Prime central London is producing new build properties at a rapid rate to keep up with the demand of younger generations looking for the latest designs and features. With such an array of historic buildings available, designers are thinking outside the box and creating some truly unique designs. Here are five of the most unusual creations.
THE ULTIMATE FAMILY HOME
Nestled in the exclusive neighbourhood of Knightsbridge, a Grade II listed church has managed to maintain the beautiful exterior of the building while going through a £10 million transformation and completely redesigning the interior to create one of the most expensive properties in London.
Now valued at around £50 million, the luxurious seven bedroom house was bought for £13.5 million back in 2009. Spanning four floors and 11,500 square feet, the property has a lot to offer, including 30ft pool, private gym, and a bronze and glass lift encased in a secret spiral staircase.
The nave of the church still stands, 42ft high ceiling and original stone pillars and all, and has been transformed into the drawing room. The luxurious features also include a cinema, sauna, juice bar, and gold leaf ceilings.
BEAUTIFUL, HAND-CRAFTED INTERIOR
Originally converted from a horses stable back in the 1920’s, the Mount Row property boasts a stunning red-brick exterior and airy modern interiors, with sculpted woodwork throughout. Available from Mayfair estate agents, Wetherell, for £3.25 million, the attractive home stretches over three floors and across 1,197 sq ft, with a further span of 450 square feet of outdoor living space on a roof terrace.
With high ceilings, feature skylights and wood strip flooring, this luxury conversion is a rare find.
PRIVATE PATIO, WITH WATERFALL
Last sold at about £10 million, this exquisite conversion is the perfect combination of original character and state of the art design. Maintaining the historic exterior, the Knightsbridge property still stands proudly as a church. And yet, inside, you will find a welcoming open plan living space, equipped with a private gym, piano, and the original pillars.
The first floor provides four large en-suite bathrooms and outside boasts a spacious patio area with your own personal waterfall. The familiar stain glass windows can be found highlighting the spiral staircase, and the living room is framed nicely with the original stone arch windows.
A REAL SUNTRAP
This contemporary conversion is for nature and sunshine lovers. The three bedroom house, which can be dated back to 1890, was cleverly designed to place the bedrooms on the ground floor and the main living areas on the first floor.
Expanding on this unique creation, the first floor was then installed with a sloped window wall and five feature skylights to create the ultimate bright and open living space. If that isn’t enough to make you feel at one with nature, you will also find a large built-in aquarium in the wall and a green wall, which is covered entirely in ivy.
The former stables, which can be found in the Belsize Park area, most recently appeared on the market for around £2,950,000
PANORAMIC 360 DEGREE VIEWS
The iconic Kennington Water Tower was converted into a luxury five bedroom house in 2011. The Victorian building was featured on the landmark 100th episode of Grand Designs, where it was described as a ‘jaw-dropping showstopper’.
The Grade II listed home towers over London nine-storeys high and is 100 feet tall, with a roof terrace, a glass-walled living space extension nicknamed ‘The Cube’ and the biggest sliding doors in Britain. The Cube offers 360-degree views of the city, and the original water tank at the top of the tower is now the Prospect Room.
The property was attempted to be sold at £6.5 million in 2012 and fell in price in 2016 to £4.75 million. It has since been taken off the market, but with a private gym, lift, garage, and security, it probably won’t be long before it gets noticed again. In the meantime, the property is available for £150 a night on Airbnb.