A Changing Industry Needs
An Agent Willing To Change
Why We're Different
We're People Focused
We Match People to Property
Most agents when you first pick up the phone ask you 'what are you looking for?'. That's not a terrible start, but it's not how we do it. We ask the much more important question, 'why are you moving?'. Our business model is based on getting to know you. It is very rare that someone will buy the first thing they look at, but if we know you well, we will be able to help you on your journey to your next home much more effectively.
What People Say About Us
As a company we are always trying to improve. With so many property agents doing the same old thing in London, we felt it was time do something different. We truly believe the personal one-to-one service that we offer is what gets us results for the people we work for. Below is a few of the recent thoughts from buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants. If you have something to say about us we would love to hear it. Leave us a google review and/or fill in the submission box below!
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Transforming Awkward Spaces
Most of us have that awkward friend. The one who we dread inviting over for dinner with others because they’re not particularly sociable and somehow manage to make even the most casual of situations feel awkward just by being there. They’re usually too quiet or too brash and either way have a difficult time blending in, probably because they’re wearing an obscure hat or bizarre cardigan.
So, what’s the difference between that friend and the friend who everyone describes as “quirky” instead? The quirky mate can read the room, has a little more self-awareness, knows exactly how to blend in (despite being completely out of place) and has worked out that if you pair your funky hat with some good conversation, you can absolutely rock it.
The same can be said for those frustratingly difficult-to-sell spaces in your home. Awkward spaces are a massive turn-off for a potential buyer who is unable to imagine a way in which to fill it or make it work for them. Despite the additional area an awkward space may well offer in terms of square footage, if they can’t find a use for it, you can bet it’ll end up as the reason they choose to carry on looking elsewhere. However, if they look upon that same space as a fun quirk they can’t wait to show their friends, you may well be talking numbers before the viewing is over.
Luckily, transforming awkward spaces into inspiring, checklist-ticking, quirky features in your home has become very en-trend of late, and we’ve been keeping notes. Trust us, you don’t need the likes of George Clarke to show you how it’s done - that is, unless you want to build a wigwam with windows made of recycled bottle caps... If all you want is to turn your sale-preventing corner or room into a quality attribute within your home, on a budget and with minimal effort, we can help. Here are some quick wins...
We’ve all swooned after a ceiling light or floor lamp we didn’t think we were cool enough to pull off featuring in our living room - well guess what? Your awkward space is crying out for a moment in the spotlight. The worst thing you can do is pretend these spaces aren’t there, in fact we recommend you show them off more. So shine a light, give your space a little attention-grabbing, conversation starting illumination!
People have written essays on the impact a single chair can have, art has been created around a person’s favourite seat. Adding a bespoke stool, a kooky armchair or even an upcycled stadium bench(!) doesn’t just give you another opportunity to add a little more personality to your home, it gives the space a purpose too. It’s a spot on a landing to sit and catch your breath, a perch by the window to admire your surroundings - or the perfect place to pile clean washing for collection.
The quickest way to give a little life to a corner otherwise forgotten? Add a plant. No need to spend more time in your local garden centre than you already do, head online to one of the many very millennial plant retailers and buy with one click. They’ll even tell you the ones which require the least effort to keep alive. Your space might only call for a sweet pot plant on a tiny table, but a large palm or monstera presented in a gorgeous ceramic planter will really help to enhance a room.
We’ve specifically said “wall hangings” here because actually, you can hang almost anything on a wall! From summer holiday hats and beads, to pressed foliage and family photos, sometimes just one frame will not do! We can spend so much time curating the furniture and features in our home to make them picture-perfect, that we forget about including the real personal touches too. So, how about creating a quirky corner all about you?
Gone are the days where the only place you could store you sh*t was in the loft or crammed on top of the wardrobe. Nowadays, you have the luxury of making your storage solution a feature in your home, and that awkward space you can’t really fit much in is the ideal place for it. Carefully pile vintage trunks filled with your old magazines and lounge throws, fill a button leather footstool with wires you know you’ll need some day. Storage, but make it fashion, ya know?
If you’ve an awkward space you feel is holding back the sale of your home, our guys are full of quirky ideas, so just give us a call if you’d like us to come take a look!
Notting Hill Carnival 2020 - IT'S CANCELLED, thanks again COVID-19!
Notting Hill Carnival is one of those events that divides the Notting Hill residents! Some can't wait for it, and they spend their evenings and weekends tirelessly working on their costumes and outfits and some spend their evenings and weekend planning their less eventful weekend elsewhere!
Since the very first time it was held in 1966 it has never been missed...until now. COVID-19 has yet again reared its ugly head in our day to day and put a stop to the Notting Hill Carnival for the first time in history. The Carnival weekend is about celebrating Caribbean culture and traditions in London and now more than ever I feel like London would have celebrated it like never before!
The first “carnival” – organised by black Marxist Claudia Jones was a defiant response to the racists that attacked Notting Hill the year before. In recent years the Carnival has been accused of too much corporate sponsorship, which some believe dilutes its radical roots, but I feel like 2020 would have bought back more than ever the emphasis on the importance of celebrating this culture and although BLM activists have always been present at the carnival I think this year they would have rightly had the strongest support in recent years.
With people standing up to the oppression and blatant racism in the world the Carnival would have been so wonderful for highlighting the issues that need addressing. It has done this since 1966 but now more than ever, people are listening! Even though the Carnival may not happen this year there is a movement that we all need to get behind and support! Yes, we are Estate Agents and our platform is mainly used to sell and let property, but it’s our responsibility as people to do our part, and use what tools we have, and we believe, Black Lives Matter!
Whether the Carnival gets you jumping for joy or nipping out of London for a quieter weekend, it cannot be argued that it is a vitally important part of our culture and Notting Hill and London are less for it not being on this year.
The Notting Hill Local Hero and the Furloughed Foodies!
The Notting Hill Local Hero and the Furloughed Foodies!
As we all know the Coronavirus has had a devastating affect on just about every aspect of our lives. For most of us though it may just be something of a minor inconvenience. Ricky Gervais was recently asked about how he was coping with Lockdown life and he responded with “You’ll never hear me complain. Not when there’s nurses doing 40-hour shifts”
This is the kind of attitude we love. However, what we love even more is when one of our very own local residents stands up and decides to go and do more than his or her fair share. Floris ten Nijenhuis, a local resident found himself to be one of the many London workforce who were furloughed. Paying close attention to the fact that all restaurants were closed and supermarkets were overstretched with often long queues to get in, he made the connection that our Local Super Hero’s, our NHS Doctors and Nurses needed their own mini hero’s. Floris took it upon himself to start cooking healthy meals for those NHS staff who didn’t have easy access to good food.
It wasn’t long before Floris had built a 400-man team of furloughed Londoners who now cook and deliver to over 15 hospitals and GP surgeries in West London! Oh and did we mention he and his team have also raised over £15,000 in donations since starting their service in April.
Furloughed Foodies as it is now known, is one the Notting Hill Residents contributions to the National Response to COVID-19.
All we want to say at Noahs is THANK YOU Floris, THANK YOU Furloughed Foodies, and THANK YOU to all of you at our NHS. We love and appreciate you for all that you have done and you are still doing!
We've been around the block a few times that's for sure!
As a team, we have been in Notting Hill for probably far too long! The average experience of the team is in excess of 10 years of selling and letting property. For all of us Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington Westbourne Grove, and Bayswater, is our career home! When you live and work in an area for such a length of time is rare to find anyone who knows it better. We love it here!