Price tag: £5 million
London is an expensive city-property values have continued to rise consecutively for the 34 months to August 2013, according to Knight Frank. For those with a tidy budget of £5m, we recommend the following gems
Belgravia, £4.95 million
100, Eaton Square, SW1
2 bedrooms, leasehold,
Savills (020-7578 9000)
This two-bedroom apartment takes up the raised ground floor of a whitestucco building in Eaton Square’s sought-after north terrace. The classically decorated rooms have good ceiling height, creating a sense of space. The reception room in particular is beautifully proportioned and has a charming fireplace. The property is offered as leasehold, with the lease expiring on March 24, 2077.
Covent Garden, £4.999 million
Craven Street, WC2
5 bedrooms, lift, parking, 4,996sq ft
Knight Frank (020-7499 1012)
This tall (six stories) Georgian townhouse is in pristine condition having been completely modernised, making the most of the original fittings while providing for modern living. A perfect family home for those who need immediate access to the West End or the City.
Barnes, £4.975 million
Burges Grove, SW13
6 bedrooms, 3-car garage,
Chesterton Humberts (020-8748 8833)
Positioned on the northern fringe of the London Wetlands Reserve, this spacious, newly built detached house boasts some of the best ‘countryside’ views for its central London location. It’s already a good-sized family home; however, the current owners have been granted permission to extend.
Notting Hill, £4.95 million
1, Chepstow Crescent,W11
5 bedrooms, parking for 2 cars,
Aylesford International (020-73512383)
Tree-lined Chepstow Crescent is one of the most desirable streets in the eternally fashionable Notting Hill. Number 1 benefits from being endof- terrace, so has large amounts of light, an excellent sense of space without being too overlooked and a southwest facing garden.
Westminster, £5 million
4, Smith Square, SW1
3 bedrooms, garden house, courtyard garden,
Knight Frank (020-7881 7722) and Hathaways (020-7222 3133)
The owners of 4, Smith Square have put boundless energy into keeping this magnificent Georgian house true to its early-18th-century roots. The views of St John’s Church are framed by elegant sash windows and the house even preserves the original Georgian powder closets. The courtyard garden was designed by a Chelsea Flower Show medallist.
Putney, £4.995 million
St. Simon’s Avenue, SW15
7 bedrooms, cinema, gym, 5,522sq ft
Savills (020-8780 9900)
Putney is well known for its large, detached family houses that benefit from proximity to good links into central London and a range of excellent schools. This four-storey house has the space to entertain on a grand scale both inside and outside in the spacious garden
Mayfair, £4.95 million
Derby Street, W1
7 bedrooms, rooftop terrace,
self-contained flat, 2,571sq ft
Jackson-Stops & Staff (020-7664 6644)
This Georgian town house stretches across five floors, with a self-contained flat on the lower-ground floor. Thoughtfully renovated, it has polished wooden floors throughout and some beautiful fireplaces. The elegant reception rooms have full-length windows and, on the first floor, they open onto pretty Juliet balconies. The bedrooms take up the upper floors, with the top-floor one leading onto a 15ft, west-facing rooftop terrace that looks out across the roofs of Mayfair.
Holland Park, £4.9 million
Oakwood Court, W14
4 bedrooms, maid’s room, 2,800sq ft
WA Ellis (020-7306 1610)
Oakwood Court is an Edwardian mansion block on Abbotsbury Road which links Holland Park and Kensington High Street. This sixth-floor flat offers a spacious sitting room with a west-facing balcony, a kitchen/breakfast room and access to communal gardens.
St James’s, £4.95 million
King Street, SW1
2 bedrooms, staff accommodation, 24hr porter, 3,757sq ft
Carter Jonas (020-7493 0676)
Set in the heart of ‘club land’, this spacious maisonette has been cleverly organised with the bedrooms on the lower ground floor and a double reception room and stylish kitchen on the raised ground floor. A study area has also been created on the mezzanine level, making the most of the excellent ceiling height.