London, England - A Very Special Place I Called Home

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Real Estate Agent with Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty BR534744000 & BR540649000
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This is our entry for March 2017 challenge, Tell me the most unique or special place you have lived sponsored by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington!

 

This was initially a difficult choice.  I have been fortunate to have lived in a variety of locations around the world - some for a longer period than others.

 

There was a year I spent at Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, followed by a couple of summers at Dawson's Landing - accessible by boat or seaplane only.

 

After taking a tour through history, there was one, and only one "most special" place I have lived.

 

 

 

London, England.

 

 

The formative years.

 

 

 

 

I arrived there at the age of 9, and attended the same school my father, and his father before him, had attended.

 

Latymer Upper School founded in 1624.

 

The front entrance looks much the same today as when I attended there - although it is now co-ed - a benefit not present during my time there!

 

Outside of school hours there was, and is, so much to do in this very walkable city. 

 

Many times I chose to walk from home to Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park - a brisk 6 mile walk!

 

The history of the city, and the abundance of things to do, and having family in England - all of it - with the exception of an Aunt and Uncle and cousins in France, makes it the most memorable place I have lived.

 

Suzanne and I share a fondness for Theatre - and back in the days when we were with Thomas Cook Travel and could fly "up front" for free, it was not unusual for us to decide to head to Jolly Olde England for a few days and stay at the family home in West London.

 

Our most recent trip there was in the fall of 2011, when we spent more than 2 months there, running our real estate business from the family home, and due to the time difference had the daytime free to wander the city, soaking up the atmosphere.

 

London is admittedly "different" than when I lived there full time in the early 1970s.

 

New skyscrapers tower in the skyline.  

 

The redevelopment for the 2012 Olympics revitalized a significant area that back in the day, was very "poor".

 

Yet, many familiar sights remain.

 

Too many to list here.

 

 

 

 

 

I'm sure Suzanne and I will visit again and once more wander the streets of London.

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If you are considering a Traditional or Short Sale of your home in Phoenix, Scottsdale or any location in Maricopa County Arizona, you owe it to yourself to talk with Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty to determine whether Tony and Suzanne Marriott are the best real estate Brokers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale metropolitan area to help you with the Successful Sale of your home.

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Good Morning Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers 

My father was born in London, Brixton, which was different then. In 1920 my grandfather moved the family to the U.S. We have lived in New England ever since.

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London has a lot to offer as a city. More fish and chips please.

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Where was Latymer, love the look of the school. I grew up outside London, Stanmore then Moor Park area. Went to prep school in Harrow then to Merchant Taylors then on to Sandhurst briefly. Was hoping to get over before we got hit by this winter storm, now will have to see about rearranging my plans.

The bangers were good, Costco had Irish ones, not as much texture as I like in a banger, but reminded me of home.

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What a drastic change of climates, London to now the toasty Southwest U.S. Great March Challenge entry!

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Brixton changed dramatically during the last century Doug Dawes - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

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You nailed it Harry F. D'Elia - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

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Latymer is on King Street in Hammersmith - nearest tube stop Ravenscourt Park.  My "home" tube stop was Ealing Common.  Happy to hear you enjoyed the bangers Nick & Trudy Vandekar - I haven't found anything better in that department over here.  Enjoy your trip!

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It is warmer here Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 - but it's a dry heat!!  

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I found it to have the same weather as here in Western Washington state Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers. That's a plus for me!

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It's great walking weather Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington !

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The city has a lot to offer. Need to take a longer trip to recall what I saw years ago.....

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It does indeed Sam Shueh - always good to hear from you - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

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