When buying a home in London there are two things that don’t always come easy: space and privacy. If you're someone that likes space and privacy, however, look no further – we’ve done the research on stunning detached houses in the capital so that you don’t have to. Read on for some of the best properties currently on the market, where you’re guaranteed not to hear your neighbours’ conversations through the wall.
Lincoln Avenue, SW19
This new-build was designed by Kubik, a developer known for strikingly modern homes. A mere 0.7 miles from the quaint Wimbledon Village, the distinctly un-quaint Ivory House is arranged over four levels: on the ground there is a reception room with a central fireplace and a kitchen/diner flooded with light from wall-to-wall French doors. The lower ground yields an L-shaped reception room leading out to the patio, as well as a gymnasium/cinema room. There are three bedrooms on the first floor, including the stylish principal bedroom, and a further three on the second floor. Every comfort and convenience that you would expect from such a contemporary home is present, including underfloor heating throughout.
Woodborough Road, SW15
This double fronted property in West Putney, which occupies a particularly private plot, wouldn’t look out of place in the Cotswolds. The rarified country house feel extends indoors, with an entrance hall featuring an open fire, a large drawing room with a bay window, and not one, but two Marston & Langinger conservatories. A large sitting room to the rear of the house contains another open fire and French doors, while the bespoke Chalon kitchen boasts a gorgeous AGA. Accommodation stretches over three floors, with a sumptuous master bedroom on the first. Other charming features include a stained glass window, the garage’s pitched tiled roof and a beautiful landscaped garden.
Guide price £5,295,000, savills.com
Roedean Crescent, SW15
This substantial detached house (circa 5,597 sq ft) occupies a generous west-facing plot backing onto Palewell Common – a stone’s throw from the glorious Richmond Park. As you enter the reception hall, you are instantly greeted with views through to the landscaped garden, which also boasts a large terrace for al fresco dining. To the left is the immaculately fitted kitchen, dining area and reception space, and adjacent is a large drawing room with access to the garden. The Roedean Crescent property comprises six bedrooms, with the principal bedroom on the first floor overlooking Palewell Park. The entire residence feels profoundly private thanks to its electronically gated entrance.
Lion Gate Gardens, TW9
This double fronted home was built in 1885 and is situated on the former market gardens of the Royal Botanical Gardens – the owner has since renovated extensively, and to a high specification. The first thing that you are struck by on approaching the property’s period facade is its scale – a driveway provides parking for up to three vehicles, and, on entry, a hall area leads to two vast reception rooms with high ceilings, original cornicing and bay windows. Elsewhere, the house comprises 4,564 sq ft of accommodation over three floors, an open concept living space, a kitchen with a sizable island, a mezzanine, and, interestingly, an aquarium built into the wall between the dining area and reception room.
Guide price £5,500,000, knightfrank.co.uk
Carlton Raod, W5
This detached house, positioned mere moments from Ealing Broadway and Ealing Common, comprises six bedrooms and five bathrooms arranged over three floors. Gated off-street parking provides screening from the road; on entry, the quality of the property becomes evident. The ground floor offers a reception room, a TV room/snug, a utility room and pantry, a kitchen/dining area, a study/gym, and an entrance to a separate annex with its own bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. The first floor provides three beautifully appointed bedrooms (the principal suite has access to the roof terrace), and the second comprises three further bedrooms, two of which can be combined if desired.
Guide price £5,000,000, knightfrank.co.uk
Frognal House, NW3
The fact that this mid-18th century building is Grade II listed and situated in the Hampstead Conservation Area already makes it something special. It also comes with a fascinating history: following the Crimean War, Frognal House became the Sailors’ Orphan Girls’ Home. It was then the home of General de Gaulle and his family from 1942-44. In 1968, the house was converted into a finishing school and a convent, and, most recently, it was St Dorothy’s Convent and student accommodation. Later extensions were added, and now, for the first time in 50 years, it is on the market, with fascinating potential for residential or alternative uses. Frognal House’s period charm is obvious, from the brown brick elevations and sash windows to the cast iron balconies, cornicing, marble inset fireplaces, and wood paneling.
Guide price £15,000,000, knightfrank.co.uk
Point Hill, SE10
This remarkable detached home, designed by James Urquhart of BUJ Architects as an antidote to traditional period property, employs a structure of fair-faced concrete and is the height of minimalist chic. It stretches over 2,300 sq ft, with two principal sections: on one side there is a dining area, living room/study/bedroom, ground-floor shower and utility room, plus two expansive en suite bedrooms on the floor above. On the other side is a living space. Between the two, a glass connection houses the kitchen, which combines corrugated aluminium cabinets with black granite worktops and a walnut breakfast bar. Other curiosities include a suspended fireplace and a dramatic concrete staircase that appears to hover.