November 11, 2014

6 tips for making buying or selling your home less stressful

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , , , — Frank Harris @ 11:34 am

Buying or selling a property is the most stressful part of modern life, according to a recent report. The anxiety of moving is rated as worse than being made redundant or even getting divorced. The reasons for the sleepless nights include the huge sums involved, slow solicitors and the risk of the deal falling through, to name but a few.

To help you move home without having to tear your hair out, Sam Ball, sales manager of our Bloomsbury office, gives us his top tips.

1.  Consider holding an open day

Holding viewings can be disruptive and it’s stressful having to keep your home tidy all the time. One way round this is to hold an open day. This can create a buzz around your property and help find a buyer in a short space of time.

2.  Get a good solicitor

Don’t shop solely on price: the cheapest solicitor is unlikely to be the best. Engage one who has been recommended to you and knows the area you are selling or buying your home in. This is likely to be the biggest transaction you ever undertake so getting the right solicitor is important.

3.  Put your home on the market for the right price

You will want to maximize the amount you sell for, of course, but if your asking price is too high you risk having it on the market for months on end. Worse still, it can get stale so may not sell even if you later reduce the price. Make sure your estate agent can justify the asking price they suggest to you.

4.  Instruct your solicitor as soon as your home goes on the market

Ask your solicitor to prepare a draft contact and apply for the title deeds before you have even secured a buyer. This can shave weeks off the time it takes to exchange contracts.

5.  Get all your paperwork in order

Sam - Black and WhiteYour buyer will want to see all the planning permissions, building regulations consents, FENSA and other guarantees relating to your property. Having this paperwork to hand can save frustrating delays on your sale.

6.  Ask your agent questions

Buying or selling a home is complex and stressful and it’s not always easy to know what’s going on or why it is being delayed. Don’t be shy to tap into your agent’s expertise to find out what is going on or to explain the reason for any hold ups.

Sam can be found at our office on 104 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4BN. You can contact him on 020 7405 4444 or at

November 13, 2013

A Fabulous New Instruction in Ormonde Mansions

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , — Frank Harris @ 4:29 pm

The Sales Department at our Southampton Row branch has just won instructions to market a fabulous 3-4 bedroom, family sized apartment offering over 1375 sq ft of quality accommodation.  Check out our Virtual Tour or telephone us on 020 7405 4444. Read on for further information…

Ormonde Mansions is a substantial purpose built mansion block, believed to date from the turn of the 20th Century, set in the heart of Bloomsbury commanding an enviable and convenient location literally between Russell Square and Holborn being just across from Bloomsbury Square amidst excellent transport facilities and close to the University of London campus, UCL, LSE and Kings College.

Frank Harris and Company are delighted to offer for sale this grand and superior apartment in good order throughout of over 1375 sq ft/127 sq m with good ceiling heights on the THIRD FLOOR of the building and offers versatile accommodation with a genuine sense of proportion and style in a wonderful location.

With a favoured easterly-westerly orientation the property is ideal for those seeking a well-proportioned and
spacious home. The property comprises 1/2 Receptions 3/4 Bedrooms, a family sized Kitchen (with small balcony off) having bespoke hand-made wall and base storage units having integrated Miele electric oven, steam oven and warming drawer. Kitchen Aid 5 ring gas hob with central wok burner, Bosch dishwasher with AEG microwave and washing machine with separate dining area together with Bathroom and Shower Room and would suit a family or a professional couple looking for great entertaining space.

A selection of shops, restaurants and cafes can be found in the immediate vicinity whilst The Brunswick which also houses central London’s largest Waitrose and the renowned Renoir Cinema is just 400 metres to the north. A selection of designer and independent shops can be found on Lamb’s Conduit Street with Soho, Covent Garden and Oxford Street also within easy reach.

There is an abundance of transport links within the immediate vicinity with the nearest stations being Russell Square (Piccadilly line), Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines) and Tottenham Court Road (with Crossrail due in late 2018) whilst King’s Cross and St Pancras International are within easy reach offering access to local, national rail and international Eurostar services

August 15, 2013

The Brunswick Centre – hub of life in Bloomsbury

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 12:07 pm

At the heart of Bloomsbury, just around the corner from Russell Square Tube station is the Brunswick Centre.

Built in the late 1960s as one of the very first mixed use developments in London, this Grade II listed building now hosts a range of high street shops, bars, restaurants and even a cinema.

Open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, and from 12 until 6pm on Sundays, this centre is one of the jewels in the crown of Bloomsbury.

To find out more, visit their website at

June 13, 2013

Free ecology walks in Bloomsbury and Holborn

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , — Frank Harris @ 3:18 pm

Central London may not be the first place you think of when wanting to see wildlife. However as part of the British Ecological Society’s Centenary celebrations, there will be a number of guided tours around the area this summer.

This include Mammals in the City on 20th June, Bloomsbury Giants on 2nd July and the Secret Life of Insects on 24th July.

For full information, check out the Marchmont Association website here.

May 3, 2013

Spring clean for Bloomsbury estate agent

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 2:35 pm

With spring well and truly here – at last – Bloomsbury estate agents Frank Harris and Company are having their Marchmont Street office spruced up.

All signage has been removed leaving the lettering in a somewhat jumbled arrangement. Prizes for anagrams?

Enjoy the Spring Bank Holiday!










April 11, 2013

Trio of properties for sale in Bloomsbury

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 1:41 pm

Bloomsbury estate agents Frank Harris and Company have a trio of properties newly available to the market. Ranging in price from £395,000 to £1,3 million, they are an excellent reflection of the housing stock in this part of London.

At the lower end of the market, we have a one bedroom flat set on the top floor of a block between King’s Cross and Russell Square in Thanet Street which would make an excellent pied-a-terre or rental investment. Click for details.

Further up the property ladder, we have a two bedroom two bathroom apartment for sale on Burton Street, complete with its own inner terrace. It is on the market at £899,950. Full information here.

And at the top end is a grand 3/4 bedroom flat on Southampton Row, close to the Brunswick Centre, Russell Square Tube plus with easy access to all the delights of Central London. Particulars are available on the site on this page.

Contact the Marchmont Street office on 020 7387 0077 to arrange viewings.

March 14, 2013

British Museum nation’s top tourist attraction for sixth year running

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 12:12 pm

For the sixth year in a row, the British Museum has been Britain’s top tourist attraction with 5.58 million visitors passing through its doors in 2012.

The museum has been in Bloomsbury since 1759 and is arguably one of the area’s most famous landmarks. It draws not only tourists but also local people who want to see its incredible collection of artifacts.

If you want to find out more about what this august institution has to offer, visit their website -

And if you’re interested in Bloomsbury as an area and the types of properties for sale or let, our Marchmont Street office is just a short walk away from the British Museum.

The British Museum


January 16, 2013

Buy a property with links to Kenneth Williams and Eurostar!

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 10:29 am

Marchmont Street estate agents Frank Harris and Company are currently marketing a property almost opposite St. Pancras with links the comedian Sir Kenneth Williams.

The two bed flat in Judd Street WC1H is part of Queen Alexandra Mansions, a grand building who’s most famous resident was Kenneth Williams who lived in three different properties there.

The apartment has undergone a complete refurbishment throughout, offering living accommodation of just under 1,000sq ft, which is considerably larger than other two bedroom flats in similar blocks in the immediate area.

For further information click here or contact the Bloomsbury & King’s Cross office on 020 7387 0077.

Property for sale in Queen Alexandra Mansions


January 3, 2013

One bed flat for sale in one of Bloomsbury’s most sought-after streets

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 11:12 am

Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company have just brought to the market a one bedroom flat in one of Bloomsbury’s most sought-after streets.

The property is in St. John Street and is just 200 yards from the Dickens Museum, which reopened after refurbishment last year.

The flat is also close to many of the area’s transport links plus the Brunswick Shopping Centre.

Price is £475,000. Click here for full details.

One bed flat for sale, St. John Street WC1N

December 6, 2012

Dickens Museum reopens this weekend in the heart of Bloomsbury

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 5:00 pm

We at Frank Harris and Company are thrilled to see that the Dickens Museum in Doughty Street is finally reopening after a multi-million pound restoration, this weekend (10th December).

Set in the heart of historic Bloomsbury, this museum is a must-see for any lovers of Dickens’ works. If you are interested in visiting, it is only a short walk from Russell Square Tube station.

It is set within a Grade 1 Listed Georgian townhouse, typical of the architecture in the area. For more information visit their website at

November 8, 2012

Public meeting to discuss plans for redevelopment of Royal Mail car parks in Bloomsbury

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 5:16 pm

Camden Council is holding a public meeting on 14th November in relation to the proposed developments of some of the Royal Mail car parks in Bloomsbury.

The meeting will be held within the Bloomsbury Suite of the Kings Cross Holiday Inn WC1X 9HX.

Click here for full information.



October 26, 2012

Blooming in Bloomsbury!

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 4:54 pm

Another gem from our latest Bloomsbury newsletter. In it Ricci de Freitas, Chair of the Marchmont Association talks about how this organisation has helped to regenerate the area.

Click here to read the article.

October 22, 2012

Autumn property update for Bloomsbury

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 2:48 pm

Writes Andrew Sorene in the Autumn newsletter from Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company:

“Despite the weak economy, the Bloomsbury market continues to improve in terms of both activity and price as we head further into autumn. Central London is still a safehaven for cash-rich buyers trying to get a return on their money rather than let it depreciate in the bank. Our buyers are mainly UK or European based, with fewer investors coming from the Far East due to the lack of new-build properties in the area. Fortunately for our sellers, most of our buyers pay cash rather than rely on a mortgage. And, as there is usually no chain, there is less chance of sales falling through due to funding issues.

“The most sought-after Bloomsbury properties for both buyers and tenants remain the smaller ones such as studios and one and two-bedroom flats. This mirrors the fact that Bloomsbury is not usually regarded as an area for families. While I have learned never to pigeon-hole a typical buyer or tenant, experience shows that it will often be a single professional, someone after a pied-a-terre for three or four nights a week, or possibly a student who are drawn to the area. In fact, many of our tenants are post-graduate or mature students from overseas, which in most cases mean that our landlords are able to receive six months rent in advance.”

To find out more about buying, renting or selling property in Bloomsbury, please call Andrew on 020 7387 0077 or click here to read our guide to the area.


October 19, 2012

Gorgeous Georgian town house available for rent in Bloomsbury

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , — Frank Harris @ 7:31 am

Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company have a wonderful 6-bedroom Georgian town house available for rent in the heart of Bloomsbury.

The historic property, which is situated in Doughty Street, has been beautifully refurbished and includes a host of period features.

Set over four floors, the house also has an annex as well as a courtyard garden to the rear.

Doughty Street is one of Bloomsbury’s most desirable streets with easy access to nearby Grays Inn Road as well as Russell Square Tube station.

Weekly rent is £2,250 per week. Click here for full details or contact the Bloomsbury Office on 020 7405 4444

Town house available to rent, Doughty Street

October 15, 2012

2012 Bloomsbury Festival kicks off this weekend

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 7:45 am

The 2012 Bloomsbury Festival will be kicking off this weekend (19th – 21st October) with a wide range of events which will please both young and old alike.

This year sees an action packed programme of walks & tours, exhibitions, plays, music and dance all based around this richly cultural corner of London.

To find out more, visit their website at or follow them on Facebook.


September 4, 2012

Marchmont Street Party Saturday 15th September

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 7:11 am

Staff from Frank Harris and Company’s Bloomsbury office are looking forward to this year’s Marchmont Street Street Party, taking place on Saturday 15th September after a two year break.

There will be lots of stalls, live music, children’s entertainment and so much more. It’s on from 12 until 5. Nearest Tube station is Russell Square on the Piccadilly Line.

If you are thinking about buying or renting property in Bloomsbury, there may be no better way to get a flavour of the area.

For more information visit the Marchmont Association website.

August 2, 2012

Winning properties for sale in Bloomsbury

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 9:34 am

We at Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company are loving the Olympics so far and enjoyed the two gold medal-winning performances yesterday. We also like the fact that Bloomsbury is temporary home to the world’s media.

Now we cannot offer your Bronze, Silver  or Gold medals but we do have some winning properties for sale.

This includes a one bed flat for sale in Coptic Street. Just 325 metres from Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street this property is set on the third floor of a small and well presented building where residents share access to a communal roof terrace with views towards the British Museum.  Click here for more details. On the market at £440,000.

We also have a two bed flat for sale in Judd Street. Set in a popular 1930s portered building, this bright second floor apartment has the benefit of a reception room which can double up as a sitting room and dining room. It also has two balconies. Further information here. The property is priced at £695,000.


July 9, 2012

Central London property market remains buoyant

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 1:00 pm

Writes Alec Papasavva from Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company:

“Since our blog dated 3rd July (read here), we at the Bloomsbury office have been inundated with enquiries and viewings on a couple of flats, a studio and a one bedroom unit which culminated in both apartments achieving in excess of the asking price.

“Contrary to the rest of the UK, the Central London market is bucking the trend with multiple offers being a common occurrence leaving a number of prospective buyers frustrated at not being able to secure a property.

“If you would like to arrange  to have your property valued, please contact Alec at the Marchmont Street office on 020 7387 0077 to discuss the matter further.”


July 5, 2012

The professionals are coming to Bloomsbury!

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 8:04 pm

Bloomsbury has always been popular with people who work in the West End. And now it has been discovered by City professionals too. Central London estate agent Frank Harris and Company’s latest letting to a City professional was to a French banker newly arrived from Paris.

He loves his 1930s art deco flat because it is not a soulless new-build without any character. He loves hopping across the road and stepping straight onto the Eurostar. But best of all, he loves being only a 15 minute tube ride to work in Liverpool Street and a 10 minute walk to Covent Garden on the weekend.

Art deco property sold in Bloomsbury


July 3, 2012

Bloomsbury properties to suit all needs

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 8:11 am

Writes Andrew Sorene of Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company:

“A slew of new properties have come to the market over the past few days in Bloomsbury to cater for everyone’s needs. For that London pied-à-terre or rental investment why not look at a fabulous studio flat on a quiet side street just off Queen Square. This has been beautifully modernised by our client for their own occupation and is a real gem at £275,000. More further information click here.

“Next up, we have a 1 bedroom flat in a well regarded Edwardian mansion block, located close to St Pancras and Russell Square, sold with share of freehold at £380,00.  This is one of two which we are marketing in this block. Details here.

“For those seeking a 2 bedroom property, why not a flat being sold on a long lease in Clare Court. This is well located between Russell Square and Kings Cross making it ideal for the University of London and Bloomsbury hospitals. On the market at £499,950.

“Finally those looking for a 3 bedroom property look no further than a sumptuous apartment we have for sale on historic Great James Street in the heart of Bloomsbury.  At over 1,000 sq ft, the apartment is ideally placed for the West End, City and Inns of Court. The flat is also close to the pedestrianised Lamb’s Conduit Street which over the years has attracted young up-and-coming designers together with a selection of eateries and cafes.”

Call Andrew on 020 7387 0077 for further information on these properties.

Property for sale in historic Great James Street, Bloomsbury


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