6 November 2020
Oldbury Place, W1U
We're feeling starry-eyed looking at this Marylebone townhouse, and not just because its current owner is singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. Located on Oldbury Place, the property was designed by leading architecture firm Stiff + Trevillion, and features a modern design that maximises space and light. Situated in the corner of a quiet mews just off Marylebone High Street, the property is deceptively spacious, with five bedrooms and four bathrooms, three of which are ensuite. Spread across five floors, the house opens onto a large reception room equipped with ample storage; an open-plan kitchen and dining room can be found on the lower ground floor. The property is within walking distance of Oxford Street and Regent’s Park.
Pembridge Villas, W11
This feat of contemporary design in Notting Hill was created by acclaimed architect Gianni Botsford. In a striking palette of wood and glass, the home dramatically sweeps up into a spiralling timber oculus. Flooded with natural light, the open-plan living space features glass walls and copper kitchen surfaces, mirroring the home's copper-clad roof. Clean lines and angular precision are further exemplified in each of the three bedrooms and by the swimming pool in the lower level of the house, complete with hot tub. Outside, a Japanese Zen garden provides a serene space to gather one's thoughts.
Holland Road, W14
In a round-up that regularly lists A-list properties in the region of £15 million, Ronnie Wood's £3.85 million Holland Park home almost seems comparatively modest for a world-famous rockstar. It's not his only London residence of course – Wood lives in Little Venice with his wife, Sally Humphries, and their two daughters. Since 2017, this property has been more of an artist's studio for Wood, who recently displayed a new body of work at Ashbridge House in Hertfordshire. The vibrant, art-filled home is spread across five floors and includes a 100 ft garden, as well as an upstairs balcony and roof terrace.
Strathmore Gardens, W8
A former artist's studio in Notting Hill, this three-bedroom home was designed by esteemed architect Jonathan Woolf and sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac of period properties. Light floods through the magnificent double-height, barrel-vaulted ceiling in the central living space, adjoined to the dining area and bespoke kitchen. A master bedroom and guest bedroom occupy the lower-ground floor, which leads to a private garden, while a third bedroom sits on a large first-floor mezzanine.
Wellesley Avenue, W6
Brackenbury Village sits on the edge of Hammersmith Grove and is known for its roomy west London houses. This four-bedroom family home has been luxuriously redesigned with a cool, open-plan layout, anchored by a dramatic spiralling metal staircase. The kitchen and dining area feature parquet flooring, bespoke joinery, bronze cupboards and volcanic lava workshops. It opens up to the private walled garden, where the current owners have also built a sound-proofed office. There are three bedrooms on the first floor, one of which features a mezzanine sleeping area.
Hyde Park Gate, SW7
This elegant six-bedroom townhouse on Hyde Park Gate is on the market for a princely sum of £16m. The stucco-fronted mansion was built in the 1840s and designed by architect Robert Cantwell in a John Nash-inspired design. It was originally the abode of Mary Caroline Blair, the Duchess of Sutherland who inspired the wicked stepmother in Disney’s Cinderella. The six-storey townhouse makes for a spectacular family home, with a large reception area, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, cinema room and gymnasium. There is a generous garden to the rear, an ornamental balcony on the first floor and a large terrace on the second. The townhouse is located just off Kensington Park Road, on the doorstep of Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall and Knightsbridge. The property is also available to let for £9,500 a week.
Chesterfield Hill, W1J
The former home of Hollywood legend Fred Astaire, this Mayfair townhouse on Chesterfield Hill has a storied history. During the 1920s and 1930s, the property served as the pied-a-terre of the dancer and his sister Adele while they were working at theatres in London’s West End. The five-bedroom home was used by the siblings to entertain high-society guests such as Winston Churchill, Lord Charles Cavendish (who would eventually become Adele’s husband) and Prince Aly Khan. Recently refurbished to a modern standard, the house offers 3,962 sq ft of living space, with a large reception room, library, family kitchen, cinema, games room and wine cellar. There is also a staff quarters, passenger lift, terrace and garden patio.
Point Hill, Greenwich
To get to Point Hill, a contemporary detached house a short walk from Greenwich Park, you walk down a cobbled driveway that culminates in a large forecourt with space for several cars (it also has an electric charging point). Designed by James Urquhart, of BUJ Architects, as his own home, the property consists of two principal sections. On one side, a double-storey structure contains a dining area, living room, study, bedroom, and two expansive en-suite bedrooms above. On the other, is a single-storey section with living space. A glass bridge housing the kitchen connects the two.
The kitchen combines corrugated black-aluminium cabinets with beautifully textured black-granite worktops and a breakfast bar in walnut. In the living room, a suspended fireplace by Ergofocus creates a striking focal point, black against the skylit concrete wall with recessed granite ventilation. At the front of the house, sliding glazed doors open to the forecourt. The two principal bedrooms feature built-in wardrobes at their inner walls and en-suite bathrooms at the extremes. These feature free-standing slipper baths, walk-in showers and floating mirror units by Boffi.
Highgate Hill, N6
Lyndale House is a Grade II listed family home in Highgate, with incredible Queen Anna-era architecture and original period features. On the market with Dexters, the property is set over five floors and offers 3,166 sq ft of living space, with a large garden and brick pergola at the rear stretching 207ft. Inside, there are five bedrooms and three reception rooms, with historic features throughout: original fireplaces can be found in the reception and sitting rooms, while the elegant dining room features an individually-listed ornate ceiling and large sash windows. The property is located opposite Waterlow Park and is within walking distance of the Northern Line.
Turner Mews Apartments, Regent’s Park
So new you can almost smell the paint, the Turner Mews Apartments are a trio of modern flats in a contemporary mews building near Regent’s Park. The trio – two one-beds and one two-bed – benefit from 24-hour concierge and access to eight acres of private gardens with tennis courts and use of the state-of-the-art Park Crescent Club leisure facility located beneath Nash crescent, which is connected to the new mews development.
Full height windows let in plenty of light to the living spaces, which feature oak timber flooring, an open-plan kitchen and dining area. All three apartments are finished to a high specification, with full-height doors with Art Deco-inspired white inset panels, bathrooms with high-quality stone and bespoke basins, underfloor heating throughout, Lutron lighting control and Crestron home entertainment systems.
from £1,050,000, knightfrank.co.uk