Founders of Carter Chatila

Richard Carter

I’m Richard Carter and since I was young, I’ve had a passion for architecture and design. I always knew I wanted a career in the real estate industry, but I didn’t have clarity as to which area of the industry I wanted to pursue. Following university, I accepted a graduate position in a large corporate consultancy and benefited from rotating through various teams.

Upon qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 2013, I spent almost two years working within a residential and commercial valuation team, which gave me the knowledge and experience to understand appraisal, market trends and surveying. However, I always liked interacting with people and the transactional side of the business is what suited me best. I went to work for a boutique but highly successful commercial investment agency where I thrived.

I was involved in several high-profile transactions, mainly across London’s West End and City markets but also nationally. I built an exceptional network of both clients (domestic, international, and institutional) and real estate professionals. An opportunity then presented itself in the form of a client-focused role, but this meant returning to a large consultancy.

I was hesitant at first, as I enjoyed the entrepreneurial flair that working in a boutique business afforded me. I took up the position anyway. While I enjoyed it at first, it wasn’t long until I realised its limitations. Shortly after starting this role, I knew that we had a niche that would’ve been otherwise limited in that environment. Carter Chatila was ultimately formed as both a solution and a passion.

My name is Khaled Chatila – I’m an architecture enthusiast, art collector, jewellery designer and former banker. Having grown up between Lebanon, the USA, Monaco and Switzerland, I’m fortunate enough to be able to speak five languages fluently.

The greatest gift I’ve ever received is my never-ending appreciation of the creative things in life; the things that evoke emotions, touch the soul and appeal to the eyes. If I had to sum myself up in one sentence, I’d say that I’m a dreamer and a Mediterranean at heart. Courageous since my childhood, I’ve always wanted to follow my family legacy and set up my own company.

However, I’d have never envisioned it to be in the real estate industry or based in London. I started my studies in medicine and then moved on to finance, but deep down I always knew that the creative world was my calling. I eventually found myself falling in love with the idea of real estate – not the agency side, but more so the appreciation of art and architecture as well as building relationships with clients who become friends.

Throughout my career, I’ve believed that connecting with your customers is what leads to successful transactions. Real estate makes everyone dream – it makes you dream of a family, an investment and security. My family always taught me to invest in stones, gold and bricks. I like to think of real estate as security through our generations and capital appreciation. Carter Chatila was the answer to having my rational and emotions coexist in perfect harmony.

Khaled Chatila

Why we do it

Corporates, SMEs and family office backgrounds are where we spotted a gap in the market.

To provide context, throughout our careers, we’ve worked for numerous businesses that have followed market norms. Of course, all of these businesses have been successful – but that’s largely due to their time in the market and extreme marketing strategies.

The private offices in some of these large organisations pride themselves on being a single point of contact for HNWIs. However, after initial meetings and introductions, the handling of these relationships is inevitably passed down to the team that’s responsible for undertaking the transaction. As a result, Carter Chatila was born as a solution to solving this very issue. In 2020, we founded the business as a private client business where relationships come first – from start

 

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Mayfair

At the very heart of the West End of London is Mayfair. Arguably one of the most expensive areas in London. Known for its exclusive retailers on nearby shopping streets – like Bond, Regent and Mount Street. You’ll find Michelin Star restaurants and some of London’s most iconic members club including Annabel’s and 5 Hertford Street. This affluent area is also home to London’s finest 5-star hotels – The Grosvenor House Hotel, Claridge’s and The Dorchester.

Knightsbridge

Situated to the south of Hyde Park and northwest of Belgravia in London’s West End. This sophisticated neighbourhood boasts the iconic Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores on its Brompton Road. Here you will find designer brands, decadent furniture and mouth-watering food. Walking its grand Victorian streets you’ll see historic memorials, Sloane Street for the fashionable crowd and the likes of Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner by Heston – a two Star Michelin restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The upscale area brims with handsome red brick buildings, leafy garden squares, luxurious boutiques and prestigious hotels.

Belgravia

Belgravia, in Central London, features grand terrace homes that are centre pieced on Belgrave and Eaton Squares. The latter being one of the wealthiest districts in the world. With large 19th-century gardens, this relatively quiet district is home to many embassies that have also attracted celebrities who seek a private lifestyle. In fact, Eaton Square is closed to members of the public. Residents however have a key to explore the private garden.

Kensington

Packed with energy, Kensington is undoubtedly one of London’s most upscale districts. It’s been sought-after ever since the Royals moved in during the 17th century to reside in Kensington Palace. Complete with Royal Parks, Victorian museums, townhouses and cobbled mews, it’s a neighbourhood for people who want all the city has to offer at their fingertips. Kensington’s dining scene is a particular highlight, providing residents with extensive options for Michelin-starred venues and traditional British pubs.

South Kensington

South Kensington, just west of Central London, is home to the world-renowned museums: The Victoria and Albert, The Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall – making it a cultural quarter within London. It’s easy to forget that this cultural haven is a residential area as well. It’s said that majority of London’s French community lives here, which is why it’s been nicknamed “Paris’s 21st arrondissement”. The jewel in South Kensington’s dazzling crown is its proximity to Hyde Park.

Chelsea

Positioned along the north bank of the Thames, is the sparkling neighbourhood of Chelsea, South West of London and located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Made popular in the Sixties with by the bohemian culture. Today, it’s one of the most stylish areas to live, comprising a range of mansion flats, riverfront apartments and mews houses. Well known for the annual Chelsea Flower Show held in August, Saachi Gallery and designer boutiques on the King’s Road.

Notting Hill

Vibrant and fashionable, Notting Hill is one of the most charming neighbourhoods in London. Made famous in the romantic comedy featuring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant with the same name. Within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Nothing Hill is a great location to be based to explore the city. The pastel-coloured houses, fabulous restaurants, rare antiques and famous Portobello Road Market are most definitely part of this neighbourhood’s charm.

Holland Park

Known for its 54-acre public park of the same name, Holland Park is on the edge of Central London and beside Notting Hill. It attracts some of London’s wealthiest residents and accomplished individuals from all around the world that include the Beckhams, Robbie Williams and Elton John. Holland Park has the charm of its neighbour, but without the weekend crowds. With tree-lined streets, large Victorian townhouses, cultural tourist attractions, world-class museums, the embassies of several countries, luxury spas and delicious restaurants.

St James’s

The quintessentially English area of St James’s falls in the Borough of the City of Westminster. Once a residential hotspot among affluent aristocrats, today this area is loved by locals and tourists alike. St James’s is relatively small and quiet, surrounded by Piccadilly to the north, Haymarket to the east, Green Park to the west and St James’s Park to the south. It’s famous for its old English shops, Royal Park, members’ clubs and chic restaurants. Interestingly, White’s, founded in 1693, is the oldest gentlemen’s club in London is located on St James Street.

Bayswater

The up-and-coming area of Bayswater is in the City of Westminster in West London. A cosmopolitan area with a diverse population and high concentration of hotels that are quickly being upgraded, influencing property values in a positive way. The area has attractive streets and garden squares lined with Victorian terraces which are now mostly subdivided. For those looking for a quieter life amidst the city, Bayswater might be just the place.

Little Venice & Maida Vale

Canals and Georgian architecture make Little Venice and Maida Vale, directly north of Paddington, a highly desirable area. Dating back to the early 1800s, the area has seen changes and modernisation whilst preserving most of its picturesque identity. Its wide and quiet roads are framed with elegant Victorian and Edwardian homes and blocks. It’s a popular tourist attraction, mainly due to its narrowboat cruises travelling between Little Venice and Camden Lock. However, this tranquil pocket of London between St John’s Wood and Notting Hill is also a prime residential hotspot and home to the BBC’s film studios.

Marylebone

Nestled neatly between Hyde Park and Oxford Street, Marylebone is in the heart of the West End. The neighbourhood is known for its period conversions and mews, a large French contingent and its fabulous shopping district that includes Oxford Street. It’s situated just moments away from some of the city’s most popular tourist attractions like Madame Tussauds, yet retains the neighbourhood feel by way of its independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants like Blandford Comptoir and Clarette.

St John’s Wood

The St John’s Wood area boasts tree-lined residential streets and a tranquil village-like community. It’s known to expats as the home of the American School in London. With Little Venice along the canal to the west, the rose gardens and outdoor sports areas of Regent’s Park on its doorstep and views from Primrose Hill, it’s a neighbourhood that families flock to. St John’s Wood also has a strong multicultural presence, as evidenced by the Regent’s Park Mosque, St John’s Wood Church and synagogues. The area is home to Sir Paul McCartney who’s lived in the gorgeously green area since 1965.

Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill is known for one of the best views in London with six visual perspectives over the city. Located north of Regents Park, this compact, villagelike area features grand Victorian terraces and pastel-coloured Regency Townhouses. You’ll find the neighbourhood brimming with indie pubs, cafes and restaurants that locals have ensured remain independent and unique. On the slope of the hill, you’ll find the so-called Shakespeare Tree, which was originally planted in 1864 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the bard’s birth.

Hampstead

Hampstead is a diverse neighbourhood in North London. Bordered by Belsize Park, Chalk Farm, Golders Green and Highgate. This affluent residential area can feel far from the city centre with its picturesque meadows, woodlands and swimming ponds, although its proximity to Central London is only 5 miles. It’s known for its under-stated historical attractions, charming restaurants and independent shops. Hampstead also has a thriving arts and culture scene and is home to several excellent schools and universities.

Soho

Soho is a small neighbourhood in Central London. It’s known and loved for its buzzing and bohemian character. The area is filled with vibrant theatres, restaurants and bars. Soho House, the social members’ club, has two of its establishments in the area – on Dean and Greek Streets. The area is also home to some of the capital’s best homes, tucked away in hidden pockets, offering luxury and a vibrant lifestyle.

Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia, framed by Soho, Marylebone and Bloomsbury, is one of the most historic parts of London. Today, this vibrant area is a mix of homes, commercial premises and medical and educational institutions. Near to the theatre district of the West End of London, Fitzrovia is a melting pot of creative and professional individuals who enjoy its many great restaurants and art galleries.

Covent Garden

This famous area, in Central London, is a hub for culture, shopping and entertainment. There’s no shortage of things to do in Covent Garden. Browse artisan stalls at the famous Apple Market – which, interestingly, was one of the largest produce markets in the world – and enjoy delicious meals at one of the many stylish restaurants. The area is also home to the Royal Opera House. Covent Garden has a collection of luxury period homes and apartments.

Holborn

Holborn is London’s historic law district that now forms part of the borough of Camden in West London. An old area dating back to 1679, it’s made up of mix of legal buildings and offices such as the imposing Royal Courts of Justice and nearby Inns of Court. You’ll find Hatton Garden’s diamond boutiques, while gastropubs and casual cafes cater to the post-work and gym crowds as well as students from nearby universities.

Bloomsbury

Tucked in the corner of the Borough of Camden, you’ll find the centrally located neighbourhood of Bloomsbury. The area boasts many of London’s top attractions, such as the British Museum, shopping on nearby Oxford Street, the bright lights of Theatreland, Soho, Holborn and Covent Garden. Bloomsbury is a collection of academic and medical institutions, bookshops and cafes, which makes for an intellectual crowd of locals, students and tourists. Elegant Georgian townhouses line leafy Russell and Bedford Squares. 

Kings Cross

Kings Cross is a major transport hub within London. The introduction of the Eurostar rail service at St Pancras International and the rebuilding of King’s Cross station stimulated the redevelopment of the long derelict railway lands to the north of the termini. Today, the Kings Cross area is a shining example of significant regeneration which began in the mid-1990s. The Coal Drops Yard shopping and dining hotspot is a highlight for social gatherings in the area. Kings Cross features a few newer residential and commercial developments and is home to Google headquarters.

City

City is the smallest district in London in terms of actual size and population (10 000 plus). The world-famous centre of finance has more businesses than permanent residents, which makes it an apt place to live for those who like to live and work in the same area. As a result, residential property in the district can be in short supply.

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is a unique location in London that’s undergone extensive regeneration over the past 30 years. Built from the ground up, the layout, architecture and atmosphere are completely modern. Once a wasteland, it’s now one of the most well-known and luxurious residential areas in London. A popular investment location, the tall high-rise apartment blocks offer state-of-the-art facilities that are endowed with views of the Thames and beyond. The local area also has an impressive array of shops, restaurants and entertainment.

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City is the smallest district in London in terms of actual size and population (10 000 plus). The world-famous centre of finance has more businesses than permanent residents, which makes it an apt place to live for those who like to live and work in the same area. As a result, residential property in the district can be in short supply.