‘Sometimes we have to tell buyers that there’s nothing for sale’: London’s most in-demand streets

3 January 2023

Evening Standard
When Gush Mundae, his wife, three children and two dogs moved into their new house in Richmond, south-west London, in August this year, they felt a sense of relief.

It had taken almost two years for the kind of house Mundae was looking for to come to the market: a 5,000 sq ft home arranged laterally, with parking and, crucially, in the Richmond Hill area.

When he had told his estate agent, Xavier Marqués-Wicks at Chestertons, that this was the kind of upgrade he wanted for his four-bedroom Victorian semi nearby, he was told that it could take up to three years for a house of that specification to become available. He would need to get himself into the best possible position to move quickly when the opportunity arose.

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