DBPR interviews Mia Harris, Head of Lettings at Oakhill Residential, specialists in selling and renting residential property in North West London.
What is different about the Oakhill Residential approach as an agent?
At Oakhill Residential, spending time building relationships with our clients and trying to provide a service tailored to clients’ individual needs are very important to us. Being an independent agency, we are able to dedicate that extra bit of time and go the extra mile to get the best possible outcome for our clients. If our clients are happy, then we know that Oakhill Residential will continue to be ‘built by word of mouth’.
Which areas does Oakhill Residential cover what is your client demographic?
Our core business covers North West London and focuses on apartment and house sales ranging from £400,000 to £4m and lettings from £350 to £4,000 per week. We cover the whole market from small studio flats to luxury family residences, primarily in the NW6, NW3 and NW2 areas.
What are the challenges in your specific market place both for sales and lettings in 2016?
The Brexit vote to leave is playing a massive part on the current property market in London and creating an element of uncertainty as people are holding out and waiting to see what the longer term impact will be and how interest rates and the wider the economy react.
You’re clearly passionate about property, but if you weren’t in property what would you do?
I studied Interior Architecture at university and love to be creative. Often, when I first walk into a property, I find myself using my creative flare to think how I could improve the design and use the space more efficiently. Had I not become an agent, I imagine I would have gone down the interior design path.
If you could own any property in London what would it be and why?
A beautiful house on the outskirts of Regent’s Park because you get the best of both worlds; you are in town but have the added luxury of being surrounded by beautiful green space.
Who do you most admire in business, and why?
Karren Brady is a role model and inspiration for women everywhere. Having led the way in a male dominated industry, she demonstrates that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The sky is the limit, it’s there for the taking but you have got to go and get it and a quitter never wins and a winner never quits.
Your five favourite streets in West Hampstead & Hampstead?
- Crediton Hill – a road full of beautiful family houses in a great location, just a short walk into West Hampstead and Hampstead.
- Hampstead High Street – despite the constant changes to all parts of London, Hampstead High Street has still managed to retain the ‘village atmosphere’ and yet has a buzzing vibe and so close to central London http: www.hampsteadvillagelondon.com
- Ingram Avenue – this road is full of fine family houses that really embodies the core of Hampstead, in a perfect family location moments from Kenwood and Hampstead Heath.
- Pandora Road – Larger than average family period houses & flats set within a narrow, tree lined street a short walk to West Hampstead High Street.
- Honeybourne Road – for being a prime NW6 road where £4m houses line the street alongside beautiful mansion flats with picturesque communal gardens
Where would you choose to enjoy your ‘last supper’ in London and best place for cocktails and staying local where’s your favourite place for lazy Sunday lunch with friends?
Last supper would have to be at Sticks and Sushi – nothing beats their black miso cod sushi rolls. Best cocktails for me are at Sketch where the variety and unique flavours are second to none. And my favourite place for a lazy Sunday lunch would be Moment Café on West End Lane
Your five favourite hotels in the capital?
- The Sanderson because it was designed by one of my favourite architects Phillippe Starck and has a calming landscaped surrounding. The Agua Spa also offers amazing treatments.
- Ham Yard Hotel: a cool place to stay in the middle of Soho with a really great vibe. The bowling alley and roof top bar are fun places to hang out.
- The Ritz: quintessentially British in every way with the finest and most traditional afternoon in London.
- The ME Hotel encapsulates a variety of different moods and looks with a very modern twist and is home to one of London’s best rooftop bars and restaurant
- The Shangri La is a hotel is one of London’s newest landmarks and has some of the best views on offer in London, not to mention exquisite cocktails!
Your favourite view of the city of London?
Standing at the top of Primrose Hill overlooking London feeling so close yet so far from it all, or driving along the Vauxhall Bridge at night taking in the views of London at its most peaceful time.
Finally, if you had to save on item from the crashing waves, what would you save and what luxury would you want on your desert island?
I would save my most cherished family photo album as it would always allow me to feel close to the people most important to me. My luxury item would be a super king sized bed to ensure I always had a little comfort and luxury every night on the desert island!