Housing White Paper: A Snapshot

On Tuesday the Department for Communities and Local Government unveiled its housing white paper on “Fixing our broken housing market”. Prime Minister Theresa May writes in her foreword that “our broken housing market is one of the greatest barriers to progress in Britain today”, and the 106-page document outlines Government plans to correct this. The paper […]

5 of The Biggest Central London Hotels Sales In 2016

Doubletree Hilton 7 Pepys Street|| £300m|| 583 Rooms || 331,342 SF The Doubletree Hilton is near the Tower of London, pictured above In the largest single Hotel transaction of 2016, the Bhatia Family acquired Blackstone’s freehold on the Doubletree Hilton near the Tower of London for £300m. The 582-bedroom hotel achieved a sales price equivalent to £515,464 per […]

Stamp Duty Land Tax – A Short History Since 1959

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) replaced Stamp Duty as the Duty Tax paid on property transactions in December 2003, when residential and non-residential properties where also separated. In the forty years preceding Gordon Brown’s elevation to Chancellor of the Exchequer, the top rate had never ranged outside 1.0%-2.0%. Within just over 3 years of his appointment, the […]

Four Mayfair Character Homes Currently on the Market

Flat 3, 25 North Audley Street, W1K 6WS 4 Bedroom Flat £6,850,000 || 2,322sqft || £2950psf This triplex apartment is set on the top three floors of the building and benefits from direct lift access. It benefits from four bedrooms including a 400sqft master suite with a private Balcony and build-in wardrobe. Notable original features comprise wood […]

One of London’s Most Expensive Office Buildings in Receivership.

The Citypoint building at 1 Ropemaker Street, home to the international law firm Simmons and Simmons, has gone into the hands of receivers KPMG, due to increased vacancy.   The building covers 703,382 sq ft and is one of London’s tallest commercial buildings, and at the time of sale in 2007, was the most expensive […]

Jude Law and Sienna Miller London Home

Jude Law and Sienna Miller have recently purchased this picturesque £8m ($12.5m) Georgian townhouse in Highgate,  London. The seven-bedroom property is a Grade II Listed house, circa 1820’s, and benefits from a drawing room, dining room, garden room, two fitted kitchens, family room,  art studio, gym, roof terrace, large patio and a 96-foot walled west-facing […]

Abramovich London Home

The latest addition to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s ever-growing property portfolio is the luxurious £150 million home in Lowndes Square in London. The Russian billionaire, has bought all nine flats of a prime London block by Harvey Nichols and Harrods. His new eight-bedroom building is spread across two stucco-fronted properties and has three stories underground. […]

The New Royals Property Search

It has been announced that Prince William Wales and Kate Middleton will live in a cottage in Wales after they are married. The second-in-line to the British throne chose to live in the reported £750-a-month cottage nearby the Prince’s sea rescue RAF base, so he could spend more time with Ms Middleton. They will also […]

Is Harrods the Centre of London?

Overseas investors still benefit from tremendous opportunities for investing in Central London residential property, as the weak pound provides upto a 30% discount and low interest rates make for a favourable buying climate. Foreign buyers all come  to London seeking to acquire residential property in “Central London”. What is contentious is what these shrewd and […]

Bespoke Home Design: Managing A Custom Development

Custom tailoring has always been the hallmark of a luxury product. One only need consider the prestige and value of a handmade suit from a Savile Row tailor to appreciate the value of bespoke fitting. Likewise, ultra-luxury homes can be made much nicer if they are custom fit to the owner’s needs. One has less […]