Super-prime developer Atelier London has launched one of the most impressive restoration projects we’ve seen in PCL all year.
The Grade I listed townhouse on St Anne’s Gate is one of the finest known examples of early Queen Anne architecture and was once the home of Lord Haldane (1856-1928), former Lord Chancellor, leader of the House of Lords and Secretary for State for War.
Dating all the way back to 1704, the six-storey blue plaque sits ‘tween the Palace of Westminster and Buckingham Palace and overlooks St James’s Park, no less. Atelier bravely took on the project to convert it back into a 7,200 trophy home after many years’ languishing in office class, and the result is something else.
Star of the show is the original sweeping Queen Anne wooden staircase and there’s some classically well-proportioned receptions on the ground and first floors. The lower ground level has been turned into an informal kitchen and living area with courtyard and garden, and the upper floors house five ensuite bedrooms including a full-floor master. Key 21st Century additions include an internal passenger lift, cigar room, wine cellar and staff accommodation, while the internal spec involves oodles of bespoke fittings, marble bathrooms, Gaggenau kitchen appliances, Lutron and Crestron home technology systems, and an integrated security system, including panic buttons.
Kirsty Sugden, from selling agent Hathaways: “It is rare for a developer to carry out such a meticulous refurbishment of a period property and 28 Queen Anne’s Gate has been very carefully restored to its former glory as a grand London townhouse. In addition to its status as one of the most luxuriously finished heritage homes, the property’s position overlooking St James’s Park, grants it some of the best views in London.”
Knight Frank and Hathaways have both been instructed; the asking is £21m.
Contacts: Kirsty Sugden at Hathaways (020 7222 3133) and Susannah Odgers at Knight Frank (0207 881 7721)