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 did a great job of arranging our viewing, showing us the property and answering all of our follow-up questions. Mark was very quick to respond to email, which was greatly appreciated. "
" After providing Mark a brief criteria over the phone he scheduled viewings for that afternoon and even stayed late for me to attend after finishing work.
Mark had listened attentively and clearly knew his market as all properties I viewed had potential and I made an offer for one on the spot The apartment had just come on the market that afternoon, Mark provided great advice on how to act and worked incredibly quickly to secure the property before i'd even had breakfast the next morning.
Having been in the property a couple months' Marks remained in touch and checked that everything is going okay which highlights his personable approach.
I'd highly recommend Mark to anyone looking for honest and helpful advice in their next search. "
Jack A'BearApril, 2018
" Mark was the first agent we saw. We described our rough tick-list of what we wanted, where how much we wanted to pay etc. As it transpired, the perfect house came onto the market in that evening and Mark knew it would be right for us.
He was pretty spot on. We took it straight off the market and were the first to view the property. A month down the line, we're moved in and couldn't be happier.
Mark is a top bloke - friendly, not too salesy, understood what we wanted and post offer was really helpful. "
Jack PayneMarch, 2018
" Mark and Philip helped me in the renting process from start to the end in an extremely professional way; their approach is proactive and you can feel from the beginning how professional they are and how much they care about their clients. Constant communication, associated with an excellent suggestions throughout the process, make Mark and Philip (and obviously Franklyn James) the best choice if you want to rent or sell your property! "
" Mark was an extremely helpful in the buying of our first property. Friendly, informative, always available and quickly responsive to help us through the process every step of the way. I would thoroughly recommend his services as an estate agent. Thanks Mark! "
William BatemanNovember, 2017
" Mark is fantastic estate agent and negotiator. From the moment the property went on the market he provided excellent service. Mark's ability to read people and the market meant he was able to get the right people in to view the property and achieve some amazing offers in a difficult climate.
He is very responsive and very easy to contact. He is easy to talk to and listens to what you are looking for.
As a property investor I often work with estate agents to buy and sell property and without doubt Mark is the most skilled and professional agent I have worked with.
If you need to sell a property go to Mark! "
Sofia ThomasNovember, 2017
" As a first time buyer, Franklyn James and in particular Mark Kimber was extremely helpful with the entire process. Mark was friendly, easy to contact, always on hand to give useful advice and I'd recommend him and his services in future. I experienced a few estate agents across my property search and Mark was by far the best. I thank him personally for helping us purchase our first property.
Amy DaviesNovember, 2017
" 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