Trend Spotter

The devil is in the detail

What makes a property stand out in a city and a property market where so many flats and houses are refurbished to a stratospheric standard?

Expectations have become so high that impressing a well-versed and sophisticated buyer can be beyond challenging. But unexpected details make all the difference.

So it is in this immaculate refurbishment of an elegant Victorian terraced house in Chepstow Road W2, with a guide price of £2.9m. The three bedroom house presses all the right buttons for those who mind about well-equipped bathrooms and kitchens, proper heating, and decent storage.

There has been much buyer happiness about the under-floor heating which reigns supreme, the high spec kitchen with masses of space, and the concertina doors that pleasingly link the dining area with decked garden which gets the sun for most of the day. The plentiful storage has been noted with joy; the bathroom with shower/steam room combo has also produced some smiles.

But the detail that has led to the most buyer excitement is the multi-fuel burning stove in the ground floor reception room, an excellent diversion for the frustrated countryman or woman who finds themself tied to London. In cold snaps, there are hours of fun to be had with logs and coal and other bits of kit. You can read all about it here.

One of the fascinating aspects of this job is spotting the treasures that kindle a buyer’s interest!

Nick Crayson