real estate are held within South Athens, known as the glamorous Athenian Riviera. The Athenian Riviera is comprised of southern suburbs such as Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni. On this sunny coast, you will find modern


“According to a 2021 Ernst & Young investment report, Greece is now among the most attractive investment destinations in Europe.”


amenities, fashionable boutiques, the finest restaurants and world class beaches with an endless shimmering blue sea stretching out to the close island of Kea.

It appears as though Greece is experiencing the beginning of a very exciting construction boom. There are several massive development projects expected to unfold in the near future. One such project is The Ellinikon, which is the largest urban development project in Greece’s history and also the largest redevelopment project anywhere in Europe presently. The project will include the largest shopping mall in Greece, hotels, casinos, high-end restaurants and boutiques as well as many other interesting amenities. This is a multi-dimensional project, which expands over many sectors of the economy. This project will also include the Marina Tower, rising 200 meters above sea level. It will have approximately 200 apartments on 45 floors. The building is planned to be both environmentally friendly and with the specifications of a smart building. Once complete, this will be the tallest building in the country and one of six of its kind to be developed. The project

is expected to accelerate the country’s economic development, on both a macroeconomic and microeconomic level. Where will this massive project be built? Strategically along the prestigious Vouliagmenis Avenue, in the Athenian Riviera.

According to a 2021 Ernst & Young investment report, Greece is now among the most attractive investment destinations in Europe. “Greece ranks - for the first time - among the 10 most attractive destinations for foreign investment, with 10 percent of respondents mentioning Greece among the three most attractive countries for 2021.”

Greece has a history of being a magnet for international investors. Especially after the 2013 launch of The Golden Visa program. This program may offer residency to non-EU investors if their property purchase in Greece is worth over 250,000 euros. This attractive opportunity, in addition to a safe investment with high growth potential, has intrigued many. Moreover, those seeking to make their lifelong dream of purchasing a second home in sunny Greece has also become apparent. There has recently been an increase

in second home purchases throughout the country, as families and retired individuals are appreciating the value of owning a second home in nature, now more than ever. Investors from all walks of life are enjoying the benefits. The market has proven that Greek assets are the best performers in the Mediterranean, as rents are keeping up with the advancing prices. Recently, a report from Algean Property remarked that Mykonos topped the yield list in the region with a return of 7.4 percent, against 4.3 percent in Nice, France and 4.2 percent in Marbella, Spain. The island of Paros was second on the list, with an impressive yield of 7.1 percent and the island of Santorini in third at 6.3 percent.

In conclusion, it is incredible to be actively involved in such a booming real estate market. I believe that the recent records set this summer and the ongoing high demand will only increase from here on, as more luxury developments are underway. The significance of this metamorphosis is unique, as modern Greece is emerging into the present, incorporating a balance of tradition with modernity.


Ski in/ski out chalet ideally located on the slopes of Rochebrune

Megeve, France

£8,420,000 | €9,500,000

Subtle mix of materials such as wood and metal, giving an industrial touch to the chalet while keeping a warm and cosy atmosphere. Very nice living room composed of a double lounge with fireplace, an ultra modern kitchen open to the dining room and an office. Five bedrooms en suite.


A significant development

plot of 16900 sqm of land surrounded by olive trees

Chania, Crete Price on Request

It has a swimming pool, an artificial lake and 2 buildings with ten apartments. There are multiple opportunities, such as creating a resort, a wellness centre, a villa community, a congress centre, a hotel, or a hotel service property, among other options.


A superb third floor lateral apartment located in Chelsea

Chelsea Manor Street, London


The property provides a large double reception room with extensive views over the immediate area, French doors lead to a large private roof terrace. Further accommodation includes three double bedrooms, the principal providing a dressing area and generous bathroom. RACHID


West Hollywood Fresh Modern Stunner


Displaying architectural style and light-filled luxury, this “down to the studs” remodel’s sleek design showcases a fresh modern feel with flowing interior spaces. The essence of West Hollywood excellence that combines exceptional space and quality to create a lifestyle home walking distance to the Sunset Strip.

1345 Londonderry Place, Los Angeles

Light-filled spacious villa blending traditional finca features with modern updates

This stylish and traditional villa has been sensitively renovated whilst retaining it’s original charm. The house is set on a large plot of 13,000 square metre surrounded by pine trees. There are five stunning en-suite bedrooms and large airy living spaces are bright overlooking the garden.

Cala Llonga, Ibiza £2,585,000 | €2,950,000

Canada’s Tallest Building

The One, Toronto Contact Aleksandra for price and availability

The One, becoming Canada’s tallest building, is the culmination of an unstoppable passion to create something categorically different. Canada’s tallest building will be created by Mizrahi Developments. Committed to excellence, the London based architecture firm, Foster + Partners, devised the one-of-a-kind structure uniquely suited to this prime location.



Bertrand Rassat Q&A

I would choose to divide my time between Megève, which is a stunning village and a lively ski resort with quite a bit happening and fabulous restaurants, and a house in the cote d’Azur, both properties being located not far from a tennis club.

What motivated you to become independent? Has it turned out to be true?

When and how did you end up in property?

Property has always been one of my pet interests, for the simple reason I have always loved looking at beautiful architecture and interior decoration. I am lucky to have always lived in places where I could indulge in this pleasure: I grew up in Paris with the Pantheon at my doorstep, then I moved to London where I lived in Kensington and Chelsea for 13 years, then to Singapore, and now I reside 45mn away from the most beautiful French and Swiss ski resorts in Europe: Megève, Chamonix, Morzine, Verbier and only 5mn from Lake Geneva. After a career in Fintech, turning my interest to Proptech seemed to take the best of both worlds: my expertise in Technology, my contacts within the world of finance, aligned with my love for property.

What is it about the job that gets you out of bed in the morning?

My role involves a lot of bespoke property search or finding the right buyer and I am often dealing with property which is off market. It requires sourcing either the right buyer or the right property, and that takes good people skills, good negotiating skills, and a good network of experts who can assist (tax experts for example). My expertise in the Cote d’Azur and the Alps means my business focuses mainly on those two areas and the Geneva region. I enjoy all aspects of putting a deal together: understanding what the clients want, selecting appropriate property, liaising with the owners, appraisals putting together the deals themselves.

If you could buy in any part of your patch, Lake Geneva/Alps, where would you live and why?

I guess what motivated me to become independent was the freedom it offered. I was never one to sit at a desk all day and doing what I do means I am out and about a lot, which suits me very well. It also means I can organise my schedule and fit in a game of tennis, which is my second passion after real estate.

The job can be quite stressful, what do you do to unwind?

You’ll have guessed it by now: I play tennis, usually daily. I used to play against my son who now plays for a US university, and it was increasingly challenging to keep up with his progress. I hate to admit it, but I pretty much owe my tennis level to him, although regrettably, whilst he’s still progressing, I seem to have somewhat plateaued.

What is your top buying or selling tip?

Know your market. Be meticulous. Keep your expectations real. A deal isn’t a deal until you’ve signed on the dotted line.


A horse-lover’s dream acreage

Terrey Hills, New South Wales, Australia Expressions of Interest

Undeniably the most outstanding offering in Terrey Hills, this extraordinary property is a true lifestyle dream where luxury, space and privacy are at their absolute pinnacle. A rare opportunity in one of the area’s most soughtafter locations, this world-class entertainer rests on a magnificent landholding of over 4.67 acres with lush views over the surrounding area.


Why We Live in Cape Town

“There is a huge semigration from other parts of the country as well as an unprecedented amount of European buyers looking for a lifestyle city which is cosmopolitan.”


Iwrote this after we took 10 days holiday in our own city during mid October, essentially our Spring. First of all challenging owning your own business which is in its toddler stage but I partly managed.

Scarborough was our destination for 4 nights in a beach house. A total drive of 32 minutes from our house in Constantia but we felt miles away.

For my birthday we took a refreshing dip in Dalebrook tidal pools, 12 minutes from my house amongst many other tidal pools dotted along our coast. Afterwards I walked across bare foot to the cafe in my towel and had the best coffee with an amazing chocolate croissant. (Coffee in Cape Town and food is hard to beat globally)

Birthday breakfast we took my Mum to Homespun by Matt in Claremont. Great breakfast but an even bigger must for lunch or dinner. Still a hidden gem. PS - if you come to Cape Town and you’d like a list of the latest restaurants to visit, feel free to get in touch.

Yesterday we took Bertie our dog (Toy Poodle) up Lions Head, check out the views. This is in the heart of Cape Town. 37 minutes to the top walking which is great exercise and wow views.

Cape Town is flanked by mountains and the ocean, it is a #lifestyle city.

I always say hello to all the fellow hikers on Lions Head and I noticed that many were American. I predict a huge spike in American tourists with increased direct flights into Cape Town.

Two days left of the holiday. One of our boys is going to Shul this morning so we will grab breakfast at one of the many breakfast spots in Cape Town and then see how the day goes.

I’m looking forward to being back at work and hitting the next two months hard. I’m super excited about the summer season ahead.

Since writing the above post, three weeks have passed and the market is incredibly busy! It is going to be a very active market in Cape Town from November 2022 through to April 2023. The only problem is stock. Demand is out stripping supply and good luck if you want to find a rental property, short or long term. In a time where recession is hitting and fuel bills are rising globally causing uncertainty, why is the Cape Town market so busy?

There is a huge semi-gration from other parts of the country as well as an unprecedented amount of European buyers looking for a lifestyle city which is cosmopolitan and geographically far away from Europe where there is a war on the doorstep. Despite having our own problems, Cape Town is shining like a beacon at the tip of Africa.


Rutland Gardens, SW7


English Oak parquet flooring and soft linen textures throughout provide a sense of warmth, whilst full height doors and oversize windows fill the apartment with light. A generous and bright double reception room with working gas fireplaces and a separate entertainment room are accessed from the entrance hall.

A beautiful lateral apartment that has been comprehensively refurbished

A classically designed apartment with modern elements

Porchester Gardens, London


A classically designed apartment with modern elements woven through this large duplex offering an abundance of space, light and comfort.

Offering 2,136 sq ft, a well planned sensational lateral turnkey flat in this incredible development

Whistler Square, Chelsea Barracks, SW1W


With 3 double bedroom suites and views from 3 private balconies over the greenery of The Royal Hospital gardens and landscaped Mulberry Square, this flat has a secure underground car parking space and all the amazing amenity benefits of Chelsea Barracks.


315 sqm luxury penthouse in Cape Town with views of the city and historical Bo-Kaap

Rose Street, Cape Town

£745,000 | $982,000

This penthouse is incredibly private and can only be accessed by security tag. 24hr security takes care of the building and there are two covered parking bays plus a 7 sqm storeroom. A private foyer welcomes you before stepping into this two bedroom penthouse with accommodation over two floors.



Fabulously located in the heart of Saint-Tropez village

Saint Tropez, France

£17,600 | From €20,000 per week

Enjoying a delightful landscaped garden with ample spaces for relaxing and entertaining in style around a heated swimming pool, this exquisitely decorated villa by Dorga in elegant neutral tones comprises a spacious open plan sitting and dining room overlooking the pool, a fabulous kitchen, a stunning master suite, and 4 further bedrooms.


Chalet L’Arole, Villars, Switzerland

£11,750,000 | Chf 12,995,000

With approx 6,810 sq ft / 632 sq m internally with 8 bedroom suites, classic panelled living rooms, kitchen with AGA, entertainment room onto terrace and swimming pool with jacuzzi, garage, parking for 5 cars and moments from the Aiglon College, this special trophy home is perfect for winter and summer.

This majestic Alpine chalet, built originally in 1904, has open southerly views towards Mont Blanc

A beautiful family house located in Kensington

Philimore Gardens, London


Ideally positioned on the corner of Phillimore Gardens and Phillimore Place, the house boasts a wonderful dual aspect with the added benefit of two off street parking spaces and a beautifully landscaped patio garden. This impressive house boasts 4,541 sq feet of fantastic living accommodation and entertaining space.


Individual chalet ideally located near the village centre and the Rochebrune ski lifts

Megeve, France

£1,675,000 | €1,890,000

It has an entrance with guest WC and ski room. On the first floor, a bright and crossing living room with an open kitchen on the living room with fireplace and access to the south facing terrace. On the ground floor, it has 3 bedrooms en suite with bathrooms and a toilet. A garden shed and an outside parking space complete this property.

Located on an exclusive peninsula, flanked by the warm Indian Ocean and an azure lagoon

Le Saint Géran, Mauritius

Prices from £3,655,000

One&Only Le Saint Géran presents an exquisite collection of brand-new villas for purchase on a full ownership basis – among the very first One&Only Private Homes to own in the world. Each home, unique and carefully designed, offers a spectacular island escape where loved ones can gather in supreme comfort.



beautiful family home on a pretty street in Fulham


This five bedroom terraced house has a charming reception room with a bay window and wooden floors. The kitchen is generous and well equipped with a utility room, dining area and a preparation island with a gas hob. The kitchen leads to the mature garden via floor to ceiling bi folding doors.



Mid Century Architectural Beauty in Studio City


A spectacular reinterpretation of famed architecture, Elle Decor A-list awarded design firm Maine Design brings a lifestyle of luxury to the hills of Studio City. An architectural vision conceptualizing modernism, embodying the ultimate in style with leading-edge design and no detail overlooked.

3191 Dona Marta Drive, Studio City

Joining the Dots

The start of 2023 brought with it trepidation of what the year ahead would hold for us all. The negativity in the media continues to be palpable and as I write, today marks the first year anniversary of the Russians bombing Kyiv and rolling tanks into Ukraine. But we all know, life goes on - the human instinct to make the best of any situation.

Our clients rightly continue to move their lives forward; to buy, sell and rent, and we are there to help. Our experience in the broker market is that the most adept and experienced negotiators are able to help their clients whatever the market by providing qualified advice. And we have the huge pride in further exceptional and hugely experienced brokers joining our network across the UK from London through to Edinburgh.

We recognise that being able to help clients with their property interests beyond the local market, by delivering a wider network of experience and contacts and providing a helping hand in facilitating what can be the most extraordinary requests, our network can be even more useful to our clients.

So far this year, we are delighted to announce a number of our latest partnerships - with Agnes & Lorenzo, founded by our new friends Sarah Hockley and Freddie Fleming, operating now since 2016 in the Spanish Balearics; specifically in Ibiza and Mallorca - introduced to us by our London Broker, Rory McGougan. Also a timely partnership at the

end of 2022 with Antonin Allard in Megeve, France, offering some of the most exquisite apartments and chalets in this wonderful winter and summer alpine resort. I have been working for many years with Antonin Allard following a client recommendation and was pleased to offer three weeks work experience last Autumn to one of their graduates, so they could experience the London difference. Most recently, we have the great honour of welcoming the Kyle Blackmon Team, who have just opened a new brokerage in Palm Beach, south Florida with a fresh team of brokers. Kyle and his team have since 2002, sold over $2B of property in NYC; selling more properties at 15 Central Park West than any other broker with 41 executed transactions and a sales volume in excess of $645M. I met Kyle many years ago in Beijing and was so impressed by his tenacity and professionalism that we have stayed good friends since. All these impressive brokers understand the importance of looking after clients impeccably but also making their moving experience as good as it can be.

This growth comes as we seek to offer our clients a meaningful network of international brokers with truly global relationships; with our exceptional and vetted brokers working in some key world-wide locations where so many of our clients are looking to live. With the announcement of our One&Only/ Kerzner partnership also at the end of 2022, we have further exciting destinations we are looking forward to bringing to clients in 2023.


Current international listings on our website will take you to other exceptional homes including:

Beverly Hills, USA

Venice Beach, USA

Bel Air, USA

Los Angeles, USA

Yellowstone, Montana, USA

Miami, USA

New York, USA

Toronto, Canada

Costa Careyes, Mexico

Nayarit Nay, Mexico

Geneva, Switzerland

St Tropez, France

Megeve, France

Maribel, France

Antibes, France

Athens, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Camps Bay, South Africa

Bantry Bay, South Africa

Clifton, South Africa

Constantia, South Africa


Bali, Indonesia

Sydney, Australia

Bayview, Australia

Terrey Hills, Australia

So, if you are considering a move in either the UK or abroad, do contact The London Broker so that we can put you in touch with one of our experienced brokers who would be happy to put you in touch with a local expert.


One of Mosman’s most desirable addresses hosts this stunning and distinctive property

Julian Street, New South Wales, Australia Expressions of Interest

The revival of the classic 1930’s residence was completed in late 2020 / early-2021 by Cadence & Co., taking the elegance and style of the original and fusing it with provincial charm and contemporary excellence to create a warm and inviting masterpiece.


In a picturesque countryside setting enjoying sweeping views of the hills

Bay of Saint Tropez, France

£2,070,000 | €2,350,000

This stunning contemporary bastide sits in charming grounds with a heated infinity swimming pool. In total tranquility and privacy and close to the Saint-Tropez buzz, the sunny south facing bastide comprises a main villa and its guest house, both with numerous terraces and spaces for outdoor dining and relaxing in style.


One&Only Private Homes

Private Homes

One&Only recently launched its Private Homes product in London, can you tell us more about why One&Only decided to branch out into the Branded Residences space?

It was a natural brand extension when Kerzner decided to move into the Branded Residential business quite recently in 2018 with the introduction of One&Only Private Homes at One&Only Le Saint Géran, in Mauritius. This enabled us to further enhance our guest experience with the addition of a residential offering at our resorts through our rental program, and an opportunity for our One&Only guests to purchase their own One&Only Private Home to experience all the brand has to offer through their very own home ownership.

What will make One&Only Private Homes stand apart from the competition?

One&Only Private Homes embody the renowned quality, exclusivity, and allure that the One&Only brand is known for. Located in the most exceptional destinations and designed by some of the world’s leading architects, each property has its own distinct identity where owners can unwind in safety and seclusion, enjoying all the benefits of a One&Only resort, right on their doorstep. Whether owners wish to enjoy their home as a primary residence or

as a holiday home, they are assured that their every need is provided for by the One&Only ultra-luxury services, as well as having access to a seamless ownership programme with every detail expertly managed by our team of colleagues, who have been curating holidays of a lifetime for guests for nearly 50 years. Private Homes can be placed in the optional resort rental programme and One&Only Private Home owners are also part of an exclusive community benefiting from global privileges, including events and a dedicated international concierge service. One&Only Private Homes are havens set within some of the world’s most exclusive resorts, where the indulgent comforts of home meet incredible vistas – idyllic coastline, thriving city, or lush wilderness.

Can you give us an insight into the plans for One&Only Private Homes over the next 5 years?

One&Only Private Homes is an integral part of our vision for the company’s growth. This is a very appealing project, which offers buyers the opportunity to purchase at alluring destinations. We currently have Private Homes available for sale at One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius; One&Only Mandarina, Mexico; One&Only Kéa Island, Greece; One&Only One Za’abeel, Dubai; One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro; and One&Only Moonlight


Basin, Montana, USA. Soon to be on sale will be Private Homes at One&Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia and One&Only Aesthesis, Greece.

We’re of course delighted to be working in partnership with One&Only, but why us?

We selected The London Broker as a likeminded partner that understands luxury sales, client relationships and the appeal of branded residential real estate with a long-term vision. We are delighted that we’re able to collectively work alongside The London Broker to ensure the sales experience our buyers and prospective buyers undertake, is of the same quality our guests expect when staying at any of our One&Only properties.

You’re investing heavily in developing luxury villas in exotic locations around the world, you must have a view on the future of work?

One&Only Private Homes are a focal part of the One&Only strategic growth plan as we’ve seen strong demand globally for the chance to own a piece of One&Only real estate. The majority of our new resorts will all have ‘Private Homes’ offering, integrated seamlessly into the resort – from the most idyllic beach resorts to striking urban properties to nature resorts nestled in remote regions.

What is the essence of One&Only?

One&Only is an exceptional collection of oneof-a-kind resorts and private homes found in the world’s most inspiring destinations. Designed in harmony with nature and immersed in rich culture, each remarkable, one-off resort has its own distinct narrative and charisma. The One&Only brand is a pioneer in the ultra-luxury hospitality industry, curating insightful experiences that uncover destinations like no other, whilst at the same time providing supreme levels of intuitive service and curating ‘moments of joy’ for its guests that provide everlasting memories to cherish a lifetime.

One&Only caters to the world’s most interesting and influential people. Discerning, sophisticated

travellers and now homeowners, looking for an escape that offers more than just luxury. Those who seek new authentic, cultural experiences and desire to live life to the full. We bring undiscovered locations to our guests and animate their experience like nowhere else.


Luxury apartment situated in Clifton Terraces, Cape Town

Clifton, Cape Town

£1,869,000 | $2,329,000

The apartment is sold fully furnished and comes with full home automation, plunge pool, underfloor heating in the bathrooms, eco designed heating and cooling systems plus a 109 sqm balcony. The ocean facing master suite has a walk in closet plus extra wardrobe space. RICHARD HUXHAM-HARDIE


Seaside Villa with Private Tennis Court

Kommenos, Corfu

Contact Aleksandra for price and availability

Newly built villa with sea views! This masterpiece has a total area of 436 sq.m. which extends over 3 levels and is located within a plot of land of 2007.63 sq.m. Situated within the area of Kommenos, the most cosmopolitan and prestigious area of the island of Corfu. Complete with its own private indoor pool of 23.67 sq.m., heated with a hydromassage system & private tennis court!


Guide £4,995,000 ACQUIRED

Guide £4,000,000 SOLD

07831 622351 @sjbirchandco

Guide £3,750,000 ACQUIRED

Sarah has worked in Prime Central London property for over 20 years, with particular focus in Kensington & Chelsea, Notting Hill, Holland Park & Fulham. Private clients benefit from Sarah’s in depth experience in both selling and acquiring residential property, whether it’s for home, investment, or development. Deeply trusted within her profession, among both clients and peers, her business is founded on dedicated, personal service, and tailoring her advice to each client’s unique needs whilst dealing with the market realities. Buying or selling homes is deeply personal, and she likes to keep it that way, always mindful of the emotional, as well as financial investment required. Along with her two assistants, her extensive network and energetic style, supply a forensic, methodical and analytical approach to navigate the market. Always ensuring clients receive the highest quality market intelligence, access to offmarket properties and, above all, honest and straightforward advice, tailored to individual needs. If you simply don’t have the time, or just feel like you want ‘someone on your side’ to help find your London property, understand pricing, and steer the process, then please get in touch to discuss. If this sounds like a refreshing approach, and you’re in need of the best property expertise, she’d love to talk to you, so you can judge for yourself...

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