Arabella Youens takes a tour through the latest launches in the world of new-build and restored houses for sale
Country Life rounds up some of the top new-build properties for sale this spring, from beautiful London apartments to countryside properties in terrific locations
The best new build houses in London
London W6, £2.495 million
Merchant Terrace, Hammersmith (Above)
Best feature Family-friendly location
Style White-stucco fronted with contemporary interiors
Merchant Terrace is a development of eight high-specification four-bedroom town houses with underground parking.
Sized between 2,308sq ft and 2,421sq ft with terraces, the houses are typically open-plan and fittings include remote-controlled skylights. Ravenscourt Park is on the doorstep as are Latymer Upper School, Godolphin & Latymer and Ravenscourt Park Prep.
Barnard Marcus (020–8748 4256) and Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (020–8222 7200); www.merchantterrace.co.uk
SE1, from £2.45 million
South Bank Tower, Stamford Street
Best feature Panoramic views
Style Stylish conversion of 1970s office block South Bank Tower, under its former name of King’s Reach Tower, was home to the offices of Country Life and our sister titles for about 30 years, until 2007. The developer, CIT, has now transformed a rather ill-suited and dated office block into a 41-storey residential glass tower overlooking the River Thames. Owners will have access to a 20m pool, sauna, steam room, gym and cinema as well as one of the capital’s largest private roof gardens.
(020–3267 1048; http://southbanktower.com)
SW10, £1.5 million
Bolton Studios, Chelsea
Best feature Located in the heart of Chelsea
Style Light, double-height converted artists’ studios Designed as a series of annexes for the main houses on Gilston Road, the studios were converted in the late 19th century to serve the numerous artists in the area. A handful of the oneand two-bedroom apartments remain for sale. Owners have access to a concierge service and private communal gardens.
Strutt & Parker (020–7318 4677) and Savills (020–74098756); www.bolton-studios.com
NW8, £4 million
St Edmund’s Terrace, Primrose Hill
Best feature Overlooking Regent’s Park
Style Modern exteriors using Portland stone
This is one of the first new-build schemes to go up on the boundaries of Regent’s Park in many years. Available is a selection of two- and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes overlooking Primrose Hill. Residents have access to landscaped courtyard gardens, a 20m stone-lined pool, a stateof- the-art gym, a spa and leisure facilities as well as a concierge and underground parking.
Knight Frank (020–7861 5321) and Savills (020–7409 8756); www.50stedmundsterrace.com
W9, from £1.375 million
The Villas, Goldney Road, Maida Hill
Best feature Mews-house living for the 21st century
Style Traditional London mews with eco interiors
This site was formerly occupied by a taxi garage, but has been converted into eight three-bedroom houses. The architect aimed to reflect existing mews designs to create a similar sense of privacy, pride in shared spaces and sense of community. Goldney Road has a mixture of housing, a primary school and a community centre.
Aston Chase (020–7724 4724; www.astonchase.com)
SW4, £2.975 million
Thornton Place, Clapham
Best feature Position overlooking Clapham Common
Style Elegant, listed building with sleek interiors
Set over two floors, this apartment comes with plenty of something that’s sought after and hard to find in the family-friendly suburb of Clapham: lateral space. It comes with two en-suite bedrooms and one further bedroom, a spacious reception room that’s perfect for entertaining, a dedicated concierge and a communal garden. There is also one off-street parking place for the owner.
Savills (020–3428 2222; www.thorntonplace.co.uk)
Best new build houses for sale in the countryside
West Sussex, £435,000
King Edward VII, Midhurst
Best feature Getrude Jekyll gardens
Style Converted Arts-and-Crafts sanatorium
City & Country has converted the main building of this former hospital and sanatorium into 162 residences, as well as other homes in the grounds. This two-bedroom flat is on the first floor of the main building. It comes with two parking spaces and communal gardens including a swimming pool and tennis court.
Strutt & Parker (01428 661077)
Stable House, Marlands Park
Best feature South Downs National Park
Style Reflecting an original Victorian coach house
Located between Itchingfield and the village of Barns Green, four miles from Horsham, Stable House enjoys an elevated south-facing position overlooking open countryside and towards the South Downs National Park. Extending to 6,000sq ft, the house has five bedrooms, a large kitchen/ breakfast room and a spacious media room. The house is home automated and has advanced heat-recovery and ventilation system.
Savills (01483 796810)
Phillips Lea, Kemble
Best feature Edge of village location
Style Cotswolds farmhouse
This new development of family houses in Kemble—recently highlighted as one of our super villages for its mainline train access and lively community spirit—lies just to the south of the A429, with easy access to Cirencester. This four-bedroom house features underfloor heating, a log-burning stove and a two-car garage.
Knight Frank (01789 297735)
Warwickshire, from £750,000
Best feature Perfect period architecture
Style Georgian elegance
This development is transforming 11 houses dating from the William and Mary to mid-Georgian periods plus three Regency houses in the heart of Warwick back into highquality homes, after being used as offices for more than 100 years. There are also two pavilion houses and two new homes, each property with access to off-street parkingand many with large gardens.
London Real Estate Advisors (020–3327 2750; www.northgatewarwick.co.uk)