Property aficionado and TV presenter Phil Spencer recently paid a visit to Tring – and helped sell a house to a couple searching Hertfordshire for their dream home.
Crews from Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location filmed Phil as he showed a couple round a Victorian cottage in Langdon Street – this time without his on-screen partner Kirsty Allsopp.
The buyers took one look at the three-bed house in the sought-after conservation area and fell in love with it on what was their first ever visit to the market town.
Hunters’ Estate Agents on Western Road were marketing the property, and director Caroline Murgatroyd was thrilled when Phil called to put in an offer on behalf of the couple.
She said: “It was actually Phil who suggested Tring because it’s so popular with commuters now.
“They chose to come and view the house because the photos of the property were so good. They have a team that search the internet for properties to shortlist, and that one made it into the final two.”
The couple were impressed with the house and were keen to make an offer, so after a spot of lunch at The Akeman in Akeman Street, a smooth Mr Spencer called Caroline to seal the deal.
She said: “He called me and we negotiated the price on the phone. He was very charming!”
Caroline was unable to reveal the figure agreed, but she said: “We got just under the asking price.”
A firm date has yet to be announced, but it is expected the episode will air on Channel 4 in the autumn time.
This is not the first time the property programme has highlighted Tring, as Phil and Kirsty helped 7/7 bombings survivor and Paralympian Martine Wright purchase a bungalow in the town more than four years ago.
In 2012, the property-savvy pair helped engaged couple Neil Cundall and Liz Rees bag a home in Christchurch Road within their £400,000 budget.
At the time the episode aired, Neil said: “I think for both Liz and I, it was nerve racking because we hadn’t seen the episode and it’s weird to see and hear yourself on television but everyone said it was great.
“The whole thing was absolutely a positive experience. The production company did a lot of work for us and treated us really well and now we have a nice story to tell our kids one day.”