The Crouch End estate agent with dreams of hairdressing
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As befits a Crouch End agent, Dinesh Mirchandani of Tatlers is a north London faithful with a love of period property. But if life had taken a different route, perhaps Barnet would have been better.
What’s special about your agency?
We’re independent, personal, hands on and accountable. This year’s our 30th year in business.
Where do you live and with whom?
I live with my wife in Bounds Green. We’ve just had our third child.
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Why did you buy your current property? What’s your favourite thing about it?
I bought it because it’s close to work so very convenient and I love the local village feel of Crouch End. My favourite thing about the house itself is the beautiful original fireplaces.
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If you weren’t an estate agent what would you be?
I’d be a hairdresser.
When did you buy your first property and what was it like?
It was a one-bedroom flat in North Finchley. I bought it because it had a garden and I love gardening. I’ve still got it and rent it out.
What’s your dream house?
A large period house in Muswell Hill or Crouch End with five bedrooms for my growing family and a lovely big garden.
How long have you been an estate agent? What’s the most shocking thing you’ve seen on the job?
I’ve been an estate agent for 15 years. Once I was on a viewing in a block of flats. I was showing the prospective buyers the communal pool, but when we walked into the room there was a man peeing against the wall. Needless to say the buyers didn’t want to buy anything in that building after that.
How has the local property market changed since you started out?
It’s become a lot younger, with younger professionals and young families because the area’s become so well known for its schools.
What are your top tips for the local area?
You can’t beat Priory Park for a nice walk or game of tennis on a Sunday morning. The excellent local bars and restaurants also shouldn’t be missed. My favourite is a pan-Asian place called Tootoomoo.
Are you good at Monopoly?
Brilliant! I always win.