Rat and Mouse
Borough of Westminster
Wed
20
Jul

In a little break from post-referendum property crash predictions for the top-end of the London market, a new record appears to have been set. It’s 15,000 sq ft in Admiralty Arch, no less - 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, private off-road valet parking - and there are reports of a £150m guide price… beating previous record holder 1 Hyde Park by £10m. More here and here.

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Tue
14
Jun

That’s its nickname, based on its white, stucco frontage and proximity to the American embassy. It’s for sale with a guide price of £2.5m and  - for the next year, at least - it wouldn’t be too much to claim it’s the most secure private property in the country. When the embassy extended its security zone in the wake of 9/11, the property fell within its boundaries. So - now - the buyer will come across patrolling armed guards and anti-tank blocks and need special security clearance to come and go. The embassy’s due a move, however, next year and the existing complex will become a luxury hotel. Put up with a little strangeness now and reap the benefits later, say agents Wetherell. More here. Particulars here.

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Wed
04
May

Russian banker Elena Kotova agreed to the civil recovery claim after being accused of taking bribes from clients in return for securing funding for them, and laundering the money in part through a £1.5m Mayfair apartment. According to the NCA, expect further “busts" as they turn the spotlight onto the London property market. More here.

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Wed
20
Apr

It’s a property with historical resonance, a former Panamanian embassy and home to Dame Margot Fonteyn, before developers bought it in 2011. It’s already getting the requisite basement excavation, but new plans for a significant extension to the property, which is close to V&A in South Kensington, has neighbours up in arms. More here.

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Tue
05
Apr

According to Knight Frank data shows Kensington prices down 6.8%, 4.9% in south Kensington and 2.5% in Chelsea across a year, and no sign yet of the winter/spring pick-up as bankers get a sense of bonus season. More here.

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Tue
16
Feb

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Ten bedrooms, six bathrooms and - notably - three kitchens, this grand Primrose Hill double-fronted property (created by joining two homes together) belongs to celebrity chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver. Guide price: £11.95m. Particulars here.

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Tue
09
Feb

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It’s 73, Chester Square, and if security’s important to you, you might want to arrange a viewing, because there’s a steel bomb-proof door separating the six-storey, six-bedroom Belgravia townhouse from the street. This was Margaret Thatcher’s home, from the end of her tenure as Prime Minister in 1991 to her death in 2013. But it’s had a very modern refurbishment since (by developer Leconfield), and now features a gym, media room and bar, and has been expanded to include an entire mews at the back. Guide price? £30m. Particulars here.

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Tue
01
Dec

Mayfair’s “largest luxury pad”, according to the Telegraph, at 3,588 square feet, although only a whisker over its 3,486 neighbour which appears to have already sold… it’s part of the Mellier building conversion, an ex-limousine showroom now featuring brightly coloured and contemporary interior design by Studio Mackereth. The cost of owning the largest residential space in Mayfair? Guide price: £15.95m. Particulars here.

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Wed
18
Nov

Two floors on the top of the building, previously owned by Dave Clark and currently on the market for £15.5m. More background here. Particulars here.

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Thu
03
Sep

A stable quarters after it was built in 1734, a lock-up for the famous Bentley Boys in the 1920s, a luxurious seven-bedroom house after developer Fenton Wheeler got his hands on it last year, 43 Reeves Mews in Mayfair is said to have been sold to Hamad Khalifa Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Qatar’s former deputy prime minister for £24m, a muse house world record. More here.

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