Owning a Private Island

From the UK to French Polynesia

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Recorded on Wednesday 13th May, 2020
1800h GMT | 0700h Tahiti

Join Guy Bradshaw, Director of London Residential at UK Sotheby’s International Realty, as we discuss the property market in French Polynesia. Jacques Menahem, Owner of French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty will give us an overview of the benefits of owning a private island, including price points, the right steps to take, and what to watch out for. Explore the benefits of having property in French Polynesia as we’ll answer questions about permanent residency vs. secondary home and island ownership. Find out what you need to know to invest, buy and rent property in that region.

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Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

Global Series – Cape Cod, MA

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

In our next feature of the Global Series we travel to Cape Cod to interview Emily Van Giezen of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. I first met Emily in Los Angeles at a Sotheby’s International Realty conference and we have been part of the Next Gen group with agents from around the globe sharing ideas and knowledge. I’ve also personally spent time in Cape Cod as a child during summer holidays and loved the scenery and beaches it has to offer. If you are thinking about a second home in one of the finest areas in the USA I’d be very happy to introduce Emily and her team.

1. Which City/ area are you from?

Emily Van Giezen

I currently reside in Orleans, Massachusetts on Cape Cod- a fantastic coastal community. Originally I grew up in New Jersey just outside of New York City where I worked for a number of years before relocating to the Cape.


2. What are the best things to do/ see where you live?

Cape Cod is famous for it’s beautiful sandy beaches, sunsets, fresh oysters and seafood, lighthouses, and endless summer activities. Many love the accessibility of bay and ocean waters for relaxing days on their boats. It is also home to the last standing drive-in movie theatre on Cape Cod from 1957 which is a popular evening experience for visitors and locals alike. I personally love the Chatham Bars Inn and Wequasett resorts as well.

3. Tell us a little about your market?

Although we do have many year-round residents, Cape Cod is primarily a second home market. Summer rentals are also popular. Many originate from the Boston, New York, and New Jersey areas. We do see a number of folks from the UK and West Coast as well. The real estate market is active at all times of the year with core activity during the late spring, summer, and early fall. As a full time Cape Cod resident, it is delightful to experience these months as they come to life. During that time each year these folks help our local economy thrive. I’ve met some amazing people of which I still have close relationships with today.

4. What is your favourite listing currently on your books and why?

Lake Dr, Orleans, MA – $870,000

My favourite listing is one that just came to market. It is a custom built and well maintained ranch style home located in a private association. A beautiful inlet with a sandy beach that is private to the association residents is particularly attractive because of the dock and deep water access. In the town of Orleans (and surrounding towns), the list is quite long to obtain a public mooring. The home itself abuts seven acres of conservation land which means the backyard will always be screened with trees as it cannot be developed. Am I allowed to drop some branding? Professional media and details can be found at www.58lakedr.com.

5. How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected your location?

Homes continue to list and sell daily, though the activity has significantly decreased in pending sales – about 50%. Despite this shift, value remains consistent. It is predicted that sales and rentals will bounce back quickly. The Cape is easily accessed by car and for many that will mean choosing this mode of transportation over flight when planning vacations. Interest in commutable second home markets as a future precaution is also very likely. Additionally, the current circumstances have launched us into utilizing and normalizing technology that has been available to us for a long time. Orleans, as are other towns, are quite close knit. Observing the community and small business owners coming together to support each other is incredibly heart warming. We truly are all in this together!

6. What are your best tips for living/ working from home?

Being proactive! I recommend:

– Starting each day with ten minutes of journaling. Write down 3 things you are grateful for, how you want to show up for that day, and a positive message to yourself. Be your own cheerleader!

– Ask yourself: Have I eaten? Have I showered? Have I done something creative?

– Also start this day with a list. Organize into high and low energy tasks.

– Build a schedule and stick to it. Include time for self care and honour your boundaries. What are your non-negotiables?

– Celebrate your small wins throughout the day

– Stay connected but know when to take a break and disconnect. Tune in to both your physical and mental health. Practice grace with yourself.

– Mental stretch: what does your 8 year old self need?

– InsightTimer App is my go to for guided meditation and calming music.

– Prepare for a more peaceful sleep and “brain dump” before bed. Write it all down and clear what is weighing on your mind. Calming tea also helps!

I don’t know the originator of this quote, but I write it down I’m my journal everyday: “When you let go of what no longer serves you, you create space for what is meant to be.”

7. Your best real estate story?

Selling real estate on Cape Cod itself! I meet amazing folks from all walks of life and have seen and sold some incredible homes. Experiencing the positive energy of visitors and homeowners is electric as Cape Cod is a safe and special place. They are excited to be here. My parents first purchased their own property when I was just three months old and we have been summering here ever since until permanently relocating. Everyday is my best story as I observed my parents live out their dream, now I am able to help others do the same. Including my own! I love having the creative freedom to take my business and listings to the next level because an artist, I practice art through operating my business. Client satisfaction is the greatest measure of this success.

8. Where is on your travel bucket list?

My list is quite long! Most places in Europe, Dubai, Tulum, and Iceland are at the top.

9. And finally…….. when are you coming to visit us in London!?

Londonnnn! I have always wanted to visit during the holidays. Hopefully early December!

Global Series | Sydney, Australia

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

In the latest of our Global Series interviews we are taking you to the “land down under” where we spoke to Jaime Upton who is one of the top brokers in the city of Sydney. Originally from the U.K, Jaime and Guy have worked together on a few referrals between both London and Sydney and the clear connection between the cities and countries. We even managed to not talk Cricket or Rugby!


1. Which City/ area are you from?

Born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Raised in Sydney, Australia from the age of 4.


2. What are the best things to do/ see where you live?

Sydney is located on one of the most beautiful harbours in the word – Sydney Harbour surrounded by incredible Pacific Ocean coastline. With summer-like temperatures around 8 months of the year active outdoor activities are some of the best things to do and see in and around the harbour and ocean such as boating and walking, you can even climb the Harbour Bridge! Dine your way through a stay. I love Sydney restaurants, there are plenty of them from casual to fine dining and some of the very best I have experienced in my travels. Long relaxing family, friends and client Friday/Saturday/Sunday lunches are a Sydney institution, often overlooking our magnificent harbour. Sydney is the arts and theatre epicentre of Australia with the Sydney Opera House as a showstopping venue leading the way. When the weather turns a little cooler, just 2 hours’ drive from Sydney is The Hunter Valley, a spectacular wine region and countryside.

3. Tell us a little about your market?

Sydney prestige market has been thriving for many years and decades with the exception of, in my lifetime, the GFC period to which it recovered and went on to experience exponential capital growth. Some might say that Sydney real estate punches well above its weight on a global scale and has often been featured over the years within top 10 most expensive real estate cities in the world-reports. Most expensive apartment sale achieved to date at AUD140,000,000 is a soon-to-be complete 1,600m2 city penthouse which sold in 2019 to an Australian Chinese family. Most expensive house sale achieved to date at AUD100,000,000 is located on 11,200m2 of prime harbourside Eastern Suburb land in the country’s most expensive postcode – 2027, Point Piper which sold in 2018 to an Australian tech-entrepreneur.

4. What is your favourite listing currently on your books and why?

‘Tresco’, a stately sandstone waterfront home which dates to 1868, has stood the test of time on its original Elizabeth Bay site as our Harbour City exploded around it. It’s also on the market for AUD50,000,000 — but the 150 years of high society stories this Victorian manor and its cascading gardens hold are priceless. ‘Tresco’ was owned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and used as the official residence for senior officers for almost 100 years until it was bought privately in 2004. While it has served as the scene of many glittering gatherings, its most famous visitors were in 1986 when Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth was the guest of honour at the RAN’s 75th birthday celebrations.

This trophy home is set on 3,300m2 of prime Sydney-east waterfront land making it very unique on many fronts. Attraction has been drawn from high net worth Sydney and overseas based ex-pat buyers because of their interest in owning a large compound-style secure trophy home on (call me biased) the best harbour in the world less than 3km from Sydney’s CBD with direct waterfront access and boating facilities. As the property has its own double sided wharf and with extra sea wall pillars, those with involvement in boating have especially sought out to inspect my favourite listing.

5. How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected your location?

Fortunately real estate services are considered essential in Sydney at the moment. Whilst mostly staying indoors has provided the opportunity to build business, we have been able to show our listed properties by appointment only, one person at a time. This has allowed for moving forward of property sales including those which are scheduled to go to auction. Virtual auctions are now taking place instead of onsite. Certainly, we are more than ever embracing technology with video virtual inspections offered via Facetime and Zoom and interactive 3D virtual inspections conducted for each property listing. Of all sales results achieved, we have not seen any direct evidence of COVID-19 affecting our market in any significant downward fashion as yet. So far, so good!

6. What are your best tips for living/ working from home?

Focus, focus, focus! When I lose focus I use an hour of power trick to make small but truly massive progress. I believe productivity levels are a direct reflection of our energy levels, therefore it is absolutely essential to take care of our health and keep active. I go for daily long walks, minimum 10,000 steps per day and able to get in (morning/evening/lunchtime) livestreaming yoga sessions at home from my regular yoga studio. This alone has been an absolute godsend! Drink lots of water, get a quality night’s rest and eat lightly where possible!

7. Your best real estate story?

Not one story, the whole story. Apart from successfully navigating my way through (and surviving!) some very nice double digit deals and in some cases the opportunity of reselling those properties and servicing those clients to the highest level, I would have to say meeting the most extraordinary people on a daily basis who become clients and sometimes friends for life has become a huge part of who I am. Working within the best luxury real estate brand and network in the world for 8 years where I have experienced the opportunity of referring multiple clients as sellers to our global offices [GPB60,000,000 to London, USD100,000,000 to USA] buyers to many more, has been hugely rewarding not withstanding an incredible value-add to my long standing client-base.

8. Where is on your travel bucket list?

Bahamas, Maldives, Greece, parts of Italy I have not been to, Africa to name a few. And also returning to some of my all-time ultra-favourites – London, South of France, Almalfi, Rome, Paris, Bangkok, Koh Samui and Hong Kong.

9. And finally…….. when are you coming to visit us in London!?

As always, I truly cannot wait to get back to London ASAP. A brilliant city and one in which I feel very at home. Open all borders, fire up the planes and I am there!

Virtual Viewing | Weymouth Mews, Marylebone, W1

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Contact Diana Tran MARLA for more details.

£1,960 per week | 1 Bedroom

Sotheby’s International Realty presents this one-bedroom serviced apartment (approx 615 sq.ft) situated on the ground floor located in the heart of Marylebone. 

This apartment comprises a open plan living area set with a plush custom-made sofa, handwoven vintage Berber rug, and Hans Wagner wing chair. Generous built-in walnut wood shelving houses a 43” Smart TV and selection of art coffee table books. For the musically inclined there is a turntable, Marshal Bluetooth Speaker and handpicked selection of records. The dining area, set with vintage Arkana table and four original Eames Bikini dining chairs, leads into a spacious, fully equipped kitchen that looks out onto the mews. A well-appointed bathroom has a bath and shower combination and a hidden cupboard that houses a combined washer/dryer. Towards the back of the apartment, the bedroom has a super king bed, generous built-in wardrobe space, and benefits from a large window that looks out onto a planted courtyard.

Weymouth Mews is located in the heart of Marylebone High Street owned by The Howard de Walden Estate. Ideally located moments from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, yet a Village atmosphere offering an array of shops, restaurants and cafes. Nearby Marylebone Station and Bond Street Underground Station.

Diana Tran, MARLA
Associate Director, Central London – Residential Lettings

Mob: +44 (0) 7525 595 523


London to Vancouver | Global Series

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

Our latest in the Global Series interview takes us to Vancouver to meet Will Mckitka and Kevin Hardy. I first met Will and Kevin in Vancouver at the Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event. They live and work in one of the most beautiful locations, and were the most hospitable of hosts when 1000’s of Sotheby’s employees descended on their city! If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit this City and the beautiful countryside surrounding it I would highly recommend a visit.

1. Which City/ area are you from?

Vancouver, Canada- Specializing in Downtown penthouses, luxury condominiums, and detached homes throughout the city.

2. What are the best things to do/ see where you live?

Kevin Hardy and Will Mckitka

Vancouver is one the great cities in North America blessed with the best geography. It’s natural beauty and moderately warm climate compared to most Canadian/ Northern American cities makes it a favourite for those seeking warmer winters. It’s also a favourite of International Investors, albeit that has slowed in the last few years due to introduction of several taxes aimed at foreign buyers. There are numerous ski mountains within 30 minutes of the Downtown core, sandy beaches, hiking and walking trails and extensive cycling routes throughout the city and of course the World Famous 1,000 acre Stanley Park. There are numerous golf courses open year round. Visitors enjoy an easy day trip to the Capital City of British Columbia- Victoria ( named after Queen Victoria) by way of scenic ferry trips through the San Juan Islands. Another favourite day trip is the 90 min/120 km drive along the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler/Blackcomb resort, one of the largest and finest in North America. There’s a very diverse and multicultural food scene here to satisfy the savviest of culinary experts too! Vancouverites are friendly and welcome the world.

3. Tell us a little about your market?

Our Market had enjoyed an unprecedented growth and price increases year over for over a decade through the 2000’s. A series of Provincial and City taxes aimed at significantly cooling down the market were introduced 2016-2018. These include Foreign Buyers tax, Vacancy Tax, Speculation tax and Property Transfer taxes. The taxes eventually cooled the markets significantly. Prices dropped by 20% plus in certain segments. Detached homes in tony neighbourhoods which Offshore buyers had previously dominated suffered the most. Sales volume sank and prices slowly adjusted downwards over a 3 1/ 2year period.

Over the last year the market across the board has improved significantly and prices have been again rising slowly. The beginning of 2020 has been a much hotter market. Detached homes in certain hot areas have seen cases of price wars driven by multiple offers and home selling for $200,000-$300,00 over asking price. We were all enjoying the newly rebounding market until the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Our market in the last 3 weeks has come to a near standstill with most buyers taking a “wait and see approach”. There have been no signs of significant price reductions or panic selling to date. People in Vancouver seem willing to ride out this storm for the time being.

4. What is your favourite listing currently on your books and why?

My business partner Kevin and I currently have two listings that we are particularly fond of…

One is an amazing 30th full floor, 7,316 Sq. FT. Penthouse with incredible millwork and finishing. Five-bedrooms, eight-baths but the show stopper is an incredible 2,200 Sq.Ft. wrap around terrace that highlights every quintessential Vancouver view…soaring mountains, parks, beaches and ocean! $12,800,000.

The other is a beautifully restored First Shaughnessy Tudor Revival mansion named The Rosemary. This twelve-bedroom, thirteen-bathroom home is almost 27,000 Sq Ft. and features pristine heritage features and millwork. It’s a Vancouver landmark, The current owner spent four years and over $6,000,000 on a painstaking restoration project. It’s a visual feast with soaring ceilings, grand oak staircases and eleven fireplaces.


5. How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected your location?

We are currently in a Stay Home directive meaning that persons are asked to stay indoors for the most part except to do essential shopping such as for groceries and pharmacy. All offices and retail stores are virtually close except for essential services. Real estate has been deemed an essential service in B.C. so we are technically allowed to work. Most showings are postponed and the use of Matterport 360 virtual walk through videos are generating buyer calls. We believe that the market will be stalled through at least June.

6. What are your best tips for living/ working from home?

The simple answer is good red wine and Zoom virtual cocktail parties! My Partner Kevin Hardy and I have found the value in maintaining a sense of humour and counting one’s blessing. Taking some time to reflect on simpler times and the little things one used to take for granted give me moments of joy or an unexpected smile. In the back of my head I hear my grandmother’s stories of tough times and how it brought people together in the Great Depression. It makes me smile and feel grateful. Kevin and I are contacting clients and Realtors via phone , emails and Zoom. We believe that it is a time to be sensitive and not appear to be self serving. There will be opportunities for the less risk obverse in the future. For most people the time for that message may be in a month from now, for others that are repeat clients/friends a more informal casual call is always welcome. We’re trying to get organized but like most other humans in this world today sometimes we fall a little short. Most importantly my partner Kevin and I have had a frank discussion to reaffirm the value we find in each other as business partners and friends. The Sotheby’s International Realty Family here in North America has been an incredible support group and terrific for morale as well. Sotheby’s …FOR THOSE THAT SEEK AN INCREDIBLE LIFE!

7. Your best real estate story?

Well I think that’s best left for the memoirs! I’ve been a realtor since I was 20 years old and over the decades I’ve seen a lot of changes and met a lot of people. Realtors are a special breed and generally an exceptional group of people. The best stories usually involve difficult people and heroic actions by hard working realtors. There is one great story that’s so incredible but the NDA does not permit such tattling.

8. Where is on your travel bucket list?

South America is certainly on the list. Also, I’ve always wanted to go to Canadian North – in particular, Churchill Manitoba in the fall when the Polar Bears are migrating and wander right through the streets of this tiny town accessible by rail when the ground is frozen solid. It’s a Canadian thing! I was planning on visiting Guy Bradshaw, this summer on route to Spain and then probably visit friends in Poland and Eastern Europe. I’ve told Guy to put the G and T on hold until the late summer or fall until the covid-19 crisis is more resolved.

9. And finally…….. when are you coming to visit us in London!?

See 8 above… Not soon enough…Guy Bradshaw owes Kevin and I a pint!

Global Series | Los Angeles, California


Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

The Next part of our global series takes us to Los Angeles, California where we spoke with Anton Smirnov from www.agentinla.com Anton and his business partner Jeremy have some sensational listings in one of the most fun markets in the world! Having watched the likes of Million Dollar Listing and Selling Sunset in Los Angeles its clear to see it’s a very exciting market place. I was fortunate to meet Anton last year and for him to show me around some incredible homes in Beverley Hills really showcasing the celebrity and luxury lifestyle that L.A. has to offer.

1. Which City/ area are you from?

Anton Smirnov

Los Angeles, CA


2. What are the best things to do/ see where you live?

This is Hollywood baby! We have some of the best beaches in the world and you are never too far from the Beverly Hills celebrity life. Los Angeles has some incredible hiking trails that have extraordinary scenic views. You don’t have to go outside of the city to experience this which is quite amazing.

3. Tell us a little about your market?

We get tremendous amounts of tourists flocking in every year. Many of these tourists acquire homes in Los Angeles as this city is a destination that somehow pulls you back time after time.

We had an unbelievable start to 2020 with buyers scooping up everything that was available; however, due to the coronavirus, the momentum that the LA market had took a hit. I am sure the whole world is experiencing this. Prices in LA aren’t necessarily trending downwards but sellers are nervous to sell as they do not want anyone in their home, and buyers are nervous to buy as they’re more focused on their health right now rather than the home purchase. Deals are still getting done but at fraction of the speed that we’re used to out here.

Los Angeles is known to recover from downswings faster than any other city in the world and we’re all looking forward to that recovery!

4. What is your favourite listings currently on your books and why?


We have an incredible modern architectural home coming this summer in the exclusive Upper Riviera of the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. Almost complete, this Woods + Dangaren designed home has over 10,000 sqft of living space with panoramic ocean and city views. It is located in one of the most sought after areas of Los Angeles. We are excited to see the project come together so beautifully and can’t wait to share it. Here are a couple of renderings. Listing Price – $24M.

We also have a very rare offering of a Penthouse condo in Beverly Hills in The Barcelona which is a very unique building. I represented my client on the purchase about three years ago and she now has decided to move back East. The building is exquisite and the 4 bed 5 bath top floor condo unit is like no other. Floor to ceiling windows bring in a ton of natural light and with windows facing East and South you always have the sun shining through. The rooftop patio has 180 degree views of Los Angeles. You can easily see the Hollywood sign from up there. Currently available off market due to the pandemic. Listing Price – $3.4M

5. How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected your location?

We’re all on a complete lockdown which now has been extended til mid May. At this stage we cannot be outside without masks and gloves. It is really incredible to see the streets of LA literally empty and the highways with no traffic. This never happens. Everyone is taking the pandemic very seriously.

Best part is that my parents flew in to LA from Ukraine on March 11th for my daughter’s 1st birthday and now they cannot get back home! Ukraine has closed their borders, and all flights have been cancelled so they’re literally stuck here! The free babysitting help is always nice.

6. What are your best tips for living/ working from home?

I have two.
Have a routine and stick to it. Just like you would if the situation was normal. Implement new ideas and strategies to keep yourself busy and motivated because it’s not always easy working from home. I have a one year old running in circles around me while I am trying to put deals together right now so I personally really try to maximize my time when I have it.

Sometimes try to put work aside and actually enjoy this moment of being at home with your family. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to really build and prosper your relationship with your close ones.

7. Your best real estate story?

I don’t have a particular story but what I can say is that real estate has introduced me to some incredible people who have become close friends and all this wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for this industry. The connections we have worldwide and locally because of our job is remarkable.

8. Where is on your travel bucket list?

Right now I’ve put my travel bucket list aside. I am currently trying to get my family to Kiev, Ukraine. My grandfather is getting older and I want him to meet his great-granddaughter. I haven’t been back myself in two years now which is a rarity as I try to go home every year. When the travel ban is lifted, not only will my parents be able to go home but we’ll also finally be able to book our flights.
If I had to pick a bucket list destination I would choose a safari experience in Africa. I’ve had some friends go and they all rave about it.


9. And finally…….. when are you coming to visit us in London!

Oh yeah, also a place on my travel bucket list of course…! As soon as the pandemic is behind us and I get a formal invite from you, Guy, I will be there.

Top 10 Tips On How To Dress your Property and Doing At Home Viewings

During this period of Stay At Home and social distancing, doing our day jobs and showing people around your homes in person is no longer possible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t showcase your home and introduce it to perspective tenants and buyers. With the high-quality cameras available on most modern smartphones, shooting your own home video walk through or conducting live video calls couldn’t be easier, so I wanted to share some tips and advice to guide you through making your own videos so you can help us help you! Click on the images below to explore.

1. Remove all the clutter

The golden rule of home staging: get rid of all the clutter in your home. All floors and surfaces should be clutter-free and now that you have the time, your cupboards should be neatly organised. Storage is a big requirement and prospective Tenants are likely to ask to see inside.

2. Good lighting is essential

Make sure curtains are pulled right back and blinds right up to allow for plenty of light to flood your rooms. You also want to make sure you are shooting your video or arranging your video call during the day rather than at night to really show off the natural light in your home. For any darker rooms or spaces, turn on a light to help brighten them up.

3. Leave doors open

This is a great way for light to get into those darker areas of the home like corridors. Keep doors wide open so you can easily manoeuvre through the property and don’t have to worry about that creaky hinge interrupting you when filming.

4. Make your bed look inviting

It might sound obvious but plump up pillows and cushions and put a throw over the end of the bed for added cosiness. Given that the average human sleeps for 8 hours a day, this is a room they will use a lot.


5. Don’t ignore the outside areas

Coming from an agent who has done plenty of these myself, a true tour starts with a view from the street as ‘curb appeal’ means a lot to people. If the property has a garden or balcony, make sure you show that and not simply through the window as this is a key asset and often comes at a premium for any prospective tenant or buyer and should be emphasised in your video.

6. Camera settings

Check to see whether your phones video is set to the highest quality setting as a low-quality video will just frustrate the viewer. Remember, if someone is going to make an offer relying entirely on your video, they must be able to clearly see the content.

7. Know your route through the home

If you are recording a video of your home, have an idea of your route before you start filming, so the video runs smoothly with no sudden changes of direction because you’ve missed something.

8. Don’t move too fast!

It’s important you move slow enough for anyone viewing the video or viewing live through a video call to see everything clearly. Do a test run first and view it for yourself so you can see if there’s any areas where you are moving too quickly or not showing something clearly enough.

9. Positioning is everything

When scanning the room, it is important to do this from at least a couple of different positions in the room. I would always advise doing this as soon as you have walked through the door and again from the opposite corner scanning from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling to show the room in its entirety.

10. Attention to detail

Make sure you highlight and emphasise any unique or charming features of this property as this could be what sets your home out against the rest. Whether it’s a stunning period fireplace, hand painted wallpaper or your home media system – zoom in and share the love as these are great selling points.

James Somers, MARLA
Head of Residential Lettings
m +44 (0) 7849 399 086

From my home to yours

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Many of us will now be working from home (WFH) five days a week. Whether you are a newbie or a WFH veteran, your work space is your home space and it is easy to blur the lines between work and relaxation. Because we are not sure when this “lockdown period” will come to an end, it’s important to ensure you work/home environment is fully functional for use as both. With just my husband and I, we have space to use, so I wanted to highlight how I’ve managed the spaces around the house to help me stay focused and productive.

Home Study

The first step in your “work from home” journey is to designate an area of your home, specifically for getting work done. It doesn’t have to be a separate study, if you are tight for space, it can be a borrowed space in the living room. Natural light and a view helps me focus more. So, if you can find a space next to a window you’ll find yourself feeling more upbeat. Plants, flowers and candles help me set a calm and tranquil tone to your work space. I always have a candle sitting on my desk.

Living Room

This is my time out space. The living room is where I go to take a moment away from my screen and a break from work. My laptop never makes it into this room. I am fortunate enough that my living room looks out on to my garden – so the view is pleasant and it is a nice room to relax in after a long day’s work. I’m sure for many of you, this is where most of your family time is spent and you look forward to spending your evening here catching up.


It is absolutely essential when working from home that you take a 45 minute/ one hour lunch break. Not only is it good to keep a routine as you would normally for the office but our health, making sure we are eating well and preparing nutritious meals. My kitchen space is open plan, bright and full of fruit for when I’m peckish. When we are done from isolating, it is my main area for hosting brunches and dinner parties.

Outside Space

One of the most important areas of our homes in current times – getting in the all important “fresh air” If you have a balcony, garden or terrace, it is essential while self-isolating to step out in to these spaces to connect with nature. I use my garden for a morning warm up and I use it again for a 4pm cup of tea, especially if the sun is shining. My husband and I have even managed a BBQ for two this week, all just to be in the outdoors more.

I hope this email has been a little uplifting for you all. If you are interested in any of the properties featured please feel free to contact me to book a virtual viewing or chat.

If you need property related advice anywhere in the world, we can personally introduce you to a specialist from one of our global offices.


Shereen Akhtar, Senior Associate
m: +44 (0) 7525 595 520

Country Update | How the UK is reacting to the current climate in the countryside

Right now might be the perfect time to have your house valued. Here at UK Sotheby’s Realty we are ready to help you. Video call us on FaceTime, Whatsapp, or any other method of communication – we’re flexible. We are able to remotely value your home and can help you understand the true potential locked up in your bricks and mortar. Independent analytics confirm that Sothebysrealty.com has more web hits than Knight Frank and Savills combined meaning that wherever your buyer is in the world, we’ve got it covered. Contact us at +44 (0) 1932 860537 to set up this free service with absolutely no obligation.
We love Cobham, from lovely open and wooded walks, to our outstanding pubs, and the array of shops with their friendly staff; from the rugby club, to the football and cricket clubs, and the village clubs with neighbourly vibes, Cobham really does have it all. The traffic can be busy but the road access makes up for it, so many great schools and so many facilities. Housing here is expensive, but there is a reason for that; where else can you get all of this just a short journey from the country’s capital city?
The property market here really was beginning to fire up before the virus. With 2019 and all that it brought behind us, the beginning of 2020 had people viewing and offering in numbers not seen for a few years. We were experiencing multiple interests on properties again, one property even has three live bids as I write this. Covid-19 won’t lower prices; it’s just simply stalled everything for now. But it is a great time to consider buying…before the market starts again from where it left off. If you are thinking of moving, don’t wait; really don’t. Housing will get more expensive this year…eventually. Now is a great time to buy and with our video viewings, we can do that from the comfort and safety of your home.
Jason Corbett, Director Country Sales and Lets
Scott Cook
Country Sales & Lettings




Queens Drive, Surrey | Price on Application | 11 Bedrooms
Willow Croft, Leatherhead | £1,395,000 | 5 bedrooms


Our response to Covid 19 | Now Open for Business

UK Sotheby’s International Realty Open for Business

As of 19 May, 2020

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

We welcomed the Government’s announcement that people can now begin to move home again and our teams are excited to be able to help and assist in person. We are acutely aware of the associated risks and concerns that many people have in relation to Covid-19 and as a business our staff and clients safety is our primary concern at all times. We are also very aware at the sad loss of life that has occurred over the past few months across the Globe and the UK being particularly hard hit – we thank the NHS for their unwavering support and dedication, it is our responsibility as one of the first industries allowed back to work to act responsibly and protect the tremendous work our doctors, nurses and front-line key workers have undertaken so far.

We are aware that some agents have made the decision to immediately open branches and bring people back to work. We have embraced the last few weeks and months and remote working has been a success for a number of our teams, in fact this is something we had been doing for some time prior to lockdown. Our communication methods may have adapted but our message and dedication to our clients hasn’t. We have therefore made the decision to only open the office by appointment and if necessary – we will not be asking our staff to undertake unnecessary journeys to simply work from an office.

Other businesses around our office remain closed, including coffee shops, restaurants and other hospitality sectors, and people continue to Stay Alert and therefore Stay home. However, it is very apparent that the market has “bounced” in light of the lifting of restrictions and viewings and appointments have begun in earnest, our brokers are reporting that they are very busy with buyers and tenants alike. Offers are being made and negotiations taking place.

If you would like to book an appointment we would kindly ask you to speak with your broker or email london@sothebysrealty.co.uk or country@sothebysrealty.co.uk and in the first instance you may be offered virtual viewings and then if there is a property that you particularly would like to view then an appointment will be scheduled. Please note that owner occupied properties may come with particular time slots and restrictions our brokers will guide you on this.

  • After our initial contact via video call, phone call or email – we will invite you to a virtual viewing in the first instance
  • All of our brokers will be wearing masks and gloves, we would kindly request you do the same
  • Our brokers will greet you with a friendly approach but will not shake hands or come into contact with you
  • Our brokers will ask direct questions and will ask you to confirm your health and whether you or a family member has been affected by Covid-19
  • In most circumstances no more than one person, or one household, accompanied by the broker will be allowed in the property – Social distancing will take place at all times.
  • If there are too may people present then you may be asked to stagger entry to the property to ensure that correct social distancing can take place
  • You may be able to view a property alone if it is unoccupied and the broker and homeowner consent – our broker will wait outside
  • The property will be clean
  • Our landlords and vendors instructions with our guidance will be explained to you before an appointment, for the safety of our team and our clients if these instructions aren’t adhered to then we may ask to reschedule or postpone to another time.
  • We will follow up appointments with a video call
  • At all times we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have and look forward to helping you

We fully appreciate that this is a different approach to business but an essential one. We want to ensure that we do our part for our staff, clients and customers. We are dedicated to customer service, we are dedicated to your health.

Yours Sincerely,

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

As of 17 March, 2020

We are in unprecedented times and naturally like all businesses we are constantly adapting our strategy to do our part to protect our Staff, Clients, Agents and Partners. Our number one priority is the health and safety of everyone we work with and their families and friends. We are taking the Coronavirus outbreak seriously and constantly monitoring the advice from WHO (World Health Organisation) and PHE (Public Health England)

For your piece of mind none of our staff have returned from a location whereby isolation would be required. Any of our staff who have reported the slightest of symptoms we have asked to remain at home for the advised isolation period. We have no reported cases of Covid-19.

We are implementing the following precautions

  • Monitoring and implementing the advice given to us by UK Government, WHO and PHE
  • We are assessing all risks associated with travel, work and meetings
  • Our staff will begin working remotely, but will be readily available on the phone, email or the communication medium of your choice
  • We have the full technical capability for our business to operate a fully functional service remotely offering our staff a safe environment, whilst minimising any disruption to our clients
  • Our landline phones have the capability for our team to answer your calls in any location that our staff are working from
  • We have spoken to all of our partners who similarly have capabilities to move their businesses online and therefore continue Sales and Lettings progression as required

While we love to see all of our clients and customers in person, we are fully prepared to move our business online if you prefer to work with us remotely including:-

  • Virtual viewings via FaceTime, WhatsApp or other comparable technology
  • Video calls and meetings
  • Video conference calls
  • Detailed property video tours
  • Online document Signing
  • WhatsApp/ Skype – and any communication medium that you prefer


For any property maintenance queries or requests please email: andy.berthier@sothebysrealty.co.uk

For any Accounts related queries please e-mail: aamir.ahmed@sothebysrealty.co.uk

For any general enquiries please email:  london@sothebysrealty.co.uk or country@sothebysrealty.co.uk

The office numbers are 020 7495 9580 (London) or 01932 860 537 (Country)

Clearly in the short term we will be arranging the majority of our meetings via video or by phone and our teams are here to support you. We are readily available to offer you any personal or professional support that you may need.

Our hope is that you, your families and friends remain safe and we will continue to do our utmost to support you in any way that we can.

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

As of 16 March , 2020

During these challenging times, we at UK Sotheby’s International Realty have our clients and our colleagues best wishes at the forefront of our mind at all times.

We continue to monitor the Government Advice along with the WHO (World Health Organisation) and PHE (Public Health England). Whilst there are currently travel restrictions in place, we continue to serve our clients in whatever ways we can and adapt accordingly.

We remain here for you both professionally and personally and if you have any questions, queries or concerns please feel free to contact the offices or your broker accordingly. We are well prepared with a dedicated team to continue to serve you with video calls, WhatsApp calls, and Video Viewings as required. We are available via phone, WhatsApp, Facetime or Skype, or your preferred medium of communication.

Our highly technological marketing platforms which include an Apple TV app, social media posts, 4K videos, 3D video tours, and a multi-tiered cascading online platform make it possible for anyone around the world to view our listings from the comfort of their home.

We wish that you and your families remain healthy and safe and look forward to helping you during these unprecedented times. We will continue to update you over the coming weeks.

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential