Rat and Mouse
Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Fri
04
Nov

You what?

He bought Winner’s £17.5m Holland Park mansion in 2014 but - according to this - his missis is having a few issues with redecoration, as she feels she’s being watched over and her decisions second-guessed by the previous owner’s ghost. So who you gonna call? No, not them. A Native American healer to cleanse the house of Winner. More here.

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Wed
20
Jul

In a little break from post-referendum property crash predictions for the top-end of the London market, a new record appears to have been set. It’s 15,000 sq ft in Admiralty Arch, no less - 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, private off-road valet parking - and there are reports of a £150m guide price… beating previous record holder 1 Hyde Park by £10m. More here and here.

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Wed
20
Apr

It’s a property with historical resonance, a former Panamanian embassy and home to Dame Margot Fonteyn, before developers bought it in 2011. It’s already getting the requisite basement excavation, but new plans for a significant extension to the property, which is close to V&A in South Kensington, has neighbours up in arms. More here.

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Tue
05
Apr

According to Knight Frank data shows Kensington prices down 6.8%, 4.9% in south Kensington and 2.5% in Chelsea across a year, and no sign yet of the winter/spring pick-up as bankers get a sense of bonus season. More here.

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Thu
24
Mar

After a bitter battle to pass ambitious redevelopment plans for his Kensington Palace Gardens, is Foxtons founder Jon Hunt about to be stumped before work begins? Now the French and Indian Embassies have written to the council to lodge complaints about plans to dismantle a wall on Bayswater Road, at the rear of Hunt’s property, to allow access to the kind of heavy vehicles needed for such an ambitious restructuring. They’re concerned about noise and dust. Go here for some images of the proposed property, including a giant “car carousel”. 

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Tue
09
Feb

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It’s 73, Chester Square, and if security’s important to you, you might want to arrange a viewing, because there’s a steel bomb-proof door separating the six-storey, six-bedroom Belgravia townhouse from the street. This was Margaret Thatcher’s home, from the end of her tenure as Prime Minister in 1991 to her death in 2013. But it’s had a very modern refurbishment since (by developer Leconfield), and now features a gym, media room and bar, and has been expanded to include an entire mews at the back. Guide price? £30m. Particulars here.

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Tue
20
Oct

The planning feud between neighbours Robbie Williams and Jimmy Page has been bubbling on for months, like something lifted from an episode of Stellar Street. It looked like it might have ended when work began on Williams’s major property overhaul. The latest news is that Kensington & Chelsea council is now looking into whether planning conditions have been breached. Full story here.

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Thu
23
Jul

It’s all happening in court. On the one hand.. a former Goldman Sachs partner, living yards away in a £10m mansion and the new owner of the freehold on the mews house, trying to kick his geriatric tenants out into the street after they’ve lived there for more than 50 years, enjoying reduced rental rates on a statutory tenancy. On the other, (apparent) video evidence that the elderly couple (a retired lawyer and his wife), have been living the high-life in their second home Dorking, while keeping the central London property on for jollies while it’s cheap. Ugly. And only in London. Full story here.

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Wed
15
Jul

Lord Sugar is said to have hired Kelly Hoppen to design a couple of apartments located in Bennet House, on the corner of St James’s Street and Bennet Street. Estimated price guides? Somewhere between £7m and £10m.

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Wed
24
Jun

Luxury apartments tied to and benefitting from the 24 hour services of hotels aren’t new, but here’s something interesting. These £12m+ Connaught Place apartments come with room service via Harrods, including food from the restaurants and use of the Harrods Private Air Service chopper or jet. Views are over Hyde Park, and some apartments come with cinema, gym, steam room. More here and here.

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