Behind the Scenes: Pollyanna Prescot

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Douglas And Gordon

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up? Whereabouts do you live now?

I grew up in the countryside in the middle of nowhere and went to school locally. Having travelled the world for a year after leaving school I turned down all my University offers and moved to London to get ahead. I live in Battersea now just off Clapham Common and love it.


How long have you been an estate agent for?

I have been an estate agent for two years now. I started in a tiny boutique agency in Gloucester Road and met Lottie, one of the associate Directors of D&G, I then made the change and became a negotiator in the Chelsea office.


How long have you worked for D&G? What’s the greatest thing about working for them?

I have been working for D&G since the end of September 2013. Coming from working for a tiny agency where I did everything, including being a PA, doing all the lettings, paperwork etc, it’s lovely being able to just focus on the lettings, and I love the excitement of doing deals.


When you’re not in the office or showing people around, what do you do in your spare time? Any interesting hobbies we should know about?

I love going home to the countryside to stay with my family on the weekends. I also spent a lot of my childhood on the Channel Island of Alderney so I spend as much time as I can out there – at least half of my holiday allowance goes on going back there.


What advice do you have for people looking to buy or rent in Chelsea?

We have such a range of different applicants here it is hard. Some people need to be more realistic, whereas others are willing to do whatever it takes to get the property they want no matter what the competition.


What do you love about Chelsea? What are your favourite hangouts? Where do you grab your coffee in the morning, or take a business lunch?

I love Joe and the Juice. Being around the corner from Itsu is also great. Coffees from Starbucks next door and lunch breaks browsing in Peter Jones are my favourite!


What would you say to anyone looking to move into the area?

It has everything – a safe residential feel but with a lot going on if you want it.


If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the property market, what would it be?

I would change the way we work with some of the other agents. While we have a great relationship with a lot of them in Chelsea, some tend to overvalue houses which can be greatly frustrating for the rest of us. It means we may miss out on an instruction or we have to market at way over value. We then spend the next few weeks battling to book viewings and negotiating price reductions.