The demand for property is on the rise, and the power of the call grows stronger each day, with potential buyers looking beyond the typical cookie cutter new build house for a custom designed property with all of the premium features available on the market.
London is attracting younger generations from around the globe, and property developers are looking to appeal to them with extravagant property conversions; here are the top five in prime central London.
100ft personal lookout point
Definitely not a hidden treasure, towering 100ft and nine stories over the capital city and featuring on the 100th episode of popular television show, Grand Designs, this Victorian water tower is most certainly a valuable gem regardless. Located in Kennington, the tower was purchased for £380,000 in 2011 and was treated to a £2 million renovation. The Grade II listed building then went on the property market at £6.5 million in 2012, but was reduced to £4.75 million in 2016 and later removed from the market altogether.
The five bedroom family home is packed with features, including a roof terrace, the biggest sliding doors in the UK, private gym, lift, garage, security, and most spectacular of them all is the glass-wall extension which wraps around the entire building and contains the main living area. Aptly nicknamed ‘The Cube’, the unique addition offers panoramic views of London and makes the home stand out over most other properties entering the real estate market.
In addition to this superior geometric extension, the former water tank at the top of the tower, which once held 38,000 gallons of water, is now known as the Prospect Room and is also a particular highlight of this house.
30ft of holy water in the basement
A former house of worship, this is a building anyone can admire in awe regardless of religion. At 11,500 square feet, this seven bedroom family home is enormous and possesses a wealth of facilities and striking features. The open plan ground floor is dotted with the original 42 ft stone pillars and offers ample luxury living space. An intricate glass lift with bronze accents travels all four floors of the home hidden inside the spiral of the modern staircase.
Once described as ‘one of the finest private homes in Knightsbridge’, by property developers Rigby & Rigby, this work of art is worth a tremendous £50 million and was offered privately to a select pool of wealthy potential buyers when it was last sold. Located at the core of the Knightsbridge neighbourhood, the property was bought for only £13.5 million in comparison, back in 2009, before undergoing a £10 million makeover.
Along with high ceilings, the Grade II listed building boasts a 30-foot swimming pool installed in the basement, made especially welcoming with a jacuzzi, mini spa, steam room, sauna, and juice bar. As one of the most expensive properties in prime central London, the bragging rights don’t stop there. There is also a fully-equipped gym, relaxing cinema with a 120-inch screen, gold leaf ceilings throughout, and to add the ultimate charm element, all of these luxury details are encased in the traditional historical exterior on the outside.
Private roof terrace & high ceilings
Owned by the Bishop of Salisbury, this two bedroom maisonette, which dates as far back as 1726 was once the home of the bishop’s horses. The stables were converted in the late 1920’s along with the rest of the street, making Mount Row the famous Tudor-style residential avenue it is today. Retaining the traditional red brick exterior and iconic garage, the mews conversion also features beautiful handcrafted woodwork interiors, high ceilings, and a private terrace.
At 1,197 sq ft and three storeys high, the two bedrooms are both en-suite, and the feature skylights create a bright and inviting living space. Currently on the market for £3.25 million, this charming family home is available through premier Mayfair estate agents, Wetherell.
Zen living space
This breathtaking conversion embodies all things natural to provide a light, calming, and quirky living space. Converted from 1890 stables, the three bedroom house is now valued at almost £3 million and offers an array of contemporary custom features.
The bedrooms are all located on the ground floor, so the main living space can absorb all of the sunlight and create a real sun trap. To enhance this, there are five feature skylights and an entire reclining window wall. You will also find geometric bookshelves cut out in the walls in the main living space and amidst the clean and modern interior is a piercing splash of blue from the built-in aquarium. The finishing touch of nature comes from the green wall, which spans both floors of the property, and is covered entirely in ivy.
Majestic character and luxury align
Nestled in the Kensington district, this former church embodies luxury and history to create a unique family home. At 6,167 sq ft, the four bedroom house is valued at around £10 million.
The nave of the church remains open and spacious, refined with the inclusion of the original stone pillars and towering window arches. The traditional red brick facade also remains intact, and part of the church is still used for services and community activities.
The interior, however, exudes extravagance, with luxury furnishings, a personal gym and a private patio with a secret waterfall.