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John D Wood & Co. Expands Network into Southeast London and Kent, with Office Openings in Herne Hill and Beckenham

John D Wood & Co., one of the UK’s leading prime estate agents, is pleased to announce it has expanded its London network with two new flagship residential sales and lettings offices in Herne Hill and Beckenham.


The new offices represent a milestone addition to the firm’s network and mark its first foray into Southeast London. They create a seamless link with the Country House Department which has a well-established presence across Kent. Bridging the gap between London and the country and led by a team of long-standing agents in the areas, both the sales and lettings departments operate not just in their core areas but also beyond. The Herne Hill office reaches across neighbouring residential areas such as Dulwich Village and East Dulwich, and the Beckenham office also covers Keston, Bromley and Chislehurst.

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The Herne Hill office occupies a prominent corner plot in the heart of the market area on Railton Road. Sarah Dirilen, Head of Sales at Herne Hill, has over a decade’s experience in the industry and brings extensive local knowledge from growing up in the area. Sarah works alongside newly appointed Elizabeth Whitehead, Head of Lettings, who has built her career at estate agencies in both prime central and south London.


The Beckenham office, situated in the old Lloyds Bank building on the High Street, is led by Branch Manager Lisa Knight, Sales Manager Denise Fellows and Lettings Manager Bradley Gilchrist. Together, they bring decades of experience and local knowledge, having spent their careers in Beckenham and its surrounding areas.


Herne Hill and Beckenham are highly sought-after, boasting outstanding schools in both the state and private sectors.  Both areas benefit from quick links into London Victoria - despite not being on the tube line – and are famed for their farmers markets. Outdoor events in leafy Brockwell Park and Beckenham Place Park are big draws for professionals and families. Both areas have been featured in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide.


Polly Ogden Duffy, Managing Director at John D Wood & Co. says, "We are thrilled to announce our expansion into Southeast London and Kent. Beckenham and Herne Hill have long been on our radar as natural extensions of our network, offering our clients village charm within Greater London amongst thriving communities, as well as excellent connectivity to the country and central London. Following the success of our post-pandemic established Country House Department which continues to see strong demand for prime homes in Kent, this expansion into southeast London highlights the growing interest in areas that offer a balance between urban and rural living.


Our goal is to be the local prime agent of choice, bringing our extensive local knowledge and exceptional service to the residents of Herne Hill and Beckenham. We look forward to becoming an integral part of these vibrant communities and continuing our tradition of excellence in assisting buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.”

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