Palatial heritage in prime location
A home that is fit for royalty is now available for all at London's Roehampton House. 'Roehampton House, located in southwest London, is believed to be one of only two Grade I-listed properties to be converted into apartments in London. Other Grade I-listed properties include Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament in Westminster,' says Sean Ellis, chairman of St James Group, the property's developer.
The building was designed in 1712 by architect Thomas Archer as a family home for Thomas Carey, a wealthy merchant. It was later extended in 1910 by the famed architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Roehampton House was owned by earls and countesses before St James acquired the building in 2006 and started a detailed refurbishment process to restore the building.
In this exclusive residential development, there will be 22 spacious one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments in the main building. The two gatehouses in front of the main house have been renovated into two two-bedroom, detached houses, each with its own private walled garden.
Set within the grounds are five detached contemporary garden villas that enjoy stunning views of the house. Behind the elegant baroque, red-brick facade, the developer has ensured that historical elements remain in the interior decor.
The interior design is a blend of historic features and modern architecture, including marbled entrance hallways, original fireplaces, full-height windows and contemporary kitchens and marbled bathrooms. The views from the apartments and house are breathtaking.
The properties overlook the carefully restored and award-winning Grade II Sunken Garden, Rose Garden and the Eastern Pleasure Grounds, which occupy 0.8 hectares. They are referred to as the residents' exclusive haven of tranquillity.
During the renovation process, St James has worked closely with English Heritage and the London Borough of Wandsworth to ensure that the building's heritage has been respected, and that it has been the key facet on which the development was based.
The developer says the residential nature of the location made its conversion to stylish apartments, the obvious choice.
The property is just 11km from central London, close to popular Barnes Village, Wimbledon Village, Putney, Richmond and the River Thames. There is also Richmond Park and the Roehampton Club which offers golf, and leisure facilities at the development's doorstep.
Roehampton House is one of the final phases of St James' GBP250 million (HK$3.09 billion) investment in the regeneration of Roehampton, and the developer believes it will attract strong interest.
'Prime locations such as this in London hold their value, and we feel the uniqueness of Roehampton House will lead to people wanting to buy now for fear of missing out if they don't,' says Jon Neale, director of residential research, Jones Lang LaSalle.
'Lending has improved for British buyers, and international buyers perceive London as a safe haven - it is secure, tax rates are low and savings rates are higher than those in Asia.'
He also adds that Hongkongers' interest in properties in Britain has been steadily increasing as many buyers have a strong connection with the kingdom for historical reasons, and also because many went to British universities and want their own children to do the same.
Peter Murray, director of Jones Lang LaSalle, says the buyers will be luxury lifestyle seekers with a love of history.
'The heritage aspects will be a big draw, and the fact you are buying something with so much character - each apartment is different and secure enough for lock-up-and-leave with the advantage of extra storage and the underground parking. Buyers are likely to include trophy home purchasers, downsizers, second-home owners, young professionals and international buyers,' Murray says.
Prices for the apartments range from GBP450,000 to GBP1.95 million and the project will be completed this autumn. Hong Kong residents interested in taking a look at the details of the fine development can do so from today to Sunday at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental.
The official launch for the British market will be at the end of next month. For further details of these properties, contact the agent at www.roehamptonhouse.co.uk.