Aston Chase recruits Knight Frank’s Draper; doubles Head Office size

Top-end London estate agency Aston Chase has recruited former Knight Franker Craig Draper as an Associate Director.

Craig Draper has joined north London estate agency Aston Chase, as the firm doubles the footprint of its Regent’s Park HQ.

Top-end London estate agency Aston Chase has recruited former Knight Franker Craig Draper as an Associate Director, and promoted company stalwart Max Curtis to the same level.

The new appointments come as the central and north west London specialist agency expands its Park Road HQ, opposite Regent’s Park, taking over the adjoining premises to double its footprint.

Draper has been in the London property world since 2007, moving into prime residential sector when he joined Greene & Co in 2011. He moved to Knight Frank in 2015, working initially in the Marylebone office before being promoted to Partner and Hampstead Office Head in 2019. He has generated fees of over £1m a year, including personally handling some £50m-worth of sales at the Chiltern Place development alone.

His new gig at Aston Chase will see him work across the business, with particular focus on helping to develop the agency’s Central London activities and supporting the New Homes team.

In addition, Aston Chase has promoted Max Curtis from Senior House Sales Negotiator to Associate Director level, after a decade with the firm.

Craig Draper, Associate Director at Aston Chase: “I am thrilled to be joining Aston Chase who, in my opinion, are the leading independent estate agent covering central and North West London. The move enables me to handle both flat and house sales and to cover the Marylebone, Maida Vale and Hampstead markets which are all areas where I have previously excelled, so my appointment and role is a perfect fit for both myself and the agency.”

Max Curtis, Associate Director at Aston Chase: “My promotion to Associate Director at Aston Chase marks the next stage in my career with the company. Over the past ten years, I have proven myself as one of NW8’s best performing brokers. I look forward to continuing this success at Aston Chase as the company consolidates its reputation as the leading upscale independent estate agency in North West London.”

Mark Pollack, co-Founding Director of Aston Chase: “Craig is one of the most well-liked and respected senior agents working in the prime London market today and we have enjoyed an excellent working relationship in the past, which has been key to him choosing to join Aston Chase."

“Craig has a deep knowledge of the Marylebone and West End markets which will add significant value to our offering. Our plan is for Craig to be part of the next generation of leadership for the Aston Chase business to ensure the long term continuity and success of the brand into the future."

“Max’s dedication to Aston Chase over the past ten years is evident through his consistent results. His entrepreneurial approach to selling homes has established Max as one of the area’s most reliable and successful brokers. Max has become a key player at Aston Chase and we are delighted to be able to offer him this promotion as well-deserved recognition for his continued results and contribution to the business."