Park Life (Marylebone)
Designed by the 19th Century architectdu jour John Nash - mastermind behind Buckingham Palace and Clarence House - Park Crescent in Marylebone is London's only royal crescent, originally built in the shadow of Regent's Park as fashionable residences for the friends and family of King IV. Rebuilt after the Second World War following damage from bombing, the crescent was quite literally a shell of its former self and at one point the Grade-I listed building was at risk of being torn down. CIT Group is currently transforming the Grade I listed building 76 luxury residences, due for completion in 2020 and starting from £2.9 million. Buyers with a brood in tow will be gratified to use one of Nash’s innovations. The pedestrian “Nursemaids’ Tunnel” will allow them to push a pram under the Marylebone Road avoiding both the burden of the level crossing and the attention of the prying proletariat.
From £2.9million; Regents Crescent, Park Crescent West, Marylebone, W1B; cit.co.uk
Earth, Wind and Fire (Hampstead)
Have you ever seen a more earthy house? Cannon Lane, in a quiet conservation area in the heart of Hampstead Village, is a contemporary minimalist home designed by world-famous architect Claudio Silvestrin. Extending to approximately 7,940 sq ft (737 sq m), this 21st-century house fuses stunning interior design with sustainable materials, conscious of its impact on the environment. The inclined site on which it stands maximises privacy from the street while allowing for an abundance of natural light to pass through the rear elevation to illuminate the sublime interior. Stepping outside the house, enjoy the mature gardens designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold prize-winning garden designer, Chris Beardshaw.
£POA; Cannon Lane, Hampstead Village, NW3; beauchamp.com
Uptown Funk (Marylebone)
Marylebone, the village-like cousin of Mayfair, has always been a favourite of ours, with its comprehensive range of shops and restaurants (Chiltern Firehouse, Locanda Locatelli and Dinings to name a few). Marylebone Square, perhaps the most significant development in the area for years, is a rare opportunity to be part of the provenance of aristocratic estates in Central London. A contemporary take on a classic London mansion, it is an intuitively designed building that slots into the urban fabric of Marylebone, due to be completed in 2021. Set over five floors, Marylebone Square houses just 54 one to three bedroom abodes. All apartments have been designed from a central atrium, the centrepiece of the building, and allows for every apartment to have dual aspect. This isn't your typical new-build development, trust us.
From £2.5million; Moxon Street, Marylebone, W1U 4EY; savills.com
Oh, Kingston Town (Richmond)
This light-filled Huf Haus masterpiece is located on Kingston Hill, a stone's throw away from Richmond Park. The six-bedroom, eco-friendly house has strong influences from the Bauhaus architectural tradition based on the German Fachwerk design, with pared-back and structurally visible design elements. Soak up the sun on one of the house's two balconies, cool off in the outdoor swimming pool (heated come winter-time) then head to Richmond Park to spot some wild deer.
£4million; Kingston Hill, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2; foxtons.co.uk
Another Day in Paradise (Notting Hill)
Built in the heart of Notting Hill on Lonsdale Road, this palatial five-bedroom property offers 6010sqft of pure luxury. The entrance hall boasts an open staircase and unfolds on the ground floor into a full-width kitchen and dining room, filled with natural light. floor-to-ceiling glass doors load on to the south-facing private garden. The lower two floors offer luxurious lifestyle and leisure facilities including a swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room and stylish media room. It's the ultimate family home.
£14.9million; Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, W1; struttandparker.com