With prime central London eager to impress its ever-changing resident and attract new people with a growing number of new build properties, potential buyers are looking for something unique, and designers are ready to create it for them.
London has a rich history and with that history comes beautiful, historic architecture. These types of buildings can often provide one of a kind living spaces by taking the old structure and creating something new, all while maintaining the original charm. Here are five of the most unusual property conversions in prime central London.
THE KENNINGTON WATER TOWER
The luxury conversion of the Victorian Kennington Water Tower was the star of the 100th episode of popular television show, Grand Designs. Bought for a respectable £380,000 in 2011, the owners spent a further £2 million on the Grade II listed building, stretching their finances to the absolute limit.
The completed masterpiece offers an array of features to make it a home worth living in; including five bedrooms, two reception rooms, four bathrooms, a roof terrace and the largest sliding doors in the UK. Towering 100ft high in London, the property triumphs an extension, nicknamed ‘The Cube’, with glass walls and 360-degree views of the capital. The Prospect Room located at the top of the tower, which was the water tank that could hold 38,000 gallons of water, is a real gem and with a private lift, parking, gym, garage and security, you could want for nothing more.
Following the conversion, the nine-storey tower was added to the property market for £6.5 million in 2012, but by October 2016 it had been reduced by almost £2 million and the asking price was £4.75 million. This decrease has created much speculation about a ‘Grand Designs Curse‘ as there have been some other unfortunate stories behind the featured properties of the show. The property has since been removed from the market, but you can still stay at the property for a cool £150 a night through Airbnb.
Back in the late 1920’s, the stables of Mount Row, Mayfair, were given a Tudor style makeover, rebuilt with garages, beautiful red brick exteriors, and bright interiors with carved woodwork throughout.
A former horse stable of the Bishop of Salisbury is now an attractive two bedroom mews-maisonette, which can be dated back to the year 1726. At 1,197 square feet, the property is currently on the market for £3.25 million. The charming property is likely to have housed the groomsmen manning the Bishop’s carriage, with the coachmen sleeping on the upper floors and rafters.
The converted property spans three floors, with a 450 sq ft private roof terrace and private entrance. Offering high ceilings, wood strip flooring and feature skylights, you can rest assured the property is impressive. The second floor contains the two bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms.
Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of Mayfair real estate Wetherell, said: ‘Mayfair is, without a doubt, London’s most remarkable and historical address. Three centuries ago Mount Row was a humble stable and coach yard; fast forward to today and it is one of the capital’s most fashionable mews providing beautiful luxury homes’.
BELSIZE PARK MOD HOUSE CONVERSION
Another mews conversion is the modern three-bedroom house converted from stables dating back to 1890 and designed by Michael Nathenson. Located in the Belsize Park area, the contemporary property was last on the market for £2,950,000.
With a unique floor plan, the 2,800 sq ft home houses three bedrooms on the ground floor and main living areas on the first floor, where a reclining window wall and five skylights allow the sunlight to pour in. In addition to this, the open plan living room also displays an ivy wall, built-in aquarium, and in-wall bookshelves.
KENMONT GARDENS CHURCH
Combining both the history and character of the architecture and modern luxury, this majestic 6,167 sq ft church conversion, located in the neighbourhood of Kensington, offers an open plan ground floor and four spacious en-suite bedrooms.
Most of the familiar church exterior remains intact, with the original red brick in good condition. However, the inside is most definitely a home, with extremely spacious rooms, luxury furnishings, a gym and a private patio with a waterfall.
The original floor to ceiling pillars, stained glass windows and towering arches are still intact and woven into the exquisite design. Most recently sold for about £10 million, this is a former house of worship you would worship.
MOST EXPENSIVE CONVERSION
Offered to only the wealthiest of people for an enormous £50 million, this former church in Knightsbridge is one of the most expensive properties in prime central London. The 11,500 sq ft property boasts a private gym, a 30ft deep pool and seven bedrooms located over four floors.
After being sold for only £1 million in the year 2000, £13.5 million in 2009, and then experiencing a three-year development project costing £10 million, the transformation has been spectacular.
Property developers, Rigby & Rigby, call the property ‘undeniably one of the finest private homes in Knightsbridge’. A private lift made from bronze and glass is hidden in the spiral staircase and runs through all four storeys. The drawing room, which is the nave of the church, retains its 42ft vaulted ceilings and stone pillars. There is also a 120-inch screen in the cinema room, a sauna and steam room, juice bar, gold leaf ceilings and treatment room.
With all of these features inside, the house still retains its church exterior. The Grade II listed building is nothing but luxury.