The housing market is bubbling over and mortgages are being handed out like sweeties, reckon critics – so we’ve taken a look at the plushest places in the capital.
1. One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, £68m
With views over Hyde Park and a colour scheme MT will charitably describe as ‘macchiato’, this five-bedroom, 9,000 sq ft apartment comes with everything the discerning zillionaire needs: a basement swimming pool (shared with your neighbours, unfortunately – although they’re unlikely to be around much); an enormous chandelier; lots and lots of cushions:
Seriously – there are cushions everywhere:
It also has a media room (more cushions):
2. Campden Hill, Kensington, POA
This nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom, nine-reception room (so you literally never have to see your family if you don’t want to), 30,000 sq ft home is set in an acre of land, and comes with private parking. While the home is ‘unmodernised’ (read: ‘no velour carpets’) at the moment, the current owners have assembled a development team, and have planning permission for a main house with seven guest bedroom suites and two staff bedroom suites (MT always has problems trying to work out where to put its staff). The only downside is the neighbours: it’s near Kensington Palace, so you might be kept awake at night by a screaming baby. We hear Prince George is teething…
Here it is from the front:
An artists’ impression of what the living room could look like (that colour scheme seems familiar…):
How the dining room aka banqueting hall could look:
3. Avenue Road, St John’s Wood, POA
By contrast with Kensington and Knightsbridge, St John’s Wood is basically a slum – except for any street with 'Avenue' in the name. On Avenue Road, homes sell for up to £65m. This one comes with 11 bedrooms,‘4/5 reception rooms’ (like the time MT went to see a house with ‘1/2 bedrooms’ and one turned out to be the airing cupboard), a hairdressing salon/treatment room, a catering kitchen and a ‘marble-lined entrance lobby leading to a grand sweeping central staircase’. Just what every little boy and girl dreams of…
Here it is by night (is that a pool or a pond? Hard to say):
That grand sweeping central staircase in action:
The wine cellar:
The car showroom (is that a projector on the back wall?):
4. Charles Street, Mayfair, £39.5m
A former home to Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, Royal Life Guards officer George Nassau and the heiress Right Honourable Lady Mary Gerard, this eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion, built in 1753 just off Berkeley Square, features ‘the latest state-of-the-art technology and an integrated high-security system’, for the buyer with enemies. It’s a combination of a main house and a mews house, and features a lift, plus a chandelier like we’ve never seen before:
Here’s the main house, in all its glory:
The living room (with splashes of daring red mixed into the latte tones):
And, of course, the pool:
5. Hamilton Terrace, St John’s Wood, £37.5m
Another property in up-and-coming St John’s Wood, this 11-bedroom, 10-bathroom, 11-reception room home has been modeled by interior designer Bill Bennette to ‘offer a glamourous, contemporary space’. Bennette has replaced coffee shades with a daring grey palette:
There are even splashes of pink:
And a snazzy Backgammon print:
Here it is from the outside:
6. Chester Terrace, Regent’s Park, £35.5m
This nine-bedroom, six-bathroom, six-reception room house is a bargain: its price was reduced from £39.9m last month. MT can’t, for the life of it, fathom why: the 11,100 sq ft home comes with a cards room, a library, a cinema and a wine cellar, plus a roof garden with open air Jacuzzi. What’s not to like?
Here’s an arty shot of the whole terrace from above:
More of that snazzy Backgammon print:
Its plush-looking cinema room:
And that roof terrace (no sign of the Jacuzzi, mind):
7. The Bishop’s Avenue, St John’s Wood, £34.9m
The Bishop’s Avenue – known to its friends and admirers as Millionaires’ Row – is a hotchpotch collection of giant homes that stretches just under a mile. An art deco-inspired pile here, a mock Tudor arrangement there – it’s a veritable haven for architecture fans.
This mansion features eight bedroom suites (plus two ‘staff flats’), five ‘grand’ reception rooms and a leisure complex, plus more than an acre of grounds. In the ‘expansive landscaped gardens’ there’s a ‘mixture of tree screens’, plus a water feature and even a canal. Just in case you require parking for your barge.
Here it is from the outside:
Some art in the hall:
Exciting splashes of gold in the dining room:
Some of those tree screens:
8. Knightsbridge, POA
There you are, wallet the size of a planet, and you can’t even afford a set of stairs. This 9,000 sq ft ‘lateral’ (read: ‘massive’) apartment has six bedroom suites and direct lift access, as well as a roof terrace and a 24-hour concierge. Plus, of course, a treatment room. Because you can’t have treatments without a treatment room.
The interior designers have gone for an interesting ‘monochrome’ theme here. Black kitchen:
Er – red gym:
… and amazing, massive roof terrace which looks out over Hyde Park:
9. Farm Street, Mayfair, £32.5m
Now we’re into ‘comfortable family home’ territory. This house in Mayfair has a mere four bedrooms (which are, to be fair, spread over seven floors), as well as two reception rooms, kitchen, pool, sauna and gym, cinema room and roof terrace. Plus, an eight-person lift. For the people staying in the four bedrooms.
Anyway, it’s a terrace – so you might be kept awake by noisy neighbours:
Admittedly, you could probably convert the space age purple pool into a bedroom or two:
Or have someone sleep in the Jacuzzi:
Someone could kip on the sofa in the media room:
10. St James’ Park, £32.5m
This penthouse may be swanky, but there are only 992 years left on the lease, so you’d better get in there quick. The flat has nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms (because when you’re that rich, you can afford a spare loo), with separate staff accommodation. It also comes with ‘newly refurbished common parts’, which sounds a little frightening to us.
Here’s the dining room. Nice and grey:
The kitchen. Also grey:
The games room – which for a change is grey:
And the stairs, which – gasp! – are a bit blue: