Black Brick Property Solutions LLP
Tel: +44 (0)203 141 9861
Managing Partners: Camilla Dell (Managing Partner) and Caspar Harvard-Walls (Partner)
Number of partners: 2 partners, 2 buying consultants, one Property Manager (total 5 fee earners). All London based.
FIRM OVERVIEW: Black Brick was founded in January 2007 by Managing Partner Camilla Dell, who saw an opportunity to create a truly independent market leading residential property buying agency. Initially the firm started as a property search and acquisition company but rapidly expanded and its services now include property buying, investing, managed sales, property management, rental search and a vacant property care service.
Since inception, the firm has grown from being a two-strong team, to one of the leading independent buying agencies in London and the Home Counties. Black Brick is based in Mayfair and has an eight-strong team of property consultant professionals, carefully handpicked from across the industry for their depth of experience, specialist insight, valuable network of contacts and proven negotiation skills.
Collectively, the firm has accumulated more than eighty years’ experience and sourced well in excess of £1 billion of property in the dynamic London and Home Counties property markets, encompassing a range of very different market conditions.
The firm has won many prestigious awards over the years including being ranked 4th in Prime Resi Britain’s top 50 residential buying agencies, ranked in E-private client top Residential Property Buyers 2018, Wealth Adviser Best Property Adviser Winner 2019, and Best Buying Agency of the Year at The Times and Sunday Times Estate Agency of the Year Awards for 3 years in a row.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Property Search and Acquisition– Whether clients are looking to purchase a home, second home or an investment property, Black Brick's property search service is the ideal solution, ensuring their clients are well advised and successfully secure the right property on the very best possible terms. They look after clients with budgets starting from £500,000 in Central London, and £2 million in the Home Counties.
Managed Sale Service – The company assists clients that are looking to sell their property through their dedicated sales service. Black Brick oversees the entire sales process from initial market advice, through to managing the move, in complete confidence if required.
Rental Search – Re-locating to London, in-between selling and buying and looking for an interim solution – or visiting London for a short period of time – Black Brick can help find clients the ideal rental place for them to rest their head without the headaches.
Property Management – The highly-experienced Property Management Service at Black Brick is tailored to meet the needs of private landlords, corporate landlords and trustees. From finding high-quality tenants through to managing repairs and upkeep, they can help ensure their client's property investments keep performing.
Vacant Care – Leaving properties vacant for several weeks or months can be a worrying time for homeowners. Black Brick’s Vacant Care service can ease the minds of their clients by helping to ensure that properties stay safe and secure and are ready for them to move back into at any time. Their service helps clients maintain their property, carry out regular inspections to ensure they comply with their insurance company’s requirements, and make their house feel like a home ready for their return. https://www.black-brick.com/services/vacant-care-service
In 2018 Black Brick secured almost £100 million of property for their clients. 30% of properties sourced were off market and on average clients saved almost 11% from the asking price.
Standout deals included;
Red Lion House, Mayfair, W1 – Acquired for a client from the Middle East who was looking for a home in London and wanted to take advantage of the downturn in the London residential property market. Black Brick secured the house, which was a receivership sale, for £15 million. Mayfair houses traded at an average rate of £2567 per square foot in 2018. Black Brick acquired Red Lion House at an astonishing £1748 per square foot, 32% below the market average. https://www.black-brick.com/red-lion-house
Bedford Gardens, Kensington W8 – Acquired for British clients looking for a home but wanting a good deal at the same time. Through the company's network they were introduced to an off-market house on Bedford Gardens in Kensington which had been owned by the same family for many years. The family had successfully applied for planning permission which allowed for the house to be almost doubled in size through a basement extension, developing the side and rear of the ground floor level as well as a loft conversion. The property had an asking price of £5,950,000 however as a result of Black Brick's negotiations they were able to secure a discount of £1,100,000 (or nearly 19%) and contracts were exchanged at £4,850,000. https://www.black-brick.com/bedford-gardens
Lille Square, Fulham SW6 – The client was looking for a 3 bedroom apartment in a new build development to hold as a long term investment. The budget for the purchase was £2,000,000. Black Brick identified a rare opportunity to purchase a stunning, sub-penthouse apartment in the popular Lillie Square development from a distressed seller who could no longer complete. Lillie Square will be one of the most high-profile residential developments in London, transforming a 7.4-acre car park on Seagrave Road into 808 high-end new homes offering modern garden square living. The seller, having originally exchanged contracts at £2,074,000, wasn’t able to complete on the purchase and as a result Black Brick were able to agree terms on the contract at £1,700,000, some £374,000 or 18% below the original contract price. Three-bedroom apartments in this scheme and on this floor have traded at £1,714/sqft, the company secured this for their client at a highly competitive £1,352/sqft. https://www.black-brick.com/lillie-square
Camilla Dell, Managing Partner
E: [email protected]
T: +44 (0) 203 141 9860
Caspar Harvard-Walls, Partner
E: [email protected]
T: +44(0) 203 141 9864
15 Bruton Place