When VanHan founders Rory Penn and Thomas van Straubenzee joined Knight Frank’s Global Wealth Advisory team in 2018, former director Hannah Aykroyd teamed up with fellow alumnus Sophie Bonsor to launch their own Mayfair-based operation.
A ready-made roster of heavyweight clients followed, and the now four-strong agency got off to a flyer, chalking up deals worth nearly £60m in its first eight months.
Notable acquisitions have included a 10,000 square foot mansion in W1, bought at the lowest per square foot rate seen on the road for seven years, and a ready-made development project in NW1 – involving four mews houses – for a Hong Kong investor.
“Always a delight to deal with” and “a breath of fresh air” remarked one happy client, while peers praised the team for “knowing the market inside out”.
A welcome addition to the scene that’s already giving the big names a run for their money.