The leaves of the palm trees swayed as the helicopter swooped in to land between the sun-soaked vineyard and the infinity pool. It could have been a scene from an action movie, but in reality it was a rather grand entrance to a luxury property viewing – the second of six planned for that day.
“Our client only had one day to find his dream home in the South of France,” recalls Tim Swannie, Director of Home Hunts, the award-winning luxury property specialist. “After weeks of working with his assistant and visiting properties across Provence and the Riviera, we had narrowed down a shortlist of homes, the client flew in, and we chartered a helicopter so we could show him the properties as efficiently as possible.” – READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
The day went like clockwork. Each property was prepared in advance and the journey between viewings inspired discussions about each area from the most spectacular vantage point. “We also managed to arrange lunch at a Provençal château en route,” enthuses Tim. “In the end, our client bought two properties, a modern villa on the Riviera and a hunting estate in the countryside.”
This might seem like an extraordinary 24 hours with spectacular results, but if you sit down to talk with Tim, or one of his colleagues, you’ll find that this is part of everyday life for Home Hunts. “Over the years we have worked with many well-known clients from the entertainment and sports industries, the business world and even royal circles, so we’re used to keeping clients’ identities secret,” explains Tim, who adds that discretion is key. “Whether we have to lose paparazzi before viewings, charter boats to visit waterfront properties, or find accommodation for a client’s entourage, we love rising to the challenge.”
The secret behind Home Hunts’ bespoke service is that they are a dedicated buyer’s agent, set up in 2005 by Tim and his French business partner Francois-Xavier de Vial. Home Hunts focus on the high end of the market and they have a team covering all of the prime property markets in France