In the latest property special of the prestigious FT How To Spend It Magazine, Will Watson of The Buying Solution is included in a feature on London’s best streets.
The London property market may be bearing the brunt of Brexit malaise, but even in straitened circumstances there are homes that sell fast – and sell well. In key hotspots across prime central locations there exist unofficial waiting lists as buyers hold out for the sale of homes on coveted streets – in itself, a rare event. London’s “best in class” ranges from charming mews to verdant avenues and, of course, garden squares. Some, such as Chelsea’s Egerton Crescent, have been considered top notch for generations. Others, like Grosvenor Square in Mayfair, are enjoying a new lease of life thanks to a perfect storm of developments.
Set within the “golden triangle” between Brompton Road, Exhibition Road and Knightsbridge, Ennismore Gardens and its mews offer privacy, peace and incredibly short distances to London’s museum district and the twin retail meccas of Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Its white stucco buildings with classical columned entrances are pure elegance, and the best properties directly overlook the square. The mews has a charming aspect with cobblestones and just the right amount of planting, overlooking the grounds of the Anglican church, the Holy Trinity Brompton.
Most of the houses on the square have been divided into apartments. “There have been some significant sales here, with values of £4,000 per sq ft-plus being achieved,” says Will Watson, Head of TBS London.
Kensington Palace Gardens is one of the most expensive streets in the world, but its vast and rather ornate Italianate mansions with their huge subterranean leisure suites are not to everyone’s taste. Just south of Kensington High Street, however, is what The Buying Solution’s Watson describes as a “special pocket of excellent family houses”. Victoria Road runs due south from Hyde Park and – despite its proximity to Kensington, Knightsbridge and South Kensington – is surprisingly quiet.
The best houses are those south of Prince of Wales Terrace (away from noisy Kensington Road), where there is a choice of tall, slender townhouses and low-built villas that are in particular demand with those who prefer lateral space. “Houses here rarely trade, which means when they do become available, competition from multiple buyers is commonplace,” says Watson. Those keen to secure a family home here will need to dig deep. Knight Frank is offering Victory House – a double-fronted six-bedroom villa with 592sq m of living space, spa, swimming pool, garden and roof terrace – on Victoria Road for £24m.