With global economy continuously changing and younger generations looking to get on the property ladder, the average prime central London resident is always evolving. To keep up with the high demand for a luxury lifestyle with impressive homes, designers are always thinking outside of the box, trying to bring character and modernity together. A popular method for providing this product is property conversion, and here are some of the most amazing in prime central London.
ST SAVIOURS HOUSE, KNIGHTSBRIDGE
As a Grade II listed building, St Saviours House is a former church which now stands proudly as a seven bedroom luxury family home. The 11,500 sq ft house was converted over a three year period from 2009 and then offered to a handful of elite buyers for a mammoth £50 million.
Now one of the most expensive properties in prime central London, the beautiful Knightsbridge home has been described as ‘one of the finest private homes in London’, by property developers Rigby & Rigby.
The house boasts a wealth of features, including a private gym, platinum plated cinema room, and a glass lift with intricate bronze detail hidden in the spiral staircase. Installed in the basement is a 30-foot pool with gold leaf ceilings and a mini spa, comprising of a steam room, sauna, juice bar, and treatment room. Spanning four floors, the ground floor remains open plan, and the original stone pillars remain standing stretching the 42 feet height of the ceiling. The traditional window arches and charming exterior are also intact.
KENMONT GARDENS, KENSINGTON
Another former church, this lavish conversion combines the best of history and modernity. At 6,167 sq ft, the family home offers four spacious en-suite bedrooms and generous living spaces. Located in the heart of Kensington, the ground floor is open plan, like St Saviours House and the traditional stone pillars and exposed wooden beams frame the space exquisitely.
There are luxury furnishings throughout, including a fully-equipped gym and a private patio with an enchanting waterfall. The modern spiral staircase is overlooked by the colourful stained glass windows, creating a bright and open stairway. The whole property is enveloped in the original red brick exterior and towering stone window arches. This dramatic conversion was last valued at about £10 million.
MOUNT ROW, MAYFAIR
Originally owned by the Bishop of Salisbury, this former horse stable is now a Tudor style, two bedroom maisonette, with a lot of charisma. First converted in the late 1920’s, the 1726 stables were turned into a contemporary townhouse with garage.
The warmth of the red brick exterior is carried inside where there is hand carved woodwork throughout. The 1,197 sq ft home, which is exhibited across three floors, is currently on the market for £3.25 million through Mayfair estate agents, Wetherell. With a 450 sq ft private roof terrace, high ceilings throughout, and feature skylights creating a welcoming environment, this family home is an impressive find.
Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of 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’.
MEWS CONVERSION, BELSIZE PARK
Designed by Michael Nathenson, this 1890 stable was converted into a contemporary three bedroom family home, packed with unique features. Nestled in the Belsize Park area, the modern property is valued at almost £3 million.
The floor plan is an unusual design, with the three bedrooms locations on the ground floor and the main living space on the first floor. The 2,800 sq ft property is bright and open, with five skylights and an entire reclining window wall, letting in a tremendous amount of sunlight. The clean design is broken by a pop of colour from the in wall aquarium and quirky geometric bookshelves cut out of the walls. The focal point of this property is the green wall, which runs both floors and is covered entirely in ivy.