London’s Best Property Developments: The Knightsbridge, London

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The Knightsbridge is an exclusive development located in Knightsbridge in-between Hyde Park and Harrods. The goal of Sammy Lee, the developer behind The Knightsbridge, was to create private residences that enjoy the same level of service and facilities that rivalled any 5-star hotel. At the build time in 2004, such developments were not available in Prime Central London and still remain fairly scarce in the capital.

The building spans 1.7 acres and hosts 201 residences that are all set around a private Feng Shui garden. The Knightsbridge is set apart from other residential complex due to its finer details that includes amenities such as a health club featuring an indoor swimming pool. The development has been finished with the highest quality external and internal materials. Hand-set Portland limestone has been used on the ground to the first floor level on 18 elevations of the building, which sits above flame textured Chinese granite and polished Zimbabwe black plinth.

The landscaping finishes compliments the luxurious materials used on the exterior and interior of The Knightsbridge. The landscaping includes York Stone paving and five bespoke water features made From Hernholz and Impala granite. Between the wings of the main building, a formal garden has been carefully laid out; its hard and soft landscaping and clipped trees continue to pay homage to the traditional London Square. The swimming pool, changing and spa treatment rooms are lined with a beautifully veined Elterwater slate, while perimeter walls are clad in soft white Turkish limestone and glass tiles. The Knightsbridge development exudes timeless luxury and is set apart from the competition through its unparalleled focus on the details that make this one of the premier developments in Knightsbridge.

The Facts

The Knightsbridge comprises of 201 properties in total. The challenge of this project was to create a multi-storey building without diminishing the scale of neighbouring homes. The developers Sammy Lee, and the architects Squire & Partners, have managed to mould the design to emulate the current surrounds in order to reduce the visual impact. There efforts created an immaculate building that brings a modern flare to the classic Knightsbridge area.

The apartments are leasehold of approximately 1,000 years plus a share in the management company that owns the freehold. The Knightsbridge started construction in 2002 and was completed in 2005. At the time of completion, the construction value of the project was £128 million. The Knightsbridge was awarded the ‘Residential Development of the Year 2006’ award at the Property Awards.

Price per square foot:

The 12 storey residential building received impressive figures when they first came on the market in the early 2000s. Flats on all floors commanded a high price per square foot. For example, in 2004, a 7th floor 4-bedroom flat sold for approximately £1,500 per square foot.

Today, prices in the Knightsbridge have far surpassed the original sales figures in the early 2000s. In the past year, ground floor flats, have commanded £3,000 per square foot. Higher floors, including an 8th floor flat, have achieved a prices of £5,260 per square foot. Higher per square foot prices have only been achieved at One Hyde Park.

Developers:

Sammy Lee is the developer behind the Knightsbridge. Sammy Lee, born in 1958, is a Hong Kong-Chinese entrepreneur.  Lee has diversified interests including a role in the production of the movie “Monster,” which featured actress Charlize Theron. He has a strong working relationship with other world-renowned developers such as Donald Trump. Sammy Lee‘s developments reflect his personal sense of style, which can be seen in the gardens of The Knightsbridge.

The Architects:

The architects for The Knightsbridge were Squire and Partners. Founded in 1976, Squire and Partners are well known for designing and executing buildings on key sites in London and internationally. Key projects cover a range of sectors, varying from small bespoke fit outs to large-scare urban master plans. Some of their major projects include the five star Bulgari Hotel & Residences in London. They have also designed many of London’s prime residential developments including Chelsea Barracks, One Tower Bridge,  Ebury Square, and Netherhall Gardens.

Why people have bought here?

It has prestige

The Knightsbridge is a refined 12-storey residential development in the heart of London. Situated between Harrods and Hyde Park, it features a beautiful garden square that was the first of its kind to be created in the area for over 150 years. The 201-unit residential development offers three penthouses and two blocks of Mews houses plus three basement levels of car parking.

It offers amenities

The Knightsbridge Apartments boats impressive reception areas, award winning landscaped communal gardens, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour security and secure underground parking with valet service. Along with 24-hour concierge service & security and valet service, the Knightsbridge offers residents travel bookings, car, restaurant & private club bookings, mail forwarding & sorting, appointments, and hiring of staff. There is also a world-class leisure suite, spa and swimming pool which features a Kinesis Spa, gymnasium, 20 meter lap pool, infinity pool, treatment rooms, personal training, and massage & beauty treatments. The Business Suite offers residents access to a boardroom, videoconference facilities, high-speed wireless broadband access, and an assortment of AV facilities.

It’s luxurious

The Knightsbridge Apartments offer innovative design, quality materials and classic craftsmanship. The attention to detail and design makes each property individual. Entrance halls enjoy polished limestone. Doors and selected floors feature hardwood timbers. Generous reception rooms and open-plan living areas create a relaxed, contemporary ambience – ideal for family and guests, visitors, a and friends

It’s location

The Knightsbridge is located in one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods in the world. There are a wide variety of cultural and heritage sites including the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Science museum all within close proximity. There are endless shopping opportunities close by including Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Sloane Street, and Notting Hill and Portobello Market. The Knightsbridge is also close to some of London’s great parks including Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

Who’s talking about it?

The Knightsbridge was awarded ‘Residential Development of the Year 2006’ award at the Property Awards.

Conclusion

The Knightsbridge, has, and will continue too command a premium price for its prestigious location in the exclusive neighbourhood of Knightsbridge. The design of the Knightsbridge brings modern sophistication to a neighbourhood of traditional architecture. The Knightsbridge offers world-class amenities of a five star hotel to the owners of the 201 flats. This quality of design, legendary service, and prominent location is what makes The Knightsbridge one of the premier residential developments in the central London area.

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