Berkley News & Blog

January 12, 2021

If only those walls could talk ~ An Agents Insight

Sales Manager for Berkley Estate & Letting Agents Alex Broadley

This month’s Agent Insight comes from one of our sales manager’s, Alex Broadley. Born and raised in Kirby Muxloe, and now residing in Sileby, Alex has a phenomenal knowledge of the local Leicestershire property market. Having worked in the industry for almost two decades, he has seen a wide variety of properties. In this blog ‘If only those walls could talk’, he shares his insights into his love of period homes and shares some of the fantastic period homes he has marketed with Berkley.

Are you a period property or modern home person?

As an estate agent and a guy that has a passion for property in general, I appreciate both. Both offer features that each other don’t and both offer very different living experiences. On a whole, people strangely tend to be one or another, very rarely both. So, lets start by looking at period properties, something I sell a lot of and a style of home I am most familiar with due to being born and raised in a 1930’s property.

A beautiful period property sold by Berkley Estate & Letting Agents on Letchworth Road, Western Park, Leicester (Now Sold STC)
A beautiful period property on Letchworth Road, Western Park, Leicester (Now Sold STC).

Everyone may have a different reason, a story or a memory for their love of period homes. With newer build houses, very little has changed over the past several decades other than certain design features and the difference in what is considered ‘in Vogue’ at the time of construction. For example, a house designed in the 70’s is still likely to have the modern en-suite and guest WC but may not have the sociable open plan living kitchen that is somewhat expected today. Period homes, however, span centuries and can range from the small, cosy and dark to the light, airy and grand. Both offer character living but both appeal to a different buyer.

I am still staggered by the sheer, instinctive pride that these homes were built with

For me, my love is twofold. I am still staggered by the sheer, instinctive pride that these homes were built with. Be it for prince or pauper, captain of industry or foundry worker these homes radiate quality. Timeless quality in fact, given we are now seeing modern homes being designed with the same, all too familiar features. Are we going full circle? We have with music and fashion, why not property?

If only those walls could talk…

Secondly for me it’s the history. A bygone period of life. A time in history that I can only read about yet never fully understand. The stories that property could tell…’if only those walls could talk.’

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