A grand seven-bed Palladian-style mansion in the Barnes Common Conservation Area has comprehensively set a new price record for the leafy South West London enclave, going to a Middle Eastern family for £14m; that’s nearly double the previous top price paid for a property in SW13.
Carter Jonas sealed the deal, dealing directly with the buyer and claiming that this sale proves that “Barnes is firmly cementing itself as a contender to the PCL crown”, as super-wealthy house-hunters who might normally search in Mayfair or Knightsbridge look instead to London’s most villagey of villages.
Until now, however, nothing in the area has come close to this super-prime level; the previous record-holder in SW13 – a seven-bed house on Castlenau – went for £7.45m back in 2014.
The 14,000 square foot property on Queens Ride has been purchased “as seen” after being offered for sale as a turnkey home, complete with bespoke furniture and joinery throughout its seven-bedrooms, five reception rooms and nine bathrooms.
Developed privately by the previous owner (planning for a demolition/rebuild was granted back in 2013), interiors are by Liz Harris Interiors and come with “an unparalleled specification” supported by a Savant home automation system. There’s a 42.5-foot private swimming pool (one of the biggest in London) with a hydraulic floor that converts the space into a marbled ballroom; a full spa complex; wine cellar and tasting room; underground parking with automatic gates and a car lift; a seriously plush 1,700 square foot master suite with his-and-hers dressing rooms and en-suites, plus staff accommodation and a roof terrace. Outside there’s a carriage drive to the front and a third of an acre out the back, featuring a garden bar and lounge area in an Italianate setting. The house overlooks 500 acres of conservation parkland, and is handily located for some of the capital’s best schools.
Tom Osborn, Carter Jonas’ Head of Sales in Barnes: “Setting a new sales record in Barnes is reflective of a robust buoyancy in the local market as well as further room for growth in the core market around the £1m-3m mark. Traditionally, buyers at this price point might have erred towards Knightsbridge or Mayfair, but Barnes is firmly cementing itself as a contender to the PCL crown, and we are excited to support further sales in this bracket ongoing.”