Behind closed doors: Inside the stunning London home no-one knows is on the market

Zoe Gunn

29 April 2021

The capital’s best properties are available strictly off market – and we’ve got exclusive access to one of them

29 April 2021 | Zoe Gunn

In partnership with: JLL

It may seem like the websites of London’s premier estate agents are bursting with multi-million pound homes unrivalled in luxury and amenities but, as those in the know will tell you, the capital’s truly incredible properties change hands far from the prying eyes of the public.

Like most great things in life – membership to London’s best private members’ clubs, access to the world’s biggest diamonds or jumping the queue to get your hands on the newest limited edition watch – when it comes to buying an off-market home, it pays to be connected. Which is where JLL comes in. 

The expert agents at JLL's residential arm have spent decades building relationships with London’s prime real estate developers and owners meaning that, when a really special property is for sale, they’re on hand to match buyer and seller and manage the sale with complete privacy. Having recently got the lowdown on what it takes to be a JLL agent from Daniel Wiggin, if you’re looking for your dream home in the capital, we can think of few finer property teams to turn to for help.

When it comes to the kind of home you can find off market, this elegant Pall Mall penthouse is a perfect example. Represented by Hayley Peverley, JLL's Mayfair agent, few on-market properties can match it in terms of location, space and luxury.

Spanning nearly 3,500 square feet, the duplex penthouse is set across the fifth and sixth floors of a beautiful period building in the heart of St James’s – a mere stone’s throw from Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.

The heart of this home is its spectacular light-filled reception room, which extends across the entire western facade of the building and offers open-plan spaces for dining and entertaining around an open fire place. A further reception room, guest cloakroom and cinema make this a fantastic home for those who love nothing better than to host friends. Elswhere, three luxuriously spacious en suite bedrooms, including a huge master suite with dressing room, provide plenty of space for guests while also making the penthouse a great urban option for families.

While the property retains many of its beautiful period features, it has also been finished to a high quality modern standard, with a contemporary fitted kitchen and utility room alongside air conditioning and wooden floors throughout. Residents are also granted direct lift access from ground level, ensuring absolute privacy. And as for the price? It’s strictly on application, of course.

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