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We were recently approached for help by Professor Gabrielle Ivinson who had just taken up a new role at The Manchester Metropolitan University. She was struggling to balance the demands of a new job with finding a home. Gabrielle was seeking a house or apartment within an easy commute of Hulme where she is based. Her office space at the University is open plan and therefore not a space conducive to thinking or writing so a light and airy work area was critical, along with a home for her motorbikes. Gabrielle was keen to get started quickly but was unable, due to diary commitments, to commit to a full day over the following few days. I suggested we planned two half days and thought this could work especially well anyway as it would allow me to judge her reaction to the work area as Gabrielle had consistently stressed the importance of this space and plan viewings for our second morning together based on her reactions.

I planned a morning of viewings and picked Gabrielle up at the University. We focused our search on Manchester City Centre, Didsbury and Chorlton and although we viewed a number of places that would work on our initial search, we did not view anything which made Gabrielle’s ‘heart sing’ – naff I know but still always our aim!!

Having watched Gabrielle’s reaction to the flats and houses, I was very confident that she would like an apartment new to the market in the Urban Splash Timber Wharf development in the Castlefield area of Manchester. Apartments in here go particularly quickly (especially those still owned and managed by Urban Splash as this one was) and there was a lot of interest but, having worked with the agent before, was able to arrange for us to be the first to view the apartment. I deliberately did not schedule another appointment until an hour afterwards to allow us the time to secure the apartment should Gabrielle like it. She immediately loved the light flooding in from the dual aspect windows on either side of the building (dual aspect balconies too) despite the fact the apartment was untidy and grubby. Urban Splash agreed to a full repaint and a deep professional clean and we immediately secured the apartment with the agent’s colleague while the agent went to tell the next viewers waiting outside that unfortunately the apartment had gone. He managed to get hold of the others on the telephone before they arrived.

Gabrielle moved in just over a  week ago and has said ‘I love the place, it’s like a dream come true…….and when we went out of the back of the building and found the canal we were enchanted……I just love watching the cityscape from the walls of windows…’

Gabrielle has also said

“Hilary at Gallica Relocation is a gem.  I was having great difficulty finding time to look for rented accommodation in Manchester while starting a new job.  I was finding it exhausting and frustrating trying to chase estate agents in the evenings after work and then traveling to disparate parts of a big city that I was unfamiliar with to view houses and flats.  Often a property was removed before I manage to get to it and sometimes agents did not turn up.  It was very stressful. Hilary brought calm, order and sensitive insight into the search. She listened carefully to my reactions to properties that she took me to view.  By doing this, she built a strong picture of what I really wanted.  She then proceeded to find properties that truly fitted the bill.  She removed the stress by managing multiple rental estate agencies and doing all the legwork.   I can't thank her enough.  She is worth her weight in gold.”

Need help finding your perfect place when relocating to Manchester, give Hilary a call on 0161 951 7865