A British Bond: Visiting the London Office of Michael Saunders & Company

UndergroundRecently I was thrilled to make the trip across the pond and home to Hertfordshire, England. While there, I got the chance to visit the London office of Michael Saunders & Company at Mayfair International Realty – one of our hand -selected affiliates.

Mayfair provides outstanding editorial coverage across UK and international media, exposing Michael Saunders & Company listings to some of the world’s most affluent buyers. For centuries the West End of London has played a central role in the sale of many of the world’s finest homes, and remains among the top destinations for the elite to discover and purchase property.

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London’s Bond Street

I hopped onto the London Underground (or ‘the tube’ as we Brits would say), and made my way into the heart of the city, where a thick canopy of freezing clouds was beautifully peppered with sparkling Christmas lights. There is something really magical about London during the holidays – it’s almost like taking a step back in time to the days of Charles Dickens – with cobbled streets, winter coats and rosy cheeks at every turn.

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Carnaby Street

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London’s Bond Street

Nestled on Thayer Street, just a two minute walk from the famous Bond Street, the Mayfair office is truly in the epicenter of London’s prestigious West End. Stepping into the warm and festively decorated office, I was greeted by the company’s director, Annette Reeve, who introduced me to managing director, Nick Churton.

As we sipped our tea we discussed all things Gulf Coast. While London may be a few thousand miles away, Nick and Annette talk about Sarasota as if they too were residents, and that really goes a long way when it comes to effectively marketing the real estate here. Nick explained: “People don’t realize that we really do know Sarasota. I know what the lobster bisque tastes like at The Bijou Café, and we have enjoyed many boat trips up to Anna Maria Island.”

Mayfair International Realty places Michael Saunders & Company listings in some of the UK’s most well respected magazines and newspapers, including Country Life and The Guardian. So while sellers are sound asleep here on the Gulf Coast, Londoners reading the morning newspaper over breakfast may just come across their property.

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Outside the Mayfair International Realty Office

A week after my visit,  Nick and Annette flew in to Sarasota to catch up with Michael Saunders & Company.  They visited our agents at the weekly sales meeting, previewed some of our newest luxury  listings, and popped in to say hello to the marketing team here at Orange Avenue – before heading off to spend a sunset-filled weekend falling further in love with Sarasota and beyond.

  • User Gravatar Jenny
    December 11th, 2013

    Such a lovely post!

  • User Gravatar Annette Reeve
    December 17th, 2013

    We LOVED having you visit with us and you are welcome any time. Wonderful blog and great photos. Thank you for sharing! See you next time you pop “across the pond”!

  • User Gravatar Lee Forbes
    December 18th, 2013

    great connection Lucy! With the frigid winter in Full swing, I expect there to be plenty of opportunities for UK buyers to be referred to the Sarasota area this winter. I am excited about our coming season!

  • User Gravatar Lucy Hope
    December 18th, 2013

    Thanks, Annette! It was wonderful to be in London again. I hope to see you again soon. Merry Christmas!

  • User Gravatar Lucy Hope
    December 18th, 2013

    The Sarasota sunshine sure is appealing to our UK friends. Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays, Lee.

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