Room To Breath


As the sun comes out and the gardens and parks of London come into bloom, Abode2 rounds up a selection of the finest new ‘parkside’ homes across the capital

Homes offering an abundance of private outdoor space in the form of private balconies or terraces with garden and park views have become highly sort after. Peter Wetherell, Founder & Chairman of Wetherell explains: “Now more than ever, people want to buy homes with private outside space and proximity to the “green lungs” of the capital, its magnificent parks and gardens. Arguably the most sought-after and successful residential developments in London all have a number of key things in common, they overlook large parks, provide private outside living space and are designed with a focus on health and wellbeing.”

Peter adds: “We have found that there is now a strong ‘green-premium’ – with over 50% of Wetherell applicants express a wish to live overlooking a park or garden square.”

The Bryanston, Marble Arch Place

Located at the northern end of Park Lane, overlooking Hyde Park and Mayfair, The Bryanston by developer Almacantar provides 54 luxury apartments and penthouses, each with ceiling heights of 3 metres. This luxurious West End development has a luxurious wellness centre with a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool, experience shower, relaxation areas and treatment room. There is also a gym and personal training suites. The development also includes a cinema, business suite with meeting rooms, children’s indoor playground centre, 24-hour concierge and valet parking in the secure underground carpark. Prices from £2,400,000.

Image credit: Almacantar


Brent Cross Town

Argent Related has launched the first, highly anticipated homes at Brent Cross Town, London’s 180-acre, £7 billion new park town. Overlooking five acres of open green space, The Ashbee and The Delamarre will together offer 277 new homes featuring timeless design and superior quality. Brent Cross Town offers buyers a unique living experience in a new neighbourhood which is built around 50 acres of parks and playing fields, meeting the increased demand of living near green spaces in the capital Brent Cross Town will be a true 15-minute town, with facilities and amenities residents need for daily life available within walking distance. The apartments launched are the first of 6,700 new homes at Brent Cross Town, all of which will benefit from a new high street, bringing together well-known and independent shops, cafes and restaurants, complemented by exceptional indoor and outdoor sports and wellness facilities.

The neighbourhood will have eight new public squares, wide pedestrian boulevards and landscaped parks. It is the ideal destination for people’s changing lifestyles and supports more flexible ways of living and working in London. Purchasers at The Ashbee and The Delamarre will have access to The Claremont Park Club, a resident-only, state-of-the-art health and leisure club with a workspace facility, located across the ground floors of both buildings. Offering unparalleled amenities and service, the space will offer direct access to cutting-edge facilities including a gym, fitness and yoga studios and separate personal training suite; as well as the perfect work-from-home amenities; with shared and private workspaces, a private bookable meeting room and two lounge areas. The Claremont Park Club also offers an exceptional environment in which to entertain, with two private dining rooms, a cinema-style screening room complemented by a cocktail bar, and spacious lounge and entertaining suite. Apartment prices start from £390,000.

Image Credit: V1/Argent Related


Clarges Mayfair, Ashburton Place, Mayfair

Fronting onto Piccadilly, overlooking Green Park, Clarges Mayfair by developer British Land is designed by architects Squire & Partners, who have worked on Buckingham Palace, Clarges Mayfair overlooks Green Park and is Mayfair’s answer to ‘One Hyde Park’. Complete with three basement levels, the nine storey Portland stone façade has hand-carved stone columns, floor-to-ceiling windows and bronze balconies and contains 34 luxurious residences. There is a resident’s lounge on the lower ground floor, with the dramatic 60 ft high atrium above. The English Spa at Clarges Mayfair has a fully-equipped fitness suite/gymnasium and the 82 foot (25m) long swimming pool, with cabanas at one end and the hydrotherapy pool/spa at the other. There are four private treatment rooms, a dedicated female sauna and steam room; and a further shared male and female sauna and steam area. Other facilities include a business suite/private dining room, cinema room and an underground parking facility with car lift and automatic turning circle. Wetherell are agents for a selection of apartments currently for sale at Clarges Mayfair, prices from £14,500,000.

Image Credit: Wetherell


Park Modern, Hyde Park, Bayswater

Fenton Whelan are currently marketing London’s £500 million (GDV) Park Modern, a 190,000 square foot luxury development facing south over Hyde Park and Kensington Palace Gardens. Park Modern will deliver 57 one-to-six-bedroom residences, including spectacular lateral apartments, three trophy penthouses, mews houses and 30,000 square foot of 5-star hotel style amenities including a concierge, resident’s lounge, signature restaurant and cafe, porte cochère with valet parking, and a wellbeing floor with a 25 metre pool, gym, spa, cinema, and treatment salon.  Park Modern is located on Bayswater Road, at the entrance to Queensway, providing front row views over Hyde Park and Kensington Palace Gardens. The contemporary design by architect Lee Polisano of PLP Architecture represents Hyde Park’s finest park-side architecture to date. A resident’s lounge and library compliment the 6,200 square foot signature restaurant and café. Below ground the wellbeing floor has a 16-sofa seat cinema, a glass walled gymnasium and an adjoining spa and leisure suite with an 82 ft (25 metre) swimming pool and jacuzzi, bordered by leisure decks with loungers, steam room, sauna, treatment room and salon. Prices at Park Modern start from £2,000,000 for a one bedroom apartment up to £60,000,000 for the main penthouse.



And the trend continues to spreads outside of London…….

Harefield Place, Ickhenham

Set in 8.5 acres of landscaped grounds, Harefield Place in Ickenham is an elegant Grade II listed Georgian manor house, built in 1786 for Sir Roger Newdigate, which has been transformed into a brand-new gated development of 25 converted and newly built two and three bedroom luxury apartments and penthouses. The grounds provide formal gardens and lawn immediately around the house, which then gives way to wooded parkland. There is also an outside tennis court and a wellness centre complete with gymnasium, spa and swimming pool. Harefield Place has an illustrious history. Sir Roger Newdigate, who built the current manor house, was a member of the Newdigate family, who for almost 440 years were the Lords of Harefield Manor, the baronetcy created in 1440 by King Henry VI; the estate founded in 1446. During the Tudor period Sir John Newdigate became a favourite of King Henry VIII and enlarged the estate to over 150 acres with lands seized from the church. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I the Newdigates built (1559) a grand Elizabethan house on the estate and married into the family of neighbouring landowner Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I.  In July 1602, during one of Elizabeth 1’s ‘Royal progress’ tours outside the capital, the Queen visited Harefield Place, hosted by the Newdigate family, Sir Thomas Egerton and his wife Alice, Countess of Derby. In the grounds of the estate Queen Elizabeth I watched a performance of Shakespeare’s Othello* performed by the King’s Men acting company. There are dressed show homes available for purchasers to view. Lateral apartments at Harefield Place are priced from £850,000 up to £1,575,000 (share of freehold).


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