Following a flurry of interest from City dwellers seeking a rural lifestyle in West Sussex over the last year, alongside a 1500% increase in UK web hits, we have expanded our team with the appointment of local guru, Jenny Prager.
At Property Acquisitions, Jenny will be responsible for sourcing and acquiring the finest homes on behalf of London and local buyers across prime rural locations such as the South Down villages of Funtington, West Stoke and Stoughton, as well as the popular waterside hotspots of Bosham, Itchenor and Church Norton. She will be working closely with our Director, Jennie Hancock, who has experienced one of the busiest years she has ever witnessed across rural and waterside towns and villages in and around Chichester.
Jenny has spent the last fifteen years focusing on buying and renovating commercial and residential buildings into exquisite homes. Key projects she sourced and managed include transforming a Grade II listed commercial Mill building in Chichester into two luxury apartments – a five storey, Georgian townhouse renovation and a two storey apartment in the heart of the town centre. Currently, she is building her own five-bedroom eco home from scratch with her family in the waterside village of Bosham, which she started in the midst of the pandemic.
Already, Jenny’s eye for finding older properties that offer huge potential, combined with her vast knowledge of the local area and her impressive book of interior design, architectural and builder contacts, have proved invaluable to the company. For example, she has already found several options for a London client who are sending their children to a local boarding school and need a countryside base in the Hartings area. They’re specifically looking for an attractive period property in need of development work, all within an active community. Another British couple are putting their children into Seaford College near Petworth and are seeking a good country family home that must have ample garden space, an external home office and storage for their hobbies, in a quintessentially English village such as Lodsworth and Graffham where footpaths and cycling routes are on their doorstep.
Jenny commented: “Having always adored houses, I feel extremely privileged to have been able to turn that passion into a career for many years. I am very much looking forward to finding opportunities ripe for renovation for clients that a lot of people can’t envision naturally, in investment worthy locations I know well, where I can also provide buyers with the resources and contacts they need to transform a building into their dream country home. I am delighted to be joining Jennie Hancock who has built an enviable reputation in this part of West Sussex for her property expertise.”
Our Director, Jennie Hancock added: “It is a very exciting time for Jenny to be joining the business, and already she has proved invaluable in helping me cater to demand. I am experiencing one of the busiest years I have ever encountered, with more buyers looking at settling in a more rural setting or coastal area that offers a good pub, shop, village fete, footpaths and even a cricket team. Over 60% of our clients are from London now with villages highly sought after. Itchenor and West Wittering remain popular with watersport enthusiasts, but there is a lot more interest in Bosham, Sidlesham and Church Norton too as they offer more value for money yet are only a stone’s throw away from the water. Meanwhile, pretty villages slightly further out towards Petworth and Midhurst such as Lodsworth, Graffham, Selham, Singleton, River and Heyshott have become extraordinarily popular – in fact, I’ve had more people looking in these patches during the pandemic than I have done for the last fifteen years! Almost all of these deals are happening off-market within days, usually at best and final offers, and I believe this momentum will continue throughout 2021 and into 2022.”