Townhouses Transformed


Elegant Victorian townhouses at 31 & 33 Chesham Street in London have been transformed by City Developments Ltd and Dartmouth Capital into Belgravia’s finest new boutique apartment scheme providing six three bedroom apartments including two duplexes, three laterals and a penthouse: dressed for immediate occupation, for sale via Beauchamp Estates.

Originally built in 1829-30 by renowned architect Thomas Cubitt, with detailed design by architect John B Watson (who designed the Royal gates in St James’s Park), the townhouses at 31 & 33 Chesham Street have white stucco facades with pillared entrance porticos, with the townhouses facing and offering views down Eaton Place towards Eaton Square.

One of the Chesham Street townhouses was originally the London home of the Pitt-Rivers family, famous for their role in British archaeology. Augustus Pitt-Rivers (1827-1900), who lived intermittently at Chesham Street from 1855 onwards was the Victorian era’s most eminent archaeologist, an Indiana Jones style figure known as the “founding father of British archaeology”. Pitt-Rivers many archaeological findings – some originally displayed at Chesham Street - created what is now the renowned Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.

Augustus Pitt-Rivers was Britain’s foremost expert on Stonehenge, Roman Britain and The Benin Bronzes and when he was in London guests at Chesham Street included fellow archaeologists Amelia Edwards, Sir Leonard Woolley (said to be the inspiration for Hollywood’s Indiana Jones) and Lord Carnarvon, famous for his excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

Now City Developments Ltd and Dartmouth Capital, working with award winning Hamiltons Architects, have transformed 31 & 33 Chesham Street into Belgravia’s finest new boutique apartment scheme.

Behind the striking façade of No 31 and 33 Chesham Street the interiors have been completely redeveloped to create six, three bedroom apartments, most of which benefit from a private outdoor terrace or garden.

Ranging from 1,872 square foot up to 2,604 square foot in size, each apartment has a unique layout and features, and all are interior designed, fully dressed and available for immediate occupation.

All the apartments have a spacious double reception room, providing a living room and dining area, a fully fitted family kitchen and luxurious bedroom suites. All the bedroom suites have ensuite bathrooms and the principal and main guest suites have either walk-in dressing rooms or are amply lined with spacious built-in wardrobes.

The apartments at 31 & 33 Chesham Street have been finished to the highest specification with custom design kitchens with Miele appliances, state-of-the-art iLight lighting systems, comfort cooling and underfloor heating. The reception rooms have Herringbone European Oak timber flooring and stone fireplace and the main bathrooms have Noir St Laurent marble feature wall and bath top, heated towel rails, twin wash basins and bespoke joinery. The apartment scheme has an entrance lobby with feature limestone flooring with Port Laurent marble border, with passenger lift and staircase to the upper floors.

Gary Hersham, Founding Director of Beauchamp Estates, says: “31 & 33 Chesham Place is Belgravia’s finest new boutique apartment scheme. Chesham Street is a quiet highly sought after residential address in the heart of Belgravia, within easy walking distance of the local high street on Motcomb Street, Knightsbridge and Harrods and the shops and restaurants of Chelsea’s Sloane Square and King’s Road.”

Paul Finch, New Homes Director at Beauchamp Estates says: ”This new development on Chesham Street represents a great opportunity for discerning purchasers seeking high quality accommodation in Belgravia in a boutique apartment building with low overheads compared to newly developed blocks of flats which often provide numerous under-utilised amenities that tend to result in high overheads and little sense of community.”

Four apartments are currently available for sale at 31 & 33 Chesham Street, they are priced at £7,150,000 for the penthouse, at £7,650,000 (3rd floor) and £7,950,000 (1st floor) for the laterals and £8,950,000 for a duplex.


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