Most people who have heard of the area of Blackheath in South London are also familiar with the story that the name is associated with the 1665 Plague or the Black Death of the mid-14th century. This is something of an urban myth though and the real origin of the name is much less gruesome.
At Franklyn James we believe in no half measures, we are transparent in how we do business, committed to achieving your goals, and we take pride in every element of our work. If you’re thinking of selling, letting, or using property management across the Blackheath area, let us be frank, you need Franklyn James.
The area has been known by a version of the name ‘Blackheath’ since at least the mid 12th century, when the heathland was simply a darker colour than the grasslands bordering the Thames. Although the dates don’t tally with the infamous Plague of our school lessons, the heath was still most probably used as a plague pit at some point, as burial pits in and around London have been large and numerous throughout history when plague has caused churchyards to become overcrowded. Despite these grisly connections, the area is now regarded as a beauty spot and a perfect place for a picnic – just don’t forget the five-second rule.
With road names like Tranquil Vale, Royal Parade and Montpelier Row you know the high street area of Blackheath is going to be pretty upmarket. Independent shops make for a much more interesting high street and the area between Blackheath station and All Saints church is a very pleasing combination of tree lined avenues, first floor sash windows and cared-for shop fronts.
Blackheath station runs regular trains to London Bridge, Charing Cross, Gillingham and Dartford. By DLR it takes less than 15 minutes from Deptford Bridge station to Heron Quays, which is then only a few minutes’ walk to Canary Wharf (Zone 2). There are many bus routes serving Blackheath, including the 53, 180, 199, 386 and N89 (night bus).
Fulfilling your lifestyle aspirations…
April in Blackheath is all about the first mile of the London Marathon. Quite frankly, the actual running doesn’t look like much fun, but the spectating definitely is. Stake your claim to a route-side bench, wall, balcony or table and cheer on the rhinos.
Blackheath Gallery is a long-established exhibition space for UK and overseas artists. As well as displaying works of art, they also provide valuation, restoration and bespoke framing services.
Families will love
The Conservatoire offers creative activities for all ages at London’s oldest surviving purpose-built multi-arts complex. Founded in 1881 and housed in three Grade II listed buildings, past events have included ‘Shipwreck Cove’; an artificial beach with sand, sandcastles, rockpools and pirates.
The Blackheath area is known for its highly rated schools which include Halstow Primary School, Millennium Primary School and St Ursula’s Convent School. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Blackheath.
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" Mark's service was excellent. He was responsive, knowledgeable and very helpful in resolving last minute issues in order to ensure completion occurred smoothly and on schedule. I would definitely recommend the services of Mark and Franklyn James. "
" We were very impressed with Franklyn James, in particular Philip Dockerill.
We felt Philip genuinely cared, and that practically he could handle the high stress of certain elements of our move. He managed complicated negotiations, questions and problems throughout the sale with calm, professionalism and proved the depth of his knowledge around all elements of a property sale and the market at the time.
We also found that we could always reach Philip, or if we couldn't he would return the missed call promptly. He maintained regular updates and contact via email and we also found him willing to pick up the phone to manage and discuss difficult scenarios. This seems a simple thing, but is a quality we very much valued and appreciated in him during a stressful time.
We cannot recommend him highly enough if you are looking to buy or sell in the area. "
" I have been completely thrilled with the service that Mark has provided.
He handled all negotiations with such professionalism and was able to secure a fantastic price in a very uneasy market.
Mark's ability to read people meant that all appropriate leads were followed up and he didn't waste time where it was clear people were not interested. Once the offer was in Mark continued to work tirelessly to ensure both parties were moving forward and remained positive and friendly throughout. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend Mark Kimber to anyone who needs to sell a property. "
J JibbAugust, 2017
" Mark and his colleagues are excellent. My husband and I bought our property through Mark and he helped us find the tenants within a week! We have dealt with different estate agencies previously, and I have to say Frankly James are the best! They proactively understand our exact needs and execute the plan effectively. We highly recommend to anyone!! "
" It was a pleasant surprise to find Philip after the poor treatment that I'd had from my first estate agents. Phillip's interest in the house, experience and knowledge of the area led to a sale agreement after only a few weeks of asking him to become joint agent. It was brilliant to be able to do business with such an amiable and efficient agency. "
Robert RussellAugust, 2017
" Mark was very helpful and prompt with helping me on renting a flat.
He was very proactive and performed a very professional liasion between myself and the landlord.
The process was very straight forward, professional and hassle free. "
" Phil and Mark did a good job of selling my flat in difficult market conditions. I spent some time researching estate agents in the Greenwich area and interviewed half a dozen different agents before deciding who to go with. Franklyn James stood out because of their straight-talking honest approach, good value, and flexibility.
They managed to sell my flat within 6 weeks in tepid market conditions. We initially put the flat on the market for offers in excess of £375k, but interest was disappointingly low - we received less than a handful of enquiries in the first 4 weeks. Mark advised dropping the price a little to spark more interest - a strategy which ultimately worked well. With a couple more potential buyers through the door, Mark managed to find a very keen buyer in the final days of FJ's contract. After some negotiation, we agreed an eventual sale price of £366.5k - a figure I was happy with.
Phil and Mark and the rest of the team at Franklyn James were also very good at following up throughout the rest of the process and showed great flexibility in getting the final sale over the line when dealing with difficult demands from the buyers and delays from their solicitors.
If you're looking for a no nonsense, straight talking team of estate agents, who charge reasonable fees and are always on hand to help, then I'd recommend Franklyn James. "
" We are very grateful for service provided by Mark and Phil from Blackheath office. With our property being unusually large for the area, it was a challenging task to rent it out, but Franklyn James found us tenants in less than 2 months (and that was over Christmas!) Mark was also very patient and reasonable in negotiating the details of the financial let-only arrangement. "
Dr Sasha MitrofanovJune, 2017
" Kate from Franklyn James was excellent to work with. This being our first home, she supported us throughout the process and kept us updated regularly. I would wholeheartedly recommend Kate & Franklyn James, friendly, caring, considerate and professional. "
The FédiasJune, 2017
" Franklyn James was both my letting agent and estate agent when I decided to sell the flat. Mark Kimber and Philip Dockerill have provided absolutely outstanding services to me, I can honestly say there is no better agent than Franklyn James in London! Mark found a buyer for my property sale really quickly and helped chase all relevant parties throughout the whole process. I have now successfully exchanged contracts and could not have done it without his hard work. If I ever purchase or sell property again in the future, I would not hesitate to go for Franklyn James. Thank you Mark and Phil! "
Ms GuoMay, 2017