Top Five London Selling
Savills’ head of London residential has seen ‘one of the most volatile trading markets’ in his 30 years’ experience in 2016, but that didn’t stop the property juggernaut from selling the second most expensive home that year.
‘One of the best houses in Belgravia,’ the cheerful Hewlett enthuses about the Victorian property bought by a Middle Eastern family, priced at nearly £80 million.
Similarly, having completed three other £30 million-plus sales, he believes in London’s appeal to buyers. His travels to the likes of Moscow, Dubai and Kazakhstan reiterate just that: ‘I don’t think it has lost its place in people’s hearts across the globe.’
A specialist at the ultra-luxe end of the property market since the Eighties, Hewlett calls it
‘an exclusive club of agents’, comparing it to the top end of the art market. ‘Not everyone’s comfortable with dealing with very high-net-worth individuals — they get a bit scared of them.’
Clients who require ‘24/7’ service mean his life isn’t always glamorous, he points out, having been woken up at 6am to advise one client on house prices in Belgravia. ‘I’ve done a viewing at midnight and agreed a sale, and my wife did question where the hell I’d been,’ he says, laughing.