So says the Guardian about Chislehurst in their “Lets Move to” series. Collier Stevens main office is located in Chislehurst High Street, right opposite the Chinese restaurant made famous by Siouxie and now called the Noble House. We could was lyrical about Chislehurst and of course, pick holes in a superficial Guardian article but we won’t. It’s a nice place, it’s got some lovely houses, it’s got some not so lovely houses [we know we regularly do house surveys or HomeBuyer reports on both]. There’s a shortage of pubs, the police station is now a restaurant – there are plenty of those, some good, some bad, some non descript – most charge too much. There are lots of estate agents and ladies who lunch. The wanna be yummy mummy quotient is quite high, so is the self important person quota. Popular with celebs of a certain standing, sportsmen and footballers of certain clubs, builders and bankers. The “caves” are actually mines… There’s a nice golf club. Reportedly Michael Jackson had rented Foxbury to live in when he was planning to play the 02, the upper end house price quoted of £4m is a bit light.
Local knowledge counts, so if you’re planning to buy a house or flat best get it surveyed by long established and independent local surveyors – after all who is more likely to know which roads suffer subsidence, which houses have been rebuilt or which roads are noisy? Us or a surveyor from Maidstone?
Planning in extending or building? Why not use a local firm to prepare your planning permissions and building regulation drawings and to resolve your party wall problems?
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