Written on 8 November 2018 by Giles Cook in Company Updates
Professional, sincere and steeped in local knowledge, the team at Best Gapp in Belgravia has been providing unrivalled independent property services to residential and commercial clients since 1900.
On the eve of the 20th Century, Mr Best, a builder and Mr Gapp, a funeral director, joined forces and opened an estate agency in a prominent corner building at No.1 Sloane Square. More than 12 decades later, their eponymous company – which moved to its current premises at 81 Elizabeth Street in the 1950s – has established itself as a leading boutique property operation prized for discretion, expertise and multi-disciplinary services.
If you want advice on residential or commercial sales and lettings, or an expert to act for you in the complex process of leasehold enfranchisement, Best Gapp are the go-to outfit to achieve your property goals – thanks to a dedicated and experienced in-house team of specialists.
‘A tremendous sense of heritage, continuity and in-depth local knowledge are benefits of a long-standing business, but we’ve evolved, adding various divisions and disciplines,’ says Giles Cook, Partner (Designate) and Head of Residential. ‘We’ve never expanded into multiple offices because we want to retain that niche, personalised way of operating to be as professional as possible in offering a high level of independent service in all aspects to our clients.’
Cook assesses the market as ‘fairly active’ in the areas Best Gapp covers: Belgravia, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, South Kensington, Pimlico, Victoria and Westminster. ‘As an investment opportunity, London is still very attractive,’ says Cook. ‘The PCL market has gone through a price realignment to factor in the numerous government tax reforms, and we are now seeing exciting transactions at the higher end of the market (£10m plus). People are getting on with life. For the overseas market, London is still considered a safe haven and somewhere people want to live, educate their children and run their businesses from.’
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