Britain’s Most Expensive Houses

Britain's Most Expensive Houses

This series explores one of the world’s largest luxury estate agencies, UK Sotheby’s International Realty, and gives a fascinating insight into the exclusive world of super-prime properties. In a summer that saw demand for houses double and the international super-rich gradually return to the UK, the brokers are having to use every trick and contact in their little black books to succeed in the super-prime competitive market. In this episode, broker Lee is on The Bishops Avenue in north London, commonly known as Billionaire’s Row, as managing director of UK Sotheby’s Realty, Guy Bradshaw, is keen to capitalise on this buoyant market. Guy’s asked the team for help to sell one of Lee’s exclusive listings – the £17.5 million Huxley House. In a booming market, and with a client demanding the best, Lee must find a buyer fast or risk losing the listing. Guy also has his own exclusive listing to sell in south London – the £10.25 million Langdale House; the ultimate luxury family home with six bedrooms, an entertainment suite, a gym and a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar. Guy has invited over some mortgage brokers to the super-rich, in the hope that they will recommend the house to their high-net-worth clients and get the sale he’s after. In Mayfair, broker Polina kicks off a property search for crocodile shoe-making fashionista Karl Chu, who’s looking for a three-bed bachelor pad with plenty of space for shoes, but it must have the everyday essential… a cigar terrace! Meanwhile, the company’s main man in the north, Toby, has a busy week ahead; he’s looking to sell the award-winning, super-sophisticated £1.1 million Black House in York, an old mechanics garage that’s been converted into a Manhattan loft-style home, complete with a car turntable. With prospective buyers from Switzerland and America and local man Tom all lined up for viewings, will this mean a big-money offer for Toby? UK Sotheby’s don’t just sell houses; managing director Guy has a very unusual listing – a 100-foot double-decked houseboat called the Flamant Rose. The boat was owned by French chanteuse Edith Piaf, who famously had an affair with boxer Marcel Cerdan and would secretly bring him to the boat. With such a unique listing, Guy has called on broker and former Navy officer John to ensure he gets the valuation right and keep the current Florida-based owner happy.

Britain’s Most Expensive Houses – Wednesday 9pm on Channel 4

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